Kellman lashes back

Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman has hit back at his critics who took him to task for opening his business during a national shutdown on Wednesday, resulting from the passage of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Kellman’s St Elmo’s Moon Town was among a few businesses which defied the order issued by the Department of Emergency Management for everyone to remain indoors until the all-clear was given.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite branded their actions “irresponsible”. However, Kellman, who is Minister of Housing, said at the time that his Cabinet colleague’s criticism did not pertain to him as he was simply “accommodating some people like any normal country shop would”.

And in a Facebook post last evening, Kellman charged that those criticizing his actions were “jealous” that his “mall” was able to serve customers on the day.

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Kellman’s business was among those opened during the national shutdown.

“Moontown’s Hardware would like to thank all its critics who wanted services and could not get them, but were jealous because our mall was opened to serve Lucy’s children and her friends. We were there for you during [Tropical storm] Tomas [in 2010] and you praised us; during the flooding in Holetown you were happy that we were opened. I am sorry that we sold nails etc for you.

“The next time if the staff are there for you I hope I do not hear how I am rich now and do not like poor people.  When you hear the experienced people say they went hungry because we let them down, do not blame me,” he said.

The Government MP posted the statements on the heels of a Cabinet meeting to discuss concerns over the businesses opening during a storm.

In a separate post, the Minister of Housing and Lands also thanked “those who came out to give moral support to the staff who came out while the owners were sleeping and to ensure the senior citizens in need were looked after”.

Other business places that were criticized for opening during the storm included Carlton & A1 Supermarkets and Lemongrass Noodle Bar & Grill.

Sealy noted that the Attorney General was examining the matter with a view to possibly making it mandatory to comply with orders to shut down.

58 Responses to Kellman lashes back

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor October 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Wdf… That is hitting back? Sound like a good yard fowl cackling to me…. Stupse… He made ppl leave their families at home not knowing how they would fare and talking bout jealousy! Stupidity at it’s best!

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  2. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison October 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    i am confused at the fact he refers to it as a mall…i am further confused at the jealous comment…actually the entire article sounds like something you try desperately to get off your shoe

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    • Valarie Rock
      Valarie Rock October 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Hazel uh want some of the names of the shops in the mall lol

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    • Hazel Harrison
      Hazel Harrison October 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      dont bother Valarie I may not recover i am still cleaning my shoe

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    • Valarie Rock
      Valarie Rock October 1, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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  3. Shurf De
    Shurf De October 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    That’s a bunch of p huck ery, why you kellman didn’t bring your family to work, you had other people’s family at work, endangering them. You and the rest who have no regard for people safe want fining heavily. You song like Donald J Trump, justifying your stupidity with garbage coming out your mouth. Pure ignorance

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    • Lana Bourne October 2, 2016 at 12:30 am

      So true why did not he use his family and left his staff at home .
      Because there do not care about their worker only about making money

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  4. Donild Trimp October 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Mr.Kellman, you should resign or be relieved of your portfolio by the Prime Minister.

    Your Gov’t issued a directive for businesses to close as a result of a pending storm threat. You defied and ignored that directive. There is no excuse for your action and you should do the honorable thing and resign.

    You are a Minister in the Gov’t of Barbados, how dare you defy and ignore the directive of your own Gov’t. That is not how the real world functions Mr.Minister. You are not a government unto your own.

    Resign now.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      You think this current PM would discipline Kellman. Put him Kellman place and I am convinced that he would have done the same. All he is interested in doing is talking pretty, insulting boldly, and entertaining over and away people who are more important to him than the locals who are suffering under his type of politics.

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  5. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson October 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Mr Kellman excuse after excuse, first your shop is not a MALL, Shereton, Sky mall,they are Malls yours is a shop, your party gave a warning that ALL SHOPS& OFFICES must remain closed, like it or not your opening during the storm put the people who came to your store at risk of any possible flying debri, what makes you as an MP different from any one else and an MP. Whose party ( DLP) gave the instruction to close ALL stores & offices, if any of your customers had been injured on the way to your shop what would your excuse have been ? Answer “they did not have to come”reply “had you stayed closed they would not have”.Mr Kellman with MP’s like your self no wonder people complain about the D L P.

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  6. Lennox hewitt October 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Kellmanmwhat u vex bout u brek de law u boss made de law and u brek it dum say don’t open and u did a soldier now wudda get court marshal if u open dat day all shud be open wid family selling on dat day bizzy right any shut down let owners n family run it dat day but now i see kellman got a hardware ? In fact doe nothing going to happen to kellman and f another shut down he may still open check it dum can’t afford to loose one boe .

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  7. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    You are an irresponsible quack! You are just as stupid as your utterances that you want an airport in St. Lucy. Imagine, you and MP, a long serving one at that, trying to justify your crap under the guise of an important man and one who knows better than those who executed the national shut down. Where do people like you, who are supposed to be the example setters, get off on this bandwagon of open arrogance and nonsense, while thinking that all others are in a category below you so no one can understand. You are simply a selfish idiot. While your family was home preparing, you had others working in your shop without a care, obviously, that they had families to support and homes to secure as well. Did you stop to think about that during the national shut down, you selfish quack?

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  8. Tony Webster October 1, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    One more time: great fish-cakes. Legal, ethical, behavior,….hmmmm…such is off de menu. Thursduh Throng to deal wid dat…supposedly.

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  9. O. R. Eally October 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    What legal mechanism permits the government to direct businesses to remain closed?

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  10. Santini More
    Santini More October 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Nicely said.

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  11. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily October 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Yup

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  12. eddy murray October 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    If the Kellman told the MOF he no down let him close UDC and Urban to make one entity. He is a law maker and still against the smae laws that he was a part of.

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  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray October 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    My problem with Kellman he does put his mouth in his ass all the time

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  14. Bobby Gilkes
    Bobby Gilkes October 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    As much as some of you may grill him i know there are some ppl in the area that were glad he was open so when ya say A ya got to say B …..just saying

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

      That is not the point regardless who was glad or not. The call to shut down was made. And he, as a member parliament, should have led by example. He is an idiot and his reasons are just as idiotic as he is.

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    • Donild Trimp October 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Bobby Gilkes, you do not understand the implications of this Minister’s action.

      1: The directive to close was issued by his own Gov’t.

      2: He is a sitting Minister.

      3: People in the area being glad that he was open is not a logical and rational reason for him as a Minister to defy a directive issued by his own Gov’t.

      4: By such actions, he is setting a precedent for people like you to disobey future directives from the Gov’t.

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  15. Impress Asha Pilgrim
    Impress Asha Pilgrim October 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Mr.Kellman i know you ain’t mind them and what them saying,tell them that if you get an airport in St.Lucy storm or hurricane you are going to open it too.

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  16. BaJan boy October 1, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Kellman is an irresponsible,imbecile who was relegated to the dumps before the death of Thompson. Many of us see why and still question the actions of this first class clown. He is is a second rate cabinet that is overseen by an also uncaring,selfish ugly PM who can only exist in this docile enviormnment in our country. He has no respect for the idiot General and nothing that he say as Kellman thinks he has more sense than all of them. In fact those are his exact words..

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  17. Kathie Daniel October 1, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    What a horrible example to set for our people! And he is supposed to be a leader. The thin edge of the wedge…. the beginning of anarchy right here. What is the difference between this and the minibus behaviour that flouts the laws of the road?

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  18. Saundra October 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I just simply love Bajans hahaha!

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  19. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva October 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    If this were any other shop keeper on the island who kept their store open, nothing would have been said. The only reason this is being made a big deal of although he did nothing illegal, nor did he force anyone to work, is because he is in government. Why don’t you speak to the employees who went to work and see how they feel before you lash out at this man. Without his employees he would not have been able to operate. If you want to criticise and blame someone, you need to also hold the employees responsibility because they had the same choice he did.

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  20. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper October 1, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Maria Leclair Dasilva, your comment doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense.

    Firstly, you have a situation where there are many people in Barbados living paycheck-to-paycheck or making less than $250 a week. These people are struggling in many senses of the word, and at the same time quite fearful with regards to losing their jobs (we are in harsh economic times, and jobs are hard to come by).

    Secondly, have you ever been to Moontown? Denis runs a hole in the wall establishment and was probably running the shop by himself during the shutdown. Even if he wasn’t, calling out employees during such time is reckless, negligent and setting a bad example.

    I criticized every single establishment who did the same: Emerald City, Carlton & A1, Chefette, Lemongrass, etc. I have also decided not to give them my business anymore as a result. This has nothing to do with who the person is, but more so is focused on the underlying principle. In future, please save your comments for when you have a more substantive argument. Thank you!

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  21. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 1, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Niel, ignore this troll!
    She has no damn idea of things Barbadian but loves to wax lyrical on the topics.

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  22. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    She does it all the time.
    Bet you she calls me rude….lol

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  23. Eldorna Johnson-Flatts
    Eldorna Johnson-Flatts October 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Niel Harper, your mother ain’t raise na fool.

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  24. ch October 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    He should be fired outright for his unfit conduct as an MP. The issue is not a legal but an ethical one. This was an open and public act of opposition to the national interests and this cannot be tolerated from anyone holding such an office in this country.
    Others who did so were equally wrong but cannot be equally held to the same standard because they are not vested with the public trust nor do they sit in Parliament making laws in the face of a public, expected to uphold them.
    The public needs to see some semblance of leadership and morality in the persons who were elected to serve as the Government of this country. We deserve no less.

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  25. Phil October 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Well….. hot diggahdee doo…. Wunna sit sung an expeck funkey donkey to fyah or shuffle anybody? Dat man frighten as hell. King Richard is de real PM an he is a timid rah sold too. Wunna doan realize dat politricks in Bu-bay-dos is controlled an run by de knoghts of “D” rung table dem is “D” sir dis an dee sir dat. Mia girl You gat um too, yoy gat a Pain in dee neck tryin to Marshall in ah man who gine mek he de govinah General and knight king Arfur. Boy dis country inah real Mess. Kellman boy dem got oder people dat de open. I counted 7 Chinese restaurants dat did open A fren tell me one up in six rtoads did open too. I tink dis stupid Govamunt gat to spell out de rules from de start before de storm an mek evah body uonstan. But as I tell yuh. Funkey donkey cyahn say nuffem…. He ain’t gat de bawls suh de tail gine wag de donkey.

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  26. Elsa October 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Mr Kellman was wrong dead wrong and no type of excuse can justify what he did. The law of the land apply to all citizens and not to a select few. As a member of government and a defacto leader of the country, he should be deeply embarrased. Every day people are crying down the youth saying they have no respect for law and order and neither does a senior member of Parliament.

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  27. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva October 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    The fact you can only see as far as your nose and referred to this discussion as an argument says little about your mentality. Your telling me to save my comment for when I have more substantive argument, shows a person who is not worth the time of day. Perhaps you should consider refraining from social media until you learn how to communicate without becoming anal to the point where you lack respect and feel the need to be aggressive and rude.

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  28. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    That place by fontanelle was open too,”super Q and he said so on national tv

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  29. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Do not feed the troll!!

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  30. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria October 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Both of you have valid points and both of you speak the truth. His actions were irresponsible and unethical and his response when criticized was arrogant, ignorant and childish. The employees who went out to work (not under duress but because they wanted or needed the money) are just as guilty of irresponsible behaviour and of letting money overrule their common sense and scruples, as their bosses are.
    For those employers who threatened or coerced their employees to come out, I put my mouth on wanna… And not in a good way. All of you will lose the money you made on Tuesday and Wednesday in some way or another.

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  31. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali October 1, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I know little about the law, but i care about freedom and self governance. I would have no problem with a law that enforces a no calling out of staff to work during such circumstances unless as volunteers, but do we really want the powers that be to start on that slippery slope of dictating when and how we can leave our homes? By all means give the warnings and the advice to stay indoors and venture out at your own risk, but I’m a little more concerned with if our medical facilities were ready really ready should an actual disaster strike, to handle mass casualties. My first observation was that almost no one made any emotional outbursts our condemnation of the many rum shops that were open plying liquor to already irresponsible patrons so they could be inebriated during a storm…but: we like drinking rum (popular soca song theme these days) So, business should heed warnings to not open during such times and surely to not force workers to work for fear of dismissal, but what IS the actual law and how careful should we be with giving up our freedoms. (I await the cussing)

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  32. Loretta Griffith October 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Where is Mr Thompson today? Those who we pass on the way up we may very well meet on the way down.
    Funny enough it takes a fool, a clown and an imbecile to know another.
    Many of us who pretend to be on the moral high ground when dissect have no integrity, but would be quick to throw bricks. Bare fakers and pretenders.
    Being spiteful does not pay. Self worth and integrity should be our motto.

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    • Coralita October 2, 2016 at 8:26 am

      Please tell us what this article has to do with Mr. Thompson?

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  33. Maria Leclair Dasilva
    Maria Leclair Dasilva October 1, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Adrian M Chase take the pampers off and stop your crying.

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  34. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Neil Harper, you said the right thing. It’s a shame why people like Kellman who is in power feel that they can do what they feel like and get away with it. He wants removing from office as soon as possible before the bell tolls.

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  35. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Well, we will just have to keep our fingers crossed and make sure he doesn’t.

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  36. recoanthony October 1, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    why am i not surprise?

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  37. wilggeese October 1, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    WHY AM I NOT SURPRISE?

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  38. Niel Harper
    Niel Harper October 2, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Maria Leclair Dasilva. So now you’re the social media decorum police? I thought your comment was silly, and I still think so. It was full of assumptions and lacked any real connection to the facts. Telling you such is not rude or aggressive, just factual. Stop trying to moderate people’s commentary. You waded into the discourse, added nothing worthwhile, and I dismissed you for the banal distraction that you are. Simple.

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  39. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 2, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Niel, don’t feed the troll.
    Didn’t I tell you that you’ll be called rude?…..smh.

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  40. jrsmith October 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    How long is it going to take bajan people to understand in the eyes of the politicians bajans carry no equality , no respect ,and bajans are treated like second class citizens, bajan politicians are rude ,,, disrespectful ,,, arrogant and as corrupt as possible because they answer to no one …
    In play the them and us society rules the day , some say sack him, send him to mars but come on people don’t expect anything to happen to this gentleman…. He is most of what we have the rum corned beef and biscuit brigade,,,

    Take this on board , you have rodents you go to super market to find some poison , reading the label you then realize ,the rodents are the ones who is making the poison…so you like it or lump it thats Barbados,,,,,,,

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      What is his contribution since entering politics? All I can remember of him is shouting, monotone irritating sounding voice, and suggesting a bunch of nonsense that when carefully analyse added up to a bunch of jobby talk. Thompson did not want to give this fool a ministry because Thompson knew that sardine and biscuit politics couldn’t represent actual diplomacy. The man should have been put out to sea ever since. He is simply a mindless buffoon. With this lot look where Barbados has been taken. If they had any type of substance to prove that they are what Barbados needed after the BLP plunder and exploit, I am sure by now that they would have proven their worth. But when you are going to retain idiots like Kellman, players like Low Lowe and Lashley, arrogancies like Sinclair and Stuart, you should already know in which direction the island will end up – DOWN IN THE FRIGGIN DUMPS

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  41. Miche October 2, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Romans 4:15
    “Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression
    There is a difference between a national shut down and a curfew….

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  42. Keith October 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

    What about hotel workers that went to work are they stupid too.I took my wife to work at 6 ,am to help serve their guest breakfast I worked at a hotel fir over 30 years and ee had to do it

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  43. A Very Irate & Concerned Citizen October 2, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Poor soul….he can’t even string words together to make a proper comprehensible sentence….same happens when he “debates”. I always have a problem understanding the point he’s trying to make….These are our “leaders” ….lol!

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  44. allison archer October 2, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    that’s why God had to establish law for without it people will kill themselves.

    if a directive was given from the head of this country all should obey including the little rum shops, there must be restraint for these rebellious people.
    Mr. Kellman all you and the others that did not comply had to do was to simply apologize to the public, the acting Prime Minister and retract from any other disobedience in the future
    I sure all expect their children to obey not look for cracks to rebel, that’s why Barbados is the way it is, full of hypocrisy at the highest level, so do not ask why young people is as they are, they are just watching us

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  45. Loretta Griffith October 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Ethics and integrity are over worked words. Mainly hot air.
    I agree you cannot be a lawmaker and lawbreaker at the same time.
    As to how Mr Thompson’s name got in the mess, ask those persons who keep referring to him as the model. Until we are prepared to be honest with ourselves and call a spade a spade regardless of whom we offend, only then will this country be better. Too many double standards, one law for the Medes and another for the Persians.
    Integrity cannot be bought nor legislated. It is us. Not those who want to remain on the high ground conveniently.
    My intelligence is limited so I will not continue to incriminate myself.

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  46. Buun October 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    50 Years of Independence? Kellman you should payback UWI for your free education because it was wasted on you when you open your month.

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  47. Nathaniel Samuels October 4, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    What a complete idiot; no idea of what is going on just as he is in Parliament and in his ministry. Denis, please offer your resignation to the PM so that we can be rid of you and your silly stances.

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