‘We are not perfect’

Stuart issues word of caution to repeat visitors

Against the backdrop of advisories issued this week by the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States to their citizens about the sewage mess along this island’s south coast, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last night saw the need to remind visitors from those and other countries that Barbados was by no means perfect.

In fact, he told those gathered for a special reception at his official residence, Ilaro Court, after the warnings by Canada and the US, which were issued on Tuesday and yesterday, and ahead of the one by the British, which was issued today, that the only thing perfect was God.

Stuart also warned that like Barbados, countries such as Canada, the US and the UK were less than perfect, after they saw it fit to caution their citizens about visiting the island.

“We have never pretended to be a perfect country . . . . We are still limited to the standards of ordinary men and women. Perfection I’ve always contended is the exclusive preserve of the Almighty.

“In fact, I don’t know of any perfect country on this planet,” the Prime Minister told the visitors, adding that “the countries from which you have come are not perfect. In fact, if they were perfect you would not be here”.

In the latest such advisory issued today, the British government warned in a statement issued on its official website, as well as on the British High Commission to Barbados’ website, that “certain areas of the south coast are experiencing breakdowns of sewage pipes.

“Leakages are occurring; you should avoid coming into direct contact with raw sewage and normal hygiene precautions should be followed,” the UK government added.

Similar warnings have been issued by Canada and the US in the face of persistent sewage leaks for which a permanent fix is yet to be found.

However, Stuart, whose Government remains on the back foot over its handling of the matter, made no direct mention of the worsening crisis nor any strategies that would be undertaken by his administration to produce a lasting fix.

But he stressed the need for a “congenial and comfortable” environment for Barbadians to enable them to welcome tourists, upon whom the island’s economy depends for its survival.

“Tourism is the lead sector of our economy and therefore it is important to us that we do nothing to undermine or to weaken the confidence which you have continually displayed in Barbados over the years,” the Prime Minister told dozens of visitors, some of whom have visited the island more than 30 times.

“In ensuring that we create the kind of environment which induces you to continue to visit Barbados we take the position that we have to make Barbados a congenial and comfortable place for the people who live here first, because if you come to this country and our citizens are unhappy people, then the warmth and the hospitality which you would expect to have extended to you would not be extended because warmth and hospitality cannot be easily extended by people who are unhappy with their environment or what is happening in it,” he added.

It was the closest that Stuart has come to suggesting that his Government was doing all in its power to remedy the sewage problem, which has now emerged as an urgent priority for his administration given the threat posed to the island’s reputation as a whole, and the general well-being of citizens, particularly those who live in, or come into contact with, the sewage affected south coast.

Earlier this week, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George revealed that there were 35 suspected cases of gastroenteritis reported in the area.

The figure did not include the suspected cases of five English visitors who claimed they had fallen ill with gastro after dining at a restaurant located in the heart of the sewage leaks.

Joanne Collins reached out to Barbados TODAY on Tuesday in an effort to contact local health authorities regarding the misfortune she suffered, along with her partner David Heads and three of their friends for which they have since received a written apology from the restaurant in question.

39 Responses to ‘We are not perfect’

  1. Crystal Haynes
    Crystal Haynes January 11, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    He hasn’t once addressed the people that he has been elected to serve on the matter but will make a ridiculous statement like this to repeat visitors??? Sigh…

    • Wayne January 12, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Did the BLP address the residents of Chapman lane when this same problem was reported after they approved and built these incompetent projects?

      • Leroy January 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Why you so political?

      • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 2:06 pm

        @Wayne; did raw sewage float along the roads in Chapman Lane?

  2. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards January 11, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Really Frumble ?????

  3. Judy Stanford
    Judy Stanford January 11, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    SMH!!! You have got to be kidding!! This is a major problem that should have been taken care of a year ago. I am sorry for the people who are losing their business because of his lack on insight into the problem.

  4. Jerry O
    Jerry O'neale January 11, 2018 at 11:51 pm


  5. Otis Skeete
    Otis Skeete January 11, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    When ever d man does open he mouth it does be something foolish coming out

  6. Jolly January 12, 2018 at 12:13 am

    There are unreported cases, too. We ate at two south coast restaurants last weekend. My husband flew home on Sunday. He fell ill almost as soon as he got on the plane. He is still recovering. He had all the symptoms of gastroenteritis.

    • Sue January 12, 2018 at 10:32 am

      You are right about unreported cases. We ate at South Coast restaurants on the10th and 11th of Dec. On the 12th I never left our unit and by early afternoon had all the symptoms of gastroenteritis.I have not been that acutely ill in a very long time. My husband was ill, but not as bad on the 16th, the day we flew home.

  7. John Everatt January 12, 2018 at 12:35 am

    “Tourism is the lead sector of our economy and therefore it is important to us that we do nothing to undermine or to weaken the confidence which you have continually displayed in Barbados over the years,” are his words. Yet for 2 years now he and his cohorts have done their best to ignore the sewage all over the roads. Mr. Fumbles, nobody asked you for perfection. Some sort of competence and effort would suffice.

  8. NOLAN HALL January 12, 2018 at 1:54 am

    I am surprise he did not say that other countries have sewage problems to, therefore we have nothing to worry about.

    • Jennifer January 12, 2018 at 5:56 am


  9. hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Well, Well! is this what the PM of Barbados had to say about the sewage problem on the South Coast. “We are not Perfect, only God Is.” did he knew if any of the visitors believe in Freundel`s God? Is this the best Barbados got as a PM. in the 3 countries that warned their citizens, people would be fired. Another term of this man would be a catastrophic. Is perfection an excuse for him and his party ineptness.

  10. Harry January 12, 2018 at 5:49 am

    We constantly criticize the PM for not speaking, and then when he does say something we wish that he he had maintained his silence.
    What a pathetic performance from the PM, just get the pumps that have been out of service FOR 3 YEARS replaced or repaired. Instead of building a new Administration Office the pumps should have been purchased.

  11. jrsmith January 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

    What would you expect from this priminester , give the guy a break ……….. If the visitors country was perfect they wouldn’t be in Barbados ……… That’s coming from our priminester , all local people who have they rum shops and other businesses would not even consider making such a statement like Mr clever dick…………….

  12. jrsmith January 12, 2018 at 7:08 am

    Who is managing Barbados LTD…….

  13. Anonymous January 12, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Yes! you’ll always thought you’ll were perfect

  14. Ralph W Talma January 12, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Sad, sad, sad. A total lack of leadership. It is not only tourists who are affected by this health scare, but also many Bajans who need words of wisdom and encouragement from those who hold the purse-strings.

  15. Mike January 12, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Perhaps you should ask other countries for their assistance in solving the inssue instead just saying.

  16. Janine January 12, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Frightening, if that this is the best Frumble can come up with , but then I thought it was frightening when the people of Barbados voted him for a second term .
    I do hope sense will prevail in the next Election, or this Rock will sink without trace when it comes to it’s main income provider ———- Tourism .

    Maybe it’s time that the ” Tax Free ” Jamaican Hotel started chipping in with some of the money they earn from being here, Barbados sees very little of that.

  17. Falernum January 12, 2018 at 9:31 am

    A typical Bajan cop-out. That fact is that we are all in denial about the state of the country, but arrogant people respond this way in the face of their failure instead of taking responsibility. We are about to join those countries that are in deep 5h!t. Why even easily addressed matters like having an adequate number of open Immigration Officer stations at the airport’s arrival lounge during peak flight arrivals remain uncorrected. My guests spent over an hour standing in line yesterday.

  18. Mackar January 12, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Is the PM an educated man?????????????

    • hcalndre January 12, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      @Macker; he is a big word man and uses quotes from the fifteenth century and before, even the bible, is that education?

  19. Dick Tracy January 12, 2018 at 10:25 am

    How do you spell “Buffoon” ?

    Answer: Fruendel Stuart

  20. Peter Ullyett January 12, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Is Freundel Stuart for real ???

    It is obvious that there was no maintenance for the sewage systems.

    His government spent $30 million on a new building for the Barbados water Authority with a pedestrian walk over that no one uses. That walk over should have been placed at Spring Garden where people risk their lives daily to get to the sea.
    Stuart invokes God to explain the sewage Problem !!! No country is perfect he says.

    The truth is that Stuart is incompetent and has an incompetent government.

    Time for a change and Stuart is “going down to the wire before calling General elections” which he will lose. He knows that so the real reason for going down to the wire is his insipid power hungry government.

    His major achievement is to make Barbados the 8th most indebted country in the world with a debt of 117 % of the gross domestic product of $4.3 billion.


  21. PAUL ECKSTEIN January 12, 2018 at 11:26 am

    So if my country Canada was perfect I would not visit Barbados ?

    Forget about the tourists, what about the health of the people that live there ?

    I think the people of Barbados deserve better.

    I think the time has come for someone to step down.

    I hope that it is not too late for all the beautiful people there.

  22. Alex Alleyne January 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm


  23. Buun January 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    No problem, do you know of countries with advisory notice to travellers? So travellers be warned here is our PM response to you …

    We are still limited to the standards of ordinary men and women. Perfection I’ve always contended is the exclusive preserve of the Almighty.

  24. milli watt January 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    yuh got to love FRUNS……….and he ain’t even in election mode yet.

  25. milli watt January 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    he has a point the americans elected TRUMP and we didn’t issue an advisory ………..come to think of it that may not be a bad idea lololol

  26. straight talk January 12, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    The only people stuart does talk to

  27. Robert January 12, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    I thought only a buffoon like Trump could speak such drivel !
    I was wrong! The scary part,is that there are people who will vote to re-elect him.

  28. Belfast January 12, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I wonder what the PM’s specially invited guests really have to say about him, among their friends, when they return home.

    • Jennifer January 12, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      what a coon

  29. Robbie Lash January 12, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    That response sounds very Trump.

  30. Robbie Lash January 12, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    That response sounds very Trumpy

  31. DE January 12, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    What more you all expect to her from the leader of government. You all don’t realize that the leader of the government do not socialize with the people of Barbados unless you are recognize by the outside world. The man just do not care about what is happening to the country or the people of the country. The country going through severe pain, getting all kinds of downgrades, South Coast getting flush out with overflowing sewage on the street and the leader of government is holding big part at Ilaro Court for returned visitor and then have the gut to tell them that Barbados is still a safe place and that we might only get a motor vehicle accident or a little misfortune, at a time when the country that some of those same people came from just issued an advisory to it’s people about the state of the South Coast. You don’t think that he is mentally disturb

  32. Jus me January 13, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Trump .
    Reduced taxes
    Made more jobs.
    Puts His Country First.
    Shuts out undesirables.
    Wants to “Drain the Swamp”

    You wish Fumble would do just one of these things??
    Maybe Trump is a Mouthy Redman, but.I swop him for theMighty Mout man we have, Anyday.


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