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A veiled threat!

Barbados TODAY has obtained copies of recent letters exchanged between Mottley, Agard and Payne

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) MP George Payne has viewed as “a veiled threat”, a recent letter issued by party leader Mia Mottley to Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard.

So much so that Payne, who is a former chairman of the party, is now warning Mottley that her actions could not only affect Agard’s standing as a member of parliament, but also jeopardise the BLP’s success in the next polls and plunge the party into a “constitutional crisis”.

Payne’s warnings came in a November 5 letter issued by him, in response to a November 4 letter sent by Mottley to the embattled Agard.

In his firm letter to the party leader, Payne also accused Mottley of being “profoundly disrespectful” to Agard as well as “very discourteous” to both him and Ronald Toppin, two senior BLP members of parliament.


This follows Mottley’s no-show for a November 4 meeting that was scheduled with Agard to bring about “healing”.

Agard had written to Mottley on November 3 confirming her availability for last Wednesday’s meeting, while informing Mottley that she would be accompanied by Toppin and Payne.


However, in a letter the following day, Mottley said it was clear to her that the type of meeting she (Mottley) had envisaged and which she had advised the BLP annual conference on October 24 would happen within a week, could not now take place, given Agard’s letter.

“The nature of the meeting that I intended to have with you as the BLP Member of Parliament for Christ Church West and the BLP Christ Church West Executive was to bring about healing, if at all possible, and to ensure that all organs and officers of this party recognise the legitimacy of each other in order to work together.

“This is the second attempt to convene this meeting with you and your branch executive,” Mottley noted, adding that even though this meeting had not taken place she was now determined to take action.

“… Based on my widespread consultations, I am satisfied that I am now as political leader and chairman in a position to proceed with this matter in the best interest of our beloved Barbados Labour Party,” Mottley’s letter concluded.



Just yesterday former BLP general secretary George Griffith warned that the situation was becoming “increasingly embarrassing” and was “a sad reflection” on the party which he said had “an outstanding tradition of settling all issues, big and small, in a very dignified manner.

His comments came against the backdrop of a bitter internal tussle that has seen the election of a new executive for the BLP’s Christ Church West branch in the absence of the parliamentary representative and following an aborted annual general meeting on September 20 that has best been described as “heated”.

Ever since then, Agard has been refusing to work with the newly elected executive while pressing ahead with her job as parliamentary representative.

Agard, who has been criticised for working with the DLP Government on a football tournament for her constituency, was a no-show at last month’s BLP annual conference at the Christ Church Foundation School.

13 Responses to A veiled threat!

  1. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean November 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    This inside squabble gaw stop doah. Wunna got nuff work to do. The opposition ain’t gonna just hand y’all the government. Get it together for the good of the country please.

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John November 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      And the bees going to do the country “good”? Stupse long and hard

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley November 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Why do all MP’s act like 5yr olds having a tantrum ? To be honest they can argue every day and the BLP will still win the next election after the shambles of the current government !

  3. carson c cadogan November 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Here is the fix: Drop Mottley and choose a Leader.

    You have done it before.

    • Michael Carrington November 10, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      if you disappear that would help alot ya political rum-belly yard fowl

  4. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves November 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Carson Codogan, what about dropping Frundel and his incompetent government and choosing a Prime Minister and a more competent government and Cabinet? You Jackass!

    • Beverley Greaves
      Beverley Greaves November 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      There is and,will continue to be disagreements in every organisation. We Barbadians are more interested in getiing the state of our economy, the crime situation, the high unemployment fix, in addition to having a government that can govern, instead of one who continue to inflict pain on its citizens for individual financial gain.

  5. Princess A November 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Don’t I not understand that Mia Mottley was not born in Barbados
    Practiced Law without qualifications
    Signs her name with Q.C.

    Why does Barbados want her to reign and rule the country

    Bajans stop talking about Integrity

  6. Deborah Folkes-Blackman November 7, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    My younger son said he would love to be a MP when he get older, he is just 13yrs old and seeing all this drama, insulting etc etc is not good for him or any other young person who want to follow in these MP foot step. Allllllll you MP’s from both BLP and DLP need to stop this and show an example. Our country needs help and you all are just making it worst with your childish behaviour.

  7. Michael Carrington November 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    miss princess A /ass please be advise that your last pm was not born here either.instead of trying to find fault find answers stupes.

  8. Michael Carrington November 10, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    please be advise that as a leader you have made a decision to settle matters of great significance but yet you have a member Dr Agard has been refusing to work with the newly elected executive to which i find very disrespectful but then again she is the MP they are just executive members ,she doesn’t have to agree with them,then you have a leader that schedule a meeting with you an executive to settle the issue , then again you show that you dont have to respect anybody party leader,executive body,members you just want to do what you want ,well my dear your ride is slowly coming to an abrupt halt at the rate you are going

  9. dave November 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Ignore Carson C Cadogan . She is a DLP troll using a man’s name to fool people. She has been caught out. She said so herself. I have the evidence- taken right here from Barbados Today.

  10. dave November 13, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    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.”


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