Mottley calls on leaders to be respectful

The Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, has responded to remarks made by Senator Jepter Ince in which he described members of the local business community as parasites.

During a media briefing in the Christ Church East Central Constituency yesterday, Mottley called for a change in the tone of conversations, noting that those in Government and other positions of leadership must be shining examples for the nation’s youth.

“When you can now have another representative of the Government . . . referring to the private sector as parasites, this notion and this language and this tone of conversation has to stop. From the Prime Minister, to the Minister of Finance, to the Minister of Education, to other members of this party, it has to stop,” Mottley said.

“We expect more and better from those who are required to lead us and this notion that because we do not agree with someone that you are at liberty to curse them at will, is a notion I want to reject and repudiate and also to say that you really have to treat people with dignity,” Mottley added.

The BLP Leader argued that members of the Fruendel Stuart administration, throughout their nine years in office, have continuously thrown our disrespectful and degrading utterance to the Opposition and any person who opposed them.

She cited examples where officials have talked about “cracking heads and shooting people”, referred to others as “enemies of the state”,  and a member of the Cabinet referring to those who opposed him as “germs”.

“They must change their tone to the people of this country if we are to set examples for those who are to come after us. But in any event, apart from setting examples, in order for Barbados and Barbadians to get out of where we are there has to be a platform built that unites people of different opinions, backgrounds , races and classes because it is only through a unified force of us working together in a spirit of hope and transformation that we are going to get out of this rut and this deep hole that we are in economically and socially,” Mottley said.

“We cannot build and work together on that bridge if we are being disrespectful to each other. We have to start from a position of respect,” she added.

30 Responses to Mottley calls on leaders to be respectful

  1. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor June 18, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I hope she takes her own advice!

    • Angel Blossoms
      Angel Blossoms June 18, 2017 at 10:12 am


    • Kevin June 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

      When I read the headline, those exact words came in my head, lol.

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman June 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Sharon Taylor some very black pots walking bout calling out kettles lol.

  2. Pat Prescod
    Pat Prescod June 18, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Seriously Mia

  3. Milli Watt June 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    very very very long (stupse)………….he RIGHT but I won’t mention some of the things she would have said or done in her lifetime that would be considered disrespectful. mottley if you ain’t figure it out yet this is politics and the political season and it will get dirtier either you in or stand out (which might not be a bad idea)

  4. Mark My Word June 18, 2017 at 11:47 am


    An organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense.

    How else do you explain this except being parasitic

    BARBADIAN CONGLOMERATE Goddard Enterprises Limited (GEL) is raking in the dough and its board of directors is in line for a taste of the financial sweets.
    The DAILY NATION confirmed that fresh from earning a $62 million profit and its “highest earnings per share ever” of 83 cents last year, GEL has received shareholder permission to hike the remuneration of its seven non-executive directors from $276 000 to $418 000 annually. It’s the first such increase since January 2009. And on top of this additional $142 000 in their pockets, the group’s board members will now be able to participate in its Savings Related Employee Share Purchase Scheme. They will be allowed to purchase a maximum of $40 000 in shares annually.

    Private sector company raises Directors pay from $276,000 to $418,000 per annually or from $23,000 per month to $34,833 per month, while offering the WORKERS a 2% raise of pay
    Is this not PARASITIC or the work of a Parasite company feeding off the WORKERS.

    • Coconut Vendor June 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      @Mark my work… You are twisting the facts, perhaps unintentionally. GEL increased workers pay by 2% EVERY YEAR, not a one-time increase as your comment suggests. The seven GEL directors were being paid $276,000 in total – that is $39,000 per director per year – which shareholders voted to increase to $59,000 per year (i.e. $418,000 total). Compare that to Sagicor which pays directors $84,000 a year.

      Sure there are parasites in private and public sector, often working closely together. But you’ve got the facts wrong here.

  5. Mark Adamson June 18, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Talk about disrespect!!!

    Here below is a representation of another inane and disrespectful comment that was made by a sitting parliamentarian.

    “And I hope that those who have propped up this administration….this government, and those who have done so out of greed and singular self-interest, I hope that they understand that whatever it is..hits all of us at the same time, and that IT WILL SPLASH LIKE THE SEWERAGE (that was coming out of the South Coast Sewerage plant) ON ALL OF US”.

    The aforegoing representation is of a very filthy, scurrilous, vengeful and disrespectful remark that was made by Mia Mottley in her speech at the BLP Top Rock meeting many Sundays ago.

    See the BLP Top Rock meeting video (3:18.08 – 3:18.37) for proof.

    Furthermore, were there a recall procedure, in the constitutional and political system of Barbados, for popularly elected public officials who make statements, commit actions and refuse to take actions that deeply offend public sensibilities, that procedure would have been by now invoked for the recall of especially Denis Kellman, Michael Carrington and Mia Mottley by large proportions of their constituents.

  6. Milli Watt June 18, 2017 at 11:56 am

    this is the first honest thing I have heard this senator say I might add a bunch a inbred lousy always wid dey hand out PARASITES. @ mark my word you forget Barbados Shipping and Trading, Barbados Light and Power, R L Seale my word now that is something else, Chefette restaurants, Sagicor………….I could go on and on about these companies who pay senior management hundred of thousands of dollars and the foot soldiers are satisfied with a Christmas party wait I forget Mottley law offices.

  7. IT Manager June 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I have a small IT company that I started 10 years ago. I pay my VAT and Corporation Tax to the government. I employ 8 persons. Am I a parasite because I think that the government imposition of this NSRL is ridiculous? Am I a parasite because I choose to be my own entrepreneur and not be dependent on people like Jeptre Ince and his like?

    These are the same politicians that will come to the same Private Sector and beg for sponsorship when elections come around.

    This man has no respect. This government has nor respect. They need to be fired!!!

    • Bresford Leon Phillips June 18, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      If the IT Manager making millions of dollars and paying minimum wages yes that is the work of a Parasite Company

      The IT Manager choose to be an entrepreneur and not be dependent on people like Jeptre Ince and his like?
      Then the IT Manager is well Educated and have common sense.

      How ever the IT Manager has to except the truth as it has to be told.
      There are Parasite companies out there

  8. Mark My Word June 18, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Senator Jepter Ince is correct

    Barbadians are so Educated now and lacking common sense that they can’t except the Truth.

    Have to Politicized everything.

    Take for Instant the Slave shops in Swan St. making large profits while paying minimum wages, is that not the work of a parasite.

    The Big R making millions and millions of dollars per month in their business and paying minimum wages and giving workers one year contracts, is that not the work of a Parasite.

    The Big Hotel that get all of those LARGE Concession from Government but buying almost everything from Jamaica
    Is that not the work of a PARASITE

    Come on Barbadians Errol Barrow did not give is FREE Education to be Political yard fowls
    Open wunna eyes

    The Private sector taking us back to Slavery with the help of the useless trade Unions.

  9. Ras June 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Ms Mottley works for the Private sector as she did not go to Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad like my son and get the certificate to practice law in the Courts here
    So what else can she say

    The FACTS are out there, Parasites in high places paying slave wages while raking the Dough and living high while workers suffering.

    Before she tell the poor workers She will raise minimum wages if elected
    What a wasted opportunity.

  10. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Mia Mottley is so hard to trust your words. You are trying to come over so much as if you do not hurl insults as well. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt on this one and say that you are right. However, Jepter Ince is correct to describe them as Parasites. There are so many cases where they completely discriminate against black Barbadians. I have a friend who works for the island’s most popular hardware store. He was with them from the time he left school, and continue with them until to date. He knows the inside and outside of that hardware store like the back of his hand. Yet, for all the years that he has worked there, all the promotions went to the whites. Imagine, some of them were placed in supervisory positions over him and, most if not all, were trained by him. This is the type of post-colonial stuff that is still happening in Barbados.

  11. Big Man June 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Imagine in 2017 a Political leader want me to call a Parasite by another name because that Leader works for them and get big money, while thee Parasites getting all kind of Concession and paying out slave wages to the workers.

    We in Barbados lacking common sense fuh real

  12. Big Man June 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    In my school days back in the 60’s we would say thee Pot calling the Kettle black.

  13. Greengiant June 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I made a contribution to the column on the redevelopment of the Bridgetown, and I made the same point. The business community has been a parasite for several decades. They then expect the government to use tax payers money to rebuild, retool, and reestablish the city as a twenty four hour business environment.

    So what have they done with their profits over those decades?
    I can understand Mia’s position, she’s depending on this very business community to support her with her efforts, so she has to toe the line, and will have to continue to do so. Prime Minister in the twenty first century? Ask the opinion of the French electorate.

  14. Bresford Leon Phillips June 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Before Mia Amor Mottley come to the rescue thee poor workers in Bush Hall that getting paid $250 per week working in these Parasite companies that making millions of dollars in profits and paying out next to nothing as wages she defending them.

    And the blind Bajan Political yard fowls can’t see or except the truth.
    I not voting again BLP/ DLP all the same
    Now is the time for United Progressive Party Lynette Eastmond to up the thing, get Owen Arthur on board and 20 other good men and women to rescue Barbados.

  15. Greengiant June 19, 2017 at 4:19 am

    When her supporters disrespected the PM in the parliament yard last month she had nothing to say. There should be respect across the board for everyone regardless of who they are.

    I really shudder to imagine what Barbados would be like if she becomes PM, and has a majority control of our parliament. Well that’s left to be seen because a fly on the wall told me, her parliamentary group will sort things out. I never asked what he meant, or in what way, so if you want to know you will have to ask him. Problem is he’s flown away already.

    • hcalndre June 19, 2017 at 8:05 am

      @Greengiant; the people of Barbados don`t have the freedom of expression, there is also something call civil disobedience, what should the people do? genuflect when they see the PM or any other politician who are supposed to be servants of the people and not kings or queens and sitting on thrones.

  16. Johnathan June 19, 2017 at 6:50 am

    All she is trying to do is teach wunnah,classless,disrespectful,vulgar,bajans who sit and are blinded by the arrogance,disrespect,indifference and condescending remarks of these unintelligent and lost DLP Ministers a little class. Almost sure she would not sit and accept this indeifferent behavioursindifference that Freundel who lacks management skill has been accepting. Owen Arthur would have fired them already. They continue to preach hate and expect our young people to be different. Man wunnah got to go.

    • Big Man June 19, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Johnny you understand wat de Pot calling de kettle black means

    • hcalndre June 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Johnathan, well said, what is wrong with the majority of bajans, they live a lie and are a bunch of hypocrites.

  17. IT Manager June 19, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I can assure you Mr Bresford Leon Phillips that the enumerations my staff receive is commensurate to the tasks that they are assigned to do.

    I hear you yet these same ‘parasite’ companies invest in this country, bring in foreign exchange, employ staff and help to make this system work. Cussing them will not resolve or help our situation. Are there unscrupulous companies? Of course there are.

    Lets not deceive ourselves, this government is a bad government. This has nothing about feelings, this is the reality

    • Big Man June 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      The Government of 1976 to 1986 was the worst ever
      Remember Tom Adams and Lemme Craigg
      Ask the PM of St. Vincent what they did to him back then.

      • Bresford Leon Phillips June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

        Same time he can ask Owen Arthur why Tom Adams wanted Clyde Griffith to run in St. Peter instead of him.

  18. Carson C Cadogan June 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm


    “”Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has been accused of deliberately undermining the chances of the Barbados Labour Party in the February 21 general election.

    This damning charge, contained in an affidavit lodged in the High Court last Friday by St. James North MP Edmund Hinkson, alleged that at a meeting held at the BLP’s Roebuck Street, St. Michael headquarters on February 25, St. Andrew MP George Payne said Mottley assisted the Democratic Labour Party in the election.

    The affidavit noted that Payne accused Mottley of “treacherous and disloyal” conduct by aiding defeated DLP candidate Irene Sandiford-Garner in her campaign against him.

    “He specifically accused Ms Mottley of putting one of her vehicles at the disposal of Irene Sandiford-Garner for use during the campaign,” Hinkson’s affidavit read.””


    June 19, 2013

  19. Greengiant June 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Remind them @Carson Cadogan.


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