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Mottley says Barbados not ready for visitors

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley believes the country is not ready for the influx of visitors expected here for the 50th anniversary of Independence.

Addressing Parliament this evening, Mottley said with two weeks to go before the climax of the celebrations, the country was dirty and it would be a hard task to have it cleaned up and ready in time.

“The truth is the people are starting to come from next week, but the country is not clean. We have a duty to make it clean. Not even the Spring Garden Highway. In the middle of the road, the grass is in the road, the side of the road the grass is about 12 to 15 inches high, the potholes are another problem,” she said.

“We talk about inviting people home, but you don’t invite people home if the place isn’t clean, you don’t invite people home if they can’t use the bathroom to flush, or if you can’t literally give them an environment that is hospitable,” she added.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party leader urged Barbadians to do their best to clean up around their homes as they welcome visitors and returning Barbadians.

“We can do better. Three weeks left, let us put our best foot forward, all of us in the country. Let us clean up around where we are and make sure that at the very least we have done as much as we can do to welcome people,” she said.

Mottley also challenged Government to strive to make Barbados better for all after the celebrations are over, insisting that the focus must be on doing the things that “are necessary to retain the integrity” of the country.

“From the first of December lest us focus on securing the first decade of the next 50 years, making sure that Bajans would have access to water, making sure that Barbadians feel safe in their own country, making sure that Barbadians believe that their children can go to university without having to worry where the money is going to come from, making sure that children can leave school with either certificates or skill, making sure Bajans can afford healthcare, giving each Barbadians household that does not have an income a living income. Let us make sure that these things that are necessary to retain the integrity of who we are as a people are worked on,” she said.

The Member of Parliament for St Michael North East contended that the country’s first Prime Minister, Errol Barrow, would not have thought that on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Independence large parts of the population would still be without reliable supplies of running water or that the poor would be deprived of free tertiary education.

And she urged the Freundel Stuart administration, as well as legislators from her own party, to strive to ensure that Barbados was the best place to live and work.

“Can the 30 of us [parliamentarians] say that we as a parliament are doing our hardest work to make this the best place within which to live, work and invest? Then we ask the question of our population, can we say that? Let us inspire each other to do better because Barbados must first and foremost work for Barbadians,” Mottley stressed.

10 Responses to Mottley says Barbados not ready for visitors

  1. Patrick November 16, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Is this the same problematic, bankrupt, dirty country you are trying to run?

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  2. Harry November 16, 2016 at 7:44 am

    You have obviously missed the point, willfully i suspect.

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  3. Observer November 16, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Mia I’m always impressed with your remarks ,Barbados do need cleaning up and it can be done,if you bring those nonviolent guess who lives at the big hotel in st Philip at the taxpayers expense and let them help clean up the city

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  4. BoboTheClown November 16, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Is it only because so many visitors / returning residents coming t o Barbados for its 50th. that there is a need to keep Barbados clean?It does sound as though if this is indeed the case,once the the Celebrations and all the Hoopla is over no one will care about how dirty and unkept we keep our surroundings . If indeed we can clean our streets ,and have the infrastructure in order for a week or two to pretend to visitors that we are something that we surely are not,why can’t or why couldn’t we have done for “we” the people of Barbados that see it, feel it and have to live through it daily?
    If it can be done now tells me that those that are in authority and have had the ability to do something about ,and didn’t before needs to be replaced .
    Lets’ see if after the Celebrations and the Fetes ,and all the monies spent whether this Government can find a “wee lickle” bit of we the tax payers money to repair some of our roads, which reminds me of the off tracks one would expect to find in remote parts of Haiti and or Africa .

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  5. Alex Alleyne November 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I am concern about the WATER PROBLEM in the Country. People who keep saying that BDS should stop importing vehicles because of traffic jams and bad roads just don’t understand what is going on. The monies generated from those vehicles along with jobs is what it is all about. Taxes, Gas/diesel/ jobs/road repairs, etc,etc.

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  6. Carson C Cadogan November 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Is there nothing that this woman does not opposed, not matter how ridiculous?

    Why wont she tell Bajans if she has a Law Certificate? And if not why not?

    How can someone be called a Lawyer in Barbados and practice Law in Barbados without a Law Certificate as required by the Laws of Barbados?

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  7. OBSERVER November 16, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Carson Law certificate or not she can do a better job leading barbados than who is leading right now,she speak with more sense than some of those others who supposed to be in charge

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  8. Truful November 16, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Carson Cadogan think for yourself and stop being a yardfowl.Some of the highest legal brains in the country dealt with that issue.She should be in jail by now for practicing illegally or the Attorney General should have been fired for allowing her to be on the register and even presenting new lawyers to the Bar.This country is at its lowest and this government is working for four white families.
    They do not understand capital works recurrent projects neither how to have commercial projects to put money into the pockets of the masses.I grew supporting and voting DLP but this bunch is not Dems.They are THEMSELVES.
    The BLP needs to ignore this bunch and show l the values of Errol Barrow,Tom Adams to the next generation .Errol Barrow can help the BLP beat this set of clowns just show what he stood for and compare with these and see they are failures.

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  9. BaJan boy November 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Carson C Cadogan is the consummate yard duck and obviously a senseless one. He should go live in the feces on the south coast that Denis just does not have the time to ensure is cleaned.

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  10. Dap November 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Barbados belongs to we the people and if we love it why we as the people that have to live in it cannot come together and clean it after all it is we that have it nasty and not the government it is time we stop putting politics in everything and try to stop separating we as people in our country we are the ones that make the country it belongs to us so let’s get out there and clean it up .Mia rally your followers and do something constructive for once and join hands with the government and help lift the country up and stop trying to pull it down

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