Charged up

Blackett launches scandalous attack on the Opposition BLP

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett is not about to lie down and play dead in the face of criticisms allegedly made of him on social media by agents of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

On the contrary, Blackett on Sunday night launched a nasty broadside against his political opponents, accusing them of operating “a brothel on Roebuck Street” and of encouraging “political cockroaches . . . cronies and white mouth yardfowls” to publish all manner of evil lies on social media, with a view to tarnishing the reputations of members of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government, including Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister of Transport Michael Lashley.

“When it is isn’t Chris, it is Michael, or Stephen,” Blackett said, while charging that he too had fallen victim to what he called the smear campaign originating out of the BLP’s “den of nastiness”.

“Only this week one of the political cockroaches walking around claiming to be BLP spokespersons came on Facebook and disparaged me.

“He can’t say I thief money from any of the 12 agencies under my care or from anywhere, but he gets on Facebook and says that some marshal served me with papers within the last few weeks,” Blackett explained, adding that “when they can’t get any facts, they make up stories on you”.

While maintaining that all kinds of lies were being told on social media about members of the ruling DLP, Blackett sought to cast blame on unnamed BLP “cronies and white mouth yardfowls”, including “some with no teeth”.

“Some of them only got one tooth in their mouth,” he added, much to the amusement of party faithful gathered at the St Michael School for a joint meeting of the DLP branches in the St Michael constituencies.

While warning that the upcoming general election, constitutionally due by the middle of next year, had the potential to get out of control, the Minister of Social Care sought to lay the blame solely at the feet of the Opposition.

“I believe that this election is going to be laced with animosity, hate and hostility and we have already seen it coming out from some members of the Barbados Labour Party, and it is very encouraged and promoted by the BLP,” Blackett said.

“All of it is originating out of the den of nastiness situated at Roebuck Street, which they call their headquarters. Every single week you could hear some malicious, evil and untrue story coming out of that brothel at Roebuck Street,” a fired up Blackett said.

Just last month Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley took to social media, accusing the BLP of being behind a fake letter circulating via that same medium that was purportedly authored by him, in which the writer expressed an interest in representing the DLP in St John.

“The fake email was clearly orchestrated to create the impression that Stephen Lashley is writing to Freundel Stuart in his capacity as President of the DLP expressing his interest in being the party’s candidate for St John and making out a case why ‘Stephen Lashley’ is imminently qualified to be such a candidate,” he posted, adding that “these are clear acts of fraudulent behaviour, which must be condemned, in the strongest possible terms”.

“Is this the extent to which BLP operatives will stoop? In this case, someone was obviously at pains to create a false email with potentially damaging political intent. It is clear that as we near the election season, the BLP operatives will be using the fake news weapon quite often, particularly against sitting DLP MPs in the hope of confusing an unsuspecting electorate.” Lashley, the representative for Christ Church West Central, contended.

This followed on the heels of claims by Sinckler that the BLP was planning to put out “a lot of fake news, nasty, lying information” about him and Michael Lashley.

However, BLP leader Mia Mottley is on record as saying that the Opposition party “shall keep it clean in 2018” while warning that “those who get offended because I speak of stealing, I say, ‘too bad for them’.

“This country is short of cash, and if you have taken more than was legitimately yours, do not take it personal when I reveal, and we reveal, the facts to the country,” Mottley told her party’s 79th annual conference last month.

“If . . . we have reason to believe or evidence to support the argument that people have amassed assets in excess of that which reasonably could have become theirs from their lawful earnings, do not get angry with us when we call upon you to account,” the Member of Parliament for St Michael North East said then, while cautioning that “if you cannot afford to buy luxury vehicles – either brought in [into Barbados] full or in parts . . . do not drive them around, cutting style, as if you bought them”.

Earlier DLP stalwart Derek Alleyne had also warned that the DLP was prepared to go down in the gutter to win the next election, which he described as the “election of all elections” in which “this same sex marriage thing” and “who lives with whom is going to come up”.

40 Responses to Charged up

  1. luther thorne November 14, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I would like politicians to stop insulting individuals with reference to physical appearance and other personal. Sounds bad and childish. There are many no teeth or one teeth voters out there and there are Seniors who should be respected When it is not childless women, it is people with one teeth and no teeth. How much more insensitive will you get Mr/Ms Politician ??

  2. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell November 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Cant wait till this guy becomes a radio announcer again so I can switch stations when he comes on air

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 15, 2017 at 12:09 am


  4. Roy Benjamin
    Roy Benjamin November 15, 2017 at 12:23 am

    I guess this type of politics titillates, but it is so childish. To me it says more about who is making the accusations than anything else. As for the accusations themselves, there is no doubt that the pictures of the guns inside the car parts as well as other stories circulating on social media BEFORE the official police statement on the matter came from a law enforcement individual. That is why there is so much disquiet about that matter even if to get documented evidence against anyone is slim. As for the letter about Stephen Lashley, the only person who could benefit from that would be the minister himself, not anyone from the BLP. Think about it. Lashley would be moving to the safest seat in Barbados, but he can’t beg for it just so. Think Bajans, think.

  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 15, 2017 at 12:29 am


    • Mariam Makeba
      Mariam Makeba November 15, 2017 at 7:55 am

      He is one who surely has forgotten where he came from and when he entered the present arena how BREK he was.

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 15, 2017 at 7:56 am


  6. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 15, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Blackette you are joker. Not all are BLP yardfowls. Some thinks for themselves and believe that your administration is not just terrible, but crooked as well. You can hide and buy land but you can’t hide and wuk it.

  7. hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 3:56 am

    Did “Eleven of Dem” said not me about that letter and denied any association to it. These politicians believe that they`re above the law and only them have a god-given right to say and do as they please, if you can`t take the heat get out the kitchen, Steve. What the people wants to know how some of you could not pay rent, did not had a 2nd. suit or shoes and just so driving top of the line vehicles and luxurious life styles in a short space of time.

  8. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 15, 2017 at 4:19 am


  9. BIGSKY November 15, 2017 at 4:59 am


  10. Ras November 15, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Come on Steve if what you say is true which I have no doubt those type of things would not be coming from a Brothel more likely to come out of the tower of Babel or Sodom and Gomorrah

  11. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore November 15, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Stand your ground minister don’t let the bullies run you.

  12. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald November 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Dis DLP government boy wonna just wait no teeth an one teeth nah ok judgement day soon here DLP

  13. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma November 15, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Hmm… Even if those underhand activities are taking place, the DLP will be judged on its non-performance in the ten years that it ruled!

  14. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 15, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Look the time that u all hold power in this country u all was talking about the BLPfor the last nine years, it is so sad to say that some ppl got teeth and some ppl has none coming from minister.,,if you all will sit down and fix this country thing will be better in this country.

  15. archy perch November 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

    The smear campaign is a carbon copy of the successful Ronald Trump campaign in America. But the BLP has always stepped up these kind of activities. They are always awashed with a bloated financial war chest topped up by big business(Bynoe en dem so)and the others that raise prices on commodities willy- nilly. But in 2013 the same type of campaign was led by Owen Arthur. I remember that almost every 15-minutes on Starcom, a man in an advert with a deep voice was played saying “Time’s Up Freundel. Time’s Up”. The BLP flooded the available airways with their bull-shi rt they had the whole country plastered in red bed sheets from Abeds, and what happened. They LOST! LOL

  16. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 15, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Silly season in full swing lots of name calling by all of these politicians but nothing from them about how to fix country sick financial woes.

  17. Randolph November 15, 2017 at 7:48 am

    The no tooth person should borrow some from the man you recently addressed the DLP lunch time lecture.LOL.

  18. Big Man November 15, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Wid Bite muh low down and Doctor Wunna dun know wuh I is already in the same corner what can we expect beside dirt, scum, immodesty, indecency, perversion, iniquity, wickedness, sinfulness, impropriety, immorality; lasciviousness, salaciousness, lechery, lewdness, lust, promiscuity, wantonness, profligacy; decadence and intemperance among other maladies
    Are you surprised Stevie

  19. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith November 15, 2017 at 8:40 am

    You mean the opposition or the ppl of Barbados? Your days are number but don’t worry you have your pension.All the free houses,wells that you building can not help you,not even the free breakfast cause that don’t say shit.stop packing up the child care board with untrain nursing attendance cause you want the vote.#Allison

  20. roger headley November 15, 2017 at 8:50 am

    A Gutter Man? Like alcohol, politics really brings out the true personality

  21. Hugh Roberta Ferguson
    Hugh Roberta Ferguson November 15, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Mak’n Sport….LOL….

  22. Kay Henry
    Kay Henry November 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    With all the tax money the government getting from before and with the new NSRL why lately the Welfare Department has persons checks ,food vouchers and rent been cut in half and some persons with children turn back where the money gone and you want to look the public in the eyes and lie DEM is the biggest crooks ever. The only cockroaches, yardfowls and thieves about here is DEM and nine years of corruption speaks for itself

  23. Michael Goodman
    Michael Goodman November 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    My goodness! Me thinks he doth protest WAY too much! It is as if he knows some of the inconvenient truths which are coming and is trying to discredit them in advance.

  24. Elaine Vanhuis
    Elaine Vanhuis November 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Barbados definitely need new voices in the government. The people need leadership who is willing to make the same sacrifices the people are being call upon to make. Show the people your action not your words.

  25. Sandra basc November 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Was he drunk? I hope no one tooth nor no teeth persons were in that audience. How insulting and childish. If you all would put that energy into properly runing the affairs if this country there would be no need to be back stabbing each other. You all are worse than the so called gangs around here.

    Is that how you are teaching the young people to handle conflict? It is a good thing the young people dont listen to the garbage that comes out when you all open your mouths.

    SHAME on the whole bunch of you

  26. Andrea King Patrick
    Andrea King Patrick November 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Absolutely classless. As a minister should this be the way he describes the populace? You don’t need teeth to vote.

  27. Belfast November 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    And this sorry lot do not have any teeth or balls.

  28. Patricia Williams November 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I would like the Politicians in Barbados to stop they nonsense and do something about the country

  29. A Boyce November 16, 2017 at 10:32 am

    It’s sad to see how those who are representing us in cabinet behave. There are so many serious issues to be discussed, and I cannot belelieve for the life of me that a minister could be ranting and raving about one tooth and no teeth electorates. It’s so petty and childlish. I am going to get on my knees and pray that this election campaign will not be as nasty as predicted.

  30. Cleveland Hinkson November 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Is it a LIE about rhe house in rolling hills?

  31. Kathy November 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    It is sad to see how news reporting brings stories with a clear political twist to get people all riled up. Thing is some people just can’t see the forest because of the trees. Shame on them.

  32. Helicopter(8P) November 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Too much economics, checks and balances to be mud slinging, lets get to the national budget, social affairs and environment. Solutions are greatly needed. Anyone who can lead the masses through this maze of affairs can be worthy of the people’s vote!

  33. Wendy Hunte November 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Some people do not have teeth, and it is not because they do not want teeth. Some simply cannot afford teeth. Teeth is not a prerequisite to vote, and your constituency is made up of people in the lower economic bracket, those who cannot afford. This is not the time to hurl these type of insults because in a twinkle of an eye a medical disorder can cause you to lose yours. The only difference is that you are in a position to replace them. I am really surprised every time I hear you go so low; always thought it was not in your character. Desperate times bring out strange characteristics in people. Remember if you lose your seat you will have to resort to ordinary life. Let the light of Christ shine in you.


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