Husbands responds to political critics

Don’t just criticize, come into the political trenches!

That was the challenge issued by Government Senator Harry Husbands today to those in society who he said were seemingly bent on attacking politicians and behaving as if they were the regulators of the political class.

In a direct warning to non-elected members of the Senate, Husbands said: “We the nominated people cannot and should not see our role as standing in the way of legislation which has been discussed and duly adopted by people who are elected.

“Simple solution for this problem . . . . The elected people are held in check by the people out there who will have their say quite shortly, and they are held in check by the law courts.

“Anybody else who aspires to hold elected people, whether they are from whatever party . . . should try putting on a pair of shoes, come after March 5 and walk around and knock on some doors,” the Government senator told Senate colleagues during debate in the Upper Chamber on the Appropriation Bill 2018.

Husbands, the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, further criticized those who he said “appoint to themselves the authority to keep politicians in check”.

“If you want to keep politicians in check, go and study law and become a judge or put on a pair of shoes, jeans and a T-shirt – red or yellow or orange – and go and knock on some doors and say, ‘I would like your vote’,” said Husbands, the Democratic Labour Party’s candidate in St James North in the coming general election.

10 Responses to Husbands responds to political critics

  1. luther thorne February 22, 2018 at 12:54 am

    All like wunna so dont produce NOTHING but Talk and Hot air
    But could hold down a Job at the expense of the Taxpayers having not won a seat but got de gall to talk the SH8 that you talking. As a member of the largest Cabinet , the most unproductive and expensive , you need to pay back the Treasury. The Fatted Calf works for you. The famine coming for the DLP though . 40 years in the Wilderness.

  2. Bajan boy February 22, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Why wunnah want people in trenches and gutters. Bajans were long taken from those places. Wunnah take them back thete and now want the world come down there with u and Steve Blakett,Denis Lowe,Adriel Brathwaite,Chris Sinkler,John Boyce,Kellman, Stuart, Inniss Irene no wunnah stand d own dey so we will lift them out…

  3. archy perch February 22, 2018 at 7:56 am

    All these unsavory comments posted above will not propel the crooked Barbados Labour Party into the seats of government. Too far east is west. And with all the criticism and allegations (none of which have ever been proven or taken before the courts) the people are beginning to get tired of the same old same old. The people have not forgotten the BLPs track record of financial abuse. The party might try to say otherwise, but the records are all there documented, and can be discovered with a little research. Some of the same people responsible for those financial abuses are up front with that crooked party singing the Hallelujah chorus.

  4. Sue Donym February 22, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Come off it, Harry Husbands.
    Politicians exist because of a process that demands that the electorate examines, assesses and decides on your fitness for office. Your candidacy means that you are willing to face an opponent(s) whom you criticique based on their personality and/or policies? The result is too often what is demonstrated here now – arrogance and a holier than thou attitude.

    Having a different view from an elected member is not to be held against the electorate. The “people out there” should always have their say, by which the elected are guided!
    The elevation to the senate or a ministry is not your cue to put on your new shoes to trample the citizenry. The audacity of thinking that politicians are not to be kept in check! Mr Husbands has said a mouthful.

  5. Cecil Brooks February 22, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I agree with Mr Husbands, sir you are so right and I blame us the ones out here called the voters. We have allowed men and women to be elected to our house of assembly without a real vetting system. We have allowed our selves to be fooled by people paraded in a party shirt to be our salvation. We do not know any thing about them yet we allow ourselves to say yes. The result is ,we now see that our elected members are failures. So why not try the bible way if a man wants to be a leader he should be blameless, some one who is matured, this should be seen in how he has manage is household in his village ,park, gardens, heights or terrace ,a person not control by strong drinks, not lead by the greed of money and power, stands tall in the area of morality, and above all loves his neighbour and fear God.

    • Jennifer February 23, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Bravo, well said. Disgusting lot of house negroes.

  6. Ossie Theophilus Moore February 22, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Most of all a psychological evaluation by mass analogical critiques. What are their frame of thoughts by representation of the masses!

  7. Nathaniel Samuels February 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Poor Harry. Not everyone is interested in elective politics but they have the right to a say in what is going on. After all, it is because of us that politicians are elected. Now we must go further and advocate for a recall when you politicians mess up.
    To say that the new ‘legislation that has been discussed and duly adopted by the people who are elected’ is true but it did not get to be discussed by the people who wanted it discussed because they, the people, had concerns about it.
    You want your own way but come next election, the people will show their power, whether it is for your party or any other party of their choice.

  8. hcalndre February 22, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    @Harry Husbands; who the so and so you think you and your coterie are? they were elected by the people and you were selected by them, the last time I checked Barbados is a democracy although you`ll would like to silence the people and proclaim Barbados a dictatorship, but you know how dictators go.

  9. Greengiant February 26, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    We have too many MP’s, and Senators loitering within the precincts of the public building for too many years. They believe too they should not be questioned because they have either a parliamentary mandate from the people or a party mandate from their respective party.

    Well these are different days, and similarly as you will knock on doors to ask questions soon, we have a right to ask questions of you too. You don’t have to answer us, and when you knock we too don’t have to answer you.


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