‘Stuart unable to sympathize with ordinary Bajans’

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is being painted as incapable of sympathizing with ordinary Barbadians because he has “clothed his personality in the robes of a monarch”.

In addition, attorney-at-law and Barbados Labour Party candidate in Christ Church South Ralph Thorne contended, Stuart is displaying a worrying inability to grasp his own National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL), making it difficult for him to deal with the concerns raised by the private sector and the island’s trade unions about the burdensome tax.

“The Prime Minister has distanced himself from any substantial ministerial portfolio that involves full-time labour and seems to have clothed his personality in the robes of a monarch who makes occasional intervention by way of commentary into the more substantive work of his other ministers,” Thorne told Barbados TODAY after an estimated 20,000 people answered the call of the unions and the business community to take to the streets of Bridgetown to demonstrate their opposition to the NSRL.

“The Prime Minister is altogether ill-equipped to review or change something he knows nothing about . . . . He therefore appears to speak with little authority on the subject [of the economy] and substitutes that lack of authority for statements that are condescending at best, and at worst, bereft of any academic merit.”

The last comment was in reference to Stuart’s defiant position expressed at a luncheon organized by the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s Christ Church West branch at Almond Bay Hotel on Sunday.

It was there that the Prime Minister had made it clear that he would not allow the trade unions to dictate Government’s fiscal policies, and that the march would not force his Government to revise the controversial levy.

Despite the Prime Minister’s defiance, Thorne said the turnout at Monday’s march was a triumphant rejection of the administration’s tax policies.

26 Responses to ‘Stuart unable to sympathize with ordinary Bajans’

  1. Kevin Gibson
    Kevin Gibson July 27, 2017 at 1:00 am

    By the way the so called ordinary Bajan dose not need anyone’s sympathy we need accountability of where all the money has gone with all these for profit politicians in all parties so tired of these get rich at poor people expense.

  2. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 27, 2017 at 1:16 am

    SO TRUE.

  3. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 27, 2017 at 1:56 am

    he does not care. elections, please

  4. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles July 27, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Don’t let Adrian Shorey hear you talking about his beloved Prime Minister

  5. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman July 27, 2017 at 5:22 am

    So where you now come from with that BS, ordinary Bajans are smart as hell. So get off your soap box about the PM because its all of them in the political class. Who over the years has used the treasury as their personal ATM. I do not only blame him but as leader he should have done more. However that is hard when you are part of the culture and the establishment.

  6. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 27, 2017 at 5:25 am

    = This ideology spreads through all walks of life in Barbados FROM THE VERY WEALTHY to those who CANNOT AFFORD to feed their children with the essential nutrients or food groups needed for correct brain development and then wonder why the children not doing good in school, why is there so much violence. The Job of the Prime minister should be to go up and beyond all men and women in the country in strides to making the people and the country rich both in knowledge and wealth. Show sympathy to the rich and the poor the educated and uneducated, the healthy and unhealthy. People can only interpret things through their reason which have been developed through his/her life experiences. I personally believe like many government workers and some may take offence but you can choose to interpret this message in what ever way you choose. A SIMPLE THAT DOES NOT FALL UNDER MY PORTFOLIO OR NOT UNDER MY JOB REQUIREMENTS DOES NOT WORK WHEN IN THE POST OF PRIME MINISTER. It it now to a clear point where the DLP administration feels disrespect well guess what WE the people of BARBADOS which you represent feel disrespected as well. Every action will have an equal and opposite reaction that is just the laws of the universe and they don’t change easily because that is ONE OF ITS JOB REQUIREMENTS LOL

  7. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore July 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Is this guy serious?

  8. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 27, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Let’s be friggin real all of the politicians regardless of political affliation can’t sympathizine with ordinary Barbadians just well heel fat cats.Look at how much of Barbados that have being soldout to the highest bidding well heel fat cats.Simple politicians are self serving people who don’t care about poor folks but make poor folks think they special just to get votes at election time.

  9. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore July 27, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Show me a politician who genuinely cares

  10. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love July 27, 2017 at 6:52 am

    More accountability on all sides …its a service not a job!

  11. Saga Boy July 27, 2017 at 6:57 am

    looka my crosses. Ralph of all people,

  12. Skylar Prince
    Skylar Prince July 27, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Wrong messenger. Silly season has started.

  13. Greengiant July 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

    That’s all the BLP can offer, ‘sympathy’. They can’t offer any alternative solutions to the current political or economic status quo. So Thorne said the right thing. You also said the right thing, we need transperancy, accountability, and better management of our taxes. We need reduction of expenditure in the public sector, cost of energy, and increased production in all sectors. We are yet to hear any solutions from the BLP.

  14. Patrick July 27, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Come on Raphl! The PM is often seen with ordinary man in Marchfield, when last you visited the ordinary man in Ealing Rd.Grazettes? do you remember losing in the box from that area where your family is still living. Leave out the “ordinary man “talk

  15. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis July 27, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Here is an example of the Pot calling the kittle black.

  16. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 27, 2017 at 8:02 am


  17. F.A.Rudder July 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

    After all is said and done there is hope in some ethnic groups who believe that the good seed and actions of their present generation would benefit their descendants decades to come. Some ethnic groups live as Noah lived and they were others after him; who were transformed to super-ego. His ego was never altered he was a good planner and architect as well as head of household.

  18. Andrena Ceasar
    Andrena Ceasar July 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

    lol you too

  19. jrsmith July 27, 2017 at 11:22 am

    @, Kevin,G , hail, hail your (1.00 am ) on the button , well said……. Adding to your shot for a while I was trying to get bajans using the term (Accountability ) i have been called a lot of names, but hoping bajans would see my points…………………..
    Bajans have allowed our politicians to do what they like, when they like also say what they like at anytime , especially disrespecting the same people who cast votes for they parties……

    We the bajans black masses have had 2 full terms of unchallenged , bad leadership and bad management from this present party ….. ……………The people not being able or not wanting to try and remove the government from office, but continuously suffer day after day…………., The pain of seeing that the vote they cast was to only secure jobs for people for 5 year terms , who just looked after themselves and some others and the voters would have to wait for the end of the terms to try and remove them…….
    What I am scared of , this present party being in power after the upcoming elections ,,( Oh dear ) the fate of our Barbados/ Bajans.
    …………….. We have marched and is in good spirits, let us then extend this further to recover our country back from the politicians, we want to keep them in check who ever gets in power next time… ……… We need an (Act) of Parliament , namely so the …… (Accountability Act) which means the same vote used to elect (MPs) that same vote can automatically used to remove them from office if they are not working for or in the interest of the people……This chance will never come again , we cannot pass to political control to our young people……………..
    …………………..BAJANS PLEASE LETS DO THIS ……………..

  20. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison July 27, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    i guess silly season has started no politician care about bajans…politicians remember de poor people when they want votes…when they get their seats they live high pun de hog and not the least bit interested in de ordinary folk….so he can talk after all its his mouth

  21. mira Dean Armorer July 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Editor
    These comments against your PM are altogether unfair! As everyone knows he grew up in the depths of poverty , his father having died tragically when PM was only 9, leaving his mother to find employment as a domestic. Stuart is a person who, with the help of Almighty God , has made himself , by discipline, hard work and perseverance . He is gifted not only with a great intellect, but a deeply compassionate personality and is really trying to do the best for the country that he clearly loves .

    One can only hope that his taciturn personality is not mistaken for arrogance

  22. Ralph W Talma July 27, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I do not know you Mr Thorne, but you are a candidate for the Party I hope will win the next election, and what you said was true. But, you are running in the constituency of my birth, and where I travelled every road electioneering with my Father for 10 years. Sir, the people of CH CH have seen their livelihood diminish drastically over the past years; and I have watched with pain in my heart, unable to do anything. But, my situation is rapidly changing. If you are lucky enough to be elected and ever try to betray the people of CH CH, then I will come out there and take you on for their sake. You see, I know from my friends the people are hurting, and my wife regrettably has incurable cancer; so, I can quite easily dig-out my copy of “Are you mine rich or poor ” and once again try to make the people remember the good old days when what a politician said on the stump was what he actually did when elected. Having said that, good luck to you and Ms M.

  23. Pat Clarke July 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I agree with JR Smith. We need Politicians to be accountable for their actions when elected. We vote them in believing that they will do what is right and will take care of the country as a whole. When they get in within five years they are multimillionaires not caring about the least of those in the community who cannot eat or take care of their families. I always wonder why it is that politicians would do anything, and I mean anything, to stay in power. I am sure it is not because they care about the people but I am almost certain it is for what they can get out of it for themselves and also to prevent the other side from finding out about they nefarious behaviour while in office. We as a country need to band together and hold politicians accountable so that the country will prosper and benefit all of its people and not just a few. I am one who is hoping for a change of Government in order to give the other side a chance to move this country forward. Ten years in Office is a long time and if the Government could not get anything done in 10 years I don’t think they will be able to anytime soon. Down grade after down grade is not going to do it for us and I am afraid that is all we will get. All they and their party supporters keep asking is where will the BLP get the money from. Well I want to know if they remain in power where will they get it from, because after 10 years in office they have not been able to figure out how to get it without taxing it out of the people. Maybe they will have the Central Bank to continue to print indefinitely putting the country in even more economic problems than we are in at the moment. In the last 10 years (2008-2017)Barbados has gone back by about 20 years. To leave this Government in office any longer will push us back by another 20 years. I don’t even want to think of what Barbados will be like in the next five years if they remain in power. You hear their party supporters on the talk show everyday advocating that they be given the chance to continue. If they were running their own businesses like the way they are running the country I am sure they would all be out of business by now. Can we afford to keep this DLP in power, while watching the country going down the drain waking up morning realising that everything is our of control and they is no way of turning the country around. It will be a difficult task if the BLP wins the next election to get the country turn around but I am confident that Ms. Mottley and her team can do it and we need to give them a chance.

  24. John Behsrre July 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I agree with jrsmith

  25. Sam Clarke July 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    The Emperor ha no clothes. The Prime Minister and his aloofness has done this country in. This naked Emperor continue to keep his head in the sand, in his Socratic belief that all is calm.
    The people of Barbados are finally taking a stand against political incompetence, lawlessness and corruption.


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