Come clean, Mia!

DLP wants to know real reason behind march

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has come out swinging against Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, accusing her of having alternative motives for wanting to stage a national march of disgust on March 11.   

In making the announcement on Wednesday, Mottley said the primary aim of the protest action was to signal to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that Barbadians simply could not “bear the weight of the indifference and incompetence” of his Government for another 12 months.

However, while expressing full confidence in Stuart, DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim accused Mottley of creating a platform of hate and division in the country.

“We believe the agenda of the Barbados Labour Party continues to be extremely corrosive,” Pilgrim told reporters during a news conference at party headquarters George Street, St Michael Thursday.

As for the proposed Opposition march, Pilgrim warned that it was not about Stuart’s leadership, but all about Mottley and what she wants for herself.

“The Opposition must tell Barbadians the truth about March 11 and why the date was chosen . . . . This is pure Opposition opportunism. This is not a march against the Prime Minister . . . this is a march for Mia Mottley; what she wants,” he said, without elaborating.

However, during the party’s weekly lunchtime lecture today, former Chief Electoral Officer and ex-High Commissioner to London Donville Johnson said the Opposition’s march coincided with international activities against gender-based violence.

He therefore accused Mottley of attempting to draw attention away from this important cause.

“Ever so often what do we get? Marches in the hot sun. And if I could recall correctly March 11 is a day set aside for prevention of violence against women. Why would you want to set a march on that day?

“I hope only 11 people turn up. I believe that would be appropriate for them. What does this march achieve?  We know that Barbados has its political challenges, we know that we have certain deficits . . . .However there are political challenges all over the world,” the former diplomat said.

He further dismissed the planned “march of disgust” as “nothing more than useless noise”, while insisting that it was up to the Prime Minister to determine when the election will be held.

It was a point made by Pilgrim a day earlier, when he told the press conference that the constitutional deadline for the election was next year.

While warning the Opposition that it could not sell fear in exchange for hope, the DLP general secretary announced the launch of a campaign called Facts, to be rolled out at its mid-term conference on March 4 at Queen’s College.

Pilgrim said the conference, which also uses Facts as its theme, will provide the opportunity for party members to have interactive sessions with ministers of Government.

He said while the party’s annual conference takes place this August, next month’s mid-term meeting would ensure the facts are delivered about the Government’s achievements and the actions taken to ensure the nation’s viability.

This year the DLP will honour 30 young Barbadians with its “Patriots Award”, which Pilgrim said was a continuation of the party’s Independence contribution, showing appreciation and celebrating the talented youth.

Awards will be presented for in music, theatre, cricket, road tennis, religion, business and technology.  Special tribute will also be paid to National Hero and Father of Independence Errol Barrow during the first week in June.

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13 Responses to Come clean, Mia!

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 25, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Come clean? No diversion tactics today

    How about “CALL ELECTIONS” … which is what the bajan people need.

    Wanna rendering barbados “unrecognizable” … for the sake of Barbados

    – let the people decide whether to stay in the ditch with the DLP … or get out

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  2. I in know too good February 25, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Why George don’t tell freundel and sinkler to come clean and tell the country thee truth cause them know that foreign reserves is less than 600 million and covering less that 10 weeks

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  3. Bradg February 25, 2017 at 3:19 am

    There is nothing this DLP adminstration can say to influence me to vote to for them. NOTHING!!! The incompetence is too rampant!!

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  4. Sean Gibbs February 25, 2017 at 4:20 am

    No one is interested in what any member of the DLP has to say. Let us all come out and march with Mia and get the DLP out of power. Enough is enough. DLP OUT, BLP IN.

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  5. Kim Marshall February 25, 2017 at 7:51 am

    The quotes attributed persons in this article support why the country is in the state it is in. Instead of addressing the concerns of thousands of people about the economy of the country; personal attacks and things meant to distract are introduced instead.
    The reserves are at record low levels and we still have no idea if public servants were paid recently by printing more money as was stated was how they were able to be paid for some now and all that could be said about these concerns is the march is meant to take attention from international activities against gender-based violence; there are political challenges all over the world and that this is a march for Mia Mottley and what she wants?!!!!!!!!

    Then people wonder why the populace is voting less and less each election. Why people are losing confidence in our institutions and see politicians and their spoke persons as only caring about what they need to do to preserve their quality of life in the country (or outside of it) even if it is at the expense of hundreds of thousands of people in the same country.

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  6. tsquires February 25, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Good morning to all, as I repeat a warning not only to my fellow Barbadians, it is for world wide members of Spiritually minded people of colour mainly! We are on a destructive path from a Spiritual perspective, this is why all our systems are broken, and until we get back to the Internal rather than the External GOD? No amount of praying/preaching is going to help us, without the Love of self we cannot Love GOD nor mammon. Spiritual Love to one and all. “Man to Thine own self be True and thence to none other canst thou be untrue”. Because illiteracy in this 21st age is not determined by reading and writing, rather it is dependent on whether we are able to unlearn and relearn.

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  7. Peter February 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    I have a business plan and an action plan that can pull this island back from the brink od economic disaster. Consider me mad, silly or crazy. that’s your opinion. Remember EVERY THING we see around us. Every invention, every method, every thing started in the brain of some individual. when the Dutch engineer designed the first spaghetti type intersections in the US, he was castigated and condemned. Now in almost every country around the world they prove essential in the free movement of traffic. I was once taught that for those who say “I cannot be done” are often rudely awaken by someone else doing it. With this program, in about five years Barbados will be generating over US$ 8 billion in revenue. Water and electricity will be 60% cheaper across the board. There will NO MORE VAT. Free education, free health care more visitor arrivals and that’s the tip of the iceberg. Yes I knows it sounds like a miracle, too good to be true. There are only two persons to whom I am willing to divulge this information. Mia Mottley and Dr. David Estwick. They are the only two smartest and intelligent politicians left in not only Barbados but the entire Caribbean.

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  8. Ernesta Catlyn February 25, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    DLPites come clean about the Grotto and Valery, come clean about the “drought” and the St Joseph water woes – give us the real reasons why they were made to suffer that way, come clean about the proposed desal plants, come clean about the situation with the Governor of the central bank, come clean about the Hyatt and why Maloney was stock piling cement, come clean about the recent BNOCL sale. Should I go on. When you come clean as the government in power then call for someone else to come clean. What MAM doing or not doing does not concern me – we did not elect her. We punished them by voting them out yet you don’t seem to get it that you are the ones that need to come clean with us. We will not be side-tracked by Loser Pilgrim or anyone else “noise”. WE WANT YOU TO COME CLEAN.

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  9. Peter February 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Look closely at Trump and his mode of operations. He is already exposing his dictatorship mandate. He has literally regrouped the whites of America. Mark my words. The technology is now available through nanotechnology application whereby every single US visa applicant will be required to have an electronic implant somewhat like a SIM card as used to track phone calls and locations. Those applicants will be easily tracked down and deported. And oh Those electronic devices will be implanted in locations in seconds, and would require expensive, life threatening surgery to remove them. If anyone doubts me, go look up nanotechnology on YouTube. Days of human slavery are coming back. They can insert a thin film of strip computer chip the size of a finger nail that is one one-hundredth of a strand of human hair thick. They put that into the brain and they can control even the way you think. Monkeys are being tested to perform human labour tasks. Go ahead, look it up and blow your mind. We are still to see more of Trump.

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  10. Brimstone February 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The more the DLP speakers rant and rave, they only show the society that they have sunk to a new level of vile incompetence. They even seek to mislead the public here by recording as follows, that ,,,,, former Chief Electoral Officer and ex-High Commissioner to London Donville Johnson,,,,,, when infact he was merely the deputy in both institutions.
    It is the DLP who needs to come clean,,,, on the economy, roads, NIS, education, IMF and devaluation. We know who speak the untruth and are strangers to it by their very admissions through their actions. Maybe the truth on paying public servants soon will be truthful and transparent.

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  11. Alew February 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Atta boy George. Sic-em boy sic-em. Yet another pitbull in the ranks of the Froonie administration. Any man who has another backside where his mouth ought to be should keep both backsides shut.
    George predicting doom and gloom in “Red October” for the opposition.
    “We believe the agenda of the Barbados Labour Party continues to be extremely corrosive,”

    As for the proposed Opposition march, Pilgrim warned that it was not about Stuart’s leadership, but all about Mottley and what she wants for herself.
    Pilgrim, you holding press conferences bout things that don’t matter.
    Hold a press conference and tell us about the economy and its under-performance.
    Hold a press conference and tell us about why Freundel cannot fire Chris over the seventeen downgrades.
    Hold a press conference and tell us why we still printing money.
    Hold a press conference and tell us why your colleague wants people to do park and rides. Park and ride is not the answer to the congestion on our streets every weekday. Will he park his ride? Ask Michael Lashley to fix the problem with the poor bus service and he will see results.
    Georgie boy, you just pulling red herrings across the track. THIS IS A TACTIC USED BY THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY. THEY TELL LIES AND DO SO WITH MONUMENTAL REGULARITY THAT THEY THEMSELVES ALSO BELIEVE THE LIE.

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  12. Kevin February 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    He knows what he is talking about. There was a poll done. That’s all I’m going to say at this moment.

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  13. BaJan boy February 27, 2017 at 4:05 am

    George Pilgrim and that gang are truly shameless. Wonder who is responsible for leasing the water tanks across the country and buying them although they are still being serviced by water authority. Wonder if any Mininsters are in bed with the company responsible. Wonder if anyone bought water tankers to transport water to the tanks in the country. Wonder if if any contracts were given to anyone to fill the tanks from the tankers. Wonder if any of them bought garbage trucks and have any contracts to haul garbage. Wonder if any got mini vans so can’t police the indiscipline on the road. This disrespectful disgraceful tactic thet continues to question our intelligence is now a part of this iliterate and destructive group that should be punished with laughter.

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