DLP conference to discuss phone tapping and legal qualification issues

Allegations of phone tapping will be high on the agenda when the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) holds its 62nd annual conference next month.

“The party conference will be calling on the Office of the Attorney General to investigate allegations of phone tapping under the last administration and determine if there was such abuse of power during the last administration,” DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim announced at a news conference Monday afternoon.

“I have also acknowledged the resolution coming for a call for the Office of the Attorney General to make clear for Barbadians, the legality of having a legal certificate to practise law. And that resolution we know is going to be highly debated in terms of the concerns that we have heard in other domains with respect to the holding of this legal certificate and the importance of it,” Pilgrim said in a clear reference to recently raised questions about Opposition Leader Mia Mottley’s qualification to practise law in Barbados.

During Monday’s media conference DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim and conference chairman Ronald Jones launched the party’s annual conference publication.

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe had openly challenged Mottley to “bring proof” that she was qualified to practise law here.

During last month’s Budget debate, Mottley attempted to clear the air on her qualification holding up a set of personal documents, which she made a record of the House, to prove she was an attorney-at-law of good repute. However, this has not quelled public concerns about Mottley’s qualifications.

Giving a further preview of the upcoming conference, Pilgrim said party President and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will also address a number of issues of national importance, such as rising gun violence in the wake of 20 murders recorded here so far this year, including 16 in which  firearms were used.

Pilgrim said tribute will also be paid to former Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave, who retired at the end of June, and congratulations offered to Sir Phillip Greaves who has succeeded him as acting head of state.

Various Government ministers, including Minister of Education Ronald Jones, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister of Agriculture and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick are also to be lauded for their contributions to the ruling DLP.

“I think Barbadians should appreciate that this Government has really made the effort to ensure that this country stays focused and afloat. Barbados is not broken, we are open for business,” Pilgrim assured.

The conference, which will be held under the theme, Barbados First, will open on Thursday, August 17 at the party’s George Street, Belleville, St Michael headquarters. It was break the next day to make way for the opening of the Caribbean Festival of Arts, CARIFESTA 13, and resumes on Saturday, August 19, before concluding the following day.

Pleading for greater support of the conference this year, Jones, the conference chairman, said while there had always been very good support of the annual conference, the attendance could be better.

“These events are very well attended and we want to see even more or better attendance than previous occasions,”Jones said.

Acknowledging that the country was approaching general elections, Jones said too many people continued to put themselves first instead of the country.

The three-day event, which will see a number of young people across the island being honoured, will be streamed live.

During Monday’s news conference Pilgrim also launched the DLP’s annual conference publication, which details the party’s policy journey since 2008.

Pilgrim said the publication, which will be made available online and on the opening day of the conference, would also put to rest any doubt in the minds of citizens about how Government was spending taxpayers’ money.

22 Responses to DLP conference to discuss phone tapping and legal qualification issues

  1. Lennox Hewitt August 1, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Man wunna trying everything to stop people voting wunna b4 wunna discuss d real issues n barbados like guns n taxes insted of eire tapping.

  2. Nathaniel Anderson August 1, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Nine years after this group of jokers assumed office, they want to discuss phone tapping purportedly done under the last administration. Such jokers. Why not discuss vote buying which the main man promised four years ago to do?
    As far as the leader of the opposition goes, they can leave her alone because the qualification she has has been achieved through hard work. She can run rings around that joke AG and the cool PM. Let the battle begin.
    Please discuss the taxes the rogue ministers, the economy, why did we got the way it is and especially what you are going to reverse the slide.
    Jones can talk about the BFA and his tenure as president. All the above would make for interesting listening.

    • Randolph August 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Wait these jokers want to discuss Mia’s legal qualification?

      • tedd August 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

        this sounds a lot like Obama’s birth certificate issue

  3. Pat Clarke August 1, 2017 at 1:04 am

    I hope when the BLP wins the next election they will immediately follow the money to see where the 22 billion dollars collected in taxes over the last 9 and a half have gone. Not one penny left in the treasury. What bad management of the people’s money.

  4. Crappy August 1, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Please add ITAL to agenda Georgie. Porgie

  5. Smithy August 1, 2017 at 7:17 am

    After nine years in office with unfettered access to the Royal Barbados Police Force this desperate attempt to smear your opponents and stir up up emotions will not rescue your Party from certain defeat. Perhaps you can also investigate whether there is wire tapping going on today.

    If you were serious about challenging Miss Mottley’s qualifications there must be a legal process you can follow through the Bar Association or the Court.

    Bajans are tired of the DLP’s politics of distraction. We want solutions to the problems we face, not salacious chatter from a bunch of failures.

  6. John Thompson August 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Really. Are these going to be the main items for discussion when we have so many serious problems facing the Nation. Unbelievable.

  7. David Brathwaite August 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Oh my goodness! Are these people crazy?

  8. KEITH MURRAY August 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Who cares?No diversions can stop the change on the way.

  9. Patrick August 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Lennox , you only have one vote, talk for yourself.

  10. Randolph August 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Ronald Jones has invited all Barbados to attend their GC to hear Frundel Stuart speak.Are we a bunch of idiots?For all the time Stuart was PM he never addressed the nation but always speaks to his DLP supporters.Jones and Pilgrim would have to be jokers.

    • hcalndre August 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

      To hear Frundel Stewart? For 9 years what is it he`s going to speak of at this time. I have heard him spoke of the “Sleeping Lion.” The “Lamb and the Lion.” “Esau and Jacob.” “New wine in old skins.” Is he going to speak of Chaucer`s Canterbury Tales or maybe Shakespeare which has nothing to do with the failing economy.

    • tedd August 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      well after all him speaking is as regular as a solar eclipse. better not missed as one never knows when it will happen again

  11. Tom August 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    These party high-fliers cannot be for real, it really beggars belief.
    What clapped out old bangers .What a turn off. Please help to point a better way forward.

  12. BaJan boy August 1, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    When ladies invite you out you should be gracious enough to accept her invitation.

  13. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

    What is worst. Mia not have an LEC and Stuart and his lead rats misleading the Barbadian public with altnerative facts?

  14. straight talk August 2, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Why JOnes and Pilgrim don’t invite the return nationals, their are the one that Stuart does talk to.

  15. IzaBajan August 2, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Murda!!! They sound like the Trump Whitehouse! Distractions to cause people to veer away from the real issues. If we as Barbadian vote these jokers back in we real stupid in truth! I refuse to subscribe to a particular political party. Each election I will vote according to my conscience and against ridiculous governance! Yes , I only have one vote but I am not the only one who is going to help vote wunna OUT!!!

  16. BIGSKY August 2, 2017 at 9:05 am

    What you should be addressing first, you are addressing last,people aren’t interesting in Mia’s legal qualifications.Jesus was a carpenter.With all the qualifications that you and your Prime Minister have,show me where you have taken Barbados in those years you were elected.Your distraction will not work,Barbadians are tired of you.

  17. Greengiant August 8, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Have you all noticed that she has quietly taken a seat of recently?
    Payne and Marshall are now the official voices of the party. We need to read these happenings, let’s not spend our time focusing on a party and leader that should soon leave office. We should be paying much attention on the party and leader likely to take over.

    Any grey areas needs to be cleared. I’m sure if any of us had been in a profession where our qualification / certification was being questioned the rest of us would have much negative comments to make. We have to treat everybody the same, it’s called equality. Where is the transparency we hear so much about. If all attorneys are required to have the legal certificate why shouldn’t she?

    This is politics, and opponents will use all weapons available to reduce or destroy credibility. So why should that issue like all others not be debated. Are we going to wait til we as a nation are on our knees to act? We should have learned by now that if it doesn’t look right to question it.


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