BLP accused of blocking sale of Hilton

Parliamentarians on Government’s side of the aisle took turns today during heated debate on the National Insurance and Social Security Amendment Bill 2017 at accusing the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of using two of its political candidates who sit on the board of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to block the sale of the Hilton Barbados Resort.

While providing no evidence to support the charge, the onslaught was led by Minister of Housing Denis Kellman as he shot down claims levelled by the BLP’s Kerry Symmonds that Government’s move to expand the NIS board by adding a representative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security was intended to increase the administration’s influence on the entity.

Kellman countered that the Opposition was out of line to raise questions about the additional board member when its candidate for St Michael West Central Ian Gooding Edghill and the St Peter candidate Colin Jordan were members of the board.

“You imagine that Mr Speaker, that the honourable member is in here complaining about a civil servant who is supposed to be independent, but we are supposed to accept two political candidates from the Barbados Labour Party on the board,” Kellman said.

The Member of Parliament for St Lucy went on to charge that the BLP was attempting to block the sale of the Hilton, and suggested that it was behind “fake news” circulating about the divestment of the hotel.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones went one step further and challenged the two Opposition candidates to step down.

Charging that the BLP had “infiltrated” the NIS, Jones said it was “in the best interest of those two members of the organization that they serve, since they are now political candidates, to remove themselves and ask their organizations to send somebody else.

“That is the best and decent thing to do,” he insisted.

The Minister of Education maintained that all state boards had a permanent secretary looking after the interest of the state in a very deliberate manner and there was nothing untoward about the decision to expand the NIS board.

However, Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland was adamant in his contribution to the debate that Government still had a case to answer.

Citing the 15th Actuarial Review, he noted the recommendation for Government to conduct an independent study on the most appropriate governance structure for the NIS.

“I don’t think the actuary wanted a review of the governance structure to increase the Government’s influence on the National Insurance,” he said, while accusing the administration of “abusing” NIS funds and recommending that it be “censored” for failing to exercise prudence.

“Whether it is the sale of BNTCL [Barbados National Terminal Company Limited], whether it is the sale of the Hilton, whether it is use of the NIS funds in Four Seasons . . . whether it is the investment of 75 per cent of the National Insurance Fund in Government securities Mr Speaker, what is common Mr Speaker,  to this Government is the lack of financial prudence,” he charged.

40 Responses to BLP accused of blocking sale of Hilton

  1. hcalndre December 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Is the Hilton owned by Sinckler and the DLP that they can just sell or give it away without the people of the country being informed about the deal? Just asking.

  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Ever the Johnny, how can you block a sale of which you had no prior knowledge. What he meant to say was that the sale was not made public so as not to be stopped by the opposition.

  3. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby December 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Ass y them ppl still vote for him asses like them u want voting to hell out 2018 will be your time

  4. Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande
    Ayo-Ololara Ifeoma Nomande December 15, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Is he saying that they’re doing their job?!

  5. Stuart Gourley
    Stuart Gourley December 16, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Just so you know. The purpose of the opposition is to oppose. Democracy 101.

  6. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis December 16, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I hope if what Prince clown is correct and bajans back them in blocking the sale 30 seat percent

  7. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 16, 2017 at 12:11 am

    A minor distraction…a Tsunami of worthless gossip by those who seems to have discarded any moral advantage..pity!!

  8. Howard John
    Howard John December 16, 2017 at 12:55 am

    MC could you explain

  9. Sophia Lewis
    Sophia Lewis December 16, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Ok ok….well thank god someone trying to stop this tragedy from occurring. Shame on you. I’m livid

  10. Jason Callendar Ramsay
    Jason Callendar Ramsay December 16, 2017 at 4:44 am


  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 16, 2017 at 4:54 am


  12. Anita Applewhaite
    Anita Applewhaite December 16, 2017 at 5:31 am

    Well looka my crosses … The whole cabinet,larda should step down.

  13. Carson C Cadogan December 16, 2017 at 5:38 am

    When the DLP wanted to set up the NIS many years ago, the crooked Barbados Labour Party went up and down Barbados at political meetings trying their best to make sure that the NIS never came to being. They encourage all Bajans to prevent the then Govt. from taking money from their salaries and wages to contribute to the NIS.

    Now the crooked Barbados Labour Party is pretending that they are somehow the guardians of the NIS, which they bitterly fought against in the beginning, left to the crooked Barbados Labour Party we would never have had a NIS.

    They did the same thing when the DLP wanted to make Barbados an Independent Nation. Real backwards thinkers. House negroes, the Barbados Labour Party.

  14. Mario Andrew Williams
    Mario Andrew Williams December 16, 2017 at 6:11 am

    The BLP should block the sale of the Hilton!! These clowns are selling off the assets of this country just before a general election is about to be held and they know that they will be lucky to retain a single seat!! A blind man on a trotting horse could see what they are up to!!

  15. Valerie Knight
    Valerie Knight December 16, 2017 at 6:17 am

    If so, thank God for common sense

  16. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 16, 2017 at 6:57 am


  17. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 16, 2017 at 6:59 am

    This is the same DLP government that blame Mr Arthur for selling the nation Bank.

    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott December 16, 2017 at 8:14 am

      I wonder what Owen Arthur is thinking right now?? Peep me that question

  18. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers December 16, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Sale or giveaway?

  19. James Amlighty
    James Amlighty December 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

    That’s not a sale.. DEM giving it away

  20. Freeagent December 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Just want to know whether Barbadians were apprised of the sale of the Barbados National Bank and ICB before they were sold.

  21. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 16, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Somebody or somebodies needs locking up for trying to sell or for the sale of the Hilton Hotel This is a national disgrace and just another case of pure greed and the fattening of the cow while the country slips further into the ocean.

  22. Yvonne Ross
    Yvonne Ross December 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The writing on the wall Dems days are numbered last mass wanna gone

  23. Maureen Fields
    Maureen Fields December 16, 2017 at 8:54 am
  24. Richard J. Stuart Bourne
    Richard J. Stuart Bourne December 16, 2017 at 8:57 am

    What has become of the huge natural gas reserves offshore?

  25. Mervin Phillips
    Mervin Phillips December 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    How on earth can you sell a hotel that value about 200 million us dollers for 80 million us dollers i know they said that head in brain but these don”t have no brain at all,if chris were to stop eating so much of those mapp snack boxes at night he might be able to think straight and do what is right.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Every time one reads about the value of the Hilton Hotel the value keeps increasing. Pretty soon it will be worth $1billion.

  26. Nakiesha Scantlebury
    Nakiesha Scantlebury December 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Keep blocking them please

  27. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell December 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Go BLP!

  28. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls December 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Kindly produce evidence to this charge. Some of us do have a brain and can think for ourselves. The wild conspiracy theories will only intensify.

  29. Alana Mel
    Alana Mel December 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I hope they block it

  30. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose December 16, 2017 at 11:55 am

    How can you block a sale when you dont control the goverment what wunna think we smunts and stuuuupess..

  31. Thompson Cadore
    Thompson Cadore December 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm


  32. Ossie Moore December 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Bur looka wonna busting wonna blood vessels in wonna head ova all ah wah going on and dat is foolisness, cause in two, twoes buildings dus go up or get tear down. If wonna get together and putup some clout wonna could get anything woonna want. En next ting wonna need to be nationalistic and stop this you is a B and you is a D. It killing the progressive thoughts o’ de nation and it stiffuling de young people Let it be like old days party “fetes” pick de one you want to attend or be like the HMS Antelles storm de party!

  33. Antonio Elcock December 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    This sale is one of great concern to all Barbadians particularly due to the non-transparent nature of the transaction

  34. fedup December 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Steupse..Dem got real jokes…a bunch uh comedians.

  35. Belfast. December 16, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Barbadians should thank their lucky stars that David Thompson, when he and Kellman were the only two in Opposition did not give in to Kellman’s claim of seniority, and later did not give Kellman a Ministry. He probably saved us from having a Prime Minister in the form of Dennis Kellman. But on second thoughts……………….

  36. Ralph W Talma December 17, 2017 at 4:38 am

    1. Mr Cadogan, why is there always a racial innuendo to your statements? Wake up and join the 21st century. Parties’ do change their minds and the BLP is quite correct in trying to stop the sale of the Hilton Hotel. I remember it well, and it continues to be a tremendous asset to the income stream of Barbados.
    2. The way ahead, if the coffers are really so depleted, is to borrow some money to the value of half the sale price of the hotel. This Government loan (not from the IMF) can be obtained, I believe, on the open market for less than 2% over 25-50 years.

  37. Nathaniel Samuels December 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Come on , jonsie, those two will gladly step down from the Board when your leader calls election.
    We all want to know the details of the sale so we are not left with any surprises. If everything is above board, disclose for all to hear and see.


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