BLP ready for battle

Barbados is in a worse condition today than it was during the economic crisis of the early 1990s, which led to the downfall of the then Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd) administration, Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley has charged.

And a confident Mottley has told party supporters, just as the BLP had done after it assumed office in 1994, it was prepared drag the country back from the economic crisis it currently faces.

“In 1994, we came to office against the background of a country that had seen wage cuts and had seen 4,500 people go home. We thought Barbados had seen its darkest days and we came with hope and we told the country we could do better,” Mottley said Sunday night as her party gathered in the conference room of the Island Inn hotel to mark the commencement of Founder’s Month in April, under the theme, The Right Excellent Grantley Adams, Father of Democracy.

“The days of difficulty of 1991 and 1992, you would have never believed that in our lifetime that we would see not just a repeat but a worsening of the conditions.”

The Opposition Leader said the country had emerged from the crisis of the 1990s with a determination to improve the lives of future generations, while the BLP had built a legacy that “you don’t stop until you include everybody in the journey of economic and social enfranchisement” and to include all Barbadians in the decision making process.

“Hence, what we are confronting in Barbados has been the greatest shock for us,” she said.

Stressing that the party was primed for battle against the governing Democratic Labour Party “for the battle of politics and we are always ready for the battle of the development in this country”, Mottley said nearly 3,000 BLP members and supporters would be on the roads canvasing for the election.

17 Responses to BLP ready for battle

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 29, 2017 at 12:23 am

    You want my vote! Then first deal with all the escape avenues provided for politicians and their operatives to milk the treasury out of milliions as it pertains to the ease of executing a deal. You want my vote! Then make sure that government operations become accountable and transparent and that anyone found in a crooked position feels the full weight of the law. You want my vote! Then give the Auditor General greater powers to not just report but bring all persons any person to justive. We know that the DLP are hogwashed and cattle manure. I hope you will remember why Barbadians decided to kick your party to the curb. Put the needs of Barbadians first by ensuring that their tax dollars are put to commonsense use. Earn my trust, not interest one bit in your darn promises. I NEED TO SEE A REAL CHANGE IN YOU. Your secrets are known.

  2. Jennifer March 29, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Where are those new parties??? We need to see and hear you or do u think this is a joke. The wood work, the wood work erupting. When you guys come, please come with a plan to pull down.

  3. BaJan boy March 29, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Jennifer you are a bigger clown than I thought..

  4. seagul March 29, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Without independent judicial control, we cannot give effect to the essential values of our society. –Law and freedom of speech is the basic philosophy of liberalism. Without liberal reform society doesn’t move forward. So let’s rise from the ditch of name calling and contribute to the economic issues which lay before us.
    Bajan First.

  5. chris hill March 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

    dont wait for the current admin to ring the bell. keep the movement going and the key word ELECTION is going to resonate amoung the people.

  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 29, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Barbados Today. YOu do not block the profanity, you do not block all that is said about the Democratic Labour Party but you block most comments that have to speak the truth about the Barbados Labour Party. And we do not understand why Barbados is currently down slippery slope. Pathetic political puppet newspaper.

  7. greengiant March 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Jennifer my dear, Bajan boy and several others don’t want to hear about any alternative. These people sadly are stuck in the past where we had no options but these two dead beat parties.

    So do Barbadians really believe that the only people who can administrate our affairs are the members of these two political families? One whose history has been enshrined in the elitist brand, and the other obviously desirous of being elitist themselves.

    We are all the products of state funded education, business people, business minded people who understands the need for change. So don’t be affected by the Bees or Dees only syndrome that we inherited from our parents. We who know better will represent what we know. There will always be leaders and followers. leaders can at least lead even just themselves while followers will always be attracted to the crowd just for popularity. This is the culture that you so boldly profess Bajan boy. The bad man / bad boy culture has nothing to offer this country, and are the ones vulnerable to voter financing, and other forms of tap ups that will benefit the party with the deepest pockets. We will not be part of this culture are it’s against the very grain of democracy for which our ancestors sacrificed their very lives.

    The B L P were lucky to have left office before the crisis they helped to create snowballed before their very eyes, and until this current leader comes clean declaring the dept they had created, and about the assets they sold out, and money borrowed to balance the foreign during the overheating of the economy, then I cannot trust the Bees and wouldn’t suggest our citizens do either. They too used the money from the N I S, they too greased the pockets of a small number of business people, they created the pending squatters headache at Rock Hall in St. Philip with the illegal migration of regional nationals so as to deliberately drive down the wages of the very barbadian workers, they it is who allowed home owners to sub – divide their homes into rooms for the benefit of housing these migrant workers, with whom we are now stuck. These are all things that had a negative impact on our very services we so diligently developed over several years.

    So we need to speak up against both parties for they have both done us several injustices. I’m saying we have to place our trust in a new administrator as the management methods of these parties will not change. It will take a generation to achieve this change, the current batch of politicians only know what they have learned. I don’t need to be politically attached, i just want to remind voters of what we faced in the past, in the hope that history will help you decide the future. If we do the same thing the same way each time the result can only be the same as before. It’s really that simple.

  8. Bajan boy March 29, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Do you want a more elitest BaJan than the leader of Solutions Barbados…At least the leader of the opposition can and mixes with the poorest and less fortunate with the same ease as mixing with you and your eliteist friends greengiant…

  9. carlisle norville March 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    let me give you a word of Advice, Bajan Boy, Jennefer has the human & democratic right to express her opinion, get with the programme ( those ignorant & inconsiderate boys that running Barbados ,have to go one way or the other, I cant say anything about the because when i needed a good job, one of their M.P’s got me one(, what we need is a leader not a sheep like fraundel.

  10. Alex Alleyne March 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Our focus should be on MASCOLL the economic man in the BLP , plus who will be the Governor of the Central bank . Both of them will have their work cut-out. Ten years of putting things together (I hope) , let’s see if it all fan out for the good of Barbados and not a chozen (elite) few. Economic stability is what we need along with a strong AG.
    Hope the new change that is calling for don’t wind up like TRUMP led team in replacing health care .

  11. Carson C Cadogan March 29, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    The Barbados Labour Party is ready again for the opposition benches.

    If one is foolish enough to listen to the tripe that MIA AMOR MOTTLEY speaks one would get the false impression that Barbados is the worst country in the World. Yet she and her tribe are still trying hard to form the Govt. of the worst country in the World Barbados. It does not add up.

    She is not living any worse than she did 10 years ago. She is still eating caviar and washing it down with Dom Perignon Champagne. She is still driving the most expensive vehicle and that goes for her Tribe as well.

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY Still living large. While trying to fool the gullible.

  12. Mikey March 29, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    @Bajan boy, You want somebody to mix with you ?
    Do you have brothers or sisters, school friends ?
    Jennifer is correct in asking the OTHER THIRD PARTIES what they have for the citizens of this country. BLP, DLP, BLP, DLP, BLP, DLP backwards and forwards ? There is need for a Blood Transfusion in the Politics of Barbados, fresh, new, uncontaminated blood.
    Stop living in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s,,, Adams and Barrow dead.
    Arthur and Sandiford had their time running the Country.
    There are young, bright, people with new ideas to run this place.

    • Andrew Simpson March 30, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Will a few patriotic Barbadians with leadership qualities please arise and come forward, to orchestrate the design and development of a modern governance platform, that involves the ongoing (digital) participation of an aware and engaged citizenry and effects more professional management, bringing efficiency, accountability and transparency to the critical economic sectors of our society.

  13. Mark Adamson March 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Three things here:

    1) There are no third parties in Barbados. There are about 11 parties in Barbados at this point in time. The notion of third parties is a false and objectionable one in the context of there being about 11 parties in existence right now in Barbados.

    2) On this current trajectory, there will NEVER be any sustained growth and development in this country’s overall national social, political, material and financial affairs. The present trajectory of DLP/BLP Regimes, Taxation Regimes, Interest Rates Regimes, Credit/Debit Transfer Regimes, Motor Vehicle Insurance Regimes, So-called Exchange Rate Parities Regimes, Work Regimes, etc, will ensure the further dedevelopment, decay, collapse, and
    ruination in those affairs.

    For there to be the reactivation and resurgence of sustained growth and development in Barbados’ overall national social, political, material and financial affairs, there must be the putting of this country on a new and sustainable growth and development trajectory by the majority of adult people of it, and properly and
    systematically acting in concert with one another to do so.

    Such a welcome transformation in this country’s affairs will have to involve the GRADUAL REMOVAL/ABOLITION of ALL those
    above mentioned and other not mentioned Regimes and their
    REPLACEMENT by the right and appropriate social, political,
    material and financial regimes and strategies for assisting in the
    realization of such a new model of development for Barbados.

    3) Mottley is ABSOLUTE TOTALLY wrong to suggest that with the
    coming about of the BLP Administration in 1994, it rescued this
    country from the darkness of the political economic crisis of 1994,
    when Sandiford had done such much to help stabilize and turn
    around the crisis, with the help of the Social Partnership and the
    IMF and a few others, and when growth had already been taking place in the political economy before the BLP took office in September 1994.

    Furthermore, what can be logically and reasonably argued by
    many people is that Arthur, Mottley and the rest of the ensuing
    BLP Administrations brazenly squandered the opportunities for
    building upon the Sandiford legacy re further reducing and containing the size and responsibilities of the government and by helping to seriously properly reposition and reconfigure the entire material production and distribution sectors of the country in order to maximize the country’s growth and development potential – rather than that they grossly and recklessly help to make the size of the government far, far bigger than what Sandiford had left – to
    the point where its general activities stifled long term private
    sector growth and development substantially; they increased
    TAXATION more than what Sandiford helped to impose, to the
    point where then DLP Opposition Leader – now BLP member Clyde
    Mascoll – posited that Arthur, Mottley and co were taking 40 % out
    of almost every commercial market receipt based transactions in
    this country, thus terribly helping – at the time – to decrease the Money Turn Over Rate (micro and macro) in the country; they increased the government’s debt far, far more than what Sandiford
    had left and thus compromised the ability of
    future administrations to properly service future debt obligations
    without incurring greater debt and increasing TAXATION; they
    presided over the greater decimation of the agriculture and
    manufacturing sectors; and engaged in so many unsustainable strategies – borrowing credits from external financial sources for a rainy day -, which altogether – the afore mentioned – had contagion effects of helping to cause a long term deteriorating and
    worsening in the performances of the social, political, and
    financial structures of this country.

    • Carson C Cadogan March 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Well said Mark.

  14. sunshinecanada March 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Carson C, are you a stress pig, why are you picking at Mia Mottley,

  15. Brian Alleyne April 6, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    The DLP heading for a long vacation ….. a very long winter vacation


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