An online petition has been launched in a bid to get Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite to take action on a number of pressing issues.
It is being led by United States based Barbadian investment banker Heather Cole, who is also the woman behind for the Barbados Lobby’s Facebook page which emerged at the height of the Cahill Plasma Gasification Plant controversy over two years ago.
Among the issues which Brathwaite is being asked to probe are the illegal gun and drug trade, alleged vote buying in the last election, legalization of marijuana and the status of major tourism projects such as the stalled Four Seasons hotel and proposed multimillion-dollar Hyatt Centric Resort.
“[General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Party] George Pilgrim stated in the press that he was sending a frivolous letter to the Attorney General to initiate a probe regarding the Leader of the Opposition being able to practice law in Barbados. This has no impact on the economy, the society, gun violence or any of the problems facing the island,” said Cole, while suggesting that there were 29 areas in which Barbadians required action from Government.
However, she complained that to date Government had not been accountable.
Last week Pilgrim presented Brathwaite with a letter calling for an investigation into the requirements necessary to practise law in Barbados. It follows the adoption of a resolution at the ruling party’s conference last month questioning the qualifications of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to practise law here.
Cole said if Brathwaite accepted the letter from Pilgrim he was also duty bound to accept the petition from the people.
“Fair is fair. However, ultimately, I want it to be taken to Parliament,” she said while reporting that the petition, which had already collected well over 500 signatures, was aiming for as close to ten thousand signatures as possible.