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Hammie warns of a plot

A retired politician is charging there is a plot from outside to destabilize the Barbadian economy and bring down the Bajan dollar.

Former parliamentary representative for St Michael South-East Hamilton Lashley said in an interview with Barbados TODAY that the recent triple notch downgrade of Government’s bond rating by Moody’s Investor Services was the latest evidence of that conspiracy. Charging that Barbados was in the cross hairs of developed countries and their Western-dominated financial and ratings institutions, Lashley said he had been a lone voice in the wilderness, with nobody taking him seriously.

“Barbados and Barbadians do not need any outside experts, like the IMF [International Monetary Fund], Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s to tell us what we have to do. I know that Barbados does not exist in a world of [its] own. I know that, in terms of our economy growing and attracting foreign investment, we have to take these agencies seriously, but to me it is an orchestrated, well crafted and thought out plot to destabilize the Barbadian economy to eventually force our back against the wall with no other choice but to devalue the dollar . . . and the Barbadian sense of worth,” Lashley said.

“Until we recognize where the real culprits are, we will continue battling it on a political level and, in the meantime, the poorer people are the ones who will be suffering.

“Standard & Poor’s, I think, have poor standards; and Moody’s are always moody, and when they are in a particular mood they lash out at Barbados. Barbadians need to recall that these rating agencies contributed to the collapse of the world financial system in 2008 when they gave triple A ratings to companies that were selling sub-prime mortgages to customers who were known to be unable to repay them,” Lashley added.

He also hit out at the International Monetary Fund, saying that it had been “in this country too regularly and have been loitering in our space too long”.

As he outlined further evidence of what he believes is an orchestrated attack on this 166-square-mile island, Lashley suggested that it had to do with Barbados’ refusal to pass laws decriminalizing homosexuality. He referred to a threat made by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2011 to cut aid to countries where homosexuality remained illegal.

The former MP, who served in both Democratic Labour Party and Barbados Labour Party administrations, called on the country’s leaders to rally citizens. Lashley said that just as Sir Winston Churchill fought off the formidable military might of Nazi Germany with brilliant oratory and limited firepower in World War II, this country’s leaders needed to inspire Barbadians through constant communication.

He insisted that no country could “dampen the indomitable spirit of the Barbadian people”.

25 Responses to Hammie warns of a plot

  1. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy June 20, 2014 at 3:52 am

    I’m not a barbadian but it seems to make sense. As to the reason why….

  2. james franks June 20, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Do not need outside interference to bring down the economy,this lot seem to be doing good enough job now on their own!!,

  3. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins June 20, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I agree with you Hammie La, the plotters behind this scheme are the politicians. smh

  4. Suzanne Nurse
    Suzanne Nurse June 20, 2014 at 4:44 am


  5. Denzil P Walker
    Denzil P Walker June 20, 2014 at 5:28 am

    All nonsense

  6. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman June 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    he makes a few points.. but missed the broader scope and sheer magnitude of this “conspiracy” in singling out this 166sm rock.. realize that the powers that be will destroy ANY country or anything period that doesn’t go along with what ever their plan be.. and this is nothing new.. before b.c. this has been the reality.. all that happening is los Barbados has always been the ‘darling’ of these colonial scumb bags and an actual beneficiary of that beast system for a while atleast but now for some reason is (a bit) on the other end.. maybe because they have little used for the sun and sand here.. being they now have Dubai and japan making tropical paradises.. who knows.. but he is right about that gay thing for some reason being a big thing.. seems they will stop at nothing to (freely) bull here lol

  7. David E Hall
    David E Hall June 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Hammie talking crap as usual. The only ‘body’ destabilizing this country at present is the DLP. The DLP lied to the masses in order to win the election; betrayed them, treat the unions with no respect; seems committed to silencing any and all opposing voices, and Hammie does not say a word,BUT now, that the rating agencies have made an assessment based on figures the government presented, the DLP propaganda machine spits out Hammie with a bunch of propaganda conspiracy theories. My only disappointment is that the Newspaper published the Crap Hammie said without the appropriate headline “Reporting from blind- men in the Fools paradise”

  8. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie June 20, 2014 at 6:28 am

    At least this idiot has retired!

  9. Sean Chandler
    Sean Chandler June 20, 2014 at 6:31 am

    funny how all these retired people NOW opening their mouths – customs people, judges, politicians

  10. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick June 20, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Blame someone else instead of or self

  11. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers June 20, 2014 at 6:38 am

    My question to Hammie is if we don’t need the IMF why is the government entertaining them?

    Also u seem to fail to understand that Moody’s s&p fitch etc are the ones who rate financial stability and are relied upon by lenders.

    Please face the situation and stop avoiding it!!!!

  12. Orlando Newton
    Orlando Newton June 20, 2014 at 7:23 am

    For the first -time someone speaking the truth,,Amen… some Barbadian- MONEY- hungry- Selling Barbados out…. for personal gain..sell the future of their children.

  13. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley June 20, 2014 at 7:38 am


  14. George Greaves
    George Greaves June 20, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Interesting reading.

  15. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett June 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I love a good joke in the morning

  16. Dean Straughan
    Dean Straughan June 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

    People need to wake up! Hammie is right. Debt is the power that the bankers use to control us and the entire world. S&P is just one of the instruments in implementing that control. Nations that have ignored institutions like S&P, Moodys have gone on to grow their economies. I think we should do the same. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not endorsing this administration but I do think that if we all put our heads together we can come out of this situation stronger. These ratings institutions do not have our best interests at heart.

  17. jr smith June 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    It has come to past in Barbados,if you are not foreign, blonde hair and blue eyes as like a picture of jesus , bajans think you are stupid as a black person. We supposed to be so clever and everyone else is on the ball apart from bajans.
    Whether Hammie is wrong or not, he gives a lot of food for thought.
    This issue have no jesus or god support so its crap, not like most bajans being a laughing stock to the world, wanting to pay $300,000 for some saviour from the USA, a country which was always the world biggest debter with many states going broke to heal barbados.
    But he needs the money to tank up his $36 million private jet
    Its okay for our tourist authority, to look overseas for a chief
    executive to head the organization.
    We are doing fine aint we.


  18. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall June 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    While i agree that outside conditions do have an impact we cannot bury our heads in the sand and blame other people for our problems otherwise we would never fix them.

  19. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale June 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

    So according to this news article that this plot also had to do with Barbados’ refusal to pass laws decriminalizing homosexuality, and referred to a threat made by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron back in 2011 to cut aid to countries where homosexuality remained illegal such as in Barbados. So it would appear that the Barbados Government has no intention of homosexuality and where homosexuals can be sent for life because of their sexual orientation. So Barbados still has these antiquated and shameful inhumane laws that discriminate the Barbados LGBT Society.

  20. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin June 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I am still trying to understand on what basis OSA appointed this nitwit to his cabinet

  21. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 20, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I’m not in doubt of this because I known something not right,but God don’t sleep some body will pay for the economic problems

  22. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Because they is to much prospect in BARBADOS then what the government want us to believe its a common sense thing

  23. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder June 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Something is very wrong with the picture they want us to believe

  24. Jeff Hawk Clarke
    Jeff Hawk Clarke June 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    hammie is no idiot, nor is he talking non sense…..these “rting agencies’ that most of you speak so highly of, also rated the very companies that caused the world economic collapse, 1 week after the collapse as, stable, grade A investments! truth is the party that is in, did indeed lie to the masses, but what I need you guys to do is tell me one gov that has told the masses the entire truth, until then, shut up about the b’s d’s n’s…..what you guys thought that the debt we in started since this party came in??? you guys forgot that while in his prime the very same ratings agencies again that you speak so highly of, are the very same ones that down graded us……..hammie is one of if not the only politician that remembered one very important fact, you were elected by the people, to serve the people!!!………and btw, every single developing state has to “entertain” the imf, that’s exactly how they keep countries listed as 3rd world as exactly that, imagine if you had small states like us developing as rapid as larger states it would off set the status quo wouldn’t it?? as far as the homosexuality thing goes, even Canada threaten to not trade with us unless we alter our laws to suit them, so like he said there is an underlying issue, whether you guys want to believe it or not, but Mr. Hamilton I commend you once again for speaking out!!

  25. Fixer June 21, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Do any of you know Who Is Maurice Strong? You should check him out ( Hammie )may have a point.


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