Category: Politics

PM all for recall and term limits

Awkward and invidious! That’s how Prime Minister Mia Mottley has described the decision by Bishop Joseph Atherley to cross the floor  a week after he was elected by the people of St Michael West on a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ticket in the May 24 general election. “If that were his intention, he should have […]

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Hyatt environmental study must be done – Mottley

Prime Minister Mia Mottley says a full environmental impact study must be conducted before any construction can begin on the proposed 15-storey Hyatt Hotel on Bay Street, St Michael. In fact, she has already made it clear to the investors that they should proceed with the environmental impact study regardless of the outcome of the […]

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Can the Dems survive?

Amid preparations for what arguably is the most crucial annual conference since its formation back in 1955 in the Land’s End, St Michael home of the late Elsie Tudor-Burrowes, the once almost invincible Democratic Labour Party (DLP) finds itself today at the lowest point in its 63-year history after suffering a humiliating knock-out in the […]

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National shutdown policy top priority for review – Hinkson

Government will review its national shutdown policy, Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson assured today in an address to private sector officials at a seminar at the United Nations (UN) House, Marine Gardens, Christ Church. The policy came under scrutiny in 2016 after a number of businesses remained open during the passage of Tropical Storm […]

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IMF warns of pending cuts

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today warned that a second phase of measures will be needed, in light of the $1.2 billion austerity package announced by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley in her June 11 Budget. The warning came at the end of a ten-day visit to the island by an IMF […]

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‘Idle gossip’

Former Minister of Housing Denis Kellman is challenging the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to prove he was engaged in corruption while in Government between 2008 and in May this year. In this regard, Kellman encouraged the Mia Mottley administration to carry out its threat to investigate him and his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) colleagues, […]

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St John hope

Squatters in Welch Land, St John are one step closer to owning the land they now illegally occupy. Member of Parliament for the area and Minister in the Ministry of Housing Charles Griffith addressed some of the 40 affected households during a town hall meeting on Sunday at the Victory Wesleyan Holiness Church in nearby […]

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It was a mistake!

Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams today sought to explain a noticeable difference in the fines listed in the draft Integrity in Public Life legislation when compared to those proposed by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) when it was in Opposition. Speaking in Parliament during debate on the measure, Abrahams said the […]

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Browne concerned that women have to ‘get on their knees’ to get a home

Member of Parliament for St Philip North Dr Sonia Browne today warned that corruption involves more than illegal money transactions. In fact, she told Parliament that women were sometimes made to give a higher value than cash and forced to “get on their knees” to obtain a home. Participating in the debate on Government’s Integrity […]

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Government has moved the integrity goalpost, complains Atherley

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley has questioned some aspects of the Integrity in Public Life Bill, which he says has changed considerably since it was initially proposed by the then Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Speaking during debate on the measure in the House of Assembly today, Atherley explained, “When this party was in Opposition, […]

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Full weight

Attorney General Dale Marshall today openly accused former ministers of the previous Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government of corruption. And without identifying anyone by name, Marshall said enough for persons to deduce where his investigation was headed, as he promised to do everything in his power to bring those culpable to justice. At the same […]

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What made ‘DEM’ lose

The historic clean sweep registered at the polls by the Barbados Labour Party on May 24, 2018 bears critical examination, if for no other reason than it was totally unexpected. Most observers of the Barbadian political scene felt that the Democratic Labour Party would have lost, but I would hazard a guess that not even […]

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‘Wild’ bees

Outspoken trade unionist and Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn today lashed out at Prime Minister Mia Mottley over her appointments of non-national Charles Jong as Director of Communications, and social activist and attorney-at-law David Comissiong to a senior diplomatic post, saying Mottley had “gone wild with power”. Since confirming to Barbados TODAY this week that he […]

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Inniss muzzled

A last minute decision by former Prime Minister and outgoing President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Freundel Stuart to abruptly end the party’s signature lunchtime lectures has left one party elder fuming, and threatens to cause fissures within the 63-year-old political movement. Stuart last night cancelled the lectures with immediate effect following a meeting […]

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Cabinet to sign off on new road contract

Cabinet is to meet next week Thursday to consider proposals for the start of major Inter American Development Bank (IDB) funded road rehabilitation. During a press conference at Government Headquarters yesterday, Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance Dr William Duguid said on the heels of the recent approval by the House of Assembly of $7 […]

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New kid on the block

A full house of leaders is expected for this week’s Caribbean Community (CARICOM) summit in Jamaica at which Prime Minister Mia Mottley officially takes her place as the newest CARICOM head of government, following her election on May 24. Prime ministers Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda, who were […]

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No NSRL on goods cleared at the port

Local businesses and Barbadians on a whole who are clearing goods at the Bridgetown Port will not have to pay the ten per cent National Social Responsibility Levy (NSRL) after all, even if the goods landed before the July 1 repeal of the much hated levy. Government has directed the Customs Department not to apply […]

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