Angry Bees storm out of House

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) made it clear today that it would not return to Parliament during the remainder of this term, after the swarm of angry Bees stormed out of the House today.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley also made it clear that BLP Senators would not be returning to the Upper Chamber until the next parliamentary term begins following general elections, constitutionally due by June. The current Parliament automatically dissolves on March 5, but Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is yet to announce the date for the upcoming poll.

“This is now mock sport and we will not be accomplices to the mock sport that this Government is making of the people of Barbados. As far as we are concerned the Parliament of 2013-2018 came to an end this morning for the Barbados Labour Party,” Mottley told reporters this afternoon during a hastily called news conference at office of the Opposition Leader.

“We will be rubbing shoulders with the people, we would be out there with the people, we would be making our case to the people, but rest assured that Barbados is in too precarious a position for us to be complicit in an act of mock sport and political gallerying by this Government.”

At issue is the refusal by Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson to allow Mottley, who is Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), to complete the process of laying the PAC’s report for 2013-2018, which looked into the operation of the National Housing Corporation (NHC).

Government minister Donville Inniss, himself  a member of the PAC, had objected to Mottley’s attempt to give notice of the report, claiming that he had not been invited to the final meeting at which the document was discussed and agreed.

However, Mottley strenuously denied Inniss’ claim, arguing that all seven Government members of the 13-member PAC had been kept in the loop every step of the way.

“Not only was this report circulated, not only was notice of the meeting given, but on the same morning Minister Inniss contacted me by text to indicate that he would be late for the meeting but that he intended to attend,”  Mottley explained.

“The meeting started, the members of the Opposition were present, the independent member, Senator John Watson, was also present. Of the seven members of Government who were invited, only one gave an issue and that was Minister Donville Inniss. We heard nothing from the other six as has been the case for the last 18 months,” she added.

Producing a number emails to support her claim that all members of the PAC were contacted by parliamentary staff about all meetings, Mottley questioned if it was the contents of the report that worried the administration.

“What is it in this report that caused the Government to do what I know of no other Parliament in my almost 30 years of Parliament has done?  What is it that caused them to literally go into contortions this morning to come back and say that they going to un-lay what I gave notice of this morning?  I know of no other circumstance where the House allows somebody to give notice of a report and the House comes back 20 minutes later to undo it. So on the basis of what transpired there can no further use for Opposition participation in Parliament,” Mottley stressed.

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley holding up a copy of the controversial PAC report.

The controversial report, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY, paints a picture of wanton disregard for proper procedure by the NHC in granting contracts, and by Government in funding the statutory agency.   

Among the serious claims in the report, which is based on the testimony of several witnesses, is the assertion that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler executed the contract for financing the Grotto housing project for an additional $9.85 million, raising the amount from $18 million to $27.85 million, without the approval of the Solicitor General or Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

The report also found that 200 persons were hired at the NHC after the Democratic Labour Party came to power in 2008 and another 50 were hired in December 2013, on the eve of general elections, even though the NHC had been declared insolvent and no board decision had been taken to authorize the hiring of these additional people.

The PAC made several recommendations, including that Parliament takes note of its finding that a letter dated February 18, 2013 from the Minister of Housing to the NHC chairman “purporting to communicate a decision of Cabinet, allegedly made” on February 13, but which, “on the basis of Minutes of the Cabinet, was not made by Cabinet”.

“The committee strongly deprecates this conduct of the then Minister of Housing, Michael Lashley, misrepresenting the decisions of Cabinet as it undermines the integrity of public administration in Barbados and the integrity of Cabinet governance itself,” the report states.

The PAC also recommended that ministers “must not sign contracts purporting to bind the Government and expose it to legal and/or financial liability in the absence of the review and approval” of either the Solicitor General or the Attorney General, or Cabinet itself.

21 Responses to Angry Bees storm out of House

  1. luther thorne February 23, 2018 at 11:13 pm


    CNN has just reported that

    at a 4 cross before midnite to attend Mudnite
    As usual with slugs, the Slug was slow , low and slimy.
    Efforts to eliminate or remove the Slug are to continue

    Stay tuned to CBC

    • Big Man February 24, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Wait Luther, the Gang of five planning to oust Mia again
      Luther like he got inside info
      Palace Coup
      Bee Hive coup d’é·tat is been worked on

  2. Saga Boy February 24, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Luther how can you be insulting Mia like that referring to her as a SLUG.

  3. harry turnover February 24, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Mias’ complexion is not BLACK so how you arrive at dat ? and she is not SLOW either and what would she be doing at a 4 CROSS before midnite to attend Mudrite ?
    Way to go Mia…the late PM did it,but you didn’t DISRESPECT the SPEAKER though.

    • Ras February 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

      @ harry turncoat you right this time Mia is a White Woman, she not slow but Hasty and Power Hungry

      • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:14 am


  4. Ralph W Talma February 24, 2018 at 7:05 am

    1. Well done Ms Mottley for standing up for what is parliamentary right and for showing-up the Deputy Speaker and her and her chicanery. As I said yesterday, the behaviour of the Government is totally out of order in many respects, and it is only right and proper that the electorate is made fully aware of this. The PAC report at issue must also be made available to all who want to read it as a matter of the utmost urgency. Again, I recommend all of you to also read the excellent essay by Ms Hinds on the Constitution Bill in yesterdays Barbados Today.
    2. Two actions this week show the Government to be heading blindingly and/or unintentionally? down a path towards third world dictatorship. I hope to God I am wrong.

  5. Sue Donym February 24, 2018 at 9:28 am

    We’ve seen walkouts before and have also seen that they had little effcet. The drama is soon lost. A walkout of parliament at the end of parliament is not that much of a sacrifice or statement. Might have been better to stand on principle, ensure that some well chosen remarks were in Hansard and then leave.

    • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:17 am

      yep – well said Sue. Sounds WEAK and hormonal.

      • Jennifer February 24, 2018 at 11:19 am

        Mia needs to let the man half take over in these instances too.

  6. luther thorne February 24, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Harry Turnover
    I am Glad You did not let that Saga BOT ( BOT as in Robot a la Russian BOTS in the USA Elections) fool you.

    What these DLP BOTS are doing is showing up the nastiness of the DLP and how they operate: twisting and turning people’s remarks, bombarding social media with untruths and propaganda and generally trying to fool people. This is the way the DLP plans to win elections. Nastiness. They did it in 2013 not that it worked although some people felt it did They barely got home by 2 seats 16 to 14. It is surprising that they lasted a year farless 5 years and now beyond 5 years ( Elections should have been called already). But 3rd terms are earned and they really have not earned a 3rd Term.

    Two terms and additional extra time added on for injuries to
    Sinckler’s and Stuart’s egos ( this is real political football though)

    What would they want a 3rd term for ? GREED?
    Are they DEMS – POWER HUNGRH ?

    YES !

  7. Helicopter(8P) February 24, 2018 at 11:32 am

    In other words the mentioned identities listed under the PAC and all others listed should have clear cut Standard Operating Procedures recorded maintained and proclamated.

  8. sticks and stones February 24, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Mia needs to go and learn from OSA the art of diplomatic politics and stop allowing self interest bombastic political engineers to show her the way.

  9. Lorenzo February 24, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Sticks and Stones Ms Mottley following the lead of your revered ex leader,the king of half truths Mr Thompson who left Parliament allegedly knocking over chairs proclaiming he ain,t coming back until Elections were called.The error made is that he should have been outside for at least three months,as he believed he had a right to be Prime Ministerhaving undermined Mr Mascoll.therefore was he also power hungry?When you Dems talk remember your history,our memories are not short.

  10. sticks and stones February 24, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Too bad Mia did not have the commonsense to usher in a formalityi of diplomatic protocol instead of fumbling and bumbling a process which adheres to transparent procedures before being laid in the House
    Her political move to forward Pac without the relevant and necessary process of all ministers to be included bodes well to highlight a trait of megalomania. characteristics which OSA used to describe her

  11. Cecil P February 24, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    oh my goodness this sound just like the republicans. and the democrats . and Donald sister don’t fool around u have to keep ya eyes on her

  12. Nicholas Fields February 25, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Saga Boy is a good example of stockholm syndrome.

  13. Committed Bajan February 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    The public service is in a mess
    What are your plans to assist those public servants who have given their all to the service and are now being marginalized not for being unqualified or for poor performance but for not having a specific human resource qualification?

    It is as though no other degree is a qualification

  14. Greengiant February 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Couple questions for the B L P faithful.

    1. Why did a people caring opposition not debate compensation
    relating to the upgraded police act?
    To give the powers recently allotted the RBPF the issue of compensation for disadvantaged members of the public should have been addressed. That’s the only aspect that needs to be added, and certainly a well focused opposition party would have been in touch with that need.

    2. How come there’s no transportation for supporters from other
    constituencies for today’s meeting in St. Thomas?

    I guess St. Thomas being traditionally the party’s strongest constituency, you don’t need to rent a crowd from the other constituencies. It’s time the B L P like the D L P stop using the vulnerable to market your commercial activities for election campaigns. If you have the support you claim to have, then forget the chartered buses for external support and let the strength of the candidate be seen.

    To create this false impression of support is but to mislead the masses. We’re tired of it. Show us by your actions how much you care, as the resignation from our parliament leaves the government to introduce, and pass any legislation they wish. You can’t represent the same people from whom you expect support by not turning up for the work you were hired to do.

    How can you criticize the workers when you’re doing the same?

  15. Greengiant February 26, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Just imagine, in 2018 the chair of the ‘Public Accounts Committee’ trying to lay the 2013 – 2018 report in parliament before the March 5, 2018 closure. This is the lady who wants to be our leader.

    Tell us what happened in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 that you can only present that document in February 2018. You was leader of the committee since 2013. I’m listening for the B L P die hards to answer for her. Even in opposition your party lacks efficiency.


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