Oh no, Mia!

Mottley too anxious for power, says Stuart

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has slammed Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, calling her an alarmist whose focus was simply on a general election campaign and political power.

Charging that the St Michael North East Member of Parliament was using scare tactics by suggesting Government wanted to create a police state through new requirements for vendors of agricultural products to be registered, Stuart said Mottley was creating confusion in the country when the facts were not on her side.

During debate today on the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Bill 2017 in the House of Assembly, the Prime Minister said Mottley had the “capacity for unabashed deception” in her contributions and so he was not surprised by her statements.

In a hard-hitting contribution to debate on the bill, which was later passed by the Lower House, the Prime Minister said members of his side who were disappointed by Mottley’s contribution had only themselves to blame adding, “it serves you right” if you expected anything different from the Opposition Leader.

Stuart’s condemnation came following Mottley’s charge that the legislation criminalized vending. The Opposition Leader had also called for the bill to be delayed and sent to a select committee for review.

“This bill does not seek to criminalize anyone,” Stuart, who is Member of Parliament for St Michael South, said in defence of the new legislation, adding that it seeks to protect food crop and animal farmers.

According to the leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), it was an Erskine Sandiford led administration in 1992 that introduced the praedial larceny laws, and so it was a continuation of the DLP’s efforts to reduce theft of agricultural products.

However, Stuart criticized Mottley for being big on bluster and short of facts when it came to the new legislation.

He rejected her call for the training of wardens before the legislation was introduced. Stuart told the chamber it made no sense to train the officers before the laws governing their actions were sanctioned by the House of Assembly.

The Prime Minister also insisted that Barbados was a society accustomed to registration of businesses and trades, explaining that it was a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Attorney General Sir Henry Forde who brought the Professions, Trades and Businesses Registration Act forcing the registration of “everything that moved”.

Now, he said, Mottley was trying to make an issue of the registration of vendors when the laws were simply to protect the public and in the event of health implications to ensure a level of traceability in the products.

53 Responses to Oh no, Mia!

  1. luther thorne November 28, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Bdos needs leadership

  2. colleta November 28, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    People out of work, don’t expect thiefing in any form to stop.

  3. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain November 29, 2017 at 12:40 am

    But wah gwan wid he face….#gobacktosleep

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba November 29, 2017 at 8:54 am


  4. Arlington Andrews Farley
    Arlington Andrews Farley November 29, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Is he not focused on a general election and Political power that he is about to loose? and did he not alarm the Barbadian public that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and then grab the pay cuts for his ministers only then to Alarm the public again that there were more tough times ahead? throwing stones while living in a glass house is not a wise thing to do Mr. Sleepy

  5. hcalndre November 29, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Stuart says Miss. Mottley wants power but he did not mention that he would not ring the bell because he is afraid of losing power and have said that he is going to see the last day of the 5 year term, that`s what the people gave him. What Barbados need is a 2 term limit of 4 or 5 years, with a fix date for the elections.

  6. Saga Boy November 29, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Mia put her foot in her mouth once again. She was not aware that the legislation she referred to had been amended. Lets deal with the facts and forget the emotions.

    • Leroy November 29, 2017 at 3:41 am

      How will any warden or officer determine the vegetables i have for sale were stolen if i legally bought and produce a certificate from x plantation but the vegetables were stolen from plantation y?

      Saga, are you happy after 10 years of thia dlp admin and what are the successes of this gov?

      • Adrian November 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

        I believe that if you purchased 10 lbs from x and you have 60lbs you may have to account for the extra.

  7. John Everatt November 29, 2017 at 2:30 am

    I think that on this one Mottley is wrong. Predial larceny needs to be brought under control if we expect farmers to produce crops for this nation. Legislation like this should have been enacted years ago and it would have been except for the farmers themselves who opposed it.

    • Leroy November 29, 2017 at 4:08 am

      How will any warden or officer determine the vegetables i have for sale were stolen if i legally bought and produce a certificate from x plantation but the vegetables were stolen from plantation y?

  8. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls November 29, 2017 at 3:40 am

    One could say that prior to the 2008 election there was no bigger set of alarmists than those representing the party in office now.

  9. Keen Observer November 29, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Sonia Romain I find you disrespectful. You can disagree without being nasty.

    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

      “But wah gwan wid he face….#gobacktosleep.”..and what is so disrespectful and nasty about that? Other people are more acid in their comments and you in say NUTTEN..Wonder though how the resident KING DYAL would describe the faces of Stuart and Arthur.
      That JOKER says ALL black people have broad noses,big lips,broad faces,full breasted etc,etc.
      I is a poor ,peaceful and polite BLACK MAN and proud bout it too and I have a long nose,small lips and long features and I know nuff women that got small bubbies too..yeh a handful

  10. ch November 29, 2017 at 5:22 am

    That is the real issue @ Luther Thorne and our naive people will not demand it.
    All of these issues are distractions from our economic crisis which is sinking this nation.
    Political campaigns here are based on gimmicks but the latest Moody report is based on facts and it is an indictment of our lack of leadership.

  11. straight talk November 29, 2017 at 5:27 am

    David thompson the same way he was no different to Mia Mottley he and the other behave worst leading to the 2008 election . He is the one that said this parliment is desolved and vow not to return

  12. Rommel Parris
    Rommel Parris November 29, 2017 at 5:49 am

    The thing is the act is a mess to the small man and makes no sense

  13. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 29, 2017 at 6:05 am


    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Ali baba….in short, de man put on a face and forgot to press it…….lord have mercy……BT ,ya wicked, I feel wunna do that fa purpose doah.

  14. Alan Winter November 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Time-wasting…..they make laws and never enforce them! What is the point? What really do the MPs do…. Certain laws are soo ancient they dont even read in lay-mans terms so the average person can understand them….They date back to the year dot !! Nuff things need updating and the MPs need to stop time-wasting time and solve some problems – they have no actions, just pure rhetoric !!

  15. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside November 29, 2017 at 6:51 am


  16. Saga Boy November 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Ali Baba you are unnecessarily disrespectful and insulting. No one can determine the color of their skin and or their respective phenotype. Ulgyness of a black man is a European construct. Would your comment be different if the PM had a straight thin nose and blue eyes?

  17. Alex Alleyne November 29, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Why would you charge a person and or put them in jail for not having an agricultural license (Did I hear that part right????). Why not have a 3 part system of large farmer, medium farmer and small farmer which some will be able to apply for a “FIRE ARM” and free access to the GUN RANGE at Waterfords.
    Only then will these thieves understand that it’s serious business and ‘teefing must stop”.

  18. harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    “Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has slammed Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, calling her an alarmist whose focus was simply on a general election campaign and political power”
    …but Stuart,don’t twist things….she is INTERESTED IN GETTING WUNNA OUT OF OFFICE just like 99% of BAJANS including some a wunna yard fowls and paling cocks who are frightened to say so OPENLY.
    Ring de bell and see what I mean …EVERY BODY IS INTERESTED IN THE GENERAL ELECTION…ring de bell and see if people in gine rejoice and celebrate like in ZIMBABWE…wunna in gine resign so she and the people got to wait on wunna to call GENERAL ELECTIONS.
    Just now the Hurricane season gine end and every Bajan knows that ya got to call it by the beginning of the 2018 Hurricane season and it gine be rough fa wunna.

  19. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews November 29, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Hey , February 21st 2018 will be 10 years and 5 weeks you have been the Government , only power hungry people force themselves on people ,Call the election and prove you yourself are not Power Hungry

    • BossladyHoneyhole Rose
      BossladyHoneyhole Rose November 29, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Well said

    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      Exactly ,..the ONLY Prime Minister in the HISTORY of BDOS POLITICS that REMAINED in OFFICE after 5 years without calling elections and is POISED to do it AGAIN.
      WHO IS POWER HUNGRY FREUNDEL STUART ? Stuart, you is a man who normally think before you speak,so wha happened now ? like ya seeing a swarm of BEES outing out the light that wunna did seeing at the end of de tunnel.

  20. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain November 29, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Oh no, sir! lol

  21. Daisy Suzanne King
    Daisy Suzanne King November 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

    All this sudden,”hurry up legislation ” is a mere smoke screen to try to distract Bajans from the total mess this country is experiencing. . Mia like she frightens FRAUDEL every time she speaks. He is a real sorry excuse for a PM

  22. Leroy November 29, 2017 at 8:27 am

    A real Dr. Booby,, all over the place talking smack but busy doing nothing.

  23. Deangelo Dixie Mayers
    Deangelo Dixie Mayers November 29, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Look he really needs to stop I’m not going into his faical expression but it tells me he’s under severe pressure.

  24. Carlisle Norville November 29, 2017 at 8:54 am

    O,!NO-Mia my foot, get ya A** out de people face old man, its time to rest ya A*,*2 terms & you aren’t satisfied wid all de money you going home with, while poor bagans cant teck it no mor, & hanging themselves ,you & Elliot Belgrave are the same thing, hard headed slave children that worship white people,& kill blacks , all you try GOD ALMIGHTY is going to MOVE you, you criminal if this was trinidad you would be home Longgggggg time , sitting in a wheel chair, get to hell out de place do.!( F**k all you who are yard fouls for de D.L.P.

  25. Kay Henry
    Kay Henry November 29, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Every time the PM speaks lies lies and more lies .

  26. milli watt November 29, 2017 at 9:31 am

    FRUNS got a point……..separate the messenger from the message. they should be filing tax returns as well just saying

  27. Ras November 29, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Bwoy thee Babylonians thisty for power

  28. Darson November 29, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Are you Guys for Real ? This is all about a Black Man with what you perceive as an ugly face and a big Nose: well it maybe so in your eyes ,but I am interested in the Law he is about to have passed .
    He is African Like most Blacks in Barbados ,If by chance some of you have a straight Nose ,or a lighter shade of skin and that make you better than all of us big Nose Ugly black people it is ok ,we are not ashamed of our looks and as matter of fact we are Proud of what we are: Take your Good looks to the Bank and the Market and get all you want , I have many a Family member with the looks of Him and I love them all even now some has gone to the Great Beyond : The PM Is a Brilliant Man none of would sit in a room and debate him on any topic and not be made to look like the Brown Straight Nose Jack asses you really are .

    • HardBall November 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Respect Darson!!!!!

      Typical Bajan, what does his face has to do with anything?

      Jamaica has similar legislation in place and guess what, it has cut down on praedial larceny.

      • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm

        Hardball I hope you are not telling yourself that only BAJANS comment on peoples’ ugliness.

    • Adrian November 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Well said

    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      He is African Like most Blacks in Barbados ,If by chance some of you have a straight Nose ,or a lighter shade of skin and that make you better than all of us big Nose Ugly black people it is ok ,we are not ashamed of our looks and as matter of fact we are Proud of what we are:….BUT….
      The resident King Dyal feels ashamed that he is black…says ALL black people have BROAD NOSES and THICK LIPS and ALL women are FULL BREASTED etc etc and there is NO NEED to DESCRIBE BLACK PEOPLE that way

  29. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne November 29, 2017 at 10:42 am

    A picture says a thousand words,

  30. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade November 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I need where i live the well need doing the drain need to clean.

  31. jrsmith November 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    What I am really worried about , this useless government be return to power after the up coming elections……….. How then you remove them from office , they were there for 2 terms done nothing , tick no boxes………………… lots of people seems to be keen on legislation , well then let the people set out the challenge to the politicians , we need to be able to in many ways be able to have some say in the management of our country …..
    ……………………….My take we have a small bit of legislation namely so the (Accountability Act 2017) , which automatically gives the voters the right to remove from office the (MPs) who is not working for the interest of the people ….
    How else if the above happens would the people recover from the mess…….
    My other concern ,for the first time in bajan politics we are heading towards a coalition government …………………

  32. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips November 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    IS this freundel stuart or Robert mugabe ,the power hungry man who would rather die than call elections.every time Mia open her mouth this man put his face like a wild animal,none like you can’t freighten Mia .she’s a leader from the top draw and not a follower of david thompson ideas.the only thing you good at is hosting visitors at illaro court.

  33. Janis Forde-Estwick
    Janis Forde-Estwick November 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Big Big clown

  34. Ann Thomas November 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    This is the most disingenuous reply by the Rt. Hon Prime Minister. If I had not heard most of the debate and Ms. Mottley’s reply I would form entirely the wrong impression reading this.

    I would ask the Prime Minister to cast his mind back to 2007 to the behaviour of the DLP when they were in opposition – when David Thompson walked out of Parliament, said he was not going back in and called for elections. Could that not be a person anxious for power? Or is it in some way different because your side was doing it.
    There are many Barbadians who remember well the tactics of the DLP in opposition. But I guess the shoe really pinches when it is on the other foot, especially when that foot was clothed in righteous indignation!

    As for the capacity for “unabashed deception”, some of that quality is evident in this response.

    Please explain, Mr. Prime Minister, your assertion that the Bill does not seek to criminalise anyone when it states clearly at sections 8(3) and 9(4) that anybody who fails to register as a farmer or vendor is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $5,000 or imprisonment for 3 years or both. Isn’t prison the preserve of criminals? Why not just have them pay a fine? Why should farmers and vendors become criminals for not registering, they have not stolen anything!

    Why reject training for the wardens? How can you give people, who are not police officers, the power to stop, search and arrest without a warrant without proper training? Being under the supervision of the Commissioner of Police does not make them police officers. Citizens of this country must have the confidence that these wardens are properly trained to discharge their duties without abuse or arbitrariness.

    The Jamaica legislation which the Minister of Agriculture spoke about recently in another section of the press, gives the minister the power to make regulations, but is very clear as to the content of those regulations, including the training of the wardens.

    Ms. Mottley never opposed the registration of either farmers or vendors as has been suggested. She never did, in fact she said it was a good thing. What she objected strongly to were the provisions already mentioned which provide for farmers and vendors to get a criminal sentence for failure to register. A civil penalty in such a case is entirely appropriate.

    Given that two DLP Ministers of Agriculture, two DLP Prime Ministers and several other miscellaneous cast members have been speaking about the devastating effect of praedial larceny and the need to tackle it forcefully, this rush job, which depends on regulations to give it teeth, is most disappointing.

    This is truly a case where the promise was better than the reality.

  35. Marilyn Cook
    Marilyn Cook November 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm


  36. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite November 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    How is it that laws to criminalize the poor man can be passed so quickly, but we can get integrity laws or laws to lock up these criminals walking round the place in high positions.

  37. Helicopter(8P) November 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    The Speaker of the House and the Minister of Finance made it so!

  38. Helicopter(8P) November 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Above mentioned is in response to the Honorable Prime Minister’s facial expression. Your school teacher would have been in the same contenence, of expression! Do you get it Harry Turnover!! The days of action are here the lotta long talk days are gone. Just one thing !! Having a good understanding speech and manifesto in which the masses are felt at home and impressed is the prerequsite for a caring leader! Remember your company can place you in troble remember school day ? Stay off the people mango tree! That was told to you by your teachers at school- break in the evening!

    • harry turnover November 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      No..I DON”T get it ! is this part 1 of your rhetoric ? what are you really trying to say?..you need to put part 2 then in English.

  39. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford November 29, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    You guys will be living in a bad place just now. Do not vote for those people again


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