Devil’s motion?

Agard not confident in either side

She is neither ‘Bee’ nor ‘Dee’.

And today Independent Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard appeared to have drawn a definitive third line across the floor of Parliament, tearing into both Government and Opposition over their political stewardship of the country.

Arguing that what Barbados needed most was a “revolution” and not a “resolution”, Dr Agard suggested that politicians on both sides of the isle had failed the country.

However, she made it clear that she was not advocating a coup d’etat, therefore a “tenth charge” should not be brought against her, following her recent expulsion from the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) on nine disciplinary grounds.

The combative MP was in a no nonsense mood as she criticized the current leadership of the country.

However, she reserved her harshest criticism for Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, dismissing the no confidence motion as “futile” and a reflection of “the rabid, unrelenting, hasty, self-serving, political opportunism that represents the DNA of the author of this document”.

She also described the BLP leader as being “so hasty to demand obsequious obedience and subjugation even when the records shows, contrary to a well-publicized PR programme, that theirs is a history of chaos, control, insecurity, undermining and failure to bring any project conceptualized to a fruitful conclusion”.

Dr Agard, whose assault on the Opposition drew “oohs” and “ahs” from members on the ruling party, was equally successful in removing the grin off their faces as she was relentless in her attack on both sides on the issue of corruption.

The only interruptions during her entire 30-minute presentation came from the Government benches with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite rising to his feet after Dr Agard admonished him for suggesting that corruption was not an immediate priority.

However, in Mottley’s absence from the Chamber, the first-term parliamentarian continued her demolition job, sounding a stern warning that there could be no change of government without a change of governance.

Zeroing in on the issue of leadership, she also cautioned: “You can be an Opposition of one, but you could never be a Government of one. And when you reach a point that even members of your parliamentary group you undermine and destroy, we ask the question, are we courting the devil?

“Sir, there are things for which I have laboured upon for many months and I am convinced in my spirit Sir, that in the realm of possibilities you can wake a sleeping giant if you have to, but you could never sanctify a demon even if you dress it in white,” Dr Agard said.

She argued that unlike their predecessors, the current crop of political leaders had lost the art of making citizens feel proud to be Barbadian and part of nation building.

“In our desire for supremacy, we have a tear-down society and the modus operandi is to destroy our opponents with character assassination and parody and by extension to ascribe only the most evil and diabolical intentions to anyone not sharing our agenda.”

She questioned the rationale for the motion, arguing that the grounds were no different from the accusations made against the then BLP government by the Democratic Labour Party when it was in opposition.

“The only thing that we are really arguing about here is . . . a betrayal of the public trust and the gang-rape of the public purse.  I am left to wonder, what is the purpose of this exercise if the real charge is that the extent of your sin is bigger than the extent of mine?  That ‘yes, what we did was wrong but what you are doing is more wrong’.  Who can really come to these chambers with clean hands and righteous indignation? None,” Dr Agard charged.

“Are we prepared to settle, term after term, for nothing more than an opportunity to tell the current administration how corrupt they are? To bellyache how they came poor and hungry to the house of assembly and now they are fat millionaires from parliamentary pensions and kickbacks?”

The Independent MP emphasized that she was “not advocating no coup, even as I summon the people of this country to use our collective powers today to force on this Government and any that is to follow, the political will to introduce the requisite legislation that will afford Barbadians protection from wolves in sheep’s clothing”.

Dr Agard called for the proclamation of existing anti-corruption laws, and urged the Attorney General to be proactive and “not wait until there is a national scandal” to take action.

“Everything that is wrong in Barbados today has at its genesis the misappropriation or misuse of money,” she suggested.

“It is not enough to boast, Sir, that Barbados does not appear on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index of 2015, the most recent anti-corruption reports we have, when our system in itself lacks the framework and the mechanisms to accurately document the failings and properly address the problem,” she added.

The Christ Church West MP also called for electoral reform, to include regulation of political parties and campaign financing and publication of the identities of large donors.

Dr Agard added that she would also support a move to prevent or limit donors from receiving contracts “if there is evidence to suggest that the awarding of the contract is a payback for election financing”.

marieclairewilliams@barbadostoday.bb.

18 Responses to Devil’s motion?

  1. depablo May 13, 2016 at 3:13 am

    She is irrelevant. That’s what she is!!

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  2. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 13, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Poor thing, trying to sound eloquent but making a mess of what Dr. Don Blackman once perfected. She shouldn’t be in politics at all, if her aim, desire and objective is to promote her self-serving agenda. It is not about her, but about the people she is charged with the duty and responsibility to uplift from they social and economic plight. I don’t understand how some politicians can sleep good at night knowing the plight of the messes, and pretend to talk them away with words of comfort as though the masses are unaware of the very conditions they grapple with day in and day out.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 14, 2016 at 8:34 am

      You could only be a string puppet. There is no way in the world that you could be educated unless you are one of those educated people who are just plain down right ignorant. You would do well to read what you wrote since you sound like a spin doctor operative. Never in my life have I been disgusted by the blatant ignorance of Barbadians. You, Sir, are politically diatribe and yardfowl foolish. Go and visit Mr. Objectivity and have a good discussion on speaking with sense. Idiot.

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  3. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis May 13, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I really feel sorry for this poor soul

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    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 13, 2016 at 5:21 am

      You really minded me of the Indian in the old cowboy movie, who came to the white man and uttered the word COME. What do you feel sorry about now sir? You could at least let us in on your secret?

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  4. jrsmith May 13, 2016 at 5:12 am

    This I agree with her, the top heavy non productive political infrastructure needs removing , plus electoral reform which we all hope would change the rum corned beef and biscuits political attitudes.. in Barbados politics decade after decade we have the same bunch of people displaying the same attitudes…

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  5. dave May 13, 2016 at 5:12 am

    She is irrelevant and I agree that she is a joker too
    Unless you are forming or joining a new party, STFU.

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  6. lswiltshire May 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    HERE IS THE SEMI ILLITERATE MARK FENTY SAYING THAT A WELL EDUCATED WOMAN IS ” trying to sound eloquent”
    HILARIOUS!

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    • HardBall May 13, 2016 at 10:03 am

      @lswiltshire
      I agree with you. A doctor at that.

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  7. Vernon Chandler May 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

    “The only thing that we are really arguing about here is . . . a betrayal of the public trust and the gang-rape of the public purse. I am left to wonder, what is the purpose of this exercise if the real charge is that the extent of your sin is bigger than the extent of mine? That ‘yes, what we did was wrong but what you are doing is more wrong’. Who can really come to these chambers with clean hands and righteous indignation? None,” Dr Agard charged.
    “Are we prepared to settle, term after term, for nothing more than an opportunity to tell the current administration how corrupt they are? To bellyache how they came poor and hungry to the house of assembly and now they are fat millionaires from parliamentary pensions and kickbacks?”

    This is one of the most powerful statements that I have ever heard a politician make since the death of Errol Barrow.

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  8. seagul May 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    ….And the well educated woman is correct about the rum shop political attitudes….the plantation west-minister political dysfunctional interference. In our little island of the Caribbean there are too many of us carrying around the reality of a cowboy movie focus. And the show must go on…
    Inside my heart is breaking,
    My make-up may be flaking,
    But my smile, still, stays on!
    Decade after decade–why–because tourism is a slaving service….Yes, we need a revolution of the mind.
    Revolutions–not resolutions.

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  9. maxjustina May 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I am somewhat curious as to how this Newspaper came up with the caption for this article. I did not receive an impression that this fair lady made her comments in a devilish manner. Instead, what I have “received” is that she had entered the “door” of this particular arena believing that all was well, that everyone lived for the people and by the people. She comes over as being overly disappointed in all that she has seen, heard and come to understand. She appears to be very disappointed about both sides of the political coin.

    I am happy to see that she has regained a great measure of health. May Yahoveh the Most High cause his Higher Angels with their flaming swords to guard her night and day and may the Fire of the Holy Spirit be her wall both in waking and in sleeping. Hallelu Yah!

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  10. Sherlock Holmes. May 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Agreed maxjustina she was on point. Mark Fenty you have sorely disappointed me this time i viewed you as an intelligent chap,but now you have surely sullied my views.

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  11. Donild Trimp May 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    To be honest, I am beginning to like this Dr. Agard more and more.

    I criticized her on this forum before but lately she seems to be the sensible Politician out of all the others.

    What a tremendous turnaround.

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  12. seagul May 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    ….and what a worthless piece of space they replaced her in that cornbeef puff party…

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  13. lswiltshire May 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Sherlock Holmes.
    RE Mark Fenty you have sorely disappointed me this time i viewed you as an intelligent chap,but now you have surely sullied my views.

    you should read the bovine excrement he wrote on BARBADOS UNDERGROUND TO SEE HOW INTELLIGENT HE IS

    HE IS AN INTELLECTUAL WANNABEE

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  14. Sherlock Holmes. May 13, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Iswiltshire that is a good one it literally had me cracking up,Dave i wonder if Maria Agard is a joker, i wonder how we would dare describe you,then again your ignorance goes beyond description.

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  15. smiley May 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

    The comments on this page prove some of the people are so loyal to their party and cannot see the point of the speech Dr.Maria made and are busy attacking her . Open your eyes people we are abused by both parties and the country is crying out for change. Only God can help us in the future so let’s pray for His help ,we need it .

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