Category: Politics

Bishop Joseph Atherley

Atherley names team to speak for Opposition on national issues

Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley on Saturday named a team which he said would speak on behalf of the Opposition on national issues. “I am here this morning with a team of persons representing the interests of Barbadians . . . who are prepared to give themselves to service in the name of the Opposition,” […]

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Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson will now have a lighter load to carry into Cabinet.

A relief!

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson has suggested that the post-general election portfolios assigned to him by Prime Minister Mia Mottley had been a challenge to manage effectively. Hinkson was today responding to the decision by the Prime Minister to relieve him of those duties related to the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) with immediate […]

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Verla Depeiza

DLP will not be rushed

Contrary to some political pundits who have expressed concern over the seemingly slow resurgence of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) following their 30-nil defeat at the polls eight months ago, the head of the party says the political entity is taking its time to rebuild its strength. President of the DLP, Verla Depeiza, made it […]

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Colin Jordan

Backlogged!

Steps are being put in place to ensure that the over 300 complaints remaining to be heard by the Employment Rights Tribunal are done in a timely manner. That is the word from Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations Colin Jordan, who today revealed they would be pursuing the option of holding multiple tribunals […]

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Sonia Browne

MPs want further changes to labour laws

At least two Members of Parliament have called for more changes to the current labour laws to address some outstanding issues as the first Parliamentary session for 2019 got on the way today. MP for St. Philip North, Dr Sonia Browne, said the first change she would recommend would be a change in the mandatory […]

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Dale Marshall

New bill ensures we never repeat the mistakes of the past

The Public Finance Management Bill is a key component in ensuring Barbados does not go through some of the economic hardship it experienced over the past decade where lots of money was spent by Government but not properly accounted for. Attorney General and Member of Parliament for St Joseph, Dale Marshall, explained that the passage […]

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Colin Jordan

Employers beware!

Minister of Labour Colin Jordan has accused some construction companies in Barbados of unfairly treating their employees in an effort to win bids on projects. Jordan leveled the accusation during debate in Parliament today on the Employment Rights Amendment Bill 2019. He said by refusing to pay the taxes of employees, those companies were able […]

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Mia Mottley

Politicians will be held accountable for actions, says PM

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has given the assurance that neither the current Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration nor any future governments will be allowed to “operate under the cover of night”. In a fiery contribution to close off debate on the Public Finance Management Bill 2019, Mottley promised that all politicians and ministers would be […]

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Ryan Walters

Ready to run for Dees

The man offering to be the next Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for the St Michael North West riding, says he is ready to represent. Forty-year-old financier Ryan Walters told a group of DLP supporters on Sunday during a meeting at the St James South branch office of former DLP representative Donville Inniss, that his […]

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Verla Depeiza

Increased police powers vindicated, says DLP president

With the turn of the new year seemingly bringing Barbadians no ease in their fears over gun violence, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is contending that the then Freundel Stuart administration was justified in its decision to increase the powers of the police. Indeed, DLP president Verla De Peiza contends that despite strong opposition to […]

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Caswell Franklyn

Make them cops

One of the country’s most outspoken legislators is suggesting a downsizing of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and a recruitment of terminated soldiers to fill the serious shortage in the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF). Putting forward the idea as a crime-fighting tool this morning, Opposition Senator and trade union leader Senator Caswell Franklyn, told […]

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GUYANA – Legislator who brought down gov’t may have committed treason

A Brooklyn, New York group is claiming that the Member of Parliament (MP) who brought down the coalition government in Guyana many have committed treason. The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) said on Saturday that the legislator Charrandas Persaud, opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member Peter Ramsaroop and others “have been […]

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Verla Depeiza

‘Small victory’ for former minister, says DLP leader

Political leader and president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla DePeiza said today she can only wait and see how the criminal case brought by the US against former DLP Cabinet Minister Donville Inniss unfolds, following news that the Justice Department has dropped one of the charges. While describing the withdrawal of the charge […]

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Year in Review: Elections

  “History is not made by things happening the same way all the time. History is made by doing things differently”. Former Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Truer words were never spoken, as the May 24 general election in Barbados would prove. And while Prime Minister Stuart was attempting to justify his decision to hold on to […]

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Year in Review: Politics

By Anesta Henry A momentous general election aside, the political scene in 2018 saw strange and tumultuous events, from a crossing of the floor of Parliament unique in the annals of political history, to a former Minister of the Crown finding himself facing criminal charges, to the resignation of a party leader following an unprecedented […]

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GUYANA – Government falls, as backbencher supports opposition motion

CMC – Guyana was preparing for a general election early next year after a government backbencher supported an opposition motion of no confidence against the David Granger government late on Friday night. Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who had been heckled as he outlined his reasons for the motion in Parliament, has already signalled his intention […]

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Trevor Prescod

Prescod: Govt may lease trucks

Government is now actively considering the leasing of garbage trucks to replenish the badly depleted fleet at the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA), Minister of the Environment and National Beautification Trevor Prescod has told Barbados TODAY. The revelation comes as an original plan to buy 15 used garbage trucks was reduced to two trucks now held […]

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