“Barbadians may be quiet but are not sleeping”.
This was the stern warning delivered this evening by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration in a feature address to her party’s 76th annual conference at the St Leonard’s Boys’ School auditorium.
In her wide-ranging address, Mottley took issue with the Government’s recent decision on hotel concessions, while noting that its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sandals International group had not yet been made public.
“Until that MOU is seen, there can be no talk of a level playing field,” she warned.
Mottley said she welcomed the Jamaica-based hotel group as a contributor to the island’s industry, “but not at the expense of others”.
She also expressed unhappiness with what she saw as selective concessions granted to the operators of Bushy Park and Cost-U-Less.
The BLP leader, who was earlier today re-elected unopposed by party delegates, also restated her opposition to the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, calling it “a bad tax” and promising that “the Barbados Labour Party will repeal it when we come to office”.
In a fiery speech, the Opposition Leader also charged that Government had been acting “illegally” by using “hundreds of millions of dollars” from a sinking fund set aside for repaying loans.
“It is illegal and it must stop!,” she said, stating that such action endangered Barbados’ future loan repayment ability.
“You cannot be a lawmaker and a law breaker too”, the former Attorney General emphasised, while also questioning recent controversial promotions in the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Noting that some officers had been elevated above others, Mottley said she had difficulty understanding the Police Service Commission’s rationale in this matter.