by George Alleyne
A fiery Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today labelled the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) members as ‘spineless’ while describing Opposition candidate for Christ Church West, Dr William Duguid, as a ‘political renegade’ and hypocrite.
Addressing party supporters at the Christ Church West’s annual luncheon at Almond Bay, Stuart blasted Opposition MPs who joined party leader Mia Mottley, in abstaining from a vote in Parliament last Tuesday to amend the Constitution to move the retirement age of the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecutions from 62 to 67.
Stuart said his Government had nothing to lose in the defeated vote that killed the Constitution (amendment) Bill 2016, “but it will stand there as a monument to the spinelessness of people like Kerrie Symmonds, and Edmund Hinkson, and Ronald Toppin, and Jeffrey Bostick, and Gline Clarke”.
Including Mottley in his vitriol, he said, “she was able on Tuesday in the House of Assembly to get the people whom she leads to follow her into abstaining from a vote to clean up a mess that she created.
“A collection of spineless men – they have spines but they had them on mortgage to Mia Mottley, they were not carrying them at the time.
“If they wanted to be real men they would have to borrow their spines from her, but she has them on mortgage, and therefore they could not vote against her will … so when she says jump, they have to ask how high”.
He added, “Their spinal cords were with her, and they could only be men, if they borrow back their spines from her in order to put on the appearance of men”.
He said that Mottley and other Opposition MPs explained that they abstained from the vote, because, “they didn’t understand that is what it meant. That if only I had talked to her she might have changed her mind”.
But a fuming Stuart said, “I did not come into politics to breastfeed political infants.
“When I joined the Democratic Labour Party in 1969, I didn’t come to change political nappies, I came to embark on the serious task of making the lives of the people of Barbados better”.
The Prime Minister also launched a scathing attack on Dr. William Duguid, the former MP for Christ Church West, who recently returned as the Opposition’s candidate following the expulsion of sitting MP, Dr Maria Agard from the BLP.
Dr Duguid had resigned from politics in 2013, making way for Dr Agard, but now he is back to challenge the DLP’s Verla DePeiza.
Stuart described him as a person, “who had determined that as long as the Barbados Labour Party was not in government, politics was of no value to him, and who ran off to join his family in Canada, but who has now come back, hypocritically, to convince the people of Christ Church West that his love for them was never lost”.