Stuart clashes with Mottley during Budget

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart tonight challenged Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to repeat a set of scurrilous charges she made in the House yesterday on the outside.

And in defense of Attorney-at-Law Hal Gollop, with whom Stuart boasted he had a friendship that dates back to 1967, the Prime Minister accused the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader of seeking to besmirch the image of the prominent Queens Counsel after she had personally invited him to serve on a four-member commission to draft a republican constitution for the island.

Stuart further accused Mottley of trying to paint Gollop as rogue after also asking him to serve for 14 years on the Board of the National Cultural Commission between 1994 and 2008.

He also said that Mottley had offered Gollop the position of Solicitor General on contract but said he had personally advised him not to accept the job even though he alleged that Mottley has assured Gallop that she would look after his son if he had agreed to do so.

It was the last comment that forced Mottley to rise to her feet seeking to clarify that Gollop was not offered “one cent” to sit on the constitutional commission.

However, she took issue with what she said were exorbitant legal fees in the sum of $1.5 million which were reportedly paid by the Stuart-led administration in relation to the Barbados Water Authority.

During his spirited address, Stuart also took issue with claims made by Mottley in relation to a proposed reverse osmosis plant which Mottley told the House yesterday the Canadian High Commission has been forced to wait in vain for an answer from Stuart, despite the benefits that would be derived by the island.

However, in response Stuart said he doubted either the current or the former High Commissioner would have leaked any communication with him to the Leader of the Opposition.

The Prime Minister also referred to a piece communication from the Bankers Association which he said he had not responded to.

“I know the letter referred to, it was not copied to anybody. Now if a letter written to the Prime Minister and was not copied to anybody, but it still ended up in the possession of charges, clearly the reply would be in the possession of the Leader of the Opposition too,” Stuart said.

“The letter was written to me as Prime Minister of Barbados and copied to no one, yet it ended up in possession of the Leader of the Opposition.”

Stuart went further to suggest that his BLP opponent in St Michael South Kirk Humphrey may have been operating as “a BLP mole”.

In terms of the actual Budget presented by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, Stuart likened the current economic burdens faced by the country to “a jockey which has gotten too heavy for the horse”.

In this context, he praised former Prime Minister Owen Arthur for the position he took today in the Budget debate, that Government could no longer carry the burden and that national sacrifices would have to be made.

15 Responses to Stuart clashes with Mottley during Budget

  1. Sean King
    Sean King June 2, 2017 at 1:48 am

    This Prime Minister can only speak up when it comes to the defense of his friends like Gollop and Parris but the ordinary Barbadian is invisible to him.Soon we will send you off to live in a world by yourself since you don’t associate with the people that elected you to serve .Do us a big favor and hurry up and call the election .

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  2. Kelly Scantlebury
    Kelly Scantlebury June 2, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Stupess! Smh

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  3. Bobolee Popo June 2, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Gollop ( JUDAS !! )

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  4. BimJim June 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Politicians have “privilege” when speaking in Parliament, so that they can openly challenge the other side without fear of legal action. For Fumble to demand that Mia repeat those accusations outside demonstrates that Fumble is an idiot. And most probably guilty as charged.

    As to Fumble not responding to letters, he does that with everything – Fumble does as little as possible, and NOT responding to texts, emails, letter and and phone calls is all part of the way he “represents” his people from the highest position in the land.

    We need to be rid of this entire do-nothing spennittoff administration at the first possible opportunity, and if we are able to elect in its stead a Party OTHER THAN BLP or DLP, or any people who have had experience in either Party that (in my opinion) would be a VERY good thing.

    So enough with the incompetence and sheer stupidity running the affairs of our precious country – WILL THE JACKASSES NOW PLEASE LEAVE THE STUDIO!

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  5. Alvin June 2, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I think we should ask Donald Trump to be Prime Minister of Barbados, I think he would do a better job than the idiot we have…

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    • Wayne June 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      You don’t need trump, , like he’s diong, MIA will drain the swamp.

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  6. Zeus June 2, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Big Jim if the accusations are true they can be repeated anywhere ……tell the opposition leader to take up the challenge because if she does not privilege or no privilege she will be deemed a liar

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  7. smiles June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    no Bim Jim, the Prime Minister wants her to repeat her words outside of Parliament, where she does not have parliamentary privileges so that all the people that she slandering can put she in court and win, especially if she aint got no proof. so she aint repeat it outside of parliament, I believe she aint got no proof. try to think for your self, be rational and reasonable.

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    • Wayne June 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      You don’t need trump, , like he’s diong, MIA will drain the swamp.

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    • Wayne June 2, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Most of her followers are not capable of thinking for themselves.

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  8. Bobo June 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Stuart and Mottley –Folks-I love four-legged Cat instincts , when i am not at home they make sure and let everything out of the (food) bag—when push comes to shove –can you imagine if Mia Mottley became Prime of Barbados– one day she’s on a foreign political trip–can you imagine” someone don’t agree with her mental thoughts ”can you imagine her reaction–Wow—World wide newspapers will have a field day —

    Poor Barbados my beloved country

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  9. Dale Worrell June 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Educate them Smiles cause they know not what they talk about. That’s why Mr Stuart ask her to repeat it outside of parliament she have no proof and she would get some law suits. The jackasses should indeed leave cause if you can only say something because you have parliamentary privilege to cover you and can’t repeat outside of parliament it’s means that you telling lies cause if there is documentary proof then you have nothing to worry about. So the jackasses should indeed leave so bimjim you can now leave. She nasty like that,she is a wicked lying brute. Chris and the PM I think leveled some charges at her reference to four seasons let her answer those. Bobo I can’t imagine neither do I want to.

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  10. ideliver69 June 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Distractions. Reassure your constituents and the people of Barbados that the pain they now once large forced to endure is only intended for x period to stabilize the country before they can expect some releif.

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  11. Yap Bait June 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    If not clean hands, then the fruit of the poison tree!

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  12. Mark Adamson June 3, 2017 at 3:01 am

    What Mottley has to deal with is the truth that she was part and parcel of a BLP government – from 1994 to 2008 – that – rather than really help put this country on a new development path – contributed massively – by way of the implementation of a number of destructive policies and programs – to the dedevelopment, decay and ruin that are presently seen in the structures of many of the social, political, material and financial affairs of Barbados.

    Mottley yesterday, today and forever – a person who has NEVER had, do NOT have and will NEVER have a vision, a cosmology, a blueprint that can be used by any local social movements or organizations to assist in the further growth and development of this country.

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