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Abject nonsense, says Wickham

Political scientist Peter Wickham has described calls for Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to present her legal credentials as “abject nonsense”.

During the recent Budget debate several Cabinet ministers had called into question Mottley’s qualifications, with Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe issuing a challenge to the Barbados Labour Party leader to make her education certificate a document of the House.

Minister of Transport Michael Lashley had also challenged Mottley on the matter.

However, Wickham told Barbados TODAY the ministers raised the issue because they were unable to defend themselves against allegations that she had raised.

Wickham also referred to concerns raised by Mottley about the Government’s plans on the waste-to-energy project with Cahill Energy, the awarding of contracts to Preconco, and also charged in her reply to the Budget that two Government officials were driving cars owned by the company Transtec.

Peter Wickham

Political scientist Peter Wickham

“I think the conversation is abject nonsense and [the fact] that the issue has even come up I think is a clear demonstration that the Democratic Labour Party is unable to defend itself against the allegations that she has raised,” he stated.

Wickham’s comments come on the heels of a strong defence mounted by prominent attorney and BLP stalwart Sir Henry Forde.

In a statement issued at the weekend, Sir Henry argued that “Schedule 2 of the Legal Profession Act applies to her [Mottley] and permitted her to practice in Barbados without having to do any prescribed course of study at a law school in the region.”

The political scientist is of the view that “Sir Henry dealt with [the matter] effectively”.

“I’ve always known that she does not have a legal education certificate and I have also known that she doesn’t need one to practice because of the ways the laws are drafted. I think all of these issues came up largely because of the issues that she has raised. The Government seems unwilling to answer so that they prefer to raise something, which is nonsense quite frankly.”

He also stated that Mottley had “nothing to answer to”.

“She is an attorney, she was called to the Bar under the Democratic Labour Party administration. Sir Morris King was the Attorney General when she was called to the Bar. If it is that she was improperly called to the Bar, then it’s their fault.

“So to me it is nothing that she has to answer [and] I really don’t think she should waste anytime dignifying a silly question with a response. There is no basis. It is obvious to everyone who pays attention to the situation that this issue is picking up because they cannot counter what she has raised, so they are countering it with scurrility,” Wickham said.

17 Responses to Abject nonsense, says Wickham

  1. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne July 1, 2015 at 7:30 am


  2. Kevin July 1, 2015 at 7:48 am

    WTH was Mia mocking and bringing up Lowe’s qualifications during a BUDGET reply in the first place? And Lowe is another one. Why did he use of most of his time during his Budget speech, replying to nonsense! Psffttt.

  3. Bajan boy July 1, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Poor choice of words two are considered several???? And they are two embattled Ministers who are simply looking for distractions after Ms. Mottley exposed their indifferent deeds.. It also shows how dumb some attorneys can be since apart from Lashley the so called Attorney General would take the disgraceful stance about carrying out investigations into the matter..he either didn’t know the law relating to her circumstances or is complicit in the attempts to distract.. Is that who we should have in such a serious position as attorney General…

  4. zeus July 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Peter when are you going to change this hobby you had since school days ????Geez man Barbados ain’t find out who the real Peter Wickham is yet ???? Any member of the CCFS class of 1985 can answer those questions …..Captain sawyers song sumting for sumting just ain’t only about women but then again …..

  5. zeus July 1, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Check the simarities …reudon eversley / peter Wickham …
    CCFS old scholars …..both passports stamp with the same … Visas…..both jump from here and went over there ….all because of again sumting for sumting

  6. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne July 1, 2015 at 9:10 am

    SERIOUSLY.peter you should be worrying about the UNEMPLOMENT in BARBADOS. you are worrying about a piece of paper.Get a life.

  7. Patrick Blackman July 1, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I do think that the whole discourse was nonsense because it distracted from the budget debate. What is very interesting is the continual use of surrogates here.

  8. Signori Nera
    Signori Nera July 1, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Only bajans need help seeing through something transparent. ..smh

  9. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post July 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Why should he have ta worry about unemployment. …stupesss. ….i hate yard fowls. ppl dat should worry about unemployment worrying about pieces of paper ……Peter is saying it’s a smoke screen nothing else

  10. Michael Blair Blenman
    Michael Blair Blenman July 1, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    asking Mia Mottley for credentials right ? The Mia Mottley that Barbados knows ? steups

  11. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man July 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Were was the late pm born ?

  12. Louise King
    Louise King July 1, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Learned men do not go around that corner–I see trouble

  13. villager. July 1, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I know peter wickham’s agenda and of course his loyalty and support of Mia Mottley and it is not about certification, peter we know what you are up to,and take counsel we are not going to literally bend over and accept your offerings, come clean,Mr.i detected a wobble so i did a last minute poll, by the way i would like to see your certification as a pollster too.

  14. carson c cadogan July 1, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Why is it that so many Mouth pieces have to come out and speak on the behalf of Mia Mottley while she maintains a frightened silence.

    If she has the Law certificate as required by Law, all she has to do is to present it on the floor of Parliament for all the World to see. And make it a document of the House as was done by The Hon. Dr. Lowe . She challenge Dr. Lowe to produce his Certificate “if he could”, he did and then challenge her to do the same.

    Up to now she has not done so. What is taking her so long Bajans want to know.

    The Legal Profession act stipulates what must be done in order to practice Law in Barbados, read it.

    What is she hiding?

  15. carson c cadogan July 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    For those who cant think,”On my mind? A lot. I have a simple question. There was a ruling made in DECEMBER 1984 whereby students who graduated from UWI Cave Hill Campus (or anywhere else) with a Law Degree were required to spend 6 months at either the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad or the Law School in Jamaica before being Called to the Bar in Barbados. My son, the late David Thompson, graduated from UWI Law School in 1984 and was required to attend the Hugh Wooding Law School, which he did. Ms. Mia Mottley gained a Law Degree at the London School of Economics in 1986 (pay attention, please. 1986, 2 years AFTER the ruling). She was NOT required to attend either the Law School in Trinidad or Jamaica. My question is simply … WHY? I think a lot of people want to know.”

  16. Sandra basc July 1, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Who cares whether Mia has a certificate or not. It has nothing to do with the state of our economy, the layoffs, or the pompous and indifferent behaviour of PM Stuart and his Government Ministers.

    Come on stop trying to detract from the real issues, the incompetence of the elected members of Parliament. One has to wonder if they ever had any common sense.

    We need proper social services with people who care about the abuse of our children, children in schools who are flounking out and no one is trying to help them to achieve. Children in our so call good schools who stop down year after year, while teachers wait for them to reach sixteen so that they can legally put them out. These are things that want rectifying.

  17. carson c cadogan July 2, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    “Who cares whether Mia has a certificate or not”? Sandra, the public of Barbados.

    They want to know if the Goal posts were shifted so that privileged Mia could be accommodated..


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