PM Stuart urges Barbadians to give back to their country

            Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today urged Barbadians to practice “good and constructive citizenship” to ensure the island has a successful future.

Mr Stuart made the call as he addressed scores of distinguished guests, including Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves; Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson; this year’s Independence Honourees; members of Cabinet; members of Parliament; the Judiciary and members of the Diplomatic Corps, at the Toast to the Nation.

The event was held at St Ann’s Fort, The Garrison, following the annual ceremonial parade to mark Barbados’ 51st Anniversary of Independence.

Musician John Roett, the recipient of a Silver Crown of Merit in this year’s National Independence Honours, is greeted by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at the Toast to the Nation. Looking on (at left) are Acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves, while Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson is at right. (C. Pitt/BGIS)


            The Prime Minister reiterated that the first half-century of this country’s Independence could be described as “50 years of entitlement”, because Barbados had to play catch up after attaining Independence in 1966 in areas such as housing, infrastructure and health care.

He however noted that much has changed since then and it was time for citizens to give back.

“…The world in which Barbados became independent in 1966 has changed very dramatically, and we live in a fundamentally different world governed by fundamentally different rules … and that is going to require some changes from us as citizens of Barbados.”

Permanent Secretary Ruth Blackman, the recipient of a Barbados Service Star, is congratulated by Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson (C. Pitt/BGIS)

Stressing that citizens were now in a position to “ask not what Barbados can do for us, but what we can do for Barbados”, Prime Minister Stuart maintained that there were many more citizens today capable of giving back to Barbados than was the case in 1966.

“Therefore, those people have to be mobilized, sensitized and their consciences awakened to an understanding that this is their country, and that extracting as much as possible from it and seeing how little you can give back cannot be the order of business in Barbados 2017 and beyond,” he emphasized.

The Prime Minister said he hoped that over the next 50 years, Barbados would continue to place people at the centre of its development.

He added that he envisioned a country that would continue in its efforts to “include all, engage all and benefit all of its citizens”. (SD/BGIS)


103 Responses to PM Stuart urges Barbadians to give back to their country

  1. Chris Alleyne
    Chris Alleyne November 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Wonder what he and Chris going to give back.

  2. Anthony Prescott November 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Lead by example…..Mr Prime Minister – that is why you are in a high profile position, so that you give back first and the people follow – I really dont know how a people is supposed to give back when they are at poverty level….. you are so removed from your people that you dont know where the majority are at.

    How can the citizens give back when you taxed them to the hilt and there is nothing more to give, unless your honour your responsibilities, you havent even given back income tax rebates…. Think before you talk and stop thinking about what others can do – think about what you need to do first !!

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 1, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Are you blind? The people mean all the big shots that are there. Where in all of this do you read he is referring to the average, poor Barbadian, who make it the majority of the island. This is what he likes.

      • Randolph December 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Sunshine,has he not taken away free university education?What has he given to the poor.He has taken back his 10%.

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small November 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Give back!?! Ppl in Bim(taxed payers), especially de elderly HAVE GIVEN back, front and belly ta help create and stabilize de government/economy bout hey.
    One PM got we Owing, but U not only ignore de “holes” but refused to discuss the issues wid de populace as a whole or directly.

  4. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde November 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    What do we have left to give? You have already taken everything, talk DIRECTLY to the people that you want to get this message, I know this is not a general comment.

  5. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    We will give back and vote your rass out.

  6. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith November 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Give back what

  7. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis November 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    And the DLP ministers should give back all the money DEM have stolen

  8. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman November 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    People who have been ‘giving back’ for years have been robbed by you and your pals and cronies.

    Why don’t you ‘give back’ the post of Prime Minister and let Barbados recover from your massacre of the country and its ordinary people.

  9. Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson November 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    We are wiling to give back just hold off on the NSRL taxes for charities.

  10. Jamar Webster
    Jamar Webster November 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    what is it to give back when we don’t have what is it you giving back other than taking

  11. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    He needs to be the first to.

  12. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 30, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    As the old saying goes, give them in the hand and take it out their…..

  13. Andrea King Patrick
    Andrea King Patrick November 30, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Could you lead by example and give me back my income tax?

  14. Sandra Morrison
    Sandra Morrison November 30, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Give back , give back ,oh give back my tax returns to me, to me !

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 1, 2017 at 7:01 am


  15. Keera Harding
    Keera Harding November 30, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I have been giving my taxes for over 9 years. Why have u been giving Mr. Pm.

  16. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill November 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    So we are still giving our income tax and can’t get none back so what more can we give smh ..

  17. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed November 30, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Start by Giving me back my tax return

  18. Antonio Franklyn
    Antonio Franklyn November 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm


  19. Ingrid Armstyrong
    Ingrid Armstyrong November 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Yes Andrea I agree with you

  20. Shirley Simpson
    Shirley Simpson November 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    So you can’t take it . NO!!

  21. Wayne Norville
    Wayne Norville November 30, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    PM I ain’t got no more to give, you have taken everything from me…baring my skin.

  22. Tessa Kerr
    Tessa Kerr November 30, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    One cannot give what one has not got!

  23. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne November 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Shut to hell up Frendella

  24. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell November 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Buh Dem tek all uhready

  25. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    The skin we and talking about giving back. Stop RH begging and do what you and the rest suppose to be doing. Looking for more US money ,pounds and foreigner currency to pocket. Sorry bank

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 1, 2017 at 7:04 am


    • Charles Kellman
      Charles Kellman December 1, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Why road tax went up as soon as I david went in? No pot hole issues

    • Charles Kellman
      Charles Kellman December 1, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      I use common letters when I have to

  26. Raheem Griffith
    Raheem Griffith November 30, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Do we have a choice? Isn’t that what taxes are? Forcible returns on wages? The money gets taxed before we get it and taxed again when we spend it. Plenty of giving in that alone

  27. John Everatt November 30, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    How about convincing your best buddy Leroy Parris to give back the millions the he stole.

  28. Saga Boy November 30, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    During the next few weeks Bridgetown and all the shopping Malls will be bursting with people shopping for xmas goodies. You people are just too negative. Most of you who complain are hypocrites and are not yourselfs suffering. Most of you keep blaming the politicians instead of the unproductive and inefficient civil servants who are your neighbors and brothers and sisters. They go to work and little for their salaries. You refuse to blame the private sector that continues to charge high prices for both goods and services. How is it that Popular Supermarket can offer goods at such a low price compared to Massy. It’s all about greed.

    • MARIA Holder November 30, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      The private sector does not have my tax return for 2014, 2015 and 2016

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 1, 2017 at 5:51 am

      You really need to do some research. The Civil Servants operates under a mandate given to them by their political directorate. Most of the time, that mandate tells them to operate in a manner that is not consistent with good governance.

      The private sector has already indicated that the high markups on their goods and services are as a result of governments high taxation and duties net on imports. Rather there is an arrangement in place between government and the private sector to keep it so, requires a bit more investigation, but I can tell you the private sector has the best excuse for keeping their prices skyrocket high.

    • hcalndre December 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      @Saga Boy; do you believe that the politicians are still waiting on their tax returns? They get allowances out of the tax payers so they don`t have to touch their salaries when they go to the super markets, they had the 10% returned to them and I don`t hear when they file their income tax, how much they give to charities like what is made public of the politicians and the presidents in the US.

    • Randolph December 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      I hope you don’t expect the civil servants to vote for this evil government.9 years without an increase.

  29. Chem Chem Lavia
    Chem Chem Lavia November 30, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Ah want mah 3 years income tax wunna owe me then we could have a meaningful conversation

  30. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd November 30, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    oh shoot!

  31. Ambitious Risa
    Ambitious Risa December 1, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Wanna want us to give more than wanna taking away.. really

  32. Ezra Hinds
    Ezra Hinds December 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    You try to give back to Barbados and there is so much red tape sometimes you just get fed up.

  33. archy perch December 1, 2017 at 4:08 am

    Those persons born in Barbados and who know, or should know better, I am ashamed of you. I go through the comments on this post and view the various pictures of those who are from other countries boldly criticizing the Prime Minister et al. Michael Goodman from BARP, shame on you! The PM and government have held, and is holding things together here in Barbados in an extremely tight and unkind economic environment, now normal in any way. Yes some public services have suffered a bit as a result, but nothing has fallen through. Especially health serivces which have improved Michael and others. You don’t get free medicine in the United States.You don’t even get an agreement on healthe benefits in the USA. Millions of people lack health care over there.
    Our problem in Barbados can be solved in one shot. Big business – many,many of whom are WHITE conservatives-need to pay in the VAT monies they owe the government. I understand it is some 900-million dollars; this is NOT theirs.This is skulduggery…more like thieving to me. The government needs to publish the names of these busineses and their overlapping Directors NOW! NOW! NOW! Stop being Mr. Nice Guy. It has gotten the DLP administration nowhere.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine December 1, 2017 at 6:06 am

      White conservatives need to pay in the monies owed to the government? Where in the world do you find such persons still able to operate their businesses after owing government thousands in taxes? You need to ask why these people do not pay their share of the taxes and what it is that politicians know that we do know, as to reason or reasons why they can get away with it without penalties

      • Jennifer December 1, 2017 at 7:55 am

        And why the loop holes don’t get plugged. Lamb lying down with – and comforting lion sort of thing.

    • hcalndre December 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      @archy perch; you don`t know nothing about the health care in the US, so let the people in Barbados that goes through the system tell you how nice and easy it is to get the necessary treatment that the need at the OEH. People leave Barbados and go to any city hospital and be treated, have babies, operations and did not even had a token to get there, have x-rays done and in minutes have the results. That`s why the politicians and their families if they stump their toe, get on a plane and its NY or Miami here I come because the taxpayers pay the expenses.

  34. Sweetpea Darling
    Sweetpea Darling December 1, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Give back what the hairs on my head da is all i got now

  35. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews December 1, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Please , please Call the election, after all the taxes your Government has put on us, most Bajans do not have anything left to give, February 21st 2018 will be 10 years and 5 weeks you have been the government

    • Dwayne Sealy
      Dwayne Sealy December 1, 2017 at 8:46 am

      so Philip, you got a timer running? it’s not funny, but yet funny!

    • hcalndre December 1, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      @Phillip Matthews; They are on the 6th. year, I thought it was 5 year terms, that`s why a fixed date should be for the elections to be called and not when a PM feel that he/she has it wrapped up and maybe 2 year term limit.

  36. Alex Alleyne December 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

    “Much has changed since then and it was time for citizens to give back”.
    Mr. PM Sir, many of us who lived overseas for years and return to BIM bringing back everything under the sun, was “snob”, ripped off and label with this offensive title as “RETURNING NATIONALS” .Almost everyone leave for “economic reasons” not “health issues”. Worked like “slaves” in some of the harsh weather under the sky and then were taken advantage of by our own right here in BIM. Go speak to those who try to or built a house in BIM while living over seas and sending back money. Horror story after story. Some have rented properties and renters mash up the house , won’t pay rent and the powers that be refused to put laws in place to solve such problems. Barbados has been fed for too long on a “diet of freeness”, that is why they cannot swallow the word CHANGE. You must pay your way bajans, the days of freeness are over, dead, gone, so get with it.

  37. jrsmith December 1, 2017 at 6:02 am

    @, archy perch , hail , hail , your (4:08) perfect shot this is where we are at , thats why we are struggling ………………..Government in Barbados , frighten of the corporates and scared of collecting taxes efficiently from them, but the said corprates then also push they profits off to tax avoidance protectorates. The same thing happens in the UK with a little difference………………….

  38. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips December 1, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Let us start with what de PM can do for Barbados….could he be describing himself?? Entitled etc??

  39. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 1, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Ok tell that to the small group of well heel fat cats who have made millions off the taxpayers and still to this day still getting rich that way through contracts and tax concessions just to name a few because the poor folks ain’t got squat to give.

  40. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 1, 2017 at 7:00 am


    • Jennifer December 1, 2017 at 7:49 am

      lol. yep. He brain still on the plantation.

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner December 1, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Ali Baba you are right on point man I said same thing but man like de way ya call names damm bro you deserve a medal.

  41. Anjela Holloway
    Anjela Holloway December 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Alex Leo Holloway

  42. Alex Alleyne December 1, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Not to forget the “grudgeful ones that live up-wind” and constantly burn stuff at will . What nuisance to society and one of the Fire top brass said years ago “BURNING STUFF IN THE BACK YARD WILL SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST” . Sir, so is loud music on the ZR/MINI VANS. ……..Only in BIM.

  43. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 1, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Quick boys before elections

  44. Michael Comissiong
    Michael Comissiong December 1, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Give back there ain’t nothing left to give back . DEM done take all.

  45. Darson December 1, 2017 at 8:24 am

    So True… Alex Alleyne : I agree in Part with you ,I too suffer at the hands of who thought were my own people : You try to give back but if you are not Careful you will be taken full advantage of : If the workers were more Professional and Honest they would never be out of work , how ever I do understand what The Prime Minister is asking, and I have found ways to do it . It is not Just Money he is asking to give back, your experience , business ideas ,helping other to move out for a opportunity, Buy the Bonds when on offer : If only we could have Foreign Accounts there without the Red Tape … But I Really like! Archy Perch take on it .10 Points 1 and Going Strong , Great Going : No One not Even Former President Obama said This would be easy , as a matter of fact he said ( It would take Decades to Fix ) ?? Do you all Honestly Believe Barbados is Really Bad off ? then you don’t know what Poverty is ,and I hope you don’t really find out . Be careful what you wish for .

    • hcalndre December 2, 2017 at 7:17 am

      @Darson; It would be difficult to tell if a bajan is suffering because he/she don`t want the next door neighbor to know, you think its only the vagrants that in need of a meal when the day comes but the pride have bajans suffering in silence.

    • hcalndre December 2, 2017 at 7:27 am

      @Darson; Obama never sat on the side lines and watch the country failing, the city of NY police department alone probably has a larger budget that the whole of Barbados so there is no excuses or comparison.

  46. Oliver Smith December 1, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Government apologists like Perchy keep harping on about the money owed to Government by businesses, but there is another side to this coin – the VAT and income tax returns owed to business and citizens by Government. They use our money to keep themselves going because they have no clue how to grow the economy and wonder why we can’t afford to keep giving.

    Tax and spend government out of style. Time for Dem to go!

  47. Deangelo Dixie Mayers
    Deangelo Dixie Mayers December 1, 2017 at 8:53 am

    You can give back to stop raping poor ppl pockets this man just sickens me.RH

  48. Gittens Hallam
    Gittens Hallam December 1, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I honestly believe that this man does don’t know what to say?

  49. Jason Prescod
    Jason Prescod December 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Would like to give he way

  50. Rosemary Parkinson
    Rosemary Parkinson December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Well paid….

  51. Susan Trotman
    Susan Trotman December 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I Hallam stop picking at he man.

    • Gavin Dawson
      Gavin Dawson December 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      It’s the mans own fault, he and his party have taken Barbados & it’s people for a long uncomfortable ride, and now thru his Govt the walk back is going to be a long and hard one.
      Stop picking on the man NAH! He and his Govt sowed the seeds now it’s reaping time.

  52. Charlene Mcknee
    Charlene Mcknee December 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Seems like each time he opens his mouth something stupid comes out #bequiet

  53. Ishmael Watkins
    Ishmael Watkins December 1, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hallam Gittens the man speaking about two Barbados

  54. Rene Gade
    Rene Gade December 1, 2017 at 11:24 am

    The Prime Minister is speaking logic, but half the people are ignorant and the other half too well aware of the corruption. “A day late and a dollar short”

  55. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale December 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    The PM continues to insult our intelligence with his indifference. So apparently taxing Bajans through the roof isn’t enough “giving”. Soon most ppl will have nothing left to give, whether tangibly or intangibly.

  56. straight talk December 1, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t have one fu#k to give cause thee PM and sinkler in left wid nutten.

    • straight talk December 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      And thee halth fuh PM always boasting bout his finance minister is doing an excellent job, One man fu#@king up thee whole country and the PM saying that he doing a job got thee man thinking that he is untouchable.

  57. McDonald Agard
    McDonald Agard December 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Amen too that

  58. Charles Kellman
    Charles Kellman December 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    You does hear

  59. Charles Kellman
    Charles Kellman December 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Use some of them money

  60. Ralph Hall
    Ralph Hall December 1, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    He need to give back the country to the people of Barbados and nothing to the foreigners

  61. Kim Stone
    Kim Stone December 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    The sewage burst again….you fkn mouth open fraudelle

  62. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson December 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    How can the Bajan people give back ? Stuart and his cronies have bloody taken it all. Maybe the PM ought to put his brain in action before speaking such stupidness.

  63. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Would ya please give him some laxatives in IV form to keep him busy .. stfup

  64. Ann Ifill
    Ann Ifill December 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Mr Prime Minister what do you want the ppl of this country to give back wanna take everything from the ppl already give me back my income taxes and try and stop this country from getting more economy and stop the killing and what ever else that happening that all I got to say

  65. Michelle John Jones
    Michelle John Jones December 1, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    He needs to give the citizen of Barbados election as a Christmas gift

  66. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton December 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    He should start. Start investigating all the money that get tief and GIVE IT BACK.

  67. Durval Clinton
    Durval Clinton December 1, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Bro all politicians the same when the other party get in its their friends that fine benefit not de whole country remember they got voted out 10 years ago was it because they were doing a good job but sheeple never learn

  68. Belfast December 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Notice how this man is full of talk when it comes to things that make him looks good. The Garrison monument, now Rihanna Drive.
    By the way, A planeload of Ghanaians came to Barbados expressly, a few weeks ago, did the Prime Minister invited them to Illaro Court? Did the Minister of Tourism receive them?

  69. Tan Marshall
    Tan Marshall December 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    What are we gonna give back from after all the drainage from taxation etc? I want yall to give mw back my income tax and all the unnecessary taxes plus all the moneies yall tief and wasted! Yall are the ones who needs to give back becuz we have nothing left to give!!!

  70. straight talk December 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Dem even tek way days of our lives

  71. Anthony Prescott December 2, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Not a cent before you GIVE…… Wud neva have come here just to PAY TAXES !!

    Over BDS $40,000 in taxes alone for 10 years in Bim and no prospects of getting a job as if you are from the UK, you are a 2nd class citizens with 3 strikes against you !!

    They never educated their people about Bajans that left here and went to the UK, USA, Canada – the now “Returning Nationals” that bring pensions and nuff into the country…. They have bajan roots but are seen/treated as OUTSIDERS with NUFF money to teef. PAY, PAY, PAY thats all you hear for a tiny island it has HUGE TAXES and few support systems for the masses.

    You need to invest some of the money in training yourselves to learn how to GIVE. This system is NOTHING like the UK system and there are NO POTHOLES in the UK !! They at least use the road tax to re-surface the roads.

    Until the Government do what they are supposed to, you are going to keep losing the hold on the populace that you once had !!

    The elites have TOO MUCH and wunna ALL now need to give back !!


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