BLP wants minister to clarify ‘signgate’ issue

Minister of the Environment and Drainage Dr Denis Lowe has been challenged to prove his version of a story about a sign posted on his gate, or resign.

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams last night posed the challenge after Lowe told Parliament last week during the Estimates debate that a “huge” sign “laden with profanities” had been placed on his home, and he was prepared to defend his property and person from any threat.

However, Barbados TODAY on Thursday reported that a couple who live in Lowe’s constituency had shown a photograph of a small sign marked, “Fed up”, placed on Lowe’s gate, and had explained that it was not a threat but an act of frustration because constituents had been trying unsuccessfully to contact the minister for assistance in having their surroundings cleaned.

Noting the conflicting accounts, Abrahams, who will challenge Lowe for the seat in the next election, told a joint meeting of BLP Christ Church branches at Deighton Griffith School last night, “unless the minister comes out and explains what caused his version of the story then we are free to accept what those people said as gospel.

“And if that is gospel then he needs to be removed from Parliament because he is not fit to represent the people of this constituency. If what the people said is true and the minister had indeed lied about this story we can’t take confidence in anything else he says. We can take no confidence in the representation he makes on behalf of his ministry,” Abrahams added.

Speaking in Parliament about the sign, Lowe had said, “anytime that I am in my home or coming towards my house and any such activity is going [on] Denis Lowe is prepared to defend my person and my property”.

However, the BLP candidate interpreted this as “an inflammatory statement” containing “words of violence out there in the public domain”.

“You don’t pick up on the floor of Parliament and tell an unprovoked . . . lie against your own constituents.

Nobody presented him with a situation that he had to respond to. He upped on his own accord and said what he had to say from the floor of Parliament,” Abrahams said.

“I gave him a couple of days to come forward and dispute what the people said because there might have been two sides, there might have been another side that we don’t know about.  But they put their version. He has remained silent. So the only version we have in front of us is the version told by those people who had the courage to come out and speak through the press to the people of Barbados and call a spade a spade,” he added.

12 Responses to BLP wants minister to clarify ‘signgate’ issue

  1. Sisleen Greene March 21, 2017 at 6:43 am

    There is a place for political liars, of which we have 16 in Government. Lord have mercy on their souls.

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  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 21, 2017 at 6:54 am

    While at home one night during the 2008 election, I heard the voice of then PM Owen Arthur pleading with the residents of Ch Ch East, pleading with us not to vote for Dennis Lowe. He proffered many reasons why not to do so. Not really knowing the man & eager for a change we gave him a chance. It did not take long for #bribeus to prove Mr Arthur right on all counts. Fast track to 2017 & what do we have, arguably the worse minister to ever serve in the Parliament of Barbados. When I voted for him back then I was clear in my mind for whom & for what I voted based on his many promises to us. Boy was I wrong. I’ve been haunted everyday since by the voice of Arthur whose warnings we ignored to our own detriment & peril. Ch Ch East has long been a constituency without representation but 2018 will usher in a new candidate who will be attentive to our needs. Count Dennis Lowe as the first casualty of this Stuart admin. We will rid the political landscape of one who came to politics, not to serve, but to elevate oneself from the poverty that had enveloped one’s circumstance. Consider his as already gone. Good riddance.

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  3. Meakai March 21, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Good luck with that.

    All someone has to do is produce the “correct” sign. You know, the one with the profanities and stuff. I could probably create one in less than 5 minutes and I ain’t no big shot minister with plenty of yard… uh mean supporters to assist me.

    The sign you speak of is not the sign the minister spoke of, obviously.

    Big man, find another next wagon.

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  4. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman March 21, 2017 at 9:08 am

    As his ‘boss’ would say, “bring the evidence”. The Bryans did. ‘Huge sign laden with profanities’. Really?

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  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 21, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Have anyone considered that this man had an affiliation with the church over the years & in whom the institution invested heavily. He has used established institutions, namely, the religion & politics to ascend from abject poverty to be able to say like a politician of a former generation that, “only God can break me”.

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    • Randolph March 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      The man in the Bible said “I have much goods laid up for many years,…eat drink and be merry,but God said “Thou fool this night thy soul shall be required of thee”.

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  6. Ernesta Catlyn March 21, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Meakai, Smarty Pants, the “right” sign will not be produced because then I am sure the couple will have grounds to sue the Minister. With the “speed” of our judicial system the case will, of course be completed in “short” order.

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  7. David Hall March 21, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Denis lowe’s actions seems lowdown and dsgusting

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  8. Andrew Simpson March 21, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Thank You Arthur Collymore, for your testimony on this thread.

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    • hcalndre March 21, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Dennis Lowe would have taken a picture of the sign, took it down and parade it in parliament, no judge would believe him because he can`t produce any evidence, Dennis Lowe, shame on you and the DLP talking about morals.

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  9. Frank White March 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Exactly my point, Everyone has a cellphone, especially a minister and a top of the line one at that so he would have taken a pic of this alleged sign for all to see… The fact that minister Lowe hasn’t produced a sign is a sign…

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  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 22, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Dennis Low Lowe, when ya think that this man would lie low, he comes out and show the whole of Barbados why he is so low. I guess once in every while one has to let the liar out of the cage. Low Lowe, uuuu whooooo, they want the proof boy. Ya need to exonerate yourself from this lying stain. Starting to smell stink like ya beloved Cahill, which was good 1 billion bittle of pocket change.

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