Prime Minister Please Talk to Us

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

There was a time not too long ago when Barbados was looked to for leadership on the regional front. We were told we were a country fighting above its weight. There was a time when a president of the USofA, or two, would visit our shores, today they pass us by. Sadly in recent years we have lost our way spiritually, economically, politically, morally…

Barbados Underground does not agree with the view that because the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won the last general election it means all citizens, which includes the BU family, should agree with all policies being enunciated by the government. Rubbish! The DLP won the last election by a two seats margin and a little over four thousand votes made the difference in the total vote recorded at 152, 593.  Of growing concern is also the large group of Barbadians who continue to ignore the right to vote.

In the lead up to the 2008 general election what led BU to be supportive of the David Thompson opposition was his promise to communicate with the people and to lead a government committed to being transparent.. Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had assumed a dictatorial approach to managing Barbados which offended the BU household.  Sadly Thompson died in office before he was able to achieve anything of note.

Perhaps not!

What stands out about Thompson’s brief stint as Prime Minister was his willingness to talk to the media and engage the people, especially ordinary people. In his short tenure (short of two years) as Prime Minister he held more press conferences and sessions with the media than Prime Minister Stuart has held in over three years. All political leaders by definition will offer different leadership styles, however, a single quality which separates those who make greater impact are the ones who are able to effectively communicate to the charges. In the case of Prime Minister this is defined as all Barbadians. Prime Minister Stuart must demonstrate the wherewithal to unleash a rallying cry. He must, it is what leaders do.  There seems to be a rancour which continues to characterize the local political landscape which does not make the job of managing in a challenging economic period any easier.  Yes we all agree it is a difficult period, all the more reason why we need to get over the egoistical BS, on BOTHSIDES of the political divide. BU is still trying to appreciate the tone use by Minister of Finance at the recent luncheon.

What will plague the legacy of the Stuart administration, unless there is a dramatic turnabout, is its unwillingness to engage the public. If his henchmen were as vocal as he is silent perhaps it would serve to compensate. With the exception of Donville Inniss and Stephen Lashley it begs the question, what of our ministers of government?  Worst of all has been the inability of the BLP opposition to capitalize on a glaring political vacuum.  Even in a post general election 2013 period the dissension continues. We have seen it with the egos of George Payne and Edmund Hinkson, the conflict finding its way all the way to the courts of Barbados. We have also seen it in a BLP opposition strategy where MAM has been relatively silent for the 100 days after the general election, a deliberate strategy we have been told. However, former leader of the opposition Owen Arthur and Kerri Symmonds have been very vocal representing the voice of the opposition party.

Whether you are ardent supporter of both political parties there is a melancholy which is sucking the last dregs of enthusiasm of a once proud people.

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  1. Yagga Rowe June 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM #

    Dominican Republic granny busted for stash in wheelchair


  2. old onion bags June 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM #


    Thank you for your frankness… ac or Alvin would never be able understand this even if stamped on herhis forehead with a 2 x 4. I think that he has no reason to believe, that he needs to change his leadership style given (1). The Eager 11 saga,( 2). No one is challenging him but a latent few (3.) A philosophy of we managed to skim thru before, so whats new and (4) they came out on top in the recent elections. Your discomfort however, supports the view, that not all diehard D’s are comfortable with this position. What is therefore left, can therefore be summated as ‘business as usual’. Nothing has changed, nothing will…..accept things the way they are dilemma..or lump it and leave it..


  3. islandgal246 June 5, 2013 at 3:14 PM #

    Negroman…I can totally agree with you that Donville is the only piece of leadership material in the DLP


  4. Devoe June 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM #


    Donville and his wife are currently being sued for something relating to pornography? He is not Prime Minister material, never was and never will be.
    If the current PM is to be toppled then it certain that only 2 people in the parliamentary group have a chance, its either Sinckler or Estwick. Donville nor Richard Sealy have a chance, nice enough fellow but barbados won’t accept either. and


  5. islandgal246 June 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    “The Barbados Labour Party could never get this Negroman vote no matter what.”

    “I have not forsaken and I will never forsake the great Democratic Labour Party for that despicable,corrupt,inept lot of despots that is refer to as the Barbados Labour Party.”

    “If Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is the leader of the Democratic Labour Party in the next general elections ,I may be forced to either support the Barbados Labour Party or abstain from voting”

    All quoteted by Negroman !!


  6. Devoe June 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM #

    @ Islandgal246

    You are trying to flog a politically dead horse. Estwick or Sinckler, those are your choices if or when Stuart either calls a day or is pushed aside.


  7. islandgal246 June 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM #

    Correction “quoted”


  8. islandgal246 June 5, 2013 at 3:22 PM #

    Devoe leave me to flog whoever I want to and if yuh get in my way, yuh gine get flogged too!! LOLL


  9. islandgal246 June 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

    Devoe Stinkliar doan stand a chance and Estwick? doan mek muh laff.


  10. ac June 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM #

    Negroman i have no qualms or squbbles with what you perceive as “arriogance on the PM ..however i find it a bit troubling whe u throw what i perceive to be a devisive weapon by asking for the PM to be taken over by Donville innis on the perception that he is able to communicate and further more an action or suggestion as you alluded can only hurt and divide the party………………………….no further comment on this issue……………..DLP stalwart ac………..PEACE and LOVE


  11. JUST ASKING June 5, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

    Freundelitis does remind me of stagnant water
    I dont agree with Negroman
    He should vote out Frendelitis
    not stay home and not vote rather than vote for the BLP
    How could people be so though ?


  12. The Dummy @ Dumo June 6, 2013 at 5:06 AM #


    I certainly don’t want you to laugh, even though you and I both know that the PM drive a wicked hard lash in Donville when he take away MoH and made Minister of Very Small Business. Talk about going from having a massively large ministerial budget to virtually nothing at all. The PM clearly does not like Donville but then again most people in the DLP knees that the PM thought that Donville was empty vessel.


  13. old onion bags June 6, 2013 at 6:39 AM #

    Donville would make a great PM…..As to the saying ” Empty vessels makes most noise….bare boo in this case…a least there is sound. Some noise is way better than no noise ….Give Donville that muchly deserving chance..his performance during the last 5 yrs at the QEH stands. Donville for PM any day….


  14. islandgal246 June 6, 2013 at 6:54 AM #

    Donville is a threat to the PM and the further away he is sent the safer the PM will feel. Donville is the ONLY ONE in the DLP who is showing some balls. The PM could do Barbados a favour and hand over the reigns to Donville.


  15. islandgal246 June 6, 2013 at 6:55 AM #

    Onions is that you talking? You actually agree wid me???


  16. old onion bags June 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM #

    Yes Luv…..empty vessels make most noise…ya faget?..LOL..I ent eat breakfast yet and probably so too you…whaloss!


  17. islandgal246 June 6, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

    LOLL I gine look fuh sumting tah eat …maybe some salt fish and bakes….mmmnnn


  18. old onion bags June 6, 2013 at 7:24 AM #

    While we at it…..poodle for MOF. Time for a reshuffle ….somebody, anybody…


  19. old onion bags June 6, 2013 at 7:31 AM #

    @ Islandgal

    I bet more could be achieved thru Min Inniss and his zest as a better minister…all that we are hearing is just nothings from the rest….we yearn to hear on the economy, yet all we are hearing is how to safely sell raffle tickets and when the 11 plus results comin out….cuddlaud!


  20. islandgal246 June 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM #

    To be honest Donville is the only Minister I will listen to when I hear him pon de news! The rest of them are a waste of time. And to give the MOH to that IDIOT John Boyce that is nail in the coffin for Health Care.


  21. old onion bags June 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

    ….totally a-GROVE….Isgal.


  22. millertheanunnaki June 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    What about Lashley the man promoted to have been the most successful Cabinet Minister of them all?
    The man touted as having planted more stone and wood than any Housing minister ever.

    The man’s stolen “H.E.L.P” programme was marketed to the gullible as the greatest thing since the introduction of free secondary education in Bim.

    A smart man of conning intent that was able to spend over $40 million of taxpayers’ money even without the MoF, PM or even Parliament having to approve such?

    A man whose kickbacks were reckoned using the formula of $28 million for you and $5 million for me thereby putting his MoF who sat next to him in Maths class at the Garrison to abject shame.

    What a giant of a man from the East. Why not Lashley the garrison boy for PM and MoF?
    It’s a pity that both MoF’s and PM’s have to travel to the US of A to attend conferences and seminars on a regular basis!


  23. Devoe June 6, 2013 at 8:34 AM #

    Name for again one thing Donville has achieved since 2008?…………………………………..a big fat NOTHING, thats what.


    You serious, that man take 5 million in Lashes, in one go? Thats 18% partner, and rich even by BLP standards. These fellas does graduate real fast


  24. islandgal246 June 6, 2013 at 8:35 AM #

    Devoe you showing your “Yarfowl Brigade” stripes.


  25. Devoe June 6, 2013 at 8:38 AM #

    In 2008 when the big boy at Housing politically arrived and went pun Morse big able private jet to America to look at Villages project, all he asked for was flat-screem tv’s and some brand name jeans pants, now graduated and sheltering under the raining millions?


  26. Devoe June 6, 2013 at 8:40 AM #

    no wonder why FS send him to public works after claiming he was the best Minister of Housing since Adam was a lad.


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