DLP accusing Opposition of grabbing for power

The governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has dismissed the latest Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) criticism of the administration as nothing but a grab for power.

DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim issued a statement today accusing “a divided BLP” of trying to sway Barbadians by playing on their fears.

“This country is under attack by a divided BLP seeking to grab power. The recent statements by the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party can only be interpreted as a grab for power,” Pilgrim said.

Arguing there was “too much uncertainty surrounding the future of the Barbados economy, the well-being of our business and indeed the stability of our households”, Mottley on Saturday called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to disclose the “true state” of the economy or call elections.

“The drift must stop . . . . The Barbados Labour Party is determined that Barbados cannot and will not drift along like this for another 12 months. It is either we are told the true state and are permitted to input in finding a solution or the Government cuts short the drift and returns to the people for a mandate,” Mottley told a press conference at Parliament building on the heels of last week’s downgrade by Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited.

The Opposition Leader had also argued for transparency, suggesting that members of the DLP had been running the country like “personal conglomerates”, while naming both Stuart and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler.

“The sad thing about this is that we are not dealing with the running of Stuart Enterprises Ltd or Sinckler Enterprises Ltd. This is the Government of Barbados to which people are entitled to be told the information in order to plan our lives,” Mottley had argued.

However, Pilgrim today advised DLP supporters to treat Mottley’s comments with the disdain that it deserves.

At the same time, he made subtle reference to the ousting of the Opposition Leader in 2010, and more recent rumblings of another palace coup, which Pilgrim had predicted ahead of last year’s BLP annual conference.

“I want to sound a call to all Barbadians to treat with caution the news we hear coming for the bowels of the Opposition. Barbadians must remember the past episodes of the cries of the current Opposition Leader about democracy reigning within her own party,” the DLP spokesman said.

Pilgrim reassured Barbadians that the ruling DLP remained committed to solving the economic problems facing the country, and would not “subscribe to tearing down as a political strategy”.

He therefore called on party supporters to unite and stand firm in the face of Opposition attacks.

“I am also calling on members and supporters of this great party to guard and protect this country and by extension our party by those whose motivation is love of party more than country,” the general secretary said.

18 Responses to DLP accusing Opposition of grabbing for power

  1. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean January 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Playing on their fears??? Grabbing for power??. I’m sorry but this time around they don’t have to do any of those things. Ask the public, for the issues are many, the hurt is big. Just keep doing what y’all doing and watch the outcome. Y’all handing it to DEM on a silver platter.

  2. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea January 17, 2017 at 2:02 am


  3. Hal Austin January 17, 2017 at 3:40 am

    What a silly man. That is what politics is all about – persuading people to vote for one party rather than the other.

  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 17, 2017 at 4:50 am


  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 17, 2017 at 4:54 am


  6. Kim Marshall January 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Thanks Mr. Pilgrim; you specifically called on members and supporters of the DLP, “To guard and protect this country and by extension our party by those whose motivation is love of party more than country.” Now that you have done so, i.e. speak to DLP members and supporters, could the Government of Barbados, that contains citizens that no longer have time for the political games of BLP, DLP or any other party, now speak to the current economic situation of Barbados, the country that we all live in? Doing so would truly be putting country before party. There would be no need to worry about anyone being able to play on the fear of Barbadians if the Government would provide the people of Barbados with information…..truthful information, on a regular basis. The truth would occupy the space now being filled with assumptions, guesses and rumor that are leading to the fear you mentioned.

  7. Thomas Clement Payne January 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

    D, le me go don’t hold me….! Grynner please sing this song for us using a “D” instead of the “T”. Times have truly change in Bim.

    One of the most poignant observations on political leadership was made by Alexandra the Great, he said:
    ” I am not afraid of an army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep lead by a lion!

    Bajans are you sheep or lions? Go Grynner!

  8. Randolph January 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This is the most despised and unpopular government ever to hold power in Barbados.Pilgrim could beg til the cows come home,they will suffer a devastating loss in the next election.

  9. Nathaniel Samuels January 17, 2017 at 10:28 am

    ‘Playing on their fears’ is exactly what these DLP clowns did for the last elections. As far as I see and read, everything that has been said and asked by the BLP team is exactly what every Tom, Dick Harry and even Freundel would want to know because without information we will not know how we are progressing and how and where we need to go.
    While you remain committed to solving the economic problems facing the country, it is quite obvious that the job is way too much for your team to handle since you have been going from one disaster to another and if you, Mr. Pilgrim, are true to yourself, you will recognize and hopefully admit, that every strategy that your team has proposed has not worked.
    How much time then do you suggest we give you? If after so many years you have not gotten any where close to getting it right, do you want us, all Barbadians, to continue to let you lead us down the garden path?
    You are a business man; would you subscribe to letting your business be run to a stage, after many mistakes have been made and you have not been able to make a profit, to let the status quo remain? Me thinks not.
    So, Mr. Pilgrim, stop being so asinine and recognize that what the BLP and others are saying and asking is simply to know where we are in the scheme of things and how we are going to get out of the hole that your DLP has been digging, deeper, for us

  10. Ann Thomas January 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    We know that in politics repetition, repetition, repetition is always a strategy that is employed. I humbly suggest you start repeating something else.

    1. The DLP’s constant mantra of a divided BLP is now old and tired. You were the same person who predicted “red October” last year. This did not happen, so I suppose that in your Hunt for Red October, you have now fallen back to the safe position of a divided BLP. That is not working either. However, your own Party has been doing a very good job of showing that it is in fact, divided. Reported disagreements between the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Industry and Commerce openly criticising the Prime Minister and other Cabinet colleagues, including the Minister of Finance. What a picture of unity your party presents.

    2. The recent comments by the BLP being described as a “grab for power”, please, give us a break. Cast your mind back to when your party was in opposition, particularly the 2003 to 2008 period. I seem to recall, your party using similar tactics. Were you then not seeking to grab power? The shoe is tight when its on the other foot!.

    Do you not think, Mr. Pilgrim, that Barbadians are entitled to a full explanation of what is going on with the economy? The 19-month fiscal consolidation programme has been a dismal failure, leading to more taxes including the National Social Responsibility Levy which is now being collected illegally, as the Government has not yet brought the necessary legislation. This legislation should have been brought within four months of date on which the Budgetary Proposals are made to the House of Assembly as stated in Section 3 2 (1) of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act. The Central Bank continues to print money against the advice of local, regional and international economists and the International Financial Institutions, falling international reserves. Barbadians are suffering from your Party’s poor economic management. Social services are practically non-existent? Are we to be satisfied with this and not expect a full accounting of how taxpayer dollars are being spent?

    Advise your colleagues to answer the questions asked and answer them fully.

  11. Alew January 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    George Pilgrim, I have one thing to say to you – “SHUT UP”. The first one to come forward to lay a claim may seem right at the time … until the truth comes out.

    “This country is under attack by a divided BLP seeking to grab power. The recent statements by the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party can only be interpreted as a grab for power,” Pilgrim said.

    This once proud nation of ours has been transcribed into a sheer mockery. George, you of all people know you can’t expect to tax your way out of recession. The more taxes, the less money in circulation. I just feel like the Freundel Stuart administration has mastered the art of pick-pocketry. Wha even the Guyanes don’t want we dollar. Hmmmm.

    You are still in power – try and do something for a change. All uh wunna getting fat of the hog and de hog dieing.

  12. Peter January 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Georgie Boy, You and DEM need NOT make those comments. You and DEM are serving it up on a platter. So they don’t have to fight for it. And Georgie porgie honey, Your DEM has more difision within it than you and Carson C Cadogan will admit. You have Donville, Richard, Chris, the tax imposer, Kellman the St. Lucy Airport development manager, Both Lashleys who will take lashes, and the dumb king He’s dumb because he can’t talk. George, siddung pon it. You know wah I talkin bout. We know You is one an you love it.

  13. Helicopter(8P) January 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Look Peter! It’s like Bushy Park race day handicap! The Unrestricted class happens to be Richard and Don and all the others are in Group 3. Which ever one could break through would get pole position from Group 3 to stand tall with those unrestricted boys!

  14. Tom January 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    How arrogant and out of touch is this man. He can no longer be treated as credible.

  15. Troy January 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Pilgrim don’t be an Asstranaut….with your head in the clouds. Come back down to earth. Which country do you live in. Are you seriously happy with their state this country is in. Your DLP govt has done nothing but squandered the hard earn money we pay in taxes to satisfy the personal agendas of Mr. Stuart and his gang. Too much Steal in dey.

  16. BaJan boy January 18, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I always thought George didn’t have balls but now he has shown it. Instead of asking the man that has been on mute for 7 years to speak to the people of his country he turns to the opposition for expediency. George it would have been better to remain silent as well..

  17. Shera January 18, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Is this false predictor of Red October for real? he is speaking to the people of Barbados but advising DLP supporters to treat Miss Mottley’s comments with the disdain that it deserves, this shows the bias of this government.

  18. harry turnover January 18, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Boy you…da got some real foolish igrunt clowns in that Party ya hear !! and George Pilgrim…. Peter tell you to siddung pon it…you is one ah DEM ? of course you ARE their general secretary.


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