(STEVE HARVEY & FREUNDEL BOTH MAKE YOU WAIT 90 DAYS BEFORE YOU DO YOUR THING)
One thing you can’t fault Freundel Stuart for:
The man make SURE you learn the ins and outs of the constitution of Barbados before he call a election date.
By time Freundel done with you – that is, you, ya sista, ya mudda, ya granmurr, the whole a Barbados and the Bajan diaspora – I sure you know every last detail of electoral laws you never thought you woulda had cause to know.
Yet the man there telling YOU NOT TO LOSE SIGHT OF BIG QUESTIONS, and, urging YOU to PUT COUNTRY BEFORE SELF, after he make the same country wait til HE was good and gosh damn ready for the country to vote.
Leh dah dey sink in…
FREUNDEL, telling somebody – anybody – to put country before self
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?? *IN LUDACRIS’ VOICE*
(Source: Guinness World Records)
WHO ARE ME TO JUDGE ?
All your daily jokes bout Freundel – Freun, Froons, Fumbles – and the man still been Prime Minister of a country for near TEN years now.
AND COULD BE PM FOR ANOTHER FIVE.
So just WHO IS this man who carry you out to the baller ? What do we really know about who he is, after near 10 years ?
Many have tried and failed to figure out, and that’s primarily because they have all focused on the Man in the role of Prime Minister.
*I* more interested in the man personal details, and humbly offer up the following re what makes Freundel Freundel, and the legacy he will leave:
- AIN SUPPOSED TO BE PM
Freundel is the PM nobody wanted, but everybody get anyway.
I here waiting for a Democratic Labour Party supporter to cobble together a convincing argument that even they wanted Freundel as PM.
DEMS, INBOX ME!!
(Source: RKO [Radio] Pictures)
No, David Thompson was PM, get sick and dead and hey presto Freundel is your brought-forward Prime Minister.
Don’t forget iz Freundel who was Minister of Finance and allow the economy to flag during the year-or-so period that Thompson was sick, before same Thompson made Chris Sinckler Finance Minister. I know Chris is a next one people love to hate, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that it’s unloved Freundel who helped make Chris’ Series of Unfortunate Budgets such as they have been.
- FEEL FUSSY TO BE PRIME MINISTER
The story goes that Freundel does wake up every morning, look heself in the mirror and say “You! I cahn believe I’s Prime Minister boy! Never thought I would be Prime Minister!” as he congratulates himself on his unearned accomplishment.
He clearly enjoys:
- Being able to call himself BAWSE (see: “Y’all gine vote when I READY!”)
- The thinly-veiled arrogance that goes along with only speaking when the mood strikes him
- Flying hither thither and yon with the jetsetting, Head of State lifestyle
But hey! If you don’t put yourself in the mix by assuming any major Ministry, you also don’t get to deal with any of the major stresses! Only the perks!
Freundel is what happens when a back-office worker gets promoted to Managing Director of a major company, then delegates all responsibilities to staff.
- CAN’T FEEL YOUR FEELS
(Source: National Broadcasting Company)
If George Bush ain care about black people, Freundel don care about black people, white people, yellow people or purple people.
UWI lecturer Tennyson Joseph once wrote a brilliant Freundelian piece suggesting that (my words) Freundel is a lawyer ever, and an empath never. Freun/Froons/Fumbles does not give a f*ck about you, or your weak crew.
We also know he
- CAN’T USE HIS POWERS FOR GOOD
Ask anyone for a (serious) description of Freundel, and words such as Scholarly, Articulate and Bookish pop up.
So we all seem to agree Freundel got some form a sense…the problem is that all of Freundel’s Scholarly, Articulate, Bookish sense – like the perks of being PM – is for Freundel. No one gets to benefit from his smarts, just as no one else benefits from his being PM.
(Source: Walt Disney Pictures)
- OFFENDS YOU, WHENEVER HE DOES SPEAK
How many times have you complained Freundel doesn’t speak enough on important issues…only fa he to onpick he teeth and make you wish he kept them shut ?
Having Freundel as your PM is like having a verbally abusive partner who tells you to “tek wa you get” any time you complain.
- SO – WIN OR LOSE 2018 – WHAT WILL FREUNDEL’S LEGACY BE ?
In 9 years as PM, alla Freundel national addresses could probably be captured in a one-page document, yet his passive-negative non-approach to issues has a profound effect on our politics.
To paint the legacy of Freundel, we need to trace back 10 years to 2008; the desire to change the status quo was high – above 50% – and indeed Bajans voted for change. Instead of change they got a quickly-sick Thompson then nearly 10 years of anti-leadership. Lack of concern. Lack of acknowledgement. Lack of empathy. Devolution instead of revolution. Instead of a hard-working example, just someone who appeared to be handed the highest post in the land and proceeded to enjoy the finest the post had to offer, and acted like he was being bothered whenever he did deign to acknowledge people who never wanted him in the first place. Whether he was telling you bout
sucking on Government’s bubbies
potholes being life’s inconveniences
(most recently) shedding crocodile tears
or telling you nothing at all, he was in effect telling people who were supposed to trust the political process to pipe down, wait, or lower their expectations.
The self-interest was strong with this one, Obi-Wan; people didn’t deserve it, but he gave would-be voters a rough lesson to learn, and one which inevitably influences perceptions and trust of executive-level public ‘servants’. Just as Owen Arthur defined what leadership looked like for a generation of voters, consider that in their political awareness some (potential) voters have only ever known the walking Silent Treatment that is our man Froon. It is he who managed to take something that Bajans were already cynical about and made them even more cynical about it.
So when you hear Bajans talking bout not voting this (or any) Election, ask yourself:
This Freundel fault ??