Radiating confidence, Barbados Labour Party leader, Mia Mottley, today spoke of fearlessly taking over challenges left for her new government, then laid a wreath on the grave of BLP founder and National Hero, Sir Grantley Adams.
Mottley’s display of boldness came in brief remarks during a thanksgiving service in the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels where the BLP faithful and well-wishers had gathered to celebrate the party’s 80th anniversary.
She spoke against the backdrop of a constitutional stipulation that national elections must be called within the first week of June, and her claim last week that any new government has to face multiple bills almost immediately due in millions of dollars.
Prime Minister Freundel is yet to name a date for the poll.
Mottley said, “our condition that is being left for us is being made worse by the day because they are not prepared to accept their responsibility, first to the nation but put their interest first”.
“But irrespective of what is done, we shall rise to the occasion, and we shall not be afraid,” she added.
Earlier Dean of St Michael Cathedral, Rev’d Jeffrey Gibson had recalled Sir Grantley was likened to Moses who rescued his people, and the priest had asked whether at 80-years-old the party is ready to again take on that role.
Mottley said that with Moses leading his people in Exodus at age 80, there is “symbolism of 80 years of celebration, of Moses being 80 and the lesson which we read this morning, the symbolism of eight at every stage of all that we have done”.
“Eight I am told, represents a new beginning. Eight is our number. Eight today is our destiny and a new beginning shall be our mission.”
Mottley said that under the leadership of a BLP government things will be different, noting that “change is never easy. It will frighten some” she said as she urged supporters to “stand firm”.
“Change will dislocate some. I say to them when you are dislocated we will be here to catch you and put you on a new path.
“Together we shall rise to the occasion. Together we shall march forward.”