UPP de ting!

Dr Maria Agard gives new party its first MP

One of the island’s newest political parties, the United Progressive Party (UPP), has secured a seat in the House of Assembly even before the general election is held.   

Dr Maria Agard, who for the past two years, sat as an Independent Member of Parliament (MP) along with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, today announced she had joined the UPP and was its leader of Opposition Business in the House.

And as debate on the Appropriation Bill 2018 continued, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart welcomed Dr Agard and the UPP to the chamber, wishing the Christ Church West MP and her political leader, Lynette Eastmond, well.

Dr Maria Agard (left) chats with UPP Leader Lynette Eastmond at one of their political meetings in October last year.

The life of Parliament is expected to end soon, as the country awaits a date for the election, but Dr Agard had a blistering start in her new role, slamming the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which expelled her in November 2015 after a nasty row with BLP leader Mia Mottley, contending her former party should be held responsible for the sewage crisis on the south coast because it had mishandled the sewerage project from the beginning. She was also critical of the Stuart administration, noting that apologies were not enough.

“The sewerage system of the south coast did not start with the negligence of the Barbados Water Authority with this dispensation. It did not begin in 2015, neither did it start with the failure to maintain the equipment as suggested by the Opposition.

“The problem of the south coast sewerage treatment facility started from the beginning with its implementation in the late 1990s and early 2000,” she charged.

“The people of Christ Church West, the people of Harts Gap where I live . . . have been complaining about that sewerage system and that it was fundamentally flawed from the start,” Agard told the House, adding that legal action over the sewage problems started before the current administration came to power in 2008.

Contending that the system should not be regarded as obsolete after just 20 years, the new UPP legislator added: “After the expenditure of $139 million, in 2000,
what the people of the south coast received was nothing more than a primary treatment plant to serve a capacity of 3,000 households.”

Calling for compensation in the form of reduced taxes for affected households and businesses, Dr Agard insisted her constituents had suffered from the “fiscal inadequacies” of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the “well concealed infelicities” of the past BLP administration.

According to the first-term parliamentarian, constituents and business operators were upset and frustrated about having to “endure for far too long” a national crisis and public health concern that had disrupted their lives, “destroyed their businesses” and threatened their health.

Last December the High Court threw out legal action brought by Dr Agard challenging her expulsion from the BLP.

However, there had long been speculation that she would join the UPP, which has attracted a number of BLP rejects, many of whom are said to be at odds with Mottley.

The UPP leader, who was beaten by the DLP’s Dr David Estwick on the three occasions she contest general elections – in 2003, 2008 and 2013, – has been openly courting Dr Agard, who will likely come up against the BLP’s Dr William Duguid in Christ Church West.

Dr Duguid had held what has been a safe seat for the BLP, before quitting active politics in 2013, paving the way for Dr Agard. His return was described by political scientists Dr George Belle and Peter Wickham as sounding the death knell Dr Agard’s political career.

Today, she announced a series of proposals in Parliament, which closely resemble UPP manifesto pledges.

Among these were decriminalization of marijuana for personal and medical use, expunging the criminal records of people convicted for small amounts of marijuana, establishing a task force to examine marijuana use, emphasizing the creative industries as the new growth area for the economy, creating parish development committees and mediation centres and enacting freedom of information legislation.  

23 Responses to UPP de ting!

  1. The Truth February 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    waste of time Maria

    • Berestford Leon Phillips February 15, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Legalize what Almighty God has created for mankind use
      Jehovah created the Herb not man

      Up thee ting UPP

    • Ras February 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Real real women needed in House of Assembly
      not fake women or Sodomites

  2. straight talk February 15, 2018 at 5:26 am

    THese MPs would rather mashup up thee country by decrimialising marijuana just to get a vote and to win a seat. Thay are all sick heads and none of them will succeed in nothing that they do. Look at how all of chris sinkler economic plans and taxes failed that didn’t just happen its for a reason.

    • Mark My Word February 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Up de ting UPP
      we need great people with respect in the House of Assembly get the rid of that cuss bird who talk about yuh mother c*3t in the House of Assembly


  3. Saga Boy February 15, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Straight talk what is the solution to the current economic situation?

  4. Bradg February 15, 2018 at 6:40 am

    And her first order of the day is to bash and blame the BLP for the sewage mess. The BLP who isnt in power. You just gotta love politicians!

  5. seagul February 15, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Unless Government can demonstrate that they have cut their expenditure in a sustainable manner so that our deficit as a percentage of GDP is no more than our growth rate, the news will not be enough to restore confidence. The desire to have more of something than you need, this is the definition of greed. It can also be defined by without thinking about how things would be for the struggling poor and their future generations. At the end of the day, we’ll have to make, create and innovate.—- Ujima means cooperative work–cooperative work and responsibility. For so long we’ve looked to leadership to come out of our black middle class, our educated class and those kind of ministerial class. And we’ve gone through several decades of failure. And the truth is it’s time for the responsibility of the community to be called upon by working and poor people. We have to find our own solutions, our own answers, and build our own institutions.

  6. Nathaniel Samuels February 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

    She is literally lambasting her political advisor, Owen Seymour Arthur who was leader of the BLP when the treatment plant was built. Now, all the help she was expecting from OAS has gone through the eddoes.
    The policies she has espoused shows she and her UPP are so far off what needs to be done to bring Barbados back to its feet, is so very funny. Methinks that along with another loser in Wendell Callender, the UPP is on to a sound whipping.
    Let the games begin.

  7. Harry February 15, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Most likely the UPP’s only MP and short lived at that.

  8. seagul February 15, 2018 at 10:41 am

    There are many common threads that ran through the B’dos political spectrum from one party to another, the most common to note is the rum-shop policy which continues to destroy the nation. They all know what needs to be done, the question is who has the moral inclination to do it….and the departure of these house negroes asap.

    • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 11:03 am

      What we also need is COMPREHENSIVE, HISTORICAL, and strategic planners to move this majority forward. Plans which are SEGMENTED to help the building of this economy to aid the significantly reducing of imports. Instead of this pigeonholeing of this people to fit minority agendas. . This should have been done post cane ground era. And not one politician so far, present or wannabee is alluding to such change or development.

      • Jennifer February 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

        All you politicians are just proposing to trend. A bunch of non-thinking, self servers you lot are. Happy to be hooked to that colonial naval. Sickening.

  9. Donild Trimp February 15, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Why not give some consideration of joining the PCP?

    I honestly believe you can be an exciting candidate and a likely winner.

  10. hcalndre February 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Why is it that these rejects would do anything to get elected to office as a politician? Its not to serve the people, it is a proven fact that their only interest is to get rich. Downlow said he knows what its like for the neighbor to call him and give him a yam or a breadfruit to take home when he was growing up and that this person on the other side never had that experience. Anyone could bet that grudge for whom ever he meant, he will make sure that his family will not have that yam and breadfruit mentality in this world or the next. How do these people get elected even to be a crab catchers? watch him speaking yesterday was a drag.

  11. luther thorne February 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Wha Junk dah Lynette eating ?

    Bad bad bad Lynette !

    Everton see you eating that junk though ?

    Both of you need to get physically fit. Check me in Oistins by the Gym. You know where.

  12. luther thorne February 15, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    UPP needs to get some more Strong women on Board
    And become the party of women for women.
    Two strong women in this picture.
    The real test for UPP and the other ‘third’ parties is what happens after Elections

  13. Berestford Leon Phillips February 15, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Luther you now wake up and talking sense
    welcome to the real World

  14. Ernesta Catlyn February 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Maria you would have credibility if when you were a member of the BLP you had bashed them about the sewage problem. Politicians are really a special breed of animal

  15. Spikes February 15, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    UPP. Is a party. started by the wrong person for the wrong reason at the wrong time Get real Lynette

    • Big Man February 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      @Spikey same thing could of been said about Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow

  16. Visionary February 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I had a vision last night, Barbados Solutions were the ruling party. and UPP was opposition. That would be a good thing for us, because the other two parties are no use.

  17. Big Man February 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    @ Visionary That not a Vision that is a Dream, big difference


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