Too immature!

Lashley comments on Maria Agard saga

Government Minister Stephen Lashley sees no reason why members of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) cannot put partisan differences aside and work together for the benefit of Barbadians.

Lashley, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, is questioning what the fuss is about, regarding his partnership with BLP representative for Christ Church West, Dr Maria Agard, to host a family fun day/football competition last Independence.

Commenting on the issue for the first time, Lashley told Barbados TODAY the time had come for partisan politics to be put aside. Instead, he said, the focus should be on working together in the best interest of the country.

“I understand that one of the big issues troubling the BLP is the fact that Maria Agard would have been involved in a collaboration in a football/family fun day held for the residents of Sargeants Village last year, in which I was involved, and I think that is being held up as something which ought not to be done,” Lashley said.

“That smacks of immaturity in politics. I think we need to have more maturity in politics in Barbados,” he added.

“I see nothing wrong with two Members of Parliament, in response to a call and a need of the community, to put their partisan politics aside and come together in camaraderie and in the spirit of Independence and to support an activity designed to bring togetherness to a community. I really don’t see why the BLP is making such heavy weather about this.”

Lashley said if given the opportunity, he would invite Agard to take part in similar activities. In fact, the minister argued that such partnerships should be encouraged.

“I feel we should try to focus our communities away from tribalism and away from partisanship, especially when it is not necessary,” he opined. “I think we spend too much time politicking and electioneering when in fact we should be seeking to build our communities.”

11 Responses to Too immature!

  1. Tony Webster November 10, 2015 at 6:01 am

    In principle, I agree.
    In reality and in truth, I can also readily appreciate if one is trying to fly an aeroplane ( or a rocket-ship to Mars)…and it is obvious to you and all the really upset passeners you are totally responsible for, that you are haplesssly off-course and headed for a galactic-sized black-hole …that you need another navigator…gearbox, ninja-man …any one else who might be tempted to nibble at an offered “sprat”.

    Indeed, it might be a better idea…if the current navigator…started to get friendly wid da other folks. You know…like taking-out some “travel insurance”.

  2. jrsmith November 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Bajans , failure to think before they cast that vote ,brought us to this crossroads, where , mostly the vote was for holding party ground and not for the , contents of any manifesto. now we have the problem of upsetting either party if opposing BLP..DLM members even momentarily say hello to each other. all forgetting they all are working for Barbados LTD.

  3. Walter Prescod November 10, 2015 at 7:14 am

    I agree with what he said, but, saying and doing are two different things. It’s like two parents fighting over what’s good for the children, and the children dare not choose who to go with and are caught between a rock and a hard place.

  4. OP November 10, 2015 at 7:27 am

    ……but ain’t nothing wrong with eating souse every Saturday at 8ball with Sinckler, right?

  5. Kevin November 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Lashley you forgot that song Kid Site sang years ago, “Bajans Dont Know What They Want”. You always hear the shout of coming together for the good of the country. You and Agard came together, and the BLP members vex with Agard about that.

  6. Bajan boy November 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Stephen Lashley don’t make this an issue about u n her. What you seem to looking for is self importance. This about Maria being disrespectful to her Parliamentary colleagues, did she attend the planning session for the reply to the last budget debate with her colleagues or did she meet with the former PM to plan her reply. Did she meet with the opposition leader when the initial meeting was se? Did she attend the last party conference? Did she meet with the constituency executive at any meetings since the new executive was installed? No one take you all serious so stop trying so hard for recognition.

  7. Sam clarke November 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    It is time for maturity .I couldn’t agree more, for the mindless cannibalism, that is currently been seen in politics of both parties must cone to an end.

  8. Andrew Rudder November 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    May I say Stephen! You are so correct on that partisan effect which is so much a part of Barbadian culture. We need to mature to a more universal statue which would lead us outside the Box we have made for ourselves. Manufacturing and production can be hurt tremendously with such practices. Actions speak louder than words and the theme United we stand, divided we fall should be used outside of the Vote process. Respect should always be given to the governing party and all discrepancies addressed at parliament by the Opposition for rebuttal. That’s called due process and is transparency of the people’s business. This becomes common practice for a healthy nation in this Global Village we all survive on a daily basis.

  9. John November 10, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I agree. As a matter of fact, it is time for the residents of Barbados to put partisan issues behind altogether, and focus on improving the state of the country.

  10. R C November 11, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I have read with interest Minister Lashley’s statement but with due respect I am wondering if this is all that is upsetting the Opposition? Too many issues are coming out of their camp.

  11. The Mahogany Coconut Group November 12, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party are known to engage in senseless political cannibalism. That it has reached this sorry stage should not surprise any aware citizen. This nonsense has led to political “garrisons” in Jamaica and rampant corruption in Trinidad and Tobago.


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