It’s time you address the nation on the crime situation, Mr Stuart.

There is an uncomfortable sense that things are falling apart here, and if we are not careful the peaceful and placid paradise that we call home could be lost in the twinkling of an eye.

Equally disconcerting is that we will not be able to say we did not see it coming because the signs are being shot at us virtually every single day.

Unless, of course, we have been sleeping through this or we adopt the posture that is popular with the ostrich.

We might not have noticed, but even as the country continues to crumble under the weight of a seemingly unending economic malaise, few of us are talking about the economy these days.

And it is not because we have given up and chosen to wallow in self-pity.

In recent weeks the conversation has turned to crime and safety, as gunmen appear to be running out of control. In the last month alone, five people were shot to death, 21 have died by the gun this year, and we have registered 25 murders so far. That’s more than the 22 for all of last year and on track to surpass the 31 recorded two years ago, unless something is done now to curb the scourge.

Add to these the unknown number of shootings that do not result in death, and it is easy to see why so many of us are worried that beautiful Barbados has lost its innocence.

Amid the shock and dismay about this frightening travesty, lies fear for our safety. And in times like these, we need the calming voice of our leader to reassure us that

Government is taking control of the situation and everything will be alright.

It is what leaders do in times of crisis. It is what people expect in dangerous times.

But while the criminals run amok, leaving families in mourning and an increasing number of us in fear, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is yet to address the nation on the crime situation, to outline his plans to regain control of a situation that is quickly getting out of control.

What does this mean for our little paradise? And what does it portend for a people who have become used to firm, decisive, reliable and rational leaders who take us into their confidence?

Aren’t the alarm bells ringing loudly enough across our beautiful Barbados? Or is it that Mr Stuart is not hearing them? When will he take note? When will he talk to us, assure us, calm our fears?

After the next killing? The next shooting death? The next murder? Or the next? Or the next?

True, he is just one man, but he is the man who offered to keep us safe when he took the position of Prime Minister.
And now his silence, his utter silence, leaves us wondering what is going on. His

Government’s inaction will likely embolden the troublemakers.
Following the latest murders – a double homicide in Marley Vale, St Philip this week–

Mr Stuart, who lives a short distance away at Coles Terrace, visited the scene. It is instructive that he chose to say noting, except that he would comment at a later date

Maybe he will wait until he addresses the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) conference this weekend. It is not unusual for him to speak to us through the tunnel of his party.

However, it is not enough for Mr Stuart to parade before party faithful – the last poll said there was only 11 per cent support for the DLP – to spell out his plans for fighting crime. It is not enough that he should shout his message of comfort from the top of the partisan pulpit. It is not enough that he should speak to all of the people through just some of the people.

This is not leadership. This is the theatre of the absurd, the stage of parody that devalues the very leadership the country needs at this time.

While the Prime Minister remains silent on the escalating crime, we feel aimless. We feel rudderless. We feel lost. Meanwhile, the criminals are shooting their way towards a record number of murders.

We need to hear from Mr Stuart, and until we do, he will forgive us for believing that we now live in a kakistocracy. And we deserve better.

34 Responses to It’s time you address the nation on the crime situation, Mr Stuart.

  1. Shonel Kingston
    Shonel Kingston September 2, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Silence silence I am sleeping

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  2. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 2, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Elections please

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  3. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton September 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Pinch he and see if he wake up……

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  4. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada September 2, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Good luck getting that joke to speak on anything, cannot believe humans voted for him.

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  5. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis September 2, 2017 at 12:47 am

    He will at conference and you all bajans by time you check what the big words mean in going know what he just said

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  6. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose September 2, 2017 at 1:38 am

    He won’t dude is tone deaf , aloof and clueless!a walking waste of humanity.

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  7. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy September 2, 2017 at 1:51 am

    HE ONLY GO ON CRIME SCENES IN ST PHILLIP ONLY SPEAKS WHEN FLOODING HAPPEN IN USA ONLY SEND HIS REGARDS TO TRUMP WANNA LIKE WANNA SLEEPING ON SOMETHING THERE ONLY CERTAIN PLACES N PEOPLE IMPORTANT TO HIM

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  8. Geraldine Jones
    Geraldine Jones September 2, 2017 at 3:29 am

    He’ll speak up when tourism stops.

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  9. Ancelle John
    Ancelle John September 2, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Time to clean up the police force

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  10. Santini More
    Santini More September 2, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Lets be honest, we often call for this PM to speak and then when he does bother to unpick his teeth we scream for him to stfu, reason being is that he actually has nothing to say. He is a redundant empty shell with all the usefulness of a cardboard cutout in a rainstorm. Let us hope we all survive until the election bell is rung and we can consign this ‘shadow man’ to the dustbin of history.

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  11. Allison Serrano
    Allison Serrano September 2, 2017 at 5:00 am

    what now ah caucasian part at de statistics?

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  12. Sean Gibbs
    Sean Gibbs September 2, 2017 at 5:10 am

    As a reward for being the worst PM EVER his reward should be no pension.

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  13. Zabeeda Alli Abdool
    Zabeeda Alli Abdool September 2, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Too much …. enough is enough…too much lot a talk…while ppl loosing their families every week

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  14. Mīkä Böö
    Mīkä Böö September 2, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Mm

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  15. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis September 2, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Oh when he speaks…..more frightening than his silence. He will only speak at one of his return visitor soirees at Illaro Court. He will tell the visitors that crime here, like potholes, is a mere inconvenience. After all crime and potholes can be found around the world. He will have the AG and Min. Kellman there. One will support his point that we’re not as bad as Trinidad and the other will say that potholes and crime save lives. Now that British man is possibly latest victim, he will tell his visitors that tourism is well. Sigh stupse and smh. Oh my Barbados. Vacant at the top. Call for a hero. Clement Payne Samuel Jackman Prescod Sarah ann Gill rise!

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  16. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 2, 2017 at 6:45 am

    He will address his party on it, and it will be televised.

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  17. William Davis
    William Davis September 2, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Give froome d broom

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  18. Anderson Gilkes
    Anderson Gilkes September 2, 2017 at 7:33 am

    The crime is not an inconvenience

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  19. Clifford Ward
    Clifford Ward September 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    worst PRIMEMINISTER in the world,sweep dem out.

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  20. Jus me September 2, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Ooops,
    Mmm,!!
    A whitey!!??
    Oh Jaysus!!
    En yuh does expect comment.

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  21. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

    If the PM went to a crime scene, and did not even said anything to the family. But could send a message to Trump on the flood in Texas.

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  22. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 2, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Seriously what the hell he gine say that other politicians or big shot scholar has not said,these people just talking talking but squat happening because like I have been saying and will continue to say it’s just poor bottom of the economic ladder folks getting kill or main.Until well heel person tourist or politician friend or family member get main or kill nothing but plenty talk gine happen.So let him stay quiet because he seems to make more sense when he keeps quiet anyways.

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  23. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen September 2, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Look closely,makeup was done by Clyde B jones let de damn man R I P ,can’t y’all see de man dead.he was dead for nine years coming.funeral services will take place next year .

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  24. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 2, 2017 at 9:04 am

    It’s just a couple rat loss peasant folks killing folk that are not of the important group. Why the heck should our illustrious sweet speaking insulting tongue serpent address the nation. He never did before so why should he start now. Look keep silent Stuart, and let the asinine look down upon peep squeaks complain about your stupid leadership till you depart office. Your guarded house and 10 pit bulls are well placed to secure you after your reign as PM comes to an end.

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  25. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley September 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Stop begging him to speak, wait for the elections, no matter how long he takes, it gotta happen, then that will be all Barbados’ chance to speak to him!

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  26. Tony Webster September 2, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Tour de force, dear Ed! Hmmm….it’s also instructive to note the weak-kneed tactic which our political maguffies are wont to “accidentally” insert into every public utterance: it’s either a Caribbean” or a “global” malaise we are confronting..and therefore, verging on becoming quite normal and common-place….so no big t’ing, really!

    However as God and Ossie Moore however know, it’s a heck of a lot easier, or less difficult, and certainly leass expensive, to promptly (sorry) arrest a tear in our social fabric, than to procure an entirely new garment. These guys can procrastinate while fiddling….AND chewing gum,

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  27. YOGI NI September 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    The funny thing is, a bullet does not have a name Mark on it. Anyone of us can be shot any time any place. My biggest fear in Barbados is being hit by a stray bullet when I’m driving or walking.
    The politicians in Barbados don’t seem to be aware of this. I hope to God that none of them or thier close family ever get hit by a stray bullet, because only then will we hear their voices and anger. May God help us all to survive the violence .

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  28. DE September 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Eddy Murray, are you reading my thoughts. When start to read that article, I just shut down the page.

    Freundel Stuart, always say that Barbados is one big society but I know that he is not any part of it. The man just do not care about any one but himself. Not even the fools who defend and support him, cannot even see that he does not care about them.

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  29. Sue September 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Have made previous comments about the fact that we have been coming to Barbados for our holiday since 1989 with only a year or 2 missed. I am increasingly dismayed at the number of fatal shootings and stabbings. We stay at the same resort in The Gap and each year finds us leaving the grounds fewer times than previous years. Sorry to see this happen.

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  30. Alvin Cummins September 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Over 20 years ago David Thompson, then leader of the DLP, and before the election due at that time, made Crime Aand Violence the subject of his campaign. A study had been conducted and what it showed was that these issues would overtake Barbados. Of course there were no end of critics, sceptics and naysayers. Thompson lost the election and the matter faded from the consciousness of Bajans. But the insidious inevitability of the issues due to growth of the drugs culture and accompanying growth of guns and youth violence have taken place.Now everyone wants to paNIC. Like cancer it is slow growing, until it takes over then it needs drastic measures to too it out. Handling this situation with kid gloves will not help. Chemotherapy cures cancer by killing off good cells and bad cells. The cure occurs when the good cells grow back faster than the bad cells until there are no more bad cells. The bad cells in Barbados have to be destroyed or rendered harmless, or overwhelmed by the good cells. Every good person in the island has to render the bad cells unable to function, by rendering them helpless; by whatever means.

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