Culture Minister and MP for St Paul’s, Paul “Chet” Greene is calling on Alister Thomas to apologise for his comments on Barbuda.
Thomas allegedly linked the lands in Barbuda to a form of reparations for its people.
But speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Greene said, ” I would expect that anyone associated with Tim Hector would at least learn something.”
“And notwithstanding your politics, a moment like this demands nothing less than the truth,” the minister added.
Greene said he was disappointed with Thomas who is known as a local historian and called on him to “make a retraction.”
He branded the comments as irresponsible and called Thomas to stop viewing history through a political lens.
The minister also took issue with a statement put out by the head of the reparations support commission Dobrene O’ Marde.
“His conclusions were flawed and political and he must stop playing politics with this thing,” Greene told debate on the Barbuda Land Act which later passed the Lower House.
The minister accused the O’ Marde of releasing the statement on Barbuda without the knowledge of other members of the commission.
“You are the head of the commission you are not a law unto yourself. The reparations commission is a quasi-government instituttion,” Greene said.
He advised O’ Marde to put out future statements in his own name and not in that of the commission.
“The commission serves under my ministry and we cannot allow that to continue.”
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