Stuart Not Getting The Job Done

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

On reflection there have not been many blogs which were written by BU (David) when the laptop keys were banged in anger – consider this blog the exception. Of all the issues which have challenged Barbados and the government since it assumed office, it is the Alexandra matter (AX) which continues to provoke the ire of the BU household. A lot has been written in the last decade about this matter. The bottomline, Barbadians brag about how wonderfully educated we are, and how socially and politically stable we are, and how the Social Partnership has worked for Barbados and is viewed as a beacon of success for others to admire and emulate. Yet despite our many achievements we find ourselves where we are today; unable to solve a 10-year dispute which came to a head in recent months.

After 4-months of the AX matter having been escalated to the Prime Minister of Barbados Fruendel Stuart, and his early success to get the teachers back to school there was great expectation amongst the population that the matter would be resolved soon after. The Prime Minister by his language coupled with a public demonstration of confidence by the BSTU arising from meetings with Stuart, Barbadians rightly in our view perceived that the matter was being thrashed out, the fact that it is known to be a complex issue notwithstanding.

On Thursday when the Prime Minister held a press conference to announce on the matter, honestly, whatever expectation and admiration existed for Stuart was deflated when the solution approved by the Cabinet of Barbados was aired. BU has recorded in earlier blogs our concern that Stuart has demonstrated a tendency to ignore the political dimension to the many issues he has had to battle albeit during a difficult stewardship. The fact that he is a politician whether he considers himself one should make such an observation moot anyway. Barbadians are stark raving mad at the decision by the government of Barbados to establish a Commission of Inquiry as the means to solve the problem. It is not that constituting it is was not well intentioned however the perception of Barbadians is that the matter requires the urgency of now.  Whatever the level of the political stock Stuart and his government enjoyed before the press conference it has significantly fallen since.

Perhaps what this issue will do is to revisit the issue whether Stuart is the best man to lead the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) into the next general election which beacons. Truth be told the Eager 11 matter remains outstanding in the minds of many and is perceived as yet another matter which Stuart has not adequately addressed. Barbados is a small place and the underground buzz on that issue remains. If Stuart is the one who will lead the party into the next election he needs a political strategist onboard tomorrow. He is simply making too many errors which have devastating political implications for the party managing in a difficult time. In the meantime Arthur and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) hardly needs to address any of the important issues.

On the question of leadership in DLP, if we subtract Stuart, there is not much left to chose from. Sinckler is a neophyte and his role in the Eager 11 matter would make his elevation too polarizing for the party. Also the perception by many that he is/was too close to Leroy Parris is not an asset. Kellman is too grassroots with a maverick approach to be able to garner the support he needs. The fact that he believes he can be leader is irrelevant. Estwick is perceived and many times has supported the belief that he is a loose cannon. Sealy has a passive public image and at this late stage in the game it is hard to imagine he has what it takes to carry the party on his back at a difficult time.  Innis has been quietly grooming his image, greasing the media and working the Who is Who Class since the death of Thompson. Incredibly he seems to be the one who stands out from a weak pack. The saying that in the land of the blind a one eye man is king is most apt. Of course the x-factor is who has the coattail to bring home the bacon going into an a general election which will require swimming against a strong current flowing from the other direction.

For many Barbadians, should they chose to exercise their civic duty by voting in the next election, it will require the ability to hold the nose to avoid the permeating stench currently emanating from our political system.

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  1. old onion bags April 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM #

    Yeah Check-it
    Can we agree on this one ….or not ole friend


  2. Blogger2012 April 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM #


    I have no problem wiith someone standing up for whatu he or she believes in, but I have serious difficlty with people like Caswell who behaves as if, he is the fountain of all knowlege, as if he is the only purist about, as if he is the only one that has a value system. As of he is the only one knows how to attack; Further, as a unionist, information gathered during discssuons/representaion should not be dislosed on this blog to discredit one party. If he is going to reference, call all names involve but dont be selectivw as in the case of mr. Broomes who I belive is a sticker for standa\\\\sont selecyivtror used to attcak one party. I hope u get my drift


  3. Bush Tea April 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM #

    The Bushman tried to warn Caswell to KEEP OUT of this AX matter.

    Not claiming that Bushie knows everything….(Hants already clarified and qualified that matter…), BUT from the very start Caswell was advised to keep out…

    Bushie cannot believe that Caswell is accusing Jeff of having been unpopular and controversial in the various jobs that he has held….LOLOL talking ’bout pot calling kettle black…. Caswell has been fired, expelled, chased, retired, dismissed, shooed, pushed and sent… would have thought that of everyone on this blog, Caswell would understand how Broomes COULD WELL be just as principled and unbending as HE is…..

    But Bushie is NOT surprised, indeed, this is precisely why Caswell has been tagged by the Bushman for the role of supervisor of the national supervisory committee (senate)
    Caswell is so driven in his focus to see what he considers to be right done, that he would even condemn himself…… As he has done here.

    This is why Bushie had warned him to stay out…..


  4. Checkit-Out April 26, 2012 at 7:54 PM #

    Onions: Awrite den. But I think that one should not count ones chickens before the hatching. There could be many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.


  5. ac April 26, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

    What caswell has said about Broomes past controversial history and many tirades and disputes with others in the teaching professions is absolutely true and it not something that caswell has made up for it is well known it boggles the mind how so many smart people can condone broomes behaviour and try to be broomes apologist to the point where an effort of putting Caswell past work history becomes fair play.


  6. Blogger2012 April 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM #

    Caswell work history as well as Mr. Broomes is fairplay. Mr, Frabklyn must recognize people in glass houses should not throw stones. Mr, Franklyn has made some imprpoer statements as to why Mr. brromes was promoted, among other things.


  7. Blogger2012 April 26, 2012 at 9:04 PM #


    why is blogging so problematic it is ta kng aminute to input a word.


  8. Checkit-Out April 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM #

    David; re. blogger 2012 query above, perhaps you may need to split the topic and put up a phase 2. The number of posts (over 441 so far) might be slowing down the refreshing rate especially on older operating systems or computers, amongst other possibilities.


  9. old onion bags April 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM #

    @ check-it
    That would have to be a mighty slip….an earthquake even..


  10. David April 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM #


    Let us see how many inquiries we get about the problem.


  11. Fiscal deficit slashed April 26, 2012 at 10:30 PM #


  12. Sargeant April 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM #

    Old Onions

    Man ya slippin…..that from you ? Wha eva body in hay duz come in eva now an then unda annuda alias…stupeees

    Glad to see you taking a principled stand, is this Politics 101 as taught to you political operatives?


    Please let us know about these miscreants


  13. David April 27, 2012 at 6:47 AM #

    Andrew Brathwaite

    Wednesday at 9:45pm ·

    Why doesn’t the Minister of Education speak out to defend teachers against persecution from principals?

    I will speak!

    At a ceremony this morning at Half Moon Fort Primary to honour retired principal Judy Sobers, he made it known that he intended to say what he has to even if he is labelled a “firebrand”.

    Like · ·Unfollow Post · Share

    Lynette Eastmond is that the kernel of the matter then?

    Wednesday at 9:59pm · Like

    Andrew Brathwaite Maybe the kernel of one of the sub-plots.

    Wednesday at 10:12pm · Like

    Duane Burke The article that more struck a chord was the one that Barbados was no bargain basement. This would probably explain why Sports Tourism appears to be only recently registering on the Richter scale. This tourism segment would support 2, 3, and 4 star hotels. Thus are we to assume that South Coast will phase out as a tourist area when we switch to a 5 star destination?

    Wednesday at 10:33pm via mobile · Like

    Reggie King Perhaps because he believes that the Principal telling the teachers what to do is his job rather than persecution.

    22 hours ago · Like

    Andrew Brathwaite Reggie – that is plantation-style management (masas day done, remember?) and is definitely not how the principal’s job is described in the Education Act and Regulations. So I hope that is not what the Minister of Education believes :-)

    22 hours ago · Like · 1

    Reggie King No matter how it is written… someone’s got to be the boss.

    19 hours ago · Like

    Andrew Brathwaite If the boss manages to ostracize almost all of his management team (as well as his board chairman) then he might be a great "boss" but a poor "leader" and a poor "manager". His continued employment needs to be re-examined.

    18 hours ago · Like

    Reggie King Sometimes standing for what is right pisses people off.

    17 hours ago · Like

    Andrew Brathwaite Cuddear – poor misunderstood principal, just wants what is best for the children. If only the teachers and the board would just do what he says all would be fine. Why don’t they understand?

    17 hours ago · Like · 2

    Reggie King If not for people like that the world would still be flat.

    10 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett Lololol. Andrew, why do you even bother?!??

    9 hours ago · Like

    Andrew Brathwaite Must be my nature :-)

    8 hours ago · Like

    David King Like post 911 things will never be the same at the St. Peter institution for learning. Talk about a reputational hit!

    8 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett My Bajan grandfather used to say that you should only get upset if and when a donkey BARKED. Made no sense getting bothered when it brayed…that was its nature. Lolol. Can’t argue with Grandpa’s logic, can you? I have made a conscious decision to be much more discriminating with whom I have discussions re Alexandra. Thanks, Grandpa!

    8 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett

    When others – with quite genuine concern – ask me if things are "back to normal" as if that is a good and desirable thing, I realise the extent to which there is a lack of understanding/knowledge of the environment that exists and has existed for some time at my school. One of my greatest wishes would be that there was a greater appreciation of the inextricable link between that envirionment most conducive to effective teaching and that environment most conducive to effective learning. All the literature establishes this. Whose prime responsibility it is to facilitate, foster and nurture such is also made clear by the literature.

    8 hours ago · Like

    David KingAndrew you are probably too decent to state it but doesn’t it trouble anyone that we have educators whose inability to engage in conflict resolution points to an unacceptable level of ignorance? Whither the children in their charge who ultimately will be influenced by their learning environment?

    8 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett That "things will never be the same" is not necessarily a bad thing. At this time when we are reflecting upon the lives of our heroes, we would do well to remember that most of them are considered heroes precisely because they acted so that "things [would] never be the same".

    8 hours ago · Like

    David King Nothing wrong with fighting to right wrongs, a pity the public who is an important stakeholder does not have a clue what the struggle is all about. What is evident is that one side understands how to prosecute in the court of public opinion.

    8 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett

    Indeed, Mr David King, indeed. I could not agree with Mr King more. The uncle’s formidable PR batallion has outgunned everybody. Interesting that it should be noted that some people have nary a clue "what the struggle is about" – I concur again. It hasn’t stopped a lot of them of talking though! (Ahhh. There go grandad’s words again.) Until the concept of justice and public opinion converge the status quo will never ever change. The struggle against apartheid should have brought that home to us. Many of us do not appreciate this. The digital age necessitates a whole new thinking re communication and PR.

    8 hours ago · Like

    Leslie P. Lett Those who adamantly refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

    8 hours ago · Like

    David King ‎"It hasn’t stopped a lot of them of talking though" nature abhors a vacuum.

    a few seconds ago · Like


  14. edison April 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM #

    Caswell has been fired from every job he had, including the
    politcal pick. What was the reasons he have been fired? Just only asking?
    Every place he has worked he has left a trail of destruction.



  15. The Interloper April 27, 2012 at 5:52 AM #

    edison | April 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM |
    You do realize that, in most organizations, simply taking an ethical position will place you at odds with the boss.


  16. old onion bags April 27, 2012 at 7:13 AM #

    Onions prose-ing….not jones-ing for those Ax darlings….thanks for going back.Nuff people in hay don’t know the truth….but who does respect you..You truly are a rare breed….accost my darlings accost

    Oh give of leave, those begrudge, forsaked
    All seems a wasted effort fore
    Your cause twisted, never investigated
    Now thrown to the infinity moors to spore
    Transfer or transferred til your delight
    Lark dogs of self gloat,wit infested,
    Til none accompany Jim Jones and moe.


  17. Checkit-Out April 27, 2012 at 7:52 AM #


    Barbados Today last night: sensible, middle of the road article by Charles Forte on the AX situation


  18. Checkit-Out April 27, 2012 at 7:56 AM #

    Oops!!!, It should be Carlos Forte, page 11. The link doesn’t go directly to the article.


  19. David April 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM #


    By Forte’s admission he is operating on info in the public domain so his article can be middle of the road against that background.


  20. old onion bags April 27, 2012 at 7:59 AM #

    @ Sarge
    Glad to see you taking a principled stand, is this Politics 101 as taught to you political operatives?
    For an overseas cohort… surely wheel a heavy scalpel.
    Least ye forget Onion is but a mellow fellow..PEACE


  21. old onion bags April 27, 2012 at 8:18 AM #

    @Fiscal Deficit Slashed
    Government has slashed the fiscal deficit from 9.1 per cent of GDP in fiscal 2010/2011 to an estimated 5.4 per cent for the fiscal year ended last month.
    Worthy UWI students of econometrics would inform the public…. that the 1st Quarter economic statistics…..should be the BEST FIGURES (highest) as they will included revenues and receipt from the current year’s tourist season.Not only does this paltry decrease spell a disastrous year ahead, but highlights further shortfalls ahead.
    Also, a growth spurt from 0.5 to closer to 1.0, is terrible given the above….

    Econ 304 Sarge..


  22. David April 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM #

    An economic reality, two of our key markets continue to struggle.

    The UK is officially in double dip after .5% decline.

    Hot of the press growth in the US economy has slowed to 2.2%.


  23. old onion bags April 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM #

    Point taken… why inform….”.stable” ?


  24. old onion bags April 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM #

    @ David
    Isn’t the role of the Central Bank Governor to report on the past and project to the future ? What about factoring the Almond element ? We did not hear any projection on that ? The 500 direct jobs loss…the other 300 indirect….How could we talk about STABLE..? We are on a precipices about to fall over…Is that the definition of stable ? While not just doom n gloom..maybe some travelers can take stock…The NIS FUND is not a bottom-less PIT.


  25. David April 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM #


    The governor is projecting stable based on current information.

    No doubt an analysis now has to be done on Almond impact.

    Whatever happens Almond will have to go offline to improve the plant.


  26. austin April 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM #


    Question which seems to get ignored …… Is the global recession the reason why:

    1. We have no national debt reduction plan, which should focus on identifying and eliminating wasteful government spending?

    2. Is the global recession why we still have no FIO legistation as promised?

    3. Is the global recession why we have no national fiscal strategy?

    4. Is the global recession why we have a PM totally disengaged from the public.

    5. Is the global recession why we have no innovative thinking on revenue generation efforts.

    and on and on and on … can someone just answer one of these?


  27. David April 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM #


    Some good questions although the government and Governor of trhe CBB will suggest the medium term fiscal strategy is the plan being worked.


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