Ex-principal calls on Opposition MP to apologize for calling the PM ‘rat botsie’

Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Kerrie Symmonds must publicly apologize to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart or forever hang his head in shame, retired educator Jeff Broomes today declared.

Delivering the weekly Astor B Watts lecture at the Democratic Labour Party’s Belleville headquarters under the theme, Don’t Hero Worship or Misrepresent Me – Respect my Values and my Vision, the former schoolmaster soundly chided the St James Central MP for controversial statements he made in relation to Stuart at a recent Barbados Labour Party (BLP) political meeting.

During that meeting Symmonds called on the Prime Minister to follow the lead of his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) counterpart in Grenada and announce the date for general elections.

“Prime minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada has called an election for the 13th of March and I want you to send a message to the ‘rat botsie’ fellow we got down here, heed the call.

“If it can happen in a timely manner in Grenada do not be loitering fumble Stuart, do not be loitering on the steps or the corridors of Parliament after closing time,” Symmonds said during an animated platform presentation at Checker Hall, St Lucy.

However, Broomes, who was not amused, insisted that the public characterization of the Prime Minister as “rat botsie” was “out of line and wrong”.

During today’s Astor B Watts Lecture at the Democratic Labour Party’s Belleville headquarters, retired educator Jeff Broomes (left) called on Opposition Member of Parliament Kerrie Symmonds to issue a public apology for calling the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart ‘rat botsie’.

“I absolutely do not like what you did in your classless caricature of our sitting Prime Minister,” he said as if speaking directly to Symmonds.

“You do not have to like the individual, but you must, yes, must, as a political leader of this country, respect the office, not only his, but the one you hold, as well that you are now seeking,” the former principal added.

“I am calling on you, Kerrie Symmonds, to immediately make a public apology to Prime Minister the Hon Freundel Stuart or forever hang your head in shame.” Broomes said.

He also lamented that the island “reeks of polarization” and insisted it was not the Barbados of Errol Walton Barrow, which he said, “promoted the notion of family where we could disagree without being disagreeable”.

Broomes suggested that “selfishness, greed, and blind political pandering” were instead overtaking the island.

The educator’s demand has however fallen on deaf ears.

In response, Symmonds told Barbados TODAY he had nothing to apologize for. In fact, the only apology he was willing to make was for not finding a harsher rebuke for Stuart.

“The only apology I have for Freundel Stuart is to say that I can’t find anything more harsh to describe him as,” the St James Central BLP representative said, while adamant that the description was “not of the office, but of the occupant of the office”.

“I have no apology for saying what is the truth. Let us not be squeamish about it.”

The outspoken Opposition MP justified his position, arguing that the Prime Minister deserved a failing grade for his handling of key national issues, including the controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project, the introduction of tuition fees for Barbadians studying at the University of the West Indies, the retrenchment of public workers, and the restoration of the ten per cent pay cut for Members of Parliament.

“He was warned about the repeated failure to maintain the sewage system on the South Coast in an appropriate manner and he refused to take any action resulting in a situation where three of this country’s major source markets for tourism have issued health and travel advisories to their residents about coming to Barbados.

“He was warned about the collapse of the public transportation system. . . . Freundel Stuart has reduced this country’s image and reputation to dirt in the eyes of the international community and in the eyes of local community,” he added.

Symmonds also had harsh words for Broomes, saying his attempt to defend the Prime Minister was not surprising because, “Mr Broomes, much like Mr Stuart, is a highly contemptuous and incompetent individual. They share perhaps one thing in common, and that is an amazing capacity for mismanagement,” he charged.


15 Responses to Disagreeable!

  1. Saga Boy February 3, 2018 at 12:57 am

    He should apologize.

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 3, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Kerrie Symmonds would have to apologize in public first to his Wife Andrea Nicole Symmonds for Assaulting her, then to the women of Barbados, after that to any body else who he has offended.

      Domestic or Spousal Abuse is Worst than Character assassination

      • Mark My Word February 3, 2018 at 10:47 am

        The Abuser at it again doing what he does best

  2. Hugh Greene February 3, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I would expect no less from a BLP member……..no class nor respect for others….arrogant as hell and self-righteous to core. Remember the tyrant Tom Adams who figured he could do as he liked until that fateful day he was humbled at the Garrison? Or a certain BLP leader who assaulted her lady friend at a dance house.
    If the Prime Minister is a ‘rat botsie’ then what is she then?
    As a member of Parliament he shouldn’t behave this way, calling the “Leader of the Country’ such. What type of message and example is he portraying to the youth of this country. What relevance does the ‘Honorable’ aspect of his title play? In truth his actions does not fit his title and he should be stripped or barred from Parliament until an apology is given.
    As an ordinary citizen we can cuss, swear and so forth among ourselves, as expected, but when Members of Parliament begins and continues to behaves in manners similar to the common class people; how can you lead the people or aspire them to be better.
    As a final note, let’s put things into perspective. Most of us have jobs. At that job we don’t always agree with decisions made by Management or the owners. Do you call them out in their presence and call them ‘assholes’ or ‘jonnies’ or such?
    Something to think about.

  3. Mark Rosmar February 3, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Seriously Mr Broome. The English language has many different ways of expression. Who appointed you as The r Police?

  4. Lester February 3, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Remember it was this same politicians call 3 women blabber he ain’t got no respect and if Owen was the leader of the opposition he would get what Liz Thompson get when she disrespected the then opposition leader David Thompson, Kerrie you gine pay like the last time you like you planning to undermine MIA remember keep it clean all Bajans don’t appreciate gutter tribalistic politicians bring solutions not insults. Mia reign him in

  5. Lil Pigeon February 3, 2018 at 8:00 am

    Kerrie Symmonds is a classless woman abuser. He can’t walk in the Hon. Prime Minister’s shoes. Enuff said!!!

    • MARIA Holder February 3, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Me thinks the PM can relate to this

  6. Roverp February 3, 2018 at 8:24 am

    The PM should apologize to Barbadians for only speaking to DEMs while in office.

  7. Lorenzo February 3, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Jeff Broomes first Maureen Holder now you ,who next,John Lovell,to address this Dems lunch time lecture?.I guess the three of you miss the propaganda DLp program Talk Ya Talk where you can slam Ms Mottley every day eh Jeff.Mr Symmonds while he may have gone over board is entitled to his opinion as you are to yours,as I have heard you describe Mr Stuart as having his own leadership style .What style is that Mr Broomes leading from behind and not taking decisive action on anything,like the South Coast mess,or firing any Ministers for lack of performance ?This is what leadership is about not only speaking at Branch Meetings to Dems,when last did the PM address the country,on any issue?

    • hcalndre February 3, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Right on Lorenzo! Jeff Broomes is a lizard, changes its color to where ever it sits. Maureen insulted women all over the world and she didn`t even know, probably on the same toilet bowl that he is speaking from, why did he not tell Maureen that she is not even qualified to carry Miss. Mottley`s lunch bag. That`s one of the reason CBC is dead, three hosts on their call-in program, all of Maureen callers telling her not to worry about what people is saying that god is on her side, Broomes giving a ball by ball commentary of what he and his wife did on the weekend and Lovell with his bad diction shouting a lot of nothings. Make no apology Mr. Symmonds to the yard fowls, how many times Fruendel insulted bajans with his big words and quotations.

  8. Don Keyote February 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

    I didn’t hear you, Mr. Broomes demanding for an apology from Mr. Sinckler for calling Ms. Fowler a bald pooch cat or suggesting that if the leader of the opposition wanted attention, she should run down Broad Street naked. How was that for classlessness, Mr. Broomes? If your current complaint isn’t “blind political pandering”, I don’t know what is, at DLP headquarters to boot.

    In the meantime, you have succeeded in doing what Mr. Simmonds may have failed to do, that is, cement the amusing sobriquet “rat botsie” in people’s minds. Surely it will displace “Froon”. It would have been better to say nothing. But then you would not have had your hour upon the stage, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  9. luther thorne February 3, 2018 at 10:04 am

    If Kerrie had made the statement at an official function with the Prime Minister present or even absent , I would consider Broomes’ call.

    In the cut and thrust of political banter , this is nothing.
    Maybe Broomes should consider apologizing for misleading listeners to Talk Yuh Talk when he indicated that he was not political.
    Broomes trying clutch at straws

    I have zero respect for Jeff Broomes
    and I know why.

    These people bout here need to stop the party nonsense. There is none so polarizing as the DLP.

    The refusal by CBC to take money from the BLP for air time speaks Volume. The DLP and their LAP DOG apologizers have no credibility at all.

    Stop supporting a party at all costs and if yuh want to criticize start with your own Party Jeff Broomes. There is too much there for you to have time to criticize others. Its hypocritical. Wunna think people foolish. You could only be suffering from EBES.

    Barrow called the DEMS tribalistic.They practise the Politics of Exclusion , Division and Discrimination.

    On the 4th day of the 4th Month I saw a BIG BLACK SLUG eating an icecream with a lollipop perched on a street lamp painted in blue alongside a mirage of fustic with grains of YORK.

  10. Roverp February 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    So I believe lots of us should be apologizing for lack of performance, using derogatory terms, lying, stealing, cheating and the list goes on ….time for the everyone in the nation to apologize

  11. David Brathwaite February 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I hate all the insults on the political platform, but Jeff Broomes’ hypocracy is spectacular.

    What about Chris Sinckler’s comments about June Fowler and Mia Mottley, or the Prime Minister’s penchant for using obscure words to insult people. Like the time he called Carl Moore a trogogyte, which is the scientific name for a chimpanzee. It can also mean caveman which is equally insulting.

    There is a more vulgar Bajanism than the one used by Kerrie’s Symmonds, that old people used to denote incompetent or unworthy, so people know what he means. But he should stick to the evidence that makes the case the the PM is indeed incompetent and unworthy.


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