Not going back!

The current parliamentary term has ended abruptly for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

Today the 12-member Opposition group, which is led by Mia Mottley, staged a walk out of the House, after the Deputy Speaker Mara Thompson refused 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.


Government minister Donville Inniss had objected to Mottley’s attempt to give notice of the report, saying though he is a member of the PAC, he was not invited to the final meeting at which the document was discussed.

Following today’s walk out,  Mottley spoke to reporters during a hastily-called news conference at her office in Parliament at which she also made it clear that Opposition BLP Senators would not be returning to the Upper Chamber until the next parliamentary begins following general elections, which are constitutionally due by June.

The currently Parliament automatically dissolves on March 5, but Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is yet to announce the date for the upcoming poll.

26 Responses to Not going back!

  1. Alex Alleyne February 23, 2018 at 5:48 pm


    • Mark My Word February 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Now the Party that want to be the next Government has abandoned the Job will this 12-member Opposition group, which is led by Mia Mottley still be paid while off the Job
      Hope when they are next in power Civil Servants can walk off the job at will also.

      This is a good message to send to the School Children if you don’t get what you want Walk off the Job, walk out of School Mia Mottley BLP leading the way, follow your Leader to be.

    • Ras February 23, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Wait Mia Manley try to ambush the Government, yuh mean she can’t wait till the Election date call
      Mia, Mia, Mia you Power Hungry???

      • hcalndre February 23, 2018 at 10:18 pm

        @Ras/rascal; you and yours accused Mia of everything except being the person to form the next government. Stuart reminds me of third world rulers that has to be remove by force, why would he want to hold on to power for another 90 days Ras? is he wishing for a miracle when he comes out of his hibernation he will find a new Barbados after 10 long years plus 90 days of mismanagement.

    • Big Man February 23, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Come on Kerry, Georgie, Topping, Daley, Do- Good now is the time for the Gang of five to spring the coup d’étate
      You will need two more members this time, Seven is the Majority The Governor General not Busy.

    • Beresford Leon Phillips February 25, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Are these MP’s who Walk off they Jobs still been Paid

  2. De Duke February 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    you guys doing just what the dlp did in 2008….smfh

  3. David Brathwaite February 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Barbados Today gets a wrong again. The notice of the documents was made. The Dems tried to undo that fact, but there is no legal way to do so.

    This is important because the documents, having be laid, are now public documents and we will get to read them and hear the contents discussed, whereas this could not be done before.

  4. David Brathwaite February 23, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    I see it’s the journalist Colville Mounsey, who is always asking silly illogical questions, who posted this article.

    His question at the press conference implied that because the government did all in its power to highjack the report to hide their culpability, that that fact of itself makes the report partisan.

    How could the truth ever be discovered if the government can simply use its power to block aby meaningful investigation?

    In fact, PACs usually have a majority of Opposition members, to prevent governments from manipulating the results of the investigations. Barbados’ PAC was structured like that until the present administration changed it.

  5. Adrian Hinds February 23, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Cinty Forde looks resigned to some fate she is not too happy to be taking on. Did we vote as a parliamentary group on this action? Why is it that Mia makes these split second unilateral decisions all the time? don’t our opinions matter?

    What!!!! no more parliament food? Glyne Clarke thought to himself; why must this woman be so god-damn demanding??? Did we make the right choice in making her Leader? It seems like it’s all about her – we seem only relevant as show pieces with her calling all the shots this isn’t the way it is suppose to be – we are her parliamentary equal.

    Poor Wilfred on any given day he either sounds lost or looks lost. Today it is the latter.

    Kerrie seems to be saying “God I can’t stand this woman but I must keep a neutral face – I must I must.

    What a Mottley-Crew!!!!

  6. Adrian Shorey February 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Adrian these blp scapegoats that sitting here wid Mia so stupid and would not stop Mia from draging them through de mud. Any bet them gine throw she overboard just now only a matter of time when de PM call or ring that bell.

  7. Kevin February 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    None of the rest dont look like they want to be there, lol.

    • Spectre February 23, 2018 at 8:25 pm

      You read my mind lol.

  8. Sue Donym February 23, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Another walkout? BLP had more walkouts than John read ’bout. At least this time the threat not to come back until… will be real.

  9. sticks and stones February 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    OSA was right this bunch has lost their way and once again Mia demonstrated why.

  10. Solutions Barbados February 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    The BLP is acting like a spoilt child that didn’t get it’s turn on the merry go round. Throwing a tantrum and walking out! What a shame. They should deduct pay from their pay cheques for every parliamentary day that each of them missed. They seem so desperate for an election, like they are chomping at the bit in anticipation. Parliament dissolves on March 5th, and I doubt the PM will dissolve it a day earlier. The constitutional deadline for elections is June 3rd which is a Sunday, so everyone better get used to the fact that we will not likely see an election before Friday June 1st.

  11. Lorenzo February 23, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Wow the dems out in full force Mark my Word the sodomite ras,Sticks and Stones,Big Man,where is Saga Boy and Greengiant,what a bunch of hyprocrites didn,t David Thompson walk out of Parliament knocking down chairs on his way out saying he is not coming back until an Election was called,was he power hungry and felt he had a divine right to be a
    prime minister ,where were you hyprocrites then?You all think you talking to ten year olds with short memories,you all could really STFU,a bunch of nuisances,always ready to display your ignorance.The mistake mr Arthur made was not letting Mr Thompson have an extended stay outside of Parliament for a few months as unlike now Mr Arthur had plenty time but this Pm seems to want to carry us down to the last day but he has to call the Election and the people will decide his fate.

  12. ebaje February 23, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Rather than address the failure of the DLP members to attend PAC meetings and Mara’s attempt to do block a DRAFT report of that Committee, the response is to attack Mia and the BLP. Parliament did not even last a half day today. Remind me again why David Thompson walked out in 2007? Where is the legislation to replace the PAC promised by PM Stuart? Do so doan like so. The Dems on their last days and all the delay tactics and propaganda by their supporters cant save them.

  13. Saga Boy February 23, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Lorenzo don’t they look like a people who have lost their way? Don’t they look pathetic and sad? Their walking out has not had the same effect as the Thompson et al walk outs. I am ashamed of people like George who will follow Mia out of parliament. When Mia does not get her way this is how she behaves. This is a woman that when I think about her I think about beating and biting women and throwing chairs at men. This is a woman who when I think about her I think about someone who can’t control her temper. Is this the type of woman who you want to follow? And then Glyne Wuk for Wuk if yah want de Wuk Clarke. Is he the man you want to reelect? And Kerrie the wife abuser and beater. Abrams is just a follower who will retire from politics this year. Cynthia says the same thing all the time. You can predict what she is going to say. She like George was in power for 14 years and never did a thing for their constituents.

    • Rechelle February 23, 2018 at 10:09 pm

      She has a great brain but you have sawdust.

  14. petra February 23, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    guess some of you all just criticize and would not see the facts. the dems did it back then. I told you already some people don’t ever see their own skeletons. what power hungry idea. owen lost his way too. you all just set about to destroy good governance and people’s charter. better watch out karma behind

  15. Lorenzo February 23, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Saga Boy that pettiness is expected for yardfowls at George street as amusement not for serious bajans.the dems feel attacking ms motley is a strategy to win an Election really?I know you Dems real frighten for Ms Mottley but your childish attacks will not save your sorry asses on Election daybecause when the record of ten years is examined,the real issues of downgrades ,poor roads,poor garbage services poor bus services ,the sewerage mess which is getting worse,with no end in sight despite the arrogance of the Minister and Ms Inniss,this is what the Dems will be judged on,not,whether ms motley bite or beat anyone.Bajans what competent leadership to get out of this hole the Dems hav put us in,so every time you Dems come with this foolishness while avoidind discussing your record ,I will remind you of it,as there is no hiding from it,whether you want to discuss it or not.Just for the record I prefer to follow a competent leader like Ms Mottley 100 times before this current crowd.

  16. Adrian Shorey February 23, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Well said Saga Boy…Hahaha!!!

  17. archy perch February 23, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I have a big bag of popcorn and a coke as I watch the poppet show. Too sweet. Charles Herbert and he big business friends pulling the strings.

  18. DE February 24, 2018 at 2:28 am

    What a pity, two parties guilty of the same offence. one past and one present, and here it is you all are trying to defend a parliament of hooligans. You all need to let go the politician tail and look out for you all self. But then again the late Sir Grantley Adams said, “Barbadians has short memories,” and those are true words he left behind when it come to politics.

  19. Ralph W Talma February 24, 2018 at 2:40 am

    Good morning Barbados and ‘oh dear’. The Deputy Speaker should not have done what she did, and the Chairman of the PAC and also Leader of the BLP was within her Parliamentary rights to do what she did. I refer again to the excellent article written by Ms Hinds yesterday concerning the Independence Act, and how we are in a situation never achieved by any Government in the past 50 year. Do read it folks, because the outcome of the two actions yesterday could well lead to a bleak situation – I sincerely hope not – involving the Military on the streets of our lovely home, and they will not be providing water, food and peaceful order after a disaster (hurricane/earthquake) as is usually the case in providing ‘aid to the civil power’.


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