Not me!

Mottley denies getting $4 million from Four Seasons

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has dismissed as total nonsense, claims that she earned legal fees of $4 million for work done on the stalled Four Seasons hotel project.

“This notion that Elliott D Mottley & Company earned $4 million in fees from a private company is a nonsense and a falsehood. I have indicated that eight lawyers working over a period of time did not even reach a half or a 1/3 of that amount. They are still owed funds and it was not for one transaction, but for s series of transactions.

The claim against Mottley has surfaced following her response to the 2017-2018 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals in Parliament last week in which she claimed that attorney-at-law Hal Gollop, QC, a legal partner of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, had received fees $1.5 million for work done on the newly constructed Barbados Water Authority headquarters building in Pinelands, St Michael.

While promising to uncover and root out corruption in both high and low places, Mottley had also charged that Gollop was instrumental in Stuart’s re-election in St Michael South constituency.

Tuesday, the Opposition Leader took a further swipe at the governing Democratic Labour Party, reminding that “I was not a Prime Minister charging $3.3 million for legal work done for CLICO while being the Prime Minister of a country”.

It was a clear reference to allegations made against former Prime Minister David Thompson following his death in 2010.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party leader also gave the country the assurance that the notion that lawyers can charge four and five times more than their counterparts in the same transaction, was wrong.

Mottley argued that there was a minimum scale of fees which informed lawyers most of the time, stressing that they usually charged according to the scale of fees.

Mottley added that if the client felt that he had been charged excessive fees he could go for taxation of the fees as well from the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

On the final night of the Budget debate Prime Minister Freundel Stuart sprang to Gollop’s defence against what he said were attempts by Mottley to sully the character of his friend of 50 years.

Both Stuart and Gollop challenged Mottley to come out into an open forum and repeat the scurrilous allegations she had made against them in the House of Assembly.
(NC)

21 Responses to Not me!

  1. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    That is why Barbados between drinking poison or shooting themselves in de head. What a choice.

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  2. Sean R. Phillips
    Sean R. Phillips June 6, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    They all have dirty hands, and can easily lay claims against each other. In other countries it is not permissible to be in public service and have your own side job. Such an arrangement creates a conflict of interest, to where one would be more inclined to Perdue their own self interests instead of the public whom they claim to serve. Only in Barbados is such things consider normal and okay.

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  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 7, 2017 at 12:15 am

    We know that Hall Gollop is notorious. It comes as no surprise that Freundel Stuart would have a friend like him. After all, he likes shady characters and is already known to Barbados to be a deceiver. But, you Mia Mottley, would have Barbados to believe that you did not or do not operate in similar vain as a Hall Gollop, or any other lawyer in Barbados. We know that they are a handful of loyal political lawyers who works in close collaboration with government politicians to earn large sums of money for jobs that more than likely do not cost as much as you people does charge. Mottley your skeletons are in the closet bursting to get out because they are not too much space left to keep them confined. That is why if you want to do the right thing in the name of all that is moral in Barbados, you will start telling Barbadians now, why it is important to ensure that all financial undertakings in Barbados come under Transparency, Accountability, Integrity, and whistleblower legislation. You know right now that it is imperative to increase the powers of the auditor general and to back him up with Anticorruption laws. This will bring all sitting MPs under a strict code of conduct that will see all of them come under a set stringent financial rules. We need to ensure that the nonsense that has enriched many of them, including yourself, beyond their wildest dreams must come to an end. All of you are wicked.

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  4. joan Worrell June 7, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Brer Fox and the Rabbit

    “For a mighty long time” Brer Fox had tried to catch Brer Rabbit and Brer Rabbit had outwitted him. The closest Brer Fox ever came was this:

    He built a contraption of molasses and tar that he called a “Tar Baby” and put it where Brer Rabbit was sure to find it. When Brer Rabbit came across the Tar Baby he tried, fruitlessly, to converse with it. In anger, Brer Rabbit punched at the Tar Baby until he became completely stuck.

    Brer Fox, overjoyed at finally capturing his nemesis, mused aloud over what to do with him. With every idea (barbecuing, hanging, etc.) Brer Rabbit pleaded, “Do what you want but please don’t throw me into the Briar Patch!” Brer Fox, wanting to hurt the rabbit as badly as possible, flung him into the briar patch. Brer Fox realized his mistake when, instead of crying in agony, Brer Rabbit smiled smugly at the fox and sang that he was “Born and bred in the briar patch!” and Brer Fox knew that Brer Rabbit had once again outwitted him.

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  5. Frank White June 7, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Everyone has skeletons in their closets, even I do, but the catch here is that Ms mottley is a public figure, leader of the opposition, she partly blew the whistle on what she deemed as corruption which if got into the public domain would partially ruin the chances of the DLP getting back into power so it’s no surprise that all these allegations would be level against her, it’s understandable because all should know that this is how the DLP operates.

    The masses need to examine the evidence for themselves, don’t be fooled, follow the money and see the corruption and who is perpetrators are, it’s not hard…

    FOLLOW THE MONEY

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  6. Ras June 7, 2017 at 9:11 am

    The money trail all the way down Greenland, Millions of dollars spent and gone in people pockets. No Landfill to show, I cry for my Barbados.

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  7. Carson C Cadogan June 7, 2017 at 9:12 am

    We expect her to say that.

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  8. Ras June 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Is the Invoice available
    Leak it nuh

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  9. joan Worrell June 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Poker was played in the house last week Wuh loss my girl had a Full House (Three aces and two kings) and spent three hours jumping up telling the whole of Barbados ”I win , I win , I win”. Wuh loss, when Chris exposed his Royal Flush (A,K,Q,J , 10 in Hearts, she had a grief lump in she throat. I doubt she will ever play a poker game again.

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  10. Dale Worrell June 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Ms Mottley denial is expected but why didn’t she deny them on the floor of parliament when Chris was levelling them at her? Chris bought documents to deny her accusations and also brought documents to support his allegations she had all the time while in parliament to stand up on a point of order and deny them
    She is to point fingers but none ain’t to point at her?! Why she don’t repeat what she said about Hal outside of parliament.

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  11. joan Worrell June 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Dale Worrell
    Please tell the readers that we aren’t related. However yuh just as sweet as muh husband. Yuh diz read yuh Bible doah? Boy, the Scriptures have been fulfilled in tiny Barbados .

    John 8:10King James Version (KJV)

    10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

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  12. joan Worrell June 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Is this the second reply to the Budget? Wuh loss, when are we going to get a reply which will tell Barbadians how they are going to get out of this economic mess? Straughn and Mascoll are real real real ashamed. They are walking with their heads down all day.

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  13. Jea Alleyne June 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    At Joan Worrell…..It is already in the hands of Barbadians to get themselves out of this mess……

    Before Elections…. And before we put an X in any box, that the Freedom of Information Act (foi), in line with the USA, the UK and all the progressive nations including Integrity Legislation is put in place or we dont vote or pay taxes. Put the system at a standstill to get what wunna want….. You have to play the game with what you’ve got and that is your vote. They dont care bout you, so make sure you got the laws in place in your defence. In the past you had more “honest” individuals leading the people. Today that is not the case.

    The system is corrupt unless you have those laws, 90 other countries have the FOI. If you settle for less, you settle for corruption which affects us all in the long run. We all want a fair system.

    The total confusion and chaos must stop, and the people by rights will have the opportunity of Freedom of Speech as in the Constitution of Barbados, it is an abuse against human rights to deny anyone the Freedom of Speech…..that was in slavery days !!

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  14. Jea Alleyne June 7, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    At Joan Worrell…..It is already in the hands of Barbadians to get themselves out of this mess……
    Before Elections…. And before we put an X in any box, that the Freedom of Information Act (FOI, in line with the USA, the UK and all the progressive nations including Integrity Legislation is put in place or we dont vote or pay taxes. Put the system at a standstill to get what wunna want….. You have to play the game with what you’ve got and that is your vote. They dont care bout you, so make sure you got the laws in place in your defence. In the past you had more “honest” individuals leading the people. Today that is not the case.
    The system is corrupt unless you have those laws, 90 other countries have the FOI. If you settle for less, you settle for corruption which affects us all in the long run. We all want a fair system.
    The total confusion and chaos must stop, and the people by rights will have the opportunity of Freedom of Speech as in the Constitution of Barbados, it is an abuse against human rights to deny anyone the Freedom of Speech…..that was in slavery days !!

    My responses are getting deleted again, I didnt defame anyone’s character….. So there is no Freedom of Speech / Expression in Barbados….Wow there are no Human Rights in Barbados in the year 2017 ? What was Emancipation all about then ?

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  15. Carlisle Norville June 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    if i may voice my humble opinion, i am wondering when Barbadians will realize that they truly have the POWER, to CHANGE things, we must DEMAND that politicians be held accountable for all the monies that go to their friends, or that go to their accounts, you mean millions & millions of dollars just disappear, & all they do is just SMILE & act as though nothing has happened,( we jackasses just sit back & let them, ride we round & round the Garrison savanna ,kadear people STOP being so complacent,& STAND UP for your RIGHTS

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  16. Greengiant June 7, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Who was the Attorney General that had the Fire station at Arch Hall, the Police Station at Crab Hill awarded to an inexperienced contractor who made a mess that cost millions to correct the mess? I wished Minister Jones would give us a final report on Edutec, the status of the renovated and the equipment purchased for the project. This and other issues within that administration cause the Prime Minister at the time to shuffle and reshuffle the cabinet more than the Three Card Men shuffled their three cards.

    If that P M is honest he will tell Barbadians how difficult his cabinet was to manage, and why he had to reshuffle so often. The level of pilferage was extremely high, and most times embarrassing. I hope he will do Barbadians a service and tell all before he sails off into the sunset. He really owes us that much. The former P M will tell us if asked that his cabinet was more corrupt than this current administration. That’s why he opted for the politics of inclusion, he had to bring on board persons loyal to him, otherwise he would have been like a lamb to the slaughter.

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  17. Jea Alleyne June 8, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Sadly guys, my responses are being deleted, certain people have “Freedom of Speech” but others who can resolve some of the issues dont”. Back to Naked Departure where you can say what you want as an real “social media” vehicle just like the International Community….Barbados restrains its citizens, they are not free, as most of the other international countries

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  18. Greengiant June 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I once had the same experience mate @ Jea Alleyne

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  19. Jea Alleyne June 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    @ Greengiant, thats when you say something REAL important, they make sure it doesnt get shared 🙂

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Barbados Today has been disallowing many of comments as they have been placing them on the waiting list for moderation. I have been critical of BT for the part they are playing in keeping the system that protects corrupt thieving politicians intact. On here you will see many suggested profane sayings, but the moment you make a comment that touch a political nerve especially comments about the opposition leader, Barbados Today cuts them out. That is why the media in Barbados are considered to be partisan and paid for.

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  20. Jea Alleyne June 11, 2017 at 8:22 am

    @ Sunshine Sunny Shine. VOB and Barbados Today, are part of the problem, not helping with solutions because the problems are not in their community, they are in ours. There are 2 Barbadoses !! One for the Oppressors and one for the oppressed !!

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