Hudson Griffith Stands on the Side of Big Business and publicly scolds Mia Mottley for not joining him in his Folly

It was always pure folly for the DLP to give the impression that it could somehow reduce the cost of living . But making outrageous promises has never been something that would cause the DLP to feel embarrassed. A sensible and more measured policy response would have been to create jobs. But day-after-day the DLP keeps reminding the country that it is neither sensible nor measured. Why else would it talk about wanting to reduce the cost of living when its first order of business was to have increased diesel prices by 77%?

{FILE IMAGE - Chamber of Commerce's executive Director Lisa Gale & president Andy Armstrong} The BCCI under heavy fire right now - "The BCCI then responded to give the impression that prices had not moved and challenged that the evidence be produce. The Minister produced the evidence. The BCCI then blamed Small Business for jacking up prices. The Small Business Association then responded blue vex and said it was not so and that they stay in business by offering service and not by charging high prices."

Not satisfied that it had cause Barbadians enough pain, it then brought an inflationary budget that wrestles over $108 million from their pockets. It is at that point that the people of this country realised that the DLP does not have a clue because it remain totally unaware that its decisions, judgment and policies are chiefly responsible for an increase in the same cost of living it has promised to reduce.

The DLP recently increased the rate of VAT from 15% to 17.5%. This, after increasing water rates by some 60%. But once the price of diesel, land tax and water went up and other measures from it 2008 inflationary budget took root, the cost of living was bound to rise. The removal of the 3% Environmental Levy had more to do with satisfying WTO obligation than being a policy initiative by the DLP to reduce the cost of living. Therefore, once the 3% Environmental Levy was removed (and given the other variables) it could only have been speculation and false hope to try to trick Barbadians that a 2.5% increase in VAT would have some how resulted in prices either being reduced or remaining the same.

St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde, looking fresh & dapper made a rare appearance in the By-Election

The Customs Brokers spoke and suggested that prices should have come down or remains the same. The Finance Minister then spoke taking that position. The BCCI then responded to give the impression that prices had not moved and challenged that the evidence be produce. The Minister produced the evidence. The BCCI then blamed Small Business for jacking up prices. The Small Business Association then responded blue vex and said it was not so and that they stay in business by offering service and not by charging high prices.

"Mia Mottley showed concern and empathy and asked how are people making it in this country and questioned whether we care enough as a government and as a people to make the difference."

Then speaking at College Savannah on January 14th about the topic: “Caring,” and making a case for ordinary people in the country, Mia Mottley expressed disappointment that the DLP was touching everything in the campaign except addressing the core issue that when people go home at the end of the week or the end of the month with their pay-pack, they simply cannot make ends meet.

She asked the crowd to stop for a minute and put themselves in the shoes of an agriculture working in St. John on a 3-day week getting $195.00 per week or a gas station worker at Four Road getting $225.0 and consider how such persons are making ends meet. She look at the price of essential items to show how such persons are “catching hell to keep body and soul together.”

The St Michael North East MP prepares to deliver a stinging rebuttal to Hudson Griffith's treasonous assertion that she could be considering possible wooing by the ruling DLP

Mia Mottley showed concern and empathy and asked how are people making it in this country and questioned whether we care enough as a government and as a people to make the difference. She said that the government had come out in the last two days and spoke about price gouging. “But I say to the government that it is insufficient to tell us about it because they are the government and if people are gouging people on prices, do something about it.” she said.

"Hudson Griffith is making a case for and defending big business. How could a candidate for the BLP get it so very wrong? Not yet in the House but he seem to be suggesting that it is alright for big business people to jack-up their prices."

Now! lo and behold, speaking Sunday 16 January 16 2011 at Carters, Gall Hill, St. John – political fledgling Hudson Griffith sought to give Mia Mottley advice on where and on which side she should stand {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Hear him: “I have to do something as a Businessman…Mia Mottley, don’t let the Democratic Labour Party lead you down the garden path, don’t do it (firm authoritative voice) don’t do it Mia. You remember the statement by David Thompson, wrap yourself in the flag, you remember that, don’t lay off people so we could save our backs – you remember that? Ladies and gentlemen, the piper is here now! Because the business people of this country did not lay off anybody in 2009, 2008 and 2010, where did they get the money from, how were they going to get it back in their bank accounts. Ladies and gentlemen, I know it is a sore subject for some of you but I have to defend them.”

Imagine! Mia Mottley is in St. John making a case for workers on sugar plantations and gas station workers but from the same platform, Hudson Griffith is making a case for and defending big business. How could a candidate for the BLP get it so very wrong? Not yet in the House but he seem to be suggesting that it is alright for big business people to jack-up their prices. Is Hudson Griffith saying that it is alright to break the law in order to compensate yourself for having done a good deed in the national interest?

'Mr. Arthur pointed out that the Minister has power to make sure, not that the people of Barbados are gouged but if he has evidence of price gouging, “to control at what price any class or restriction of good are sold, whether wholesale or retail.”'

Some one should have told him about the Miscellaneous Controls Act, Cap. 239 of the Laws of Barbados. But here is where it gets ugly. His argument is consistent with one advanced by David Thompson on behalf of Clico. But when it reach a point where Hudson Griffith’s argument is consistent with David Thompson’s – in the defense of big business, then the BLP has a perilous crisis on its hands.

It remains a mystery why someone seeking to get into the House of Assembly and running in the same rural constituency once held the David Thompson – the friend of Parris and Clico – would opt to stand on the side of big business (the same big business) which the government says its evidence show – is gouging the Barbadian consumers including people from St. John.

But Hudson Griffith’s stance on supporting big business and his public rebuke of Mia Mottley for not joining him in his folly is so bizarre that last night must be the first time in history that a candidate was slapped down by stealth by his political leader.

Owen Arthur spoke and took Mia Mottley’s position that since the DLP has evidence of price gouging the law requires it to take action {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

According to Arthur, “Barbados has an Act of Parliament that gives Ministers powers to deal with prices.” Mr. Arthur pointed out that the Minister has power to make sure, not that the people of Barbados are gouged but if he has evidence of price gouging, “to control at what price any class or restriction of good are sold, whether wholesale or retail.” He also made reference to the Section that talks about punishment by way of a fine of $100,000 or 2 years in prison. Mr. Arthur said if the government has evidence that if people are being gouged, the DLP should enforce the law.

But what requires a serious and urgent explanation, is why would Hudson Griffith, who is running in the rural constituency of St. John, where gas station workers are getting $225. per week and workers on sugar plantation, $195 per week, be making a case for big business and publicly scolding Mia Mottley for not supporting him in his utter folly?

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