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The mantle has been passed

rhondathompson, rhondathompson@nationnews.com

Added 17 November 2010


The death and burial of our beloved Prime Minister David Thompson would naturally have eclipsed the appointment of Mr Freundel Jerome Stuart as the seventh Prime Minister of Barbados.   The Barbadian public of all political persuasions and social origins displayed oneness with the single focus on the loss of its leader. The ease with which the mantle of national leadership has passed to Stuart is a testament of the political maturity of our nation, our democratic values and sense of national propriety. It says much also for the astuteness of the parliamentary group of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) whose decision it was to make Stuart Prime Minister. With a rather reserved personality and never one to usurp the standing of the leader, Stuart for all the years since he joined the DLP in 1972 has been content to serve – lending his support to whoever called in the name of his party. Though not one to push himself, he always stood out as a young man with the soundness and potential to lead Barbados.   From the early days of the 1970s Stuart was an active and dedicated member of the DLP, little known to many but well known and highly regarded by the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, the late Sir James Tudor and Mr Brandford Taitt, President of the Senate. A highly confident but modest and cultured man, he has earned the admiration and respect of political friend and foe alike for his respect and quiet dignity. When Stuart chose the law as a profession he had given deep thought to a career in the sacred ministry, but realising the limitations of that calling to achieve the advances he envisioned for his people, he was driven to history and political science. There are certain striking difference in the personalities of the Prime Minister and his predecessor, whose political persona was more colourful and flamboyant. As the dust settles, we will hopefully realise the significance of the Stuart-Arthur contest or the minds and hearts of the country. The contest between Prime Minister and Opposition Leader will be exciting, as they both ought to be representing the same cause. My prayers and support are with them both, but my vote is for Stuart.  


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