Calling Mia

Abed: Give Opposition Leader a chance

Barbadians should put aside whatever misgivings they might have about Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and give her a chance to reverse the country’s economic woes, says a former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate.

Businessman Taan Abed, who fell out of favour with his party ahead of the 2013 general election when he was replaced as a candidate in Christ Church West by attorney-at-law Verla DePeiza, has switched allegiance to Mottley and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) after 28 years as a member of the DLP.

Abed argued that the BLP leader is the only one at present with the skill, competence and charisma to lead the country amid a crippling economic crisis.

“Why don’t we give Mia Mottley a chance? She is a great woman . . . . Mottley has a vision for Barbados and in addition she has come from a good family. The type of leadership shown by the late Right Excellent Errol Barrow no longer exists in the DLP. Put Mia as leader and the country will go forward. She has the charisma to attract most things to this country,” he told Barbados TODAY in an interview Monday at his Rockley, Christ Church home.

Despite being rejected by the Freundel Stuart-led DLP General Council in 2013 after winning the nomination, Abed said Stuart was a decent leader.

However, he contended that unlike Mottley and some within Stuart’s own Cabinet, the Prime Minister simply lacked the gift of charisma.   

In addition, the businessman argued, Mottley would get sound economic advice from people like Dr Clyde Mascoll, something he contended Stuart could not get from Minister of Finance Christ Sinckler.

“You have to have the capacity like Minister of Small Business Donville Inniss and Dr David Estwick who seemed to have been born with charisma. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler is a waste of time, [but] Dr Clyde Mascoll is a top man and will give good advice to Mottley.”

It was only on Sunday night that Minister of Education Ronald Jones castigated Mottley, telling a DLP branch meeting in St Andrew that the Opposition Leader believes she must be the first female Prime Minister of Barbados,

However, without making reference to Jones’ comment, Abed said Mottley’s gender ought not be an issue.

“In Jamaica and Australia there were female prime ministers. There is currently a female prime minister in Great Britain and a female president [chancellor] in Germany,” he said in reference to Jamaica’s Portia Simpson Miller, Australia’s Julia Gillard, who was prime minister from 2010 to 2013, Britain’s Theresa May and Angela Merkel of Germany.

Abed also criticized the printing of money by the Central Bank to finance Government’s social programmes and public servants’ wages, saying the practice placed the Barbados dollar at risk of devaluation.

He also said the DLP was ill advised to restore the ten per cent cut from the salaries of parliamentarians and senior civil servants in 2014 at the height of austerity.

“In a recession you should cut expenses. Enough is enough. You elect a politician to help and assist you, not work for himself and glory like certain politicians I know,” said Abed, who insisted he was a “people’s person”, not a lover of any political party.

After the DLP hierarchy overlooked him in 2013, Abed contested the election as an independent, pulling 303 votes to 1,777 by DePeiza and 2,288 by Dr Maria Agard, who won the seat for the DLP before she, too, was dumped by her party in November 2015 and now sits at an independent member of parliament.

12 Responses to Calling Mia

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 29, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Mr. Abeds, Mottleys has the intellect, the years of expereince and several examples of what type of leader she should become after observing and having common knowlege of all leaders past and present. Mottley’s love/hate relationship with many Barbadians is that many feel her hunger for power and the title of first female prime minister will interfere with her ability to execute sound judgement. I am one who do not like Mia Mottley because like members of her BLP party, she is perceived as a person who is first loyal to party needs and not necessarily to the needs of the people and country. For example, she has exposed a number of things that the DLP were doing in secret. Yet, she hardly made any comment pertaining to the auditor general reports and his findings that paints a crooked picture of what is going on in most ministries and departments under DLP leadership. I guess the reason for that is that the AG also produced similiar reports when the BLP were in power that was not acted upon as well. In all her speeches, she has not addressed the need to make all government operations accountable and transparent; all politicians and high flying officials come under the hammer of anticorruption legislation; and establish mechanisms to give the Audtior General the necessary powers to investigate, without political interference and influence, any person, ministry or department that breaks the financial rules or operate in a way that shows persons are benefitting from special arrangements. Until Mottley can give assurances that she is willing to bring decisive reforms to the way how government business is conducted, and make freedom of informaton a modern necessity, all I see is more of the same to come from Mottley, who is promising a lot but will hardly deliver anything new.

  2. Meakai March 29, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Abed argued that the BLP leader is the only one at present with the skill, competence and charisma to lead the country amid a crippling economic crisis.


    I bet he was serious when he said it too.

  3. Greengiant March 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I’m sure if Abed had been continuously retained by the DLP as their representative in Christian Church West he would not be saying this about the opposition leader.

    I’m tired of hearing these dead beaten political hopefuls offering advice to the people. Abed should focus on buying items cheaply and passing on the benefits to shoppers. We need more disposal income, so if he’s really patriotic he can assist us with that. I figure he is working for a place in the Senate now, because the opposition has a history of appointing weak independent senators. I can’t agree that Mia is the only person with the charisma to get things done in Barbados. That being true would leave us in a very poor state really. The talk about her family being of good standing is nothing but being class prejudice, you’re actually taking us back to a period of priority to independence when the Adams and Mottleys were the puppets of the planter class, making the masses dependent on their hand outs.

    Honestly, you have done nothing to advance the position of the opposition leader by your theory, as if I had intended to vote for her you would have changed my mind. You have a very disappointing and archaic theory to the leadership of this country, and I’m now very relieved you never entered our house of assembly as a representative. You are totally unsuitable and by the way Eddie ” there’s nothing wrong with having nothing to say unless you insist on saying it “. If you had any independence of mind, and was not used to buying your way into politics you would have been adding some value to Solutions Barbados.

  4. Ejd March 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    He has every right to be angry at the DLP. He won his nomination handsomely but was not allowed to run because the Party prefered Verla.

  5. BaJan boy March 29, 2017 at 6:58 am

    @greengiant nothing said here makes a difference to you nor your feelings about the highly esteemed lady. In short ‘you is a DEM’ and you never considered voting for her so shut yuh ignorant mouth…Taan has made a great point we have a man with a degree in political science running the economic affairs of this country. The man does not have a clue , and they as a party and a government do not have anyone withe the slightest clue of economics,governance,management in short you have a brain dead govennernment that only the brain dead will support. Bajans need someone that will bring confidence to investors and the international community. A revolutionary who is able to make bold decisions and a brain like Dr. Mascoll who is able help her conceptualized and execute not just talk and insult bajans like this reprehensible bunch.
    She will transform this country and silence the critics.

  6. seagul March 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Mottley said.“The sad fact is that when Government runs its affairs so that it is forced to beg on special terms with Swiss banks like Credit Suisse; or is forced to beg Sandals to come to Barbados on whatever terms Sandals wants.’ Let’s open up here for a dose of reality. No one goes begging to the Credit Swiss. International firms and many more countries have had loans from the bank since time began.Having a sister who works here in Switz. at the bank I can say this with surety. As for the Sandals terms, this is good for us as a tourism product to the world. This is the norm world wide. Mottley said. Because of the nature of the color of your skin and gender or so call ‘highly esteemed’ family background it should not open doors for you.

  7. chris hill March 29, 2017 at 8:46 am

    we are seeing more and more long term DLP supporters leaving the party wing to support the opposition leader does this not send the right message. we need a complete change of thinking, complete change of management to get to greener pastures. mind you Mia was the tip of the spear that fixed the economy after the DLP wrecked the economy under Sandiford.

  8. Domnick March 29, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Than is a man of principles who was treated abysmally by members of the DLP; some of whom he helped bring to power. However, in many discussions with him he was never bitter but saddened that the wishes of his constituency were ignored.

    He is a gent whose door is always open; and one who digs deep into his pockets to help those less fortunate. He, along with a former minister worked tirelessly to safeguard Bajan jobs with absolutely NO recognition. He is a dignified man and a man to whom I am eternally grateful to for the work he did for a great country

  9. greengiant March 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Bajan boy and any others who may believe that i’m a Dem or a Bee, I must surprise you. I’m a supporter of none, I’ve voted for them both in the past. I’ve been involved in the campaigns of Lionel Craig, Sir Lloyd Sandiford, the late Brandford Taitt and have been around the elder politicians of both parties. My dad was very much involved at the community level during my teen years and i was always involved. So I do have a very strong, informed political awareness. I know our political history very well, and understand the cycle that is upon us.

    It’s either we take our country to new levels with fresh, bold, strong, (public / private) sector partnerships, redesigned workers contracts, production pay schedules and grades or perish. We simply cannot continue with governments being to biggest employer. Government only have to legislate and control revenues. So unless the ideology changes you all will be jumping into the same bed with different partners like you have always been.

    Barbadians continue to be political adulterers in a prostitution ring. I have much respect for Ms. Mottley, matter of fact I will always be grateful to her for reasons I will not go into here, but i’m a realist. She or whoever is the next leader have some real challenges, and bold, critical decisions to make with little time to make them. There will be no economical honeymoon, and I’m sure some of you will be chastising her and her party if they’re elected. Bottom line is there will be no wash of government dead end jobs around in the future. We have to privatise and I know most of you and even the unions don’t want to hear this word. So unless either of the two leading parties can lay out a real map to restructuring this economy they can’t rely on my support and I will campaign against them both. I’m not like some who are looking for a board pick, an independent senatorial appointment, or government handouts. I’m really concerned about our children and grand children’s future existence in this country. I’m not prepared to simply lay down their rights to the elitists class, of which unfortunately too many of our current political front runners belong. Open your eyes, listen carefully to the words used, and promises made, they will be clothed in gold, but of the copper quality inside. Politics is a game of deception, played on the weak and otherwise vulnerable.

  10. Jea Alleyne March 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    In order to run any society, group or organisation…..Leaders and members need to come together for the optimum benefit of ALL. Mia is the only individual that has tried to do anything for the good of the people, asking the people themselves to be involved. She is already leading by example….However we also need the relevant legislation “The Freedom of Information Act”

    • To make government more transparent
    • To make government more accountable
    • To improve decision making
    • To enable the public to better understand decision making processes
    • To engage public participation in politics
    • To endear public trust of the workings of government

    Most Progressive countries have it, the USA, UK, Canada, Jamaica, Guyana, China plus 90 others….That would stop the bleeding !!

  11. Maureen Fields March 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Bajan boy! But

  12. Maureen Fields March 29, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    But people should realise by now what a great women Ms.Mottlet is.


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