Michael Lashley: Lawmaker Lawbreaker

The following was posted to his Facebook page by former Attorney General and member of parliament for St. Joseph Dale Marshall

Road Safety Association personnel staking flags next tp potholes to warn motorists

The Ministry (read Minister) of Public Works is demanding that the Road Safety Association remove the fluorescent flags which that association has installed to give warning of potholes. The Ministry (Minister) asserts that it is contrary to law.

No matter how laudable their effort, no matter how good the cause, if the installation of the flags is contrary to law, the association must move them, or face the penalty stipulated in the statute. Plain and simple.

But the chickens do sometimes come home to roost.

In the General Election of 2008, the DLP unlawfully erected a large number of billboards, displaying campaign messages. The Chief Town Planner went public and demanded that the DLP remove the billboards, since their erection was contrary to the Laws of Barbados.

Michael Lashley was smirking as the DLP’s then leader, David Thompson, announced that they would be doing no such thing! He went further to say that by the time anything could be done about it, the DLP would have won the Government!!

In 2008, Michael Lashley was fully in support of a flagrant violation of the laws of Barbados, since at that time it suited him. Now, he wants to cry foul.

Mr. Lashley, what about the other flagrant violations of the laws of Barbados at Coverley? Do they also suit your purposes?

Did the Chief Town Planner not issue an enforcement notice for the structure in the road outside Coverley, which your Ministry, responsible for roads and road safety, has conveniently chosen not to demolish, as per the Chief Town Planner’s directions? What about your part in that violation of our laws?

All people must obey all the laws. That is the rule of law.

If installing the warning flags is contrary to law, then they must be removed.

But as a user of the road, if a flag placed alongside the road could warn me of the presence of a pothole, I would consider that to be helping to preserve life and limb.

I salute the Association for its efforts to save lives. And those efforts might well see justice being tempered with mercy if any charges are brought against these fine individuals.

St. Augustine said “An unjust law is no law at all.”

I say that Mr. Lashley and his government are now feeling the backlash of their flouting the laws only 8 years ago. But this time, in a far more noble cause.

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112 Comments on “Michael Lashley: Lawmaker Lawbreaker”

  1. Well Well & Consequences January 12, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

    Alvin…no political party should have more than 5 years in office, do your jobs and get out, that’s why they are paid a salary.

    Now that one or 2 other political parties are presenting themselves, there is no need to keep any of them in parliament for more than 5 years…..too much damage has already been done by all those destructive ministers rotating in and out in increments of 10 or 15 years over the last 50 years, even worse, there are no term limits, so it’s up to the bajan electorate. …to set 5 year limits for ministers and each political party, that is not fair..


  2. Well Well & Consequences January 12, 2017 at 3:21 PM #


    Wait for the yardfowls…they will say this is not true.


  3. Prodigal Son January 12, 2017 at 5:18 PM #

    Let them deny it as much as they want, Well Well……..I am being told the same things as Jeremy Stephen is saying.

    I am scared for this country. The governor was the one with the economic sense and he could have steeresd the economic clown Stinkliar along the right paths!


  4. Gabriel January 12, 2017 at 5:36 PM #

    Don’t be misled.That governor is one who when the Statistical Service provided the correct unemployment figures that would have made the Dems look bad,he went and got his own unemployment figures.Worrell is not untainted by the Fatted Calf passport breed of professional so called.
    The 4 Seasons closure was nothing to do with what you have written.Your party and the BWU conspired to fool the public that no Bajans were working on the site and OSA did the silly thing to halt the project while a personnel inventory was to be taken.Stupid thing to do.Next thing he lost the election and your party has been trying to get Cow and Bizzy their money back and every budget the stupid Sinckler man got something on his desk to sign to get the project restarted.Bunch ‘o feckin clowns all ‘o wunna mustee Dems.Since Barrow dead wunna lost and cant find wunna way out of the maze called government.


  5. David January 12, 2017 at 5:47 PM #

    If memory serves both unemployment numbers were within the statistical margin of error.


  6. Well Well & Consequences January 12, 2017 at 7:47 PM #

    Prodigal….it’s a monumental mess, they really have to think hard of adopting the US currency, they have nothing else to lose.

    I saw on a blog one Carson Cadogan saying if there is a devaluation Barbadps will stilll survive, he needs to speak for himself, what will the people survive on, they do not manufacture enough to export, so there is nothing to break a fall.


  7. Well Well & Consequences January 13, 2017 at 4:40 AM #


    And investors are still trying to buy the island for US currency this time.

    Adopt the US dollar and open other doors, but do they have the intelligence to pull it off or do these ministers of doing nothing plan to continue sitting on their hands and their few braincells until they are kicked out of office….


    Is this not Michael do nothing Lashley’s constituency, what does he do all day, he cant get an efficient bus service or transportion system running, among so many other problems….why is he being paid a salary by taxpayers.


  8. Well Well & Consequences January 13, 2017 at 4:52 AM #

    My bad…even worse, this is Adriel do no work at all Nitwit’s constituency, why is Brathwaithe even a minister in government collecting taxpayer’s money in salary for doing no work in his constituency, in the judiciary, what else has he neglected to work on…..2 ministers in St. Phillip for 9 years and neither can get anything running smoothly for the people who elected them, what a shame, not one seat for either of them come election….both of them are embarrassments.

    I am sure Adriel Nitwit and Lashley promised the St. Philip people the earth and the moon during both elections to get their votes, now the best Nitwit can do is call the road he should have fixed in the last couple years, an embarrassment. …what a shame and disgrace.

    “A Belair, St Philip resident whose home is located on the same stretch of road as Government representative Adriel Brathwaite’s constituency office, says road leading into the area is so badly damaged that even her Member of Parliament has deemed it an embarrassment.

    “The constituency office is at the end of road . . . and I asked about it and our representative said it is very embarrassing,” said Andrea Jordan in recalling what Brathwaite had told her and other residents in his St Philip South constituency.”


  9. Watchman January 13, 2017 at 7:18 AM #


    3 Ministers in St. Phillip, St. John had 2 Prime Ministers.


  10. Well Well & Consequences January 13, 2017 at 7:28 AM #

    Watchman…ya just made them all look not only lazy, but stupid….3 ministers in St. Philip and so much neglect is taking place in that one parish.

    St. John is a lost cause unless the parish gets rid of Mara Thompson, useless she is and the population, electorate gets rid of the government.

    Don’t tell me Christ Church has 3 ministers too….that would really be beyond disgraceful and embarrassing.

    I dont even want to know how the ministers all became so useless, I just know that the electorate cannot afford to keep them beyond 2018, if they dont get rid of this government, just inagine the state of the island by 2023.


  11. Watchman January 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM #


    4 Ministers in Christ church , Boyce, Lashley, Lowe, Jones


  12. ac January 13, 2017 at 12:31 PM #

    A possible new beginning in trade unionism for barbados as the Ministry of transporation and BWU step up a notch agreeing to work hand in hand to resolve the transportation issue. Kudos are in order to both sides


  13. Well Well & Consequences January 13, 2017 at 2:17 PM #

    4 ministers in Christ Church, this just keeps getting better and better Watchman, cant bajans see for themselves even if 12 ministers were placed in each parish, they are all incompetent and do not serve the people whom they will all go to their houses within the next year begging votes, to renew and continue to practice incompetence on black bajans for another 5 years.

    As a man said to me recently, not even bajans could be that stupid to return those do nothing ministers to parliament.

    What kudos what ACs…that should have been done 5 years ago, what took them, the bus service has neen deplorable for years you useless yardfowls….ah told ya yardfowls and political pimps are useless bottomfeeders.


  14. Vincent Haynes January 13, 2017 at 2:21 PM #

    The BWU calling for a new board for the BWA as in their opinion its not enough to change the top management but the board with an 83 year old chairman should go as well…….will the Minister listen……will the two work together and receive kudos as well?


  15. David January 13, 2017 at 7:10 PM #


  16. ac January 13, 2017 at 7:21 PM #

    Now enters General Secretary Of NUPW Roslyn Smith with a milder gentler tone ,,,,,


  17. ac January 13, 2017 at 8:06 PM #

    Any one interested in providing funding for a new Barbados Development bank a local barbados business man is willing to provides some of his financial wherewithal as a start up

    Also a charitable organisation is seeking charitable funding by local people in helping to resurface part of a highway that is need of repair ,


  18. Well Well & Consequences January 13, 2017 at 8:55 PM #

    What did the government do with the taxpayer’s money in the last 9 years that could have started those projects ACs……yall just sold all yh5e balance of the shares in the national bank…now ya soldvthe oil terminal.

    Ya got 7 ministers divided between 2 parishes for the last 2 elections….9 years and still nothing gets done, what do they do all day for taxpayer’s salary….ya have empty houses sitting there rotting away while homeless women and children need housing.

    The only way anyone would invest their hardearned dollars, is if all of you leave the parliament, the ministers are collecting salaries for doing nothing and talking crap….every time they open their mouths, shit pops out, yall are infected with9 the buckingham palace blight and curse.

    Go find some jobs burying pitchforks.


  19. David January 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM #
    David Davis

    2 hrs ·

    Pothole update #3

    It is with a heavy heart and great disappointment that i have to report to you the people of Barbados. In my previous report i praised the ministry and the Minister for their efforts as it relates to the patching of the road in Goodland St Micheal because i experienced the patching of a pothole there which was done the right way in my presence. I was assured by the Minister Micheal Lashley that all the holes would be patched in that same manner. I saw an effort that was one to report positively to you the public of Barbados but when i revisited the area a day ago to my disappointment i realized that the only area that was patched right was the area that was patch when the media and i was there. The remainder of the road was patched in the same shabby inattentive manner as previously done. No cutting of the frames to ensure maximum strength and durability and the leveling has a lot to desire. I give Minister Lashley a failing mark as it relates to the patching of Goodland. However interestingly a stones throw over in George Street every single pothole was cut and cleaned in preparation for fixing which is the tested and proven way for best results. My question to you Mr Micheal Lashley is "what is the difference between George Street and Goodland?". Why would George Street be done correctly and Goodland so shabby? When are you going to stop wasting the Tax payers money with shoddy patching when your team is capable of doing the job the right way as seen in the patching of that ONE area in Goodland?

    Stop playing politics with the roads and fix them with the consistency of The George St Road! We will be watching and we will report back to the people who are paying to get this job done! D2.5 #warrior #forloveofcountry


  20. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 10:38 AM #


    Just viewed the short video by posted by Duguid and my query is: What is the criteria for obtaining one of those homes and how long have they been sitting vacant?


  21. David January 14, 2017 at 10:45 AM #


    Many of these houses located at Constant, Greens, Parish Land were built by the starboy Michael Lashley before the last general election held in 2013.


  22. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 11:32 AM #


    Thanks for providing a timeline but how does one obtain one of those homes?


  23. Bush Tea January 14, 2017 at 12:08 PM #

    @ Sergeant
    ….how does one obtain one of those homes?
    First thing yuh gotta be a ‘D’…. and as you may know, many D’s have been resigning from that party in shame of late…
    Second, yuh have to be able to pay the cost of ownership or rent… and the remaining qualified persons, (“D’s), are mostly yardfowls of the AC ilk, …who cannot afford to undertake long term commitments as they expect to be unemployed for at least 16 years while the DLP parasites die out – at least in the memory of Bajans….


  24. David January 14, 2017 at 12:33 PM #


    Officially you apply to the NHC. Of course these houses appear not to be compliant.

    Follow the conversation with the minister:


  25. Hants January 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM #

    I expect that ALL NHC HOUSES will be occupied by the end of this year or sooner.


  26. David January 14, 2017 at 1:03 PM #

    That will not be possible Hants. Many of the houses are broken read will have to be rebuilt.


  27. Hants January 14, 2017 at 1:38 PM #

    @ David,

    All things are possible when the bell is rung and the date of decision is declared. lol

    Loyalty will be rewarded.


  28. mitchlans January 14, 2017 at 4:27 PM #

    I have heard it said (perhaps someone can confirm) that these houses were built before any plans were made for water supply or sewage, so they remain uninhabitable. If so, surely that begs many questions about the contracts and the money that exchanged hands.


  29. David January 14, 2017 at 4:47 PM #


    According to the minister only 53 houses out of 117 are compliant. This suggests Town Planning issues.


  30. Sargeant January 14, 2017 at 6:05 PM #


    These are relatively new construction what made them uninhabitable? What’s the story there?


  31. David January 14, 2017 at 6:17 PM #

    Several reasons. With the houses at Constant that development was affected by the demise of CLICO. The houses in the video appear to be affected non compliance with town planning requirements. And so on.on…


  32. David January 14, 2017 at 8:33 PM #

    Here is the response from the minister of housing Kellman.

    Denis Kellman Damian Griffith NO WHAT THE MINISTER IS SAYING THAT GOVERNMENT FOLLOWS THE SAME procedure as the people of the country or more, we had to plant trees, switch from a sewage plant to conditions as if a zone one even the area is not to protect the environment, after the decision was made we had to award the contract to the company that was to construct the sewage plant to 117 solutions to zone 1 standards for the EPD . The EPD in the interest of country and our water system took 3 years since 2013 to do the right thing. They can only be compliant when the contractor is able to complete the connections to satisfy both departments. One thing we can say that we have worked out a solution that should save builders from creating environmental problems and excessive costs in the future. yes we were the test case and for a good reason.


  33. mitchlans January 14, 2017 at 11:53 PM #

    Can someone please translate wtf the minister is saying. It is as completely incomprehensible as the situation regarding the houses.


  34. David January 15, 2017 at 6:07 AM #

    What the minister is saying is that they built the houses before completing the procedural requirements. It boggles the mind why as part of a project team the various layers wouldn’t have planned in a way to ensure efficient execution.


  35. Bush Tea January 15, 2017 at 7:36 AM #

    @ David
    Does the minister think we are as foolish as he is…?

    Kellman said “THAT GOVERNMENT FOLLOWS THE SAME procedure as the people of the country or more,…” . We all know that authorities frustrate the shit out of ordinary citizens BEFORE any work can start – even in large commercial projects. Why would it boggle the mind that things were different here?
    Clearly Lashley and the DLP bypassed the normal rules in their haste to get some millions into Baloney’s hands.
    …and it is equally clear that the public servants, (fed up with the thievery,) are DELIBERATELY frustrating their efforts to complete the projects and to ‘wipe the slate clean’ ….so to speak.

    That development east of St George Secondary school should be the subject of a MAJOR investigation – one that would go back to Gline Clarke, …and it would surely result in some jail time…
    It will not happen, because both sides of the political class are equally culpable, and hence they are forced to protect each other.

    Grenville is not a politician; he does not have the much vaunted ‘common touch’ needed to kerfuffle brass bowls out of their vote….. BUT at least he has enough PERSONAL PRIDE in himself and his family not to be such a damn thief…..


  36. David January 15, 2017 at 8:17 AM #


    A kind of corollary to your position is that Michael Lashley built his popularity on the fact that he dropped these houses all over the place like bird droppings from black birds in a mango tree. In fact the DLP ran a successful political campaign on the back of it. How easily the heard was misled.


  37. Vincent Haynes January 15, 2017 at 8:48 AM #

    David January 15, 2017 at 8:17 AM #

    A political gimmick……all about perceptions as Richie Haynes said years ago…….and we know how gullible Bimmers are according to a poster,more gullible than 45M peeps of the USA that elected trumpy.


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