Stuart is a liability, Belle warns

The “hubris, arrogance and stubbornness” that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart continues to display despite growing evidence that Barbadians are fed up with his Government’s policies will cost the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the next general election, according to one political scientist.

Speaking against the background of Monday’s demonstration organized by the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Workers’ Union and the National Union of Public Workers, in collaboration with the Barbados Private Sector Association, Dr George Belle said the turnout was a clear sign that Stuart was a liability to the DLP.

An estimated 20,000 people took part in the march in a bid to force Government to compromise on the burdensome National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), which climbed from two per cent of the custom value of imported goods and good manufactured here, to ten per cent, effective July 1.

“Those two characteristics [hubris and arrogance] can alienate people. Therefore. if you have a leader that is engaging in hubris, arrogance and stubbornness then he is a liability to the rest of the party in relation to how well they will do in any subsequent election,” Belle argued.

The retired political scientist said Monday’s demonstration was a clear sign that Barbadians had ignored the Prime Minister’s attempts to pour cold water on the march, when he suggested to a DLP Christ Church West branch luncheon on Sunday that the organizers had threatened social unrest.

“I think that we got an empirical demonstration of the rejection of the perception of reality in Barbados that is in the mind of the political leader of Government. The demonstration reinforces the voices of concern of segments of the society about current Government policies and what they are doing to the Barbadian people,” Belle stressed, adding that the strongest evidence of the rejection of the speech was that the march was peaceful.

Also weighing in on Monday’s march was political strategist Reudon Eversley, who told Barbados TODAY the turnout proved that Barbadians were no longer afraid to stand up and be counted.

“People have reached a point where they are no longer afraid, especially when they are suffering. I think that with the involvement of the private sector on Monday, the general populace would have been emboldened that they can really take a stand.”

Eversley warned that when Barbadians next go to the polls they would be voting in anger against the DLP.

Meanwhile, Professor Emeritus of Economics Michael Howard had some sympathy for Government, saying the administration was having a hard time meeting its financial commitments.

It is for this reason, he said, that the trade unions “should consider that Government does not have many options in terms of keeping public sector workers employed.

“They should think about the relationship between the National Social Responsibility Levy and the wages bill of the public sector. I do not think that was highlighted,” Howard said.

54 Responses to Stuart is a liability, Belle warns

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine July 26, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Not surprise, Barbados Today, that you did not allow my comment, which is to put Dr. Belle in perspective and also highlight the BLP in a way that shows them to be cut from the same cloth as the DLP. No worries, Barbados Today, the SSS will not ease up as long as BLP and DLP run Barbados like its their personal little island without being accountable to no one. Would love to know what is your part in protecting the wickedness of the BLP’s past.

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  2. Keen Observer July 26, 2017 at 5:14 am

    George Belle can’t advise anybody…….remember that failed political party at peak pf the marxist movement in Caribbean.

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  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 5:15 am

    MR. HOWARD AS AH RESPECTABLE ECONOMIST, STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR THESE INEPT, UNCONSCIONABLE, DISRESPECTFUL LOT……..WHY SHOULD THEY BE HAVING A HARD TIME MEETING COMMITMENTS? WHY IS SIR, THE REST SEEING SOME KIND OF GROWTH AND BARBADOS STILL STAGNANT? U KNOW WHY? DEM SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK, AND RISE UP TO PLAY…….1.5 BIL GONE, 22 BIL. GONE, NIS/TREASURY RAPE, BAD INVESTMENTS, LIKE 4 SEASON, LIAT, SBRC,GROTTO, VALERY, 750THOU. BENZ, 7+ MILL 50TH INDEP. AND TO MUCH STEEL IN DEM…….U SHOULD KNOW BETTER….AND NOW PUNISHING US FOR DEM WOEFULNESS, 10 YEARS OF NO GROWTH, 23 DOWNGRADES (MORE COMING) BORROW MORE MONEY THAN THE BLP IN 14 YEARS ETC.ETC. STUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    • Rosline Howard
      Rosline Howard July 26, 2017 at 5:49 am

      True to every word

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    • Jane Burnett
      Jane Burnett July 26, 2017 at 5:57 am

      TRUTH

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    • Rechelle July 26, 2017 at 6:30 am

      Concur! Concur!

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    • Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
      Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande July 26, 2017 at 6:33 am

      He should be ashamed acting like he’s no different to Maureen Holder

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      • Randolph July 26, 2017 at 7:19 am

        Maureen Holder is in a class by herself.That’s all I will say for now.

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    • Randolph July 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Why did they take back their 10% with back pay and can’t give public workers 1cent salary increase.

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    • Lady Boss
      Lady Boss July 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Well spoken….. Barbadians are not stupid

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande YOU SEE PEOPLE LIKE HM & MAUREEN AIN’T SUFFERING, AND MANY ARE SUFFERING AN YES THIS GOVERNMENT CAN DO NO WRONG FOR THEM. BUT WE THAT KNOW BETTER MUST TAKE A STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

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  4. jrsmith July 26, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Stuart was a liability from the day he was selected , because the death of ( Honorable late priminister MR,Thompson)….. This man have no idea of what he is doing and then , most of the people around him is the same……………….ALL of them together couldn’t even run john Harvey rum shop around the corner…………………

    THE GOVERNMENT IS AS LIKE A SELECTION OF PEOPLE ,TO BUILD A HOUSE, BUT THEY ARE ALL PAINTERS…………..

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  5. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman July 26, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I remember when the Rt Hon Owen Arthur called them wild boys their was an out cry of people saying Owen was disrespectful blah blah. In all seriousness no wild boy is so ignorant and arrogant in their ignorance like this lot. The PM has now found his voice and am amaze. The threat to his hold on power by a suffering electorate is what has awaken this man smh. What has been clear for a number of years is the incompetence, but after the stunning display of disrespect from the PM one now gets a clearer picture of why we are in the state we are in.

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  6. Patrick July 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Mr Belle, continue to sing for your supper, you will never get over being stopped from drawing 1500.00 monthly for doing nothing.

    You fellows from UWI never run a one-door shop
    fit want to run a country

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  7. BaJan boy July 26, 2017 at 6:12 am

    A million cauldron March Stuart does not care. The man just does not care he will you he will not lose any sleep and life goes on. He does not care who gets a salary increase the guy is living his best days and would like to continue after the next elelction. His only concern is winning the next election. Didn’t you guys hear him say the new Benz will lose its warranty under him and it has a 2 year warranty.

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  8. sandy perkins July 26, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I agree with ali baba andthe others who r against this goverment,stuart and stinkler have been liabilities from day one,and till we vote them out nothing is going to change.Stinkler step down and sail away into the sunset in your million dollar yacht and take u,your family and the entire DLP with u.The primeminister is a disgrace to this country man.Fed up.

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  9. Christopher Hill
    Christopher Hill July 26, 2017 at 6:37 am

    like a runaway train.

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  10. chris hill July 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Stuerts time will come very shortly, he will obviously stall the election date, but the election will come and he will be dealt a heavy blow by the barbadian people. so far he has demonstrated every low standard that we dislike. Hey i got six votes in my home and all for Ralph Thorne not one for John Boyce. Cant wait to see the back of DEM.

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  11. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams July 26, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Shame on dem. Why do this to us the overtaxed populace.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

      BUT WE KNOW THE B’S STEEL TOO AND YET WE WERE FARING WELL, WITH THE COUNTRY GROWING AROUND 7 OR 8% THE BEES WERE WORKING!! PEOPLE WERE HAPPY BEING INDEPENDENT OK. THE D’S GOT IN, AN IMMEDIATELY START TEETHING EX: 1.5BIL IN FOREIGN EXCHANGE MASH UP IN 2 SHORT YEARS, BY 2010 -17+ U PRINTING MONEY, 10 YEARS OF NO GROWTH, 23 DOWNGRADES, ALL SECTORS DOWN….THE D’S ARE FAST ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, ON WAKING UP TO TEETH AN BACK TO SLEEP. THE COUNTRY MUST CRASH.

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  12. Tony Webster July 26, 2017 at 6:51 am

    There are children yet nursing, and others yet unborn, who will do more for this country than some….some of those who now hold the reigns of power and authority…and brandish in our faces the bones of the “fatted calf”…as if this exemplifies what a “free, independent” nation ought to aspire to. It’s a parody; it stinks; it nauseates, to think that all our efforts at “educating our masses” has been sacrificed on this devilish altar of greed, and lust for power…and simultaneously glorifying inelptness and neglect…in spades! One more time: “How did we get back here?”

    Loyal and patriotic Bajans wiill Bajans who can actually think for themselves, and who put Country First, will take great care in casting their votes, this time around. Consigning dem to history, will be a merciful end to this horror-story.

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  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 26, 2017 at 6:53 am

    After next election which DLP will lose barring a miracle what can BLP do because damage is already done and they will have to repair all that damage.So to all the people suffering now think about that,don’t care for either of these two political parties just care about Barbados.Simple country needs young dynamic progressive thinking politicians not these old backwards thinking clowns that we have at the present moment in both of these political parties.

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    • Randolph July 26, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Maureen Holder is in a class by herself.That’s all I will say for now.

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  14. Peter Jan Boos
    Peter Jan Boos July 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

    “In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
    President Harry Truman

    “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

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  15. Randolph July 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

    If the BLP wouldn’t be able to do anything if they win the Government,how will any new party do something?What experience do they have?Are they coming from Mars?Bajans are not foolish.

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  16. Carl July 26, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I’ve been saying the same thing all along Randolph. How could they care if they knew of the condition of the economy but could still restore their money when people were, and still are, losing their jobs and we can’t get income tax for years. They threaten us with penalties for filing late but nothing happens when they refuse to pay for years. This is not a feature of a caring government. Maybe we would be better off if Ninja Man and Amin ran the government. How can governments, run by ‘educated’ people find themselves in situations like this? Proves that education and commonsense are not synonymous. The government knew what was coming so they prepared their selfish selves, leaving us to die in the struggle to survive.

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  17. John king July 26, 2017 at 8:11 am

    From my perspective in seeing the March on TV 25,000 Marchers votes has already gone to a party. if you multiply that 4 of a family of 5 then the Marchers and their family now accounts for 100,000 secured votes to a specific party. when one has voted in another direction.

    The ones who are silent in grief (called the silent killers) may amount to another 150.000 votes.

    so watch out if there figures are fictitious!!

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  18. Sam Clarke July 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Remember what happened to Icarus?

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  19. Breadfruit. July 26, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Time for a new DLP leader to stand up and toss dis POS overboard

    Otherwise DLP ship sink fuh good?

    There is no Barrow or Thompson on board.

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  20. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner July 26, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Saying this with apology. WHY CRUCIFY ONE WHEN THE OTHER IS NO DIFFERENT? Just know I NO LONGER CARE.

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  21. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    EPHESIANS 6:12 SAYS..FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD ,AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES……….THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE MARCH FOR ON MONDAY…….NO GUNS OR KNIVES WERE USED, NO FIST OR FEET WERE USE AGAINST EACH OTHER, AS SOME PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR. JUST MARCHING AGAINST THE ABOVE.

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  22. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 8:41 am

    CHERYL WHILE I LIKE UR COMMENT, I DISAGREE WITH U ON THIS POINT ” IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WIN” FOR ME IT DOES MATTER WHO WINS….WE ARE IN HELL UNDER DEM ALREADY, AN TO THINK ANOTHER 5 YEARS UNDER DEM HUMMMMMMMMMMMM ANYBODY ELSE EXCEPT DEM..THEY CAN’T DO NO WORSE

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  23. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace July 26, 2017 at 8:44 am

    a big liability and the DLP members know that.

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  24. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks July 26, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Ali Baba point taken, I just hope that people don’t expect miracles.

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  25. Ralph W Talma July 26, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Dr Belle is right and Professor Howard is absolutely wrong. There are many things the Stuart Government can do to improve the financial situation in Barbados without hurting the population: starting with increasing the business rate and import taxes paid by firms such as Sandals; making Golf courses and large hotels pay more for the precious water being extracted from the diminishing water-table etc. My Father will be turning in his grave that the PM had the audacity to go to CH CH and spot his inane verbosity. I feel so sorry I cannot help my fellow Bajans,

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    • Stefan Cutting July 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

      lol “taxes paid by firms such as Sandals”. surely you jest, Sandals, taxes?

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      • tedd July 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

        Sandals is exempt from taxes, signed sealed and almost permanent.

        increasing taxes cant work. the solution lies in reducing expenditure , not wages and staff as some think but, cutting the fat and wastage( things that do not add vale to the objectives).

        also, reducing the balance of payments by things like local financing instead of overseas ones that need fx to repay and reducing imports through import substitution aided by subsidies and removal of taxes/VAT on local food and manufactured goods. Import substitution includes not only food but buses, garbage trucks, clothes, furniture etc. Employ bajans and save on fx at the same time.

        just a few basic thoughts on the spot

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  26. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WE THE PEOPLE CAN TURN AROUND THIS COUNTRY, BUT WHO EVER GET IN MUST, SEEK WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING…AND MUST NOT LEAN TO THEIR OWN UNDERSTANDING…LIKE WHAT WE HAVE HERE……THIS CHERYL IS OR OUR CHILDREN, G/CHILDREN, GG/CHILDREN AND ONE UNBORN…ENJOY

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  27. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks July 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I agree

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  28. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks July 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Thank you kingdom Hearts

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  29. jrsmith July 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

    @, Ralph,W,T, hail, hail , your (8.51 ) good shot, why no challenge from the opposition party ,or the media or the voters to the (AUDIT GENERAL’S ) report , the government cannot account for 900 to 1 billion bds dollars from our treasury……………..

    Dont you think bajans need to be protected from the politicians period…….and if so what would be your idea…….. This lot dont really care , they do what they like ,when they like………………

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  30. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker July 26, 2017 at 9:46 am

    One of the biggest problem in Barbados in politics is transparency, accountability and the mechanics of it. The school of thought in Barbados is that a political individual can say and do what they like without any consequences, the Unions too so don’t let us fool ourselves.
    However when a Political party in power cares nothing about the people of the country they govern, it is cause for concern.
    For example if one check and interpret the disrespectful languages that each Minister and Senator speak towards the populace it’s appalling.
    Nonetheless it is beginning to feel like this country is no longer a democratic nation.

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  31. Dario R Bruce
    Dario R Bruce July 26, 2017 at 9:46 am

    nothing new there

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  32. Petra July 26, 2017 at 10:21 am

    where is the eagsr eleven

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    • Kevin July 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      They having lunch with the BLP Judases that dethroned the Queen prior to the 2013 elections.

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  33. Breadfruit. July 26, 2017 at 10:38 am

    @ Petra.
    hold on you eager one!

    De march set de wheel turning. slowly at first but duh gine pick up speed de more duh turn.

    hold on!

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  34. jrsmith July 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    @,Sandor, B, hail, hail, your (9:46 )good shot well said , but this is where we are at,…. Would you agree that we need to take our country back and something has got to be put in place to do so …
    ……..You have used one of my regular words (Accountability) and I base this as a start to put an act of Parliament in place , what do you think…you might be into our politics more than myself………

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  35. tsquires July 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Dear Brother Carl. You have made the same error our school system has used to befuddle most of the Barbadian populace, the original meaning of the word educate; comes from the Latin words ‘educe or educare’ etc. which translates to extract or draw out that which one has inside? Our Divine Intelligence, swapped for man made intellectuality of forcing lessons by rote into our memory. I pray that our people will awaken from their intellectual slumber, and remember when we had some of the best craftsmen and women, some of whom had never seen a classroom. I am in no way degrading learning; yet it is useless unless linked to intelligence/wisdom, it’s the main reason for our failures at every level of present day society fuelled by greed.

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  36. Milli Watt July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Stuart is a liability and what are you Belle………..I know I know you are not the PM and the last time I checked still bitter because we had to retire you in the public interest stupse

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  37. Greengiant July 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The reality is Stuart and most of the ministers of government knows opposition politics. Dr. Bell, like most other economist have a professional, personal, and political opinion regarding our economy. The missing opinion is the one in the public’s interest.

    None of them have commented on the proposal publicized by Solutions Barbados. These politicians, the social partners, the unions have no respect or regard for the ordinary Barbadians or they opinions. All these organizations believe they are chosen to lead the people, and not listen to them.

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  38. Lorenzo July 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Milli Watt why you attacking the messenger is the man correct or not ,that is the question can you answer that.Things could be better if the PM get rid of the dead weight in cabinet like Ms Suckoo who the people voted out for a good reason,Ms McClean who no one voted for,Jepter Ince who Mr Artur said is a cost over run,Mr Kellman who spends most of his time on the call in programs,Mr husbands ,Mr Todd and Mrs Garner Sandiford who in my view add nothing of significance to the Cabinet.This although small would be a step in the right direction.Heard Ms holder lamenting her critics today,if she wasn,t so biased she would not be attacked.Listening for the other Dem the madman John lovell tomorrow.Ms holder apologized to Jeremy Stephens on behalf of the Trini Dem today but I want the Trini Dem to apologize to Mr Stephens herself for claiming she saw Mr Stephens in the March when the guy is overseasSurprisingly she did not call Ms holder today but she is one of the biggest Dlp hyprocrites in Barbados who is now desperate .since the writing on the wall for her party.

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  39. Carlisle Norville July 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    what people like fraundel Stuart fail to realize, is that being educated is not all there is in life ,having a nice ride a nice home & so call upper class friends, dont say a thing in the site of the ALMIGHTY the word of GOD says that he will represent the fatherless & the widow, those that are taken advantage of, & those that are wicked & prosperous ,he says i will cut them down even though they have grown like a large bay tree, frundel & all like frundell have their day comming, what so ever a man or woman sow, in due season he or she SHALL reap.

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  40. Belfast July 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Freundal Stuart, Robert Mugabe,Nicolas Maduro and Bashal A-SSad, all products of the same despotic mould.

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  41. Helicopter(8P) July 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

    This question may be the most remembered in the history of the nation. Can Barbadians describe what is a republic ?

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