Stuart is a desperate man, says Wickham

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s attempt to introduce classism into the general election campaign is nothing short of desperation, according to political scientist and pollster Peter Wickham.

In an address on Friday night to Democratic Labour Party (DLP) faithful at the opening gala of the party’s 62nd annual conference, Stuart charged that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had betrayed his working class roots when he handed the reins of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), the country’s older political party, to Mia Mottley, something he said he had raised with Arthur in a private conversation.

He also promised to “explain the present leader of the Barbados Labour Party” to the Barbadian public during the campaign.

However, while stating that Stuart had to do what he thought was necessary to win the election, Wickham said playing the class card was a desperate thing to do.

“It is clearly an act of desperation, but also reflective of a political reality in which these issues are emotive. I also appreciate that a political party has to do what it can and I think that is something it can latch onto,” Wickham told Barbados TODAY.

The pollster, whose survey in June found that Stuart could muster only eight per cent support compared with 52 per cent for Mottley, came to the BLP leader’s defence, insisting that labelling her as a conservative was a perception that was far from the reality.

In fact, he said Stuart was peddling a rather emotive issue to diehard DLP supporters, hoping it would resonate.

“I will challenge anyone to tell me that it is one class of people that is currently prospering and one class of people that is currently suffering. The middle class and the working class are now in a worse situation than they have ever been,” he said.

“I think that  . . . Stuart is speaking  . . . to his base and that’s really all there is to it,” he added, going on to contend that the DLP had exploited both class and race in recent times, without providing details.

Wickham dismissed arguments that only members of the working class could toil tirelessly to promote the interests of their class, pointing to two of Barbados’ former leaders, whom he said had not come from the working class, but had done a lot for the country.

“If you look at Barbados’ history neither the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams nor the Right Excellent Errol Barrow were members of the working class. If you go across the region you have people like Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines who has effected significant change, Denzil Douglas of St Kitts and Dr Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago and none of these are working class people.”

The leading Caribbean pollster delivered a damning critique of Stuart’s address, saying it was proof that the Prime Minister was living in a world of his own.

In Stuart’s world, he suggested, “the Democratic Labour Party is well qualified, is ready and is strong”, and none of the major issues confronting the country really exist.

“Stuart’s message was a message of readiness. I would say that the Prime Minister essentially continues to shrug off criticisms. He continues to ignore the naysayers, one could argue, and he sent a message that the party is strong and he is ready to deal with all the criticisms of him. What I think is also clear is that none of the concerns that have been raised in the public domain about the economic situation, the historic march that recently took place, none of that has affected him,” Wickham said, adding that an over-confident Stuart would call the election when he was ready and whenever he felt he was in the best position to triumph.

The June opinion poll found that the BLP had 51 per cent support, while support for the DLP was at an all time low of 11 per cent. Satisfaction with the DLP Government at the time was at 3.3 out of ten compared to 5.3 for the BLP, while 71 per cent of Barbadians said they would like a change of Government, compared with 48 per cent when the Government last changed in 2008.

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

79 Responses to Stuart is a desperate man, says Wickham

  1. Patty September 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Wickham you also sound like a desperate man. Desperate to get rid of Stuart. Why not wait, if it is to happen it will happen. Stop sounding so vindictive and personal in every report on Stuart

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    • hcalndre September 4, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      @Patty; are you a sympathizer for the P M and his gang? can you say when an election was called in June, 6 months later than usual. If things were that good, what is he waiting for? whether he rings the bell now or never, nothing will get better under Stuart`s administration. Crime, transportation, housing, bad roads, tax returns, unemployment, water issues, solid waste tax, finger printing, Cahill, Hyatt, BRA, NSRL, all failures.

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      • Patty September 5, 2017 at 3:12 pm

        just what i expected sympathiser my foot…nobody can have an opinion anymore? I have my own mind…i dont sing in anyone’s choir…so don’t come with that. I can speak freely for or against. It is a known fact that Mr. Wickham has a personal agenda. I call it as i see it. I plainly said what will happen will happen. Stop trying to make people think like you. We are so gullible as a people. Most of you were cursing the same B.L.P about nine or so years ago. And if life lasts you will curse them again. As soon as things look bad we curse whoever is in power. Get a grip, I think for myself

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  2. Tsa Harris
    Tsa Harris September 5, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Yup

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  3. John Everatt September 5, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I agree with Mr. Wickham as that is what I thought when reading about the speech concerning Owen Arthur. My thoughts were that the man is reaching for a life ring and actually telling lies as Owen Arthur did not pick Mottley. He was forced out of power by the BLP president. Then he was called back because the BLP people did not think Mia could win. He is preaching to the choir here and has not real accomplishments to give them. OK, so what I really think is he is a lying sack.,,,,,,,,,

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  4. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

    He must go

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

      NEVER TO SHOW E DRAGON FACE ROUND HAY AGAIN

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  5. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 2:08 am

    I hate to see and hear wickham. He is as desperate as the PM is he speak of. Low rate political scientists, radio host and the media personal.
    This is the same man that is jump on any bandwagon willing (desperate) to take him and apparently the Labour Party has become such.

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  6. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 2:10 am

    I hate to see and hear wickham. He is as desperate as the same PM is he speaking. Low rate political scientists, radio host and the media personal.
    This is the same man that is jump on any bandwagon willing (desperate) to take him and apparently the Labour Party has become such.
    Disgrace to the highest order.

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    • Janet Bishop
      Janet Bishop September 5, 2017 at 3:05 am

      Really. Personality doesn’t come into it. Mr Wickham is a highly intelligent man and a humanitarian. There are few that can walk in his footsteps!

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    • Miguel Griffith
      Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 3:29 am

      Janet Bishop I never say he isn’t smart. I said he is a follow pattern, a sponge and very desperate. I would not want to walk in front of or behind him and I can assure you not much people would either.
      All he is good for is being a Spin Doctor.

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 5, 2017 at 7:50 am

      AT LEAST YOU AGREE P.M . DESPERATE TOO

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 5, 2017 at 7:54 am
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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 5, 2017 at 7:54 am

      FOR MIGUEL

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    • Janet Bishop
      Janet Bishop September 5, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Talk is cheap, so I guess you should be allowed to air your mouth, because that is all you are doing!

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    • Marley Braids At Town
      Marley Braids At Town September 5, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Wait the man air his views tho u need to respect what ppl say even if not being like tho

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    • Miguel Griffith
      Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

      I will air my mouth till my halitosis is gone

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    • Blacklegion Boss
      Blacklegion Boss September 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Peter Wickham always have something bout de prime minister what is his problem he needs tht much attention

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    • Miguel Griffith
      Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 11:04 am

      The best Spin Doctor.

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  7. BIGSKY September 5, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Mr.Wickham you are 100% correct.Instead of addressing issues of the economy and why the youth are turning to guns and drugs for quick money,hurting an already fragile sector.THIS MAN FREUNDEL STUART HAS A DOCTORATE IN VERBAL DIARRHEA.

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  8. Derek September 5, 2017 at 5:37 am

    You people talking rubbish
    Mr Wickhams polls have been wrong before and they are wrong now . We ate voting back in the DLP as their is no alternative

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  9. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen September 5, 2017 at 6:05 am

    How he get desperate when he is stepping out of politics after being an imposter for nine year

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  10. Sandra Estwick
    Sandra Estwick September 5, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Wickham you need to stop and go back and stop disrespecting my PM again sour grapes is a bad thing

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  11. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph September 5, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Silence is golden must respect the pm for that…he’s not one into micromanaging. Mps public servants all paid to do a job..let them work..

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon September 5, 2017 at 8:37 am

      True..my sentiments exactly.

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    • Gabriel Abed
      Gabriel Abed September 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Silence in golden, but not when you are the PRIME MINISTER OF A SOVEREIGN NATION.

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    • Tennyson Joseph
      Tennyson Joseph September 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Would the public servants improve its services to the general public? …Would it deter people from abusing sick leave benefits.?..Would it deter people from leaving their elderly relatives at the QEH.?….

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    • Tennyson Joseph
      Tennyson Joseph September 5, 2017 at 9:03 am

      I don’t know Gabriel Abed..we can be critical of him but the reality is the problems affecting bim is is not as black and white as it appears and we’ve heard a lot of long talk by previous pms …yet little has changed..

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  12. lester September 5, 2017 at 7:08 am

    No peter it’s you that desperate wha happen you frightened that your desire won’t be met? don’t worry mia got a spot or post for you iin she cabinet the minister of false polls

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  13. Saga Boy September 5, 2017 at 7:08 am

    It is interesting how he seeks to set the agenda for the Prime Minister. On the other hand Mia can do no wrong for him or her. Politicians introduce any subject matter which they feel might give them an advantage over the opponent. This is nothing new. He or she would do better if he stops commenting on political matters and especially in a manner which suggests how hateful he is of the DLP. How can anyone expect him to be objective and fair when no it comes to conducting any type of research that involves the DLP.

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  14. harry turnover September 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I wonder where all these DLP yard fowls gine hide when the results are coming in.Praising the DLP in gine help them get re elected.
    When Bajans go to the Polls they won’t be thinking about what Wickham did ,doing or would do.They won’t be thinking about what Arthur did to Mia and what Stuart is saying.
    They would see DLP..BLP ,IND and any other Party on the slip

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  15. Saga Boy September 5, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Peter has lost his or her credibility in polling in Barbados. It will take a while for him to regain it. He is very unprofessional in his behavior. How can a serous political scientist opening and publicly criticize a party and then except us to believe he is objective when carrying out a poll involving the same party. Seems he has already made up his mind about the party and its leadership.

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  16. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 7:43 am

    spot on pete, somebody say stop disrespecting my prime minister hummmmmmm but the CHAMELEON love to disrespect the masses. JUST SHOWS HOW IGNORANT SOME PEOPLE ARE…..CALL ELECTIONS DO, ST JOSEPH PEOPLE READY..YA GINE HOLD SOME HAND

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

      TELL DEM ALI

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon September 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

      I hope yuh like wha yuh work fuh Ali.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 8:48 am

      PATRICA I WORK ON AN FOR PRINCIPLE, THE IS AH FORMER DLP SUPPORTER DEM LOST FROM THE DAYS OF IGRUNT SANDI……..WHEN BARROW DIED, DEM DIED TOO

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  17. Max Carter
    Max Carter September 5, 2017 at 7:44 am

    keep the pressure on peter

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  18. bradg September 5, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This is not about Peter. The DLP old cocks and hens gotta deal with the facts. Fact is…….. this DLP administration failed tour country and its people miserably. Deal wid that!!

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  19. bradg September 5, 2017 at 7:56 am

    “our”

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  20. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv September 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Why he need so much more money why bit give up with out stupidity, He may be building out side a Barbados too for his private wealth cause what he got so far ain’t enough

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  21. Lee R September 5, 2017 at 8:04 am

    All the DLpites need to take off their blinkers. On a serious note, you guys cannot believe that all is well and that Stuart knows what he’s doing. Wake up!!!!

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  22. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson September 5, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The whole gang of the DLP misfits are desperate….Not only afraid of losing the next election, but being exposed of THEIR INJUSTICES for past nearly 10 yrs…..

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon September 5, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Those who are guilty of injustices tend recognize them in others.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 9:04 am

      WHEN THE LOSS ALL DEM PANTY/BIBADEE GINE GET FULLY EXPOSE HAHAHAHAHA

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  23. Thunder September 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I think that Barbados will continue to go down unless it returns to the lord,and also we need to look at our treatment of the poor,Mr.Wickam maintains that everyone is suffering, but I promise you,that there are some people in this country who will never suffer.
    Then they are a set of people who seem to be always suffering,frankly these are the people we need to pay attention to,because they are the ones who will rob and kill,because they are struggling to pay the rent,struggling to pay the water and light bill,struggling to feed their kids,struggling to pay busfare,struggling to send their kids to school,struggling to put food on the table.
    We have become too disconnected from our fellow men,reach out assist,where necessary, go on the block, visit the ghetto, give out hampers,money,be our brother’s keeper, because some have too much and others have too little or nothing,because it is the people who keep feeling the pressure who will keep lashing out,so wake up Barbados please wake up!

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  24. Wayne Dread
    Wayne Dread September 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Tennyson, they should let you write an article, you make more sense than the political implant who wrote this

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  25. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

    ONLY BLIND NAOMI, THE JUST LIKE THE PUPPET MASTER

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  26. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

    YES NAOMI, YES…..THEY LOVE LIES, RATHER THAN THE TRUTH

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  27. Greengiant September 5, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Just the usual political emotions here. You are so spot on mate@Miguel Griffith. They are both desperate men and yes Wickham jumps on any band wagon, though he’s a bright man, like most political scientist, if you don’t engage their theories or suggestions they will turn against you at any opportunity.

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  28. Milli Watt September 5, 2017 at 9:47 am

    A social class (or, simply, class), as in class society, is a set of subjectively defined concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes. Peter Wickham hush yuh mout Smith and Furnivall describe this as a plural society and Weber put the nail in it with his definition that suits Barbados. The man got a point.

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  29. Tyrone Corbin
    Tyrone Corbin September 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Granley Adams said something years ago less we forget BAJANS have short memory so mr wickham we have not forgotten you keep braking.

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  30. Judy Skinner
    Judy Skinner September 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    You know this election will centre around every aspect of Ms. Mottley’s life. Whatever one’s opinion might be, it must be plain to everyone that change is sadly needed. Ms. Mottley is an intelligent lady and must have the opportunity to see if she can turn the economy around.

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  31. Kathy September 5, 2017 at 10:29 am

    You Peter Wickham also appear to be a desperate man. You seem to living and breathing only get some kind of twisted satisfaction out of bemoaning and belittling everything that has to do with the Prime Minister. I am disappointed in what you have become. You need to get over whatever has happened to you in the past and get back to doing an unbiased job. What you are currently doing is quite distasteful and obvious to intelligent people.

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    • Coralita September 5, 2017 at 10:52 am

      A contract not renewed at CBC can cause a man to be so bitter fro so long?

      With all his intelligence, you mean to tell me up to now he don’t know how to move on!!!

      Peta singing for his suppa!

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  32. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith September 5, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Why are you telling me about the DLP. Once you say something about any topic in Barbados ya got to be a B or D. That is utter foolish, they will be times when I support the views of the BLP or DLP or Unions/private sector. I have never given wholistic support to any party or fraction.
    Just like how wickham can analyse and give his opinion about someone, why can’t I do the same. Is he some prophet whose words I cant speak against?

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  33. Lorenzo September 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Coralita and based on your contributions I believe you are part of the fatted calf brigade of the late Pm who is afraid of losing your scrathgrain.Always remember time longer than twine and what Mr wickham is saying is quite true to most sensible bajans,so do not attack the messenger deal with the message.What become of your pals Antionette Sealy and Joan Worrell gone into hiding?

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    • Coralita September 5, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Another small-minded minion I see. I simply spoke to Peter’s constant attack on the PM in his articles and on Brasstacks, which is there for all to see and if you cannot see it, you need to have yourself examined.

      I keep telling people of your ilk in these blogs that you don’t know who the heck you all are talking to when you make such silly comments. You come up in here making a case for your party (BLP) and cussing those who support the DLP (look back at your blogs). Who the heck you think you are? People have a right to support who they want in any sphere of life.

      Unlike you, I am not affiliated to any political party and have never benefitted from handouts from any and will never take anything from any of them. I am not a charity case.

      Thank God I had fantastic parents who worked hard and raised their children as independent individuals who are all hardworking and look after themselves and their families. Parents who shared so much with the community in which we were raised. One parent also received a National Independence Honour for said work and who is still alive.

      Know your place and go and occupy it in your ignorance and with that I have nothing more to say to you and those of your ilk.

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  34. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 5, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I have one question.
    Is the BLP going to make things better,what are the solutions?
    Because as far as I can see Barbados seem to be at the point of no return,unless drastic measures are put in place,and you all know to get people’s votes what these politicians are will too do,e.g. Find jobs that are not there,spend large sums of the taxpayers money,and we already in a bind,there is nothing there,everyone wants change but will it change for the better or will it remain the same?

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    • Leroy September 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Good question, and the second question is, between the dlp and the blp, who do you think will most likely bring about change. The blp with some fresh people, or the dlp who hasnt done anything for past 10 years?

      Think about it

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  35. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 5, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Miguel Griffith I wid you,as I tell people I sit on the fence so I can throw stones at both sides,because both political parties right now are a waste,persons have to learn to be objective,and not jump on bandwagons because they are political “yardfowls” call a spade a spade,and open their minds.

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  36. Roger Headley September 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I keep hearing the Stuart is speaking to his people and he must be since he can’t be speaking to me. But if he is, what kinds/types of persons are ‘his people’ that they will sit through him talking to them in such angry and condescending tones? Is the DLP a group of persons with such low self esteems? still happy to be in the presence of mere mortals?

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  37. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

    He have a right to voice his opinion though,just like you have a right to voice yours,and the same way you discredited him,he have discredited Mr Wickman,so you are both in the same boat …….smh.

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  38. Andrew Connell
    Andrew Connell September 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Michelle Griffith don’t start pointing fingers about being yardfowls. I have voted for both political parties as well so don’t go there although u may or may not be referring to my comments. My issue is being fair to all and in this instance to Mr Wickham. He projected a win for the DLP in 2008 and the supporters and party paid tribute to him in glowing terms. Now why is it that he and Cadres,not him alone…interpreting the data the same way he did then,that he can be accused of malice or some other wrong doing??? If anyone can be objective and show me sound reasoning then I am willing to listen!

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  39. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Andrew Connell I have no problem with Mr Wickman that’s his opinion,you are also entitled to yours,just as Miguel,was not even pointing my finger at you either,just talking in general.

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  40. Andrew Connell
    Andrew Connell September 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Michelle Griffith very well,I am obliged to u!

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  41. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Andrew you are so welcome,lol

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  42. straight talk September 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Yes Mr wickham I agree with you the PM is a desperate man he is desperate till some left and that is why he was on CBC TV on sunday looking to gain political ground. Because he is responsible for broadcast he think that he can used CBC for political gains. If it not a DLP branch meeting it is something for repeat visitors but not to talk to the country about issues relating anything else, and to show how desperate the PM is he is now talking bout explaining MIA Mottley. get real Mr PM

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  43. Patrick September 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I am tired and sick of Peter Wickham and his attacks on the PM, maybe the PM is a lover of things he hates.

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  44. Patrick September 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Hate

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  45. Darson September 5, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Lee R (All the DLpites need to take off their blinkers. )On a serious note,
    We took them off long time age ;and put them out to dry and BLP put them on and wont give them back
    We can see clearly now .

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  46. Darson September 5, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    10 Points Tennyson ,i want to read more from you .

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  47. Lorenzo September 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Coralita I call you as I see you you are a Dem .You have always defended them and I like you don,t depend on any of them so don,t get hot under the collar.If you are not a member why you attacking Mr Wickham for his view,this country do not belong to the DLpStop defending nonsense with so many problems in Barbados The PM rather than address Crime and the Economy spends time talking about explaining Mia Mottley a lady who has been in Public life for over 25 years and a giant compared to him politically and about Mr Artur who has already rebuked him.This kind of speech or comedy can only impress yardfowl like yourself coralita Derek and Darson,which is why the PM sticks to George Street.

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  48. Belfast September 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Those who were around when the Conservative party, was made up and supported mainly by the plantocracy, would recognise that the Prime Minister’s behaviour and utterances at times,is not far removed from those who lived in the Great Houses.

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  49. Troy September 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Stuart needs to go. Did nothing for this country….absolutely nothing.

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  50. Sylvan Greenidge September 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

    There seems to be an opinion that Barbados stands alone it it’s economic challenges- that no other country has been trying to ride out the worse economic recession to hit the world in decades. So that when look at our current situation we judge the government on what you feel now and not what happened in the past and we all need to do in the future to breathe prosperity into our economy again.

    Find it not strange that Mia has not been able to hint far less more explain what steps she would take improve our economy. I challenge anyone to raise the idea or ideas prefer by her. And the reason why she has not is simple. Barbados no longer enjoys the luxury of soft loans, special grants and low interest loans, upon which our prosperity was built. Truth be Barbados now like the rest of the economies in the world, big or small must now pay it’s way in the world. We must now pay for our own growth and development and herein lies monster.

    The current structure of the Barbados economy cannot deliver that growth that is so badly needed and it would take time and money to transition. That is what explains the reason for the heavy borrowing to carryout government’s day to day commitments. Barbados simply has to find new money to do the old things it had to do.

    It is against this background that we start to understand the challenge any future government has and what government we need going forward. The people of Barbsdos must be spoken to honestly and up front so that the government we need going must be honest, morally grounded and sympathetic to our situation.

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