Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has made it clear that he intends to lead a relentless attack on the pretender to his post as soon as he rings the election bell.
Stuart addressed a meeting of his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) at Lawrence T Gay Memorial School at the weekend, and he left a bold message to Barbados Labour Party leader Mia Mottley.
“I will be back,” he warned.
The school is located in the heart of the St Michael North East constituency that Mottley has represented since 1994, and Stuart was there to support DLP candidate Patrick Todd, who political scientist Peter Wickham said does not stand a chance against Mottley.
“Todd is . . . facing off against the most formidable candidate in the Barbados Labour Party. He is the same persons that was rejected by the DLP in 1999 and then again in this election for The City. So to bring him then to St Michael North East suggests to me that they are not taking the fight to Mia in a serious way. They are obviously conceding that seat,” Wickham had said after it was announced in late January that the Todd would challenge the BLP leader for the seat.
However, Stuart suggested he had something up his sleeve which he intends to unleash at the height of the campaign.
“I am not ready to deal with Ms Mottley yet. Not too long from now I am going to let the Governor General know when I want Nomination Day to be and when I want Polling Day to be, and once we’ve settled those issues, very soon, I will then choose the day, the night, the time to come to St Michael North East to deal with that political quantity,” he declared.
“I have not come here tonight to deal with her because I’m not ready to deal with her yet. I am just setting the context within which Patrick Todd has come to St Michael North East as the candidate. I am putting down the markers tonight. I will be back,” Stuart told DLP supporters.