Dems sticking with Stuart

Supporters of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) are adamant that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart should not be pressured to call an early election on the basis of this week’s grim economic reports.

In fact, they contend that whether or not the upcoming poll results in a change of Government, it will take some time to turn the island’s economic fortunes around.

Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes on Wednesday urged the authorities to maintain a tight rein on spending in light of falling foreign exchange reserves and a lingering, crippling fiscal deficit.

The International Monetary Fund similarly warned that the economy would further slow down and the cost of living would rise.

Chris Walters, a member of the DLP for more than three decades, told Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the Astor B Watts Lecture at the DLP’s Belleville headquarters this afternoon that the current Government had inherited a tough recession and it was doing its best to keep the country afloat.

Chris Walters

“If you look at the economy of Barbados over the 50 years of independence, this is just a phase. It is not the first and it won’t be the last. We will ride it out and we will come back again,” Walters said, rejecting suggestions that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party had the wherewithal to chart a new direction for the country.

“What can the Opposition do to make the economy better?” he asked, warning that the DLP would not be easily dismissed in the upcoming general election.

“We shouldn’t have won it in 2013. A week is a long time in politics. And never believe that you can’t win because you might surprise yourself,” he said.

Similarly, Lance King from the constituency of St Michael South Central urged Barbadians “to have a little patience for things to get better”.

Lance King

He maintained that an immediate election “can’t fix the economy”, and that whoever wins the ballot, constitutionally due by the middle of this year, would continue to struggle with the economy because of the country lacks resources.

“The great North America almost went to its knees with this recession. If the great countries felt it, what about Barbados, a poor little nation in the Caribbean?” he asked.

Fitzgerald Jordan from St Michael South argued that the DLP was good for the country, and he challenged the BLP to declare how it intends to fulfil promises to give Barbadians an ease if elected.

“Come to the people and tell them what you will do for the country, and I still say this is the best Government in power,” he stressed.

Jordan maintained that despite the recession, the country was still functioning and hence there was no need for a snap poll.

“When it is the Prime Minister’s time to call elections he will call it. Nobody can’t make the Prime Minister call an election,” he added, as he predicted that “the Democratic Labour Party will win back the Government”.

Retired educator Jeff Broomes, who delivered today’s lecture, marveled at the “impatience of some people”, as he stated emphatically that Stuart had the right to determine the election date.

“I don’t know why people would want to usurp his authority that he has to call it now or next week or next year or next month. Whenever the Prime Minister calls it, as every Prime Minister has done before, we will do what has to be done,” Broomes told the party faithful.

In fact, Broomes suggested that calls for an immediate election were unfair to the Mia Mottley-led BLP, which he charged would not be able to do “a quarter of the things they say they are going to do”.

The former school principal maintained that an election was not the answer to the economic problems, stressing that the focus must be on boosting productivity at a time “when the focus seems to be less on giving your ultimate best and more on unpunctuality, absenteeism, long lunches, distractions and, oh yes, unreasonable, non viable and unaffordable 23 per cent salary increases”.

The latter was in reference to demands by the National Union of Public Workers for a 23 per cent pay rise.

15 Responses to Dems sticking with Stuart

  1. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    All suffering from EBES – Errol Barrow Effect Syndrome
    They are still voting for Barrow
    They do not realize he is not running
    They are in a Time Warp.
    I feel for them !

  2. John Everatt February 3, 2018 at 12:40 am

    “call an early election on the basis of this week’s grim economic reports” – No Sir. Call an early election because we have watched the incompetence of this government for many years now.

    What would a new government do? I would hope that they would listen to the economists who have the knowledge and experience and call in the IMF. If you look at all the IMF recommendations you will see how they would handle things. And these recommendations are consistent with what all the economists have been saying for years now.

    These DLP supporters will not change. They are too old and set in their ways.

  3. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 2:20 am

    The BLP can fix this problem.

  4. harry turnover February 3, 2018 at 7:38 am

    The DEMS gine still stick with Stuart ???? wunna yard fowls foolish as RH.This man has not only DESTROYED Barbados,but also the hopes of young upcoming POLITICIANS in his Cabinet and in George Street by holding on to POWER by way of PROVISIONS after TEN YEARS has gone and a senior yard fowl saying that DEM gine stick with Stuart ????
    After Stuart and his colleagues have suffered the ignominy of losing ALL sitting members wunna gine still stick with that leader ? well let the whole of Barbados tell wunna what wunna should do then.
    There is no difference in what Stuart is doing to what those CIVIL SERVANTS who EVERY YEAR use up ALL of the 21 days UN-CERTIFIED sick leave ONLY because there are PROVISIONS for that.

  5. ebaje February 3, 2018 at 7:46 am

    These DLP supporters need to learn the word FAILURE and its meaning. Then ask themselves why should failure be rewarded? These same people were calling for elections in 2008 and supported David Thompson walking out of Parliament and vowing not to return until elections were called. Back then we were far, far better off than now, and clearly we are far, far worse off. If the BLP got voted out in 2008, there is no sensible reason why the Dems should feel they have a right to be re-elected.

  6. Darson February 3, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Stay Tuned : we are not easily swayed,

  7. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 9:12 am

    “. If the BLP got voted out in 2008, there is no sensible reason why the Dems should feel they have a right to be re-elected.”



  8. Greengiant February 3, 2018 at 10:37 am

    @luther thorne: The D L P supporters are voting for Barrow, the
    B L P supporters for Adams. You’re both stuck in the same time capsule mate. The Mottley you all now speak about has favor as political elite because of the B L P’s historical association with that name. So again you all are still stuck in the same time capsule.

    So according to Gabby, “B L P / D L P = Same party.

  9. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 10:52 am

    The D L P supporters are voting for Barrow, the

    B L P supporters for Adams

    HA HA

    B L P supporters for Adams
    No evidence to support that.
    Nothing like EBES detected
    Houston ! We are closing this mission

  10. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

    After Significant Tests
    No GATES detected


    None detected.


    not even OSA- ES
    You would notice in all my comments that I really do not push a party line B , D or UPP or any personalities.

    Any vote for Mia is based on her ability to get the job done. Her preparation over the years and her experience and her position
    within the party most importantly, her desire and
    aspirations to see that she and the BLP – MAKE BARBADOS

  11. Roverp February 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    IMF seems to be on ones lips when the DLP is in office as it is never the DLP’s fault for anything.

  12. Lee R February 4, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I will tell you what will help to turn things around, confidence, leadership, communication to name a few. It upsets me to see we have a prime minister who doesn’t care to come to the people and reassure them about anything. For that alone he must go.

  13. hcalndre February 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Jeff Broomes, another failure although he said he worked pro bono at CBC he was of no help to them nor the schools he was the principal so they had to get rid of him not surprising that he supports another failure, why should one person have the power call an election when it suits him, I hope to see a fixed date for the general election in the future. What is his goal or motivation, is it that he is power hungry or how many more pay checks he can get.

  14. St Clair worrell February 4, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Barbados must be the only country that has a driver going full speed over a cliff and some passengers are comfortably sitting in the back seat (foolishly) shouting “drive faster” while the vehicle plunges. …LMAO.. l can’t go by promises, they are a comfort to fools. ….

  15. Helicopter(8P) February 6, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    People do you understand or overstand call it what you may; a democratic style of management or either an authoritarian styled ? Choose one! Ministers were given freedom to be heads of their portfolios some performed well and others were mediocre! With an informed; well educated; team of talent the island can see a faster than expected recovery, bring forth positive results.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *