Pity him!

PM responds to Symmonds’ ‘rat boxie’ comment

If you thought that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was going to allow Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St James Central representative Kerrie Symmonds to get away with publicly insulting him last week, you thought wrong.

Addressing suporters of his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) during a political meeting at Queen’s College last night, the Prime Minister proved that he could play just as dirty as anyone in the political arena, as he dismissed Symmonds as an “incubus”, who the people of St James Central would soon see the back of.

Speaking at a BLP political meeting in Checker Hall, St Lucy a week ago, Symmonds had made reference to Grenada prime minister Dr Keith Mitchell’s announcement of a March 13 general election date, while complaining that “the ‘rat botsie’ fellow we got down here [Prime Minister Stuart was yet to] 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,” the St James Central Member of Parliament said during an animated platform presentation, which was met with strong rebuke from retired principal Jeff Broome, who accused the Opposition BLP spokesman of disrespecting the Office of Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and BLP St James Central representative Kerrie Symmonds

Over the weekend, Government minister and Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss also condemned Symmonds’ comments as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of mass canvas for the DLP’s St James Central candidate George Connolly.

“I think that Barbadian politics in the 21st century does not need individuals who are going to spend their time cursing and attacking individuals on a personal level, finding all sorts of nasty names to call leaders,” Inniss said, while complaining that “there is too much discussion on things that are not relevant, a lot of entertainment and no meaningful and constructive dialogue on the way forward for Barbados”.

However, addressing party supporters last night, Stuart, instead of taking the political high road, decided to go down into the proverbial gutter with Symmonds, describing him as “a tortured young man whose ambitions have always raced ahead of his capabilities” and suggesting that he was one to be pitied, while calling him an “incubus”.

“Kerrie Symmonds is nobody to hate, he is somebody to feel sorry for. A tortured young man whose ambitions have always raced ahead of his capabilities,” the Prime Minister said, adding that “fortunately we would not have to put up with that incubus for too long. George Connolly has come to the rescue and after the next election, Kerrie Symmonds will be regulated to the limbo of forgotten things.”

In the same breath, Stuart, who is yet to reveal a date for the next election due here by June, maintained that the DLP would not engage in making the kind of defamatory comments that he said were part of the culture of the Opposition BLP.

“The Barbados Labour Party has already begun to introduce us to its new vocabulary of abuse. We have no time with that. There is a politics of explanation, justification and promise that must characterize the next campaign of the Democratic Labour Party,” the DLP Leader said.

Ironically, it was the BLP leader Mia Mottley, who attempted last night during a BLP rally the junction of Strathclyde and Bank Hall, St Michael to shift the discussion away from Symmonds and back on the Government, in particular its handling of the economy and the ongong sweage leaks along the island’s south coast.

While not condemning Symmonds’ remarks, Mottley told BLP supporters that “rat boxie” would not have been her choice of words in speaking about the Prime Minister, but she suggested that the whole issue was an orchestrated “distraction” by the DLP, that was bought into by the media.

“The propagandists of the Democratic Labour Party told you that they were more concerned about what Kerrie called a prime minister than the deeds of the prime minister,” Mottley said, while stressing that the DLP had used Symmonds’ description of Stuart to steer national attention away from“a unique thing” that happened to Barbados last week when the Central Bank Governor Cleviston Haynes, and the International Monetary Fund both warned of the dire state of Barbados’ economy.

“Both of them basically told you that we are running out of time and what is required is urgent action,” Mottley said.

“I might not have used the language of Kerrie. Everybody uses different language. But that cannot be more important than the substance of what Barbados is facing with the International Monetary Fund and the Central Bank Governor speaking to us this week with our reserves down in the bottom of the barrel where it is,” she stressed.

This was in reference to the Governor’s revelation last week that Barbados’ foreign reserves had reached a more than two-decade low of $410 million, the equivalent of 6.6 weeks of imports, well below the required 12 weeks cover.

Mottley pointed out that most of what was consumed on the island, from food to oil, was imported and paid for by foreign currency.

“So, when you hear that our reserves are down, you have a problem in this country,” she said.

“And what we expect is those who are our leaders [to] discuss that.”

In response to calls for an election code of conduct, Mottley said codes of conduct were also needed to safeguard access to water by people in this country and “about what should be allowed to flow on the streets of the south coast, because there is nothing more offensive that sewage flowing on the streets of our land”.

Amid calls by a number of society leaders, including clergymen, for the 2018 elections campaign to be kept clean, Mottley complained that no one had come to her rescue in the face of venomous attacks.

“I have been abused more in this country than any other public official. I didn’t hear anyone of them come to my defence.

“I have had to endure posters on lampposts but when the Barbados Labour Party – because we cannot get access to CBC – puts posters of our candidates on lampposts then I hear nonsense from people. But nobody says anything when for two years posters go on lampposts cursing and vilifying Mia Mottley,” she said.

14 Responses to Pity him!

  1. Bajan boy February 5, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    He is a ugly,speightful,uncaring,selfish,inept,unconscionable big nose l,lazy rat botsie fellow whose only care is power.

    • Shaka Sadu February 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm

      If you’re gonna be saying nasty things about people, you should first learn how to spell.

    • Big Man February 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      All right Bajan Girl yuh find a new word

  2. Tony Webster February 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Evahbody entitled to Dem own opinion…but not their own facts.
    I gine wid the facts….de Cost-Of-Living, ..and de disappearing F/X reserves, and mash-up roads, and de suffering… all of which I can verify, by smell, touch, plus the bitter taste of N.S.R.L., and all manner of taxation.
    Mud-slinging , on both sides, means naught to me. Stick to salient, hard, economic facts please.

  3. Malcom King February 5, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Sweep them out You have your brooms in your hand sweep them out. The first time in my life that i want to see the DLP out. Stake them out in the pasture. Stuart and the St. Philip Gang need to be put out to Pasture. Rampant Crime. if they cant fix a sewer problem that has been going on for years, does anyone believe they can fix a country. Devalued the dollar yes the tax is a de-facto devaluation. Courts that don’t work violent criminals walking free. People afraid to come out at night. Preying on Expats. Lawyers doctors not paying taxes. Cahill, Port Ferdinand, Sale of the Hilton. Marriot taking away the peoples beach. Give way to Sandals. we are strangers in our own land. Barrow and Adams are crying.

  4. Saga Boy February 6, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Bajan Boy, I hope that you are not a black man or woman. If you are and you are suggesting that a ugly has to do with a big broad nose you have been brain washed. I think it is disrespectful to say such unkind words about someone just because you disagree with their policies. This is the kind of behaviour that leads to violence. I hope this coming elections we have less of this practice by all parties and that the issues are dealt with on a more objective than emotional basis.

    We have issues that will not go away because someone who is described as “ugly,speightful,uncaring,selfish,inept,unconscionable big nose l,lazy rat botsie fellow whose only care is power” is no longer PM. All of us are in someway responsible for the current state of the country. The sooner we own up to that fact and stop blaming politicians the sooner we will get out of it.

    The fact is that the easy solution to our problem would be to agree to and implement the IMF recommendation to “a comprehensive restructuring of SOE operations, in particular by reducing government transfers.” But what will happen to your son, daughter, wife, cousin and friend who has no other source of income? This action will trigger layoffs in the private sector. Are you in agreement with that recommendation?

    • hcalndre February 6, 2018 at 3:09 am

      @Saga Boy; give credit where credit is due and put the blame squarely where its due. Would you blame your family and yourself for the doo that is running on the streets of the S. Coast when the politicians wait until 4 big countries tell their citizens not to drink Barbados water, now for the PM and his crew to understand that doo-doo is nothing to bath in or mess with, ask the Captain if he will be around after the month of Whenever and his crew ready to commit mutiny for the sinking of the ship “Barbados” with most of them going down with him.

  5. luther thorne February 6, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Look try and call the friggin Elections
    This is bare nonsense then.
    History is going to chew you up and spit you out.
    Your legacy , if any, will be in tatters

    I dare you to call a real Press Conference.

    Strange unsual tactics – leading from behind and being an Absentee Prime Minister and a Ceremonial one at that. We have never seen this before in Barbados or even in the Commonwealth

    Errol Barrow – a Colossus
    Tom Adams- a Colossus
    Owen Arthur – a Combination of the two

    • andy g February 6, 2018 at 6:26 am

      What crap Luther?Barrow -yes .Adams -yes. Arthur? ha.ha..The combination two is Sandiford and Arthur.sandi fought Richie and took over the MOF, paid off all the dept one time and left the country broke. Arthur over spend and borrowed too much.left the country in a hole.

      • ebaje February 6, 2018 at 7:57 am

        Paid off all of the debt? Not according to the Central Bank statistics for 1994: $1800M local debt and foreign debt $700M. Stop misleading the public!

  6. Angela February 6, 2018 at 9:17 am

    This Prime Minister is mostly not liked because of his prominent African features, that seem evident from the time he became Prime Minister. I have deduced this from the comments I heard heard and read over time. Chris too is not from the correct class and did not go to the right school. I hope I am wrong about this.

  7. Saga Boy February 6, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    You are right Angela. It amazes me how black people in 2018 treat blackness as inferior.

  8. Helicopter(8P) February 6, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Angela you should have gone to a better institution of learning ! What or rather where are you trying to take readers who may be more educated than you and do not possess your backward thinking in AD2018. Never thought you could have been more raceally prejudice of humankind.

  9. luther thorne February 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    “This Prime Minister is mostly not liked because of his prominent African features, ”

    NOT TRUE !

    People in Barbados like Dynamic Prime Ministers like the Dynamic BOT- Barrow Owen and Tom
    PM Stuart is never seen among the people
    Maybe he is shy in that way where he might not be comfortable making small talk or in one and one convo.. Maybe that is why he does not hold press conferences.

    Strange though that a Prime Minister seems scared of holding Press Conferences. VERY VERY STRANGE indeed. While I would not be too hard on him for that, one does not know his Vision for Barbados. One does not know what he wants his legacy to be. Does he want a Graduate in every household ? Does he want to see Barbados as a Transhipment hub ? Does he want to see Barbados as a Cultural Beacon and the Entertainment capital of the Caribbean? What is PM Stuart ‘s vision ? I see Camillo Gonsalves in St. Vincent saying that they are striving for a graduate in each household.

    Prime Stuart has presided over an administration during a period that has seen Barbados reduced to Junk Bond status and Sewage


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