Mia goes on the attack

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley today lambasted Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley while accusing the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration of forcing through last-minute legislation on its way out of office.

While piling on her criticisms, Mottley hinted at unethical and corrupt actions on the part of Government.

“I am not going to get into who is bringing in cars in parts. I am not going to get into what the Commissioner of Police is investigating and on whose behalf cars were brought in to avert and avoid duties.

“At some point, the truth will out. This country is disgusted . . . .  [that] in the same week guns are found in the midst of engine parts . . . and nobody addresses these issues and concerns of Barbadians,” Mottley charged.

She also claimed that Lashley had little or no legislative achievements to show since he was switched from the Ministry of Housing, while suggesting that his introduction of the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 was simply an attempt to put a mark on the board.

Mottley was also highly critical of the late notice which the Opposition got on the amendment, telling the House of Assembly she was informed via aWhatsapp message on Sunday about the specifics of the debate and that she did not have enough time to read the bill in its entirety, compare it with old legislation and research regulations in other jurisdictions.

Noting that Parliament’s life will come to an end on March 5, 2018, the Opposition Leader said she refused to allow herself or her party to be used as political props by Government as she called for the amendment to be put on hold for further consultation with stakeholders, including the insurance companies and the Bar Association.

In fact, the Opposition Leader suggested that if there was one piece of legislation that should be enacted with haste it was the Anti-Corruption Bill and not the proposed road traffic amendment which she said would only criminalize Barbadians.

The Opposition Leader also pointed out that members of the Royal Barbados Police Force had not been trained on the planned legislation.

During her combative presentation, Mottley took a turn in businessman Mark Maloney as she pulled out a memo written in 2015 by senior transport official Cheryl Bennett Inniss in which she raised concerns about the controversial island on the Adams section of the ABC highway which was the scene of several accidents, including the crash that killed 11-year-old Abijah Holder-Phillips two years ago.

According to Mottley, Lashley had refused to defend MTW officers even when Maloney claimed that the island was designed by MTW and that it was no different from other lanes used to merge with traffic on the highway.

However,  Mottley contended that Government officers had called for the island to be removed and that the Chief Technical Officer had stated in the memo that Maloney had made misleading statements in relation to the matter.

Mottley also said it was no coincidence that Maloney continued to be the recurring factor in controversial projects, such as the Villages at Coverley and the proposed  Hyatt Hotel project and was now “hiring the Prime Minister’s pal Hal Gollop . . . who is an LEC [legal education certificate] expert”.


Source: (IMC)

26 Responses to Mia goes on the attack

  1. BIGSKY November 15, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Miss Motley.I am wondering also how comes I can’t tell when last I see a road paved,painted or patched.When you look back at all these DLP Ministers,I can’t put my finger on one thing there did that significantly affected the lives of citizens in a positive way.People are still in the rain and sun as early as 500 am at the Licensing Authority and Police Certificate Of Charater offices.Potholes swallowing the roads and taxes left right and center.

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 15, 2017 at 2:01 am

    You would do well to expose the illiterate DLP for what they are. Show up their crookery and paint the town red with them. I would hope you investigate them when you take over next year, but you will not do want darn thing.

    • Jennifer November 15, 2017 at 5:38 am

      She ain’t go do nothing. All of them does get them paw dirty, meanwhile helping to keep the goats in the dunks tree. Don’t care how much plimplers he can still get to eat dunks . Bare spin.

  3. archy perch November 15, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Facts and fiction are two different things. Both can be deemed as truth depending on the blinkers you are using. A fool always thinks he is sensible and a sensible person always recognizes a fool. It is easy to forgive a fool, than it is a person one assumes to have common sense. I seem to remember the years 2005,6 AND 7. There was no road painting exercise,numerous street signs were invisible, and the roads were very bad then also, especially in St. John, St. Joseph and St.Andrew where I live.
    Todays bad roads are a result of all the rains and heavy trucks using our roadways. But the teacher always had a hard time teaching little children that one plus one is two.

    • Randolph November 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

      How can you be living in St.John,St.Joseph and St.Andrew at the same time,are you omnipresent?

      • rasta wain November 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

        If you live in one of these parishes, most likely you will be using roads on all three…. you demonstrates the mentality that MIA focuses on ..123 blind mice and the pied piper mentality

    • roger headley November 15, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Archy you are stuck in a rut

  4. hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 5:37 am

    @archy perch; is barbados the only place that rain falls and your so called heavy vehicles travel? some of the places you mention that have pot holes only cars and bicycles can access them. Pot holes in the rainy season is expected and you have them fix every time after, you don`t get any snow where you have to put salt down and real heavy vehicles which would cause more destruction to the roads, they don`t say that the roads were like that during the last administration 20 years ago, they have them fixed.

    • rasta wain November 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

      If Maintenance is written into the contract, the company awarded the said contract for construction of the road, will be responsible for maintaining the road , making them accountable for delivering a quality product instead of a finished product.

      • tedd November 15, 2017 at 12:23 pm

        I totally agree, as it becomes a form of guarantee of the work provided. makes a lot of sense

  5. hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    A well know caller on CBC`s Tuesday morning call-in program was doing very well with the host when he was speaking on his take of what age he think one should join a political party until he said what an educated and brilliant politican Miss. Mottley is. That host believing she is the smartest degree holding host on radio, stop the caller in his tracks and asked him not to continue on that issue and he apologized so many times, one would thought he used threats to the host`s and her family.

    • Randolph November 15, 2017 at 7:11 am

      She always says that she is not partisan or bias.I think she has a serious problem with the truth.

      • hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

        Randolph; That station is the Fox News of Barbados. Fox Motto is Fair and Balance. The people are calling for the firing of Hannity and some of the sponsors are pulling their ads, for the support that Hannity has given to Roy Moore who is accused of sexual harassment and is running for office. The station CBC don`t have the ads to lose so the hosts have a free ride.

  6. Freeagent November 15, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I trust that the Hon. Mia Mottley will correct things done by Mark Maloney as well as some did by the BLP while they were in power. What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander.

    • hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 11:58 am

      @Freeagent; The DLP is still in charge, ask them to do it.

  7. Greengiant November 15, 2017 at 7:18 am

    @Freeagent: For her to correct anything she has to first be elected. I hope the people in this country see these two parties for what they really represent, and send them both into opposition.

    Prior to there being a leader named Grantley Adams, or Errol Barrow these said men never had experience leading any country. Their fellow candidates had no experience either. Those of you who thing Barbados can only be managed by the B L P or D L P because they have experience or whatever they may have, we need to do what our parents and grand parents did when they elected Adams and Barrow. They gave the country a fresh start with inexperienced leaders. France just did the same thing, we need to do so again. That time has come, let them talk, let’s talk with our X.

    How dear Ms. Mottley have a problem with Gollop representing Maloney? Maloney is a business man and Gollop an attorney. How dear does she call Gollop a LEC expert. She shouldn’t even mention the LEC. She should produce her LLB or LEC for the people of Barbados from the floor of the house or just shut up on the subject. Unless she can produce these qualifications, she should not use the word corruption, because it would mean that corruption was the method used to have her enter the profession that choose her.

    Tired of both these parties messing with us, somebody send a ship to take them on at least a ten year voyage through the wilderness.

  8. seagul November 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    What we have for the most part are forms of leadership, which benefits the bourgeoisie and refuses to challenge the roll of the big business community and hoteliers in equally governing our island communities. They’ve been gains for individual people yes—–but for poor people as a collective we have not moved forward, we’re sliding backward…THE STATISTICS SHOWS. Both parties continue to fail us straight up. We make it so that in order to fund any development the poor must go into massive debt. If we refuse to change and sacrifice the only thing the poor can do is accept their fate or go to war with the rich. After all, the resources we consume are in large part produced by us. But, we’re all reactionary bourgeoisie in the end, we believe not only in outright materialism, but we believe whole heartedly in the values that prop it up. Nothing short of a revolution in values and social relations will solve these problems.
    rastafari Ajani.T.

  9. Carlisle Norville November 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

    this is only an example of how we in Barbados do things ,I worked as an assistant electrician on a government contract, & got the shock of my life when ths contractor( who was killed in a road accident some time back while heading to his rented beach hose to PARTY)he got some very young boys to build the steps to the houses he was building for the goverment,they build the steps without any BRC to help keep them attached to the building in the kitchens large open spaces were pluged with sement bags & then plastered with the material that painters use when they are about to start painting, this is what a lot of contractors do when the goverment give them a contracts, goverments should send some ones to spy on these contractors because they do a lot of dagerous things .i had to tell one young lady when she came for her keys to the house that the kitchen was plugded with sement bags, ( I said i work here & i am advising you do not choose that house it has alot of faults) she thanked me & moved to another house to purchase,goverment give these small contractors these jobs, thinking they are healping them, some of these small contractors are nothing more than crooks that rip off the Ggoverments.

    • tedd November 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      it is about time the government set proper building and engineering standards for the building of these buildings. some large projects ( commercial ) come with detailed engineering drawings, amount of steel, type, how arranged and the type of concrete to be used. instructions can be given to define the concrete such as I bag of cement to 2 -5gallon buckets of sand to 4 buckets of stone, with 6 gallons of water, mixed for 5 minutes in a mixer and places(USED) within 2 hours of mixing. I may have got the measurements wrong but you get my point.
      Gov has all the skills required in-house for this. also pipe size and every thing else in detail. this will result in the contractor being accountable for the quality of his work.

  10. Big Man November 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Mia, Mia, Mia, what is your take on Domestic violence especially when it comes to Women beating or biting up Women

    • roger headley November 15, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Probably the same when it comes to men beating or biting women. In all cases, can it be termed domestic ‘violence’?

    • hcalndre November 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      @Big Man you`re disgrace to the human being, go to the station which would welcome you and your bile.

      • Big Man November 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        @ hcalndre what is your take on same sex marriages what you think about Sodom and Gomorrah come in back into existence in 2018

  11. Big Man November 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    @ hcalndre you can out nowww, the Joseph coat of many colours flying high now

  12. luther thorne November 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Desperation/no creative ideas/ gutter minded political trite from the likes of so called Big Man. Will not work this time around.

  13. Donild Trimp November 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    “while suggesting that his introduction of the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 was simply an attempt to put a mark on the board”.

    This is not an approach that will gain you any votes Mia.

    This legislation is something that the majority of Barbadians and visitors to the island will embrace with open arms.

    This legislation is to the benefit of all law abiding Barbadians.

    Minister Lashley got this one right even if it is seen as for political gain but who cares when it is the right thing to do.


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