Mia should have stayed away, argues Scantlebury

The leader of one of Barbados’ newest political parties believes that local trade unions have too much power, and has also questioned the presence of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley at Monday’s massive march by public and private sector workers, which was said to be non-political.

Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury of the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA), in an interview with Barbados TODAY, further argued that the country needed to be fixed and that it could not be done “by doing the same thing over and over again”.

“I think there is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things,” he said in response to the march organized by the trade unions and the Barbados Private Sector Association to press their case for dialogue on the National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL).

“ I do not think that it is a very good idea to destabilize the country at a time when it is on the ropes,” he said, while taking a shot at the organizers for claiming that the demonstration was not political with Mottley and other Opposition members in attendance.

“I say that it was political because the Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, and other members of the Barbados Labour party were very visible in the march,” Scantlebury argued.

Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury

“ I think both the union and the private sector should have said: ‘Mam, this is not political,” the 46-year-old apostle said, while contending that the organizers should have told Mottley ahead of time that while they appreciated her support, it was best for her to stay away.

He also questioned whether the march was successful in sending a message to the Freundel Stuart Government.

“We have had marches before in Barbados. Monday came to an end, Tuesday was another day and everybody went back to work. The Government is still in place,” he pointed out, while arguing that there were other means of getting a message across to a government.

“They could have moved in a newer way by having petitions signed and sent to the Government,” he suggested.

The apostle also voiced concern over what he saw as “the tremendous disrespect” for the leadership of the country.

Scantlebury said the Office of the Prime Minister had to be respected even though he acknowledged that Stuart refused to entertain a delegation of four trade union leaders at his office in Parliament on July 11.

At the time the leadership of the Barbados Workers’ Union, the National Union of Public Workers, the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union and the Barbados Union of Teachers were seeking to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister which included an ultimatum for him to grant relief for their members from the NSRL or else.

However, after they were turned away by Stuart, the trade unionists proceeded to the Office of the Opposition Leader in the West Wing of Parliament where they hand-delivered a copy of their correspondence to her.

Turning to the upcoming general election, the NBKA candidate who officially kicked off his campaign to replace incumbent and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur in St Peter, said he was in the process of meeting with several individuals who have expressed an interest in running under his party’s banner in the poll.

“We are looking to establish a very strong alliance with individuals with different skill sets who are capable of bringing innovative thinking to the process of Government here in Barbados. The country is experiencing tremendous financial problems and we in the NBKA have several strategic initiatives that will alleviate many of these problems,” Scantlebury said.

He told Barbados TODAY that so far his party has a number of initiatives dealing with tourism, agriculture, education, the whole concept of national prosperity and national safety to roll out.

Scantlebury gave Barbadians the assurance that if he assumes office he will get rid of the Government’s $15 billion debt in two years.


49 Responses to Mia should have stayed away, argues Scantlebury

  1. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea July 28, 2017 at 12:27 am


    • Randolph July 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Sometime back he said he had a vision that B’dos was going to find oil and be a rich country.What happened with that vision?These fellas are giving Christianity a bad name.

  2. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman July 28, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Stay in the church.. she is a citizen and have alrights to march ..smh

    • islandgal July 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Yuh mekking me laff. He should really stay in church he ent got no right in politics.

  3. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Another so called opportunist trying to attack the constitution of barbados which was put in place for the very same …that is freedom of association and the freedom to protest.Here another operative would like the vote of the masses ,but here telling them not to be represented by the unions and to be at the whim and fancy of government and others.These guys continue to astonished me ;but saying they has the answer to country problems.Just amazed me about your argument sir because the march was open to anyone who was affected by the tax and they were free to protest.Well I can see why guys like you will not lead this country because I can you all like dictators trying to determine the approach that should be taken in such matters.Well elections is a couple of months let’s see after how many of these parties will still be around after the elections.

  4. Carson Thompson
    Carson Thompson July 28, 2017 at 12:46 am

    so it is alright for ppl of cloth in the opposition to be in politics but not other ppl . this is the BLP supporters all the time ,cause only them know best .STUPESSSSSSSS DODO

  5. Mr Progressive July 28, 2017 at 1:47 am

    I hope that in the next election a coalition goverment is form, I hope the Blp or Dlp dont get enough votes and have yo depend on a third party that will be a wake up call gor B & Dlp and the begining of a new Barbados I hope it come to pass and Geoge Payne dethron Mia I would like to see what all you Blp yard fowls would have to say because you think Mia can only run this country like she is God appointment,I voting for a new party to see a new Barbados not the same old crooks of the Blp and Dlp

    • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 3:20 am

      ok, well said,

    • Randolph July 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      You are wasting your vote.

      • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 6:41 pm

        Randolph – which ever way you vote you are wasting it, you are late in not seeing this luv.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 9:51 am

      Mr. Progressive, the voters were lied to and re-elected the DLP and now you are hoping that a third party be formed to bury Barbados now and for ever. All these wannabes should be put under the jail after the election if they don`t amass at least 100 votes for wasting the peoples` time.

  6. BaJan boy July 28, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Wonder what you would call those who continue to suck up behind a disgraceful ,failed and over its head DLP. At least the ones who still sucking the nipples of the fatted calf don’t want to stop. This is another idiot boy who will loos his deposit and seeking his 3 minutes of fame..

  7. Gie B July 28, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Whether or not Scantlebury wins or loses, he has a right to be heard and is entitled to his opinion..

    • Biscuits July 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Totally agrree with you. This country has lost something called “respect” for self and others. Mr.Scantlebury sounds quite reasonable and I am sure he will garner some support. We should agree to disagree without becoming verbally offensive.

      • Randolph July 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        Maybe about 10 votes.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 10:02 am

      @Gie B; Apostle Scantlebury should not even be seen further more heard outside of wherever he is lying to the followers when the Sunday comes. People should be very skeptical of these Apostles.

  8. The Negrocrat July 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Yep, GieB, even if he is an idiot. Which he obviously is.

  9. Carson C Cadogan July 28, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Well said brother.

    Some BLACKS are too disrespectful of other BLACKS while kissing the behinds of other races. If our Prime Minister was WHITE and we were undergoing the same challenges that we are facing now, the approach by the BLACK trade Union leadership and the Barbados Labour Party would be totally different.

    No one, BLACK, WHITE, INDIAN, CHINESE, would have been writing the Prime Minister of the Land an incendiary letter promising “social unrest”

    • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Carson you are right to a point as usual. Of course the unions would have a different approach if the prime minister was white because the unions would be aware that he still their master and they will be more in a begging, agreeing mode. And that is if they approach him at all. All subtle and placid and watching their words carefully like you would with your daddy. Until we can see the mental damage and training this white man placed on this people we will always be puppets.
      And Carson if some blacks are disrespectful to other blacks while kissing…………….. why do you think that is??? could it be an inferiority complex and the PAVLOV’S DOG THEORY in full effect in which many of this people is currently stuck in????

      • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

        Carson when you are talking anything about these other nations please remember that these people are NOT a colonized people in the majority like this people with little wealth or power (and loving it so). The Chinese, Japanese, Arabs, indians, etc are in the MAJORITY and is the lion in their jungle both ruling and controlling all areas of social entities including having much military might.

      • Carson C Cadogan July 28, 2017 at 1:47 pm

        You make sense as usual.

      • h. calndre. August 3, 2017 at 6:23 pm

        Brewers of wood; what you are missing here is that these people want to act like their former masters and treat their own like field negroes while they think that they are the house negroes.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Carson C Cadogan; If the PM can`t take the heat advise him to get out of the kitchen. Suppose he had to face the heat that Trump who is white is facing, nearly every media outlets, TV stations, radio 24/7. People don`t have to talk under their beds like in Barbados where they get cut off and the media houses are afraid of being taken to court.

  10. Frank White July 28, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I agree that he has an opinion just like everyone else so he should know that Ms. Mottley also has that opinion in the form of her constitutional rights to march…

    Lynroy you need to concentrate on promoting your party policies and what you intend to do for the Black community if your party is elected…

    Don’t worry about what Ms. Mottley does, she gets thousands of votes, concentrate on doing the same…

    • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Well said Frank. Maybe he has no intentions to zero in on the black community and his only intention is to follow the other parties and provide for the minorities.

  11. Carson C Cadogan July 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

    What I am really looking forward to seeing in this out in the open social “partnership” meeting is the ETHNIC composition of the Private sector representatives. I am waiting to see if the private sector representatives will be made up of the 97% ethnic grouping in this country or entirely of the 3% ethnic grouping. The composition of the private sector representatives will send a huge signal to Bajans.

    I am wondering if the same few white old men will be there.

    But I will wait and see.

    • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Carson who got the money will rule. Ethnic ain’t got none. This is old money which was generated and multiplies over the years and passed down like a baton to the children, grand children etc. So you can wait to see and believe me you will see.

      • Hewers of wood July 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

        This people love politics and hand to mouth living too much. And the whites and politicians know they love this distraction a lot. This is where the education should have been beneficial to this people as they should be able to build black investments and grow financially, but that part of the education was left out to keep growth of this people from occurring and in servitude. This happens when you adopt the education system of your master. He got the money and investments and you can take HIS BOOKS.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Carson C Cadogan; Someone said to me lately that if the country was being run by the white people that it would not be in the mess it`s in today.

  12. fedup July 28, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Clown. Next! I hope he is reading these comments. lol

  13. Everick July 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    @Linroy What about the oil that God told you about for Barbados.? We could surely use some now.

  14. Ejd July 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    We? Who is we? His is a one man party.

  15. Marva Lashley-Todd July 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Stay away for what? She is entitled to march just like everyone else. Concentrate on what you are doing and stop looking at people that are getting through. I guess this is a ploy to promote yourself.

  16. Thunder July 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Please dont mis lead the public, how can you get rid of the countries debt in 2 years,may be you should sell this plan to the government, is this a realistic plan?
    You give the impression, you are some miracle worker,who can turn water into wine,but all you are is another butt kisser.
    You are so worried about our citizens disrespecting the prime minister, yet you care nothing about the prime minister disrespecting his people.
    All politians are opportunist in some way,but I see nothing wrong with her marching,as a leader she was willing to stand with those who are hurting,and crying out under the pressure of this government,at least Mia Mottley cares,and this is why she will make an excellent Prime minister!

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      These false prophets should be brought before a court, tried and be tarred and feathered when they make such statements.

  17. John king July 28, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    @ denese Blackman and @ Mr. progressive

    well I say you right on the ball from my small perspective

  18. John king July 28, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Apostle using the church and his sheep congregation to form a political party. Real Shame on him, sheep in wolves clothing

    The bible warns !!! Be aware

  19. Miche July 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    After reading most of these posts, I can,t help bet agree with the late Erick ” Flies ” Sealy,,,,when he called them political idiots on one hand,,, and on another,,,political nincom poops

  20. Michael Bowen July 29, 2017 at 6:54 am

    This man has spoken the truth. There is a total lack of respect for the leadership of our country. People seem to have more respect for political leaders outside of Barbados. Yet this island of ours continue to offer a high and increasing level of services and free health care which millions of Americans do NOT have. The Employment Rights Act in Barbados now makes it hard for employers to fire workers willy nilly and still the unions don’t appreciate it, because it renders them unneccessary. Mia will never be Prime Minister of this island and it is my belief that the Dems will win again. They are doing a great but difficult job in holding the country together. Everything plus the kitchen sink and WC has been thrown at the administration, but they forge ahead while risking political survival. They have made some tough decisions which have brought on much much criticism. But God is Great and they will survive.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      @Michael Bowen; was it hard to fire 3000 plus after they were guaranteed that no one would be sent home and as I understand that some of them were not compensated, do this party respect the people? and what free health care are you speaking of? Bajans get the best of health care free in the US when they take sick, have babies even though they don`t even have a token to show, so talk about what you know.

  21. sylvia bascombe July 29, 2017 at 11:29 am

    apostle you should be praying for the youth of barbados going around the high ways th blocks teaching them the love of god going into schools and teaching the bible
    fasting and praying for the nation no instead you are sitting in judgement seat how dare you man of the cloth
    mia morttley came from a linage of politics her late granda dad fed the public in queens park clothes them give them spending money in those things werew hard and he made sure people never went to sleep hungry and her aunts were nurses care for the community to loook after the sick mothers and babies mia have done more than her share she help peaple from all walkes of life mothers she gave jobs from all around barbados not just her constitency men from the block she encourage and put them in job to be useful to them selves and families and more that time will not allow stop watching the messsenger and the the messsege try to do good for people who are less fortunate and stop talking about a woman who has contributed a lot to society and still doing and will continue to do learn from history god will bless her and protect from from all evil tongues

  22. Waiting July 31, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I miss the fly Erick for a time like this. I can hear him now giving licks to everyone in his humorous manner.

    • hcalndre August 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      I wonder if Eric Fly was around today and some others from back then, the yard fowls/lizards would want them put in jail. The yard fowls and lizards want every person to be on the same ship if not you are an enemy of the country. Where is the freedom of expression and speech. Lizards are the ones who changes color/position depending on where they are.

  23. Dr sight August 1, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Lord God jesus here is another church leading idiot who need his congregation table over turn , for my father house is a house of prayer but ye have made it a den of thieves, another zachiaus fan a bunch of tax collecting hypocrites. March on Mia , when the saints go marching on , she truly cares for barbados.

  24. Sheron Inniss August 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Ms Mottley had the right to march as she is a Barbadian. I think the PM and the rest of the DLP are the ones disrespecting Barbadians not the other way around. I like I’m not voting though as the B, D nor Mr Scantlebury can get my vote.

    Are there any more candidates? Mr Grenville you have someone for St Peter?

  25. Roger Headley August 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Mia. did not march in her capacity as Opposition Leader but in her capacity as a citizen of Barbados.

    Carson C Cadogan, Barbados has never had a white trade union Leader nor a white PM, so stop trying to play the race colour. When black persons like you start investing in Barbados and employing black people and giving them a fair break, then come to the top of the class.

  26. Roger Headley August 7, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Mia. did not march in her capacity as Opposition Leader but in her capacity as a citizen of Barbados.

    Carson C Cadogan, Barbados has never had a white trade union Leader nor a white PM, so stop trying to play the race card. When black persons like you start investing in Barbados and employing black people and giving them a fair break, then come to the top of the class.

  27. Anonymous August 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Really Mia!!!!!!

  28. Anonymous August 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Really Mia!!!!!!


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