Nation Newspaper Under Pressure After Claiming It has a Letter Signed by 11 DLP Members of Parliament
By: Jeff Gill - Friday, Dec 16, 2011 - 06:33:20 PM
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - The Barbados Nation Newspaper in an article dated Sunday 11 Oct, 2011
entitled, DLP rift?, stated, "eleven government Members of Parliament (MPs) -
including seven senior Cabinet ministers - yesterday (saturday) affixed their
signatures to a formal letter and immediately dispatched it to Prime Minister
Freundel Stuart requesting an "urgent" audience".
According the Nation newspaper the letter in their possession states,
"Against the backdrop of growing concern among supporters of the Government and
our party, with respect to perceived weaknesses in our leadership of the
country, and a sense of drift and inertia arising therefrom, we the undersigned
elected members of the Parliamentary Group seek an urgent audience with you to
discuss matters of grave concern to us, as well as to chart a path forward for
the retention of our party in Government."
"We are mindful of your planned travel, on Monday, December 12, 2011.
However, given the magnitude of this situation and our deep concern over its
implications, we would wish that this meeting be held before your departure,"
the release by the nation states.
The Nation later released the identity of the 11 members of the DLP
government who were allege to have been seeking audience with the prime minister
"urgently," entitled "Eager 11".
Some of the mentioned members have since released statements to the public
that they will be seeking legal redress in the matter, as they had not signed
the letter to which the Nation newspaper has stated.
The newspaper in the face of legal threats from some of the named members of
the government who have denied signing the letter, has continued to stick to its
guns in its published comments, which are expected to climax on Sunday for all,
and Sundry to read and dissect.
Following this stance by the leading newspaper on the island, the Barbados
Underground blog has been running hot with many bloggers adamant that the Nation
seems to be in the wrong, and injustice is being metred out, as the newspaper
continues to tease the public with the news and not release the letter in its