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Caddle: Which one is it De Peiza?

by Lashawna Griffith Member of Parliament for St Michael South Central Marsha Caddle this evening challenged President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza to declare where she stands on the issue of integrity in public life. Speaking at her constituency’s annual general meeting at her Tweedside Road office this evening, Caddle took […]

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Lindell Nurse

Independent Senator: Privatize public transport

Independent Senator Lindell Nurse has suggested the return, after 63 years, of the public transit system to fully private hands. The Transport Board was at the top of a raft of issues facing transport the lawmaker sought to address as the Senate debated an amendment to the Road Traffic Act to repeal road tax. “We […]

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Kevin Boyce

Senator: Stiffer penalties on fake plates

An independent legislator is calling for increased penalties for makers of bogus licence plates. Independent Senator Kevin Boyce said this afternoon that the fine of $5,000 as proposed in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, debated by the Upper Chamber today, was far from adequate. “The second suggestion would be the penalty imposed for Section […]

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Crystal Drakes

Senate debates fuel tax abolition bill

Senate debate on the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018, began today with some upper-chamber legislators questioning the route the Government has taken to repeal and replace the road tax with a fuel tax. Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes queried whether fuel taxes were still relevant today, given that more countries around the world were taxing other […]

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Caswell Franklyn

‘Lipstick on a pig’

The Government’s proposed changes to the Road Traffic Act have become the latest target for a severe tongue-lashing by Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn. The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2018 is a tax grab and akin to putting lipstick on a pig, he declared. As the Upper Chamber debated the measure sent up from the House […]

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Kerrie Symmonds

Symmonds: ‘Ban pre-trial publicity’

If Cabinet minister and attorney-at-law Kerrie Symmonds had his way, there would be no pre-trial publicity for any accused person in Barbados. Symmonds, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, made the suggestion to the House of Assembly in this afternoon’s debate on the Offences Against the Person (Amendment) Bill 2018, the measure to abolish the […]

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Dr Sonia Browne

‘Introduce lethal injection’, physician MP urges

A Government backbencher, a medical doctor, is urging her fellow lawmakers to introduce lethal injection as a method of execution and abolish hanging. St Philip North MP Dr Sonia Browne told the House of Assembly this afternoon that hanging is antiquated and could also result in the condemned person’s suffering. The measure was one of […]

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Cynthia Forde

‘Not in St Thomas!’

Member of Parliament for St Thomas, Cynthia Forde, has issued a ‘not in my backyard’ declaration to would-be killers: the central parish is not to be a dumping ground for murderers to dispose of their victims. She was at the time debating an amendment of the Offences Against the Person Bill 2018, which lawmakers passed […]

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Ralph Thorne, QC

MPs hold death bill

Lawmakers came as close as they have ever done to striking down a key provision of capital punishment, before putting a pause on the measure – the abolition of the automatic death sentence. The single-party Lower House withdrew the proposed amendment to the Offences Against the Person Act for further consideration by Government. The amendment […]

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Verla Depeiza

DLP: Taxes ‘a slew of problems’

Despite being rejected by voters over their handling of the economy, the Democratic Labour Party, without a voice in Parliament for the first since 1956 has delivered its first critique on the tax measures of the Mia Mottley administration. President of the Democratic Labour Party Verla Depeiza suggested that two of the promises made by […]

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Donville ‘still a Dem’

by Lashawna Griffith Embattled former minister Donville Inniss is still a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), the party’s President Verla Depeiza declared tonight. She told a meeting of the St James South constituency that he served until the May 24 general election that Inniss, who is currently facing money laundering charges in the […]

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Party time

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration – currently under scrutiny for alleged corruption in office – joined the six other political parties who faced the electorate last May to appear Friday before the Joint Selection Committee of Parliament that is gathering recommendations for the proposed Integrity in Public Life Bill 2018. During the six-hour public […]

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Verla De Peiza

DLP rebuilding under way, says De Peiza

After suffering a humiliating defeat in the May 24 general election, the once mighty Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is clawing its way back from the proverbial political wilderness. Key to this process, newly elected President Verla De Peiza said yesterday, would be an internal retreat slated for next month, to be followed by a series […]

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Weak Act

One of the unsucessful political parties in the May 24 general election says while it welcomes the recent tabling in Parliament by Government of the Integrity in Public Life Bill, it does not believe the measure is strong enough to stamp out corruption. In a document entitled Review of the Integrity in Public Life Bill, […]

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Peter Wickham and George Belle

Belle and Wickham give BLP two thumbs up

While both the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the official Opposition are unimpressed with the performance of the Mia Mottley administration during its first 100 days in office, two of the island’s prominent political scientists are giving the ruling party two thumbs up. “I don’t think we can say it was a bad 100 days […]

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Doughnut Man and Priscilla St Mark

Bajans pleased with Bees

The introduction of new taxes and pending job cuts as Government undertakes its economic recovery programme have seemingly failed to dent the confidence of Barbadian voters in the new Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration. A visit to The City today to gauge sentiments towards the administration after 100 days in office left Barbados TODAY challenged […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Failing grade

The governing Barbados Labour Party (BLP) deserves no better than an emphatic ‘F’ for its performance during its first 100 days in office, according to an Opposition spokesman. Controversial trade unionist Caswell Franklyn has delivered a scathing critique of the ruling BLP, which captured all 30 seats at stake in the May 24 general election […]

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