Not So Fast Freundel | It Was Dr. Richie Haynes Who Engineered Pardons for the MARTYRS of 1937

David Comissiong, Citizen of Barbados, Prsident, Clement Payne Movement

I have been informed that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart declared in the House of Assembly today (Friday the 16th of February 2018) that his Government has just instituted a measure to pardon all those Barbadian martyrs who were convicted of criminal offences in the People’s Uprising of July 1937.

Well I have news for Mr Stuart — he is approximately twenty-two (22) years too late!

You see, way back in the mid 1990’s the late Dr. Richie Haynes MP— political leader of the National Democratic Party (NDP) — laid a Resolution before the House of Assembly that called upon the Government of Barbados to “pronounce an official pardon of all of those patriots who were convicted of criminal offences arising out of the riots of 1937 and expunge these criminal convictions from the official records”, and not only was the Resolution passed by the House, but the Cabinet of the then ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) effected the authorized pardons.

And so, not only must the credit of engineering the pardons of the martyrs of 1937 go to Dr Haynes and the NDP, but it should also be noted that Dr. Haynes— speaking on behalf of the NDP—  also called for Clement Payne to be designated a national hero and for the establishment of “an appropriate public monument to commemorate the sacrifices made by the many Barbadians who gave their lives or were wounded or imprisoned or victimized in the 1937 riots” — two demands that came to fruition between 1996 and 1999 with the designation of the ten national heroes of Barbados and the construction of the “monument to the martyrs” in Golden Square in Bridgetown.

Indeed, I remember all of this quite well, because, as a then member of the NDP, I partnered with Dr Haynes in crafting these demands.

But this is not the first time that this Democratic Labour Party government has played the trick of repeating (and claiming credit for) something that had already be accomplished before. Why, just last month– in January 2018– Mr Stuart’s Administration made a big song and dance about appointing Anthony “Mighty Gabby” Carter a Cultural Ambassador of Barbados– something that had already been done as long ago as the year 2004 by  Mr Owen Arthur’s Barbados Labour Party administration.

This DLP administration seems to have bought in to the notion that “Barbadians have short memories”. That might be true of some of us, but I can assure Messers Stuart and company that it is not true of all of us.

106 comments

  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Liesalot…no I dont, trump is about to be impeached or go to prison for crimes, I have no such problems, my brain works just fine, I read way about the level of a fourth grader and write way above the level of a first grader …

    …there goes your inexplicable fantasies and blatant untruths again.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Any incoming government will have to use brain power and high intelligence……with NO CORRUPTION to successfully manage the country….that rules out the current government completely.

    “News > Latin America
    Caribbean Should Raise Taxes to Fight Evasion: Global Groups

    The Caribbean was one of the many regions implicated in the infamous Paradise Papers list of tax
    Published 18 February 2018

    “The entire international community needs to eradicate tax evasion and tax avoidance,” World Bank president, Yong Kim, said.
    International and regional organizations say the taxes in the Caribbean should be raised to best assist their needs in public sectors and meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Tax systems in the Caribbean are ineffective, a collection of concerned international groups said Saturday, stating that the all-around domestic resource distribution should be revised to eliminate tax evasion and tax fraud.

    Among the more vocal international groups are the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the International Monetary Fund.

    According to the World Bank, in a region filled with developing countries, the Caribbean nations are faced with the challenge of raising sufficient revenue needed to provided public services such as road infrastructure, healthcare and public safety.

    “Governments and relevant stakeholders also need to continue to work together on establishing a fair and efficient system of international taxation,” the World Bank said.

    World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, added that in order to fulfill the requirements of international concords such as the SDGs, which he described as both an economic and ethical imperative, the Caribbean must first be able to raise enough revenue.

    “The entire international community needs to eradicate tax evasion and tax avoidance,” Yong Kim said.

    The Caribbean was one of the many regions implicated in the infamous Paradise Papers, which listed tax havens where the world’s one percent stash their millions far from home and the native government’s hands.”

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  • @Hal Austin
    I wish you could teach me the resolve that you have in accepting retirement…….”No more work. Retired. Done working. Not even part-time or voluntary. Finished. Not even working around the house at home. Done. I am no mentor or worker or overseer or manager. Done.”

    I believe that men were put down here on earth to work, and I find it hard not to be doing anything at all. I am not criticizing you Sir. But having worked in some way from very small, I find not working or being able to work tough.

    I have decided just to give thanks and to “run with patience the race that is set before ” me Hebrews 12:1…….but it is not easy.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    The dumbing down of the Black man, woman, child.

    “A Negropean or Afropean is a person who either deliberately, or unconsciously betrays their own group by participating in its oppression (claiming ignorance does not prevent one from being a Negropean or Afropean. In fact ignorance is one of the major causes of Negropeangitis.

    Also see “House Negro” which refers to a house slave of a slave owner from the historic period of legal slavery in the US. During slavery, there were two kinds of slaves: “house Negroes,” who worked in the master’s house and “field Negroes,” who performed the manual labor outside. The house Negro having a better life than the field Negro, was unwilling to leave the plantation, and potentially more likely to support existing power structures that favor whites over blacks. Malcolm X identified with the field Negro…Negropeans or Afropeans are anti revolution.”

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Hal Austin, your quote “I am not sure why you are on about action. I am retired. I mean I am retired. No more work, voluntary or paid. I am retired, but not yet dumb. Just retired. No more work. Retired. Done working. Not even part-time or voluntary. Finished. Not even working around the house at home. Done. I am no mentor or worker or overseer or manager. Done.”

    Kudos to you and congratulations.

    I honestly thought that in retirement your intent here was not only to share your experience but move beyond keyboard BS….BECAUSE you now had the time, solid financial grounding and vast experience/knowledge.

    Buddy if your stated purpose in life now (based on your writings here) is to berate Barrow and revisit the historical narrative surrounding him and that era; equally berate and revise Arthur’s tenure; encourage one more biased researcher cum historian; and wax poetically of the grand things you have recommended then proceed apace.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with being a curmudgeon … well not really…..of course if you have fitness and health and a well functioning brain and refuse to use them more meaningfully than being a surly critic there certainly is.

    But enough. I get you bro. Enjoy retirement. You deserve your R&R. Not another nit from me.

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  • The idea of living ones life as defined as a delimiter is myopic. The retirement mindset is a man made construct. Individuals, ALL, must endeavour to add value to the ecosystem until we die.

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  • Until God is ready for me I hope to be fit and able enough to work.

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  • … and sometimes work does not attract wages, just the pleasure of knowing you are doing something worthwhile!!

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  • What Sir Richard Haynes pardoned who ?

    Only His Majesty King 👑 Freundel Jerome Stuart can pardon any Barbadian .

    Miller & Artax would be glad fuh a pardon but they are from Greece 🇬🇷 ??

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  • Georgie Porgie February 18, 2018 at 12:07 PM #

    Not just work, I have a house full of books – the attic, spare bedroom and garden shed – that I now want to offload. That is the painful bit. A lifetime of collection – even the book I got from JO Morris when I left St Giles.
    Kids have no interest in physical books. I would prefer to give them to a community library or Waterford on condition that they be used as a reference and not lend to individuals, but whoever gets them will have to pay for shipment.

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    Fractured yardfowl…yall need to get out the peoples parliament.

    just over 2 weeks to go until it has to close…trying to ride out an additional 4 months will get you nowhere, yall gotta go.

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  • re Hal Austin February 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM
    I have a house full of books – the attic, spare bedroom and garden shed – that I now want to offload.
    Kids have no interest in physical books.

    I can understand both of the above statements well.
    I gave away or sold my medical texts in the 90s, and sold some of my books on Bible to a seminarian before I left to go teach medical school in 2001. I collected these through the years because I love to study the Word.
    These days there are some of the good old Bible commentaries online. Lots of good info online……….along with lots of error.

    When I entered HC, we had to read a book called Tanglewood Tails. In the flyleaf was a dictum which I have never forgotten, which said..a A GOOD BOOK IS THE PRECIOUS LIFE BLOOD OF A MASTER SPIRIT.

    Some one also taught me somewhere along the line NEVER LEND YOUR BOOKS OUT FOR YOU WILL NEVER GET THEM BACK. I have found this to be true if you have really good books.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Fractured BLP February 18, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    LoL! What a perfect joke for a real Sun day of sporty comedy!

    Broken man, like the south coast sewerage line, you have to be a real go(o)d to make Rasputin look like a fool of the Russian royal court.

    Are you really that supremely go(o)d as to turn a princely black monkey from Marchfiled in the Scottish zoo of Stuarts into a king clown of niggardly niggering fools?

    Who else would be on the list for the award of the Bajan GCM which has become under King Fumble the hallmark of excellence in the art of incompetence?

    Now let us see who are those in the running to compete meritoriously for such a golden crown of sapphire excellence bright enough to reignite and reincarnate King Midas into the creator of the philosopher’s stone to hide away the holy grail of King Arthur’s shining sword in an unexplored cave under the Ilaro court of a billion star-like recesses of pending Parliamentary abuse.

    What about the lame duck(ing) MoF Stinkliar in his incomparably stellar management of the economy whose promises and performances have been nothing but innovatively international benchmarks in how to manage a small openly vulnerable economy and a nation (once punching above its internationally-envied social weight) and to take it from investment and credit rating from Assured to Junk and soon Zilch to be on the brink of economic and social chaos in less time than it takes a bad boy from the urban Farm or rural ghetto of a Parish Land to find a gun to shoot up an electoral storm of fear in true Garrison School-originated style.

    What about the Pitbull from Eastwick and the Lowedown whose biting piffle from his blackened mouth would make the spitting poison from the mouth of a komodo dragon taste like virgin vanilla ice cream?

    Aren’t these two muzzled pond flies displaying the flight of perfect nuisances equally deserving of the medals of merit of sh**thole Bim as the swimming political bullfrogs in the forms of the crying-eyes crocodile the clown king-in-waiting Uncle Look-up MoT and the stentorian the Big-mouth Mr. Muffet the MoH the barking calming voice of the swamp spider of the pending South coast calamity?

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  • @John February 17, 2018 at 10:07 PM “EWB was old enough in 1940 to volunteer to go fight Hitler so in 1937 he would have known what was going on. Manningheim was born in 1931 so would have been only 6 but at least he was alive!”

    You are being disingenuous. Both Errol Barrow and Tom Adams were from relatively privileged families, and in 1937 may have been unaware of the suffering of the poor black labourers…the suffering of people people like my parents.

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  • @Tron February 17, 2018 at 11:47 PM “an ostracism for the black elite and their white donors from the construction industry.”

    The white donors are not donors. The don’t give. They take. To quote Pierre Elliot Trudeau they are “corporate welfare bums”

    Like hogs at the trough sucking up the taxpayers money with their over priced goods and services.

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  • Did the Barbados Labour Party in October 2017 affirm its current leader as the one to lead the Party into 2018 elections?

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  • John February 18, 2018 at 7:28 AM “I have tended to think that Bussa is not a name of African origin. If I try Busso, I get 15, all of them in Barbados. If I try Bussoe, I get 36, all in Barbados except one who was in St. Christopher. It is possible Bussa is a corruption of Busso or Bussoe but I feel these other names are Barbadian and not African in origin because they were not distributed among various other colonial dependencies.”

    You are a real poppit you know. (Sorry David, I know that i am not supposed to cuss other bloggers.)

    But ask John to search: John. Johnny, Jon, Jon-Jon.

    James, Jim, Jimmy.

    Robert, Robby, Bob, Rob.

    Or ask John to open today’s Nation at the obits and tell me if he does not see a good number of people with a formal name, and another name by which they are commonly know in their communities.

    I recall a woman in my village and it was only when she died that I discovered her formal names. For my whole life I had known her to answer to a first name and a last name neither of which were on her birth or baptismal certificate.

    And he wants to present a false argument about whether the name is Bussa, Busso, Bussoe etc.

    Stupseee!!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…dont mind the idiot Liesalot, the ladies are about to dismantle the destructive old boys club.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/02/18/women-must-dismantle-old-boys-club/

    “Women must dismantle ‘old boys’ club’
    Added by Katrina King on February 18, 2018.

    Women still have more rights on paper than in practice, Organization of American States representative to Barbados Francis McBarnette has suggested.

    And he today urged women to challenge male privilege and the ‘old boys’ club’ while addressing the opening of an advocacy seminar hosted by the Bureau of Gender Affairs, the National Advisory Council of Gender and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies to celebrate the Day of Women in the Americas.

    “This battle is yours to fight. It is yours to call arms,” he told the gathering at the 3Ws Oval at University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

    Francis McBarnette, Organization of American States representative to Barbados.

    The OAS representative to Barbados charged that the inability to close this gap was one of the biggest obstacles that democratic governments faced as they sought to attain sustainable development, effective governance and human security he maintained it was possible

    “Closing the implementation gap on women’s rights will be accomplished by women leaders – with the support and engagement of men and women champions in all sectors,” McBarnette stressed”

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  • And he wants to present a false argument about whether the name is Bussa, Busso, Bussoe etc.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … maybe you were asleep but these names are the names given by historians … not me!!

    http://abolition.e2bn.org/resistance_51.html

    “Very little is known about Bussa (also known as Busso or Bussoe). He was born a free man in Africa in the 18th century, captured and brought to Barbados as a slave.”

    I figured the bit about being born in Africa is pure rubbish, nor you are telling me the whole thing is pure rubbish.

    Maybe you should just keep quiet because you are way out of your depth!!

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  • … and I am not cussing nobody … just pointing out facts!!

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  • You are being disingenuous. Both Errol Barrow and Tom Adams were from relatively privileged families, and in 1937 may have been unaware of the suffering of the poor black labourers…the suffering of people people like my parents.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So how come EWB was made a national hero?

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  • It’s always great to read stuff from this halfwit! With all the exclamations at the end! Of every paragraph and often every sentence! That doesn’t make him look like a dullrd! Not at all!

    He loves Venezuela!

    Que lástima!

    Will the halfwit love the mountain of dead Venezuelan children who will die in infancy during the next year because of his cretinous and unread half-wittery? Exclamation. Exclamation.

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  • Aren’t “martyrs”, by definition, people who die? Do half-wits who love the tragic tyranny in Venezuela self-dramatize much?

    Exclamation!

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  • “The British dependency of Montserrat was the 2017 top performer with a debt to GDP ratio of 6.1 percent. In fact, the other British dependencies of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Cayman Islands, and British Virgin Islands round off the four territories carrying the lowest debt burden.” (Caribbean Life)

    All turmoil in 1937, all independence in 1965 did not pay out at the end. Barbados is many miles behind the British overseas territories.

    However, since 1965 cannot be reverted, Barbados needs to find a new path to survive.

    What Barbados needs now is a good insolvency lawyer as new PM. If this person fails, the next PM will be a historian recording the tales of king OSA about his lost golden kingdom and the return of (economic) slavery.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    It has nothing to do with remaining dependent of UK…because of weak black leadership, the island remained dependent anyway, despite independence.

    It has everything to do with weak, corrupt leaders…post independence and throughout the decades.

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  • Welly gotma bawlin exclamation

    Well Well. May 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM #
    I will not shed a tear when Tel Aviv is finally flattened and wiped off the map

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  • I will not shed a tear when Tel Aviv is finally flattened and wiped off the map

    nor will I
    that will mean Armageddon will start ! BRING IT ON TOUTE SUITE!

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  • I don’t often agree with DC but this time he has really exposed the stupidity or lies of the reigning clown..the folks were already pardoned…idiot!

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  • @Georgie Porgie February 19, 2018 at 5:28 PM I will not shed a tear when Tel Aviv is finally flattened and wiped off the map nor will I that will mean Armageddon will start ! BRING IT ON TOUTE SUITE!”

    I’ve noticed something. It is always bored with life old people who are always wishing for the “end times”/Armageddon.

    Hey!! how about the rest of us, not yet old, not yet bored with life, who are enjoying our sweet times now, just as the bored old people enjoyed their sweet times 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago.

    What if God is NOT going to come to rescue Georgie Porgie et al from old age and boredom. What if Georgie Porgie has to grow old and die as his father, and grandfather and great grandfather did before him.

    What if human life will sweetly go on this earth for hundreds of thousands of years as it has before we were born.

    What if we ALL have to grow old, sicken and die.

    What if we will NOT be raptured?

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  • What if God is NOT going to come to rescue Georgie Porgie et al from old age and boredom. What if Georgie Porgie has to grow old and die as his father, and grandfather and great grandfather did before him.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    … and what if there is Eternal Life?

    Ah boy, this is the question to answer!!

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