Three days after creating a political storm by publicly criticising his party leader’s decision to stage today’s anti-Municipal Solid Waste Tax march, Opposition MP Kerrie Symmonds showed up and joined his colleagues and the thousands who made the journey to Government Headquarters.
Symmonds’ reason for taking part was that he wanted to put party before person.
“I had stated my views in the strongest possible way in order to do what I think is protecting and promoting the broader interests of my party; but no man is bigger than the party,” the St James Central MP said.
He acknowledged that his Barbados Labour Party had taken a policy decision on the tax and he said he was honouring it.
“I am a democrat and I am bound by the party to which I belong. So the issue is not about me, or not even so much about my views, the issue really is about helping the Barbados Labour Party to get rid of a bad government that is inflicting a lot of pain on a good people, and that is why me and my constituents are here to support that,” he explained.
Symmonds had made it clear earlier this week that he was not Mottley’s “clone” and that it was “not a one person show” within the BLP. He described himself as an Opposition MP with “a valid view”, which was that the party’s opposition to the municipal levy was too narrow an issue to merit a call for Barbadians “to hit” the streets at this time.
Symmonds, who is also the Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly, had further indicated that he was mulling over his participation in today’s march on Government Headquarters. He said previously he had not yet decided what he was going to do with respect to the march.
The Opposition MP had told Barbados TODAY he had to rationalise that in his mind.
”I have already said publicly that I feel that the Barbados Labour Party has to be very clear about the point it is making to country, and in my view we have to be very cautious about heightening people’s level of expectation beyond where we are able to reach,” he said then.
He had noted that he did not want the people to begin to believe that the BLP could wave a magic wand and they would not have to pay anything.