Morris says Redman’s accident was contrived

A former trade unionist has seemingly made light of the accident in which President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman damaged ligaments in her left ankle while participating in a march last week Tuesday.

Former Deputy General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Robert Bobby Morris Friday said the accident seemed “a bit contrived”.

Redman twisted her ankle at Queen’s Park, The City when the area on which she stepped after completing her presentation gave way.

She had been addressing more than 400 shop stewards and members of the BSTU, the BWU, the Barbados Union of Teachers and the National Union of Public Workers ahead of a march to Independence Square to protest against the National Social Responsibility Levy, which climbed from two per cent to ten per cent effective July 1.

“You realize that Mary Redman has a membership of about 350 people, and you realize that the woman went into the park with about 400 [people] and she was the only person who a hole found. I can’t understand. Four hundred people in the park and the hole found the foot of one person – the trade union leader – and the Leader of the Opposition had to lift her up, apparently,” Morris said while delivering a lecture at the Democratic Labour Party’s headquarters as part of the party’s weekly Astor B Watts lunchtime lecture series.

“This look so funny to me. It seems a bit contrived to me first of all. I do not know the circumstances, but how come 400 people in the park and one person, the leader [of the BSTU], becomes a casualty? It doesn’t make sense to me.”

However, his comment was not funny to Redman who told Barbados TODAY Friday afternoon she was slowly on the mend.

The BSTU leader expressed surprise at the comment, describing it as strange, unbelievable, sad and offensive, and she called for an apology from Morris.

“I cannot imagine what would make him think that I would be part and parcel of something contrived. Towards what end?  To achieve what?  I am so disappointed in him, honestly,” Redman said.

“For him to make such a statement I believe it is really beneath him and it is surprising because he knows me for years in relation to trade union matters and he has never in the years that we have known each other, known me to be in a position of compromise of my integrity or honesty as an individual. So for him to ascribe dubious motive and dishonesty to an incident that occurred with me is distressing to me because he is calling my character into question and I take umbrage with that, and I think that he owes me an apology. That is the truth,” she protested, adding, “that alleged behaviour by him is bringing his credibility into question”.

Redman has been on crutches since the accident and the healing process is expected to take between six and eight weeks.

62 Responses to Morris says Redman’s accident was contrived

  1. Noel Jones
    Noel Jones July 22, 2017 at 12:25 am

    You were with the Union and did nothing when your party the DEM’s was in power

  2. Noel Jones
    Noel Jones July 22, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Just lost all the respect I had for you

  3. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown July 22, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Funny or stupid…smh

  4. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 22, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Wait..he could not find a topic to speak on other than Redman,s hurt ankle…wulusss

    • hcalndre July 22, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Dennis, Ms. Redman should have called the EMS and an Attorney and then have a law suit brought against the city for her injuries.

  5. Mona Yolanda July 22, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I have had great respect for Bobby Morris as an erudite historian and until now a defender of truth and justice. I have known both Mr. Morris and Ms Redman for years and I am completely in disbelief at his comments. The one thing that Ms Redman is, is a person of integrity. There is simply no explanation, except political “yard fowlism”, for the utter rubbish that Mr. Morris was moved to speak.

  6. Leroy Parris July 22, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Mr. Morris how shameful of you to say such a stupid thing. I am quite sure many of your former peers would’ve been ashamed of your remarks. There’s an old saying ” When the head is bad it affects the whole body “. Sorry boss, get seen to.

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 22, 2017 at 4:31 am

    The man paronoid.

  8. Taylor Dane
    Taylor Dane July 22, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Ignorance is not an excuse but being a billy goat caps it off. Utter rubbish

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray July 22, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Mr man please leave out my Billy goat, I does have to eat that…lol

  9. Rommel Griffith
    Rommel Griffith July 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

    This my friends is when you are a sell out

  10. Lennox Hewitt July 22, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I all ways say education n commonsence and commonsence n common , Morris.

  11. jrsmith July 22, 2017 at 6:04 am

    This is what barbados has come to , a lot of these people would never ever be anything but rum ,corned beef and biscuit people , bajans must stop expecting anything different ……….. Look the behaviour of the so call ministers in the government all the same a rat is a rat , no matter the seize of the hole……………………….
    ………….. The trade unionist should be proud to see at last , the politicians and they cronies is becoming worried , all they are doing now is attacking the unions , the trade unionists should all remember they are the ones who voted , for the present government ……………..
    Be aware of what could happen at the up coming elections , this government could be still in power, but how would the people get rid of them , there is nothing in place to do this thats why we need in barbados an act of parliament the ( Accountability Act )
    against our politicians , making it easy to remove the (MPs) with the same vote that put them in office……………
    If this government wins the new elections , trade unions would have a torrid time in barbados…………………………………

    • Randolph July 22, 2017 at 6:20 am

      I have never seen a more hated and despised group of people.I fail to see them back in power ever again.Stuart would have singlehandedly destroyed a whole party.

  12. Randolph July 22, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Bobby Morris has no credibility.He is the same Bobby Morris and now in desperation he is showing his true colors.

  13. Pedro Shepherd July 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I just can’t comment as I am in total disbelief that he said what he said and the audience remained attentive. I am hurt at the comments made in relation to my sister by a former General Secretary of Barbados’ most powerful trade union. But then again it seem like all of “them”bitter. Just listen to then.

  14. Cee Greaves-Gibson
    Cee Greaves-Gibson July 22, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Typical heartless Dem disappointed to say least

  15. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    It is called politics. The gloves are off. The election campaign has started. You can expect more of this stuff from now till election is called. If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. Herbert, Mottley, Moore, Redman, Shepherd, McDowall, Smith et al will be painted with the same brush. No cry-cry babies. Pointless saying not me. You will be judged by your words and your deeds. Yesterday’s paper carries a story of 52 workers sent home under mysterious circumstances . A lot more businesses in Barbados are doing the same thing but nothing is ever heard from either the unions or the Private Sector. We are heading back to 1900.

  16. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 22, 2017 at 7:21 am


  17. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman July 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Immature from someone who is getting a large salary … Disappointed about the comment and the fishing agreement.

  18. Sue Donym July 22, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Well, Mr Ambassador, apparently it is easier for a hole to find a trade unionist in one day, than it is for a (former?) trade unionist to find a fishing agreement in CARICOM in years.

  19. Mervin Stevenson
    Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Get that man a roll of toilet paper quick and some Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol

  20. Richard Watson
    Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 7:53 am

    So true Bobby

  21. Richard Watson
    Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 7:55 am

    She would never complain about pains from her fingers for correcting papers or teaching a class cause she is never there!but all of a sudden she is literally in the arms of Mia et al ! Jokers

  22. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Bobby is no lawyer. Bobby was never an Attorney General. If Mia couldn’t do it, what you expect from Bobby?

    TT wins fishing dispute

    Wednesday, April 12 2006

    WHAT HAS become known locally as the “Flying Fish” dispute between Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados was concluded in this country’s favour yesterday by an arbitral tribunal that sat under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

    The tribunal in a lengthy judgement struck down the Barbados claim that even without a bi-lateral agreement Trinidad and Tobago should be ordered to allow their fisherfolk to fish in TT waters.

    The tribunal said it had no jurisdiction to make such an order and what Barbados could do was negotiate some agreement with Trinidad and Tobago that would “accord fisherfolk of Barbados access to fisheries within the Exclusive Economic Zone of Trinidad and Tobago.

    The tribunal made the point that “it was the right and duty of Trinidad and Tobago to conserve and manage the living resources of waters within its jurisdiction.”

    In other words, the former Attorney General of Barbados, Mia Mottley would be foolhardy to tell her country’s fisherfolk “go fish” as she did in 2004, even as Bajan fishermen were being arrested by our Coast Guard for fishing illegally in our waters.

    Barbados now has to negotiate with us in the same way we negotiated with Venezuela in 1990 and developed a treaty which allowed our fishermen to fish in Venezuelan waters. Before that treaty was agreed our fishermen were regularly arrested by the Venezuelan Guardia Nacional and one man was killed.

    This dispute with Barbados had its genesis in 1979, when Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering hydro-carbon exploration and fishing. In November 1990 there was a fishing agreement allowing Bajans to fish in our waters.

    However between 2002/2003 negotiations for a bi-lateral agreement on maritime boundaries and fisheries ended without resolution and it was agreed in November 2003 to hold further talks in February 2004. In that same month of February 2004 two Bajan fishermen were arrested off Tobago and Barbados in a fit of pique responded immediately by taking the matter to arbitration.

    Yesterday in Bridgetown, Ms Mottley in a rather unusual response, claimed victory for Barbados in the matter. As far as we are concerned her statement was nothing more than a transparent attempt at damage control seeing that she was the one who took the issue to the maritime arbitration instead of negotiating with Trinidad and Tobago for access to our fishing grounds. This after all, is the internationally accepted procedure.

    Clearly Ms Mottley was angered at the arrest of two of her countrymen in 2004 who had been fishing in our waters off Tobago, a reaction we in Trinidad and Tobago can well understand from our history with the Venezuelans.

    In an effort to calm troubled waters and in the interest of Caricom relations, Trinidad and Tobago had in February 2004 gone so far as to drop the charges against the two fishermen. But that failed to appease the Government of Barbadian prime minister Owen Arthur and triggered the appeal to arbitration.

    The end result is that Barbados regardless of how it reads yesterday’s judgement, must now face the fact that it must negotiate with us if peace and goodwill are to prevail in both our waters. Barbados must understand that in the light of yesterday’s judgement there can be no question of “go fish” without talking to and getting our agreement first.

  23. Mervin Stevenson
    Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Richard Watson I think Denis Kellman and yourself need to get busy after the you read this article.

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:03 am

      He can pretend to hurt his foot and you can lift him to the doctor

      • hcalndre July 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

        Marvin the Dems` operatives are so hypocritical, one that professes to be a man of the Cloth came to the public and said that if he had caught the person that left a note on his gate what he would have done. This person said he knew who it was, it was asking that he do something about the area down the street from him be given some kind of attention, he swore that he did not knew who did it. Why then did Bobby believe his story? Why he did not take a pix and gave it to the Nation news?

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

      I’ll take that bet this time around for sure.

    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Mervin Stevenson don’t waste good money on nonesense! Mary Redman is no good for education the same way Mia is a waste of time, plain and simple!

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Ain’t enough Suzuki, gas or St lucy contractor money can buy that many votes. Unless DK runs as the PM

    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Mervin Stevenson well you all are good with the buying votes thing, so you would have the formula down pack

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Lol I really love this banter. But in reality a lot of the politicians with part time or other business
      Gonna get the chance to push then full time come March 2018

    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 8:13 am

      As Owen said “Mia is a despot” and he certainly will have a lot more to say not only about Mia but Jonny too – let us wait to find out who the real Mia is that you are ready to coronate

    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

      This isn’t banter rather a waste of time, we will wait till June 2018 and then we will certainly know

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Dlp always got something to pull out the hat. Thompson had some check to Owen that never materialise. Freundel had all these beans to spills that seems he file too far back in the vault and can’t find now. Wasn’t Thompson to lock up someone for hardwood. Come on now only DLPites falling for that again

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson July 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

      At least change it up a little this time

    • Richard Watson
      Richard Watson July 22, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Mervin Stevenson Owen isn’t a dem! The three parties that break away from the BLP are Dems but they are the ones who will spill the beans (nastiness of Mia)

  24. Larry Moore
    Larry Moore July 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I wonder how petty these plp be smh

  25. Kerrie Eversley
    Kerrie Eversley July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    He never should have listened to Jepter’s advice about calming his nerves…

  26. jrsmith July 22, 2017 at 8:39 am

    This agreement or what ever you call it, just shows how , a nation as Barbados ,………… the third oldest parliamentary system in the
    commonwealth/world is now taking time from tin pot governments around the world and begging with tin cup in hand………………… Just as like the (UK) who some long period in time control at least a third of the world , as the (British Empire ) and here now it comes to past the (UK) in crawling around waiting to take time from 27 countries most of whom is bankrupt and poor with high unemployment , with they rightist political parties waiting in line to negotiate the (U Ks) future…………

    Bajan people need to get they fingers out , take back barbados from the corned beef biscuit and rum people / politicians who has sold us out……. to anyone but bajans , we have lost our culture, we have no heritage to left for our , children/ grand children and now we are fighting for our way of life…………………
    We have people more concern with the problems in (South America ) than the issues of no jobs , the sick economy and problems we have been having since this government took office 2 terms ago ……………………. The people of barbados must consider what the future is looking like ………. before the coming election………..


  27. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 22, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Mr morris he could not fiend nothing to say but lies he dont want to lose is big pay packet they all are paronoid as ass

  28. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Massa we sick ???

  29. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman July 22, 2017 at 9:34 am

    It is quite understandable for those opposing someone in the public eye to try and discredit them, but this infantile attempt to do so shows this man up to be a a fool who is being followed by even more foolish sheeple.

    One look at the video of her fall makes it perfectly clear that she took a bad tumble. I have seriously injured an ankle simply by stepping off the pavement badly. Please stop being so petty and pathetic and get on with doing your job.

  30. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Lord Have Mercy, calling Massa by first name in the park on Monday morning and Tuesday evening Massa doesn’t recognize you at PriceSmart. Errol Barrow, you resting in peace? Look what these buffoons have done to Barbados. You gave the field workers children the opportunity to sit beside Massa children at the top learning institutions. You changed the faces of the workers at the banks. You deported the heads of Government departments who worked under the old colonial system. You broke down the barriers at the Yacht and Cruising Club and Oh My God, Monday morning will see all of these achievements deleted from Barbados History. I hope I haven’t disturbed you from your eternal rest.

  31. Ernesta Catlyn July 22, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Is it normal for ‘intellectuals’ to make these kinds of nonsense statements. You would have a manhole left open in the heart of Bridgetown – how many persons are likely to fall into it?

  32. Randall July 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

    I am not amused Bobby. You was a trade union leader and you represented your constituents who called in sick and you defended them to the end not knowing if it is a lie. If the lady twisted her ankle in a hole, who are you to give an analysis of her pain. Are you a doctor? Waste of time on your lecture of hate.

  33. BIGSKY July 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    This lady is not a favorite of mine for just one reason and it is, calling out teacher during school hours and allowing the children to be left unattended.parents are struggling to make ends meet and then have to left work to collect children but I will stand with her today.If she injured her foot I believe her.Large pot hole are in our roads and sometimes one vehicle drop in it the wrong way could cost that particular driver hundreds of dollars in damages.AGAIN I STAND WITH HER TODAY.

  34. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Bobby morris what a pathetic statement from you.I know you and your party feeling the heat but this is unacceptable from you and for Joan Worrell to call it politics is expected from a lowlife like her.You should do the honorable thing and apolozige to the lady.

  35. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    i can just imagine hearing the unions singing this song to their hearts delight

    Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
    Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!

    One for the master,
    One for the dame,
    And one for the little boy
    Who lives down the lane

    Baa, baa, black sheep,
    Have you any wool?
    Yes sir, yes sir,
    Three bags full…

    Baa, baa, white sheep,
    have you any wool?
    yes sir, yes sir,
    three needles full.

    Read more: Children – Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  36. Belfast July 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Bobby has now joined the ranks of Ester Byer Sukoo, Patrick Todd, Jeff Broomes, Maurine Holder and Dennis Kellman, some of the many who beds Freundal Stuart has featured.

  37. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm


    I hope you aren’t that foolish to play you calling Charles Herbert by his first name when you see him in town on Tuesday. Yuh know how it is with a sheep.

  38. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Joan worrell this strike got you in trouble ,don,t worry this is the calm before the storm,you ain,t get frighten yet.I wonder where you dLP pal Antoinette Sealy is ,she was misleading people calling the walk to parliament the other day a march and poo pooing the numbers well on Monday she will see the numbers for the real March.however Mr Morris owes Ms Redman an apology for his pathetic remarks so don,t try shifting the topic Joan Worrell.

  39. Belfast July 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Bobby has now joined the ranks of Ester Byer Sukoo, Patrick Todd, Jeff Broomes, Maurine Holder and Dennis Kellman, some of the many whose beds Freundal Stuart has feathered.

  40. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    I recommend that you take a bath before you join the march. How the hell you feel singing ”We shall overcome some day” with that group. Oh my God, you worse than a sheep. What are you overcoming? Can you wear that old red shirt to their garden party next weekend? Are you going down Bathsheba the following Sunday to have lunch with them? Are you going to play polo with them? Where is your yacht moored? use your instinct if your senses have gone. Those people are using you to achieve their goals.

  41. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Lorenza the sheep

    The NSRL is the alternative to printing money to pay people like yourself. Do you understand? If you don’t have any sense , just bleat “”baaaaaaaahh” and I would take it to mean yes. The small coke and bottle water you get from them tomorrow are free for one day. Check the inflated price on Tuesday. Bleat baaaaaah again.

  42. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Comrade Bobby

    Have you received the news yet that the marchers will be divided into three gangs before setting out on the march on Monday? Why call them gangs. Lord Have His Mercy on my poor black brothers and sisters. Do they know the meaning of the word ‘gang”

    The definition of a gang is as follows
    The gang system is a system of division of labor within slavery on a plantation. It is the more brutal of two main types of labor systems. The other form, known as the task system, was less harsh and allowed the slaves more self-governance than did the gang system. The gang system allowed continuous work at the same pace throughout the day. The first gang, or great gang, was given the hardest work, for the fittest slaves. The second gang was for less able slaves (teenagers, old people, or the unwell slaves) and this gang was given lighter work. The third gang was given the easiest work.
    Gang #1 is to assemble on the pasture. Gang #2 is to assemble by the clock and Gang #3 is to assemble by the gate on Crumpton street.

  43. Lorenzo July 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Joan Worrell your infantile remarks are similar to Mr Morris ,are you 10 years old?I don,t know why I reply to such rubbish from you.Take a bath,you are a sheep I mean come on could you put something of substance on the table like your party ,s have to be even worse than CCC and I did not think anyone could be worse than him but where is he ,the party decided to muzzle him then they should do the same to you since nothing you say makes sense,so cut the insults and grow up.

  44. joan worrell July 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm


    You are bleating. Which gang are you in for Monday’s march? Nothing was mentioned of a fourth gang but I believe you would be in that gang grazing with the other sheep on the side of the canal. The smell is worrying Lorenza.

  45. Troy July 23, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Shame on you Morris. There’s an ancient saying ” never laugh at another man’s misfortune because you never know befalls you”. You need to apologize to Ms.Redman. You’ve gone too far this time.

  46. joan worrell July 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Read the front page and 9A of today”s edition of the Sunday Sun. Only a fool would think that there is no collusion to bring down the Stuart administration. Owen Arthur has confirmed what I said in another post at an earlier date here on B.T… An elected Government can only removed from office by internal or external forces e.g the vote of no-confidence as was done against Prime Minister’s Sandiford ( internal coup) or an external coup d’état as in the case of African nations. Yes, the race card will be played now and at the time of the elections. It isn’t Toni Moore’s photo on the front page of the Nation. Draw your conclusions.


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