BLP promises to right White Hill wrong

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has given the strongest indication yet that it plans to move the people of White Hill, St Andrew, and it was willing to get involved in a battle over land in St James in order to achieve this.

The party’s chairman and Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne gave more than just a passing hint today when he warned that a BLP government would forcibly reacquire commercial lands in Lancaster, St James that had been sold to “friends” of the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) by the current administration, to relocate White Hill residents.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley (centre) and BLP St Andrew representative George Payne (left) leading the troops through White Hill today.
It was not an easy climb for some of those participating in today’s BLP White Hill walkthrough.

“I am going to warn all of those persons from the Democratic Labour Party now who are acquiring lands around Chefette. Those lands we are going to be reacquired and they will go back to the rightful owners. We acquired those lands for the people of White Hill and people who have been affected by land slippage and those lands will go to those persons,” Payne declared in the presence of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, during a walkthrough of the community, which has been impacted by extensive land slippage, water shortages and an impassable main road that was condemned by the authorities following heavy rains in November 2014.

Residents have repeatedly complained about the state of affairs in the rural community, and planned a protest march today, three years and a day after heavy rains triggered the land slippage that resulted in the road being condemned.

There have been conflicting reports about plans to relocate the residents, with Government and the community, which strongly supports the BLP, pointing accusing fingers at each other.

A recent announcement in a press release issued by the Barbados Government Information Service that the Ministry of Housing would continue the relocation process that began in 1999 by transferring 22 houses to Farmers, St Thomas, and constructing five new houses this financial year and another seven in 2018, was met with derision by residents.

“We might be abandoned, but we aren’t stupid. Why all of this time pass? It took them about three years to tell us about relocation. These are bare promises for election [and] we all know that,” community spokeswoman Carlitha Andrews said.

The charge of election gimmickry has been denied by Minister of Housing Denis  Kellman.

In March of this year Payne had taken exception to Government’s decision to allow a fast-food chain Chefette to set up shop at Lancaster, St James, complaining at the time the decision was one of the worst taken by the Freundel Stuart administration because the land had been earmarked for the relocation of residents of White Hill.

The BLP chairman further stated today that a previous BLP administration had been forced to correct misuse of land by a DLP administration, and there would be no hesitation to do so again.

“I remember when I was Minister of Housing you had a situation where an acting general manager of housing had done the same thing in Orange Hill under a Democratic Labour Party Government. When we came to office we reacquired that land. So let that be a warning,” Payne said.

33 Responses to BLP promises to right White Hill wrong

  1. archy perch November 24, 2017 at 1:30 am

    There yah go Georgie boy, back to your Mugabe style politics again. I remember both you and Gline Clarke who suggested in Parliament that government should take white people’s land and give it to the blacks.Now here you go threatening to takeover peoples land by force and give it to your supporters from White Hill, and no pun is intended here, but isn’t it ironic that White is significant. George Payne, you yourself failed the people of White Hill. Were you not Housing Minister along withe being the MP for the area. You could have solved this problem. Now here you are grandstanding as usual. SMH. The crooked Barbados Labour Party washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Georgie— part of the gang of five that once ousted Mia from leadership. Georgie who promised to get Dr. Maria Agard reinstated after Mia brutally unseated her as an MP. Georgie who some believe is wrapped up financially with Barack. Georgie who has ambitions to be Prime Minister despite everyone seeming to want Mia.SMH. I see the press has made no mention so far of the protest by some White Hill residents to the walk through by you red shirt clowns. Anybody who wants to see the true colours of the crooked Barbados Labour Party should Google this: “After expropriating private land for his mistress Gline Clarke pretends to be indignant about Barbados government actions”. And Gline was a Housing Minister and check the car he was driving a Mercedes just like his colleagues. So when one hears all the dirt being thrown at the DLP adminstration by the crooked rascals from 111 Roebuck Street, do your research and think for yourselves. There is a long long long paper trail of skulduggery. Archy Perch is here to remind them.

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    • Big Man November 27, 2017 at 10:04 am

      George Jefferson had 14 years to fix White Hill and he kept his mouth shut
      Now all he can do is walk through, rub shoulders, try to cause insurrection, discontentment, and appease a few squatters living on a slippery slope prone to soil erosion who refuse to be relocated.

      I wonder if he and Edmund Hinkson on speaking term cause thee things Edmund call he, I won’t like nobody call my slut dog so.

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    • Mark My Word November 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Wait dah is Mia new body guard wid de white shoes on side ah she hmmm, hmmm, hmmm
      Signs and wonders of the road we heading towards

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  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine November 24, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I just cannot stomach George Payne. Mia Mottley has not learnt any valuable lessons keeping this make believe, puffed up, and arrogant so in so in her line up. Just take a look at him. Appearance alone gives the impression that he is more than anyone. He does not look humble at all. Stuuuuuuuuupse.

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  3. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt November 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Not easy to fool or trick me twice

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  4. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray November 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

    if we all want some one thing new, let us all stop all the hot air long talk, when ever the bell ring. Just show them that we was talking

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    • charjoy November 24, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Damn straight Eddy

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner November 24, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Politricks.

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  6. charjoy November 24, 2017 at 6:16 am

    George Payne should brek he c%$^ going down those rocks….stupse. Best thing Mia could’ve done during that tour is push his RH down the hill cause when the dust settles he will betray her once again……RH parasite

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  7. Saga Boy November 24, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Wait that is all the people George could gather? I thought there was to be a protest march? All dem years he in power and n do one thing to them poor people. Fourteen long years he said he representing people in Whitehill and all he did was promise them. Now he giving them more promise

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  8. Alex Alleyne November 24, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Look, bout here where we all live need some serious roads repairs and street lights, are you all going to do something ’bout that while you are at it, cos I notice you guys keep saying you gine do everything under the sun if/when elected. Why you leaving out repairing and or building NEW ROADS.

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  9. Alex Alleyne November 24, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Not just White Hill need attention.

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  10. Greengiant November 24, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Barbados Today you have failed to report the commotion in White St. Andrew. Some people in the area allegedly threw stones and hurled abuse at Payne and his BLP partners during their walk through. The RBPF had to be called in to bring stability to the area. Yet no report on this.

    @archy perch: These clowns are parading all over Barbados in Red every five years as though people forget their deeds during the fourteen years in parliament. I’ve never seen two bulls sparing so quietly in public like George and MIa. I would love to be a fly on the wall during their private meetings. The chairman and parliamentary leader must have private meetings.

    Imagine the White Hill issue started during the B L P’s time in office during the eighties. George Payne started the relocation to Farmers back then, the B L P left office, and the D L P dropped the ball on White Hill similarly to what the B L P did to St. John with the completion of the polyclinic. However the B L P returned to office in 1994 with the biggest parliamentary majority under Arthur for fourteen years. Payne was MP, minister of housing and Mia was deputy leader during this time, none of them remembered White Hill. The Lancaster project was conceptualised under the BLP when Payne was minister of housing. Nothing was written or passed in parliament for lots to be allocated to White Hill residents, or the DLP would be embarrassed to sell that land for commercial purposes. Payne it was as housing minister that got NHC entangled in the commercial project at Warrens, that has cost the people of Barbados millions. The fact that Mia is still tagging along with the likes of Payne tells me it’s business as usual within the BLP.

    If Ms. M wants to be taken seriously and be deemed credible to lead our parliament, she should take her LLB with her on every tour so the people could see it. Declare your hand on your legal qualifications Ms. M for all Barbados to see. Restore your credibility that took a beating when the Arch Hall fire station, and Crab Hill police station projects when to an experienced contractor under your watch as home affairs minister.

    This election will be very interesting, document from the past, and the present will be exposed. These two parties will have several candidates on their platforms with questionable credibility. I will urge the people of Barbados to pay attention to the issue of trust during this campaign, and don’t vote for people who have misrepresented your money in the past.

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  11. Freeagent November 24, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Many years ago the then government of Barbados offered to remove the residents of White Hill, St. Andrew to a new location and while some of them were relocated some of them refused to move. There will be problems in the Scotland District whenever there is heavy rainfall so those residents can be prepared to relocate. It is unfair to blame this present administration for everything that has gone wrong on the island. There are many things that should/could have been corrected before 2008 and misuse of land is nothing new, remember St. John and St. Peter? DLP is BLP, just a different first letter.

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  12. Carson C Cadogan November 24, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Not a word in this article about the residents hurling abuse at Payne. He in turn called the police for his own constituents.

    This article is pure WHITE wash!!!!

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  13. Carson C Cadogan November 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Barbados Today even though you try very hard not to report the TRUTH regarding the Barbados Labour Party the people of Barbados still know.

    That big bacchanal in White Hill yesterday is known to all Bajans this morning.

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  14. kk November 24, 2017 at 9:23 am

    i would like the people of Barbados to put down their electronic devices, sit and study real hard going forward. All these politicians doing things and think that people have amnesia, i have never listened to a parliamentary representative promise me anything, but i will make it a priority to actually listen to them next year, (just for spite) cause for the life of me i can’t understand what these people tell bajans that make them leave their homes early in the morning election day to stand up in a long line, then two months after you go to see them and they want to know “who you” (chris stinkler i mean you) I voted once and that’s because i had to and i want you people to know that the majority of new voters will vote because they were told to and told who to vote for, because there are some people living in this country we tend to call them “political yard fowls”, every meeting them at, anytime one of the “nuffanarians” talk on tv, they freaking out, these are the people that will brainwash their children by telling them who to vote for, plus, i don’t think it needs to be said BUT……… real money giving way next year, so hear wah people, do like me, take d lil $300 or $500 and fend for yourself till d time come back round for taking handouts.

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  15. Alex Alleyne November 24, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Where is this PARTY gonna get all the MONEY from to do all these things in a HURRY.
    Vote Candidate NOT party , then let them all “Battle it out”.

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  16. kk November 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    As for George Payne, i glad enough i don’t live in his constituency, cause i was made to understand he is a “do fa do” man, but there is no amount of desperation that should make any woman stoop as low as George Payne

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  17. Ralph W Talma November 24, 2017 at 9:29 am

    At least the BLP is trying now to fix something that should have been done years ago. Do wait and see and then make your decision.

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  18. archy perch November 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

    George Payne is as cunning as a fox and spiteful too. Do not forget how he refused to speak in Parliament for a number of years,after Owen put his right foot in old Georgie’s behind,and out of the Cabinet he went. I would like there to be an investigation as to the connection between him and Al Barack when he was Housing Minister. I have heard through the grapevine that Georgie-boy hopes to become Prime Minister once, enough of his lackeys form the majority, in an elected Parliamentary group. People are focused on Mia but don’t trust this little man. He has a history and especially of actions taken and things stated. Never mind the show of togetherness. How does Prime Minister George Payne sound and Deputy Dale Marshall who is already a partner in George’s law firm. Do you see the plan I was told about. I could not believe what I was hearing.

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  19. Carson C Cadogan November 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    “”“You are a crook and a criminal; you are a big Queen’s Counsel and you committed fraud; you are totally unfit to be a member of parliament; you aint got any right here; you should be in prison”.

    ““During the meeting, there were a number of contributions and interruptions and Mr. Edmund G. Hinkson was requested on more than one occasion to allow other members to make their representation without interruption. While the Claimant was making his contribution to the meeting, he was suddenly interrupted by the Defendant who indicated that he had no moral authority to speak about leadership and shouted out in a loud voice:

    You are a crook and a criminal; you are a big Queen’s Counsel and you committed fraud; you are totally unfit to be a member of parliament; you aint got any right here; you should be in prison”.

    The Chairman tried to calm him down and Mr. Ronald Toppin chided him for his outburst but in response to Mr. Toppin he retorted: “Don’t mind you, what do you have to show for the eighteen (18) years you were a Member of Parliament?”.

    Other members spoke to him about his behaviour including Mr. Dwight Sutherland, one of our newest members who indicated to him that he should apologise for his outburst, which was disrespectful to a senior member and was sending the wrong message to the new members. To this he responded: “There are no senior members in here, we are all equal. George Payne is a political clown.”””

    BARBADOS TODAY

    May 3, 2013

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  20. Carson C Cadogan November 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    That fat brown skin ting with chain around her neck. Who she belongs to??

    Did somebody bring along their food with them?

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  21. Carson C Cadogan November 24, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    A bit off topic, but interesting none the less.

    “”She earned 2million rands using fake qualifications

    A Limpopo woman who landed a top job using fake qualifications has been sent to jail.

    Director for Water Services at Mopani District Municipality Itumeleng Charmaine Letwaba (34) was found guilty for contravening section 66 (2) of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997 by the Tzaneen Regional Court .

    During 2009 the accused applied for the post of Director of Water Services at Mopani District Municipality.

    Ledwaba joined the municiplaity in November 2009 when she was appointed as the project manager and in July 2012 as the Director of Water Services, with an annual salary of more than R2 million.

    After her appointment, the municipality noticed some irregularities on her qualifications and alerted the  Hawks.
    HAWKS spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said  investigation was conducted and revealed that Letwaba’s diploma was false.

    He said she had used the very same qualification in her previous job at Ephraim Mogale Municipality in Marble hall where she was appointed as a project manager.

    Letwaba was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment,  half of which is suspended for 5 years by the Tzaneen Regional Court on conditions that she is not found guilty of fraud, forgery, uttering or contravening section 66(2) of the 101 of 1997 during the suspension period.””

    I wonder if we have a “” Higher Education Act “” here in Barbados???

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  22. luther thorne November 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I AM GOING ON A HUNGER STRIKE TO DEMAND THE CALLING OF ELECTIONS.
    HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL ELECTIONS ARE CALLED

    Who joining me

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    • Mark My Word November 27, 2017 at 10:14 am

      We prefer you to dead alone with yuh poor rakey self
      Get cremate I don’t want to see yuh face

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  23. Alex Alleyne November 24, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    You gine die alone. bajans don’t go for nothing so. We just like to run we mout.

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  24. luther thorne November 24, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Not necessarily!
    Just call de elections

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  25. Saga Boy November 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Luther thorne going on a hunger strike would be the most sensible thing you ever do while on earth. Let me know your real name and when you die I will send some flowers to your funeral.

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  26. archy perch November 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Luther Thorne I agree with your hunger strike, that was the best suggestion i have seen you make here to date. You can count on me Archie at your beckon to have a nourishing plate of food for you should you change your mind at the last minute. See if Mia and little Georgie can take part since they like drama. Mia might be able to last out a few more days than Georgie cause she as big as a bull. Georgie still looking poorakie wid all de money he got. SMH.

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  27. luther thorne November 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Yuh see the two o wunna !

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    • Beresford Leon Phillips November 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Luther I thought you were on hunger strike already
      You look that way already

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  28. Greengiant November 26, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I’m keeping my eyes and ears fixed on Hinkson. Would be interesting to have a chat with him. Wonder what has become of that legal wrangle between him and Brother George?

    Something will happen big on Roebuck Street before long, the pot is boiling and Stuart, “the cunning old fox he is” just giving them enough time to self destruct. There is significant embarrassment facing these two major parties. There’s rumblings within their bellies like volcanoes.

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