Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has a message for his detractors and other commentators: he is not committing political suicide.
“I do not even hear my critics; so I don’t know what to respond to,” he told a meeting of the Democratic Labour Party’s St Andrew Branch at the Alleyne School yesterday evening.
“I know what the programme of the Democratic Labour Party is, and I know where we are going. I know where we have come from, I know where we are. That is what I preoccupy myself with from day to day; not listening to political nuisances who only want noticing, as the old people of Barbados like to say. I have no time with that.
“Hearing and seeing are forms of consumption in the same way that eating is a form of consumption . . . . I contend that if you know you [are going to] hear foolishness, you shouldn’t listen to it either, especially if it is heavily tinged with malice. So I choose very carefully what I allow to go through here and what I allow these to see,” Stuart said, while pointing to his ears and eyes.
His response comes amidst criticism from some sections of society of his silence on a number of issues affecting the country.
The Prime Minister went on: “If you listen to the wrong thing or see the wrong thing, it becomes a part of you for the remainder of your life. You can’t [get] rid of it. It contaminates you for the remainder of your life; so you have to be very careful what you see and what you hear. I know where all these things can be found and where they come from . . . I don’t go consuming things that I know will contaminate me.
“Homicide is an offence under the laws of Barbados, if it is committed without legal justification or excuse. Suicide is a personal choice; and I am not committing suicide,” Prime Minister Stuart quipped.