Category: Politics

Taitt: Senate is no ‘mock sport’

An independent senator is accusing the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) of turning the Senate into a “mock sport”. Speaking this afternoon on the Barbados Water Authority Amendment Bill 2018, Monique Taitt took issue with the fact that while the Upper Chamber had yet to even consider the measure to impose Government’s Garbage and Sewage Contribution […]

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Political optics!

Outspoken Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn today spurned the tabling of the Central Bank of Barbados (Amendment) Act, 2018 and the Financial Management and Audit (Amendment) Act, 2018 in the Upper Chamber. After taking issue with the late notice of the two bills, Franklyn insisted that Government’s move to “rush” the measures was an unnecessary attempt […]

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Inniss hits back

Former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) parliamentarian Donville Inniss has not only defended certain Government contracts alleged to have been awarded by his administration in its last days in office, but he has also chided his former colleagues for remaining mute while their tenure in office is being constantly attacked. Speaking at a St James South […]

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Govt not in bed with union, assures Clarke

Deputy Speaker of the House Gline Clarke is assuring that the Mia Mottley led administration is not in bed with the island’s workers’ unions. However, speaking in Parliament on the Central Bank of Barbados Amendment Act 2018, he pointed out that even though the former Governor of the Central Bank Dr DeLisle Worrell and the […]

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Tread carefully, Atherley warns Mottley Govt

Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley today warned Government legislators to tread cautiously on any resolution that would seek to prevent the crossing of the floor in Parliament. In a frank speech during his contribution to debate in the House on the Central Bank of Barbados (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Atherley deviated somewhat from the subject matter to […]

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Criminal act

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration is hinting strongly that it intends to amend the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Act approved late last year, as it embarks on an “interesting journey” to breath new life into the ailing economy. While not making specific mention of the legislation when he addressed the Barbados Manufacturers’ […]

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Betrayed!

Voters in St Michael West say they feel they have been dealt the equivalent of the biblical kiss of Judas by the man whom they elected by an overwhelming majority in the May 24 general election. In the wake of the resignation from the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by Member of Parliament Joseph Atherley, […]

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No more tuition worries for BCC and Erdiston students

The anxiety is over for students of the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the Erdiston Teachers Training College worried about the payment of tuition fees this academic year. Government today gave its word that it would cover those costs, along with the tuition fees for Barbadians pursuing studies at the University of the West Indies […]

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Charge ‘big-ups’ for guns – Atherley

Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley wants to know why no high ranking members of society is ever charged for smuggling weapons into Barbados. Speaking in Parliament today on a resolution “to take note” of the Governor General’s Throne Speech, Atherley said the young men on the block who were being arrested did not have “the wherewithal […]

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Wood to head up new BADMC board

The Barbados Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (BADMC) has a new board, which is chaired by former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Anthony Wood. An economist and lecturer at University of the West Indies Cave Hill, Wood also previously served as Minister of Energy and Public Utilities and Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and […]

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New alliance?

The United Progressive Party (UPP) is hinting at the possibility of a political alliance with Opposition Leader and Member of Parliament for St Michael West Joseph Atherley, whose 3,214 votes in the May 24 general election was nearly twice as many as the 1,965 secured by the entire UPP. Three days after Atherley tendered his […]

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Belle wants Atherley to ‘come clean’ on BLP resignation

Political scientist Dr George Belle is raising doubts about the reasons given by Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley for crossing the floor, suggesting Atherley may have been the final remnants of a disgruntled faction seeking to undermine Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s leadership of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). Belle, who was commenting on Atherley’s decision to […]

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Corruption breeds corruption

I love the thrill of politics. To be more specific, the intellectual stimulation that comes from studying the terrain where political battles are fought, delving into the minds of those on the opposing side and predicting their behaviour in certain situations, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and then crafting strategies to turn possibilities into realities. […]

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Atherley: PM’s Cabinet size, a political safeguard

Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s decision to have a 28-member Cabinet, along with two ambassadors who can attend Cabinet meetings, could simply be a matter of self-preservation. This suggestion from Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley, who told Barbados TODAY in an interview this week that while he took the Prime Minister at her word that her large […]

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DLP failed to deliver on integrity, says Bradshaw

A ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) spokeswoman has strongly lamented that the former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration promised much, but delivered very little in terms of integrity legislation. Member of Parliament for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw issued the charge during yesterday’s debate in the House of Assembly on the Integrity in Public […]

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Clarke makes a case for higher ministerial pay

A Government backbencher has made a case for ministers to receive higher pay. Making his contribution to yesterday’s debate on the Integrity in Public Life Bill, Member of Parliament for St George North Gline Clarke argued “people at the ministerial level must be paid better so they would not be tempted to indulge in corrupt […]

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Gooding-Edghill wants a Caribbean FBI

A Government backbencher believes the time has come for the Caribbean to have its own version of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the principal law enforcement agency and domestic intelligence and security service in the United States. “The time has come in this part of the region for us to consider an overarching body, […]

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