Call it, PM!

Impatient Bajans want Stuart to name election date

Barbadians appear to be running out of patience with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart over his decision to prolong the election.

In what political observers described as an unprecedented move, Stuart allowed Parliament to automatically dissolve today, without calling the election, constitutionally due by early June.

It came as no surprise since the Prime Minister had already indicated his intention to take every day allowed by the Constitution, including the 90-day period after the automatic dissolution, allowed under the Barbados Independence Order Act (1966).

Still, this did not prevent critics such as Carl Massiah from demanding an election now, arguing that the Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was unreasonable for hanging on while the country was plagued by a number of issues, including the economy and the south coast sewage crisis.

“We want them out,” Massiah told Barbados TODAY from outside the Parliament building.

Carl Massiah

“Why he [the Prime Minister] waiting so long to call election, when they ain’t doing nothing for we? We here suffering . . . [and] we want them out of the House.”

Massiah contended that an additional 90 days would further hurt the country, and again appealed to Stuart not to hold on any longer.

“He could call it next week and that’s the best he could do,” Massiah said.

There was a similar call from Government worker Stephen Phillips, who said he was disgruntled with the administration over its treatment of public servants, who have not had a salary increase in a decade.

“For the ten years I was working I haven’t gotten a raise of pay in ten years and this is real, real unfair to the workers in the public sector. And when you go to credit union you cannot get your money, you got to go back two days later to get your money.” Phillips said.

Stephen Phillips

“This is real ridiculous. It never happened under the BLP [Barbados Labour Party] and it should have never happened under the DLP,” he added, while picking the BLP to win the election.

Meanwhile, a returning national who requested anonymity told Barbados TODAY while he had no difficulty with the 90-day grace period, the DLP needed to go.

“A lot of them need retrenching . . . [starting] from the Prime Minister,” the retiree said.

However, not everyone was upset with Stuart, as some DLP supporters such as Desmond Small dismissed any criticisms of the Prime Minister’s decision to allow the automatic dissolution of Parliament.

Desmond Small

“Election got to call in three months and you can’t go over that [so] I don’t see why people rushing. The people [DLP] got certain things they are trying to put in place,” Small said, while adding that he believed Government had done its best given the country’s economic circumstances.

Small warned that the poll would not be a “walk through the park” for the BLP, saying anyone who believes the DLP would “sit down and play dead, they lie”.

They are going  . . . to fight on the ground,” Small insisted.

Meanwhile, another DLP supporter, Wilma Kirton, adopted a different approach, accusing the BLP of playing dirty politics by engaging in a blame game against the incumbent.

Wilma Kirton

“The BLP does find all kind of things to blame the DLP for, but this is a country, this is not about a party. If you have a country you must not try to pull it down whether Dee, Bee or W,” Kirton said.

12 Responses to Call it, PM!

  1. Atman March 7, 2018 at 12:04 am

    There’s always some idiot or yardfowl who would say they can’t see why the rush. Are they so stupid that they don’t know things could get even worst in 3 months, and the sooner we start rebuilding the better for us?

    • Berestford Leon Phillips March 7, 2018 at 1:19 am

      There’s always some idiot or educated yard duck like Atman with out any common sense who will always try to make believe that they are educated and really know whats going on
      But a wise person speaks because he has something wise to say an Idiot or a Political Yard Duck speaks because he wants to be heard

      • Atman March 7, 2018 at 12:29 pm

        Attacking me is proof that you have nothing worthy to contribute. Why don’t you just take a seat in the corner and play with your little ding-a-ling while grown people discuss the issues…yuh johnny!

  2. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 1:00 am

    Atman from 2008, the day after the elections the BLP wanted the DLP to go. They have been in election mode from 2008 to present. You and your BLP Yardfowls have been predicting doom and gloom since 2008. People are still employed. The dollar has not devalued. At a time when our neighbors are experiencing 25 to 40 percent unemployment, less than 11 percent of our people are unemployed. Our economy has been growing, so the rebuilding has stated.

    • harry turnover March 7, 2018 at 8:57 am

      NAME THOSE NEIGHBORS…over 20 DOWNGRADES in 10 years…the SEWAGE STINK… having been ALERTED TWO RH years ago……NOT A SINGLE TRANSPORT BUS bought in 10 years….NOT A SINGLE SALARY INCREASE IN 10 years for workers who CARRY OUT WUNNA WORK
      An UNPRESCNDENTED level of POT HOLE roads ALL over Barbados…..foreign reserves dwindling from BILLIONS in 2008 to millions in 2018 and wunna FINANCE MINISTER doan know where and how they went.
      What rebuilding process are you climaxing on ?…Barbados IS WORSE off in 2018 than they were in 2008 and wunna holding on to power……get off the shelves man….people are NOT going to buy EXPIRED PRODUCTS especially THREE RH months after their EXPIRED DATE

  3. hcalndre March 7, 2018 at 4:20 am

    @Saga Boy; whether its doom or gloom you would not recognize it from the yard ducks and yard fowls, they will suffer in silence. The dollar may not be devalued but the spending power sure is and the taxes have also bitten into the dollar too. From Stuart down always know which country or people is doing worse as if that has anything to do with Barbados. Barbados is rank now at 137 let him tell you how many is doing better. Saga Boy! the economy is growing like a cow tail and 11 percent unemployment is a joke.

  4. Carson C. Cadogan March 7, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Barbadians of the Barbados Labour Party variety.

  5. Carson C. Cadogan March 7, 2018 at 9:34 am


    “”Freundel the Strategist

    Barbados’ Parliament dissolved by operation of the law at midnight on Monday 5th March 2018 [Barbados Constitution sec 61(3)]. This is unprecedented in the history of this country. Where does that leave us? Sec. 62(1) provides that our Governor General must issue a writ for elections to be held within ninety (90) days of the dissolution of Parliament. This means we have until 2 June 2018 to go to the polls.

    The PM is still PM. The executive remains in place until a new PM is sworn in after elections according to sec. 65(1-3). Usually PMs exercise their right to dissolve Parliament before their term is up. The PM of Barbados is a master chess player. So why did he not dissolve Parliament sooner?

    Well, straight off the top of my head, I can say that his decision to let Parliament dissolve automatically was clearly a deliberate. His public proclamations all attest to the fact that he was well aware of the looming deadline.

    Examining the situation, I can well see why he needs as much time as possible. I don’t really need to go into details, do I? We have raw sewage running in the streets and properties on the South Coast. This is a situation. It would be unfair for any incumbent to leave this mess as the first order of business for a new government.

    Then there’s the issue of Lent, the Christians remain a big segment of our electorate, they don’t like politics during Lent. As it is they are growing weary and annoyed with the BLP’s inane and loud public meetings. That can only redound to the benefit of the DLP.

    But what about pure politics now? Is it a politically sound decision? Only time will tell, but given the increasing hysteria and desperation coming from the BLP platform it is fairly obvious that party does not stand to gain from a prolonged election season.
    The BLP is shelling out money like water on glossy posters, huge stages at $120-150K a pop and expensive constituency offices. Last Christmas, they outdid themselves in an orgy of spending, boasting of the thousands of hampers and gifts they could afford. Obviously trying to outdo the largess of Chris Sinckler. Where exactly are the two major parties getting all this money from and how much will it cost our treasury to pay it back? I shudder to think.

    Meanwhile the DLP still has access to the Treasury so tax returns, concessions, and transfers to departments can supplement their election efforts. What effect is this having on the BLP war chest though? Everyday that passes without a poll is costing the BLP dearly. And they know it well; which would explain why they are so anxious to have a date.

    And Freundel sails on serenely. Governing the country, and watching with an almost disinterested confidence.
    We will see how this plays out, but altogether it is making for a most entertaining elections.””

  6. Atman March 7, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Ring de bell Fundel! If you’re so sure of your party being re-elected to office then why try to squeeze out 3 more months? Oh I get it, you just want to rule for the maximum time allowed under the constitution, and you don’t care how bad the people of this country wants to get rid of you. You’re no different than a damn dictator.

  7. Helicopter(8P) March 7, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    It’s the Prime Minister not the party to call the Election Date!!

  8. Helicopter(8P) March 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Commonsence rules! There is no magic wand remedies or Massiah coming as we might expect from a religious point of view so our day will come. the ge reatest thing of all we were’nt in a civil or regional wa, haven’t been attacked by a foreign country or as yet under epidemic restrictions. Our sewerage system must be up graded, installed and maintained at the appropiate international standards and maintenance so we know what has to be done as a nation. Unwananting expendature and public dept at this time must be defurred until present top priority business has been compleated. All and all we are Barbadians looking out for the best of all of us whom ever we may be. One nation on the island in the Sun !

  9. Belfast March 7, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    The PM has overplayed his hand. He is inserting the last rusty nails in the DLP’s coffin.


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