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Name politicians in bed with criminals – Carrington

Speaker of the House of Assembly Michael Carrington is challenging members of the media who know of politicians dealing with criminals to “say so”.

Speaking yesterday at his St Michael West constituency branch meeting at Westbury Road, St Michael, Carrington took issue with a media report that appeared on the day that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler presented the 2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals.

In that story, former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons was quoted as warning Barbadian politicians of the dangers of getting into bed with criminals.

Sir David, who had earlier appeared on the radio talk show Down To Brass Tacks on Starcom Network, had said that throughout the Caribbean, especially Trinidad and Jamaica, there was evidence which showed that political parties embraced gang leaders and drug lords, including politicians who involved those criminals in state-funded projects.

While Carrington refused to criticize the former Attorney General and retired Chief Justice, contending that Sir David must have known what he was talking about because of the various senior positions he held both in Government and the legal service, the ruling Democratic Labour Party parliamentarian claimed the coverage sent a message to the people of Barbados that the 30 members of Parliament who were speaking on the budget were dealing with criminals.

“That is the interpretation I gave it and I am sure that is the interpretation any right-thinking person would give it. I am saying you should not do it unless you have good evidence because you run the risk of making people lose faith in our systems and our rule of law. When we start to do that we are going down a slippery slope. If the persons responsible for putting that kind of story on the front page know which politicians are dealing with criminals, they should say so,” Carrington said.

Carrington, who had earlier complained that there were some people who were attacking every institution in the country, complained that the story was responsible for the absence of sizeable crowds during debates in the House of Assembly.

Director of the Urban Development Commission (UDC) Derek Alleyne, who also addressed yesterday’s meeting, charged there was a lack of discipline in every aspect of Barbadian life.

While complaining about the behaviour of drivers and motorcyclists on the roads, Alleyne also talked about a lack of discipline in the home and at schools.

“We are teaching our children foul and aggressive language that is repeated in the classroom. It is now normal to misbehave, it is now normal to use foul language before a teacher,” Alleyne said.

12 Responses to Name politicians in bed with criminals – Carrington

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 6, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Bajans ain’t foolish

  2. Leroy September 6, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Its best some ppl kept their mouth shut, I guess what sir david say hit a nerve.

  3. Hal Austin September 6, 2016 at 6:15 am

    You do not have to name politicians in bed with criminals. Just look fore those living above their official incomes and ask them to explain. If they cannot satisfactorily, then charge the suspect with corruption.

  4. harry turnover September 6, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Carrington,…you always coming wid some chupid mumbo jumbo NONSENSE as though you think people foolish or something.
    Everybody that follows Politics know that some are not only in bed with criminals ,some are OUTRIGHT criminals themselves.
    You know that if Simmons calls NAMES you or someone else on your side are going to call NAMES too…..but time longer than twine…SOME DAY some body gine take over the reins and all ah wunna gine get EXPOSED !!

  5. Zeus September 6, 2016 at 8:04 am

    The man ask a simple question stop all the rhetoric and the pussyfooting answer the question ……name o.the politicians that are in bed with crinimal or even better name a crinimal in bed with a politician …all these little side statements for this simple question

  6. Sue Donym September 6, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Nothing makes people lose faith like observing for themselves that their MPs are self serving parasites.
    Everyone knows that one of the biggest barriers to exposing wrongdoing is the law itself. Our libel laws are archaic – truth is not an absolute defence. So Mr Carrington et al can speak with impunity in their honourable chamber and then shout their hollow challenges, knowing what the outcome would be.

  7. jrsmith September 6, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Again all we bajans are not educated fools , look at the behaviour over the years by our rude politicians.
    Look at certain comments made by a senior police officer as to the lack of security at our seaport and airport, then up the thinking.
    Barbados is awash with guns and drugs when last was they a drug or gun find at the sea port , when last was they a big criminal arrested in Barbados.. how could a container of chicken wings landed at our docks and no one want to claim for the same.
    MR, Honourable (Speaker of the House) you must please explain to us bajans the avoidance , by any politician , especially the (Priminister ) to explain the last (AUDIT GENERAL’S) report .. so damming…
    What’s more is required from the media , let the dam politicians come out representing themselves , lets see how honest and brave they are…

  8. Christopher Alleyne September 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Now Mr.Derek Alleyne a diversion is a diversion despite the bend in the road.The subject of the matter is politicians and criminals as it relates to government sponsored projects. Drug lords and state contracts. Can urban development shed any light on this? Leave the other matter to the police the ministry of education and the child care board.

  9. Big Brown September 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    This has to be the funniest story I read in a long time. Carrington got me cracking up. I wonder if he thinks we have forgotten the court judgement against him. The higher monkey go the more you see he tail!

  10. BaJan boy September 7, 2016 at 12:14 am

    @ Zeus you are just as ignorant as the one making these senseless requests. We all know he would be glad for the money he had to pay back the poor old man, although it didn’t come from his pocket. Our archaic libel laws don’t permit any one to say anything unless it is slanderous or libelous. Exactly why he talking so much of the duck’s favorite exercise. They all get what they never had and in many case what they never expected and it has not only gone to their pockets and guts it has also gone to their heads. Bajans have the answer and Freundel can drag it out until May 2018 as he did in 2013 this time he won’t scrape through by one he will be lucky to get one.

  11. Johnathan September 7, 2016 at 12:44 am

    He should be shame to open he mout…then again none of them really ain’t got no shame..

  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Who give you the money to pay back the old man? You might be living large and in charge for the time being but it will not always be so. Arrogant son of …..


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