Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley is urging party supporters to keep the pressure on the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and not to be sidetracked by “rumours” and “lies”.
Mottley last night addressed the controversial issue of her possible involvement in the general election campaign in St Lucia.
A number of political observers and politicians, including St Lucian Prime Minister Kenny Anthony, have accused Mottley and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) operatives of being involved in political activity in that island ahead of today’s poll, a straight fight between Anthony’s St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the United Workers Party (UWP) led by Allen Chastanet.
Anthony Astaphan, an advisor to Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, also questioned Mottley’s recent visit to Castries and her apparent support for the opposition there.
Mottley has denied involvement, telling a meeting of the BLP St Philip branch last night that during her visit to the sister Caribbean Community (CARICOM) island, “I ain’t canvas, I ain’t walk, I ain’t went pon no platform. I ain’t speak publicly, I have done what all good students of politics do”.
However, while she did not make direct reference to the Freundel Stuart administration, the Opposition Leader urged supporters not to be distracted by persons seeking to divert attention away from the political situation at home.
“There is a movement building in this country, and therefore the rumours, the lies, and the cursing will come faster and quicker . . . . It is a sign that we are on the right track. Nobody throws stones at an empty mango tree,” she said.
The BLP leader also said she saw nothing wrong with Caribbean politicians campaigning for other politicians in sister states.
Mottley listed a number of past and present examples of cross-territorial activity by regional politicians, including senior and retired members of her own party; Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who she said spoke the SLP’s platform and the minister in the office of Jamaica’s Prime Minister, who appeared in support of the UWP.
“That’s what happens in the region where people are close,” she told party supporters.