Enemies of the State

Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman has described opponents of the controversial Hyatt Centric project as “enemies of the State”.

Kellman made the charge in Parliament this morning, during debate on a resolution on Crown Lands (Vesting and Disposal) on London Bourne Towers, in a clear reference to legal action being taken by attorney-at-law David Comissiong against the construction of the multi-million dollar hotel.

“I find it very shortsighted of some people who cannot appreciate that any development that comes close to London Bourne Towers or Nelson Street or so on, can only be a positive and not a negative.

“And anybody who stands in the way should be seen as an enemy not only of the State, but must be seen as an enemy to the people who are also living in the London Bourne Towers, because they are depriving them of an opportunity of having a job, of being able to provide a service to service the debt, or service the liability that they have with the NHC [National Housing Corporation] at some point in time,” Kellman told the Lower House.

His comments came as the High Court delayed consideration of an interim order that was recently filed by Comissiong.

When the matter came up before Justice Randall Worrell in the Number 9 Supreme Court this morning, both sides agreed to postpone the hearing on the interim order until May 9 when the substantive court case is scheduled to be heard.

Comissiong has taken legal action against the Freundel Stuart administration’s decision not to conduct an environmental impact assessment before granting permission for the construction of the US$100 million hotel on Bay Street, The City.

The social activist had secured an injunction last month which suspended permission granted by Stuart in his capacity as Minister responsible for Town & Country Planning, for construction of the 15-storey property, until the matter is heard by the court.

Kellman said that with respect to London Bourne Towers, urban housing development could not be undertaken in isolation, but there must be commercial activity in the area as well.

“That is why it is very important, especially as we deal with the London Bourne Towers, that we recognize that we just can’t build the London Bourne Towers and it’s a standalone. But you must have the necessary development in the area, so that the people will feel happy to remain in the area, and can see that they can drive and get an opportunity to get a job in that particular area. There must be a mix,” Kellman said.

He also drew parallels to the sugar industry, saying that in its quest for urban development, Barbados should adopt the same model practised during the glory days of the agriculture sector.

“I keep making the point that if we are going to develop the urban areas, that we must copy and we must go back to our history. Barbados was very successful when the sugar industry was able to have small farmers taking part in the industry, because those persons who had the lands were quite prepared to cut their canes and because they were prepared to cut canes for themselves, they were quite prepared to also work on the plantations, etc,” the minister added.

38 Responses to Enemies of the State

  1. Jennifer April 26, 2017 at 3:27 am

    “Enemies of the state”
    No, u politicians are the enemies of the state and black people as a whole. Forget the cane analogy too the only people who was cutting those canes was black people. All of you politicians traded your collins for the collar and tie/European suit with the hangman noose as your desert. All of you lot need putting back into the fields to work with that guard on your mouth where you cannot suck any of the cane and jumping over the rats. You lot forgot where your come from and is hell bent on keeping black people subjugated and in oppression. I would bet that not one of you lot of suited, big head crew has been to talk to one of those people from nelson street.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 26, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Jennifier, what the hell is wrong with you girlie? Let the idiot talk he talk nuh. Why must you remind these black Oreos of their past? Do you not know that the higher the monkies climb the more they show up their tails. These bunch of vagabonds want to do things without having to subject themselves to any type of scrutiny and accountability. So for them, checks, balances and impact assessments are not important at this juncture. Its the same approach with Cahill’s Kellman, Low, Boyce, Stuart and Sinckler operation. Its the same approach with they getting back their loss earnings and everyone else got to suck salt accept their so called legitimate justifications. The laws of the land are a joke when it comes to these high flyers because it lets them get away with murder. He wants to paint Commisiong as an enemy while they try to come out looking heroes. I would like to know how much of hero he would be in the Grotto High Rise Building i they throughly investigate that. Imagine, when these ministers say they are upright by they say so everyone must accept that there was no skulduggery involve in the Grotto High rise in spite of the auditor general’s report because the Political rep say ain’t so. So let the idiot talk.

      • jennifer April 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        SSS – u r funny. As I said before we got a serious problem with civil obedience. Never challenging anything. This how governments induce all sorts on the public/masses. While the other lot taking right advantage. They talk about heros but the only TRUE heros were Clement Payne and Bussa. FREEDOM fighters of Barbados.

        • hcalndre April 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm

          Jennifer: I agree with you about these heroes, Bussa, Clement Payne and I will put Grantley Adams because I heard that his life was in danger and he had to run, any of the others ever put their lives on the line for their people, went to jail or beaten for a cause that would help their people. Nelson Mandella, Jomo Kenyatta, Martin L King, those can be called heroes without a doubt.

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 26, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Beginning to look like DLP present day government got a bigger stake in Hyatt by the way they going nuts over any challenges to it’s construction.Something here stinks Barbados supposed to be a democracy so why is these politicians freaking out,but then again de lil rock ain’t no damm real democracy it’s just b/s.

  3. sticks and stones April 26, 2017 at 5:31 am

    David Commissiong is not going to stop doing his Empirical dance until barbados looks like Vanezula and Cuba and those who are lauding his approach would be the first ones to run for greener pastures leaving those behind with no way out.

  4. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore April 26, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Block all major developments because I don’t want the Dlp to receive any accolades just negativity. Meanwhile the economy is in trouble. Ladies and gentlemen the future of politics here in Bim. Smh

    • hcalndre April 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      @Sticks and Stones/Lisa Moore; who you know that`s against Hyatt hotel in Barbados? Are you saying that the Hyatt is going to be a gold mine? With all the other hotels, the industry say that there was a 5% drop in visitors this season, so if the Hyatt is going to be busting at the seams, they better start building another Hyatt.

  5. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa April 26, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Sad and unfortunate comment by Minister Kellman.

    I agree that there should be a major hotel closer to the City, as there is in almost every capital in the world. Such a development brings an opportunity for revitalization of the capital. However, such development should be undertaken in a sensible manner and if that means having an appropriate study then so be it. What is not being said? For instance, why would a luxury brand name hotel want to be situated right next to a building that has seen better days and whose wares are always displayed on the street. Will there be an upgrade to that building or is that to be sold to give the hotel additional room? How will the new hotel change the “look and feel”. of the area? How will the residents of London Bourne Towers and surrounding districts benefit? Government should be making a full case on this development. Sell it to Barbadians. Get more Barbadians on board rather than calling people with questions enemies of the state.

    Very sad state of affairs

    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor April 26, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Wunna done know that woman gine sell that property to Hyatt and move back down d rd…. All of that in d bag…. Wunna could bet that she already received a proposal fa twice what her business cost!

  6. Joan Brome
    Joan Brome April 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Smell a RAT

  7. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman April 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    WOW “enemies of the state” for exercising his constitutional right. What next will we be calling you people our “dear leaders”. You people honestly think that Baj suh foolish that we don’t see all this posturing wunnah gine still build de hotel. I support the hotel so tell comrade Kellman to STFU this ain’t no communist state.

  8. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn April 26, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Only one man that Mr kellman could be referring to, and that is Mr comissiong.

  9. Frank White April 26, 2017 at 7:11 am

    This is the problem we have, whenever someone comes out and speak against anyone or anything that they have approved, he’s look upon as an enemy. Yet you politicians, speak out of turn, you insult the black masses, you squander the tax payers money, you constantly lie and deceive the masses and you don’t expect anyone to brand you as the enemy of the state because in my eyes, many of you politicians are.

    Brother Comissiong is doing what he’s doing for the good of all those who truly love Barbados and I gave him my support…

    • hcalndre April 28, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Did not for Comissiong The stupid bajans would be lining up putting their fingers in some hole at the ports of entry going and coming and the PM of all people knew it was never law and then they were some saying,” I have no problem with the idea, I neva do nuttin wrong” and another one saying, “when I go to NY I`m fingerprinted”.

  10. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson April 26, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Something just ain’t seem right about this project seems like certain people are set to gain a handsome kickback …

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner April 26, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Dave D Thompson I’m in total agreement with ya something about this project stinks.

  11. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor April 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

    So basically what this idiot is trying to imply, is that d ppl from d Nelson st area and London Bourne towers will have first chance at getting jobs! Error! Not wid d reputation that area have! Sandals now destroy d wetlands they bought… They ain’t paying taxes for 25 yrs, bringing in everything duty free and got just as much non nationals working there as Bajans! Keep trying to fool d poor ppl into agreeing to projects that put money in certain ppl pockets and shell out a couple of jobs while hundreds remain disappointed!

  12. Shawn Phillips
    Shawn Phillips April 26, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Will smith, gene hackman where are you?

  13. Walter Prescod April 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    It is disrespectful for D. Kellman to label people who refused to tow his line Enemies of the state. This is like Jim Crows reaction on the freeing of the slaves. Then i say to you D.K. ”I could have freed more but they never knew they were slaves”. Have look in the mirrow. You are a true Bajan David and you have my support.

    • Jennifer April 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      @Walter Prescod – And imagine this is our own so called black leaders. If we are being cornered by them then you can understand the kind of position we are in. It reminds me of the Vernon Johns Story. We are surrounded on all sides as a people. Even the term Bajan is a title in which we were given. INTEGRATION WAS THE WORST THING THAT HAPPENED TO THIS PEOPLE. Being in the MAJORITY TOO.

      • hcalndre April 28, 2017 at 4:08 pm

        Jennifer, all these people that are in positions that massa had all they have done is to take the baton and carry it on but what is more damaging is that they are black. Dennis Kellman should be in Dodds for such a statement.

  14. lime juice April 26, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Kellman is an enemy to the NHC

  15. lime juice April 26, 2017 at 8:32 am

    The DLP is an enemy to the state

  16. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman April 26, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Mr. Kellman, please stop your ignorant, over-dramatic grandstanding. Your ‘enemy of the state’ is NOT objecting to the building of the hotel. He is quite correctly pointing out that the rules and regulations have been bypassed and disregarded. Those same rules and regulations are in the interests of the people, the country, the environment, the proposed hotel and the safety of the workers and guests who will occupy it, otherwise the same rules and regulations would never have been created to protect against inappropriate, or potentially dangerous building projects in the first place.

    You are simply re-enforcing the ever more justifiable belief that your administration thinks they can just go ahead and do whatever they want without consult or consideration for others and ignore advice, professional opinion, and even the Law of the Land, as has been seen over and over again.

    Thank goodness at least one person in this country has the balls to stand up to you.

  17. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman April 26, 2017 at 10:03 am

    To borrow from something else I read today, calling those who oppose the government ‘enemies of the state’ is sinister. This tactic is commonplace in dictatorships and autocracies, but to see it in a democracy is alarming. Meaningful opposition to the Government, its policies, decisions and actions is necessary for the country and for democracy.

  18. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale April 26, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Their rhetoric is quite comical.. All because citizens rightfully demand an Impact Assessment Study and subsequent Town Hall meetings to voice concerns and make inquiries about a project that could vastly affect the lives of many? Aren’t these the same folks that implied that Barbados is more than an economy, it’s a society? Showing such scant respect for and insulting the intelligence of Barbadians in the interest of lining their own pockets.

  19. sunshinecanada April 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Yes Mr Goodman, well said, playing with the wrong man,

  20. Ossie Moore April 26, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    To all Barbadians ! Would you not think that the Hyatt employs just as knowlegable or more professional legal advisors than you ? It’s not a fly by night international company ! They will not place themselves in such a fiasco with misinformed or disinformed small fish.

  21. Sheron Inniss April 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Ossie Moore yuh mean to tell me yuh still believe that crap. Barbadians know more about this rock than outsiders but the big wigs don’t listen. I can bet you few people in the area will be getting jobs there if it gets the okay. I too smell a big big rat. It seems this bunch of politicians think they and only they have a right to speak in this de-mock-cracy.

  22. Nathaniel Samuels April 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Kellman, you are the greatest; idiot. If we are enemies of the state, then you are friends of the state for bringing Cahill, corruption, housing solutions that have not worked and all manner of ill to this dear country of mine. What is wrong with the hotel developers having an environmental impact study? i would like to at least see the artist’s impression of what the hotel and its surroundings would look like. Have that displayed all over the city for all to see and we could have a better idea of what our new city would look. But of course we still want the EIA.

  23. jrsmith April 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Bajans stop expecting anything sensible from our politicians its not there , politicians speak to the 1% way different to speaking to black bajan masses …
    Mr Kellman belongs to a band of people who do what they please say what they like , not being accountable to us , but work in the interest of them…………..
    Enemies of the state if you exercise democratic right, Mr kellman please explain to our people what have happen to the missing 700-800 millions of bajan taxpayers money which cannot be accounted for…..
    Give you a start , a company borrowing ,987,000 .00 Bds on a Monday date and the company went bankrupt 2 days later on Wednesday, who is the enemy within……………………

  24. Mack April 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This PM been in parliment too long. He need to be releived so he can go back to reality. His display is what happen when you have power too long. People of St Lucy please releive him ASAP.

  25. Zeus April 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Anyone here remember the word negrocrat and who used it ……time to start using the word hypocrites

  26. Greengiant April 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    If the BLP administration had repaid Republic Bank the money they borrowed on that piece of crown land, the bank would not have been able to sell the land to the project owners in the first place. That land was used by the Arthur administration as collateral for a foreign exchange loan from the bank after they sold BNB to the said bank. Now their operatives are trying their very best to prevent the project from commencing under this government at the expense of the people.

    So even though I don’t support this administration, the minister is right. They’re all enemies of the state. You people need to pay attention to the mouthings of certain organizations. The leader of the BCCI prior to their meeting at LESCC recently appealed to business leaders, political opponents and other professionals to put the politics aside and act in the best interest of the country. The foreign direct investment from this project, the short and long term employment, the small business contribution and other spin offs are more critical to this country currently than any reason for the objections being raised.

    Several projects were handed out during the BLP time in office, there were cost overuse, money was spent on green, white, pink and other colour papers for projects that never saw daylight, costing the tax payers millions. Why no court injunctions back then? The answer, the current objector was the chairman of some NGO’s benefiting from state funding stopped by this administration.

    This is a pro bono objection, the objector will have his gravy restored if the BLP is returned to office. In the mean time the people of the city whom he once wanted to represent has to be disadvantaged again.

    It’s time some of you forget about using this forum to make our political parties look superior to the other. You are failing for the reasons I mentioned here. If you doubt what I have stated here then check the Auditor General’s report for the fourteen years the BLP were in office. If they had inherited the level of dept the DLP did things would be worse than it currently is.

    I urge you to reject them both at the polls, this government will leave significant dept for the Bees as was done to them by the Bees. If they’re returned to office their nakedness will be exposed for all of you to see. Be careful what you wish for!

  27. Lorenzo April 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Greengiant you don,t support this administration that is a big laugh.Based on your contributions along with others like Zeus, Coralita ,Jennifer ,sherlock Holmes,Carson Cadogan and on the radio like the Trini Dem,the idiot Ms Decided, and Maureen Holder all of you are Dems so reel and come again you are not fooling anyone.On another note that lady Ms Decided really needs either to be banned of Brasstacks or issue an apology to Mr Johnson for her behavior to him on Tuesday.

    • hcalndre April 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      MisS Undecided probably is a mouth piece for some operative of the DLP and the Triny, I calls her [miss knows all) she speaks most of time not knowing the real issues, she spoke of the squatters in Barbados and Guyana told them they are 1500 bajans there squatting and they are welcome, Trinidad said the are a few hundred bajans there illegally, she have a problem with Guyanese sending money home by Western Union so now that Trump put 2% on the money that is remit to countries, Barbados included, I want to hear from her.

  28. Greengiant April 27, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Lorenzo I have declared for all that my support is fully dedicated to Solutions Barbados. Do you as some others have an issue with me reminding our people of the misrepresentation, squandering, gravy train politics of both the BLP and DLP.

    Why is it so difficulty painful for you people who support these two parties? Why do you all think that they both have some right to lead this country when they have both been found wanting on critical national issues? You people have inherited the colonial ghost from your elders and we have the solution even for your ghostly purge.

    I will continue to expose your pitiful ideology for what its worth. Actually the policies practiced by both parties are worth less than the paper on which its written. So Lorenzo, when the campaign starts you, the government, opposition and all Barbados will know who is the Greengiant. I am actually contemplating joining the battle in St. Michael South.


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