George Payne v Edmund Hinkson: Storm Clouds Hovering Over MAM

News broke this week that Barbados Labour Party (BLP) member of parliament George Payne has filed a defamation action against fellow BLP member of parliament Edmund Hinkson. To say that the action is mind boggling is an understatement. BU continues to try all effort to procure the court filing.

One has to question the motive of filing such an action by Payne and what on earth Hinkson would have stated publicly that was so damaging to the reputation of Payne. One would have thought that both BLP candidates would put party first and thrash out what differences appear to exist between the two away from the public glare.  BU believes if this matter is pursued it will reflect poorly on Mia Mottley early in her stint as opposition leader a second time around.

It is no secret there is bad blood between Hinkson and Payne which spilled into the public domain during the battle for who should represent the BLP St. James North seat in the 2013 General Election. Observers opine that Payne used his full weight as Chairman of the Barbados Labour Party to support Skeete. In the end the Rawle Eastmond anointed Edmund Hinkson won the nomination and the general election.  Why would Payne, the plaintiff in this matter see sense in pursuing a defamation action at this time? By so doing he has disrespected MAM’s position which is no surprise.

If politicians continue to demonstrate that they lack the ability to resolve personal conflicts, how can we expect them to resolve issues of national import?


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  1. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM #

    They are some young white Bajans who do trust that the young black Bajans know what they are doing. I believe their involvement shall be good for politics in Bim. All of we are Bajan.


  2. Lemuel April 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM #

    OSA looked truly pathetic this morning in the Nation; it is if he is begging for another chance, but in his time he did not relinquish one iota. OSA remember your pen and shaking it at senior civil servants with Erskine Grffith laughing like a cheshire cat; the big fool that he shall always be. To think that Erskine Griffth was a Head of the Civil Service only because he was OSA room mate. OSA remember those decisions as you ride into the sunset. Barbados shall survive.


  3. Carson C. Cadogan April 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

    This is really funny though, things are so dread in the Barbados Labour Party that they have to import a candidate and a new Leader.

    All I can say is that they are fighting like cats and dogs in the Barbados Labour Party and not a soul is giving an inch.


  4. Carson C. Cadogan April 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM #

    These are some of the hallmarks of our first term in office, 1961 -1966:

    Labour –

    The Sugar Workers Minimum Wage and Employment Guaranteed Act (1968)
    The National Insurance Scheme providing sickness, injury, disability and pension benefits came into being in 1967.
    The Severance payment Act was enacted in 1971.
    Employment of Women (Maternity Leave) Act. This prevented women from being dismissed from their jobs because of pregnancy.
    The introduction of free Secondary education for all.
    The introduction of the School meals service.


  5. Carson C. Cadogan April 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM #

    that should be the first term and beyond.


  6. LOOK April 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

    Barbados and the BLP in it is chaotic, just a mess.


  7. LOOK April 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    The United States Democratic Party in 2008 witnessed a clash among party members Hilary Rodam Clinton and Barak Obama. Clinton, however, backed down from damaging herself and the Democratic party.
    Secretary of State Clinton, under the Obama Administration recently retired but NOW stronger than any Democratic or Republican candidate forthcoming in the 2016 presidental election. Mottley, we know is nowhere reaching political height of Hilary Rodam Clinton and or even Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Australia). The BLP is chiatoc, just a mess. She, Mottley is a political misfit and corrupt like her party members: Owen Arthur, Dale Marshall, George Payne and Gline Clark.


  8. Brassy April 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM #

    LOOK> look there are almost 500 murders annually in Trinidad coupled with deep rooted racial animosity between blacks and coolies and weve not touched their storied history of rampant corruption. Jack Warner the notorious international fraudster is a cult hero in Tdad.

    Why in the face of all that would Bdos want to be part of Tdad. The only Bajans supporting that assinine thought is you insomniac Well Well and Fingall.


  9. LOOK April 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

    @ Brassy

    Barbados may not want to be associated with Trinidad and Tobago but not have a choice. By the way, this individual LOOK is not Bajan. If you were carefully reading and or following my posts on this site, you would know this. You perhaps have a reading and comprehension problem.


  10. Well Well April 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Brassy…………………..aside from the murders, which Bim also have, and were it not for their small size would have even more, Trinidad has Integrity Legislation to lock up the likes of Jack Warner………..where is yours to lock up corrupt lawyers/politicians in Barbados??


  11. Well Well April 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

    Brassy………………… also speak of deep rooted racist animosity between blacks and indians that we know does exist………………… why don’t you show me all the love between the majority blacks in Barbados and the minority wannabe Bajan whites??? i await for the proof.


  12. LOOK May 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    The BLP could/should learn from the United States Democratic Party involving President Barak Obama and Hillary Rodnam Clinton. Both presidential campaigns, Clinton and Obama in 2008 brutally attacked each other. Obama though won more states in the primary forcing Clinton to concede. She did.

    Clinton conceded to Obama at the same time asked her supporters to follow Obama. Obama in 2008 won party nomination. Further on, he won the position of presidency after defeating Republican party member and Senator John McCain WITHOUT DIFFICULTY. Clinton entered into the Obama Cabinet or Administration as Secretary of State. This politically strengthened her and the Democratic Party. Secretary of State Clinton under the Obama Administration recently retired but NOW stronger than any Democratic or Republican party candidate forthcoming in the 2016 presidential election. Due to term limits, Obama is not allowed another term in office. The American people therefore are focused on Clinton – no one else.

    Mottley we know is nowhere reaching political height of Hillary Rodam Clinton and or even Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Australia). The BLP is chaotic, just a mess. Mottley like her party members is corrupt and a political misfit. The United States and Australia we know are large countries and much more advanced than the Barbados island. Mottley though is not a quality candidate, not qualified for either Prime Minister or Leader of the Opposition. The BLP alike the United States Republican Party is weak. The BLP though is not just weak but falling apart. LOL

    The United States Republican party has no one that shines, the BLP likewise.


  13. Virtuoso May 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM #

    Mia is the donkey engine again, doing the hard work of opposition politics while Arthur takes a break and reads the political tea leaves. Mia should read the Art of War, if she did she would know that she MUST kill (politically) the former General, Owen Arthur.

    If she chooses not to then the is strengthening her enemy, something from which nothing good can come.


  14. LOOK May 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM #

    Thompson in 2008 dismantled the Owen Arthur regime of fourteen years. After Thompson’s demise, Arthur saw the opportunity to “strike back”. His mission was simply to take back his throne. The DLP WITHOUT Thompson stopped him in his tracks. Arthur though has not given up. He believes he can fly, AGAIN. Arthur, still in the BLP just waiting, waiting for another “in flight” battle with Mottley, another opportunity to strike back. It will be Owen Arthur alone or Arthur, Dale Marshall and George Payne collectively.


  15. DR. THE HONOURABLE May 2, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

    LOOK | May 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM |
    The BLP could/should learn from the United States Democratic Party involving President Barak Obama

    You are talking nonsense
    You are taking advantage of an outcome to spout folly
    This kind of submission should be subject to


  16. LOOK May 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM #

    Obama at the Jimmy Kimmel Correspondence dinner in April 2012 attacked his enemies (Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and Newt Ginrich) “with humor”. See videos on Youtube. Mottley allows them (Owen Arthur, Dale Marshall, Rush Limbaugh and George Payne) in the BLP house – allowing them to steal and kill.


  17. LOOK May 2, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

    Correction – Newt Ginrich is an American, member of the United States Republican party NOT Bajan and or member of the BLP.


  18. Fractured BLP May 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM #

    Hi folks I just passed Owen Arthur out Jemmotts Lane by his BLP buddy. The strange thing about seeing OSA out there was that he was blind drunk. I noticed he was being lifted into the backseat of a vehicle. The 2 persons who were rendering assistance were Prodigal Son and Caswell Franklyn (both of BU fame) OSA appeared dazed and punch drunk… though he was impacted upon by the bombs that went off in Boston.



  19. LOOK May 2, 2013 at 6:19 PM #


    Some foods some people just don’t like. I understand, mine you don’t like. Some things, DR. THE HONORABLE some people must just grit their teeth and take it. Heard that before?


  20. Virtuoso May 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM #

    Mia Mia, run but yah can’t hide
    Owen soon ready and he’ll need an jackass to ride
    In the BLP he’ll have his pick of the asses
    One more time Owen, they’ll come in their masses
    But Mia is the problem cried Owen-in-waiting
    Bring George, Bring Dale, Bring Ronald, Bring Kerry cause Mia ready for the taking.


  21. Clone May 3, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

    With Barbados Today giving details of what took place for George Payne to be suing Edmund Hinckson shows the lack of respect some of these politicians have for civility.

    Holding no brief for George Payne I think that Edmund Hinkson should be the one not in Parliament. He seems to one big ignorant arrogant person. The BLP is surely in trouble with people like Edmund Hinkson.


  22. Checking it out May 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM #

    y Roy R. Morris
    George Payne
    Bees are not only stinging Dems these days.
    According to court documents obtained by Barbados TODAY, veteran Member of Parliament George Payne was so hurt by comments allegedly made by party colleague, Edmund Hinkson, a parliamentary new-comer, after the February 21 General Elections that he is now suing him for defamation.

    The claim form, filed in the Supreme Court by the law firm Smith & Smith on April 25, on Payne’s behalf, seeks “damages for defamation in respect of the words published and spoken of the Claimant by the Defendant on the 25th day of February 2013 at a meeting held at the Barbados Labour Party Headquarters Roebuck Street Bridgetown which was attended by thirteen (13) members of the Barbados Labour Party elected to the Parliament of Barbados in the parliamentary elections held on the 21st day of February, 2013″.

    Among other things, Payne also wants the court to grant an injunction restraining Hinkson or his servants or agents from repeating the words of which he complained.

    In the official court document, Payne’s attorneys stated:

    “A meeting of the newly elected members of the Barbados Labour Party in Parliament was held on Monday 25th February 2013 at the Barbados Labour Party Headquarters, Roebuck Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael at 10:30 a.m. The main purpose of the meeting was to select the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.

    “The persons who attended the meeting were Mia Amour Mottley, Cynthia Forde, Santia Bradshaw, Dale Marshall, Maria Agard, Ronald Toppin, Dwight Sutherland, Glyne Clarke, Trevor Prescod, Kerry Simmons, Jeffrey Bostic, Edmund Hinkson and the Claimant. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Dale Marshall.

    Edmund Hinckson

    “During the meeting, there were a number of contributions and interruptions and Mr. Edmund G. Hinkson was requested on more than one occasion to allow other members to make their representation without interruption. While the Claimant was making his contribution to the meeting, he was suddenly interrupted by the Defendant who indicated that he had no moral authority to speak about leadership and shouted out in a loud voice:

    “You are a crook and a criminal; you are a big Queen’s Counsel and you committed fraud; you are totally unfit to be a member of parliament; you aint got any right here; you should be in prison”.

    “The Chairman tried to calm him down and Mr. Ronald Toppin chided him for his outburst but in response to Mr. Toppin he retorted: “Don’t mind you, what do you have to show for the eighteen (18) years you were a Member of Parliament?”.

    Other members spoke to him about his behaviour including Mr. Dwight Sutherland, one of our newest members who indicated to him that he should apologise for his outburst, which was disrespectful to a senior member and was sending the wrong message to the new members. To this he responded: “There are no senior members in here, we are all equal. George Payne is a political clown.”

    “The Claimant felt humiliated, depressed and embarrassed by the comments made inasmuch as these statements were totally untruthful and because he had never had such damaging accusations made against him nor was he privy to any conduct on his part which would warrant such a damaging assessment of his character.

    “It was the first time that the claimant had ever heard any person making any negative comments about him with criminal implications since his admission to the Bar in 1975 as an attorney-at-law or since his election to the House of Assembly in 1991 as a Member of Parliament. Furthermore, the Claimant has never in his lifetime been involved or implicated in any matter which would warrant such accusations.

    “Since the Defendant made those accusations the Claimant has had many sleepless nights reflecting on the comments made by the Defendant with whom the Claimant has had very little dealing or contact in his political and professional life and can find no plausible or logical reason for these baseless attacks on him.”


  23. Amused May 4, 2013 at 3:25 AM #

    @Checkin it out. Hmmmmm! So, it took Barbados Today of the Fourth Estate to obtain copies of a public domain document of national interest. BU obviously could not, as anonymity might have been compromised. Kudos to BT for its diligence – but why did it take so long on a matter that is of national interest? AND I am sure that in order for us to get a full picture, we now await with great interest BT’s posting of the response/defense of Hinckson.


  24. Common sense is not common May 4, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

    Isn’t this the same Edmund Hinckson who Prodigal son vehemently protested during last February lead up to the general elections,that he Hinckson should not be disparaged here at BU with certain comments about his nocturnal activities,and BU concurred and removed the offending comments?

    What say ye now Prodigal?


  25. Common sense is not common May 4, 2013 at 7:31 AM #

    Prodigal Son/Daughter

    If it is one thing I have admired about you is your loyalty to the party.

    You have never turn ugly against the party despite all the circumstances.

    I was one of those who felt you were unfaired and treated badly when they ousted you from the seat and replaced you with Dale Marshall.I believe you would have won that seat and done greater service for the people of St Joseph.

    However you have allowed yourself to be used and degenerated in some ugly politicking which will not keep you in good stead.

    Be fair and honest and walk with integrity and you will be rewarded by all right thinking persons.


  26. Fractured BLP May 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM #

    Why am I not surprised by the alleged behaviour of Edmund Hinkson on 25th February, 2013 towards his party colleagues. Days before the 21st Feb 2013 General Election – and just after Owen Arthur and Barney Lynch “did their Brutus act” on Mia Mottley – the same Edmund Hinkson had a public meeting in St. James North and when persons drew it to his attention that he did not have Owen, as party leader, advertised to speak…….the same Edmund Hinkson blurted out to those concerned persons – I do not want to be associated with that ” short a$$ crook and runt Owen Arthur”

    If only Owen Arthur had heard those allegations – then another possible BLP “infighting lawsuit” would have been in the offing !

    Though I am not too sure if OSA would have found a defence to Edmund Hinkson’s accusation….given OSA presiding over GEMS, GREENLAND, DODDS PRISON and that hefty CAMPAIGN CHEQUE in 2003 !!!

    Is this the rock solid political party that Prodigal Son and Miller trumps as the party of choice for Barbados in 2013 and beyond ….?

    The true story of a FRAGMENTED and FRACTURED ……..BLP !

    Dems NOW….Dems AGAIN……..Dems ALWAYS !


  27. Sargeant May 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM #

    Uh Oh! Dirty linen being washed in public! This lawsuit is the stuff that the BLP’s political opponents could only dream would fall into their laps it will hurt the recycled leader and by extension the BLP. That it occurred within a meeting among the elected members and is now in the public domain is inexcusable. I can only imagine that when Mia is deposed she will say “Yes your Honour he did poop on all of us”.
    Which leads me to believe that if OSA was still the leader the whole incident would have been “hushed up”, who was it that said something about “dastardly forces”?

    We the great unwashed await the next outpouring of the salacious details (or the response from the defendant), it makes for invigorating humour.
    Maestro cue the music.


  28. Well Well May 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

    Both lawyers are a waste of space and taxpayers dollars.


  29. Checking it out May 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM #

    Well Well thats your best post ever.

    The NISE survey shows up what unfortunately the opinion Barbadians hold of lawyers. They just cant be trusted with people’s money. Hinckson says Payne should be in jail. Mind you they are both lawyers and good Lord they are Parliamentarians in the same political party. It doesnt get any worse.

    We know a lot of people enter law seeing it as an avenue to get rich quick. I’m overseas and I’m seeking a lawyer to do a bit of legal work for me but I dont know where to turn. The feedback from friends is to be very careful when you go to lawyer x or lawyer y.

    You never know Hinckson could have proof to back up what he accuse Pain of. Well Well your beloved BLP is also a waste of space.


  30. Well Well May 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    Check it out……………….the are all (both parties) a waste of space and leeches on the taxpayers.

    You have to be very cautious when shopping around for lawyers, they always seem to have some disgraceful ulterior motive lurking at the front of their brains.


  31. LOOK May 4, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

    Barbados at moment is chioatic. It’s just a mess. The S&P and Moody’s said so. There are lots of theft there. The United Nations said so. Violet Beckles, a victim proved it as did perpetraders, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Gline Clark, David Thompson too.

    Mottley may and may not plan a coup. Mottley may and may not have planned anything but Trinidad and Tobago have for certain – soon coming to Barbados – A Trinidad & Tobago bomb – A TAKE OVER.


  32. Settler May 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM #

    LOOK are you on drugs? You and your jackass crap about Trinidad take over like a broken record instead of hallucinatiing and playing with yourself watch developments in Tdad. Word is Jack Warner running as an independent now the UNC turn their backs on him. He may start his own party. CLICO Duprey is most wanted in Tdad he may sart his own para military force. The ATM kamla woman dont look too strong. Abu Bakr still lurking so is the trigger happy army and rogue cops. The killers, drug runners and criminals running riot in TnT. In fact LOOK you better look for a coup in TnT they are due one. Barbados may have to send troops again to help them.


  33. ac May 5, 2013 at 6:50 AM #

    four months ago this episode took place .one must now wonder how is it that the Leader of the BLP could not have demonstrated the ability to move swiftly and have this nasty episode put to rest by getting those parties together and iron out their differences This is the kind of stuff that resonate and displays how a leader should demonstrate good leadership in chaos. Remember the eager the 11 PM Stuart was able to handle the chaos within his party and out the fire that was about to consumed it. , This episode only shows the strength and the weakness of MIA leadership and her inability to lead her party in times of chaos..


  34. Fractured BLP May 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

    A by-election may occur if the Payne – Hinkson saga continues. For surely if Hinkson has evidence to back up accusations against Payne……then surely Payne would be at PAINS to continue as MP for St. Andrew.

    A brilliant move by MAM..A..MIA…..she has delivered her act of revenge following the events of 19 October 2010 that occured in BLP House, Roebuck Street.


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