Ince wants Bees to stop ‘butting’ about

A Government legislator has accused the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) of ‘butting’ about like bulls and goats when it comes to social legislation introduced by the Freundel Stuart administration.

Speaking in the Upper Chamber yesterday during debate on the Police (Amendment) Bill 2017, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Senator Jepter Ince listed seven pieces of legislation previously brought to Parliament by the Stuart Government which he said were opposed by the BLP.

“When we [sought] to address problems that are of a social nature, problems that threaten to destroy the moral fabric of this society, [we] were opposed by the Barbados Labour Party whenever it was put before this Senate and the other place [the House of Assembly],” Ince said, adding, “you would always hear, ‘I agree, but’; and everything is butting . . . you butting and that is all.

“You butting like a goat or bull. ‘It is good, but’,” Ince complained.

He also accused the Opposition of stalling the passage of key amendments by asking that the Bills be sent to one committee or the other.

“The only thing I haven’t heard is, ‘send it to the Barbados Accountants Association,’” he added facetiously.

Responding to fears expressed by Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams during debate on the Police (Amendment) Bill 2017, the Government Senator rejected suggestions that civil liberties such as freedom of speech and protection from unreasonable searches or cruel punishment would be a thing of the past.

In fact, he suggested that the real fear should be the implications of not taking tough action in the face of a changing society under threat from a criminal element with no respect for law and order.

“And when your economic and social viability are threatened and action is not taken, then let us examine what is going to happen. Tell me what is going to happen. So are we to throw our hands in the air and say…oh, oh, take no action?” Ince asked.

“So allow the criminals . . . persons with criminal intent and deviant behaviour to do as they want, do as they please, go where they want, intimidate who they want, have no respect for law and order and let us go home and drink tea and sing the hallelujah chorus. That is what the Opposition is saying,” he suggested.

In making her contribution to the debate, Government Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner called for an increase in the salaries of police officers and provision for injury and death benefits.

In making an impassioned plea for greater compensation for members of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), Sandiford-Garner argued that their current level of pay was not enough to attract persons to join, lamenting that even police horses and vehicles appeared to receive more financial care than officers.

Drawing on her experience as a victim of violent crime
and coming from a family of police officers, Sandiford-
Garner, who is parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, said she understood the life of law enforcers and the constraints under which they worked.

“If the members of the Royal Barbados Police Force are not comfortable in their jobs, you then find that there may be gaps between performance and the execution of their duties.

“I want to use this opportunity to emphasize the importance of taking care of those persons and I mean proper [care]. I say this in the context [that] I come from a family of police officers. I am very well aware of the life of policemen and women
. . . and it is not an easy life. The compensation is not at all a compensation that would attract you to the profession,” the Government senator said.

Sandiford-Garner, the ruling Democratic Labour Party candidate for St Andrew, also pointed out that “when a police officer is injured in a vehicular accident, unless they have personal health insurance they have to scramble to take care of those injuries.

“If a police officer falls off a horse, that horse is insured, but not the police. I know of men who have been injured on jobs who are darn near broke because they cannot pull on savings anymore to attend to physiotherapy,” she further lamented, adding that this was something that agencies, such as the Police Association, needed to examine.

In his contribution to the discussion, Independent Senator Alwin Adams called for the setting up of an independent police complaints commission which would make aggrieved citizens feel their issues were being fairly handled and that police were not looking after their own.

However, he  focused most of his speech on the local ZR culture on which he contended there was more talk and little action.

Adams, a retired school principal, warned that “until and unless we seriously begin to look at that, we are going to find that generations of young people will continue to spiral out of control and present us with a recurring decimal in relation to crime in this country”.

Another independent, Senator John Watson, told the Chamber that because of the concerns surrounding the additional powers of the police and fears of abuse, the Bill should be put on hold to allow for wider public consultation.

17 Responses to Ince wants Bees to stop ‘butting’ about

  1. luther thorne February 1, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Losing election candidates with jobs and getting paid to talk Sewage.
    Must Stop and Stop Now !

  2. Pat Clarke February 2, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The last BUTT will be delivered very soon.

  3. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Cant wait

  4. BIG SKY February 2, 2018 at 12:28 am

    This man is a real CANT.

  5. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 1:20 am

    A CIG BUNT indeed

    That is why, BIG SKY ,that Barbados is in trouble because of he represents as a DLP. All of them are not doing a good job. Just getting money
    Off Topic: Allison Hinds and Eric Lewis need to change their Act. Allison is approaching an important milestone age wise. Sing something proper. Eric Lewis need to play the Rudefus character. I suspect it is a harder character to play.

    • Carson C. Cadogan February 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm


      you like you deaf. I ask you how is your hunger strike coming along?

    • Sherlock Holmes. February 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Lick mout Luther your behavior in this forum is bordering on insanity.You have allowed politics to consume you to the point of no return. If you are not careful you will blow a fuse.

  6. John Everatt February 2, 2018 at 3:12 am

    This guy is an idiot. why would anyone in his right mind listen to this guy?

    • harry turnover February 2, 2018 at 6:24 am

      John,how can you call the man an IDIOT ?….the man is a FIDIOT.
      Only 4 more months with those FIDIOTS.Can’t wait to get a NEW Government and a NEW Opposition.
      As I have said before they are so disgusting that Bajans shouldn’t want them in Opposition either.

  7. Darson February 2, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Up to now you CAAAANT believe or accept you all looose the last election:
    Man I can see all now you cant swallow that a narrow margin but a huge pill to swallow.
    Dont Cry Lute ,we just might do it all over again .

  8. Carson C. Cadogan February 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm


    I agree with you 100%.

    The Barbados Labour Party want criminals to control Barbados. That is why they are opposing this bill.

    • straight talk February 2, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      In case you don’t know criminals were controlling Barbados a while now. 16 of them, and they are enjoying it so much that they can’t let go.

  9. Carson C. Cadogan February 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    A piece of legislation which is very much needed. Thinking Bajans thank the Govt. for introducing it. The hands of the police will now be stronger in dealing with miscreants in spite of support for them by the Barbados Labour Party.

  10. Carson C. Cadogan February 2, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    THIS IS WHAT THE GOVT. IS TRYING TO PREVENT IN BARBADOS!!!!!!(inspite of the Barbados Labour Party)

    “Michael McLean, who is accused of going on a killing spree — slaughtering six family members, including four children — in St Thomas in 2006, yesterday broke down in tears while his former fiancée gave damning evidence against him in the Supreme Court.””(Jamaica)

    Jamaica Observer

  11. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Hear this
    Hear this
    From the Roof Tops
    To the Street level.

    Man the people just waiting on this ignorant foolish Government that running Barbados. Barbadians are not like Trinis or Yardies who would burn tyres (tires) in the roads and block the highways. Bajans would say to you that the longest day got to end. They would say you can run but yuh cant hide.They know that the Election must come and will come so they aint making noise. Bajans are prim and proper and the women who run things in Barbados are the kind of people who dont make no noise but they does wait quietly pon yuh , they dont say a word but yuh know what , you come home one day and find the Pot turned down. You find all the things moved out and leave an empty house.

    That is how Bajans going to deal with this hapless, clueless , visionless Government. They just waiting.

    Because I dont know how a Govt that barely win a second term , did nothing in the second term can expect to ” get” a third term BIG BLACK SLUG.

    That slimy thing that sliming up the place

  12. Darson February 3, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Luther: Barbados is Owned by Trinis ,Yardies ,Guyanese ,English Americans, Canadians And others. They are holding our purse.; Go on the streets and see for yourself how many they are .
    And by the way : a narrow victory? : Go to the Garrison and watch a race, a Horse loose by two horse lengths and it is close? , and to make matters worse , you lost two of your own and it is still close? You still treat your own with little respect ,less you forget.

  13. luther thorne February 4, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    You need a swig of henny
    To clear your lenny benny


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