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Remove Mia!

Franklyn calls for no-confidence motion in Mottley

She recently tabled a no confidence motion in the Freundel Stuart administration – her third against members of the Government since 2008.

Now, outspoken trade unionist Caswell Franklyn is seeking to get Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Members of Parliament to turn the tables on their leader, Mia Mottley, after her latest attempt to topple the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was unsuccessful last month.

Caswell Franklyn

Caswell Franklyn

At issue is Mottley’s involvement in the ongoing general election campaign in St Lucia.

Franklyn is upset over a recent visit to Castries by the BLP leader, which Mottley told Barbados TODAY Thursday night was solely for the purpose of attending a meeting with a legal client. While on the ground in Castries, the BLP leader said she attended political meetings held by both the incumbent St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP).

However, Franklyn is not buying Mottley’s explanation and has called on the Opposition Leader to come clean on the purpose of her recent St Lucia trip, or face removal by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on the advice of her parliamentary party (sitting Opposition MPs) as the Queen’s Loyal Leader of the Opposition.

Mottley’s presence in St Lucia at the height of political campaigning for Monday’s general election, has created a bit of a regional stir, with prominent Dominican attorney Anthony Astaphan accusing her of exercising poor judgement as one who has ambitions of being Prime Minister of Barbados. He has further accused Mottley of supporting the Allan Chastanet-led UWP over the incumbent Kenny Anthony administration.

Citing a news item carried in Thursday’s edition of Barbados TODAY, Franklyn noted that: “Co-incidentally, two of her [Mottley’s] personal advisors, Debbie Hughes and Lucille Moe, were also in St Lucia at that time.”

The outspoken trade unionist and former personal assistant to Mottley who subsequently fell out of favour with her, also took issue with Mottley’s suggestion that she was “being followed by the Gestapo”.

At the same time, Franklyn referred to another story carried in Friday’s Weekend Nation, in which Prime Minister Kenny Anthony expressed concern that “an unprecedented” number of Barbadian “political operatives” were involved in the UWP’s campaign.

Franklyn went on to note that in a telephone link up from Castries, Anthony had identified a number of people connected to the BLP as being in the forefront of the UWP campaign.

During that link up, Anthony also revealed that Mottley had given him the assurance that she was merely “on holiday” in St Lucia and was not getting involved in St Lucian politics.

Political scientist Peter Wickham has sought to downplay the significance of Mottley’s visit to Castries, saying it has become common practice for political leaders in the Caribbean to move around and observe election campaigns.

However, another political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph has said it is important to know why Mottley was in Castries at the height of political campaigning for the June 6 poll.

And contending that Mottley was not being upfront on the matter, Franklyn today said: “If I am to put the stories from both Barbados TODAY and the Nation together, it would appear that Mottley was in St Lucia strictly to provide legal representation for a client, while being merely on holiday and she felt it necessary to have her close political advisors tag along.”

Franklyn argued that someone was not telling the truth – “Either the Nation, Barbados TODAY, Anthony or Mottley”, he suggested, adding that it was left to the Barbadian public to decide.        

27 Responses to Remove Mia!

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John June 4, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Look! Why people dont leff this good lady though?! Mia is ALWAYS subjected to NEGATIVE press. Isn’t there anything POSITIVE about her to report? There has to be atleast a few. C’mon man! Sigh…..

    • Miche June 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Tristan, you said “Why people dont leff this good lady though” I want to remind you, that good is relative,,,compared to who or what ,,,Good compared to Hitler,? or good compared to a flash flood> Another thing, You stated that ” Mia is ALWAYS subjected to NEGATIVE press.”That’s because she puts herself over as a negative person!

  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince June 4, 2016 at 1:48 am

    The misogyny…!!!trifling…geez.

  3. Nilio Gumbs
    Nilio Gumbs June 4, 2016 at 1:49 am

    What goes around comes around. kenny assisted the Unity Labour Party in St.Vincent. Why did Bruce Golding got upset when an OECS Prime Minister went on the platform of the PNP in Jamaica?

  4. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore June 4, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Caswell, you are looking for an issue where none exist. If you have a personal problem with the lady, say so, but your call to have her remove is as ignorant as you’re sometimes known to be. Mia has a right to visit any country, at anytime, to see anyone, for any reason, for any length of time that country’s laws allow. Her 3 motions of which you speak could not have been designed to bring down the govt for the obvious reason (lack of numbers) but to draw attention to the very govt’s failings. She has every right to support one politician or one party over another in much the same way that the Barbadian worker has the right to support your trade union over any other. Surely, you can find something to put into the public domain that is worthy of more serious discussion.

  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 4, 2016 at 2:20 am


  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 4, 2016 at 2:25 am

    CASWELL NO wonder Your Union Cant get Any Further NONSENSE

    • Miche June 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Life’s not fair!we have lost people like Dr Leonard Shorey, Ms Norma Holder,who had so much to offer,,,and people like Mr Caswell lives to be a constant reminder,that education is not common sense,

  7. seagul June 4, 2016 at 5:02 am

    The Barbados Social Unity People say remove Mia and replace her with the woman of integrity Dr. M Agard. Someone who stands for real justice and democracy. We need more than ever in B’dos to face corruption and remove it from society for our children sake…

  8. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave June 4, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Caswell.. You are a total fool .. Mia belongs to us .. Please ease off of her.

  9. jrsmith June 4, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Here is a stupid man who is not capable of putting things right as a trade unionist and getting involve with a matter beyond him…
    Just show you how confuse the corrupt fraudulent politicians has made bajans who suppose to be management..
    Ask this fool and all the others to come to the media ask the (Priminister) and his cronies to explain where is all the Barbados people tax payers money gone to. But they are all behaving like scared little kids , frighten to talk..
    You all think all bajans are fools that’s why you all would pick up this St, Lucia thing to keep the lid on the (Audit General’s ) report…

  10. Lica June 4, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Ummm did the short man in the hat put you up to do this
    U need to deal with the affair of ur union members and
    Get us a paid increased! N try to stand in Soldarity with
    Ur Brother Akanni MacDowell at the Nupw! Maria Agard
    Might have something to do with this also. I never did
    Trusted her n she look like a Sheep stealer!

  11. Green Giant June 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Why do we wish to think there is no issue here? Why are we trying to hang out Caswell to dry? Why can we not see the errors being made by Mia in her desperation to be the dominant force she wants to be?

    Are we going to have to witness;
    1. Her removal as opposition leader prior to the General election? 2. If the BLP does form the next government, the elected
    members advising the GG to appoint another elected member
    to be PM?
    Are we going to be so blind not to see that this lady isn’t wanted even by the majority of her own colleagues? According to former MP Simmons, “she’ like an accident looking for somewhere to happen”. The only question remaining is, ” what will be the cause of the accident.” Mark my word this accident will happen.

  12. seagul June 4, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Likkle fools always judge books by their covers….

  13. Smiley June 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Take a long vacation come back after elections done I don’t want you as our leader .

  14. N Day June 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

    @jrsmith…the previous administration was just as or even more corrupt than this one, stop burying your head in the sand. Bajans too like to forget what happen in the past!

  15. Johnathan June 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Caswell poor fellow has been trying hard to be important for a long time . Please tell him he is going now where fast just like the envious part time joker for a lawyer who can’t even get a few clients and whose political career was a total failure and allowed Owen to destroy both she and Maria.. She posted this crap on FB to think she can spread a negative word against Mia. Both she and Maria are arrogant stupid women who are done and can’t deal with it. This matter they are trying to make an issue out is also a joke as even the same Kenny Anthony has travelled to other countries to do the same thing. Mia is free and als entitled to travel to any country and associate with who ever she feels like. If Lynette Eastmond can do it why not Mia she is a real looser and followed by all losers like Wendell Callender ,Glyne Murray and others who are constantly being encourage by Owen Arthur and they will NEVER succeed.

  16. Babsie June 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Come on people, Caswell is a person full of envy and personal issues, he like to tear down people, he opens his mouth forgetting that he is no better than those he tear down. “It is a thousand better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense. Robert Ingersoll”

  17. BaJan boy June 4, 2016 at 9:38 am

    @babsie you are so true the boy is one big hippocrite who likes to give the impression he knows everything and that he is holier than thou. He also has some clowns like Lynette Eastmond,,Maria Agard,Glyne Murray,Wendell Callen and a few less insignificant ones liker Raquel Gilkes and her husband who serve Owen Arthur like he is their God and so blind they have not yet realized that he is a political cadaver.
    They have been the so called insiders who try at every turn criticize Mia and have not understood they just can’t stop her..

    • Babsie June 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Glyne Murray should be eternally grateful to the BLP and and Henry Forde, now Sir Henry Forde his achievements in the political arena. It was under him that you were allowed to use your skills as a journalist thereby your promotion within the Government and then High Commissioner to Canada where you and his family benefited. You are aware about the saying about the MONKEY – the more he climb to more you see tail.

      “Wisdom is the right us of knowledge. To know is no to be wise. Many men know a great deal and are all the greater fools for it.

      There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know
      how to us knowledge is to have WISDOM. C. Spurgeon”

  18. Joan Worrell June 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Tell it like it is comrade Caswell. I would prefer have you as my union leader than some of the others who profess to be union leaders. You know the basics of trade unionism and don’t make foolish decisions.

  19. Joan Worrell June 4, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Comrade Caswell, I am sure you would not fall into the following trap. This is an article which I wrote yesterday and hope that it will be published by Barbados Today.

    Whither Barbados Trade Unions

    I have read with great interest statements by leaders of some trade union in Barbados and am wondering what level of industrial relations training they have undergone before taking over such posts. I believe that they are in competition with the B.W.U for membership but that should not stop them from attending the B.W.U Labour College where they can learn the basics of trade unionism.

    It is known worldwide that when employees withhold their labour, their employers do not have to pay them. The legal advisor to one of the unions confirmed that the Ministry of Education was within their legal right to dock the pay of the teachers who were away from the classroom. The frivolous excuse that permission was given by principals to attend a meeting, and as a consequence, they should be paid for the time they were away from the classrooms , makes no sense whatsoever. As a matter of fact, they did not even have to get permission to attend a meeting called by their union. Out of courtesy all they had to do, was to inform the principals where they were going and the reason for their absence from the work-place. That is their right. However the right of the employers is to deduct the money from the employee for the time he/she was absent from the work-place due to industrial action. Yes it was industrial action. Anytime a trade union summons its members to a meeting away from the work-place during working hours, it is a form of industrial action. Lesson one in trade unionism teaches members that industrial action is either a strike or action short of a strike e.g call out from work-place, refusing to cooperate with employer, work to rule, sick-out etc. etc.

    And finally, trade unions should have enough funds to pay their members a stipend when they withhold their labour. They do not call their members and then go begging the employers to have a conscience and pay the workers. I admire the B.W.U leader who recently asked members to lend support (strike in sympathy) to striking workers if they were in a financial position to lose a day’s pay, since the union didn’t have the funds to pay them.

  20. Joan Worrell June 4, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Caswell, my friend, you have touched a raw nerve for repeating what Kenny Anthony said. You can expect the daggers from the people who are blinkered. How on earth can you follow a leader who failed in four attempts to get a successful march off the ground. I thought the last one was a funeral procession to the Catholic Cathedral on Bay Street. I saw the all white mourning colours and thought it was Tony Cozier’s funeral but when I got home I was informed that Tony’s funeral was at Coral Ridge. You are so correct with the no-confidence motions . What about the rubbing shoulders and walks-about in the various communities. They were disasters. The town-hall meetings dwindled from standing room only at a small location to a handful of faithfuls. The woman just doesn’t realize that masses aren’t with her. This Government has done enough rubbish to be thrown out of office forthwith but the electorate just isn’t ready for the BLP under the current leadership. It is with regret that we will have to endure 7 more years of DLP in power.

  21. BaJan boy June 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    @Joan Worrell you are not blinkered your quite a sightless goat. and just as stupid as the ones in your Union who accepted the
    Sst administration that shafted them and are now against the young man who is fighting for equal rights and justice. I am sorry you were in the Catholic Church grave yard when the 3000 or marchers came by ant they allowed sleeping dogs to lie.

  22. Joan Worrell June 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Baje, you are the only person who saw 3000 marchers. V.O.B at the 12.30 news said there were scores of marchers . The Royal Barbados Police Force estimated the size around 1200 and the Nation estimated it at 1500. You are defending a lost cause. Even the leader admitted that the crowd didn’t reach the 3000 which attended the march last year.

  23. Ras Milke June 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Wow check who was in St.Lucia at thee same time, Mia,
    Hugh Debbie, Moe Lucy and Wick ham, I thought Mia was not welcome in St.Lucia. Heaven help us all in Barbados. Mia should face a no confidence motion.


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