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Oh no, Maria!

Comissiong sees Agard move as slap in the face to branch executive

Political activist David Comissiong is not siding with embattled Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard in her ongoing impasse with members of the Opposition Labour Party.

In fact, Comissiong has stopped just short of saying that Dr Agard, who is due to appear before the BLP’s national council on Sunday to answer nine disciplinary charges, should be expelled over her refusal to work with the newly-elected executive of her branch.

However, Comissiong warns that Dr Agard has issued a “fundamental challenge” to the legitimacy of the BLP.

“The thing that Ms Agard has to be conscious of is that if she declares publicly and openly that she doesn’t consider herself to be accountable or beholden to the constituency branch or its executive committee, then the constituency branch is entitled to say, ‘if you no longer consider yourself to be accountable to us or to be representative in some way of us, then we obviously are at liberty to choose another person to be our candidate in any upcoming election’.

“I mean that is the logic of the position that she has taken and she needs to recognise that, Comissiong told Barbados TODAY.

In a statement this afternoon, Comissiong further warned that the BLP branch needs to respond to what he calls an “outright dismissal of its legitimacy and existence”.

He argued that failure to do so would mean the branch was “tacitly accepting the notion that the political party – outside of the general election season – is a meaningless irrelevancy that simply plays second fiddle to the powerful and all-important MP.

“In other words,” the statement said, “they would be perpetuating the under-development of the institution known as the Barbadian political party!”

The national council, headed by party leader Mia Mottley, has taken issue with the fact that Dr Agard recently appeared to criticise the BLP in certain sections of the media.

She has also been accused of embarrassing the party and of making utterances that were “inimical” to the BLP.

Comissiong argued that one of the reasons why the local political system was “so dysfunctional” was because the Barbadian political party remains an underdeveloped institution.

“The typical scenario is that the political party mobilises to contest a general election, but once the election is won, members of parliament elected, and Ministers of Government and a Prime Minister installed in office, the political party fades into the background and becomes a mere appendage to the MPs, ministers and Prime Minister . . “Thus, even when an MP behaves in a manner that reflects negatively on the political party that he or she belongs to, the constituency branch or the branch executive typically does not seek to protect its own institutional reputation or interests by reprimanding or otherwise taking the MP to task. Rather it tends to merely fall in line and go along with the MP,” Comissiong said, pointing to a recent issue involving House Speaker Michael Carrington following a High Court ruling, as an example.

9 Responses to Oh no, Maria!

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 17, 2015 at 5:06 am

    There is something called a constitution and that acts as governance to the organization. The branch has to be the bigger force in this melee and continue to conduct the work of the BLP. Anything else is a distraction. Besides they do not have to justify themselves to anybody because they were elected just like Maria. Why pour gasoline on a raging fire? I must say you made some very valid points Mr Commissiong.

    • carson c cadogan November 17, 2015 at 7:30 am

      All Maria has to do is to turn up with her Lawyers and any judgement which goes against her, then lodge a case in Court and have it heard by a Judge.

      That should tie it up for a good ten years or so. Knowing how “fast: the Bajan Court system work.

  2. jrsmith November 17, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Not siding with anyone, because I don’t like politicians, you cant trust them, they always have an ulterior motive for everything they do..
    But, this lady suppose to have said, she doesn’t ,consider herself, accountable, or beholden to the constituency branch, or its executive committee, who she think she is , wouldn’t a majority vote of no confidence ,remove the pompous woman from office .

    The BLP needs to put this matter to rest ,once and for all, this backward rude and insulting behaviour to the people who voted for her., throw her out of the party, she is behaving as how the unions are been treated in Barbados.

  3. zeus November 17, 2015 at 6:49 am

    I believe that this issue is being attack from the middle rather that the beginning by some commentators …is there any truth to the rumour that Jerome Walcott has indicated that he wants to run in this constituency we know for a fact that he removed himself from another …the question that needs to be ask is the events that occurred after are designed to oust Mrs Agard to make way for Walcott such as rigging the process to elect an executive that don’t see eye to eye with Agard …..makes me wonder if she had fall inline would it had been the political death of Mr Walcott hmmmm

  4. Sue Donym November 17, 2015 at 7:23 am

    “..perpetuating the under-development of the institution known as the Barbadian political party!” BT, you really got an expert on this one.

    As to the main matter, this is one of the most obscene attempts to manipulate what should be a democratic process. Ms Agard was elected in a general election and a branch thinks they should unceremoniously oust her midterm without her defending herself from attack. Mr Walcott was rejected by Christ Church South branch and electorate and was an unremarkable minister. A number of constituencies are identifying new contenders – why isn’t Mr Walcott canvassing any of those?

  5. carson c cadogan November 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Anybody really listens to this man?

    David Comissiong could not even get a dozen votes when he ran for Parliament in 2008. That would show how much the voting public thought of him.

    His opinion is not important.

  6. Nathaniel Anderson November 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Carson, how many votes do you think you would get? At least the goodly gentleman makes us think. Can’t say the same thing for you and your partisan opinions.

    • carson c cadogan November 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

      “At least the goodly gentleman makes us think”.

      Speak for yourself.

  7. dave November 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I dont mind the sentiments expressed by Carson Cadogan.I know her very well , very very well – unashamedly biased !!
    And she knows the reason and I know the reason. She is the mother of ……………


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