Spineless Bees!

Stuart rips into Opposition over failed constitutional amendment

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is not prepared to let Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Members of Parliament off the hook, following their decision to abstain from last week’s constitutional amendment vote.

In fact, he said it was nothing short of “spineless”, as he also sought to compare the behaviour of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition to that displayed by children in diapers, while warning that he did not come into politics “to breastfeed political infants”.

“When I joined the Democratic Labour Party in 1969, I didn’t come to change political nappies, I came to embark on the serious task of making the lives of the people of Barbados better,” warned Stuart, adding, “Anybody who wants me to come and whisper in their ears, whisper sweet nothings, and to make them feel good, is looking to the wrong man.”

Last Tuesday, the Prime Minister led off debate in Parliament on the constitutional amendment, which was aimed at extending the retirement age of both the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Auditor General from 62 and not 67, bringing them in line with other public servants as of January 2018.

However, the measure, which required two-thirds majority support, was defeated as members of the Opposition BLP withheld their support.

Addressing DLP faithful at a Christ Church West constituency luncheon on Sunday, Stuart said that following the failure of the Government-proposed amendment; he was told by Mottley he should have discussed the matter with her and “that if only I had talked to her she might have changed her mind”.

Stuart also said other BLP MPs had told him “they didn’t understand that [the constitutional amendment] is what it meant.

However, Stuart responded on Sunday saying, “I did not come into politics to breastfeed political infants.”

He said the reason that the proposed constitutional amendment had to be brought to the House last week was because it was not done in 2004 under the BLP Government, when Mottley as Attorney General brought and had approved by the House, the Pensions Miscellaneous Provisions Act that changed the national age of retirement to 67.

At that time no change was made to the provisions of the Office of DPP and Auditor General.

“We went there [Parliament] to clean up mess that they created, and even the stench of their own mess did not offend their nostrils,” Stuart said of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that has failed to win parliamentary approval.

“They could not bring themselves around to accepting that in the year 2004, when the Pensions Miscellaneous Provisions Act was passed  . . . that they should also have amended the Constitution of Barbados to protect the rights of the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that instead of supporting the amendment, Mottley “was able on Tuesday in the House of Assembly to get the people whom she leads to follow her into abstaining from a vote to clean up a mess that she created”.

Stuart said his Government had nothing to lose in the abstained vote that killed the amendment bill, “but it will stand there as a monument to the spinelessness of people like Kerrie Symmonds, and Edmund Hinkson, and Ronald Toppin, and Jeffrey Bostick, and Gline Clarke.

“A collection of spineless men – they have spines but they had them on mortgage to Mia Mottley – they were not carrying them at the time.

“If they wanted to be real men they would have to borrow their spines from her, but she has them on mortgage, and therefore they could not vote against her will because I am told she has a file on all of them so when she says jump, they have to ask how high.

“Their spinal cords were with her, and they could only be men, if they borrow back their spines from her in order to put on the appearance of men”. 

8 Responses to Spineless Bees!

  1. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small July 26, 2016 at 5:20 am

    You should be lucky the late David Thompson sorry for you and give you that position

  2. harry turnover July 26, 2016 at 7:29 am

    The thing is he can’t even tell a fella in he camp to jump…and…because people vote against you ,you called them spineless ??
    I am sure you have voted AGAINST the Government when you were in opposition …were you spineless then ?

    In the Dr.Estwick affair,the Speaker affair of those that I can remember… did you side with the Opposition ??… that wasn’t being spineless too ?

    In Politics when the OPPOSITION votes AGAINST the GOVERNMENT one CANNOT call them spineless….BUT when a member or members disrespect or try to embarrass their LEADER who happens to be their PM and the PM does NUTTEN…that is a spineless PM.

    Errol Barrow dealt with Joy Edwards and others,Tom Adams din na sweetbread everybody knew what he did and could do,so nobody din used to mess wid he….Owen Arthur fired Liz Thompson to name a few PMs that were in power long…..those weren’t spineless PMs as they were NOT afraid to ACT.

  3. Zeus July 26, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Again I am lost…. was the screw up in 2004 or 2016 according to what I am reading the pensionable for some was moved to 67 and not others is this not what the leader of the opposition march for some time back and now abstain from voting to change it …i know someone really getting screwed

  4. Phil July 26, 2016 at 10:07 am

    If one studies Fruendel’s statements carefully, one would conclude that he is sending a message to his own ministers. and that message is they are the spineless ones who dare not tell or advise him what to do or say. He is using the BLP as a smoke screen. Oh let’s not fool ourselves, Mia has lots of internal party issues. Unless complete cleansing of the party takes place it will always come second and remain in opposition. That cleansing includes the departure of the likes of Payne, his disciple Marshall, and suck up master, Toppin or Coppin, whatever, They are fighting for leadership of the party.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 26, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      You need to throw Cynthia Forde in there as well, and the other waste of a waste, Glyne Clarke. Mia need to get rid of these lot if she really want to make a difference. These are all reused old oil.

      • Leroy July 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

        You will have to replace them with people who can win a seat.

    • Leroy July 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      You shouldnt bring a constitutional amendment unless you are absolutely sure it will pass, or on the other hand you wanted it defeated only then to point fingers and blame the blp as being spineless. Many persons were asking why Mia repeatedly brought a no confidence motion although she knew it couldnt pass and none are asking questions now.

  5. jrsmith July 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I always think things in Bimshire when you don’t hear from the present government is quite , but as any one of them open they mouths you start expecting something bad is about to come.


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