Not so, Freundel!

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley has taken issue with statements made by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart during Sunday’s Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting in St George South.

In a press statement issued on Monday night, Mottley dismissed Stuart’s Against the Odds speech as a “wishy-washy attempt to defend his Government’s dismal record by declaring that his hands were tied by debt he inherited from the BLP administration”.

In the speech, Stuart told party supporters that the last decade has by no means been easy for his ruling DLP which not only walked right into a global economic meltdown, but inherited at least three major debts from the former BLP regime.

Freundel Stuart

The Prime Minister explained that Government had had to “look for $30 million to pay for a [Dodds] prison we didn’t build” after rioting inmates torched Glendairy Prison. He said it also had to deal with the “Barrack situation” after contractor Al Barrack successfully sued the BLP for his part in completing the Warrens Office Complex and was awarded $34 million by the High Court in 2006 but the debt was allowed to accumulate interest of ten per cent a year, which brought the sum to about $150 million.

Stuart also said a rebuilt Kensington Oval was a drain on the public’s purse, adding that the only two times it was full was for Sir Garfield Sobers’ 80th birthday celebration, and last week’s DLP St Michael North West Development Fund gospel concert.

“So we have not had an easy time. This is not a complaint. This is statement of fact, and in that context, fighting against all of these demons, you had a Minister of Labour who never took her eyes of the ball, but who made sure the interest of the people were protected,” he added while speaking in support of Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo’s candidacy in St George South.

Mia Mottley

However, in a statement issued on Monday night, Mottley said Stuart’s comments were for the most part “inaccurate and misleading”.

Following is the full statement issued by the Leader of the Opposition in response to the Prime Minister’s speech:

“At the Democratic Labour Party meeting on Sunday night, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made a wishy-washy attempt to defend his Government’s dismal record by declaring that his hands were tied by debt he inherited from the BLP Administration.

His comments were for the most part inaccurate and misleading. It is clear that the Prime Minister’s memory is slipping.

Dodd’s Prison is a rarity in Government contracts in this country. Not only did it come in on time, but it was under budget.

The Prime Minister knows the Government got back $10 million from the agreed contract price to build Dodds. Mr. Stuart was the Attorney General when the ministry received almost $4 million in a cheque back from the contractor. Further, the ministry had also received the benefit of another $6 million from the contractor, which the ministry had previously authorized for the re-construction of Summervale and other works at Dodds. That the PM would raise the red herring of rebuilding the 19th century constructed Glendairy where sanitary facilities consisted largely of a bucket in grossly overcrowded cells is both unbelievable and unconscionable.

With respect to the handling of the Barrack case, it is the Democratic Labour Party Government that has incurred almost $30 million in interest over eight to nine years by its failure to honour a judgment of the courts. It could have dealt with this expeditiously as it has clearly done with other matters.

Finally, Kensington Oval was over 70 years old when the Government took the decision to acquire and rebuild this national landmark. It was done to facilitate a global event that showcased Barbados to the world. This is the home ground of the greatest cricketer that ever lived, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, the lone surviving National Hero.  It is also the home ground of many other world famous Barbadian cricketers. To suggest that Kensington Oval should have been abandoned and left to become a derelict ruin must have been for all Barbadians and true lovers of cricket globally the unkindest cut of all.

The Democratic Labour Party Government has done nothing to advance Kensington’s revenue earning capacity in the international sports arena.  In fact, as recently as the end of last year his Government declined to sign a letter of comfort that would have brought the Women’s Cricket World Cup T20 to Kensington Oval. Instead, the Prime Minister is comfortable boasting about its prowess as a venue for DLP political events.

No amount of pleading and muddying of the waters by the Prime Minister at this 11th hour will convince Barbadians that the present Democratic Labour Party Government is not the most inept and incompetent administration we have had to endure since Independence and possibly since modern settlement.

Freundel Stuart has zapped Barbadians of their pride. The people of Barbados want to have a say in all of this. The Prime Minister must stop fiddling and, like Dr. Keith Mitchell in Grenada, give Barbadians what they want.”

(Ends)

18 Responses to Not so, Freundel!

  1. John Everatt January 30, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I don’t know a lot about cricket but I have been to cricket matches in both the old and new Kensigton Oval and the only time I really enjoyed it was the old Kensington oval. The new one is just like any other stadium in the world. It seems that this is just the silly season and the politicians all talk a lot of nonsense.

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  2. Phillip January 30, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Mia what are you bringing yo the table. Same sex marriage ?

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  3. harry turnover January 30, 2018 at 6:47 am

    There goes another DEM yard fowl.Just now it gine be JUNE and people like wunna so would be down George Street meking noise fa scratch grain and left overs.
    Man, I can’t wait til June come….and the FBI and Scotland Yard too.
    People.. we not only want a NEW GOVERNMENT ,we want a NEW OPPOSITION TOO.Now is the time to send DEM into the DOLDRUMS.

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  4. hcalndre January 30, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Only thing about Dodds that its not utilized as it should have been. They are a lot more that deserve to be there if they were only one Barbados but will wait and see.

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  5. luther thorne January 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

    harry turnover
    Yuh right !

    The Democratic Labour Party needs to disband
    They are not the party Barrow along with his colleagues founded in 1955..
    People need to STOP voting for this inept, clueless, visionless group of misfits. The DLP needs to be statesman like , disband and disappear because they have caused destruction of the Barbados we knew.

    From 1971 to the 2018, the DLP has caused Barbadians much PAIN and SUFFERING and brought DESTRUCTION to this land. 1971 – 1976 saw tremendous trials and tribulations from the DLP Governmenf: The Public Order Act was weaponized. The Public Service was undermined and started to be DESTROYED, just
    waiting to fall flat.

    1986 , 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991* 1992 , 1993 1994– ALL YEARS OF DESTRUCTION by the DLP.

    2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018- The DESTRUCTION of Barbados continued apace

    In the interim, the BLP tried hard to stop the DESTRUCTION of Barbados only for the DLP to return and continue the DESTRUCTION .
    After the demolition job the DLP did during the 1986 – 1991 and
    1991 – 1994 period , the BLP returned 1994 – 2008 to rescue Barbados leaving office in 2008 with the Foreign Reseves up, unemployment down and Barbados booming. In comes the DLP in 2008 and from then to 2018, what do we get ?

    Barbadians eating , drinking and eating SEWAGE in 2018 and everything we knew of Barbados -DESTROYED !

    The DLP should not be handed a third Term.

    People need to wake to the fact that Barrow is not running in the Election and stop voting for BARROW.

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  6. archy perch January 30, 2018 at 8:41 am

    The new Kensington Oval build on non-state land at high costs by a crooked BLP Government, without retaining any of the old buildings.The then Tourism Minister, Noel Lynch encouraging bajans to get loans and extend parts of their houses to accommodate visitors and make some money. A BIG flop. Millions wasted by the crooked Administration hosting the World Cup 2017. Still cant recover yet. All the country heard was legacy legacy it will be a legacy….notttt. Ironically the same man who helped cause the mess is now CEO of the Barbados Cricket Association with offices on the compound. The crooked BLP has a track record embedded in stone. They have the balls to govern again and with many of the same old rascals as hopefuls.

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    • ebaje January 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      Who owns the land at Sam Lords?

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  7. trevor daniel January 30, 2018 at 8:57 am

    I heard Ms. Mottley on the radio this morning talking about Dodds and Glendairy in a news clip. Is this the woman who was the Attorney General when Glendairy burnt due to her incompetence? The late social activist and commentator, former Senator Gordon Mathews had submitted a report to her on Glendairy long before the tragedy, informing her about the potential for big trouble at the penal place. That report sat on her desk and was put in file thirteen. Bt when the riots and burning occurred and with the death of an inmate, she was like a chicken without a head fluttering all over the place for a quick fix. She knows alot about St Lucy. Mia has the distinction of being the only woman Government Minister in the region to have a prison burnt and someone dying under her watch.She has also folled the bajan public about being a real lawyer.

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  8. sticks and stones January 30, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Mia what you meaning by “Not So” is that not the truth
    Then please tell the voting public who accrued the debt of which. PM Freundel speaks

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  9. Roverp January 30, 2018 at 10:32 am

    The DLP took over the government knowing that they were projects done that needed repayment as well as taking over assets and liabilities. From the time they got in they have been complaining and looking back. They found 1.8 billion in Foreign Reserves. They found a country that as Owen Arthur said on the campaign trail in 2008 was about to go through a world recession and needed to act wisely (something they did not do). They failed to make country decisions by putting party first. So instead of fixing the NHC issue quickly they dragged it on to for political mileage instead of COUNTRY FIRST. This was also the case with almost every issue and hence where we are today.

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    • David Brathwaite January 30, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      The reserves were 2.3 billion when they took over. Check the records.

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  10. Big Man January 30, 2018 at 10:53 am

    The prison and the highway extension along with Owen Arthur appealing the Barrack case were the most idiotic things BLP government did besides the Reign of Terror in 1976 – 1986 by Tom Adams
    Now the LGBT looking to BLP and thee Sodomites to turn Beautiful Barbados in Little Sodom and Gommorrah
    Lord have mercy on Barbados if you find ten straight person.

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  11. Alex Alleyne January 30, 2018 at 11:23 am

    DLP & BLP supporters slugging it out, unfortunately , the same will continue after elections with the same yardfowlism.

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  12. Carson C Cadogan January 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

    “”BLP can’t win without Arthur, warns former candidate””

    A former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate is suggesting that the Opposition party needs former Prime Minister Owen Arthur now more than ever.

    In fact, following Arthur’s decision to quit the party back in 2014, Hudson Griffith believes that the Mia Mottley-led BLP does not stand a chance of winning the next election, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

    “[They are] only fooling themselves into believing that victory at the next general election is inevitable, having severed ties with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur,” said Griffith, in an impassioned address to a United Progressive Party (UPP) meeting in Shorey Village, St Andrew last weekend.””

    BARBADOS TODAY

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    • ebaje January 30, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      What the late David Thompson said about the current PM Stuart and vice versa?

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  13. Carson C Cadogan January 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Arthur said that he didn’t even know anything about the Dodds prison.

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  14. luther thorne January 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Your Son knew about it.

    The Prime Minister has admitted failure.
    Sandy said the economy was batting better rhan Sir Garfield Sobers and two weeks after, they went to the IMF.

    Another cricketing analogy

    The Prime Minister and the DLP cannot bat on a sticky wicket: they do not have the skills.

    Time for a Master Blaster Team with a Captain who can negotiate conditions and like Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers and the all conquering West Indies Team bring some victories. Mia and the Bees.

    Solutions and UPP opposition

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  15. sticks and stones January 30, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    1.8 billion to feed two hundred and fifty thousand mouths . keep the welfare system up and running and pay debt.
    Not even Houndini can pull that off
    Mia silence on the blp measures to correct the economy speaks loud volumes

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