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‘I crossed Mia’

Mottley was not interested in reconciliation, says Agard

“Tyrannical and autocratic.”

That’s how recently expelled Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard today described the leadership of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, following the November 22 decision of the Mia Mottley-led National Council to kick her out of the party.

Speaking out for the first time since her dismissal, Dr Agard, who was joined by her attorney Hal Gollop, QC, publicly declared that she was “free of the encumbrances that previously bridled [her] tongue”.

Dr Agard, who was flanked by former BLP General Secretary George Griffith for today’s news conference, also warned that if there was no reversal of the decision to expel her over the next seven days, she was prepared to take the BLP to court.

“I am determined to challenge the decision to expel me from my party, in the court of law, not only for myself, for a grave injustice has been done, but for the preservation of the legacy of the Right Excellent Sir Grantley Adams and the founding fathers of the Barbados Labour Party, principles to which I proudly adhere, because I have no fight with the party I served for 17 years,” said Dr Agard.

However, the Christ Church West MP strongly rejected the leadership of the BLP.

She also dismissed the nine charges, which she had been summoned before the National Council to answer, labeling them “frivilous”, while contending that her recent expulsion had nothing to do with the charges.

“I have been expelled from the Barbados Labour Party not on account of the nine frivolous charges laid against me, or any of the spurious notions which have been fed to the public by

those who aspire to shape public opinion with their falsified information,” the embattled Christ Church West MP said.

“It must be documented for public scrutiny that the charge of poor representation was never formally laid against me, nor forms part of the nine charges, though poor representation was the precipitating offence for which I was condemned,” Dr Agard explained.

She went on to outline other reasons which she felt had contributed to her BLP demise. One was that she dared to be different and spoke out against what she considered “a grave injustice” that had been done to the members of her constituency branch, when the votes they had cast, in an internal election, were declared null and void.

“I dared to speak out against the unconstitutional, the unauthorized and bullying tactics of a political leader who is not accustomed to be told that she is wrong, even when she contemptuously violates the very constitution she espouses to uphold,” charged Dr Agard.

The Christ Church West MP noted that the same “revolutionary and progressive” ideals, which motivated her to

enter public life and to shake up the status quo, were the same ones that were considered offensive, rude and disrespectful by the BLP leadership.

Dr Agard was especially critical of Mottley’s efforts to mediate in her dispute, describing those efforts as nothing more than a farce.

The Christ Church West MP recalled that in February this year, she wrote the party leader asking her to convene a meeting of the parliamentary group to address the issue of “difficult” constituency branches.

“Those requests were never ever entertained,” she contended. Dr Agard, a dentist, was therefore at pains to point out that no institution should be held hostage by the whims and fancies of individuals.

As though she was applying her dental tool to further expose the root cause of her expulsion, the former BLP parliamentarian sought to exorcise what she considered the evils within the party.

“I dared to speak out against the practice of the silence of omerta that prevents members of this institution from airing the evils that are practised within, because I believe that by carrying that practice of learned silence to Government and worst yet, to Cabinet, we as politicians have been witness to some of the gravest atrocities leveled on our people while we adhere to silence because that is all we have ever practicised,” said Dr Agard.

She said she longed for the day when, as a national

Christ Church West MP Dr Maria Agard

commitment to good governance, all parliamentarians support and demand the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, to which Barbados has been a signatory since December 10, 2003, but with no further progress.

Dr Agard is of the view that the entire debacle surrounding her expulsion would result in constitutional reform within the BLP.

With regards to her future in politics or any question of crossing the floor, the now independent MP said her next move would be determined following a full consultation with her constituents.

However, she left the door open to returning to the BLP fold and working with whoever was willing to embrace the party ideals and good governance, while hinting that the current leadership may not be the same after the next annual general conference.

Also addressing today’s press conference, Gollop said his client had written to the Labour Party “in accordance with the protocols set out in the civil procedure rules, inviting them to reverse the decision within seven days, or else we would be going to court. “So that, before we could take the action, it is practised nowadays that a certain protocol has to be followed and I have delivered to the secretary of the Barbados Labour Party, a toxin to that effect,” Gollop, who is working in association with attorney Lynette Eastmond, said. When contacted this evening, General Secretary Jerome Walcott said he was aware of that a letter from Dr Agard’s attorneys was delivered to party headquarters. However, he said he had not seen it as yet.

Asked if the National Council would consider reversing its decision to expel the Christ Church West MP, as demanded in the letter, Walcott responded: “Well, we will see”. He offered no further comment on the matter.

23 Responses to ‘I crossed Mia’

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins December 3, 2015 at 3:29 am

    You are being used as a pawn in somene else game. Look through the smoke screen.

  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis December 3, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Strings are being pull on this puppet,just turn and walk away while you still have your pride

  3. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis December 3, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Strings are being pull on this puppet,just turn and walk away while you still have your pride

  4. RC December 3, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I do not get involved in discussing disputes among politicians because when the dust settles all of them will still be rich and all of we will still be poor.

  5. Harry December 3, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Well said RC

  6. dave December 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

    You are done Maria Agard.

    Thats the difference between men and women. She does not understand what is happening and she has fail to move to suit. You have to be able to read the tea leaves Maria. If she were a man , she would have acted differently. In any case she versus she —. I cant say anything more about women because my comments might be censured and censored

    • Bernard Codrington. December 4, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Most inappropriate submission,Dave. I it is not a gender issue. Political issues have no gender at this stage of Barbados’ development.
      How could the general secretary be aware of the delivery of an important piece of mail and not hasten to speed the process. Is this what Barbados has come to? A laid back ‘Wuk up ” society.

  7. Alex Alleyne December 3, 2015 at 8:40 am

    There must be a bit of “dictatorship” in every LEADER.

  8. bajan boy December 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    So why she crossed she then. Silly,arrogant,self centered.

  9. ARG Chronicles December 3, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I cant help but laugh and some of you BLP supporters in these chats. Less than 2 years ago every one defended this woman Maria, she was touted as intelligent and smart, bright and possessed an amazing political future. Now all of a sudden she is puppet and even a pawn .. lol lol

    Now consider this, Party Politics aside, were you in her shoes what would you do?

    Would you role over and play dead and allow them to remove you and replace you with Jarome Walcott, or would you defend yourself from all the lies? Would you not at lease try to put your side if you felt you was being wrong?

    I appreciate political affiliation, but when something is wrong it is wrong. And what they the BLP has done to her is simply wrong.

    OK you guys can go ahead a cuss me now. lol because I have noticed here that once your view to line up in support of the BLP, you are attacked and cussed. lol so cuss me all you want, but fact is. what was done to Maria Agard was simply wrong.

    • Donild Trimp December 3, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      ARG are you for real?

      This woman seems to have no understanding of the real world. She should know when to move on. Sit as an independent or something and stop being an arrogant fool.

      Let’s say hypothetically that she gets her day in court and the ruling is that she be re-instated, what happens after that? Do you believe for one minute that everything would be back to normal and it will be life as usual?

      This is an exercise in futility. What will she do, come back in and run the party and dictate to the hierarchy in the party and the leader who expelled her to do things her way?

      Why are so called educated people not so educated when it comes to common sense? This lady walked out of a meeting that was called to address issues relating to her actions.

      Did you really expect the BLP hierarchy to say to her, ok you walked out on us, come back when you ready?

      The BLP’s constitution gave them a voting right to expel her and they did the right thing.

      I admire people who use rational thought, logic and common sense in the decision making process.

      This woman lacked all of the above. smh!!!!!!!!!

      • Bernard Codrington. December 4, 2015 at 2:45 pm

        But was it in keeping with natural justice? Were those charges really of substance ? Where are the acts of folly and absence of common sense? Where is the lack of reason. There seems to be more in the mortar than the pestle.

  10. Adrian Hinds December 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

    PAWNS: our system of governance is designed to concentrate power in the office the Prime minister and the office of Leader of the opposition; so that when it is functioning according to plan parliamentary members of a political party are pawns – they are expected to tow the party line at all times; so it is nothing new with regards to being a pawn if Ms Agard decides that it her fight with Mia that her interest is better serve by siding/working with other factions in the labor party.

    Dictatorship/Leadership: Indeed our system of governance promotes the concept of an elected/dictator in both the PM and LOTO offices. They are no more than first among their equals, maintaining their perch via patronage, persecution and corruption. Usually these offices of leadership are held by charismatic persons, who are revered and hardly challenged; unfortunately our current leaders are neither and therefore we have the previous rumblings of the eager eleven and this all out war in the BLP. Mia by all definitions and accounts is not wanted as BLP leader and as such can only hope to achieve such via fear, intimidation, and persecution; such leaders do not hold power very long or very comfortably – Constantly having to look behind them for the ever menacing daggers they can hardly be any forward progress to achieve anything of merit. A legacy of good is usually not theirs to be had.

    • Bernard Codrington. December 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Very insightful, Adrian. This was so throughout political history in all cultures. Remember Julius Caesar’s assassination?” Et tu Brute?’

  11. jrsmith December 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    @,Cheryl , A,R, hail, hail on the button. this matter isn’t now, this matter is since, we will see , one person is going come out of this ,smelling of roses and will have respect from most of bajan society. the game is being out ,in the back ground.

  12. Adrian Hinds December 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Mia understands that her perch as LOTO is not balance and that the winds of dissension that blew her off that pedestal in the past – though not as strong this time around -are still present to date; so instinctively she had to act. In so doing she had to weight the risk of unsettling a majority of BLP parliamentary, and unsettling public perception that the party is united and a ready alternate to the governing party. She is still the LOTO so there must not be at this time a large enough number of parliamentary members to call the GG and send her packing. However there is likely to be a large enough number of dissenters that can cause her and the BLP to lose the next elections and along with it her chances of ever becoming PM. She will have to neutralize or win them over before election. So it is likely that she will attempt to cleanse the party; more to follow Arthur, and Agard with a boot out. Can the party withstand such cleansing?

  13. David December 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Some of You BLP supports make the dummist person look wise , when Mia and Owen was at it , she was accused of wanting to break up the party , what she and the ass council accused Maria of, MIA did , but because she is a Mottley she can do and say what she like ,NOT THIS TIME let the court decide , if the BLP do not stand up to this MIA she will destroy the party, The head count for who has the majority of the parliamentary group support must be hard, hindsight give you 20,20 vision

    • Donild Trimp December 4, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      What a load of crap from David.


  14. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN December 4, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Like i’ve often said Politicians are similar to diapers. They should be changed often for the very same reason.
    I am somewhat impressed with leader of the opposition ,in that i’ve never seen such a small mind in such a big head.

  15. Bernard Codrington. December 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Inappropriate comment. Let us keep on the High Road.

  16. dave December 5, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    You cant seee her mind BOBO

    Always a gender issue Mr. Bernard Codrington- Always a gender isuuse: Men are different from women, vastly different physically mentally; voice; mannerisms; walk; bubbies; vaginas ; menses; she is mother ; caregiver ; he is hunter ; she takes care and nurse and nurture the young . Women are different from men. Anybody who cannot accept this simple fact will continue to be out to sea on this issue.

  17. Winston Arthur Trechane December 6, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Mia Versus Maria.
    (How to make history in Barbados Politics as a woman.)

    Odds: Mia; one in a lifetime.
    Maria; breaking even(,) though the dough is a woe.

    Round one: Mia.

    Round two: Coming soon at a local courthouse near you.

  18. jrsmith December 7, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    All at a sudden , everyone seems to be running to the courts, to sort out they mess, none which the courts should get involve in.
    The court, cant even clear the back logs of cases, but took on the corporates ,issue Banks, not a court issue, just men behaving like babies. The political issue, to the court, this is a party issue, nothing to do with the courts, how could the courts come to a decision, against the BLP , constitution. the courts doesn’t give character.


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