Social evolution

PM warns of dramatic changes ahead

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has put Barbadians on notice that the social entitlements from which they have benefitted over the past 50 years may become a thing of the past.

During debate on the 2018-2019 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure in the House of Assembly this evening, Stuart warned the country not to expect a return of the long periods of prosperity which the country enjoyed in the past.

He said while Government’s latest programme to revive the stalled economy, the Barbados Sustainable Recovery Plan (BSRP) would mean a changing future for Barbados, citizens must prepare for the social evolution.

“I just want to call on the country to recognize that the world has changed and it is not going to change back to the world we used to know, that world of yesteryear. Face the reality that we will have to question whether that panoply of social entitlements to which we have become accustomed over the 50 year period of Independence we can continue to afford in the context of challenged revenues,” he said.

To press home the point, Stuart referred to “the unsure jurisdictions” of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, which themselves faced challenges in a changing world, were trying to lure their taxpayers to return home and pay taxes rather than paying low taxes in Barbados.

“Our people have to be made aware that those who can help themselves will have to rely less on the state and what the state is to do has substantially to be reserved for those people who cannot help themselves . . . those people who are in danger of falling through the cracks; and every society has them,” the Prime Minister told the House.

However, he said he was confident about the future of Barbados and did not share the “ingrained” pessimism of those who felt the country was now an ugly place, strewn with sewage, lacking water, food and buses.

“That politics of distress, that politics of alarm, that politics of despondency has no attraction for me and it is certainly not the Barbados that I live in and in which I move and live and have my being from day to day. The people I meet in Barbados, I don’t ask them whether they are Bees or Dees. The people I meet are optimistic about this country’s future and they love their country,” Stuart said, adding that long may this continue to be so.

20 Responses to Social evolution

  1. The Truth February 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    So after this man taxed us to death, aint get a raise of pay in years, cost of living gone through the roof, he now saying that we social entitlements gone?? I hope I never see Mr Stuart again after this elections.
    This DLP government has killed this country. Nuisance!!

  2. Betty charles February 14, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    please please get rid of these people and I am a die hard dem,never thought that I would say these words

  3. Mark Rosmar February 15, 2018 at 5:50 am

    He and Sinckler seem to be obsessed with taxes

  4. Tony Webster February 15, 2018 at 5:54 am

    “Great Change Ahead”… for once, Sir ..I AGREE WID YAH!

    BTW…pass the BOP spray…

  5. Alex Alleyne February 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

    A friend of mine came back to BIM to chill out for 6 months. While in BIM keep complaining for back pains. Visit the polyclinic for “free” , sat for almost all day and was told it’s “arthritis”.
    (I do know and understand that there is and will be some disadvantages to go along with freeness). Went over to a few “private Docs” with payments going from BDS$80.00 to BDS$125.00 who said some exercise should help. On returning to NYC , went to the hospital and the first thing was , we will take a urine sample and then a scan of back and side of body. Low and behold they saw a “KIDNEY STONE”. ………..and was treated.

  6. Tee White February 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

    @Alex Alleyne It is not ‘freeness’. The funds for the health service come out of the wealth that Bajans create through their work. This is the same source of the profits of the local elites and foreign investors and we never refer to these as free. In a modern society, citizens are entitled to access a properly funded and properly managed health care system with staff who are competent at their job and have the required equipment and knowledge to diagnose and treat patients. Health care is a human right.

  7. Spectre February 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Has he made it crystal clear that he’s out of touch with the average citizen?
    _ _ _

    “That politics of distress, that politics of alarm, that politics of despondency has no attraction for me and it is certainly not the Barbados that I live in and in which I move and live and have my being from day to day.”

  8. hcalndre February 15, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Mr. PM., Are the people satisfied with the garbage, the bus service, the water service, the sewage and the taxes that from day one when the DLP came into office it was taxes, taxes and more taxes on them. You are saying you have not seen such in the Barbados you live. Well I know that you can`t tell a person what they have seen or heard because they could be impaired.

  9. Tee White February 15, 2018 at 9:11 am

    So after 51 years of independence, we are going backwards and the prime minister thinks we should be optimistic about the future. According to him, we can no longer afford the social entitlements that we have become accustomed to in the last 50 years. The question he never answers is why.

    According to data from the World Bank and United Nations Statistics Division, between 1970 and 2016, our country’s GDP increased by over 2000% while our population increased by only 19%. Even between 1990 and 2016 our GDP increased by over 200%, while our population increased by only 9%. How is it that the growth of our economy massivley outstrips our population growth but we can’t afford social services that we are entitled to and have had in the past with a smaller economy?

    The answer of course lies in the PM’s comments about the USA, Canada and the UK and about people helping themselves because the state can no longer afford to help them. This is the standard call of those who are following the neo-liberal economic dogmas which is being pushed precisely by the USA, Canada and the UK and the organisations they control such as the IMF. This neo-liberal economic scam is a political choice to transfer more wealth to the richest while taking it away from the ordinary citizens, including the poorest. Whereever it is applied, it leads to increasing inequality, social despair and the rise in social ills such as crime. Why should Bajans be optimistic when the government tells them that it wants to take the country further down that road?

  10. jennifer February 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Donald J Trump is now threatening to take away food stamps and give the welfarers a box of food instead. It really saddens me that after 50yrs of indepenDANCE and having this people satisfying and feeding the greedy hogs, this is what things have come to. Where our black governments just like the past black coons maintain their oppressors with good slave labour is still going on. When are you going to work for the majority of Bim Mr Stewart and co and stop them falling through the cracks. When are you going to stop this following of pan and become who you really are?? When are you going to forfeit your oppressor’s rules and associations. When are you going to evolve and unhinge from their systems stew to benefit your people.

    • jennifer February 15, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Cut taxes, Nis, TOO. Don’t give Butch and company all. The environment changing and the clouds red.

  11. Nathaniel Samuels February 15, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Mr. Prime Minister, whatever position and situation this country has to adopt,we will gladly go along with just as long as you and your cronies are not in any way involved. We have had ten years of you and those years have not been good. We want out and will move on with some other Party, preferably the BLP which has shown in the past, an ability and an expertise in bringing our country out of the morass into which your DLP had plunged it on more than one occasion.
    Your time is long gone and instead of the gloom to which you wish to alert us, we are looking forward to a brighter future. And, you know what? As a country-loving and loving Barbadian, we will allow you to come along with us and enjoy what we have to offer all Barbadians after your administration demits office through the ballot box.

  12. Donild Trimp February 15, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I agree with the PM on getting rid of the entitlement mentality in Barbados.

    It cannot continue as is. Good on you Mr.PM.

    @Jennifer: The end of entitlements also include those going to Butch and his ilk.

    No more concessions to these rich vultures taking advantage of slave wages unless there is a substantial benefit to Barbados and Barbadians.

  13. hcalndre February 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Mr. PM., Are the people satisfied with the garbage, the bus service, the water service, the sewage, from day one when the DLP came into office it was taxes, taxes and more taxes on them. You are saying you have not seen such in the Barbados you live. Well I know that you can`t tell a person what they have seen or heard because they could be impaired.

    • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Not to mention the ZR’s etc racing with the cattle – same set of disenfranchise people. I would pay to have a sit down with Mr Stewart. This people are in bondage aka lockdown and in need of serious release. The future of your grands and your great grands are also in trouble. Meanwhile the pretty birds flying high.

  14. Helicopter(8P) February 15, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Alex Alleyne that description seem to tell me that the medical field and training of those medical practitioners is submarginal as I can tell you as a medical coder trained; most ailments are spot on target and can be siphoned and analysed eliminating unnecessary test and presumptions.

  15. Janine February 15, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I would like to ask Mr Stewart exactly the amount of money he has given away to the other Mr Stuart .
    As Sandals are to pay no tax here of any kind, including no import tax on anything they bring in including most of the food for the guests ,hotel furniture and building material. Management cars and household furniture, etc etc etc, for 25 years, just how much does that add up to per year that could be used towards the sewage situation etc.
    Please don’t let Frumble tell you that this Jamaican Hotel chain benefits Barbados, when the guests barely leave the complex and spend little money on the Island if they do, plus, I seriously doubt the money the guests pay for their holidays rarelr, if ever sees a Barbados Bank. The Staff get paid, as they still would if the normal taxes were in place, and they would still have jobs whoever owned a hotel there.

    Something about this shocking agreement needs changing and I pray the new Government will set about putting it right.

    • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 11:58 am

      Well said. And them is just one set.
      All of them “leaders” selling their *$$ and $hi*+in % through them ribs just to use a colostomy bag.

  16. Spikes February 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    My PM ,Mr Stuart had to bring water So anybody else can do so

  17. Alex Alleyne February 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    @Helicopter(8P), Guess you will not believe that DOCS at some polyclinics write prescriptions without even doing an examination of the patient………. You will tell me also that you-all are that great.
    I take it that you are making a case in defense of your “buddies”, but I am just stating the FACTS.


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