Don’t go there Mia!

Gollop hits back at BLP Leader

Prominent Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop Friday issued an open challenge to Opposition Leader Mottley to shed the protective cloak of Parliament and to come outside and repeat the same scurrilous allegations she made against him this week in the House of Assembly.

While echoing the views expressed by his dear friend and legal ally Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last night, Gollop Friday spoke out in his own defence, after Mottley, under the cover of Parliament, brought the character of the Chairman of the local Employment Rights Tribunal into serious question.

While charging that exorbitant fees in the amount of $1.5 million were paid by the Stuart-led administration in relation to projects at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Mottley effectively cast a wide net, in which both Gollop and Stuart were entangled, as she promised to uncover and root out corruption in both high and low places.

Mottley also raised a question mark over the Prime Minister’s election in St Michael South, while suggesting that he may have had some strong outside help.

However, in his own defence, Gollop said Friday that “in respect of the charge which would give the impression that I was out in a constituency in St Michael South handing out envelopes on Election Day, thereby, buying votes, I would simply ask the Leader of the Opposition, to come out from behind the protection of parliamentary privilege and go as far as Parliament Square and repeat the statement.

“I say no more,” he told Barbados TODAY, while warning that legal action could also follow.

Only last night, Stuart sprang to Gollop’s defence against what he said were attempts by Mottley to sully the character of his friend of 50 years.

Declaring that their friendship goes back to 1967, the Prime Minister had also challenged the Opposition Leader to repeat the charges on the outside, even as he accused her of seeking to paint Gollop as a rogue after she had personally invited him to serve on a four-member commission to draft a republican constitution for Barbados.

Mottley, who was in Government at the time, had also asked Gollop to serve for 14 years on the board of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) from 1994 to 2008 and had also reportedly offered Gollop the post of Solicitor General on contract, but Stuart said he had personally advised him not to accept the job even though he claimed that Mottley had assured Gollop that she would look after his son if he had agreed to do so.

24 Responses to Don’t go there Mia!

  1. SBajan Chandler
    SBajan Chandler June 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Lovey Donna P

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Hush,Shame bush

  3. Mark My Word June 3, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Come on Mama Mia repeat, let us see what you really made of, or was it just hot air.

  4. Saga Boy June 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    She can’t help but to lie. Imagine she charging $8 mil in legal fees and complaining about 10 percent restoration. She only laughing at we.

  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 3, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Seems like Freundel Stuart likes shady characters as close best friends. This is the second prominent but controversial person in Barbados to whom Freundel Stuart has called a close friend and defended. This seems to be a trend since the same Stuart is in the business of condoning wrong doing through the insistence that an immoral person is entitled to a lawyer even if he was withholding much-needed thousands from a wheelchair-bound elderly man. Hall Gollop is another controversial character with snake-like qualities. Imagine what a lie detector test would reveal about this man who appears squeaky but certainly not clean.

  6. hcalndre June 3, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Stuart seems to have some friends that always come into question, he said Parris is his friend, he is not a leper, well everybody knows that he ran Clico like a Ponzi scheme and up to this day people can`t get anything from their investment, another friend is the speaker of the house who owed a man over $1/4 m., you would think that he would say to the speaker give the man his money, no! he told him to get himself a lawyer, that`s the PM.

  7. harry turnover June 3, 2017 at 6:13 am

    The FBI and the Scotland yard gine deal wid SOME ah DEM. EVERYTHING gine be out in de OPEN by 2019.

    • Sherlock Holmes. June 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Harry you are more gullible than i thought.

  8. Frank White June 3, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I have been saying that for years Harry, you can’t put Frank James in charge of an investigation against Jesse James, makes no sense because the result is going to be not guilty… Foreign investigators…. This is my question, Is Mia the first parliamentarian that ever made a statement while covered by rights of parliament?? Sometimes you have to beat the bush to rattle the snakes… Hal gollop, all the masses are not asses…

  9. DE June 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Mark My Word, I would wish to believe that you are not as stupid as Freundel Stuart and Hal Gollop.
    Do you expect that statements made in the house of parliament would be easily broadcast outside of the house by the same deliverer.

    • Mark My Word June 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      If the statements are true, then of course they will and can be made outside Parliament.
      Dumb Eagle

  10. Zeus June 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

    SSS is this the same Gollop that Mia wanted to be solicitor general when she was AG … when did he become shady …..Hal Gollop was a member of the BLP …….so she would have to know about the man

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Mia Mottley is a rogue. She is also shady as well. Do not think for one moment that I am on her side because nothing could be further from the truth. Mia Mottley is another pretender, who wants the whole of Barbados to believe that she will come clean if she forms the next government. She must be pressured into doing the right thing in the interest of Barbados and not in the interest of party or any governance that looks after individual financing follies. Since she will be the next Prime Minister, she must state emphatically her position on increasing the powers of the Auditor General and making accountability, integrity, transparency, anticorruption and whistleblower legislation a commonality of prudent financial management. If she does not, she will simply continue to prove herself to be a rogue that is her indifferent dark self.

      • Sherlock Holmes. June 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Interesting SSS HMMMM.

  11. Sue Donym June 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Two lawyers challenging another lawyer – all knowing that with our archaic laws, there’s no “truth is an absolute defence” defence. It only matters that the comments would defame the subject. Wunnah too like easy money!

    Why not take the high road: publicly and absolutely deny and reject the statements? Waiting…

  12. Ernesta Catlyn June 3, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Oh the amount of respect that I had for Hal Gollop. What is happening to you brother, or was it always there but nicely cloaked like Darcy Boyce. It’s not only Water Authority Hal, please check yourself.

  13. Ernesta Catlyn June 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    NOne other than the PM and AG said that they say the vote buying themselves and would have done something about it. On Election ‘night’ rather than thank the people for the win the PM was as per usual scathing and condescending and vowed to deal with what he saw. Still waiting.

  14. Ernesta Catlyn June 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    NOne other than the PM and AG said that they saw the vote buying themselves and would have done something about it. On Election ‘night’ rather than thank the people for the win the PM was as per usual scathing and condescending and vowed to deal with what he saw. Still waiting.

  15. Kevin June 3, 2017 at 9:59 am

    So Gollop got work from both the Bees and the Dees. Smart fella.

  16. Milli Watt June 3, 2017 at 10:31 am

    parris is he friend, gollop is he friend, thompson was a friend a his….you would say trump is ur friend also.

  17. Carson C Cadogan June 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY cant accept the challenge because none of what she said is true.

    LIES, LIES, and DAMN LIES!!!

  18. Quietly Observing June 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    @carsonccadogan you are some yard foul.

  19. Greengiant June 4, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Hal Gollop is a Lawyer, Gentleman, and human being of the highest integrity. Clean hands, intelligent and the vexing thing for the Mottley crew is that he has no price tag.

    Wish there were many more lawyers and other professionals who like him could work for a government, and make sound decisions based on the facts of the matter. Mr. Gollop is a true servant of the people, and one of those who have been repaying the people for the investment made to his educational development. Don’t try to drag him into your political pig pen. He has worked for the country with both major political parties in office, how does he suddenly get so corrupt? This is truly the silly season.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 4, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      David Thompson was a lawyer, a gentleman and a human being that was supposed to be of the highest integrity. Leroy Parris also falls under that same description. The current Prime Minister of Barbados is supposed to an upright man who fears God, is intelligent and has clean hands. He does not tell lies but always delivers the truth. Therefore, Hall Gollop is an honest upright man who has never done anything wrong. You can always depend on him to come clean just like all the above persons who are outstanding sons of the soul. Stuuuuuuuuupse


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