Government beware!

“Barbadians may be quiet but are not sleeping”.

This was the stern warning delivered this evening by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration in a feature address to her party’s 76th annual conference at the St Leonard’s Boys’ School auditorium.

In her wide-ranging address, Mottley took issue with the Government’s recent decision on hotel concessions, while noting that its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sandals International group had not yet been made public.

“Until that MOU is seen, there can be no talk of a level playing field,” she warned.

Mottley said she welcomed the Jamaica-based hotel group as a contributor to the island’s industry, “but not at the expense of others”.

She also expressed unhappiness with what she saw as selective concessions granted to the operators of Bushy Park and Cost-U-Less.

Mia Mottley with Dale Marshall at today's conference.
Mia Mottley with Dale Marshall at today’s conference.

The BLP leader, who was earlier today re-elected unopposed by party delegates, also restated her opposition to the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, calling it “a bad tax” and promising that “the Barbados Labour Party will repeal it when we come to office”.

In a fiery speech, the Opposition Leader also charged that Government had been acting “illegally” by using “hundreds of millions of dollars” from a sinking fund set aside for repaying loans.

“It is illegal and it must stop!,” she said, stating that such action endangered Barbados’ future loan repayment ability.

“You cannot be a lawmaker and a law breaker too”, the former Attorney General emphasised, while also questioning recent controversial promotions in the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Noting that some officers had been elevated above others, Mottley said she had difficulty understanding the Police Service Commission’s rationale in this matter.

10 Responses to Government beware!

  1. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    The next Prime Minister of Barbados’ speaks to the nation.

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    • Kourtney James
      Kourtney James October 27, 2014 at 2:36 am

      Lol if you really believe so. Bajans may not one the DLP back in but they sure as hell don’t want Mia as PM either

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Don’t underestimate the ordinary honest hard Barbadians. There is NO faith in HeKnows The god of Sleep. Both Parties need NEW Leaders. Someone that is prepared to put the interest of the citizens of Barbados first and not looking out for their own benefit.

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    • Steve Jemmott
      Steve Jemmott October 26, 2014 at 12:59 am

      genuine representation needed!

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    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce October 26, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Steve Jemmott, correct, ministers that are prepared to respect, be honest, accept constructive criticism or opinions from both parties and citizens across the board without fear of losing their jobs because the minister don’t agree of what’s being said, like the person haven’t got the rights to freedom of speech. After all, the citizens are only voicing their opinion and it can be valuable to one and all.

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  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 26, 2014 at 5:30 am

    Steve Jemmott, correct, also prepared to respect, be honest,accept constructive criticism, from both parties and citizens across the board getting their opinion across without fear of losing their jobs because the minister don’t agree of what’s being said, like the person haven’t got the rights to freedom of speech. After all, the citizens are only voicing their opinion and it can be valuable to one and all.

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  4. Ava Forde
    Ava Forde October 26, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Do not want a dictatorship. #hadenoughofgovernment

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  5. dwayne jordan October 26, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Well ive been reliably informed that mia take no advice from no one, dats why she and owen couldnt gree and genrrally why owen was opposed to her leading.

    All gd leaders must be able to take gd advice and dismiss bad advice.

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  6. jr smith October 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    @ Beverley, bin saying this since the passing of our last
    real PM D Thompson. She not only looks the part , her voice echo’s the part.
    There is no one in bimshire from her party or the other lot could dust her shoes.

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  7. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley October 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I believe Mia will be the first woman PM Barbados will have and she will be a darn good one-in my opinion anything will 150% better than the “caring” govt we are saddle with now. Anyone read the headlines in the Sunday Sun yesterday? Enough to make all Bajans sit up and ask themselves questions.

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