McCLean disappointed with Stuart’s leadership style

The former head of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation Dr Leroy McClean has expressed disappointment with the leadership style of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

“If you are leading a country, you have to be visible, you have to be seen and heard,” McClean, an agriculturalist and a former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidte said on Sunday’s Starcom Network’s Down to Brass Tacks programme.

“The Prime Minister of this country has demonstrated in the last election a skill that he was capable of taking charge of that process and basically snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Everybody had given up [and was saying] that the Democratic Labour Party was going to lose the last election. He [Stuart] was able to bring it to the point where he was able to win.

“I said then the Prime Minister now has his own mandate, now we are going to see a different type of leadership. But I am not happy that a person with his ability has demonstrated the kind of leadership which is required because you have to be visible,” McCLean added.

He also addressed last week’s march by the trade union movement and sections of the Barbados private sector over the recent increase in the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

Delivering the Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture at the DLP’s George Street, St Michael headquarters Friday, Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman said the trade union movement in Barbados had no grounds for taking to the streets over the increase.

But McCLean said Stuart should put a gag order on Ministers and politicians and take leadership on this issue.

“What I would like to see happen, is that all of the Ministers and politicians keep their mouths shut where this matter is concerned. That is the first thing that I would like to see, and that they back off,” McCLean said.

“If you say that the Prime Minister’s Office is dealing with the matter as the Government arm of the Social Partnership, let them deal with it.”

Political Scientist Professor George Bell, who was also a guest on the programme, had a different point of view.

“We deal with a whole set of confusion; chaos is what is human and that is the human reality,” he said.

“What will happen is that the negotiations themselves are going to try to bring the temperature down and to try to get consensus. But they must be out there, in reality, people going in all kinds of directions. That is why we are in a situation where we want these negotiations.

“That is actually the reality, you have boiling water and you have bubbles all over the place, Kellman is a bubble, in other words,” Bell added.

58 Responses to McCLean disappointed with Stuart’s leadership style

  1. Taan Abed
    Taan Abed July 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Well said

  2. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Mc.Clean you better watch you dont get hit with one of those big rocks that those ministers pelting about

  3. Ladyann Goodridge
    Ladyann Goodridge July 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    We all are!

  4. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Who isn’t ……

  5. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson July 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    You and most of Barbados

  6. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman July 30, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I didn’t realize he was a leader

  7. Pauline Haynes Polonis
    Pauline Haynes Polonis July 30, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Join. The. Club!

  8. Alex Alleyne July 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Maybe the PM just “fed-up” with the way his Ministers are performing………

  9. Johnathan July 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Like all the strong men and women in the party Sturat like Thompson have no room for them. That is why Leroy is out in the cold. He is one of the break gates in the party just like Clyde Mascoll,Kerry Simmonds,Ralph Thorne, and you can go on. Just that Leroy decided to stay with those bandits. Stuart would like Denis Low,clown Kellman lickeosh Richard Sealy,all the idiots. Leroy should have been the MP for St. John but again Stuart,and Kellman didn’t want to strengthen the Thompson clan and weaken his power…Stuart is just a
    bad,selfish,ugly,speightful,disrespectful,self centred,arrogant uncaring and distrustful excuse for a Prime Minister

  10. Wayne July 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I am puzzled? There is a chain of command, a good leader and the people, by virtue of the vote appoints ministers to govern areas and constituencies, the PM allows the ministers to serve the public, if and when they fall short ,then it’s time to move up the chain of authority /leadership, it appears that this Lockheed wants the PM to be here there and everywhere.

    • hcalndre July 30, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      @Wayne, from the start, Stuart knew he only had a one seat majority so he had keep his tooch quiet. You remember the Eager 11. How is it for 9 years these ministers did everything the way he wanted, could that be possible? Talking about style, what style? he don`t speak to the people of Barbados, when he was elected that mouth belong to the people and they want to hear from him and no lamb and lion talk or Jacob and Esau talk, keep that for children`s bible school. I heard a person that I thought better of admiring his style too, but I know that some folks are like lizards, changes their (color/position) because of where they are sitting.

  11. sandy perkins July 30, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    He is awful,I don’t know what bajans were thinking when they elected this goverment.As the saying goes,peter has to pay for paul and paul pays for all.We are all paying for this Goverment.Fumble enjoy your last few months.

  12. Keen Observer July 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Leroy McClean wants ministers to keep their mouth shut but what is he doing? He is doing exactly what he was expected to do when he was invited to brass to do to try and weaken Stuart. Donald Trump is doing a lot of talking and where has it helped him. The political opponents wants Stuart to do a lot of talking so that if he misspeaks they can make a video and use during the next election campaign like they did with Thompson and crime and violence. By his own admission according to Mcclean the Prime Minister was able to snatch victory from defeat last election. Prime Minister Stuart understands the Barbados electorate. In addition, McClean seems to have forgotten that David Thompson could not keep a gag on Eswick or Kellman. Furthermore, the DLP only have a one seat majority. Stuart has learned from what collapsed the Sandiford government.

    • L.J July 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      you keen observer…. is speaking about what they did with the owen arthur administration, during the last election video tape and use during the election against the arthur administration and only a scum bag would do that and they did and all of us ass is paying for it all now.

  13. Milli Watt July 30, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    You benefit from this party for the last two terms, said nothing, could be heard defending it and now you got a problem with this PM. While I also got issues with the PM you know where he stands I got a problem with the likes a you jumping ship like a rat stupse. You should have said so long time. Continue doing what you have been doing the last two terms

  14. Lorenzo July 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I agree wholeheartedly with Mr McClean ,mr Stuart leadership style is not working .I hope mr Broomes ,Mr Lovell ,and Ms Holder are listening because his style is not astyle for a leader.Mr Stuart needs to lead from the front and address issues confronting Barbados like crime and the economy via a news conference to all Barbadians where he can be questioned not overseas or at no DLP branch meeting.I heard Mr Broomes ,a man who through his record in education I have great respect forsaid on the programme on Thursday that the Pm has spokenand he did not need to say anything else really,this country is not owed by the Pm but by 275,000 bajans who elected the DLP to serve and if the people are frustrated by this Tax they have a right to protest what treason and liars Mr lovell talking about,pure nonsense from you.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 31, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Mr Stuart cannot lead from the front because he is too busy cherish his ability to speak in parables, and enjoying the spot light of being a poor man who became a poor rakey Prime Minister. You think your Mia is going to do any better?

  15. Wendy Edwards
    Wendy Edwards July 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Have you ever noticed that these so call DLP members when ever the party is having difficulties and they are not getting what they want they always try to embarrass the party and in good times they come back like nothing happened.

    • Milli Watt July 31, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      @ Wendy this happened between 91-94 like rats from a sinking ship and show up when the wind changes stupsee a political opportunist and PARASITE. There is something TO BE SAID ABOUT LOYALTY and this DLP got a problem attracting people loyal to the cause.

  16. Alex Alleyne July 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I will close by saying this, “NEXT TO EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAN STANDS A WOMAN”.

  17. Ian Babb
    Ian Babb July 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Wendy are you saying your party having difficulties? I am surprised you made that confession. By the way only good times the DLP ever have is when they take over the government the BLP left. They all act like a child who now receive a windfall from his parents, and go on a spending spree, like the prodigal son, then come back home ( the electorate) asking for forgiveness.

  18. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson July 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Most of Barbados aren’t impressed by his lack of leadership…sorry excuse for a leader

  19. The Negrocrat July 30, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    WAIT, STUART IS A LEADER? I din even know that.

  20. jrsmith July 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Bajans are to be be blamed, for the lack of democracy which should be displayed from the black masses , who has allowed this government to punish bajans with the failure and non active do nothing attitude by the politicians ………… which placed them in position of …….. do what they like …………… say what they like anytime they like……..In other words bajan politicians have bajans black masses in ( lock down ) as they have recognize how the white man controls black people … ………………………………

    Give them the bibles allow them to manufacture the fantasy religions , people having 10 bibles in they homes , no jobs to go to no food in they refrigerators and keep they minds engaged praying and waiting for God…………………… …………………..
    I dont really think this is funny that 50 years of (Independent Dependency) has brought us to this crossroad ,that 1% of our nation is in control of our country/ people ……… Can we in Barbados say we have a democratic government which was voted for by our people , how can we , when they are treating our people with total contempt ………………………………………..
    …………….A publish report from the (Audit General’s) office which exposed to the world that 900 millions bds dollars is missing from the treasury and no one from the government said one word about the same…………. just see the arrogant behaviour , rude and out of control, with no (Accountability) to our people………..

    Its at a point right now ,that the people of Barbados need to take something back of our country , we need an (Act) of parliament namely so the (Accountability Act) , which gives the voter an automatic right to use the same votes , which put the (MPs) in office to remove them , if they are not working for or in the interest of the people……….
    This we need to be in place before the up coming elections , no matter who wins ,we never want to be in the position as we are f for the past 2 terms painfully waiting for an election to remove a totally failed government……………………………………………..

    • Hewers of wood July 30, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      jrsmith – But the politicians is who got the 1% in this very said position. Them ain’t got no choice. Them 1% own all MAJOR ENTITIES.

  21. BIGSKY July 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I disagree with you Professor Bell,Minister Kellman is not a bubble.He is a nut.

  22. Mark Rosmar July 30, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    So basically he wants a Joseph Stalin government.

  23. Keen Observer July 30, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Jrsmith bibles have not prevented black barbadians from succeeding. Is it the bible that have them out there buying remey hair? Black people need to be more risk takers Like NE Wilson, and Black Funeral homes owners. They need to understand the importance of investment for wealth creation and passing it on to the next generation. In addition maybe if the bible was read more there would be lest killing among our black youth.

    • Hewers of wood July 30, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      @Keen Observer – I agree with you to a point. Blacks buy Remy hair because of mind destruction and a lack of self identity from the slave trade. Same for straighteners and wigs etc which is a 9 billion dollar industry. And who is cashing in ???? a lot of our men is messed up too in more ways than one. Unless you can understand the scale of mental destruction done to this people during slavery you will not understand. The destruction is also progressive. The part about the investment for wealth creation among other things need to be placed on the school’s cirriculum. This is where the education starts to fail this people. For your info our people was also taught money squandering in slavery too. Every Friday night was drinking night etc. True if the bible was read more then maybe, just maybe this people would be able to trace their history which is actually written inside of it.
      @jrsmith – Having 10 bibles does not mean that any reading is taking place as this people hate reading. Stop bashing the bible and READ IT.

  24. Wendy Edwards
    Wendy Edwards July 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    What spending spree you talking of . It is the BLP that had a spending spree , this economy should have been able to withstand shocks if Arthur had continue the policies Sandiford left. Even Mascoll and others said so he borrowed and spent on lot of ill-advised projects.

    • Ian Babb
      Ian Babb July 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      WENDY WHERE DO YOU LIVE..ha! ha! ha! Sandiford had so much money that he cut civil servants salaries. And wanted to devalue the Barbados dollar. Arthur had all who wanted work working. So much money was in the Barbados economy until your party of Idiots, the DLP, came to power. squandermania the order of the day under the DLP for party supporters, family and friends. A wicked bunch. Hope all of them have a passports to Dodds, when the Government change.

    • Flex Lugar
      Flex Lugar July 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Worst government in bdos history…..

    • Wendy Edwards
      Wendy Edwards July 31, 2017 at 6:09 pm

      Saying that makes you feel good? Hope you don’t be disappointed.

  25. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson July 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    What leadership?

  26. Wendy Edwards
    Wendy Edwards July 30, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    DO you remember when the DLP came to office in 1961 every thing changed.More people started building wall houses ,people moved out of the fields and worked in hotels. garment factories, banks, stores and a new middle class was formed. These were prosperous times ,They brought people out of the third class .Living above our means is what got us here borrowing money to pay our debts instead of earning it borrowing to boost foreign exchange and creating a welfare country that we cannot afford that is what the BLP did.

    • Ian Babb
      Ian Babb July 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      You all always go about spreading DLP lies of what they did 1961-1976 including free secondary education when the DLP came to power and found secondary schools already providing free secondary education pre 1961. In Case you forgot hotels came about in Barbados because the BLP had the foresight to build a deep water harbour and extend the airport to bring tourists here. Deny that Wendy!!!The DLP government did build one garment factory, bank, or store in Barbados. We cannnot afford welfare for the poor under the DLP when Ministers of the DLP government mothers, who are maids could die with 10 million dollars in her bank account. CALLED THE FBI

    • Wendy Edwards
      Wendy Edwards July 31, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      I have heard people that worked with you say you are a joker and now I believe it Those schools were call Comprehensive Schools they had a different curriculum .HC..,QC,CP, AX,St Mich,FS COmB, Alleyne FS Lodge all charged fees.The Comprehensive Schools were changed to Secondary Shools later

  27. Wendell Kirton
    Wendell Kirton July 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Barbados you all about to see the end of this government as we speak

  28. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian July 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    What leadership style? What he does has no resemblance to any kind of leadership.

  29. Jason C. July 30, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Wait, Stuart is the the PM still?
    I thought minister Sinckler took over….after all, he seem to be calling all the shots…
    My bad…..

  30. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm


  31. colleta July 30, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    So much colorful language just to describe a government, the people of Barbados already know that politricksters are all about themselves, the people who defend them are no different. The people who defend them don’t care about themselves as long as there party is in place.

  32. colleta July 30, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    So much colorful language just to describe a government, the people of Barbados already know that politricksters are all about themselves, the people who defend them are no different. Those who defend them only care about themselves as long as there party is in place.

  33. Darson July 30, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    DLP Members are not Just the elected ones ,we listen and observe, let you all talk and we flatter you with no reply until we are ready .
    keep on calling names and disrespecting your leader .
    no matter what he is the leader ,and in my opinion a very good one (most people don listen enough to understand him)

  34. John A Watson
    John A Watson July 30, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Leadership styles vary . Any good leader use a combination of styles to suit the situation that requires it.. His success will be judge on the results . So to be critical of a leader it would be necessary to point out his failures .

  35. jrsmith July 31, 2017 at 5:19 am

    You can see from the varying pieces why the present government got away with how they have the bajan masses in (lock down)….
    …………. My take they will win the next election very easy , they make sure the people is set against each other……….

  36. Tony Webster July 31, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Most of these comments indicate a high level of intelligence, insight, engagement, and committment to the future of our country.

    However, what are the younger crowd thinking? Chatting “politically” with my my thirty-ish daughter, I asked her a few questions about the political posture of the “yung-uns”.

    “Dad, ” she sez, “young people are just fed up with politicians and the economy…they’re tired and fed-up looking for good jobs….lots don’t have any intention to vote ….they ….they just don’t seem to have faith in anything political….except getting a real job”.

    I hope that whomsoever asks Peter The Pollster to go delving into the minds of the electorate, will carefully select the right questions…to slice and dice the resposnses with a very sharp knife…as although my daughter’s take on our younger citizenry is not good news, at least it might cast a light on the gloom…and allow someone to prepare a path to lead us out of Rocky Gully.

  37. jrsmith July 31, 2017 at 5:31 am

    @, Hewers of wood, hail, hail, your (6:31) I am very near to 80 living between my barbados and the (UK) … had a very good life growing up in barbados in a certain part of Ch,Ch .. had a good life then and still having a good life now, I have never prayed for anything in my life ……. So you could stuff your bible , its better to read a which magazine……………..
    I did what I had to do for family , for me 3 things in my life I am concern about .. How much money I have in the bank, my immediate family and my genuine friends………you have a good day……….. Hewers…………..

  38. jrsmith July 31, 2017 at 6:12 am

    @,Tony W, hail, hail, your (5:24) good slot, I am totally in favour with the young , who I am hearing with similar comments , but the older people is carrying the same language , they are not looking for jobs but is concern about the young families who is struggling…………………… also the behaviour of the politicians ,the lies , the deception , the arrogance , the bad attitude , thats why we need to protect the young people from falling into the same trap and keep the politicians in check …………
    ……We the seniors must not pass on to our young people voting failures of our masses , who cast they votes to secure jobs for politicians , who then in tern does nothing other than draw down on they pay cheques………….something must be done ………

  39. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 31, 2017 at 9:56 am


  40. Carlise Norville July 31, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Frundel. de Attorney General,& Sinclair, seem to have the same disposition( these people are self-centered,& when are they dismissed by the populace they leaving parliament with dey pockets FULL of money

  41. BAJAN PHIL July 31, 2017 at 11:59 am

    the govt is not punishing bajans they trying to keep a sinking ship afloat

  42. Belfast July 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Stuart is a leader all right, a clone of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. He is leading us all like rats down into the biggest rat trap ever.

  43. Belfast July 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, Ministers should keep their mouths shut, like at the time when the then Prime Minister Sandiford gave this man a golden handshake of $90,000 just for transferring from one government department to another.
    It is all a matter of What’s in it for me?

  44. Pat BB
    Pat BB July 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Nobody in their right mind ain’t gonna like Stuart’s leading style, he just don’t have d “know how” he is a waste.

  45. Tony Waterman July 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    @ Ian Babb!!! Can you please ell me/US which Secondary School in Barbados was providing FREE SECONDARY EDUCATION as you have Stated Pre-1961, I left Combermere in 1961 (1955-1961) and only Last Summer when i was at home and going through some OLD Papers i found a Receipt for My School fees for that Year 1961 for $8.75c my Mom had paid the $8.00 and the .75c was due and Payable, i guess because She also had to Pay for My Brother (Foundation) and my Sister (St.Michaels Girls School)(Now St,Michaels Secondary School), so there was NO FREE EDUCATION Before the DLP Came to Power in 1961, and I can remember the BROOMS sweeping in the Fairchild Street Bus Stand, it was pure Mahem that Day.

    DISCLAIMER:- My Parents were BLP Supporters, i followed my Dad around many timees to Tyrol Cot where he often Sat with Sir Grantley and chat for Hours, BUT!!! I am NOT a Supporter of either Party, as i am NOT a Believer in Party Politics Westminister Style, it does us NO Good, it is one step forward and Two steps Backward we NEVER get ahead, and we NED desperately to rid ourselves of this Monkey on our Backs, and find a way to live in Harmony and for the GOOD of our Country. To this end i would start by BANNING POLITICAL PARTIES, and having everyone being Voted for election to Parliament be elected on an ISLAND WIDE BALLOT, including those who want to be PRIME MINISTER (2 different ballots, 1 to be elected, 2 to be elected PM).
    Lets get this system in place ASAP IF we want to SAVE our Beautiful HOME LAND.
    BTW Ian!!! I can take aphoto of this Receipt for Fees and Post it to Facebook if you don’t believe me.
    I did not come this year, too expensive, i could have got there, but it was $1000.00 min to get back here, Air Canad is Making a Fortune from our Cropover celebrations.


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