It was a mistake to campaign on crime and violence, suggests Carrington

Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington has warned that Government alone cannot resolve this island’s crime problem.

Addressing a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Christ Church South branch meeting at the St Lawrence Primary School, Christ Church yesterday evening, Carrington insisted that society as a whole had a major part to play in stemming the recent wave of gun related offences and shooting deaths.

In fact, he suggested that the now ruling party had made a mistake back in 1993 when it had campaigned under the leadership of David Thompson on a platform of crime and violence.

“We can’t just pretend that there is this issue with crime and violence and [say that] it does not concern me . . . that it concerns just the Government, it does not concern you, that it concerns the Opposition. As far as I am concerned, this thing concerns each and every one of us,” he told the gathering of party faithful, while pointing out that “we still have problems of crime and violence”.

“From where I am sitting, the problem goes beyond just someone taking up a gun, or someone taking up a knife [and] resorting to violence. I think it is a reflection of what is going on in society,” Carrington stressed.

He further pointed out that the late South African president and renowned freedom fighter Nelson Mandela had said that “politicians are made from the mud of society of which they come.

“I am saying that that is true, [but] I am also saying that what happens in the society, in the same way that politicians are made from the mud, each member of the society comes from that same mud and therefore what happens in society is a reflection of each and every member of society,” he added.

His comments came against the backdrop of 27 murders here so far this year, including 21 that were gun-related.

Carrington, an attorney at law, cautioned while there was a tendency to compare standards in Barbados to those of countries like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, some of the problems experienced here, were not major issues in these neighbouring societies.

“Some of the smut that you hear in the ZR vans in Barbados, you would not hear on [the vans in these other countries] and I have travelled on public transport . . . . You wouldn’t hear it because the adults on that form of transportation would say, ‘look don’t play that. Take it off’.

“You have to ask yourself why is it in Barbados that adults cannot say to a ZR driver or a ZR conductor stop playing that nasty music . . . stop playing whatever it is that you are playing.  Why is it that we can’t say stop doing that? Why is it in Barbados that adults cannot stand up on public transport and say what you are doing is wrong, it is illegal . . . . That’s what we have to ask ourselves and that is at the root of the problem right now of crime and violence,” Carrington said.

The St Michael West representative said crime associated with illegal drugs had left uncertainty in people’s minds that there was an escalation of crime and violence though he pointed out that this was not reflected in the current crime statistics.

38 Responses to It was a mistake to campaign on crime and violence, suggests Carrington

  1. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles October 9, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Speaking of crimes have you paid back all the money you owed?? You know the money that was originally theirs that you pocketed and the people had to take your ass to court for it?

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    • John Everatt October 10, 2017 at 7:54 am

      I think he was forced to but he still has a charge in parliament to be heard however it will never be heard as Fumbles will see to that.

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  2. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid October 10, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Oh please, give the crime fighters more pay firstly, secondly more bite…

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  3. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 10, 2017 at 12:34 am

    What a mess.!

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  4. Pat BB
    Pat BB October 10, 2017 at 1:02 am

    If it look like an idiot,
    And sounds like an idiot,
    It is an idiot….simple

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  5. Max Carter
    Max Carter October 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

    he carry away that old man money

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  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 10, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Carraway need to GO AWAY!

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  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 10, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I’m not aware Ch Ch South have a representative

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  8. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde October 10, 2017 at 5:21 am

    YOU HAVE NO MORALS AT ALL.YOU SHOULD BE THE LAST PERSON TO SPEAK

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  9. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 10, 2017 at 5:43 am

    U COMMITTED ONE AGAINST GRIFFITHS, U KARWAY DE MAN DOUGH AND DE GOVERNMENT REFUSE TO GO AT IT ALONE, FURTHER MORE DE UGLY PM URGE U TO GO GET AH LAWYER….YA SHOULD BE IN JAIL!!!!!

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    • Andria Eversley
      Andria Eversley October 10, 2017 at 6:15 am

      ORT den

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    • Bajan Positve Brian
      Bajan Positve Brian October 10, 2017 at 8:06 am

      I was thinking the same thing. He is in the real glass house with no moral authority to throw any stones….

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba October 10, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Bajan Positve Brian fa real

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  10. Santini More
    Santini More October 10, 2017 at 6:24 am

    The man being interviewed: Is he the same guy that allegedly was waiting for the old gentleman to pass away so that he did not have to return the money he owed him? Or is there another Speaker of the House called Carrington?

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  11. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner October 10, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Stupseeeee…..come agqin

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  12. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow October 10, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Is Barbados now a breeding ground for imbecilic behavior?

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  13. Bajan boy October 10, 2017 at 6:39 am

    The only body he should be talking wid is Maloney. Just remember criminals dont talk crime they do crime and sadly some don’t do time..

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  14. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith October 10, 2017 at 6:40 am

    He should be the last damn person to talk any thing on cŕime your are a criminal añd all dem could do is ask you to get a lawyer My God is goung to deal with all of you all

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  15. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade October 10, 2017 at 6:43 am

    CRIME PAY FOR SOME BUT NOT FOR THE LITTLE MAN

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  16. Andre Gibson
    Andre Gibson October 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

    So you’re trying to link the gun violence with the smut music and then you make a comparison with the countries of origin of the mentioned music. Okayyyy

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  17. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond October 10, 2017 at 8:03 am

    ” Why is it in Barbados that adults cannot stand up on public transport and say what you are doing is wrong, it is illegal . . . ”
    Interesting question from you, Sir. Why, indeed, don’t we stand up and tell those around us that what they are doing is wrong?

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  18. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn October 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

    What is CRIME. MOST people see crime as killing people. Robbing people. But there are many different CRIMES. Stealing people property money is one of the biggest crime. But politicians ain’t see it that way. A lot of you would be in jail if you all was living in certain countries. Not the Caribbean islands. Hardly any politicians goes to jail in the Caribbean.

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  19. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

    It was a mistake that they elected you speaker .A bigger mistake that you are not languishing in jail today

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  20. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde October 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    KARMA IS GOING TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND PARRIS..THE MENTION OF YOUR NAME, MAKE ME SICK IN DE STOMACH.

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  21. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde October 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT

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  22. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

    CARRINGTON SHOULD

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  23. Sonia Bragg
    Sonia Bragg October 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Tee hee ….these specific words that have come from you sir is somehow making me laugh today…look I tired saying it but these folk just don’t care…smh

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  24. charjoy October 10, 2017 at 9:52 am

    What about politicians buying black market luxury vehicles wid taxpayers money? Is that a crime….hmmm

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  25. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands October 10, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Have he paid the man that he owe his money ????????

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  26. Sue Donym October 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You right, though… what has become of Barbados when a party leader can’t tell an MP that he is wrong (but advises him to get a lawyer) or can’t speak publicly against a “friend”? Where have we got to when a debate could get so hot that a debater would pull a gun and big men stay silent? Would you look like hypocrites if you speak out about irresponsible gun use?

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  27. Helicopter(8P) October 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Rules going to change ‘ bout hey!! Anyone wanting to be elected to public office going be sent to the laundry with back ground checks and character records. It’s only fair to the honest, every day Barbadian and to the Body of Commonwealth officials and heads of state within the British Commonwealth.

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    • charjoy October 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Integrity legislation would end this problem. Only thing parliament would be empty because ALL of them got one primary objective – robbing this country blind

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  28. Frank White October 10, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    The best thing to do is keep quiet and go quietly in the night as you should be the last to talk and if anyone do decode to vote for you, this would only show that Barbadians are really suckers for punishment…

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