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.

Tags: , , , , , ,

No Comments on “Prime Minister Please Talk to Us”

  1. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926-2013 AND SEE MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS June 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

    The People’s Democratic Congress | June 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM |

    Both DLP and BLP must be permanently removed from the political governmental landscape of this country.@ AGREE

    WHEN you all wake up and KNOW the degree of FRAUD YOU DEALING WITH ,THEN YOU WILL AGREE, iF YOU CANT AGREE THAT MEANS YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW DEED THIS SHE-IT RUNS IN THE OUT HOUSE.TO KNOW IS TO AGREE , YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE KNOWING. FACT, not long talking.

    Like

  2. old onion bags June 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    If one has nothing to say….why say anything? Is it not that simply ? Of note other ministers are quick to get up and say SOMETHING…Sen.Husbands for instance told us not to send our children cap in hand unaccompanied by an adult collecting sponsorship money. Min Jones informs the 11 plus results will be out nxt week. Min Blackette the refurbishing of the social centre up Gall Hill You all TV not working or what ?… what more you people wants to hear ….Must I quote Horace again?

    Like

  3. old onion bags June 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM #

    Hint : Negroman…What you smokin man? The fellas up Belleville waitin pun you and not to buy drinks…hint hint

    Like

  4. millertheanunnaki June 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM #

    @ LIKE IT OR LUMP IT | June 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM |

    What a shitty example representing the apex of hypocrisy that could ever be!

    Imagine the man at the “rimsing” centre of it all is indeed the consummate closet homo.

    It would not be the first time that those who preach and rail the loudest are those most guilty of the same sin. The RC Church and its erstwhile hidden dirty acts now exposed for the world to see is a perfect example of what you and the fumbler could get up to.

    But, hello, it is not morality that would decide the next elections but pure economic misery thrice the size of what was experienced in 1992/93 giving a brand new twist to the phrase “lump it or leave it” giving a clear perspective into the thinking and intellectual capacity of a bulling or wicking idiot called “Lump it or Like it” and vice versa, right fool?

    It would do you and your lot a world of good to forget about the gay business and deal with the economy, not so stupid?

    Just remember that there is a golden rule on morality: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. In other words, ‘those who are without sin cast the first stone’ right LILI?

    Like

  5. The Dummy @ Dumo June 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    Voters in Barbados cannot, constitutionally, elect a prime minister. Voters may be responsible for electing a government but its is the MP’s of the winning party that elects the PM.

    Like

  6. millertheanunnaki June 4, 2013 at 7:49 PM #

    @ Negroman | June 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Hi Niggaman, you now see the miller is a real man of integrity and not the lying fraud you once promoted as the paragon of all virtues?

    Don’t be surprised if you soon find out that what the miller has been saying all along about the same “bulliar” is the last gospel and testament according to St. Paul.

    The man is a con and misfit. You and the ac idiots must accept the truth and set your souls free from political bondage and propaganda engineered to buy an election.

    But all is forgiven, naïve negro. It’s not your fault just in your genes to be easily tricked. It’ (s)well with your soul, now that confession has been your catharsis.

    Like

  7. old onion bags June 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM #

    @ Dummy @ dumo…

    “Fool me once…shame on you..fool me twice SHAME ON ME”….fool me thrice?

    Cuddear man….think wanna cud get fool thrice? Why not.

    Like

  8. The Dummy @ Dumo June 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

    Onions

    Which BLP camp you hunkered into, the one with Mia and Cynthia or the one with Kerry and Owen, Dale, George, Gline, Ronald and others?

    Like

  9. Well Well. June 4, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    Miller…………….if you would just read the People want Caribbean Regimes to Fall in it’s entirety, you will see that even your esteemed friend ac is swaying, it was a riot, read the whole the thing to get a better picture.

    Like

  10. JUST ASKING June 4, 2013 at 10:26 PM #

    Negroman | June 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM |

    –I AINT TELL WUNNUH SO EVERSINCE
    Hardears wont hear——————nEGRO Man now see the light.
    Frendelitis is the worse thing since mildew sliced bread

    Like

  11. Negroman June 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    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.
    This Negroman is only outlining his frustrations at the lack of leadership that is being exhibited by one of the most contemptuous individual ever to hold the post of Prime Minister of Barbados. I will repeat without fear that I believe Freundel Stuart should be relieve of the post of Prime Minister of Barbados and the leader of the Democratic Labour because of his contemptuous nature and lack of leadership skills.
    I am still a loyal and committed member of the Democratic labour Party.I have no intentions whatsoever of leaving that great party for no other political organization.However,I am highly annoyed with the performance of Freundel Stuart as Prime Minister.
    They are other worthy members of the party parliamentary arm who I believe have the ability to be a better leader than Freundel Stuart.Donville Inniss is emerging as a serious contender for leadership position in the party.He is one of the few ministers present who is able to connect with the people and his no nonsense approach in dealing with issues is refreshing.
    Negroman believes that Donville Inniss should really push to take over the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party from an uninspiring,contemptuous Freundel Stuart.
    To all the commenters on this blog including David of BU,even though I am upset with Freundel Stuart and his lack of performance as Prime Minister,this Negroman WILL NEVER EVER support the Barbados Labour Party.I will abstain from voting before I ever put my X against the name of any candidate representing the Barbados Labour Party.

    Like

  12. ac June 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

    FROM THE DESK OF ………………….HON PM FREUNDEL STUART……………..ref: Negroman…………………………………..Chill!

    Like

  13. ac June 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM #

    U know as a DLP stalwart i am a bit confused by the tone and rhetoric of the “negro man” comments.”IF” as he says to be an undivided supporter of the DLP why is he stoking the fire by planting seeds of division among the party. does not make sense .planting seeds of dissent or division among the faithful is not whats in the party best interest even though one might not be in agreement with PM leadership……….

    Like

  14. Negroman June 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    AC
    I will chill.I am not planting seeds of discord,I am only highlighting my disgust at the PM arrogance and contemptuous behavior.
    The people of Barbados are literally begging the PM to come and give us some assurance or re-assurance that everything is okay and that his government is confronting and dealing with the many serious issues affecting the country.Is that too much to ask of Prime Minister Stuart?
    AC my fellow party supporter,I will not comment on this issue anymore.The party still has my unwavering support and I will be a DLP member and supporter until the day I die.
    The Barbados Labour Party could never get this Negroman vote no matter what.

    Like

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

    Dominican Republic granny busted for stash in wheelchair
    ——————
    ASS

    Like

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

    Negroman

    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..

    Like

  17. 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

    Like

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

    Negroman

    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

    Like

  19. 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 !!

    Like

  20. 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.

    Like

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

    Correction “quoted”

    Like

  22. 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

    Like

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

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

    Like

  24. 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

    Like

  25. 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 ?

    Like

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

    Islandgal246

    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.

    Like

  27. 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….

    Like

  28. 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.

    Like

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

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

    Like

  30. 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!

    Like

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

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

    Like

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

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

    Like

  33. 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!

    Like

  34. 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.

    Like

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

    ….totally a-GROVE….Isgal.

    Like

  36. 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!

    Like

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

    @Islandgal246
    Name for again one thing Donville has achieved since 2008?…………………………………..a big fat NOTHING, thats what.

    @Miller

    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

    Like

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

    Devoe you showing your “Yarfowl Brigade” stripes.

    Like

  39. 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?

    Like

  40. 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.

    Like

Join in the discussion, you never know how expressing your view may make a difference.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,602 other followers