Democratic Labour Party Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones has described as “political terrorism” the treatment meted out by the Opposition to recently expelled representative Dr Maria Agard.
Addressing a DLP political meeting on Sunday night at the same time Dr Agard was due to answer disciplinary charges brought against her, Jones labeled the whole affair as “stupid” and “silly”.
Contending that a select group within the BLP was ganging up on Agard to force her out of the party, he further deemed her expulsion to be “an orchestrated attempt”.
A member of the audience shouted “ISIS”, in reference to the Islamic State that has been wreaking havoc in the
To this Jones responded, “they [in the BLP] are almost akin, because they are practising terrorism, political terrorism”.
Following months of public disagreement among Dr Agard, the BLP hierarchy, and party activists in her Christ Church West district, the situation came to a head last month when the MP publicly declared that she had no intention of working with the newly elected executive of her branch.
This was among the reasons that the party gave for seeking to discipline Dr Agard.
However, Jones said: “When a political institution that says it wants to represent the diverse views, diverse values, diverse systems of people cannot allow internal discussion, debate, dissent it is not wort h its salt.”
“Democracy allows for contestation of ideas and of views, and if I don’t want [someone] to walk with me [that person] could walk with somebody else,” he declared, adding “we [DLP] don’t discredit them, we don’t destroy them, we don’t marginalise them. We represent everybody when we are elected. That’s what we do.”
In further criticizing the actions of the BLP, he charged: “They have no regards for
“It is when power is in your nostrils and you can’t smell anything else,” he said of the BLP leadership before asking: “If they can do to one of their own what they’re looking to do to one of their own, then what you think they going to do to you?
“Let this be an example for all of Barbados . . . a message that ricochets across the length and breadth of Barbados,” the Minister of Education said.