BLP challenges

Sir Clifford faced stiff criticism from the Opposition, reminds Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today described the late Sir Clifford Husbands as a man who was uncompromising whether in his role as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), High Court judge, or Governor General.

However, as he led off contributions to a resolution in the House of Assembly in tribute to Barbados’ longest serving Governor General, who held the position of head of state from 1996 until his retirement on October 31, 2011, Stuart acknowledged that Sir Clifford’s tenure as DPP was not without controversy.

In fact, he recalled that early in his career Sir Clifford had to prosecute publisher Burton Hinds, who was also a member of the House of Assembly at the time.

Stuart, the Member of Parliament for St Michael South, further pointed out that Sir Clifford had also faced fierce criticism from Opposition Barbados Labour Party founder Sir Grantley Adams.

However, he said Sir Clifford was able to bring successful defamation proceedings against the Barbados Advocate over its parliamentary reports of Sir Grantley’s criticisms, which he claimed had impugned his reputation.

Stuart also told the House that in his role as DPP, Sir Clifford often stressed that he never set out to win a case, but saw his role as an officer of the court to fairly present the facts of the case and leave it to the jury to decide the guilt or innocence of an accused.

“That was the kind of person he was,” Stuart said, adding that it was no surprise when Sir Clifford was appointed a High Court judge in 1976.

“In his courtroom there was no room for frivolity,” he said, stressing that the Sir Clifford was known for starting court promptly at 9:30 in the morning and he had little tolerance for tardy attorneys.

His adherence to the highest standards was also evident in his tenure as a Justice of Appeal, Stuart said, adding that following the death of Governor General Dame Nita Barrow in 1996, it was no surprise that Sir Clifford was recommended to serve in the country’s highest office.

The Prime Minister said it was during Sir Clifford’s 15 years as Governor General that people not only witnessed the dignified persona of the man, but they got a glimpse of his passion for agriculture, his wit, his deep love for Barbados and his family and his desire to offer advice and solutions.

Sir Clifford, who passed away last month at age 91, was laid to rest in a state funeral on November 3 at the St Lucy Parish Church.

30 Responses to BLP challenges

  1. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Why does he always have to divide the country. So devisive. Politics of exclusion. Steupse !!!

  2. straight talk November 22, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Every day I does hear that mia mottley have the country divide and it often comes that moderator and she trinidadian friend on talk yuh talk but everytime this man open his mouth to address something he is dividing thee place and accusing the BLP of some thing he need to stop that.

    • Randolph November 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

      She is accused of dividing the country,by rubbing shoulders with suffering people.Barbados has never been so divided and mismanaged than under Stuart.He is the worst thing that ever happened to Barbados.There are no redeeming factors for this joker who is leading this country.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 22, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Hush na. After 2 terms of failure and cannot get anything correct still blaming the B.L.P.

  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 22, 2017 at 5:55 am

    how much faces this m oron has? bt let the man have his say, minus the photo, its not ah pretty sight

  5. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 22, 2017 at 6:07 am

    LOOKS LIKE HE escape From d geriatric hospital

  6. Lauretta Smith
    Lauretta Smith November 22, 2017 at 6:38 am

    All he does is blame the Blp i think he is living in denial blp is not the goverment

  7. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline November 22, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Wait he now wake up from sleeping check dat face

  8. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph November 22, 2017 at 6:55 am

    My PM…

  9. Danny Clarke
    Danny Clarke November 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

    The age of man is over . The time of the org is now .

  10. Greengiant November 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    @luther thorne; It’s just history. Why can’t you tolerate when history speaks against the BLP, but want to push when it speaks against the DLP.

    History in Barbados speaks against them both, so their supporters better get used to it. We can’t hide the fact that they have both been in bed together for years, while using the emotions of the masses. Look at the admittance of the opposition leader to the Bar and after all these years she can’t produce an LLB. Do you think our children could have benefited from the letters or favors of those politicians? We need to wake up. as there’s really two Barbados’. One for the politicians, their friends and associates, and another for the masses.

  11. Mark My Word November 22, 2017 at 7:39 am

    The Truth has to be told Barbados Lying Party needs to take a break

  12. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph November 22, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I’ll never understand why the criticism of the PM..he’s been quite we accused he speaks and we seek to belittle there’s without doubt challenges facing our country some internal and external but we all has a responsibility ..
    . responsibility to ensure our rubbish is not dumped anywhere and any home around our country.
    2 Our civil servants and the mind set that a government job makes a god hence poor service is acceptable.
    3.Resposiblility to care for our elderly rather than have them dumped at the an added burden to tax payers

    • Ken R. Smith
      Ken R. Smith November 22, 2017 at 10:38 am

      And what is his responsibility to the Barbadian people?

  13. roger headley November 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

    PM you cannot be well. How do you get up to shower someone you described as great with praise in such a tone of voice and then to add insult to injury end it by “cursing” the opposition?

    Your accolades about someone should not be sullied by “cussing.”

  14. milli watt November 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

    PM I did not know they behaved this way………ohhhhhh Burton Hinds that is a name I have not heard spoken in years. I understand.

  15. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 10:36 am

    The Prime Minister continues to live in the 1960s. He is not future oriented at all. He remains in the Barbados in which he grew up. Sad !

  16. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman November 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

    There is a time and a place for everything, he is honoring a former Governor General. Respect should be accorded.

  17. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon November 22, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I look forward to “E” day.

  18. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Green !
    What is history ?
    Let me know exactly what you mean ? The divisive situation ?

    Look ! Owen Arthur had the idea of Politics of Inclusion which saw him used any useful idea coming from anyone. When you become PM , you should seek to Unite the Country. You got to be Big. You cant be harping back to the past so negatively all the time so. As something come up you blame the BLP. When you do that you you are focusing on division . Ok we know that there is B and D but the Prime Minister of Barbados is the Prime Minister of the whole of Barbados. He disappoints me with the divisive talk. I dont like it.

    It saddens me.

    I think the Honourable Donville Inniss should now become Prime Minister. MP Inniss can do the job. Somebody named LEROY asked if DONVILLE CAN RUN A COUNTRY. Answer: YES He can ; YES Donville can. Leroy told me that I talking foolishness.

    If something were to incapacitate Stuart, Somebody would have to take over so I do not understand the slave mentality that would question if Senior member of Cabinet Inniss is capable. I do not see anyone else putting their hands up.

  19. Alicia Holder
    Alicia Holder November 22, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This man does only have something to say when Mia hit he on top his head. Hahahaaaaaa.

  20. Alicia Holder
    Alicia Holder November 22, 2017 at 11:13 am

    This late governor general was not a nice person atall.

  21. luther thorne November 22, 2017 at 11:20 am

    The question I would ask is what about the Prime Minister job that would preclude Minister Inniss. I do not understand why someone would want to question my suggestion. I do not understand it at all. I do not want an ABSENTEE Prime Minister or a VAMPIRE Prime Minister who sleeps and sleeps only waking up to suck the blood out of our hopes, dreams and aspirations. We need some garlic.

  22. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke November 22, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Hi, that tribute to Former Governor General was well said.

  23. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson November 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    A big fool he is

  24. Jus me November 22, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I looked.
    Death Warmed Up!!!

    Mebbee he day of reckoning ent far away!!?

  25. Belfast November 22, 2017 at 8:37 pm


  26. Bajan boy November 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Mugabe’s legacy and Freunfel’s will not differ just the method of removal He soon gone too Barbados just let us hold on for the few months. Let him do as he likes as I am sure he can’t d o it as long as he would like..


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