Barbados Labour Party (BLP) supporters came out in their numbers last night for the annual Christmas bash, in high anticipation of the announcement by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of the date for fresh general elections.
“As of tomorrow [Tuesday] it will be ten weeks to the dissolution of Parliament . . . After tomorrow you are literally counting down the days until Parliament is dissolved, and that which cannot be called by Freundel will then be determined by the Constitution of Barbados,” said party leader Mia Mottley as she briefly interrupted the festivities on the lawns of the Officer’s Mess, St Ann’s Fort, Garrison, to remind her supporters of the major task that lies ahead.
“This season is one that will have particular significance for us, and I ask you to use it to reflect and to rest because there is a mission ahead of us that is greater than anyone of us,” she said.
Mottley’s call for support reached beyond the party faithful as she beckoned all and sundry, “regardless of whether you are members, supporters, observers, or don’t like us at all.
“We are close to the delivery of this country, but we can only do it with each and every one of you playing your part,” the Opposition Leader said, adding, “be prepared for come 2018, the Barbados Labour Party 2018 team will stand, not as the only one, but as those who will ask you to follow us in the rescuing of this country”.
With elections constitutionally due here by the middle of next year, Mottley emphasized that “there is a mission ahead of us that requires us to bring the land that we love back to safety.
“It cannot be done by 30 candidates alone . . . but it requires all of us moving in one direction
“We must work together as one people, as one nation because this land that we love dearly needs us now more than ever.”
Mindful of the party’s last two general election defeats, she told supporters “it is time to believe again, and to believe in the promise of Barbados and in the glorious nature of what Barbados can offer for all of us.”
“And I ask you to do so even as this Government struggles its way to the finish line,” she added.
Last night’s party featured performances from the brass group Loud Horn; steel pannist Joshua Sydney; the ever popular TC; Paula Hinds; Marzville and Edwin Yearwood, who obliged the expectant crowd in taking the celebration way past its scheduled two hours.