PM to receive report on how Barbadians view the island 50 years after independence

Government is to receive a report on Tuesday outlining what citizens want to reclaim, retain or discard, in keeping with the questions posed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last year during this island’s 50th anniversary of political independence from Britain.

Barbados At 50: The Barbados National Values Assessment 2016 Report, was undertaken by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies and will be presented to Stuart during an Evening of Appreciation, on Tuesday.

The report is expected to inform Government of the views of the population in relation to where “we are as a people at this juncture of our 50th anniversary as an independent nation”.

Stuart has said he is eagerly looking forward to receiving the report and having a national dialogue on where the country should go, particularly in light of several recent incidents among young people that have led to concern by Barbadians, and generated widespread discussion.

“It is my hope that this important research would be the platform for a series of in-depth studies that would inform our policy formulation, development and implementation over the next 50 years and beyond,” he said.

In January last year, Stuart had asked Barbadians: What are those features of Barbadian life that we have lost and that we need to reclaim? What are those features of Barbadian life that we have not lost and need to retain? and What are those features of Barbadian life we have not lost but we have to try and discard as quickly as possible?

103 Responses to PM to receive report on how Barbadians view the island 50 years after independence

  1. Ernesta Catlyn September 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    National dialogue? Ok

    • Ernesta Catlyn September 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      A nation-wide conversation?

  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore September 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Any report will show that systems set up 50 yrs ago no longer work & in need of major reform. If the analysis is unbiased, it will also show that the country regressed under his leadership.

  3. jennifer September 10, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Here we go with the studies BS again. Where are we 50yrs later????? Jesus, no further. Majority is in the same position. And the synopsis will depend on the outlook of the hand pick representative lot. It will all depend where the minds of the sample lot is at. So from this I cannot see any productive, policies being devised to allow real progression. Not to mention that Fundel is all about fun and fanfare.

    • jennifer September 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      It would have been better to do a study on how far the minorities have developed since independence. This would have given a better outlook on the majority lot.

      • Belfast September 10, 2017 at 8:36 pm

        But who are the minorities? Blacks in this country seem to be well placed in the category of the Minorities. We are the ones who need real representation.
        Even the foreign Macaws, Egrets and wild Parrots have come into Barbados and are decimating our stock of local birds.

        • Jennifer September 10, 2017 at 10:44 pm

          When Large becomes small. And small becomes large. Hahahahahaha

  4. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne September 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Just go ,time for questions gone .

  5. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow September 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Why bother Winky Blinky and Nod. MR FOSSIL is a plank

  6. Gerald Matthews
    Gerald Matthews September 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Wow,… he needs a report,… Maybe if he would just get out of his nice air condition office everyday and talk to the people in the street. He would get the actually get the facts he is looking for. But maybe a sugar coated roll of toilet tissue is what he wants instead…. Barbados is to just small for this blotted political bureaucratical BS

  7. John Everatt September 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Geez, another study? Do we really need a study to tell us what the population of this island feels and thinks about values and where we need to go from here? My god, if this prime minister is that blind then he needs to go to the eye clinic for sure. It is violence and the economy here and you are not going to get a pat on the back for your role in controlling either one of those.

  8. Darson September 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    You guys are really smart ,what is your area of qualification ?
    not the Masters in Critique ,I know that.

    • John Everatt September 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      It does not take a degree to have common sense. I know many people with pieces of paper without an ounce of common sense.

  9. Anderson Steven
    Anderson Steven September 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    How about a report on how they destroyed all of this country’s gains in 9 short years

  10. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Suffering under this admin, no work, no raised of pay, only high taxation.

  11. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin September 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    The Govt claims it doesn’t have money to undertake the most basic things which they were elected to do, and makes it a priority to pay for a study from the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute ? Oh yeah Dr. Don Marshall must be smiling !

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm


    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 11, 2017 at 4:10 am


  12. hcalndre September 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Is this national dialogue going to be held at George Street? that`s your comfort zone. The dialogue should be focus mostly on the last 9 years of your administration since independence and you will see that 95% of what happened under your watch was of no help to the people. Have a look at the previous Prime Ministers and see where you stand among them.

  13. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman September 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Don’t worry. The report will show that everything is wonderful, mostly due to the excellent leadership and management of the country over the last ten years. And if the first draft doesn’t, the second draft will.

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm


    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison September 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

      I love u your sarcasm Michael and you are right, the PM must get it right, lol.

  14. harry turnover September 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Politicians RICHER since Independence.for the public Purse is there for the taking since Errol Barrow made that decision.
    We need to reclaim England to run our affairs ..that is what we need to do.

    • jennifer September 10, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      I am really tempted to agree with you because the end result will be the same. The 95% can’t get no worst off. They are still UNDER THEM ANYWAY with their systems, GG and BS.

    • Tee White September 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      @harry turnover We were doing so well under England, eh? Black people couldn’t even vote. We had no secondary education and we had malnutrition and poverty and Bajans had to run anywhere that would accept them so we could have a chance at making a life and you want that back again. You must be lost your mind.

      • jennifer September 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        We can only move forward from here. The hog guts is now fat, and full and their territories well established by way of usury. England got the rid of Barbados, not the other way around. Despite what Errol tried to make people believe. They had no uses for Barbados as they knew that the minds of the people was fully destroyed and now in deep servitude to their children which they left on this island. Look currently at their territories. I know people from Anguilla. Mind you Barbados is still one of them too. We still fully depend on them in a disaster also. Then this government is also answerable to the grandson of the old woman. And our leaders just keeping the people down in the hole.

        • hcalndre September 10, 2017 at 6:55 pm

          Jennifer; I have to agree with you here, England left Barbados, Barbados did not leave England, that`s why you can still see judges` with that nasty looking wig, the English laws that are outdated are still in effect, this fellow want “Sir” attached to his name and they still holding on to England as their head, what about the parliament? The only change in the color of the masters that took the baton and continue the journey, improve themselves financially, their thinking have not change.

          • jennifer September 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm

            @hcaindre – ok then. They might as well go back under the sow and drink some milk. Mind you the minorities ridding the same people with their ill gotten wealth. We do not want to see that we are the splitting mirror image to these people only skin is different. Like twins.

      • harry turnover September 11, 2017 at 6:48 am

        How you mean black people couldn’t vote ? who voted for Errol Barrow ? no secondary Education ? maybe for you but I received Secondary Education BEFORE INDEPENDENCE and I don’t know about any widespread malnutrition and poverty that was worst than in the other Islands.
        Man you getting on like things were so bad that Bajans were running here there and everywhere to make a living….with what money if they were so poor may I ask ?and without education too ?
        You must be a stranger to sanity if you can’t see that the flood gates to the Treasury ,the manipulation of the Civil Service,the infiltration of the Police Force and Judiciary and a HOST of other things that can’t be mentioned here were OPENED AFTER INDEPENDENCE.
        ……and BOTH Political Parties have been using that to their advantage SINCE INDEPENDENCE.

        • Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

          @Harry – This people is BLIND to the EXTREME. Mind you the British would not want back this people anyway as them now into space exploration, banking = more strangulation, corporations, and slavery on a much bigger scale via chip insertion for all. Do you not see them just rid of the EU for the said reasons them get the rid of the so called bajans. This is why I keep saying this crime situation will become much, much worst especially WHEN this people awake from slumber. And who you think will not be buying a gun will get one. Just keep watching and waiting.

        • Tee White September 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm

          @harry turnover
          The English colonialists brought us to this island in chains in 1627 and used us as lab rats in order to perfect their methods for enslaving Africans. In 1937, after over 300 years of British colonialism, they could publish in their own report on nutrition in Barbados, the following words, “…. there is extensive malnutrition in this island…[due to] the inability of people of poor means to purchase necessary foods”. Bajans did not get universal suffrage until 1951, a full 6 years after the end of World War 2 which they claimed they fought to protect ‘democracy’. It was not until 1962 when Barrow introduced free secondary education that the majority of African Bajans had a chance to get a secondary education. The English colonialists have never given Bajans, especially us Africans, anything. All they have ever done is take, take, take. The problem we have is not that we want them back but that we haven’t got rid of them enough. We are still labouring under an economic and political and cultural system they put on this island to oppress and exploit us and the inferiority they instilled in our minds is still plaguing us. We are like collective victims of the Stockholm syndrome. The more we get abused, the closer we want to draw to the abuser. Wake up Barbados. This is 2017.

  15. Swindley Edwards
    Swindley Edwards September 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    We HAD a great leader then, he have an intellectual Pygmy NOW.

  16. Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
    Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa September 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I will write the report for free

    • Sophia Lewis
      Sophia Lewis September 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      You know th SAs have it. You were the closest cause you know that the report got a vote or money nice passed over. Sweet to do it for free but that’s not what the report is about.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 11, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Sophia Lewis no it’s to convince us they have not been lying for last nine years ah too late !!! Everyone on to you now

  17. Jarmara Chandler
    Jarmara Chandler September 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Ok… this is gonna be interesting

  18. Saga Boy September 10, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    @BT. You need to monitor these comments. Janet Bushop Bishop may not like the PM but she is being very disrespectful. Comments such as hers should not be allowed. We cannot or should not go about disrespecting persons because they have different views. If the PM had made a similar comment about the leader of the opposition all hell would break loose. I feel similarly about negative comments about broad noses.

    • hcalndre September 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      @Saga Boy; is this person description of the PM is wrong? did the person threaten the PM or his family? if that`s how they see it, that`s their opinion. The PM insults bajans daily with his medieval phrases and speeches.

  19. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt September 10, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Ok take away 9 year from 50 .

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Nine? The effects of last nine years will be felt for the next twenty at least!!

  20. Robbie-John Creole Fos
    Robbie-John Creole Fos September 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Stuarts biggest decision will be “Which shelf to put it on so it will gather the most dust before general elections?”

  21. Adrian Odle
    Adrian Odle September 10, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    What a shock he will be In For since he is so disconnected from the people! Please do have medics on standby! It’s not every day a pig gets to see how sous is made so he may be in shock when he realises that he is the main ingredient for the country’s downfall haha.

    • Adrian Odle
      Adrian Odle September 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Jalisha James

    • Noel Jones
      Noel Jones September 11, 2017 at 6:50 am

      What shock ,this report will show his much how good the Dlp leadership is that’s why Son Marshall

    • Adrian Odle
      Adrian Odle September 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Noel Jones oh ok! You can message me when it’s back sir!

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison September 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

      Damn !!!
      Adrian Odle,
      I must say that yours is one of the better worded comments here, accurate in content and brilliantly put together.

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete September 11, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Noel Jones in other words all lies

    • Adrian Odle
      Adrian Odle September 11, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Gillian Skeete haha

    • Noel Jones
      Noel Jones September 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Yes Gillian Skeete

  22. johnrsmith September 10, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    @, Harry turnover , hail, hail , your (4:00 ) on the button well said must add for 50 years of (Independent Dependency ) and our people is still lock down, 1% of nation is still in control……….
    Our black masses keep stepping over the real problem, all of our politicians is out of control, they are not ………accountable …… anyone , they are arrogant , do as they like , say what they like and disrespect our people , we need to keep them in check ….. we need a bit of legislation an act namely so the
    ( Accountability Act 2017 ) which automatically give the people that right to remove from office any (MP ) who is not working for or on behalf of the people …
    Its taking 9 years to wait for a general election to remove a bunch of people from office ,who has contributed nothing to the black masses in barbados , what would be a sad day for barbados this government winning the new election………….

  23. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley September 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Citizens want to reclaim their country for sure, they will mostly retain some of the old standards that worked and bring in some sweeping new changes in how things will be managed around here, but Mr, PM i am glad to say that the majority of citizens will be most happy that you are properly discarded to a place where you can ait and write the manual on how to fck up a country,

  24. fedup September 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    All I have to say is “steupse”.

  25. Nikolai Gibson
    Nikolai Gibson September 10, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Let him come online and read these comments and he would know instantly.

    • jennifer September 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      my thoughts too. Take it hot from here with many different varieties.

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 11, 2017 at 8:14 am


  26. Lee September 10, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    “To talk of many things:
    Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
    Of cabbages–and kings–
    And why the sea is boiling hot–
    And whether pigs have wings.”

    “But wait a bit,” the Oysters cried,
    “Before we have our chat;
    For some of us are out of breath,
    And all of us are fat!”
    “No hurry!” said the Carpenter.
    They thanked him much for that.

    Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll)

  27. Milli Watt September 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    another report………………….YYYAAAWWWWNNNNNN

  28. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton September 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    LIke he cares

  29. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis September 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Money maker. Who gets to do the study. Who compiles the report. Last leg so all kinds of weirf and wackies going to appear.

  30. Edmund Harrison
    Edmund Harrison September 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm


  31. Rickie Nurse September 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    We want to reclaim our pride and dignity in the Caribbean and discard of this the absolute worst administration and Prime Minister ever in our entire history since adult sufferage

  32. Sean King
    Sean King September 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    So much have been taken away from citizens under this PM poor leadership.This country is pedaling backwards with a sinking economy, high taxes and no salary increases,poor leadership and no improvements.Barbadians want to reclaim a country that they can provide for their families and be able to set standards in place knowing that the future generations can live comfortable in a country with job opportunities, affordable university education, land to build homes and invest in businesses. The PM needs to interact with the public to get the true feeling of where we are at not through a report that someone was paid to conduct a survey or speaking to DLP members at a party function.Barbadians are looking to migrate due to not being able to live comfortable and support their families after 50 years of Independence. The only way things will get better is with a change of leadership by having a leader that is interested in the job of running the country .

  33. Alden Blackman September 10, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Saga boy, can I have your permission to say that the holder of the office of PM in Barbados is UGLY, and display all forms of ugliness in his actions

  34. JM September 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    @ harry turnover: ” we need to reclaim England to run our affairs…”I am not saying you’re stupid but you do seem to have bad luck when it comes to thinking….

  35. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    i haven’t come here for the entire day, just had ah bad feeling of seeing something from the dinosaur age stupesssssss…..what report? what is there to reclaim? retain? or discard/ HUMMMMM let me see…..we would like to reclaim the monies wanna steel for 10 years, also reclaim the nis/treasury money wanna steel give way. we have nothing to retain, ONLY DISCARD!!!! WANNA BUNCH AH SCUMBAGS, WITH THE PLANTATION MENTALITY THAT MOVE FROM AH FIELD SLAVE TO AH HOUSE SLAVE…..FUNDAL DO WHAT U DO BEST

    • Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 11:26 am

      The house negroes is now we biggest problem. While the negroes in the field still getting mek $hyt^.

  36. Mark Lynch
    Mark Lynch September 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Want my income tax return

  37. Vishska Bokeesh
    Vishska Bokeesh September 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    You and your bunch of cubbas set it back fifty year

  38. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood September 10, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    Yes Ali sleep

  39. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm


  40. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry September 10, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Elections forthwith

  41. Kim Stone
    Kim Stone September 10, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    You can see good enough . report my ain’t live hay? Or your head so far up your ass you play you can’t vibes

  42. Jennifer September 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    StewART is a perfect example of when a person have too much of their oppressors education 50yrs on. The thing is that everything which was delivered by the white man we as a recipient have to try and do it better that the massa himself. The oppressor gave this people Christianity, them is more Christon, He gave them an identity they have to demonstrate them is more bajan than he is, he gave them his books on he history them have to demonstrate that them know he history more than he. He gave them carnival them have to demonstrate they can wuk up and drink more than he. He gave them research studies, them have to demonstrate that they can do more research and studies that he. I wonder what would have happen if massa had given them some of the money????

  43. Tony Waterman September 11, 2017 at 4:06 am

    @johnrsmith!!! The People are marching for the wrong Reasons, we need to get rid of the Westminister Style of Government, and head to a Government of Reconciliation, Elect People and Prime Ministers, NOT PARTIES.BAN POLITICAL PARTIES .Government for the people, by the people.(I can explain how it will work)

    @TEE White!!! What Nonsense, i don’t mind people saying things if those things are Truthful, and in your case what you are saying is NOT truthful, I am NOT saying that the British were Sunday Schoo; Teachers, but we MUST be factual when talking about our past.
    Men were allowed to Vote in 1838,Some poor Black Men were NOT allowed to vote thenm, but also poor whites were not allowed to vote. Adult Sufferage came in 1950, and all Women got the Vote from 1944.

    To say that we had no Secondary Education is NOT True, Combermere School was a Co-ed School since 1695 and is the oldest secondary school in Barbados and is one of the oldest in the entire Commonwealth. The school was also the first to offer secondary education to lower class blacks on the island.

    You will hve to show proof of Malutrition, and EVERYONE had Poverty, even Great Britain.

    You are being Untruthful when you say that Bajans had to runa nywhere that would accept them so we could have a chance at making a life, That us UTTER Rot, you are either LIEING or you are unaware of what happened.

    what really occoured was that we (Barbados) SUPPLIED EDUCATED personell to the Rest of the Caribbean, Prison Officers. Policemen,Teachers, Senior Civil Servants to The Bahamas,Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago,Jamaica,St.Lucia, St.Vincent & The Grenadines, Many of the Governors of South Carolina were from Barbados.
    WHY!!!! Because we (Barbados) had the BEST Education System in this part of the Hemisphere, i guess that you are unaware of what we HAD back then, or RACE is Clouding your mind.

    People Emigrate and Immigrate all over the World Daily for Varying Reasons, why do you think that Bajans should be any different, if there is an opportunity are you saying NOT to take it??

    That’s why TRUMP want to build his wall along the Rio Grande to Keep the mexicans from trying to come to America to have a chance at making a life, the Same thin that Bajans did back then.

    Having the British Back will NEVER Happen anyway, as they ere GLAD to be rid of us, they had NO intention of Spending the Billions of Pounds Needed to put us on a Steady Footing, so asking for Independence did them a Favour Not us.Read Jennifers Post.It’s as true as John 3:16

  44. Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Ok then. One Woman from Anguilla told me they government does not intend to get any independence from Britain, as it Is more favorable to stay hooked drinking the milk. Is them any worst off than this people. No – the same mongoose that running around eating the chickens here is doing the same thing there. To have true independence would have meant SUBDUEING YOUR ENEMY BY ThE SWORD, Which Barrow had no military power to do. So INDEPENDANCE played right into their hands – get the rid of this sand bag. Only a moron tries to get the rid of wood ants by treating the house and leaving the infected tree. Now we 50 yrs on still being overun by the said wood ants. The blindness is great upon this people. Busy arging about Bbbb and dddddd who both helping the wood ants to eat bigger.

    • Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Barrow was made to feel like a hero on his return to poverty ridden (blacks) Barbados while the lot in England was firing Jack daniels after Barrow left. Give him that DELUSION on a piece of paper. @Tony – Correct – The black people who migrated into the UK is no worst off than the people here, they are both under the same wood ants subjection. If you want to see the real ruler-ship of the British still on this people, just let them wood ants start getting kill in this nonsense of killing down here from these stupid youths, and you will see heads roll from England via that GG. The ultimate house negros in parliament with all their education has this said people under the same hammer as of 50yrs ago. One just have to look. This masses stupidly think that ousting dem will help, hahahahahaha think again. And this goes for the entire Caribbean also where the wood ants are located. The ultimate is to keep black people in subjection and working aka crumbing as you are the stronger race of people physically while they financially feed. And it does not matter which occupation you hold inside of this matrix – dustman or doctor. Keep you feeling like you are a part of their system while your fetters are still on. The history is the problem. You know what keeps you people generally placid and you can believe this or not – melanin. A welcoming people who will allow anything a say god, god, god god all the time.

  45. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 11, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Report will show Bajans united and happy with political system,but that’s a load of bulls–t.Barbados been sold out to bunch of foreigners and local well heel fat cats who could care less about poor Bajans period.Alao report ain’t gine show that politicians from both political parties have contributed to the selling out and pretty much there is no accountability nor transparency either from slimy shady politicians.Wonder which class of Bajans that were interviewed for this report because it ain’t gine be poor folks..

    • Jennifer September 11, 2017 at 6:40 am

      “Wonder which class of Bajans that were interviewed for this report because it ain’t gine be poor folks”.
      The interviewees are more than likely bare grave robbing upholders (majority dead to reality), shoe shiners and boot lickers. They will not interview me at all, I can tell you that for sure. Any one who will go against the proverbial grain = SILENCED.

  46. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison September 11, 2017 at 7:06 am

    It can only show responsible stewardship prior to 2008 from both political parties that have served this country well.
    Post 2008 paints a sordid picture of a lack of good governance, failed leadership, total disregard of the plight of the working class, a decline in the standard of living and a demotion on how this country is viewed in international circles currently.
    This is one report that Fraundel shouldn’t be too anxious to receive considering that the majority of the negatives reported would have occurred under his watch, that is, if it has been honestly compiled.

  47. Curtis Greenidge
    Curtis Greenidge September 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    You have realy set us Back 50 Years

  48. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside September 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Ossie Moore

  49. chris hill September 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    we could produce our own power but you (steurt) kept it down, we could be producing our own food but the agri ministry only got 2% of the budgets year after year, we could have a better edu system but you decided to cut free tertiary edu. the island could be safer but you swept it under the rug for too long, you could weed out currupt pratices but you made cost of living so high that people have to do something for something. CALL THE ELECTION you out of touch man.

  50. Othneal September 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

    @Tony Waterman: I think you missed the point. It’s not about facts, it is about perception. When a man is starving instruction in botany will not cut it.
    Although your lesson on Barbados’ social history may be accurate I think you have withheld some facts that are particularly, not only relevant, but of essential importance.
    The majority of Barbadians pre-indipendence were dependent on heavy labour associated with sugar cane cultivation and harvesting, seasonal work. For the rest of the year they were unable to find work, so some would leave to find work (fruit harvesting in Florida) USA or emigrate.
    Those women given sufferage were white; those educated whom you proudly cited exportees were either white or/ and privileged. The Governors exported to S.Carolina were white.
    I think you were deliberately disengenuous. Yes,they may have been Barbadians but White Barbadians.

    • Tee White September 11, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you, Othneal. Coz I was going to deal with that.

      When I say ‘we’, I mean the descendants of the Africans who make up over 95% of the population of this country. I don’t follow this nonsense that ‘we’ had a parliament in Bridgetown since 1639. The white slavemasters had a parliament in Bridgetown, not we the African slaves. When we hold we parliament, it was in the canefields and the gulliies.

      I know my country’s history, so don’t tell me rubbish. Men were allowed to vote in 1838! Which men? The Africans that were just coming out of slavery in that same year? Combemere was a secondary school since 1695 and how many Black children was in it then? Enough of this white supremacy. You think African life experience don’t count when we making a statement about a country in which we are over 95%.

  51. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv September 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Them do not be online in the e-news read we comments and then write you guys by email to delete our comments when them hurt they feelings with truth,comedy

  52. Othneal September 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    @Tee White: Bravo! Misinformation flourishes when allowed to thrive without “c”onfrontation.

  53. Helicopter(8P) September 11, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Living in a day as today in Barbados with an inferiority complex is quite astonishing!

  54. Tony Waterman September 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    @tee wHITE!!! yOU spmehow conveniently forgot to mention where i made it clear that POOR WHITES were NOT allowed to VOTE either, that the Only Blacks allowed to Vote were the 6000 That had Property.

    Combermere was FOUNDED to School the Children of POOR BLACKS and POOR WHITES,The school was also the first to offer secondary education to lower class African-Caribbean people on the island. (There is History of Barbados, and it seems there is also YOUR History of Barbados, you seem to only see the BAD in our History, and refuse to see any Good at all.

    This much HATE in People leads only to one thing, their demise, it eats one one and destroys, that why i firmly believe in two statements used in Barbados and perhaps throughout the Caribbean.

    One is from Combermere, “Up and On, and the other is from the Rastafarians, “Forward EVER, Backwards NEVER”

    you know what is said about about Bajans, they look back so much they even look back after every use of the Toilet.

    This is my LAST on this Subject, NO REPLY NECESSARY, continue to let your Hatreds eat you out to your Core.

    Just take a look at Singapore, and Read Mr.Errol Walton Barrow’s “Mirror Image Speech” see what he thought of us, TOLD us, and WON a FIRM Majority.

  55. Dwayne Sealy
    Dwayne Sealy September 11, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Jesus wept … he needs a REPORT? Man, seriously, how out of touch could you be?

  56. Tee White September 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    @Tony Waterman
    Thank you for your concern about my well-being and your advice in that direction.You can rest assured that there is no hate eating out any part of me. You are absolutely right that there is more than one version of our country’s history. For too long now, the dominant version, which you seem to follow, has focused on the experience of Bajans who have their origins in Britain, while silencing the voices and dismissing the lived experiences of those of us who have our origins in Africa.I am concerned with the experiences of the latter during these nearly 400 years on this rock. When I present those experiences, some people get upset but so be it. I am very confident of the accuracy of what I say. Personally, I don’t see how we will ever be able to go forward if some people want to deny the past and current injustices and take them into the future.

  57. jrsmith September 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Who ever choose to think , at this stage after 9 years of this barbados government seeing they behaviour , disrespecting our black masses, being arrogant , doing as they please , saying what they like, lying to our people , not losing a nights sleep caring about our people , driving our young people to crime and make sure they are looking after themselves……..and the others ……
    Does it really matter whether its 5 or 50 years to a bunch of people , who as politicians many people in barbados cant remember what most of them look like……The outcome for the black masses , you lump it our like it , because our bajan politicians is not accountable to the voters and its going to stay that way till world ends…………………………….

  58. Othneal September 11, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    @Tony Waterman: I find your response rather intreagueing. I detect Christian sentiments, but you seem to reserve them only for those who support your point of view.
    I also detect caecacian ancestry, betrayed by your attempt to defend the indefensible. You seem to use the same argument the British use to justify colonisation.
    Don’t confuse our knowledge of our history and our determination never to forget or ignore that history as “hatred”. To do so would be to consign the suffering of our African ancestors to the trivial.
    There is no justification what -so- ever for that insulting smear.
    Your attempt to silence dissent with “clever” proverbs, mean’t to humiliate, don’t stand up to scrutiny either.
    Many have sought life saving medical treatment after noticing abnormalities in their faeces.
    The Chinese have a saying_ “Anyone who lives in the past, is blind in one eye. Anyone who ignores the past, is blind in both eyes.
    We do well to remember!!!

  59. Tony Webster September 17, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Having just read all of these comments, it strikes me that Froon & Co. are more likely to pass away from fits of maniacal laughter, seeing how adept we are at slicing each other into fine slivers of flesh…than be forced into early elections.

    We all have a pretty good idea of what our past consists of….but what are we doing to make our future any better? We need to impress upon our current and emerging opposition leaders, that they must commit to policy changes of the most grave kind: our constitution needs a complete make-over to something like the USA constitutional model (checks and balances; more key officials being elected than yard-fowls “appointed”). Critically, we must re-invent our economy after doing a mother-of-all-national SWOT analysis.

    The past is instructive; today is important as it gives us an opportunity to prepare for tomorrow’s real tasks and achievements…and it is our tomorrows that we shall hand to our children. Sweet Jesus….hear our prayers!


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