Jones sees lesson in BLP saga

Democratic Labour Party Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones has described as “political terrorism” the treatment meted out by the Opposition to recently expelled representative Dr Maria Agard.

Addressing a DLP political meeting on Sunday night at the same time Dr Agard was due to answer disciplinary charges brought against her, Jones labeled the whole affair as “stupid” and “silly”.

Contending that a select group within the BLP was ganging up on Agard to force her out of the party, he further deemed her expulsion to be “an orchestrated attempt”.

A member of the audience shouted “ISIS”, in reference to the Islamic State that has been wreaking havoc in the
Middle East.

To this Jones responded, “they [in the BLP] are almost akin, because they are practising terrorism, political terrorism”.

Following months of public disagreement among Dr Agard, the BLP hierarchy, and party activists in her Christ Church West district, the situation came to a head last month when the MP publicly declared that she had no intention of working with the newly elected executive of her branch.

This was among the reasons that the party gave for seeking to discipline Dr Agard.

However, Jones said: “When a political institution that says it wants to represent the diverse views, diverse values, diverse systems of people cannot allow internal discussion, debate, dissent it is not wort h its salt.”

Minister of Education Ronald Jones
Minister of Education Ronald Jones

“Democracy allows for contestation of ideas and of views, and if I don’t want [someone] to walk with me [that person] could walk with somebody else,” he declared, adding “we [DLP] don’t discredit them, we don’t destroy them, we don’t marginalise them. We represent everybody when we are elected. That’s what we do.”

In further criticizing the actions of the BLP, he charged: “They have no regards for
the people.

“It is when power is in your nostrils and you can’t smell anything else,” he said of the BLP leadership before asking: “If they can do to one of their own what they’re looking to do to one of their own, then what you think they going to do to you?

“Let this be an example for all of Barbados . . .  a message that ricochets across the length and breadth of Barbados,” the Minister of Education said.

14 Responses to Jones sees lesson in BLP saga

  1. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis November 24, 2015 at 5:08 am

    O boy, I don’t know why he don,t learn to shut that mouth that is attach to his ugly face some times.since 2008 the DLP have inflict political and economical terrorism on this little island

  2. Beverley Greaves
    Beverley Greaves November 24, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Why don’t he shut his mouth and focus on the mess, which supersedes terrorism that he and his govt has inflicted and still inflicting on the citizens of Barbados-according to him, it’s political terrorism on 1 individual, but he and his govt has done nasty by 280,000 persons, and whenever elections are called, we voting wunna out, so don’t think this squabble in the BLP party has given DEM a free ride, cuz we know wunna fighting also, that is why “froons” have no choice but to put up with the incompetence in every ministry, cuz he ain’t in charge. So fix wunna house first. I don’t support either party, but at the moment anything better than wunna! So shut to hell up!

  3. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace November 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

    when you guys ousted CLYDE MASCOLL for David Thompson in 2006 was that not political terrorism, hint, hint.

  4. jrsmith November 24, 2015 at 7:04 am

    If our minister, for education is a decent , honourable person he would apologise, to the BLM and its members. for the most, disrespectful, stupid, ignorant ,rude remarks , which came out at the wrong of his body. this is where we are at. I am a DEMS supporter, this is the last straw,.. BLP business is nothing to do with him, he is part of a failing government in Barbados.

    This clown is claiming , the BLP have no regards for the people, when his the present government ,were and still is treating bajans as second class citizens, through the bad behaviour towards the unions. Because they cannot and have no idea how to manage ..Barbados LTD. this man is a fool.

    I do hope, this bunch of politicians, never ever be given the chance to govern Barbados again.

  5. Cheryl Holder
    Cheryl Holder November 24, 2015 at 7:28 am

    He seeing things as usual….educational system in a mess, schools in a mess, students a mess……….

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    What a bunch of nonsense coming from the mouth of a real political terrorist himself, Minister Crackhead. He want muzzling badly because he is a bad influence to the youth daily.

  7. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers November 24, 2015 at 9:52 am

    What happen to Clyde Mascoll and Sandiford oh doh forget the treatment given to Kellman when Thompson was leader? The problem you people have is that yawl want red herrings but the problems crushing Barbados still exist!!!!

  8. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt November 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

    What’s the lesson? That you’re fortune to be in a pack of jokers?

  9. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain November 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Lawyers does get dis-bared, doctors does get they license taken away, students does get expelled so who is maria that cannot get expelled too.

  10. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer November 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Agaard has no problem as long as she has you. You can take her into you fold. You only glad for this to find something to talk about because you don’t ever have anything to say that make sense. The only lesson for you to learn is how to deal approprietly with that big minisistry. So sit down and keep your mouth shut for a change. Be quiet !

  11. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott November 24, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Bajan need to stop tearing down their county because they do not realise how blessed they are, on judgement day every one will be held accountable for their own actions leave out the party and try to build the country up.

  12. Donna November 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    The best thing the DLP could do in this situation is keep its mouth shut! Nobody is going to mistake the opinions of its members to be anything but self-serving. PR advice – SHUT UP!

  13. rick hart November 24, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I would just like to add my simple comments to the debate. Firstly, this time is against you. This is no time to be demonstrating to the country that you are party of deepening divisions. Each party depends on the swing voters along with the dedicated core workers to win an election. Swing voters are migratory by definition in relation to the political landscape.

    They are the ones that will not be impressed by any this. The Barbados Labour Party has a problem with it leader for some strange and unknown reason with This observer. I pray to God it is not sexist. The political machine is gathering together to destroy her. She is playing straight into their hands.

    The Barbados Labour Party currently the it’s very charismatic I’m a brilliant speaker. Her credentials as a leader is unknown to myself therefore I will not comment on that. The issues surrounding the Barbados Labour Party is not only associated with Mr guard you also have the previous ex-prime minister lurking in the shadows three of the party constraints who in Emily will do damage to the party because of his considerable stature and influence. I wouldn’t worry more sore about him then what the government has to say it is the political game they morph into the same thing if each was in each other’s position.

    Pioneers needs a strong opposition you keep this government on the straight and narrow. The bottom line is the Barbados Labour Party needs to get its act together or the grim Reaper of.1986 could revisit

  14. jrsmith November 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    @,Veronica, A, P, hail ,hail, why don’t you people grow, up, you are the ones who do nothing to help the economy of Barbados, just talk , rubbish, being blessed ,we have drugs , shootings , robberies, people with out jobs, bad economy, which is struggling, our government again at the cross roads , with a begging bowl. and we are blessed,


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