PM Stuart: Crime solutions on the way, stay tuned!

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has called on Barbadians to exercise patience in the wake of increasing crime, saying a series of measure to tackle the scourge will be rolled out soon.

He told the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 62nd Annual Conference this morning that the measures are presently before the Cabinet.

“A suite of legislative and other measures, all within the constitution, to confront this issue is engaging the attention of Cabinet at the moment. These measures, the Royal Barbados Police Force has assured us, will enhance considerably the capacity of the force to deal with this scourge. Stay tuned,” Stuart said.

The announcement comes against the backdrop of rising public consternation over gun and other forms of violent crimes.

So far this year, there have been more than two dozen murders compared to 22 for all of last year.

The prime Minister did not provide details on the measures or when they would be rolled out, saying they will come like a thief in the night.

“The criminal element does not call press conferences or issue releases to announce when or where they will strike next. That criminal element relies heavily on the element of surprise. The State, therefore, in defence of its citizens and of its values, will make use of the element of surprise as well,” Stuart said.

“Government is focusing on aggressively confronting the problems on specially equipping the law enforcement agencies and rationalization the operations of our criminal justice system,” Stuart added.

The Prime Minister noted that it’s a “small segment” of the population that now sees the possession and use of a high-powered firearm as the best symbol of personal empowerment, adding that they must be brought back on track.

But he warned that the crime problem did not develop overnight.

“Let us not pretend that the so-called bad boys in the society were sneaked into Barbados one night when we were all asleep. They are the sons of mothers and fathers that we know. This is our problem and we have to confront it honestly and deal with it. We did not get here overnight and we are not going to get away from here overnight.

“Higher standards in our households, better examples in our communities, a more aggressive outreach by our churches, teaching and learning of good citizenship in our schools, and a politics that helps our young people to realize their dreams and aspirations must replace the high-powered firearms as a symbol of personal power.”

He acknowledged that these are medium term solutions but said “we must begin to work now to save those who have not been ensnared in this deadly trap”.

104 Responses to PM Stuart: Crime solutions on the way, stay tuned!

  1. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Winķy Blink and Nod.. stupse

  2. Max Carter
    Max Carter September 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    elections to

  3. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith September 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Go back and sleep please

  4. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine September 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    New Prime Minister on the way, stay tuned!!

  5. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian September 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Kinda reminds me of Trump saying he had a health care solution. All promises and no substance..

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd September 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm


  7. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore September 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Will someone who genuinely cares about this fellow speak to him candidly without fear of reprisal concerning his public utterances? He may make one or two factual statements in his diarrhoea of incoherence but the other 98% is diatribe, pure dribble.

  8. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen September 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Sir i was waiting to get some kind of confidence and reassurance from you ever long time since now om ta late ,I got bags under ma eyes ,I got de shakes and I not sleeping went to de doc sarda morning and he tell ma I suffering from PMNOSI .i ask he wa he mean? He say it mean PRIME minister non on serious issues.he right de killing giving ma fear-pa-ta-tions

  9. Roger Alleyne
    Roger Alleyne September 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Nothing will take place
    Elections too close for anything to be dun
    Crime didnt get this bad over night
    All talk and no actions as with everything else

  10. Roger Alleyne
    Roger Alleyne September 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    The price we are paying at the pump is a crime will you address that as well

    • Colette Felix
      Colette Felix September 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      I swear by election time the price will be $5 per litre

  11. John Everatt September 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Yes Mr. Prime Minister. Distinguishing truth from lies is very important. And if you say this new legislation will “soon come” then I’m sure we can all believe that you are telling the truth.

  12. Curtis Brewster
    Curtis Brewster September 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I ain’t holding my breath!!!

  13. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes September 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Not the time to stay tuned or put people on hold. If you are going to say something make it useful

  14. Alex Alleyne September 3, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    “STAY TUNED”………you might hear something BRILLIANT.

  15. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood September 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Agree with you Angela but wait he get up to change his pamper

  16. Daisy Suzanne King
    Daisy Suzanne King September 3, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Stupseee! Waste of time comment from a waste of time masquerade PM

  17. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz September 3, 2017 at 9:29 pm


  18. Phoenix Sevyn
    Phoenix Sevyn September 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm


  19. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole September 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I was wondering if to hold my breath but I have decided not to hold my breath. I have not heard any expressions of sympathy for the bereaved who recently lost their sons. The PM’s comments seem to indicate that these people are to be blamed. Based on what he had admitted it makes me wonder if his solutions will only target the vulnerable and not even mention the importers of the guns. These are the ones who are ultimately responsible for the gun deaths. What I am really waiting to find out is if his solutions will bear the burden of proof that his government is complicit. So I will await his pronouncements.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      heather no!!! don’t hold that breath, don’t want to lose u, dear

  20. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown September 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Such a jerk

  21. Marty Carter Adams Bramble
    Marty Carter Adams Bramble September 3, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    lmao miss stuart who you think you fooling

  22. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson September 3, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Prince who’s the new one You?

  23. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson September 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Lillian you of all ppl saying that smh

  24. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson September 3, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Heather ya talking stupidness wanna ppl smh

  25. Sunflower Granderson
    Sunflower Granderson September 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Clifford you really think so hmmm becareful what you wish for

  26. Sarah Amlot
    Sarah Amlot September 3, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    When he leaves office it will not be a day to soon

  27. Maureen Burgess
    Maureen Burgess September 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Get rid of you and your team, we will be fine,

  28. Donnita Douglin
    Donnita Douglin September 3, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    My prime minister has the belly. He has been running from his mouth now for the last few days nonstop. We all know that elections is next year. He now know he have a. County to speak to ? . Why don’t Fumble go back to sleep.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 4, 2017 at 10:08 am

      He didn’t speak to the country only his dip sheeple

  29. Alicia Holder
    Alicia Holder September 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    I don’t know where David Thompson get he from, never heard about this man ever and just so he a prime minister. Stupse do. The broom and mop and garbage bag waiting for you next year.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      he was put there for ah reason.

    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore September 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      You’re so correct. Before being chosen PM by the DLP Parliamentary group, he was not known for anything although he spent 5 yrs in the Lower Chamber (House) & 5 yrs in the Senate. But he will long be remembered as the one who destroyed a whole country.

    • Alicia Holder
      Alicia Holder September 3, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      Sure right.

    • Seth St John
      Seth St John September 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Well how about me then? I didnt just start following politics yet i can say that he did nothing of note in his time meddling with politics.

    • Kayden Jada
      Kayden Jada September 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm


  30. Lady Boss
    Lady Boss September 3, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    One thing I realize about him he talk around de bush,never to the real point
    ……..give someone else de seat man…..

  31. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    ah hear ya Ali

  32. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    please let the man live, so we must die whaloss

  33. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    ah sunflower should look radiant, not dull

  34. Ashera Small
    Ashera Small September 3, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    U know what does kill me most? The fact that bajans does suffer with long term memory loss.. All kinda talk bout how fed up them is with the present govt and them can’t wait til election day to vote them out, but when election come around few weeks of getting jobs and “free” money from the said politicians wunna fed up with now and bruggadown, wunna vote them back in.. He ain’t change an ounce since before last election and wunna was fed up then 2 but Wha happen??? Stupse do

    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon September 4, 2017 at 3:08 am

      what is your alternative????

    • Ashera Small
      Ashera Small September 4, 2017 at 5:51 am

      My alternative to what dear?

    • Kesi Fields
      Kesi Fields September 4, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Ashera Small I think she means what is your alternative to silence, disrespect and economic, social and political incompetence.

    • Ashera Small
      Ashera Small September 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

      My alternative is to implement the changes and take the actions that we as bajans spend 4 years saying we can’t wait til election day comes to take, instead of complaining only to end up not doing anything about it when presented with the opportunity

    • Kayden Jada
      Kayden Jada September 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Praise the lord girl you’re are so right.

  35. Natalie Broomes
    Natalie Broomes September 4, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Let one of these politicians family pick up a stray bullet and you will see how quick the red tape drop and a solution is found. Y’all should of been thinking of a solution every since.

  36. Ancelle John
    Ancelle John September 4, 2017 at 4:33 am

    I told you pack your things and go home enjoy with your wife

  37. Kerrie Turney
    Kerrie Turney September 4, 2017 at 6:05 am

    The one solution I was listening for was not mentioned, the “bigups” to stop letting in the guns

  38. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton September 4, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Barbados knows you Sir, you gine and sleep fuh a thousand years not a thing gine happen.

  39. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 4, 2017 at 6:44 am

    He needs a communication director because he shouldn’t say some of the things he said… But… They are a few things I agree with

  40. Sheena JB Twyman-Musgrave
    Sheena JB Twyman-Musgrave September 4, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Chen Griffith

  41. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma September 4, 2017 at 7:28 am

    One true thing he spoke it didn’t happen overnight! Why it didn’t happen overnight? Because the government of the day allowed it to get out of hand before heeding the voice of the sane and sensible within society and actioning measures to deal with it. They, politicians, were also too busy making their own lives cushy!!

  42. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 4, 2017 at 7:38 am

    You can help immensely

  43. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 4, 2017 at 7:39 am

    BTW… you can write his speeches for him and you don’t need to be there. You can do a daily conference call

  44. harry turnover September 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Stay tuned ??…George Pilgrim tell me to stay tuned too and I was tuned in since around November 2016 .
    Stuart ,the ONLY thing that you CAN say that I would believe is when ELECTIONS gine be.

  45. Donild Trimp September 4, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Why do people just post their picture without writing a comment?

    @Lilian Lloyd – can you explain.

    That is the way to go Mr PM.

    Let them guess at what is coming.

  46. The Elephant September 4, 2017 at 8:23 am


  47. Arrizi September 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Perhaps our honorabe PM will come through you will wake and hear hangings for murder resumed the guy got plans to retain the government in the next election that man brilliant and Bajans and ms mottley will be drunk with suprise and caught again with there pants down

  48. Marcelle Kelly
    Marcelle Kelly September 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Bare big talk and not a bit of action

  49. Clyde Thompson September 4, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Mr. Prime Minster do the right thing, dissolve your government and call the elections, you are totally wasted and have done your time.
    You are now as honorable to Barbados as Harvey (hurricane) to Texas. So open your mouth and utter something sensible.

  50. Speedy Gonsalves
    Speedy Gonsalves September 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    And they living in their ivory towers drinking champagne….

  51. Carolyn Wickham
    Carolyn Wickham September 4, 2017 at 9:27 am

    True Cuz

  52. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 4, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I understand what you said and you are 1000xcorrect about the parenting and even the need for dialogue. I have said it here over and over again to ad nauseam, but what the ppl are speaking about is the PM lack of leadership, his silence and his failure to give comfort when needed.
    Someone died in BK, and cities do experience crime, but Barbados fits comfortably in Brooklyn and the community sense of community we feel in Barbados is not the same here. If someone on my block dies, the likelihood that I have had an encounter with that person is slim to none because there is always ebbing and flowing in this place, but in Barbados we do know our neighbors personally. That creates a different level of grief, angst and grieving when they are neighbors.

  53. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke September 4, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I had to read this twice to be sure.

    “The State, therefore, in defence of its citizens and of its values, will make use of the element of surprise as well,” Stuart said.”

    By advising, does that not mean there is no surprise? Isn’t this the same as telling someone they will have a Surprise Birthday Party? So where is Surprise?

  54. jrsmith September 4, 2017 at 9:40 am

    @, Ashera Small, hail,hail, your (11:48 ) on the button well said , so I will add , bajans must stop stepping over the real problems which isn’t only the priminister , its all of our politicians they have suckered us in , having things they own way doing what they please treating our people as like something they step in………..

    What is frightening we the people cant , or have nothing to challenge the politicians they need not bother, because they dont have to answer to any one ……. not accountable ……….Ask ourselves the question, who or what our black masses have to compare our changing way of life to or with cant do it with the 1%ers………
    We need to control our politicians from all parties or movements they have gotten out of hand, bajans must be in love with suffering economically and socially I see no signs of getting change , but we must put something in place so we can get rid of the failing political infrastructure ……………………….
    My take an act of parliament namely so the (Accountability Act 2017) giving our people the automatic right ,to remove from office the failures who our people must put up with and can only remove them as by a chance thing at a general election ,, just think the same government being return to office , what a day what a disaster , we are doomed……………………………..

  55. Seanstar Bradshaw
    Seanstar Bradshaw September 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I’m hoping something is actually done this is happening way too often. Although the PM usually have nothing of certainty or substance to say and seemingly acts accordingly in this case I

  56. Tony Webster September 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

    @Arthur Collymore: tek a bow m’lud….I would happily go back to school if you would , kindly, and as my father explained to me how the mafia carefully sliced a head of garlic with their stiletto before introducing into the unfortunate’s ribs….explain to me how you do it do…er…so .”delicately”. Hmmmm… Keep your powder dry…and your garlics…moist and ready!

    BT: please guys….I speak figuratively, OK?

  57. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete September 4, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Government is in charge of justice system parents responsible for their children both have failed

  58. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 4, 2017 at 10:20 am


  59. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 4, 2017 at 10:22 am


  60. BIGSKY September 4, 2017 at 10:24 am

    A lot of big words and a whole speech with NOTHINGNESS.The Prime Minister is truly gifted in VERBAL DIARRHEA.

  61. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 4, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Breaking news PM has awoken and is going back to bed too sleepy to talk.Sir with all due respect talking ain’t getting Barbados no where but the man even in his sleepy state made a couple of good points.

  62. Vincent Valentine
    Vincent Valentine September 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Can someone plz tell him to call election fast we him gone

  63. Vincent Valentine
    Vincent Valentine September 4, 2017 at 10:52 am


  64. Tee White September 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

    This contribution from the PM is depressing and just goes to show that this political system we inherited from the slavemasters and the colonialists is dysfunctional and can’t help us to solve the problems we are facing. This is a severe problem our country is facing but instead of engaging our people in a discussion so we can get to the root of the problem and try to find workable solutions, he declares that his cabinet has a plan but it is a secret because, “The criminal element does not call press conferences or issue releases to announce when or where they will strike next”. Does that mean the government is now working from the same principles as the criminal gangs? Is the plan to declare war on sections of society in Barbados? Why don’t we try to find a rational path? First, let’s find out who is bringing these guns into the island because we sure don’t have no factory here making them. Then let us find out what the triggers are in the lives of these young people that is pushing them into the criminal gangs. If we can identify these, then we can intervene early before it’s too late. Prevention is always better than cure.

  65. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Crime solution on the way, after Dems allowed it to get way out of hand.

  66. Darrell Catwell
    Darrell Catwell September 4, 2017 at 11:42 am

    RIP VAN WINKLE ? maybe who knows? I mean,c’mon man, all the rest of the time you did sleeping? You now wake up ?

  67. Joerg Zindler
    Joerg Zindler September 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    freundel mekin sport here

  68. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson September 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Better not hold our breath.

  69. Buun September 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    What about jobs creation for the youths on the blocks that are turning to selling drugs for survival? They can’t afford to go to UWI to keep them out of trouble and get an education to better themselves.

    We ain’t see problems yet, when more youths find it hard to get a decent education and find work but easier to get a gun and sell drugs. This is the Barbados your administration is giving us for the next 50 years.

    Don’t you think the cost of living and no jobs is part of problem?

    Probably not because your administration have their heads so far up in the sky dreaming of how to get more money from the people of Barbados, International business people and visitors. Beg, beg and more begging is the strategy of day . Tax, tax, tax and more taxes is strategy for tomorrow.

    This is how I see it for the past 7 years with your administration. So go and tell it to the Devil.

  70. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville September 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    It’s on its way by way of Red Jet

  71. Donild Trimp September 4, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    @Darrell Catwell –
    @Angela Griffith
    @Bajan Positve Brian
    @ltz Queen ========== your response is nonsense.
    @Baz MozBaz
    @Michael Turton
    @The Elephant
    @Rawle Spooner
    @Darrell Catwell
    @Clyde Thompson ====== garbage post from you.

    You people operate off of pure emotions and throw rational thought, logic and common sense out of the window.

    You all cannot have it both ways. Your arguments reveal a mind void of intellectual ability.

    You all wanted the PM to wake up from his slumber as is evident from the many post bombarding this forum day after day.

    Well, the PM woke up and is articulating the issues like a genius, now you all are afraid and asking him to go back to sleep.

    Do you see the folly of your logic?

    The PM is hitting the nay-sayers like a heavy weight boxer by addressing the issues and everybody is scrambling to counter punch but can only come up with weak punches day after day.

    I predict a DLP victory in the upcoming elections.

    • Buun September 4, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Talking is NOT a genius! Founders of companies like: Microsoft, Apple, IBM, SAP, Google, Facebook, Whatapps, Ebay, Amazon … these founders are geniuses of today and tomorrow that addressed real issues with REAL SOLUTIONS. So what has he done? Just talk and tax?

      Don’t fool the kids into thinking this PM is a genius? Go tell it to the Devil.

  72. Linda Fenty
    Linda Fenty September 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    The Prime Minister have no solutions to our Island’s problems. He is just feeding us with empty talk. The day is coming for us to get the rid of him and his band of outlaws. Please don’t have short term memory on Election Day people. Not one of them should win their seat . Make it happen my fellow Barbadians.

  73. Roger Headley September 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Mr PM, no one is afraid to say that you are naked. The Emperor’s new clothes syndrome aint working for you.

  74. Lorenzo September 4, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Donald Trump are you a clown?What has the PM said to make hin a heavyweight boxer ,a lot of empty talk that impresses yardfowls like yourself,where are the solutions for the economy and crime.The Pm always addresses serious issues in George Street where he cannot be seriously questioned.heard the yardfowls out today on Talk ya Talk and Brasstacks like Arthur,Rawle,The Trini Dem,Blessed nuisance from the west coast,Straker,s Tenantry,Verity Beckles,Ms Hurley,the returning Democrat saying what a great speech the PM gave and when pressed to highlight anything rambled all over the place about Ms Mottley,s speech etc,poor indeed.

  75. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore September 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I love you.

  76. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada September 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Sorry Mr. Prime minister I got a better chance winning lotto before you come up with any thought on the crime situation effect Barbados.

  77. Donild Trimp September 4, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    @Lorenzo —-
    “where are the solutions for the economy and crime”

    Put that question to the BLP and see what answers you get.

    Good luck.

  78. Lorenzo September 4, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Donald Trump I am putting the question to the Government in office,the BLp is not in office.That is the problem with you Dems always shifting responsibility and blame to someone else,soon you all will be blaming the BLp for the crime situation.for god sakes take charge of a problem for once and get the AG to bring some action to bear on these wannabe thugs and I am not talking about no study,enough of the talk ti is time for action.


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