The Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, has responded to remarks made by Senator Jepter Ince in which he described members of the local business community as parasites.
During a media briefing in the Christ Church East Central Constituency yesterday, Mottley called for a change in the tone of conversations, noting that those in Government and other positions of leadership must be shining examples for the nation’s youth.
“When you can now have another representative of the Government . . . referring to the private sector as parasites, this notion and this language and this tone of conversation has to stop. From the Prime Minister, to the Minister of Finance, to the Minister of Education, to other members of this party, it has to stop,” Mottley said.
“We expect more and better from those who are required to lead us and this notion that because we do not agree with someone that you are at liberty to curse them at will, is a notion I want to reject and repudiate and also to say that you really have to treat people with dignity,” Mottley added.
The BLP Leader argued that members of the Fruendel Stuart administration, throughout their nine years in office, have continuously thrown our disrespectful and degrading utterance to the Opposition and any person who opposed them.
She cited examples where officials have talked about “cracking heads and shooting people”, referred to others as “enemies of the state”, and a member of the Cabinet referring to those who opposed him as “germs”.
“They must change their tone to the people of this country if we are to set examples for those who are to come after us. But in any event, apart from setting examples, in order for Barbados and Barbadians to get out of where we are there has to be a platform built that unites people of different opinions, backgrounds , races and classes because it is only through a unified force of us working together in a spirit of hope and transformation that we are going to get out of this rut and this deep hole that we are in economically and socially,” Mottley said.
“We cannot build and work together on that bridge if we are being disrespectful to each other. We have to start from a position of respect,” she added.