March on

BLP to lead March 11 ‘disgust’ protest against Govt

Declaring that “enough is enough”, a militant-sounding Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Wednesday declared open warfare on the Freundel Stuart administration, saying it was disgusted with the administration’s handling of the economy.

Flanked by economic consultant Dr Clyde Mascoll and several of her parliamentary colleagues, BLP leader Mia Mottley told a press conference at the Opposition’s Parliament office that her party would turn up the heat on Government to force it out before the constitutional deadline for general elections next year.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (right) in a no holds barred mood during Wednesday’s press conference, is flanked by economic consultant Dr Clyde Mascoll.

It would begin with a “national march of disgust” on March 11 at which Barbadians are invited to register their dissatisfaction with the Stuart Government, and to make it clear they “cannot bear the weight of the indifference and the incompetence of Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet” for another year, Mottley said.

“The parliamentary Opposition will be leading a national march of disgust and rally . . . to protest the situation where Barbados finds itself 50 years after Independence,” a combative Mottley announced.

“We call upon all civic minded Barbadians to join with us in sending a message to Freundel Stuart and his Cabinet that their style of governance is not cute.”

Mottley led a blistering attack on the Prime Minister, accusing him of engaging in “absurd pretences” and displaying “indifference” and “incompetence”, as she declared that Stuart’s “trifling” approach to serious matters was “incontrovertible” proof he was “thoroughly unfit” to lead the country.

The Opposition Leader told reporters the BLP would not sit idly by and allow the “wholesale destruction” of Barbados, simply to allow the administration to “limp its way to the constitutionally-stipulated finish line”, while she stressed that this was not about finishing the five years given to a Government, but about stopping the rot and re-energizing Barbados for the sake of its people.

“The national march of disgust and rally thereafter . . . is but the first salvo by the Barbados Labour Party to let it be known that enough is enough,” Mottley vowed.

Barbados Labour Party General Secretary George Payne (right) and Chairman Dr Jerome Walcott at the press conference.

She tore into Stuart for jetting off to a political cocktail sip in New York at a time when the country was experiencing one of its worst economic challenges, and while his Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr Delisle Worrell were locked in a legal battle over the Governor’s possible termination.

“No previous leader of Barbados that I know would have absconded himself from a scenario where doubt hangs over the ability of the country to pay public servants in the next week,” she pointed out, a reference to Worrell’s disclosure earlier this month that the Central Bank was forced to print $50 million each month to pay public servants, even as he called for an end to the practice.

The BLP leader claimed that even under these circumstances, the Prime Minister had said in New York that he had not bothered to make the effort to insert himself into the row between the country’s top two monetary policymakers.

“It is preposterous for the leader of this country to say to the nation, from the sidelines of this political party event in New York, that he has not bestirred himself to get involved in the matter.

“It speaks to a Prime Minister entirely disconnected from, and unconcerned with, the affairs of state and presiding over a dysfunctional Government,” she said, adding that if Sinckler had not communicated with Stuart, then the minister ought to be fired.

On the other hand, she said “if, as I believe, he did discuss the matter with Stuart, the Prime Minister is plainly attempting to delude and deceive Barbadians by stating that he has not made himself privy to all that has been happening”.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

12 Responses to March on

  1. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales February 23, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Ms Mottley, you need to understand that neither you nor the people cannot Force the prime minister to call elections before they are constitutionally due. He has recently been very clear on that. It will only be called when it is constitutionally due. The man does not even seem bothered. ‘Hot air’ is what he calls what you’re doing. In 2013 the people went to the polls being fully aware that come hell or high water, this administration will be there for five years. That’s the contract the people signed. Creating anarchy will not work. It most recently did not work in Dominica neither will it work in Barbados of all places. The sensible thing to do instead of sounding trumpets for all these useless marches, present a sound alternative to the people and implore them that when ever elections are called, they must let their voices and bellicosity be heard and defeat Freundel and his clowns with their X. Let them know that you and your members are also suffering with them. Be a source of solace and comfort encourage your team to hold various wholesome community building activities in their respective constituencies. Packed breakfast and lunches for school children is a good initiative. Few lawn mowers and wackers with few volunteers to clean up the properties of the less fortunate. Let the constituency office become the new liming spot for the constituents. Rub shoulders with and provide a getaway. Order pizza and encourage the youth to share their thoughts. Have members of the local constabulary come around and give them pet talks. Ms Mottley please take heed, This is not the way to do it.

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  2. Jan Hold
    Jan Hold February 23, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Mia do what you have to. That her opinion

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  3. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Is this a POLITICAL march or an ECONOMIC march ???????.

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  4. Peter February 23, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Sherene Drakes, You wasted a lot of BT space writing what could have been stated in one line. The only way fruendel will call an election before it is constitutionally due is if one o’ DEM fall down dead. Note I did not say assassinated nor murdered. Simple as that.

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  5. Peter February 23, 2017 at 9:19 am

    In my opinion, another march or is it a walk? would not be purposeful. People are more upset with the state of our economy coupled with the deafening silence and indecisive leadership or lack of leadership from Mr. Stuart. It boils down to confidence.
    Both private and areas of our public sectors are uncomfortable but are afraid to complain publicly for fear of victimization. Mia put on your thinking cap. work with your team. brain storm and come up with formulae that will show positivity and results. Show Barbados what you and your team can and will do. That would be your best selling point to win the next elections. I’m afraid another walk or march ain’t gonna cut it. Begin by getting endorsements from investords, private sector and shoe public workers how they will enjoy a better, secured living. It can happen. I have lots of developmental ideas I know can work. I am willing to have a closed door meeting with you and Dr. Estwick. Your call.

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  6. Helicopter(8P) February 23, 2017 at 11:48 am

    At the end of the day all Barbadians from the first day old to the hundred and ten year old will feel the economic fallout of inadequate measures performed by the financial experts in the science of economics during the past thirty six months. One thing all Barbadians should be aware of government is certainly not Pick of the Crop; King on the Hill, Soca Monarch Competition! Its some serious analyses of on going every day situations

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  7. jlb February 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    In my opinion Barbados will continue to meander from “pillar to post” as we do not appear to have an effective government or indeed opposition. The opposition has been granted an open goal and what does it do -call a march. We need people, including the opposition of this country to offer sound alternatives to our woes. Mia you need to involve the people and get firm unbiased solutions. What is clear is that there will have to be bitter solutions if we are to recover from the mess we find ourselves in. Be honest – this is required. No more gesturing with empty words or false promises. there is a vacuum in our politics. Can the third party deliver this? At present it does not appear as thou’ any of our main parties can meet the challenges and difficulties we find ourselves in. Can we form a 4th party? Any takers?

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  8. sunshinecanada February 23, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    people getup off ya sitdown, and get out and March march all over deplace, Dr Mascoll is ready, thanks Mia, you R bless,

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  9. Ricci Khan February 23, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Barbados has its challenges which would be less if the previous Administration had not made hundreds of millions of dollars disappear into thin air without a trace……. .Money which the present Administration has had to find. Money that was spent on the U.S. dollar Jail. On the dry weather only Airport. On the Daytime only Cricket stadium. On the multi million dollar Hoke in the Ground in Greenland. On the rope-swing accessible Cave.And the list goes on.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Zeus February 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Peter any person reading you would never believe that this same mottley was a senior minister in the last government …..misinter of education millions lost in some project called edutech Philip Goddard can tell you about it …..minister of home affairs prison burnt under her watch waste of money enquiry …new prison we still trying to find out cost …..lawyer for four seasons ask her how much money she is making there …..she rubbing shoulders with poor people but her law firm working for a certain bank foreclosing on people’s homes around here

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  11. Peter February 23, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Zeus… You gine get buried wid DEM. You nlike Sinkler. scraping to blame things on Mia who was under the watch of Owen the character assassinator whose arrogance won’t let him go. Have a rum on dat.

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  12. Zeus February 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Whom did I place blame on sir… Read again then come again

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