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Opposition chided on boycott

Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson making their way to the House of Assembly yesterday morning. Barbados Labour Party parlimentarians boycotted yesterday’s debate. (Picture by Rawle Culbard.)

By Ricky Jordan | Wed, January 16, 2013 - 12:08 AM

AS NINE EMPTY benches faced Government yesterday in the House of Assembly during presentation of a $15.7 million supplementary resolution to subsidize diesel, the Opposition boycott came in for a tongue-lashing from a senior minister.

Minister of Small Business Denis Kellman noted that yesterday was Government’s fifth “birthday” – the anniversary of the January 13, 2008 election victory – and it should be celebrated instead of being seen as a time to “cock up and die”.

Noting that the Leader of the Opposition Owen Arthur had not announced the boycott himself but had instead given that job to someone who smiled and joked about everything, Kellman said the trick had not worked and war had now been declared.

“You called for something, so when you get it, I hope you can deal with it!” he declared.

Kellman also criticized the BLP’s absence. “Any time a person does not report for work, I don’t feel he is fit for employment,” he said. “. . . And I will make sure I report them to their employers, the people of Barbados, for not coming to work.”

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Posted by Jane Brown 1 year, 9 months ago
I find it strange that Mr. Arthur has not come out and defended his self up to now about the allegations Mr. Stuart made about him asking the DLP to take Ms. Mottley. When I sit back and read the articles in this archive from late 2011- Early 2012 it really supports the PM statement about the members of the opposition pretending to get along for elections. What a show indeed!

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