Prime Minister Stuart Deigns to Speak

Will Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

This week the Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart deign to address an issue which has been of concern to many Barbadians. It is an open secret David Comissiong’s challenge  of the decision to grant approval to Mark Maloney of Vision Development Inc to build the Hyatt Centric Resort on Bay Street reported to cost USD100 million has rubbed the Barbados government the wrong way. Minister Denis Kellman has declared Comissiong an enemy of the state. Minister Donville Inniss has dived in with his usual rhetoric by stating he would, if he had the time, stand in protest outside  David Comissiong’s place of work. It is ironic to note that our laws support Kellman’s labelling of Comissiong as an enemy of the statement as well as Inniss’ bluster to protest outside Comissiong’s office.

Prime Minister Stuart’s response to the Hyatt issue is interesting. He seems to be of the view that citizen advocate David Comissiong’s application for a judicial review is not supported by the law. We say to Stuart if he believes such is the case why not let the Court decide where the matter has been delayed a hearing because of the unavailability of the judge?  In the matter of Michael Carrington withholding clients funds from a client your response was to advise him to seek redress in the form of acquiring legal counsel. Why not be consistent and allow the legal apparatus to work for Comissiong who has followed the advice you gave to Michael Carrington who stole- or more euphemistically- withheld $244,000 dollars from a wheelchair bound septuagenarian?

BU’s position is a matter of public record. The attack on citizen advocate David Comissiong’s right to access the laws of Barbados by members of the Cabinet of Barbados is the issue BU will steadfastly defend.  In fact, we go further to question why the large cadre of lawyers registered to operate in Barbados have up to now avoided the opportunity their training affords them to be ideal citizen advocates. In a democracy it is critical for citizens to organize to pressure the “establishment” and to date the legal fraternity has been delinquent as a group.

The position prime minster Stuart has taken to question the legal grounding of Comissiong’s judicial review application was made the more interesting by a recent decision handed down by Privy Council  of England in the matter originating from Trinidad & Tobago Reginald Dumas v Police Service Commission on the right of the High Court to hear an application by a citizen to interpret a provision of the Constitution. The gist of the Privy Council’s decision is that there is merit under the law to entertain an application from a citizen if it was deemed in the public interest.

What does the Barbados law support Mr. Prime Minister?

We note that you have not quoted any law to support your position and until you do it will be punished with laughter by onlookers. It must gnaw at your innards that Comissiong wrestled the amendment to the Immigration (Biometrics) Regulation 2015 to the ground and he now has the Hyatt project in his sight. The pressure you and members of the government must be absorbing from those who are demanding a return on the 2013 campaign financing contribution must dig deep.

Here is the link to the Reginald Dumas v Police Service Commission report – Appointments to Police Service Commission …DUMAS WINS AT PRIVY COUNCIL

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91 Comments on “Prime Minister Stuart Deigns to Speak”

  1. Alvin Cummins May 16, 2017 at 9:13 AM #

    Artax,
    I said it before and I will say it again, Bajans are a nasty lot, they do not care about their environment, and they expect to get everything from the Government.
    Why the hell to vendors in Ousting cannot get off their lazy asses and look after the same environment that they want to encourage visitors to frequent. Why must Government be responsible for cleaning the environment where their customers litter and dirty, and they themselves polite with waste oil, greaSE, AND CONTAINERS.As for the vendors selling illegally, we have inspectors who refuse to do their jobs. There are laws rules and regulations, that they choose to ignore rather than enforce, and we have politicians; (the city),the Ivy (Prescod) Penny Hole (Brathwaite).
    Miller: The financing for the Sugar Point will from from the same source as what would have been obtained for Needham’s Point development; what was it again; Condominiums, convention centre etc, etc.? How long ago was it? 2001 or thereabouts? If you had taken the time to look at the EIA for the Sugar Point development; I know you did not because your name was not in the book you had to sign at Barbados Port Inc to see it,MY NAME IS IN IT. you would have seen that one of the conditions that had to be fulfilled was the removal and replanting of corals from the area that dredging and reconstruction haS To be done. Corals take time to be reestablished.Check aND SEE FOR YOURSELF

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  2. Hopalong AKA waiting May 16, 2017 at 9:29 AM #

    A sensible editorial for Barbadians loyal to the country who think for themselves and are unafraid of the rowdy traitor minority.

    FRONT PAGE COMMENT: A matter of urgency

    Mon, 05/15/2017 – 12:00am Barbados Advocate
    The ongoing saga surrounding the proposed Hyatt Hotel development has brought a number of issues into sharp focus which should be of concern to all Barbadians who are interested in the well-being of their country. Of particular interest among them are: the efficient administration of the Courts in this country and the conduct of the press in its coverage of matters before the Courts.
    When the matter which Mr. David Commissiong has brought against Mr. Freundel Stuart in his capacity of Minister responsible for Town Planning came on for hearing on Tuesday, 9 May 2017, it was adjourned to a date in July as the Judge before whom it was set down for hearing has reportedly gone on vacation leave.
    This information raises a number of questions:
    1. Who is/are responsible for the assigning and setting down of cases in the High Court?
    2. Would that responsible authority not have been aware that a particular Judge would be going on vacation within the short period between the last adjournment and the upcoming hearing? Certainly the matter of an official in an organisation – any organisation – going on vacation must be something known to that administration. What does this administrative howler say about the administration of justice in our country?
    3. Given the importance of this case for the economic development of Barbados and since it came on as a matter of urgency, might it not be transferred to another Judge? Why should the country have to be held in continuous suspense in respect of the hearing of this important matter?
    In addition to the above, the manner in which the Complainant has been speaking to the press and radio on a matter which is sub judice must be a cause for concern.
    On the adjournment of the matter, the Complainant, Mr. Commissiong, addressed the press on the steps of the Supreme Court and announced among other things, that his right to bring this matter before the Court – his locus standi – was being challenged by the Defendant in the matter. He went on to definitively state that the Defendant’s challenge was misguided as a very similar case in the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from Trinidad supported his right to bring the case. His comments formed part of a CBC TV news item in the evening news on 9 May 2017.
    That matter of which Mr. Commissiong spoke is an issue of fundamental importance which will be left for the Trial Judge to decide after hearing the submission of Counsel in the case; it is an issue that can decide the case outright.
    As such, it is our view that discussion to the extent which the Complainant embarked was highly prejudicial and possibly contemptuous.
    One cannot ignore that a number of issues raised by Mr. Commissiong are political rather than legal. In that regard, Mr. Commissiong is free to give vent to any political agenda he might be possessed of. However, it is our view that he should leave the legal issues involved in the case for the determination of the Court without seeming to give assistance to the Trial Judge through his addresses to the press.
    We consider the matters raised above to be of great importance for the impartial and fair administration of justice in this country and look forward with keen interest to the future conduct of this matter before the Court.
    The Hon. Anthony T. Bryan, CHB, GCM
    Publisher

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  3. Simple Simon May 16, 2017 at 11:31 AM #

    @Alvin Cummins May 16, 2017 at 9:13 AM “I said it before and I will say it again, Bajans are a nasty lot, they do not care about their environment, and they expect to get everything from the Government. Why the hell to vendors in Ousting cannot get off their lazy asses and look after the same environment that they want to encourage visitors to frequent. Why must Government be responsible for cleaning the environment where their customers litter and dirty, and they themselves polite with waste oil, greaSE, AND CONTAINERS.”

    You asked Why:

    Because the Minister of Health and the Minister of the Environment have had the benefit of an excellent education, mostly funded by the taxpayers, because we pay them very well to do their jobs, because they volunteered for leadership positions, because the vendors pay taxes, and therefore have a right to expect tax services for their tax dollars. because selling food in a nasty area is potentially a hazard to all of us, because food borne diseases can spread beyond the individual selling, and the individual buying and consuming the food. Reference “Typhoid Mary.”

    Because as well the public health inspectors had the benefit of an excellent education, mostly funded by the taxpayers, because we pay them well to do their jobs, because they volunteered to be public health inspectors. because selling food in a nasty area is potentially a hazard to all of us, because food borne diseases can spread beyond the individual selling, and the individual buying and consuming the food. Reference “Typhoid Mary.”

    Because as well the sanitation workers had the benefit of an education, mostly funded by the taxpayers, because we pay them to do their jobs, because they volunteered to be sanitation workers, because selling food in a nasty area is potentially a hazard to all of us, because food borne diseases can spread beyond the individual selling, and the individual buying and consuming the food. Reference “Typhoid Mary.”

    So yes these people have a duty to WORK FOR US, to lead us, to teach us to do better, and to continue to educate us, because education never ends.

    We have too soon forgotten that there are people still living who endured food borne diseases, and who have required expensive hospitalization. Because expensive hospitalizations cost all of us taxpayers.

    I trust that I have answered your question.

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  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM #

    Because Alvin is an idiot.

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  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 16, 2017 at 4:10 PM #

    The court system does not function…..therefore the country cannot function.

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  6. Alvin Cummins May 16, 2017 at 5:50 PM #

    Well Well and Simple,
    “Because Alvin is an idiot”
    True. But alvin also knows that Alvin also as a responsibility to keep around him clean and tidy, without expecting anyone else to clean my place. Because Alvin is an idiot and knows that even though he worked in a Microbiology Laboratory, that he could not expect the cleaners in the lab; or anywhere else in the hospital to clean up for him; he knew ha had to keep his work environment clean and tidy, so he always cleaned off his work area with disinfectant etc periodically, and especially at the end of the work day. He did not depend on someone else to do it for him. Because Alvin knows what it is to be clean and tidy, and one does not need special knowledge to know that if one is selling food to others that he MUST obey the Sanitary regulations. Each individual has a responsibility for his work environment, and even though the individual may not have the necessary education, those who supervise have the responsibility to TRAIN those who work for them. Granny keeps her surroundings clean and tidy, she does not depend on the Minister, the Sanitary Inspectors, or anyone in authority to enforce any provisions. She KNOWS that she should keep her surroundings clean and tidy, and I have seen her workers cleaning up the surroundings. So don’t come to me with any of that foolishness and idiocy.
    Why can’t the vendors in Oistins, get together, join together purchase a power washer, hire someone and give him the responsibility to power wash the Bay Gardens on a daily basis, Buy some Bleach, dilute it 1:10 and power wash the areas. Join together and pay that person out of your profits which are large and keep your surroundings sanitary and clean.
    As you say:”Because expensive hospitalizations cost all of us taxpayers.” therefore each of us has a responsibility to look after our interest. Thus put our trash IN a rubbish bin. Thus we each have a responsibility to police our surroundings, thus we should NOT throw our garbage out a bus or vehicle window. Thus we must separate and put our garbage in the requisite garbage container. Every dollar the is expended by government comes out of the people, not anyone from Germany or Mars. More important has to be the realization that an outbreak of serious food poisoning; which can kill, has to be taken seriously, because it can drive the same vendors out of business, and leave them with a possible lawsuit on their hands.
    Do you expect the Ministers to come and bathe you or do you take it upon yourselves to bathe yourselves?
    And “because selling food in a nasty area is potentially a hazard to all of us”, Therefore those who sell food, because they are adults and should know better, MUST do what they are hired to do, not shirk their responsibilities nor pass them on to somebody else. And this applies to everyone.
    .Don’t come to me with no more of this crap.

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  7. Bush Tea May 16, 2017 at 7:49 PM #

    Get a life do …Alvin !!
    Talking a lotta shiite as usual…

    When you can have a minister putting a tipping tax on citizens who are seeking to clean up their surroundings and to take the stuff to the official dump …. and not EXPECTING that this will cause indiscriminate dumping, you KNOW that you are in high-level, ‘idiot company’…

    When, in order to dump garbage, a citizen FIRST has to go to some shiite government department to buy ‘tickets’, then proceed to the damn dump (but NOT on weekends – when working people have time to clean up) to dispose of their stuff…. What message is the DLP idiots sending to the citizens…?

    Instead of coming here with you nonsense, why not advise the StinkLiar to use a system like the parking tickets at the airport … where customers can buy a ticket at the site which is then used to open the access gate to the dump?
    There are no decimals involved …so perhaps he can manage to get that done….

    Steupsss!!
    You could REALLY keep your damn trap shut…. and your donkey up in Canada.

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  8. NorthernObserver May 17, 2017 at 1:05 AM #

    @BT
    now de teefing whackers…https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2017/05/17/weed-whacker-thief-to-pay-back-business/

    My daily dose of comedy. Said whacker was stolen “sometime between April 11, 2015 and May 9 this year”. Two effing years and dey en sure when!!!! One hell of an efficient inventory system.

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  9. NorthernObserver May 17, 2017 at 1:10 AM #

    @WW&C
    “building codes are very strict and impact studies are mandatory”
    just so you know, they finally announced today they will be disbanding the OMB, which is the bullshit group the developers literally own, and where the studies you cite have been a mockery for some years now.
    The codes may exist, but the builders skirt them constantly.
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/omb-changes-1.4117063

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  10. Bush Tea May 17, 2017 at 6:09 AM #

    LOL @ NorthernObserver
    …which is why Bushie will not be renting out his whacker…

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  11. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 17, 2017 at 7:08 AM #

    Nirthern……..as it should be, they took full advantage, particularly in the Toronto area….something like what Fruendel the Fool and Maloney the Fraud are trying to do.

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  12. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 17, 2017 at 7:14 AM #

    Alvin…ya cant even drop a candy wrapper in Canada without incuŕring a heavy fine, have you noticed how clean Canada is……

    Welll tell ya idiot government ministers to either legislate or ENFORCE heavy fines for littering..

    That is THEIR JOB..

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  13. Alvin Cummins May 18, 2017 at 8:56 AM #

    Well Well,
    Again you are letting political bias outperform your common sense. Ministers do not enforce. The legislation is there. The ENFORCERS are ones to look after the enforcement; police, supervisors, etc are the enforcers, and if they do not do their jobs Ministers are powerless. If a minister is doing his job, producing the legislation, and you throw the garbage NEXT to a garbage bin, which has a sign placed next to it, asking you to place your garbage IN the container, that has a sign next to it, indicating the amount of the fine for disobeying the sign, and YOU still throw YOUR garbage outside contributing to the garbage problem, whose fault is it. Is it NOT the nasty person (YOU) who put YOUR garbage outside? That is the situation in Barbados. A bunch of Nasty, Indisciplined, people who want everything provided for them, without any sense of discipline or sense of responsibility. So you and Bushie and all those others can talk until my Black face turn Blue, I will still continue to tell all of you like it is. Blaming the politicians, as you do, is just a way of trying to escape from yourselves.

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  14. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger May 18, 2017 at 10:02 AM #

    The attorney general, a minister, head legislator directs police and DPP to ENFORE laws.

    Clueless Alvin.

    Head yardfowl.

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  15. angela Skeete May 18, 2017 at 12:39 PM #

    The advocate editorial worth reading some one with common sense whose understand the importance of putting a country interest above all other interest
    David BU has his head so stuck up in Commisiong rare end that nothing said in that editorial would be enough to persuade him of the vindictive nature of David Commisiong in his political adventures to destry the economy of this small island

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  16. Alvin Cummins May 19, 2017 at 7:37 AM #

    Well,
    they don’t have to DIRECT anyone to do anything. When the Enforcers are hired they know what the responsibilities of the job are. After that it is their responsibility to DO their job.
    Why do people like you adopt this attitude of condoning what is wrong. that is what Trump supporters are doing. Although the evidence points strongly to wrong doing they still continue to support him. The same thing obtains here in Barbados. Even though the government does what is possible within limits on the country they still present obstacles and expect miracles.

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