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‘Ring the bell’

Mottley says country can’t survive two more years of DLP

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has yet to select its full slate of candidates for the next general election but this has not precluded it from demanding that Prime Minister calls an early poll.

The BLP said it was fed up with “incompetence” and “indifference” exhibited by the Stuart administration, which it said had become “a burden from around the necks” of Barbadians.

And Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today charged that the country could not survive two more years of Democratic Labour Party (DLP) rule.

“We don’t have all the candidates but we are pretty much in a place to know who they will be . . . . The Barbados Labour Party will be ready for any eventuality. What is more important is, does Barbados have the time to suffer or to carry the weight of the incompetence and indifference of the Democratic Labour Party?” Mottley said.

The BLP plans to step up the pressure on Stuart by moving a motion of no confidence in the administration when Parliament resumes on April 19 after the Easter break, on the grounds that the island had experienced 13 weeks  of “an unparalleled series of dislocation, bad news, challenges and crisis”.

“We do not believe that Barbados can continue to drift for another 22 months on a platform of indifference, incompetence and indeed corruption, and to that extent Barbadians need to be given the facts,” Mottley announced.

Flanked by several party members, the BLP leader seemed resigned to losing the vote, making it clear that she was aware the BLP did not have the Parliamentary majority. Instead, it was about making a case against the DLP.

“This motion of no confidence is not about having the Parliamentary majority because we clearly do not have the Parliamentary majority; but it is about bringing the facts to the people of the country because Barbadians deserve the right to be able to determine their future and their destiny on the basis of the facts available to them,” Mottley maintained.    

It was a position also expressed by Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds who explained that the intention was to remind Barbadians that the administration had “broken faith” with the population.

“[The Government’s] majority not withstanding, it’s our duty to bring the country face to face with the stark reality of what is happening before us. Every citizen has a stake in the country . . . whatever your stake in Barbados is, it is true to say that the Government of this country has broken faith with you.

“Notwithstanding what the Government’s red herrings maybe, we as an Opposition are asking that the Government remove itself as a burden from around the necks of the people,” Symmonds said.

Meanwhile, Mottley gave a preview of the line her party intended to take during debate on the motion. She complained that Government had remained “indifferent” to issues such as the water crisis, the strike at the Barbados Water Authority, which led to the shutdown of both the airport and the seaport, and challenges at a number Government schools.

She also accused the Stuart administration of seeking to govern by “stealth” when it came to issues such as the delayed fingerprinting system at the ports of entry, the repeal of the tax refund, or rumours surrounding the removal of the chairman of the Barbados Water Authority.

“We cannot have a Government by stealth, a Government by rumour and a Government by anonymity. That all equates to no Government at all and a Government by stealth, by rumour, anonymity is bred by a culture of silence which is unacceptable given the dire state of affairs in this country today.”

However she explained that it was Government’s failure to address the latest Moody’s downgrade and the future of the controversial Cahill waste-to-energy project that “literally became the straws that broke the camel’s back” as officials remained “mum, silent and comatose” on issues that have dire consequences for the country’s ailing economy.

“How many more downgrades must the country face before the Government believes that it has a duty to speak to us? [This] is unacceptable at this stage; we can only go further down the hole.

“One of the reasons why the Moody’s downgrade is even more worrisome is because Moody’s outlined for us the reality of what would trigger an upward revision and a downward revision. Barbados now finds itself at the bottom of the barrel of the countries whose having its bonds being rated by Moody’s,” she charged, claiming that Barbados was at the same level as Greece, Venezuela, Belarus and Ukraine.    

“We have to come clean with the facts and we will use this motion of no confidence to bring the facts to the people of Barbados. It is not about having a Parliamentary majority, it is about doing our duty as the official opposition of this country.”

This is the third such motion being led by Mottley following her submission on the CLICO issue in 2008 and one against Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in 2013 over his fiscal strategy.

5 Responses to ‘Ring the bell’

  1. Carson C. Cadogan April 9, 2016 at 7:23 am

    “The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has yet to select its full slate of candidates for the next general election but this has not precluded it from demanding that Prime Minister calls an early poll.”

    That says it all. This country and economy according to the Barbados Labour Party was going to collapse since 2008.

    A naked grab for power at any cost. All the initiatives of the Barbados Labour Party to unseat the Govt. has failed. Peoples Parliament, Rubbing shoulders, No confidence motions, Marches, Trade Union unrest, Bad mouthing Barbados, walking out of Parliament, Boycotting Parliament.

    The next thing they might do is to issue guns and bullets to their members and supporters to start an insurrection.

  2. Sherlock Holmes. April 9, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Why does it always appear that you are in such a hurry for power? It seems like that is the only thing you are consumed with at all cost,and it is frightening,what will you do to solve some of these problems? It is okay to point out the litany of woes but what are your solutions if any?Tell us the general public, all of the the things that you have spoken of some so trivial are nothing new and have been problems for years,you even included the issue of the Springer school child,what is so noteworthy about that particular issue which smacked of plain disobedience by a child? Are we promoting such behaviors now? And who created the problems for the child? To bring such incidents in a no confidence motion is just laughable there is an old saying that says if greedy will wait hot will cool. What is the sense in all of this if you have already determined that it will not be successful,and is the entire opposition in agreement with this action?

  3. J. Payne April 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Put ya house in order first. This looks tacky.

  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    If only there were not so many darn rats in the BLP camp. You all just look hungry. You do not exude the type of competence that would convince me that you are not interested in getting back into the money you miss so much. Does it not bother either of you parties that the majority of citizens associate your names always with crookery?

  5. Basil Graham April 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Obviously Carson C Cadougan did not read this article. It’s all about bringing the facts to front so the masses will know the truth, something that your side of the fence does not want anybody to know. Come on Carson, WAKE UP!!!!


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