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Opposition Leader David Thompson urged yesterday (ed: Monday) for the Government to come clean on the issue of its impatience with the timing of the Hardwood Housing scandal debate, saying “it is clear that this issue is interfering with their election calling timetable”.
Mr. Thompson charged that Hardwood and the issue of cost of living could not have come at worse times for the Barbados Labour Party administration, as, originally, all systems were “go” for the calling of a mid December general election, but these had now to be shelved.
“The Prime Minister and his Deputy should come clean with the people of Barbados. Their concern is that they do not want to carry this election too far into the New Year, but they cannot go to the polls with two such major issues unresolved and still hanging over their heads. Thus the need for them to throw every possible solution at resolving these two particular issues before the end of this month,” Thompson insisted.
He said the threat by Leader of the House, Mia Mottley to “bring a counter no confidence motion through the back door” was laughable, as such was never on the cards “given that for them to bring a motion on Hardwood, would have made it impossible for the Leader of the Opposition to do the same a few days later and my motion is the motion that goes to the heart of the matter. If they want to hurry this process and dissolve Parliament before debating Hardwood, that’s a matter for them. But I warn that they will have to answer a series of questions from the public platforms”.
Thompson revealed to the Daily Nation that while Ms. Mottley was accusing him of not being ready with his motion, he had “long given a copy of the Motion of No Confidence and the resolution calling for Integrity Legislation, Asset Declaration, Freedom of Information and amendments to the Defamation Act to the Clerk of Parliament”. Thus, as far as he was concerned, the stage is now set for debate “on these crucial issues”.
The Leader of the Opposition insisted that the No Confidence Motion was deliberately tied to the accompanying resolution, because “we do not just want to discipline, we also want to set forth to the Parliament and to the people of this country how we, as a government in waiting, will go about repairing the damage that has been done to image of politics and the issue of governance in Barbados”.
“But, again this will not be done in their time. I have already given notice that I will be out of the island on private family business towards the end of this week, so it really made no sense for the Leader of the House to have adjourned proceedings until Friday. The motion that I have tabled in Parliament will not be debated on Friday. It’s as simple as that,” Thompson declared.
He insisted that the “colorful adjectives and superlatives” used by the Prime Minister over the weekend, was a reflection of his anxiety and desperation to clean the “things to do tray”, so as to pave the way for the calling of elections.
“He recognized that they are scuttling the Cost of Living issue. He had absolutely no intention of tackling cost of living before the elections, but now that it has been brought into play, he is agitated because he knows that this will force him to choose between the interest of the people of Barbados and the interests of his financial masters. That is why we insist that that 20 per cent price reduction initiative is a farce that will not last, if ever it comes into operation”.
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We see that the Nation News reported part of Thompson’s statements – Nation News article Not A Word