The Letter: A Question Of Honour And Integrity

Submitted by Yardbroom

The Letter

It is “alleged” that all eleven members had not seen the draft copy and it is speculation to conclude that the members concerned would have signed the final copy.  Therefore, it is not the situation as was reported in the Nation in their report of Sunday December 11, 2011 which stated:

“ELEVEN GOVERNMENT MEMBERS of parliament (MPs)- including seven cabinet ministers – yesterday affixed their signatures to a formal letter and immediately dispatched it to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart requesting an “urgent” audience.”

One could “speculate” that they would have signed because there was a conversation but that is just “speculation” the FACT is they did not “AFFIX” a signature as reported.

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118 Comments on “The Letter: A Question Of Honour And Integrity”

  1. George C. Brathwaite December 21, 2011 at 10:47 AM #

    @David and BU

    All we need now is for the Prime Minister to expose the Joker. He has the information and details; and I am confident he will act in due course.


  2. WordSong December 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM #

    Ok George C, I concede, everything can be deemed political and certainly my thoughts carry their political weight. I am just arguing more in favour of respect of the code of ethics in journalism. Anything else is mere coincidence or accident. Do I have my own views about the various actors and would be actors in the imbroglio – yes. But that’s not my main interest. Its that Barbados journalism is worse off for what took place last week, not better.


  3. BAFBFP December 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM #


    I ain’ comin’ after you again, but I will say to you that there IS a thing called “non-political”, particularly when members who form the leadership of the party compulsively play to the audience (the lowest common denominator) while serving the interest of big business in the background …


  4. BAFBFP December 21, 2011 at 11:12 AM #

    Nody you drop dah batton, let de Kolij boys win de race and up to now you ain’ pick it back up yet …


  5. lemuel December 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM #

    Why is Kaymar Jordan being asked to apologize when no effort is being mounted by Word Song or his other pseudo plotters to ask the dastardly eleven to apologize to the people of Barbados for bring the Nation of Barbados’ good name into disrepute. Word Song, you and your crowd who want the PM gone have to wait until the outcome of the next elections. Stuart needs to get rid of a lot of political bar flies from around him.


  6. George C. Brathwaite December 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

    @ BAFBFP

    Thanks for the reminder. Be at peace. I respect your views even if I do not agree. No disrespect intended. Forgiveness not necessary, maybe I shall run a new race with a more valued baton and things would go better than they did back then. All in the name of progress.


  7. millertheanunnaki December 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM #

    @ lemuel | December 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM |
    “Stuart needs to get rid of a lot of political bar flies from around him.”

    Bar flies only stay around when there is sweetness from the rum and corned beef. FS needs to vomit up all the bad apples from the DT tree that he has been putting up with for the last 13 months. Rearrange his cabinet to a smaller size and show Bajans that sacrifices begin at the top.


  8. Checkit-Out December 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

    David; By simple deduction. FS has no option but to call an election soon.

    If Antz’s post about him forbidding a Cabinet meeting in his absence is true, it is clear that he can trust no one, not even the one who acts for him in his now frequent absences. That suggests that there are, as hinted earlier in several posts, a large majority of DLP MP’s who are not particularly enamoured of him as PM. Most other PM’s would either have stayed put or allow the Cabinet meeting to go on while ensuring that their trusted people would report names and their contributions to relevant discussions at that meeting for later action and, also to scuttle any overt attempt at the cabinet meeting to dislodge him. But FS didn’t do this. He can’t trust anyone, if the report is true.

    FS can’t do any piecemeal changes to his cabinet and expect to survive till 2013. The committed forces against him are too numerous and he doesn’t know for certain, besides one or two MP’s, who is for him.

    In such a situation he can only call elections very soon, perhaps politically injuring a few beforehand by demoting them and labelling them as traitors.

    Any piecemeal rearguard action now is likely to be futile in so far as the ultimate objective might be to soldier on to 2013 when the economy might be arguably better.

    Oh that FS had met with the 11 and taken by far the best route out of this debacle for the DLP and perhaps the Country by resigning gracefully on the grounds of ill health with no one in the general public being aware of the machinations behind the scenes.

    of course, the BLP would wish fervently for him to stay on but the playing field has now been levelled and whoever leads the DLP into the next elections will have a tough row to hoe. All forecasts on the state of the economy say so.


  9. David December 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM #


    As always you are out front in providing analysis :- )

    Cabinet meetings require minutes be generated.
    A request to reschedule the meeting could simply mean the PM wanted to control the narrative at the meeting in light of what has passed in the last two weeks. Especially with a Xmas greeting to deliver.


  10. Yardbroom December 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM #

    Firstly I have no agenda political financial or otherwise, neither do I owe favours or others owe me any.

    Neither do I have any inside information and I do not wish to give that impression.

    I believe that the Nation obviously has cards yet to be played, my reasoning being that an organization of that size in Barbados has access to legal advice and there would not be cavalier in adopting a position which was unsustainable over time with their readers.

    It is individuals who must be concerned because they know what they did and at the moment of doing they never expected their actions to see the light of day….that has now been blow away.

    It is possible Prime Minister Stuart had an idea of what was a-foot from inside the camp. He reasoned that what was decided when he was away should not have the “authority” of a cabinet meeting.

    It was best in his absence for them to meet where they wanted, but not in cabinet. A wise move as it proved they can thus be seen as “plotters” without authority therefore little credence….and therefore the backing away we have seen.


  11. WordSong December 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM #

    @ Lemuel

    There is nothing I said that suggests I am of the opinion that the PM should be removed. I rather respect the PM far more than I respect the 11, whose cravings for high office and power have gotten the better of them. I will say no more on that score. Furthermore – why do many assume that this forum is for men only?


  12. Random Thoughts December 21, 2011 at 11:07 PM #

    Dear David:

    Here is another story about honour and integrity (or lack of the same)

    Yale Coach Resigns After Rhodes Scholarship Claim

    Yale’s senior quarterback, Patrick Witt, the most productive passer in the program’s history, was wrestling with a decision that generated national attention and debate. Should he play in the Harvard-Yale game one more, final time, or should he attend an interview in Atlanta as a finalist for a Rhodes scholarship? Because of the schedule of the events, he could not do both.

    The quarterback’s dilemma had an unlikely twist. His coach, Tom Williams, said he had faced almost identical circumstances in 1992 when he was a linebacker at Stanford. Williams said he had chosen to pursue a career in professional football at the expense of a possible Rhodes scholarship — and never regretted the decision. Witt leaned on his coach for advice, and eventually decided to play in the game. Yale was crushed, 45-7.

    As it turned out, the shellacking of the Bulldogs by their storied rival in the Yale Bowl on Nov. 19 was far from the worst of it. The appealing back story — Williams’s providing counsel to his talented quarterback based on his own experience — turned out to be founded on a LIE.

    The coach had never been in Witt’s position. He had never been a Rhodes scholar candidate or applicant, let alone a finalist, as he had let the world believe. He had told Yale he was a candidate with an entry on his résumé. His biography on the Yale Web site said the same thing.


  13. smooth chocolate December 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM #

    @David | December 20, 2011 at 4:39 PM |
    “What resonates after reading the Sinckler interview is his lack of outrage at the NATION for going to print with a letter without signatories”

    i agree but while reading the interview, i got the deep impression that it was staged and that it was CHRIS SINCKLER himself who gave the draft to Keymar. think about if, if something is confidential in government, it remains confidential, absolutely confidential. ‘Confidential documents’ are only leaked when they are intended to be leaked or when it is supposed to be confidential in name only. anytime ‘confidential’ matter gets to the press etc, it’s because it was meant to be that way. what happened here is that the players involved had underestimated the back-lashed. but i have no doubt whatsoever that Chris himself gave that letter to keymar. his Ex. Secretary did not type it, her computer may have a password but u can’t take chances. his constituency secretary probably typed it, she walks with her laptop. himself acknowledged that only about 3 saw it. which means that any one of those 3 including him could have copied it. since keymar was absolutely sure of signatures, it suggests that he convince her that they would be forth coming and she ran with it because, it came straight from the horses mouth. i feel sorry for the PM but as i see it anyway now, the BLP will win next elections. i am hoping somehow that a third party made up of some of u members here on BU and those of SURVIVING HARSH ECONOMIC TIMES-c Malcolm grant’s wall on FB, would think seriously of changing our situation.
    South Africa under white rule never expected to see a political prisoner and a black one too, become president of that country but the Sharpeville incident, the killing of Steven Biko, the uprisng of the very young black children in Soweto caused the black parents to finally decide enough was enough – today we have a new South African. Could all that we Bajans, experienced with the DLP and the BLP not cause us too not only cry for change but demand it?


  14. lemuel December 22, 2011 at 1:33 PM #

    To Word Song:
    To the contrary we have men here, women here, she she men here and men women here. I normally ascribe a gender based on the tenor of one’s writing and yours seemed very masculine at that time. Maybe you need to say Word Song female so that most of us stuck up men here do not get it wrong.


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