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Invisible Barbados Prime Minister travels to New York

UPDATED: September 9, 2010

Prime Minister Thompson’s sudden trip New York City is for medical treatment relating to complications. Story at The Nation.

BFP’s original story published 10:35 GMT, September 8, 2010…

According to The Nation, Prime Minister David Thompson slinks off to New York City, but our largest newspaper doesn’t know why.

“PRIME MINISTER David Thompson left Barbados early yesterday for New York, according to sources.

The nature of the trip is unknown, but comes just over a week after his return from two months of medical treatment overseas. He returned to Barbados on Sunday, August 29, and was back at the helm of Government the next day. (TS)”

… from the September 7, 2110 Nation article PM off to New York

A month ago we read somewhere that the PM would be appearing at some environmental conference in New York in early September. Maybe that’s where he’s gone. Maybe not. We’re trying to find the reference. Even the journalists at The Nation appear to know less than we do.

Meanwhile the Barbados news media continues to publish old photographs of David Thompson as he was months or even a year ago.

We, the citizens, deserve better than this.

It’s time, Mister Prime Minister. Your citizens, your country and your political comrades need to know the true state of affairs about your health and your capabilities. It’s okay… whatever it is we will understand and cut you some slack. Need a couple of months more? That’s okay too. We can handle the truth…

But what you’re doing to us now is bullshit.

Further Reading at BFP

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Prime Minister David Thompson returns to lead Barbados Government

“Health challenges remain”, but for now the PM is back in charge

David Thompson and his family arrived back in Barbados on Sunday evening and today it was announced that he’s back in charge. Acting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart returns to his post as Attorney General.

No matter the politics, all Bajans are pleased to see Prime Minister Thompson and his family back on the island after his months away for medical treatment. As we said back in May when the story about the PM’s health broke, “Barbados Free Press joins in prayers for Prime Minister Thompson and his family. We hope his medical troubles turn out to be nothing too serious and that he will be well soon.”

Prime Minister Thompson returns to a fully boiling pot that includes an economy in trouble, the current NHC scandal and the failure of the DLP government to implement any of the major promises of the 2007 election platform.

We’ll give him a week to settle in, but then he’d better be prepared to defend his wicket.

Further Reading

Barbados Advocate Back in Charge

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Prime Minister Thompson’s health is his own business

Dear Barbados Free Press

On a point of principle, the Prime Minister’s health is nobody’s business but his own.

I refer to Julius Gittens’ article “Tell Us More – P.M” (online edition of “Barbados Today”, July 6, 2010, and his blog of same date).  Mr. Gittens states that he thinks that “while the PM is getting great medical advice he might not be getting – or taking – the best communication advice.   He is the prime minister and the public have a right to know as much as they possibly can, both for his own benefit and for ours”.  Accordingly, the P.M. should give us “full, frank disclosure”.

Presumably, Mr. Gittens refers to whatever diagnosis, or diagnoses, may have been made of the PM’s medical condition.   I respectfully dissent for the following reasons. Continue reading

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