It’s intimidation, says Mottley

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has spoken out about a move by the Personnel Administration Department to censure teacher and outspoken cleric Charles Morris for speaking during a Barbados Labour Party organised meeting.

 

Opposition Leader  Mia Mottley.
Opposition Leader
Mia Mottley.

“This Government has over the course of the last year, through a number of its statements, sought to intimidate Barbadians into silence.

“We have spoken of it before but must now do so in even stronger terms given the actual steps taken to selectively charge Reverend Morris, for simply the expression of his opinion in a public forum.

“That [he] stated that this Government is the worst this country has ever seen, is his opinion. There is nothing subversive about his saying so. It has not incited anyone into action. What is more, the selective charging of Reverend Morris when others remain untouched for their participation as teachers on political platforms and even in political advertisements in the midst of elections, reinforces the Barbados Labour Party’s view that this is nothing else other than persecution,” she said in a statement this evening. Mottley further described the move as “yet another attack by this Government on Barbadians’ right to free speech and the state of our democracy”.

“ . . . Anyone who knows Reverend Morris, is well aware of his frank and outspoken nature – whether it was against a Barbados Labour Party administration or a Democratic Labour Party one or indeed against his own church.

“There are too many other serious problems facing our educational system and our young people – indeed our country – for energy and time to be spent by the Ministry of Education and the Personnel Administration Division on what is really viewed by most fair-minded Barbadians as the expression of an opinion, and some may even argue, a statement of fair comment,” she stated. 

 

4 Responses to It’s intimidation, says Mottley

  1. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale July 18, 2014 at 8:06 am

    It would appear in Barbados and according to the news story that the opposition leader the BLP, Mia Mottley had spoken out about a move by the Personnel Administration Department to censure teacher and outspoken cleric Charles Morris for speaking during a Barbados Labour Party organised meeting, who had criticized the current Barbados Government [the DLP Party who are now in power] as the worst Government in power. This what she had to say: “This Government has over the course of the last year, through a number of its statements, sought to intimidate Barbadians into silence.” This certainly sounds like the DLP Party wants a country where they like to and are attempting to silence Barbadians for speaking out against the DLP Party who current running the Government of Barbados. Without a doubt a country governed by a dictator or one could also argue a government by a dictator.

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  2. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley July 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    NO ONE IS AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE DLP IN MAKING THE DLP LOOK BAD, BUT IT IS TRUE.

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  3. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

    We are calling on the staff of Combermere and Simon Alleyne to show some #COJONES and come out in support of their colleague, Charles Morris. SIMON ALLEYNE, YOU OUGHT TO #SPEAKOUT.

    “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Poet, Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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  4. Patrick Blackman July 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Mia in no uncertain terms is an idiot period.

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