Mottley warns time is running out on Dems

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is sending a strong message to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that he cannot hide from the Barbadian electorate forever.

Responding last night for the first time to a defiant warning from Stuart that he intended to serve out his full five-year term, BLP Leader Mia Mottley told party supporters this meant Barbadians would be “quaking at the prospect of at least six more months of suffering” at the hands of the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Mottley suggested that the announcement proved that Stuart had no interest in the well-being of the country, and that his only concern was for the welfare of the DLP.

However, she told supporters while the Prime Minister had every right to determine the date for general elections, time would soon run out on him.

“The Prime Minister has the right to determine when election is called but it does not matter to me now if he calls it early. He could call it in January, February, March, April or May but at the end of the day we know that it has to be called. But what bothers me is that when you listen to this man as far as he is concerned, it is only about what time they [DLP) have left rather than what time the country has left. The country is facing declining reserves, facing mounting debt, the south coast sewage problem, just to name a few,” Mottley told a large gathering of party  supporters gathered at the Lawrence T Gay Memorial School last night for a meeting of BLP branches in the northern St Michael district.

The Prime Minister had said in Parliament on December 19 that he would not be ringing the general election bell anytime soon.

Stuart made it clear at the time that his Government’s work was far from done, and he went on to reject outright calls from the BLP for an election date to be fixed and for him to immediately announce the poll.

“I don’t need any law to tell me that there should be any fixed election date because my view is, if the people vote for you for five years, serve five years unless there is a no confidence motion that brings the Government down. You are given five years, serve your five years. Don’t throw back the time that the people gave you, in their face,” he said.

However, Mottley, whose BLP had been anticipating a January 2018 election, said the longer Stuart held on, the more difficult he was making it for Barbadians, who have been struggling under the weight of burdensome austerity measures and social problems such as the perennial sewage issue on the south coast.

She also said that from now on, the Prime Minister’s every word would cost him votes, as this would rally support for the Opposition.

“I want to tell Freundel to talk a little more because every time he speaks he helps the Barbados Labour Party more than we can help ourselves. The notion that Freundel is going to the end has sent people quaking because Bajans cannot believe that there is that much more sufferation ahead of them,” the BLP Leader said.

Parliament is due to be dissolved by the end of March next year and it is a constitutional requirement that elections must be called within 90 days of its dissolution.

With this mind Mottley urged party faithful to be patient, but to ensure the party was prepared for the campaign.

“I say to you tonight to hold strain because whether it is a short campaign or a long campaign, our campaign has started. This Barbados Labour Party is ready,” she said to an eruption of applause from the auditorium.

68 Responses to Mottley warns time is running out on Dems

  1. luther thorne December 30, 2017 at 1:31 am

    No Comment really
    Just amazed at what has been happening in Barbados. There is a certain something happening in Barbados that I do not like. This not the Barbados people know. It used to be different. Reminds you of Trumpism.

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  2. Pat Clarke December 30, 2017 at 2:16 am

    And who may I ask is Trump here? The DLP fooled the people in 2008 and the people, just like the republicans in America, voted Bajan Trump into office thinking they were going to get what was promised just to realize that they have made the biggest mistake of their lives. I am also amazed that after 10 years in office and this Government has brought this country to its knees, that some Bajans can’t see that if this present party is allowed to stay in power Bajans would be worse off in the next five years and beyond. Shouldn’t have to remind Bajans about what Papa Doc Duvalier did to Haiti. Is that what we want. Well keep them in power and I guarantee that this country will never be the same and not for the better.

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    • TrueBajan December 30, 2017 at 5:47 am

      another one of Mia puppy

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    • Bajan USA December 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

      How about new players including yourself to make Barbados the way you wsnt to see it? Why outsource the job to the blp? Barbados need new leaders just like yourself. Go for it!

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  3. Tony Webster December 30, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Mia is right. I am completely bamboozled by our P.M., as he offends me when he speaketh not, at times when he ought to speak. When he speaketh, he also offends me…with grace and panache!
    I really, really need to get my ears examined. Meanwhile I shall look to sharpen my indelible pencil, and to check that my name is writ on a register somewhere.

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  4. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 5:34 am

    SOME BODY SAY FUMBLE SOUND LIKE TRUMPISM, I SAY MORE LIKE CHINISM. HERE IN BARBADOS..WE ARE HEADING DOWN AH COMMUNISM ROAD AND IF WE DON’T PUT AH STOP TO IT EARLY ALL HELL IS GOING TO BREK LOOSE. GIVING THE POLICE GREATER POWERS, SOON IF WE DON’T BECAREFUL IT WILL BE 1 RADIO STATION, AND WHO KNOWS IF THE BDF WILL BE GIVEN SOME POWERS TOO…..PEOPLE OF BARBADOS GET UP!!!!! AND GET RID OF THIS DEMONIC LYING PARTY, 6 MORE MONTHS WID DEM FEEL LIKE 6 YEARS…PEOPLE WAKE UP!!!!!!

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  5. TrueBajan December 30, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I know barbadostoday would not publish this but she would never be PM only MP her party would be her down fall

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  6. Patrick December 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Hungry for power!!

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    • Right14 December 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

      You obviously do not currently live in Barbados so you are not suffering or seeing any thing wrong in the country.
      You shall be excused because of the fact that you do not currently live in Barbados.
      please stay where you are wherever you are and do show interest in the politics of the nation were you do currently reside because your word means nothing here,
      you don’t live here man.

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    • Atman December 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      Every politician has to be power hungry fool…that is the nature of politics. What makes the difference is if you are power hungry for the right reasons or the wrong reasons.

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  7. Deborah King
    Deborah King December 30, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I am longing for this LADY to be our PRIME MINISTER.She will do Barbados proud.Ali Baba u r right on the money,if we don’t be careful we will one day wake up and this little Island will be communist all at the hands of DEM.People wake up,6 months feels like 6,000 years tome,sufferation and more sufferation. 6 more months of tiefing.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 8:54 am

      I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TOOTAKE TO GET RID OF DEM FORGOD..STUPES

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 30, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Ali Baba must vote them out and ensure the voting lists on every polling station are not tampered with. No added fake names and addresses. Every voter must be checked showing picture I D as they sign in prior to going on that voting booth. They do that in other places

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    • Mary Paul
      Mary Paul December 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

      you mean the woman who thought that the prison was to small and that Owen should have built a bigger one, the only people in prison is poor black people, she don’t know what it it is like to do a day without food,, plus it is her and her party’s bad management for the 15 years they were in that have Barbados in trouble now

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      • harry turnover January 1, 2018 at 7:03 am

        Mary Paul ya talking SH8…it IS the policies initiated and the FOREIGN RESERVES left behind by Owen Arthur that is keeping Barbados afloat now
        It is wunna GREEDY lot of DLPites that tampered with EVERYTHING and frig up every damn thing.
        I for one knew Fumble did gine down to the wire again,don’t know why some people thought otherwise,but one other thing I know is that it gine hurt he heart when HE HAS TO CALL IT.

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    • Mary Paul
      Mary Paul December 30, 2017 at 10:33 am

      tell MIa that elections can be call any time , once it is call in 2018, I know she think she gine be prime minister, but the BLP gine beg Owen to come back as soon as elections is announce.

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      • straight talk December 30, 2017 at 11:19 am

        Talking foolishness

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      • harry turnover January 1, 2018 at 7:38 am

        This nerd who obviously thinks that others in DEM camp gine want Fumble to lead them again shows the mentality of some of DEM yard fowls.
        Two things I gather from some a DEM yard fowls are that Fumble will NEVER EVER lead them in or out of Parliament and Chris Sinckler will never touch ANYTHING that has FINANCE mark on it.
        Now is the time people to get rid of the DLP participating in ANY debates in the House for the next five years to start with by KICKING OUT ALL OF DEM at the start of the 2018 Hurricane Season starting with this LANDSLIDE.
        Don’t know if this could be done but Mia could then suggest or otherwise have some members of the Public sit in on debates in the Lower Houses and offer suggestions as Honorary Opposition members.
        Of course she would NOT be appointing any past DLP members,yard fowls,paling cocks or pimps.Let DEM fight in de yard to see who they want to lead them IN the YARD of course.

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    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain December 30, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      @ Mary Paul…..when the BLP was in Government for 15 years were you suffering?

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    • Deborah King
      Deborah King December 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Mary Paul,go and sleep.

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      • harry turnover January 1, 2018 at 7:07 am

        Yes Deborah and tell she to rinse out she mout on the South Coast by the SEWAGE STINK before she lie down.

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Gillian Skeete U BET BET JILL…WE GOTTA WATCH TO,IF AH PLANE LOAD OF VOTES GINE FLY IN HERE FROM ASIA DEMS CAN’T BE TRUSTED

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Mary Paul JUST KEEP QUIET PLEASE, BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD….MAY BE ANOTHER TIME

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm

      Sonia Romain OK THEN

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  8. Ralph W Talma December 30, 2017 at 7:43 am

    1. Well said Ms Mottley. But do make sure you have all Sections of the BLP on a war footing from 1 Jan as the PM could well try to call a snap election early in the New Year.
    2. To all Bajans, may 2018 be much better for you all than currently.

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    • harry turnover December 30, 2017 at 8:41 am

      The BLP are ready like Freddy..they have ALL their candidates on standby.DEM don’t even know if Mara running or running away.

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  9. Ras Small
    Ras Small December 30, 2017 at 8:46 am

    All ah de B’s and D’s is one. Nuttin will change fah de better, economically nor socially bout hey.
    De status quo must remain intact. Especially when most of de pplz have NO True IDENTITY nor independence.

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    • jennifer December 30, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      hahahaha Ras – All of the in lot and the want in lot are bound hand, foot and mouth. Them to stiffnecked to see through the wool. Bracketed bro – high (low), up (down), in (out), included (excluded), accepted (rejected) and the like.

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    • jennifer December 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      If only they knew their Identity. Wahloss

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    • harry turnover January 1, 2018 at 7:58 am

      When de BEES took over when Sandy done play WHAT HAPPENED ?
      After de BEES took over from Sandy,Bajans did getting
      $ 4 from every $ 10 de Government did raking in.
      After the DEMS took over,Thompson decided from his very FIRST BUDGET and from his talk about the FATTED CALF participating in the luxuries at stake ,they took $7 and 99 cents from every $ 10 they raked in
      ….even the CENT was rounded UPWARDS so they got $ 8 and left the $ 2 for the masses…daiz when it started and EVERY DAMN THING went DOWNHILL since then…turned the corner as expected with the rapid momentum but can’t get back up.

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  10. jrsmith December 30, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Bajans need to be able to have some control over our non productive ,lying untrustworthy politicians , just think if they win the upcoming elections , what the hell is going to happen to bajans………
    2 terms in office nothing achieved and the present government was never really challenge , by opposition politicians or by the people who are the voters , that’s why they have a 100 % chance of winning again………..

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  11. Falernum December 30, 2017 at 10:04 am

    The Demagogue Labour Party leader doesn’t even admit that under Natural Law the citizens are within their rights to reject him if his tyranny is not contained. In many countries his attitude would be considered to be provoking a violent rebellion. Such an outcome would not reflect his touted responsible stewardship. It’s more like a “Stuartship” !!

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  12. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Agerr Ali Baba

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  13. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 30, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Agree

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  14. straight talk December 30, 2017 at 11:21 am

    The whole DLP crew must go

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  15. seagul December 30, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Word Ras Small….In the struggle, triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! Jah gave life to continue to do things that we would never have done.
    What we are not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.
    At the same time we must continue to strengthen our heritage in
    promoting our OASIS OF HARMONY AND PLEASANT ENCOUNTERS. http://www.suncreed.com

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    • jennifer December 30, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      stop dey with that and watch on 30yrs down the road.

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      • jennifer December 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

        The problem with you people is that you think some people have the capability to change and you like to apply Elastoplast for mind security and the development of comfort zones.

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  16. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 30, 2017 at 11:46 am

    If Mottley wins ,she will have to remind bajans ùp front about tough medicine ahead to right the ship…8 yrs cannot be undone in 4yrs

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    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba December 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      WELL STOP PLAYING FRIENDS AND IT CAN BE DONE, BUT ONE MUST HAVE THE HEART OF AH LION…..FRIEND WILL TURN ENEMIES, BUT COUNTRY FIRST…….

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow December 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Ali Baba exactly!

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  17. archy perch December 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This uhman real anxious boy, it’s like someone wanting to go to the bathroom urgently. Her daddy expects her to bring home the bacon this time around, making the Mottley name great again. But the Barbadian masses have more common sense than that.
    Now the greatest Prime Minister Barbados ever had, Owen Arthur who led that crooked BLP with Mottley in it, could NOT beat the great DLP at the polls in 2013 even though the whole country was painted and plastered in red. Owen’s face with his large head was over the BLP candidates own on every pole and toilet all over this place. The crooked party still did not win. On Starcom radio and in the Nation, the DLP could not be seen nor heard on the radio with ads. All I heard at that time was every fifteen minutes on Starcom was “time’s up Frundell, Time’s up” done by a man with a big deep voice. The crooked BLP still lost. So what makes you yardducks and fowls and chickens think the crooked rascals can and will win with this fake at the help, deep voice et al. Strupse.

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    • Bajan December 31, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Please explain Mr. Arthur’s outstanding national milestones or historical achievements, other than the introduction of VAT .

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  18. archy perch December 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    at the helm

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  19. luther thorne December 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    The people decided to give the DEMS a chance after the DEMS . begged. Bajans figured that two terms would be fair. DEMS won by 2 seats. Selling of the X was observed. Unless there is massive fraud and selling of the X the people are expected to vote against the DLP..

    Any statesman would have called elections in the interest of the country and in the interest of fairplay. Also one knows in a situation what one is expected to do. To fight against that which is expected in such circumstances can be insensitive. Administering Law is not a straight jacket situation. The Law might state that the penalty for a certain act is 30 years maximum in Jail but the Judge does not impose the maximum. The situation and circumstances are taken into consideration. On the last day of a cricket match , the Captains know when to shake hands and call it a day. They do not go to close of play time for the sake of it. One feels and knows if elections should be called. Prolonging the agony can be considered cruel and unjust. It seems as though you are punishing the people. Persons who are insensitive tend to preside over this kind of punishment. Especially in a situation where you are the Servants of the people, the punishment becomes even more ludicrous. In reference to Trump’ s take on the DOJ where Trump feels that he can do anything, former Bush White House ethics Lawyer said that Trump had chosen the wrong Country to become President if he wants to operate that way. Are we seeing this Trumpism in Barbados ?

    Elected Politicians are Servants of the people though ! Hey !!

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  20. Sherlock Holmes. December 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    You people that are always constantly making fun at President Trump need to take a look at the economy of the USA and stop basing your opinions fed by the mainstream fake news giants like CNN and MSNBC it would also serve you well to take a look at the corruption being exposed daily concerning the former USA administration some of you are very gullible, in time all will see.

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  21. Troy Whitehall
    Troy Whitehall December 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Mia Mia mia mia

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  22. Sherlock Holmes. December 30, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    JUST AMAZING.

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  23. Alex Alleyne December 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    No rush on they part.

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  24. Alex Alleyne December 30, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    20 years is the total before we see any signs of a turn around no matter who is in office. Will take 6 billion up front.
    At present BDS too far in the well along with “bad credit”.

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  25. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry December 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    PM Mottley if you please

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  26. luther thorne December 31, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Alex ! What you say would be true if Barbados continued with the same strategies and the same people at the ‘hellum’ (helm) BUT and this is a BIG BUT – MIA Mottley as a woman will make a BIG difference . There are ways to do things and people with no creative intelligence are blind to the creative solutions present. The present crop in Government has no creative solutions. Mia Mottley is brimming with that sense of creativity to bring forward the creative solutions. Barbados needs to tap the abundance of talent that resides within Mia. Now is that time. If we examine Mia , we find an individual that is focused on the task at hand despite all that has been thrown at her. She has dealt with Owen Arthur and Maria Agard , for example, with ruthless precision. She has neutralized any dissenters and consolidated her position. You know what that shows ? STRENGTH ! Mia is the Leader and contrary to what some are suggesting , the party is supportive of her leadeship. What would it profit anyone to challenge her ? Her position does not stop others from achieving. David Thompson were of similar vintage and some persons argie thģ David would have made an excellent Prime Minister. I call things as I see them

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  27. luther thorne December 31, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Should have read
    David Thompson and Mia Mottley were of similar vintage and some persons argue that David would have made an excellent Prime Minister. I call things as I see them

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  28. Jus me December 31, 2017 at 2:06 am

    How can there be “Country”,?
    There can be “People”
    People make the Country.
    People care a Country.
    Country is simply we house.
    We live in it clean or live in it dirty.
    We ent got nuh choice, born here die here.
    Its how we does see we self.
    We is Dirty or We is Clean.

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  29. Shauna Layne
    Shauna Layne December 31, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Noooo I use to get my reverse tax cheque every year without problems,until dlp came into power i can’t get what’s due

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  30. Derek December 31, 2017 at 6:21 am

    When elections come in voting DLP . They have not done a bad job considering world wide problems

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    • hewers of wood December 31, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Mia = Putty in them hand, nothing but putty. All them different breed of fowls we got walking around, getting their beaks brek off.

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  31. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 31, 2017 at 7:44 am

    WE WANT MIA…VOTE BLP…ALL ABOARD…FOCUSED AND RRRREEEEDDDYYY!!!

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  32. Alex Alleyne December 31, 2017 at 10:29 am

    @L Thorne, I took the time to read your reply and some of it look rather interesting. Now that the President of the Private Sector is calling for a NEW government, this mean that that bunch will pay in all monies owe to give the new Party in Office a head start. Notice that Mascoll is as quiet as a church mouse, that is because the BLP still see him as a DLP , Y/F. He will not and will never be given his rightful place in the Party.
    I don’t know for sure of all the people in Mia’s camp are a happy bunch. The problem will come after elections and the BLP win and go into Office and she has to choose the Ministers. Even then, it will be who will go into the “LUCRATIVE” Ministries like “HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, TOURISM, etc. No one ever need HEALTH.

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  33. Alex Alleyne December 31, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Remember she said that she WILL increase the number of Ministers (of which I totally disagree) . This is to hold of the “riff” in the party which will be based on “greed and jealousy”.
    I do wish her /(or who ever) well for the Country cos it’s time to get the rid of these fellas who don’t have a clue and just pile on us Tax after Tax after Tax with no POSITIVE results in sight.

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  34. Greengiant December 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    While I agree with much of what the opposition leader has said, she too is running out of time. Should she lose this election, that will be the end of her, should she become further unpopular between now and the election campaign (which is a possibility) that too will be the end of her.

    There’s much at stake here for these two leaders, but most critically is the fact that several politicians, members of the business community, and other influential professionals are wary of the opposition leader. I know I will be attacked in this forum, but it is what it is. As in the past, every little thing that can reduce her credibility will be used during and before the campaign.

    Surprises are in store for voters within the next 5 – 6 months, so stay tuned. The reality is that none of the two leading parties has the capacity to make the changes needed to make the economic recovery a pleasant as possible, and the recovery can be smoothly executed without the pain experienced in the past.

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  35. Saga Boy December 31, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I want all the women wronged to come to the public and say when and where, and how brutal it was and why.

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  36. Lorenzo December 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    GreenGiant,while Ms Mottley can become unpopular,the PM can also become more unpopular as well,if that is possible given he has not spoken about pressing issues in an address to the country not to yardfowls at branch meetings,so far you thought of that as well Dem apologist?Saga Boy you sound desperate ,I guess you know the writng on the wall for your party whenever the bell rings so you can talk chalk it will not erase the 21 downgrades,poor rods,garbage problems,health issues on the South Coast,and I can go on and on.the people will judge the Government on their lack of performance not Ms Mottley,Dem.

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  37. Greengiant December 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    @Lorenzo: I knew you would respond to me my friend, you always do. Unfortunately for you my man, the election won’t be a straight fight between the opposition and the government. For the first time they will be destroying each other to the benefit of another party.

    No one can question the credibility of the other parties involved, as they’re unknown. There is always that fear of the unknown. Lol

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  38. Keen Observer December 31, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    The fact is Tourism is performing better than it ever did. It is tourism that will get us out of this economic rut. If the BLP wins they may not be as successful in Tourism. Richard Sealy is doing an excellent job. In addition the DLP government has position Barbados to achieve huge benefits from renewable energy. The DLP also past legislation which has significantly reduced deaths of women due to domestic violence. They have also put in place the employment Rights Act and women can feel safer in the work place due to protection under the harassment act. Mia Mottley really should not be too eager for an election…. she is no Owen Arthur.

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  39. Dick Tracy January 1, 2018 at 1:24 am

    “Stuart made it clear at the time that his Government’s work was far from done.”

    What a foolish statement! What work; robbing the people for the next 5 months. Where did he get his degree; in a cracker jack box.

    The statement just goes to show you, he needs to be road out of town on a rail.

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  40. luther thorne January 1, 2018 at 3:25 am

    Alex
    Happy New Year
    I like and respect your comments .
    I do not want you to speculate , however, on matters pertaining to after elections and who will get to be Ministers. This is a New Beginning whether you believe it or not , whether Mia wants it or not. The mood of the Country is demanding Change. It has come to that point but GREENGIANT please do not feel that they will vote for any third Party. Third Parties in Barbados have no traction or track record. I do not see anybody from those parties winning a seat or even saving their deposit. At this crucial juncture in time Barbados needs one of the established parties
    The DEMS have done their time and a change to the BLP is expected. Third parties bout there but they are not ready
    Blessed New Year !

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  41. Alex Alleyne January 1, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Happy new year to One and All.

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