“Don’t just criticize and condemn but tell the country in your discussion of the motion of no confidence how you propose to address the myriad social and economic problems currently facing the country.”
This challenge was thrown out to Opposition Leader Mia Mottley on Sunday evening by Government minister Donville Inniss, during an address to the monthly meeting of the St Philip West constituency branch of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Arguing that while it is within her rights as the Leader of the Opposition to file a motion of no confidence in the Freundel Stuart administration, Inniss said Mottley must go further and offer alternatives for dealing with the country’s social and economic problems.
“Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is free not to just criticize and condemn but to say if they were in Government, this is how they would ensure that all Barbadians get all their tuition at the University of the West Indies paid for,” the outspoken St James South MP said.
He added: “They must say how they will ensure that all Barbadians get access to all the health care that they want. They must say this is how they will ensure that all the roads are fixed and they must say this is how we will ensure that unemployment is zero in Barbados. That is the kind of conversation we want.”
Inniss contended that any debate on the no confidence motion should not be just about bashing any member of the House of Assembly, but should be about what needs to be done to pull the country up in this 50th year of Independence.
At the beginning of the current session of Parliament on April 19, Mottley handed over the no-confidence motion to Clerk of Parliament Pedro Eastmond for submission to Speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Carrington.
Carrington has reportedly returned the motion to Mottley suggesting the exclusion of a clause and the use of specific words. However, in response, Mottley has argued that the clause and the wording are relevant to the subject to be discussed at a date to be fixed.
It is therefore still unclear when the motion will be heard. (NC)