Prime Minister Mottley’s Father Awarded Knighthood
“Up to now you can’t say why the man is not deserving. In a small country how do you escape proximity to “power/decision-making”?”
Once I see you heading down this road, I know things bad.
No, No, No.
The onus is upon those conferring the honour to highlight the contributions, which are being recognized. Period.
Is Barbados, the country conferring the knighthood, doing so for work in Bermuda, Belize, Caymans, Turks and a little in Barbados too. Or for the leverage used in the BLP leadership battles.
Seems like another Marston Gibson were a Bajan leaves home and spends much of their career working elsewhere, only to return home and be knighted.
To me, if the PM had an ounce of moral decency, she would avoid selecting her father at all costs, especially in the first few opportunities she gets to bestow such an honour. What’s the rush? Is the man ill? – Northern Observer
To be honest the blogmaster does not pay too much attention to the New Year Honours list. The selection appears to be less than transparent and more importantly we are not enthused by a system that awards titles that is anchored to an irrelevant colonial past.
The New Year Honours List for 2019 released by the Government Information Service is as follows [blogmaster’s emphasis]:-
The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in the 2019 New Year Honours:
KNIGHT BACHELOR (KtBach)
- Assad John HALOUTE for services to the hospitality industry and philanthropy
KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF SAINT MICHAEL AND SAINT GEORGE (KCMG)
- Elliott Deighton MOTTLEY for services to the legal profession, diplomatic service and the community
ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE)
- Dr. Frances Louise CHANDLER, OBE for services to agriculture and sustainable development
OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE)
- Ms. Cynthia Joan WILLIAMS for services to nursing and the community
MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE)
- Reverend Hughson Carlos INNISS for services to youth empowerment and the fight against HIV/AIDS
- John Wayne Anderson WATTS for services to environmental health
The decision to award Elliott Mottley a knighthood has attracted robust and muscular public comment across the length and breath of Barbados, notwithstanding the din generated by the holiday season. There is no need to be prolix with this matter. A repost of the blogmaster’s too brief comment to Northern Observer is enough.
Agree with this comment, the optics are bad and the brazenness of doing it in the first year of term is a foreboding act.
The opinion of the blogmaster is not meant to ignore Elliott’s Mottley’s contribution in his field of work. However, if the Prime Minister is serious about being a change agent she must avoid decisions that will distract and deepen citizen apathy. The herculean task to turn the country around is bigger than the aggrandisement of any family member. Even if that family member is her father. In fact some will suggest with good reason that the controversial waiver of the tax and penalties (NOT TAX DUE) in the amount of $1,051,872.28 to Elliott Mottley which came out of an audit of Mottley’s accounts is reward enough.
A word to the Prime Minister should be sufficient.