Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart Biding His Time

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

JORDAN: So the 11 MPs were eager to meet with the Prime Minister simply to have a discussion?

SINCKLER: Well, you say eager; I think some of us wanted to meet.

A question posed to Minister Chris Sinckler in the Big Interview  by former Editor in Chief Kaymar Jordan (18.12.2012)

BU is reluctant to ‘sully’ its blog offering during the Yuletide season with content of a political flavour. However, we have been enticed to compromise our position as a result of Prime Minister Stuart’s weekend pronouncement. He stated that he saw no evidence of a coup and therefore his promise to ‘chop’ off’ the head or heads of those in the vanguard of the Eager 11 (E11) assault is not required. In the minds of many Barbadians Stuart’s inaction to deal with the E11 affair agrees with a widely held view that he is not a leader.

Some who read the tea leaves maybe intrigued that Prime Minister Stuart waited almost one year to the day to make a decisive statement about the E11 affair. Perhaps the Prime Minister is readying the party for election battle by seeking to deflate this issue which is sure to raise its head on the election platform. Was he advised by Hartley Henry to be so bold as to address the issue? Perhaps Stuart appreciates the sandy political turf he will have to trod shortly and the appearance of a cohesive and united team more favourable weighs the scale then giving political fodder to the Opposition which ‘chopping of a head or heads” may cause. It is accepted that Prime Minister Stuart CANNOT ‘touch’ Minister Sinckler who CADRES has fingered as the most popular political personage in Barbados after Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley.

If Stuart has delayed disciplinary action because he believes it will disadvantage the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) with a general election on the horizon – political pundits have revised the election date to 12 February 2013 –  can one say Stuart has compromised on the leadership position necessary to grow his stature as a fearless leader? Our history shows that Barbadians have an affinity for Prime Ministers who are not afraid to figuratively crush some political heads.

Stuart’s defenders may hasten to suggest that to project an image of DLP togetherness on the eve of a general election is a commonsense strategy. To speak to the issue now, Stuart has allowed the longest possible period to elapse to benefit from the 9-day memory of Barbadians to fully set.

There will also be the reference to the Mia Owen conflict to balance the argument. Arthur kicked Mia to the political curb but she has obviously retreated and decided to line up behind the party cause to ensure her political relevance. In the post Mia Arthur conflict he gets a few points for effectively stomping on the head of a strong challenger. Although the BLP platform cannot speak directly to this Arthur win, on every occasion Mia and Owen shares political space it will subliminally register in the minds of a politically savvy public that Arthur is the undisputed leader of the BLP.

Yes Mr. Prime Minister, it is the Yuletide Season but we are watching you!

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  1. JUST ASKING December 23, 2012 at 5:19 PM #

    So Mr CARSON

    People fighting at Pricemart is an indication of what ???



  2. Observing(...) December 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM #

    What’s the point u r making?

    Back to ya old self!

    Economic indicator = # people fighting in Pricesmart. Priceless!

    Do you have stats on that for the last 3-4 years??



  3. Carson C. Cadogan December 23, 2012 at 7:23 PM #

    just asking

    “People fighting at Pricemart is an indication of what ???”

    Who was it that said that people were fighting at Pricemart?.


  4. Observing(...) December 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM #

    Oh shoot, you are correct. That makes two indicators.
    # people in Pricesmart and
    # people shopping at Popular.

    Now, if we divide the distance from “wall to wall” by the number of people, we have a adequate metric of people per cubic centimeter. Just need to extrapolate that now to find nominal GDP input and gross economic stimulation.

    Well done! Who needs Moody’s or S and P??

    Just observing


  5. Sargeant December 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM #

    I am all in favour of FOI and had hoped that this Gov’t would introduce some sort of legislation governing the public’s right to Information during its term in Office. The attached story from the Toronto Star is a cautionary tale of a jurisdiction where there are laws providing for “Access to Information” yet the reporter seeking it is thwarted at every turn in his quest. Particularly interesting is his recounting a discussion with the Premier of Ontario who as Leader of the Opposition was all in favour of providing easy access to Information but whose Gov’t now makes things more difficult.

    Ancient proverb: “Be careful of what you wish for, you might get it”–culture-of-secrecy-keeping-canadians-in-the-dark


  6. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM #


    Explain something to me “observing”,,the thousands upon thousands of shoppers who took up shopping carts and entered Pricemart, took down many items from their shelves spaces filled two and three carts, did they just walk out of Pricemart without paying?

    Was yesterday “free day” at Pricemart? No type of money changed hands? I am sure that Pricemart made millions in sales yesterday. Your Barbados Labour Party goes around telling all who would listen that there is no money. Where did all this money to fill Pricemart coffers come from?

    A similar situation at Big B supermarket as well, one could hardly get through the door at Big B supermarket, but I guess acordding to you and the Barbados Labour Party Big B had a “free giveaway day” yesterday as well. Also Trimart supermarket.

    I must say that we seem to have a wonderful Private sector. All of this freeness they are giving us poor Bajans who have no money if we are to believe you and the Barbados Labour Party.


  7. Observing(...) December 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

    They paid for their goods. It was not free day. They had money because salaries were paid. It’s christmas. This is the norm.

    Now, let’s see how people cope in January. Let’s see how much interest our grandchildren will have to pay back for the money borrowed to pay salaries. Let’s see how many more layoffs come in the same said private sector, since the xmas is a spike and not consistent business revenue. Let’s see how far those same salaries go with zero wage increases while everything else does. Let’s see how much more we have to pay to borrow because of the downgrade. Let’s see if the tourisses spend, if or when they come. Let’s resume this discussion after Governor Worrell gives his report in January. If he decides to do so before elections that is.

    Just observing


  8. Caswell Franklyn December 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM #


    Could you tell Carson that many of those shoppers used credit cards.

    Sent from my iPad


  9. Observing(...) December 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    True thing! Don’t forget a bounced check here and there! Or the xmas loan from the credit union :)


  10. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM #

    “Could you tell Carson that many of those shoppers used credit cards.”

    So when you use credit cards you dont have to pay off balances? Or you use credit cards for free?

    Then send me a few hundred of those credit cards!


  11. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM #


    “They had money because salaries were paid. It’s christmas.”

    Ok, I didnt know that workers only get salaries at Christmas time.

    Silly me.


  12. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM #

    “Or the xmas loan from the credit union ”

    Ok again, you dont have to repay loans in Barbados. You are real smart, when I grow up I want to be just like you.


  13. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM #


    Have you been to SuperCenter Supermarket in warrens today?.

    Thousands upon thousands shopping there. But as you and the Barbados Labour Party would have us believe, all shopping for FREE, FREE i tell you.


  14. Carson C. Cadogan December 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    Anyway, Let me go here and see what foolishness ADRIAN LOVERIDGE TALKING ABOUT NOW.


  15. Well Well December 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM #

    I did not know people were still talking about the EAGER 11 AND THEIR CHICKEN COUP


  16. To The Point December 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM #


    I have been trying to cut and paste into this box, i though u could have done that and if yes why am i not successful?


  17. To The Point December 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM #


    I have been trying to cut and paste a comment here and it is not allowing me to do so.


  18. David December 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM #

    @To the point

    Yes you should be able to paste ‘text’ plain or in HTML format into the comment box. If it is not working for you suggest you switch out the Commodore 64 :-).



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