Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last evening said that people who have opted not to celebrate Barbados’ 50th golden jubilee anniversary of Independence are to be pitied.
Stuart made the remarks at the Christ Church Foundation School after artist Corol Bernadine presented him with a portrait of himself as she launched an exhibition of her paintings reflecting 50 years of Independence.
In an obvious reference to Opposition Barbados Labour Party members who have declared that they will not be celebrating the occasion because they were unhappy with the state of the nation, including the prolonged lack of running water affecting a number of parishes, Stuart said there was much for which to give thanks.
“Celebration starts with thanksgiving, and looking back over the last 50 years, I can see quite a lot to be thankful to God for, and to be thankful to the people of Barbados for”.
The Prime Minister added, “those people who were not interested in celebrating obviously do not see anything to be thankful for. We must not be angry with them.
“We must just feel sorry for them because, it means that somehow their souls have been enveloped in a kind of darkness from which I think they need to be rescued.”
Stressing that he was in a celebratory mode, Stuart said, “that is why I feel able to lead that movement for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence”.