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Senator Caswell Franklyn

Right move

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn has welcomed the decision by Prime Minister Mia Mottley to remove some of the duties of Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson, but said it was only done “half way”. In fact, Franklyn said he believed all Hinkson’s ministerial duties should have been taken away, though he did not say why. […]

Bishop Joseph Atherley

‘Just another group of Bees’

“A grouping of disgruntled former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) members.” This is how the president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza, has described Opposition Leader Joseph Atherley’s recently-named shadow cabinet. At face value, Atherley’s Opposition group appears to be a melting pot of candidates from several parties who contested the general elections […]

Verla Depeiza

DLP, UPP bemoan country’s direction

As Barbadians are called on by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to reflect on the life of Errol Barrow, the United Progressive Party (UPP) is arguing that Barbados is currently in a “mid-life crisis”. In a short Errol Barrow Day message yesterday, president of the DLP Verla De Peiza called on Barbadians to reflect and […]

Peter Wickham

Party seeking monetary benefits

One of Barbados’ leading political scientists believes the new political party which is soon to be introduced is being assembled for purely financial gain. Head of the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) Peter Wickham has thrown cold water on the possibility of Opposition Leader Reverend Joseph Atherley forming a “legitimate” political party. On Saturday at […]

Kerrie Symmonds

West coast warning

The mess that took place on the south coast cannot be allowed to float to Barbados’ platinum coast. According to Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Kerrie Symmonds, the sewage crisis that severely affected the south coast would wreak havoc on Barbados’ bread and butter if it touches the west coast where the island’s upscale […]

Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond

UPP not daunted by defectors

The United Progressive Party (UPP) may now be left licking its wounds after three of its former candidates left to join the Opposition. However, the relatively young political party said it was not daunted and would continue to “build strong” and represent the interest of Barbadians. In a Facebook post the UPP, which failed to […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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