Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has dismissed plans by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to file a motion of no confidence in the Government.
BLP leader Mia Mottley announced the party’s intention on Friday, saying the country was lurching from crisis to crisis, and pointed to the latest Moody’s downgrade of the island, the Cahill waste-to-energy controversy, recent industrial action and ongoing environmental problems at some Government-run schools.
But addressing the monthly meeting of the St Michael South Branch of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at the Bay Primary School tonight, Stuart said he was not unnerved by “all of the noise” about the no-confidence motion.
“This is the third no-confidence motion that is being brought by the Leader of the Opposition since the DLP came into office. The first was brought against the late David Thompson, one was brought against Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and this is the third one now,” he said.
Stuart charged that the motion of no confidence has more to do with Mottley’s fear of the outcome of the BLP’s elections for a new executive of the party in October, and nothing to do with his Government’s performance.
“There is a corps of people in the parliamentary group of the BLP committed to having Mottley removed as leader. Now that is not any secret, that is very well known. They do not hide their mouths and as a result of that, the people who advise her, have decided that the best way to deal with that threat is to try and get rid of all the people in the parliamentary group who do not support her. The strategy is this:
“They have reasoned that if they bring a no confidence motion, even though you do not support her because it is a parliamentary debate that would have been inspired by the opposition, even those persons who do not support her would be forced to line up behind her and vote on the no-confidence motion,” Stuart added.