Those persons who attended this evening’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) nomination meeting at the St Christopher Primary School in anticipation of a fiery speech from the party’s leader Mia Mottley, were left disappointed.
With the BLP embroiled in a public controversy surrounding its representative for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard and her newly elected executive, many expected Mottley to address matter.
However, on a night which saw lawyer Ralph Thorne nominated unopposed as the party’s candidate for Christ Church South, the Opposition Leader made it clear it was not the proper forum for the issue to be discussed.
Instead, Mottley said she had come to “see the nomination of a good man.”
“Those who have come this evening expecting things that I do not consider to be appropriate tonight, I regret that you have come for that reason. And those who have come to understand what the BLP is about and where we are going, I am glad you have come for this reason,” she pointed out.
Side stepping the issue, Mottley stressed that the BLP was all about representing the people of Barbados in the best possible way.
And she switched the conversation to the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), saying it had failed to recognize the need for proper representation.
“Representation is what it is all about. Representation and being the voice for the voiceless, taking a stand for people when no one else will and the display of courage and compassion and affability.
“Our mission is not simply to make a better life for our people, but in every aspect of what we do to uplift them, to defend them, to protect them and to do so in a selfless matter. It is a feature that this Government has failed to recognize,” Mottley stressed.
The Opposition Leader also accused the DLP of having “factions in their party.”
“The fundamental difficulty with this Government is that far from representing all, there are factions even within the DLP. There are those who are in on the inside, and there are Dems who are on the outside who are left grazing in pastures that are barren, and like the rest of Barbados, suffering under the weight of the incompetence of what Ralph [Thorne] has so eloquently described tonight as the talons of the eagle,” she pointed out.
“Representation is what the BLP must be about, because the people cannot take another political institution that does not care about them.”
During the night’s proceedings, Mottley was also showered with gifts, as she celebrated her 50th birthday.
The beaming and blushing leader was serenaded several times, and was also presented with a painting, a gift basket and a bouquet of flowers among others.