The Sleeping Giant Awakens

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Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart

“I am afraid we have awakened a sleeping giant” is a famous quote attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, one of the most famous Japanese naval admirals, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The quote was used in, and shortened for, the movie ” Pearl Harbor,” which depicted the attack through a personal storyline. The actual quote was said to be “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”
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“Mother of All Battles”-US Gulf War, “Mountains shall labor and give birth to a mouse“- Horace. Behold the Sleeping Giant Awakens…. from his weekend gad, an ensuing battle line. Prime Minister Stuart throws down the ’other’ gauntlet, informing the Opposition and the rest of Barbados, of his readiness to resume business and or obliterate with fury and furore.”

Wait a minute, tarry a while…having done some research, one should ponder this latest marauding. The actual quote was said to be : – “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Could this be what PM Stuart really meant? That the DLP is now about to further provoke the Opposition, (and any and all ) with this his latest military infusion. Here lies the problem, as all should be quick to admit. As with the teachers and principal of Alexandra School, it is most difficult to interpret the PM’s mauve epigrams. “I have gone passed that stage a long time ago…you all need to play catch up. Sounds familiar? Not the easiest to play catch up with.

“Awaken the Sleeping Giant“…hmm. Let’s not give up yet. As we make another fervor attempt to crack Stuart‘s wit. Giant – associated with tall. Sleeping – in a state of unconsciousness, temporally unaware of one’s surroundings. Awaken – rise to the occasion with a renew vigor and life. One regular patron to the call in program suggests, that Stuart has now finally awaken from a four year slumber on hearing the bugling election’s call. That would be too much to fathom. No amount of  fanfare or fandango could be that evasive.

Could Stuart be really ready now, to deal with matters in hand? Alexandra teachers in all earnest, CLICO pensioners that were promised, Barrack that begging, Integrity Legislation now flamming, Bagatelle Dump  gibberish, Deloitte Report vanish? Which ever way we choose to cut it, Stuart has signaled an intentional readiness….and this as all would attest, is looked forward to with  greatest earnest. Elections too of course….if to be included.

127 thoughts on “The Sleeping Giant Awakens


  1. His public posture has to be about confidence. You can convey quiet confidence, without bravado. You can choose not to add a nuance that suggests that “this was not may call.”


    • All Innis is doing is saying the obvious that the DLP is ready and waiting for the PM to ring the bell. Why would he and Sinckler be appointed otherwise?


  2. his comments was:

    “The Prime Minister can call elections at any time, and as political leader he would be foolhardy to do so without the party being ready. In my mind, based on the comments recently made by the Prime Minister, I would say the party is ready for the next general election.”

    his comment could of been:

    “i would just re-enforce what the Prime Minister said, the party is ready for the next general election.”


  3. @David

    “All Innis is doing is saying the obvious that the DLP is ready and waiting for the PM to ring the bell.”

    base on what? something he is seeing or what the PM is say? should he not know? it sounds to me by his comments he does not know and only going on what the PM said in his recent comments.

    again i could be wrong but should me where i’m wrong base on Inniss’ comments.


  4. @ AC
    RE YOUR VERBAL DIARRHOEA
    PLEASE KINDLY NOTE THAT LIKE THE WISE OLD OWL I LISTEN AND TRY TO LEARN FROM OTHERS AND I DONT ENGAGE IN” CONDENSATION” OF ANYONE AS YOU DO DAILY ON BU LOL LOL
    I SUPPOSE YOU MEAN CONDEMNATION
    WHEN I SPEAK I DO SO ON MATTERS ON WHICH I AM WELL QUALIFIED TO SPEAK, NOT AS A SEED PICKER

    I REPEAT
    IT IS BETTER TO SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND BE TAUGHT A FOOL- THAN TO OPEN IT AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT

    ALSO
    A WISE OLD OWL SAT ON AN OAK
    THE MORE HE HEARD THE LESS HE SPOKE
    THE LESS HE SPOKE THE MORE HE HEARD
    WHY DONT YOU TRY TO BE LIKE THAT WISE OLD OWL?


  5. @ David | October 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM |
    “Forgive ignorance here guys but what is wrong with the statement?”

    Because it goes contrary to what the PM said in his recent walkabout in the constituencies of St. James.

    The PM made it abundantly clear that the sleeping giant in him is awoke and the party is ready for his bell.
    If you want to read anything other contradiction into Inniss’s statement then you can assume that he Inniss is in total agreement with the PM and since the PM is NOT a “foolhardy” man he is ready to call the elections very soon like next month as a belated birthday memory to JCT.


  6. @ GEORGIE PORGIE ALIAS (GEORGOE) now go pick the beam out of your own eye! and i SAY WHAT I MEAN AND MEAN WHAT I SAY>. NO NEED FOR YOUR nonsensical ADVICE.


  7. Members of the EBC, are all appointees of the political parties, so party affiliation is known up front. The basic idea is that if something is amiss poltical people would scream the loudest.

    Quoting from “THE BARBADOS ELECTORAL PROCESS by Mr Hensley Robinson, Chief Electoral Officer of Barbados reporting to Conference of Commonwealth Chief Election Officers
    Queens’ College Cambridge – 23-26 March 1998:

    “The Chairman and two Members are appointed by the Governor-General acting on recommendation of the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Chairman and one Member are appointed by the Governor-General acting on recommendation of the leader of the Opposition after consultation with the Prime Minister.”

    So the idea that the EBC is a body of independent persons is simply not the reality. They are all party appointees, period.

    The system works because the very keen and competing interests of the partisans provide the needed checks and balances.

    So, to answer the question raised by others, the former Chairman of the EBC was a party appointee to that body and can function in any capacity the party wishes him to as long as he is no longer serving on the EBC.


  8. I am made to understand PM Stuart has set the record str8 on the Sleeping Giant interpretation correction at George St ,as to what was really meant leaving no room for any “mauve epigrams”or catching up to lingo or quips.Bravo.


    • From the time I met the Prime Minister in 1985, I have always admired his use of language. Sometimes I would write down thing that he said in order to use them at some appropriate occasion.

      I heard the PM’s explanation of “sleeping giant” on the news last night and it tells me that while he is well read and has a great capacity to retain volumes of information, he has problems applying what he has learnt. I think the old people would say that he only “book learn”. He must realise that his audience is not as well read as he is, as a matter of fact, there are not many people in Barbados that are as well read as the PM. If he is therefore seeking to communicate with the masses he must not speak as though he is delivering a lecture in academia. While it sounds nice he would have missed his target audience. He would not therefore have communicated. He would do well to remember that the sleeping giant had to use nuclear bombs to defeat the Japanese, but from what I can see of the DEMS, they are fighting with muskets.


  9. @ Caswell
    “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

    A most important pointer.The last meeting in Rices St,Philip was MASSIVE


  10. That “sleeping giant awakening” comment has done irreparable damage to the DEMS campaign (as with others;dog food) . Explanations offered did little in way of damage control.
    Confirms the earlier remarks.. PR with the DLP way out to sea.


  11. The BLP was ‘so corrupt’ that Barbados has the highest anti-corruption rating among ALL of its Caribbean neighbors in 2007… Get your facts straight.
    I too was duped by David Thompson’s sweet talking in 2008, however it was revealed that none were more corrupt than him. Deloitte Canada’s forensic report on CLICO proved that.


  12. TIME TO RING THE BELL…..IS NOW OR NEVER… HON HONARABLE….why wait for sleep to set in again…..all the bananas ripe.
    It won’t get better than this !


  13. One step forward…..Two steps BACk…and TREMBLEeeeeee…….DLP wake up wakeup do! Time to get wid d program…..THE BELL RING ! Wake up ! Before it all OVA Ronald Demons…..pinch wanna self Quix….!


  14. OH GIANT wake up …wake up Q U I C K….D Party start…this is no DREAM…..AWAKE, D MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES HAS ARRIVED !


  15. IS SANDPAPER TIME CARSON>>>>IS SANDPAPER TIME……WANNA SANDPAPERED…….LICKS GRANFADDA COMIN…TELL THAT JOKER IN ATLANTA SO……


  16. AC
    Please GO and re-wake the Sleeping Giant and stop your nonsensical daily boring rant, if you really want to do some thing for this poor and suffering more everyday country !!!

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