Mottley attacks “lawless Government”
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has blasted the “lawless Government” of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, accusing it of being “consumed with its own survival” much to the detriment of the country.And, Mottley warned last night in an address to the St Michael West constituency branch of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), the country’s stability was at stake.
“Stability is the asset that we value the most. Therefore when a lawless Government is consumed with its own survival, they have no time, ability or interest in protecting the rest of the population. Regrettably, that is where Barbados has reached tonight. So what are they concerned about? Do they come and tell you the true answers on the Cahill Waste to Energy Project? Do they come and address the issue on foreclosures that has been topical? No.
They go to the Crane Hotel to tell you how best they can protect themselves with the decisions they make. It is about political survival,” claimed the Opposition Leader, who was at the meeting for the nomination of former Member of Parliament Bishop Joseph Atherley as the BLP’s candidate in the next general election.
Mottley, a former attorney general, spoke about the rising incidence of gun related crime and general lawlessness, saying this jeopardized the country’s economy.
“This is a country where stability matters. Stability allows us to charge astronomical rates that Sandy Lane and the Villas charge on the West Coast. Stability allows us to attract international businesses that help pay two-thirds of our corporation taxes. Stability gives people confidence that they can invest and get a return, hire people and give them jobs.”
The St Michael North East MP also took a shot at acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, who on Thursday claimed that officials at the country’s ports were facilitating the entry of illegal guns into the country either deliberately or unwittingly. Mottley advised the police chief that he could not allay people’s fears by deflecting blame onto another Government agency.
“If you have the evidence then you ought not be speaking about it publicly because it compromises your ability to bring a case. If you do not have the evidence then you should not be speaking about it,” she said.
She recalled that while in office the BLP understood that the country’s borders were porous and therefore invested in an Integrated Coastal Radar system at a cost of $60 million to monitor vessels within the island’s waters.The Opposition Leader voiced the concern that even though $33 million of the loan had been repaid, she was unaware if all of the radar systems were operational during the past seven years. She also contended that Government was not powerless to reverse the upsurge in crime.
“City MP Jeffrey Bostic was with me as part of that operation when we put systems in place working with other Caribbean countries. I do not want the public of Barbados to be duped. I do not want the public of Barbados to believe that the Government is powerless and the Royal Barbados Police Force is powerless,” Mottley said.