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Bees: Do not sell Bajan passports

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today called for an urgent recall of Parliament to deal with major issues facing the country.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today called for an urgent recall of Parliament to deal with major issues facing the country.

The Opposition has pledged to “take the Government to the bone”, if it tries to introduce economic citizenship to this country.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart told reporters during a tour of Limegrove Lifestyle Centre in Holetown, St. James, that the matter was being discussed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Officer, Darcy Boyce, the chief immigration officer and himself.

Stuart did say though, that such an issue wasn’t something the Government could rush headlong into.

But Opposition MP Kerrie Symmonds, who shared a news briefing this afternoon with Leader Mia Mottley, made it clear his party would fight against any plan to introduce economic citizenship.

“There are some things which we feel as a political party, that are philosophically part of the underpinnings of this society. Barbados has historically been very clear that we earned our living, we made our living the old fashioned way,” asserted Symmonds.

“The idea of accepting financial contributions from anyone who has been able to accumulate a few million, or billion dollars, by any means whatsoever, in exchange for a Barbados passport is not something that we are prepared to embrace,” he insisted.

Symmonds said the Barbados Labour Party felt “very” strongly, that to go down the road of economic citizenship, “means that you grant an open door to every successful pirate, every successful gun runner, every successful drug trafficker, every successful slaver who has been able to ply his or her nefarious trade and then find their way to these shores in the hope of getting a Barbados passport”.

He suggested that countries which had followed such a route before, had often lost any reputation they previously had for being a brand or a place which is seen as internationally worthy or worthwhile.

“Barbadians today, do not have to get a visa to go to the United Kingdom, we do not have to have a visa to get access to Canada and several other places.

“Countries who have gone this route of economic citizenship and subscribe to a concept of economic citizenship, pursuing a policy of granting status as a Barbadian to whosoever has a few million dollars, find themselves in a situation where their hard working citizens, all of us then become affected by the need to be in a queue to apply for a visa to go abroad,” the Opposition MP stated.

“We want to make it very clear to the Government that this is a point on which the BLP says, wheel and come again. It will not be acceptable for us.”

He said the legislation which currently existed included a Barbadian Citizenship Act.

“We feel that legislation, far from being amended to allow for economic citizenship, should be strengthened so as to protect against it,” he suggested.

Symmonds also reminded the ruling Democratic Labour Party that it had previously conceptualised and promoted a “green paper” on comprehensive review of immigration policy in 2009, which indicated that the DLP was not prepared to look at economic citizenship as part of the way forward.

“We feel that it is now necessary for Mr Freundel Stuart to hold fast to any of the philosophical positions that had been the underpinnings of the Democratic Labour Party of Erskine Sandiford and Errol Barrow and even of David Thompson and that we can’t continue to throw away the baby with the bath water in this mad rush to adopt a bargain basement approach to politics,” concluded Symmonds.

“To prostitute this country for a mess of pottage is not something that we are prepared to be party to.” (EJ)

15 Responses to Bees: Do not sell Bajan passports

  1. Donald September 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

    The great man Errol W. Barrow said, “One day we will wake-up and find this country don’t belong to us.” Is that day fast approaching? Was he on to something? Just saying!

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins September 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

    This goes for both parties. Why sell your birth right and open the door for white collar crime and other ills that plague the universe.

  3. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype September 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

    And it keeps getting better and better! smmmmfh Don’t know wtf this Gov. doing atall!

  4. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria September 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This is so funny, seeing as how it is the same bees a few years ago that orchestrated the selling of vast amounts of Barbarian land as well businesses to foreigners. By the time both parties done, the only thing Barbadians will own in Barbados is themselves, probably not even that.

    • Sandra Greaves
      Sandra Greaves September 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Great point. Seems like Barbados is for sale by both parties because neither one has the ingenuity, creativity and love of Barbados needed to generate real sustainable business development for Barbadians in Barbados.

    • John Herbert
      John Herbert September 5, 2013 at 9:40 am

      Breaking News peoples!!! The so called ‘foreigners’ are already here and many of them before some of us were borned!! Economic Citizenship is just a dog by another name…stupse!!

    • Sandra Greaves
      Sandra Greaves September 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Stop being so obnoxious. That is precisely the point of our posts.

    • J.C. P.
      J.C. P. September 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      What did Bees own to sell?

  5. Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands
    Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands September 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

    That’s right Mia

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Mia what rock have you been living under Barbados has been sold out for years,I am guessing gov only making it official.

  7. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie September 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Money talks B/S walks

  8. Beverly Gerber
    Beverly Gerber September 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I’d buy one if I had the $$–I LOVE Barbados !! But it is not good to sell them to the really rich only.Didn’t you just get away from those West Coast Brits??? Now you’ll sell it back. CRAZY !!!!!

  9. Phillip Charles September 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Desperate men do desperate things…the government need cash…things rough…but i love the stand taken by the BLP..thats the same stand taken by the ULP here in SVG…

  10. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria September 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Buying citizenship is nothing new. My mother came to this island as a six month baby back in 1964 from St.Lucia and has been working and paying taxes since age 18. She applied for citizenship TWICE now and was told more or less both times, by the crooks in at immigration, that she has to pay one of them if she wants it. I keep telling her, she could as well give up, she is poor and black, two strikes against her already when it comes to attaining citizenship here in Bim.

  11. Tony Millington
    Tony Millington September 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    It was a time both parties put Barbados first.but it seems they have put the dollar first,and to hell with the citizens.Bees & Dees check yourselves at the end of the day that beautiful rock is still your”HOME”


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