1937 ‘activists’ to be pardoned says PM

The Cabinet of Barbados has agreed to pardon persons whose names and reputations were sullied during the 1937 “democratic uprising”.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the announcement during the recent debate of the 2018-2019 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

“A large, by no means negligible, number of people have had their names and their reputations sullied as a result of what happened here in Barbados in 1937. People were thought of as colliding with the law and had to go to court . . . faced magistrates and attracted to themselves criminal convictions,” Prime Minister Stuart explained.

He said just as his Government had seen it fit to give ex-convicts the opportunity, through new legislation, to have their criminal records expunged, they also saw the importance of clearing the names of those who fought for the institutions on which Barbados now relies.

“. . . . And if we’ve been so sympathetic to them [“those in pursuit of perverse personal objectives”] . . . why shouldn’t we be sympathetic to the people, who in 1937, by their action, ushered in all the institutions upon which we rely today for Barbados’ stability and development – trade unions, mass political parties – the two most prominent institutions.

“We’ve called it the riots, we called it the revolt but the further away we have got from it, the more inclined we have been to describe it as a democratic uprising . . . . So people like Menzies Chase, Israel Lovell, Ulric Grant and Mortimer Skeete, all of these people, who, the further we get away from the 1930s, emerged as democratic activists, their names and reputations have been cleared,” Stuart told the sitting, adding, that they were no longer to be seen as criminal elements “but as genuine forerunners, genuine harbingers of the democracy which we enjoy in Barbados today.”

17 Responses to 1937 ‘activists’ to be pardoned says PM

  1. Jennifer February 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    “genuine harbingers of the democracy which we enjoy in Barbados today.” what democracy??? harbingers alright, but to what cause and for whom?

  2. Beresford Leon Phillips February 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    How about a Pardon for Do Good

  3. Nathaniel Samuels February 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    A master stroke but do not think that because of this we will pardon all the downgrades and poor governance that you and your party have inflicted on the Barbadian people.

  4. straight talk February 17, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Mann get out thee damn place mann tired of you and thee joker behind yuh. that means absolutely nothing to me .

  5. Jennifer February 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    So why did this take so long? could it be that you overseers were busy upholding the capitalist? What does this even matter?? why were our people fighting to be part of a patchwork black out system?

    • Jennifer February 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Why should these “FREEDOM” fighters even need pardoning, in a jet black society? fighting for jet black causes, you overseers are FULLY twisted and cloned.

  6. Saga Boy February 17, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    This is very good news. This is a significant announcement that all of you should be proud of instead of the negative comments. Perhaps you do not understand what the PM have done. People who stood up for their rights and protested were categorized as criminals have finally had their names cleared. This is a progressive move never done before. Thank you Mr. PM.

  7. Spikes February 17, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Pardoned for a second time ?

  8. Angela February 18, 2018 at 6:49 am

    If we understood our history most of the above nonsensival comments would not have been made.

  9. Don Keyote February 18, 2018 at 7:08 am

    “We’ve called it the riots, we called it the revolt but the further away we have got from it, the more inclined we have been to describe it as a democratic uprising”

    It should be noted that the PM has put it on record that there can now be such a thing as a “democratic uprising” when people have had all they can take of an oppressive government.

  10. Tony Webster February 18, 2018 at 7:33 am

    @ Saga Boy….goodness gracious kind Sir…I wonder if you might have ever encountered the phrase “opportunity cost”? In udda words, what things one might have done with the initiative, the energy and the means at one’s disposal…rather than engaging in frivolities, inconsequential things, as in the instant case, sucking up the last cupple votes, the last few minutes of Parliamentary time; the last few steupses that are available from the tired and weary masses who have better, more urgent things on their mind….like placing the “X” on piece of paper to consign this administration to history.
    Such contrivances only make large and obvious, the extent of desperation in the camp Sir.

    I yet offer you “bon Chance”…and I await the dawn of a New Day.

  11. Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 8:22 am

    All this history talk and still cannot see you are still at the BOTTOM of that race ladder. True democracy and black recognition should mean there is absolutely no need for such as a pardon in the first place. If you really know and APPRECIATE black history you would stop your tow-of-the-line bs from your colonizers too. This is why our people r in regression, for a lack of knowledge

  12. jrsmith February 18, 2018 at 9:54 am

    @,Jennifer , hail, hail, your (8:22 ) well said , must add our people are in lockdown , this priminester fellow is like all the others who call them self experts … The only way they can get anything across to the black masses , is to remind us blacks our fore parents were slaves ,……. The black politicians in Barbados , have learnt how to control black people from the white folks …
    That’s why they can do what ever they like anytime they like ,without being challenge……..
    We must not forget how vex the priminester was , when the white folk was part of the 20,000 march last year making him felling deceived and ended up with a bloody nose…….He will never forget that ……………

    • Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

      @Jrsmith – Well noticed. Imagine this bs going on here right now. Some African awareness nonsense. NORMALLY the school girls children cannot wear to school their hair styled in its NATURAL state i.e bantu knots, twist outs etc all year round, but on this one day they fool themselves wearing African clothes, hair styles etc. ALL year long them follow their colonizers rubbish in all their traditions/ways including their straight hair. ALL of these people lost, lost, lost.

    • Jennifer February 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

      “The only way they can get anything across to the black masses , is to remind us blacks our fore parents were slaves”

      The Europeans taught them this, and these teachers told to continue. No expounding or effective solutions given.

      This people is so mentally weak they would not STAND for anything, hence the continual societal break down in all sectors like a cancer.

    • hcalndre February 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Right on jrsmith; they have learned it well from their colonizers and they continue to carry the baton.

  13. jrsmith February 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    @, hncalndre hail , hail, good shot , your (12:34 ) clearing the swamp is what our voters is hoping to occur , after the new elections but I am having my doubts , this government hasn’t tick any boxes on the things to do lists in Barbados , but they have survive for 2 terms with out being challenge , by the voters or political opposition, this frightens me for bajans /Barbados although I am not living there…………………………………..
    What I want to see is our politicians under control by the voters , who would automatically use the same vote which put the MPs in office , to remove them if they are not working in the interest of the people………….
    My thoughts a parliamentary act , namely so the (Accountability Act 2018 ) which then would reverse the role play, by the people of Barbados , but to be truthful the so call democratic political world needs the same act……………………..


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