Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop has sought to warn eligible voters that Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley’s only ambition is to become the next Prime Minister of Barbados.
Gollop, who was speaking at a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting in Long Bay, St Philip on Wednesday night, made direct reference to an article published by Barbados TODAY on April 20, headlined Make Me PM, Please in which Mottley told party supporters at a BLP meeting outside Quimby’s Bar Yard Gap, Bush Hall, St Michael that she did not want to return to Parliament as just the Member of Parliament for her St Michael North East constituency, but as the duly elected Prime Minister of Barbados.
“Look at the leader. The leader is a woman whose only ambition is to be a prime minister of Barbados. I went online on Barbados TODAY and I saw the article which said in quotation marks ‘Make Me PM Please’. This was Mia Mottley addressing a gathering in her constituency saying that this was where she first spoke to the constituents in 1991 and she had come back to address them, and that this is the last time she was addressing them as an ordinary person. She will come next time as Prime Minister and she made the request, ‘make me Prime Minister please’.
“I was not aware that you run for a seat as Prime Minister. I always thought that your reliance to be Prime Minister is on the 29 other people in Parliament. When somebody could be so arrogant to suggest to people that she is running to be Prime Minister of Barbados you must dismiss her and all associated,” Gollop contended, adding, “You get this crowd of persons who would want to make you believe that a Government led by the Democratic Labour Party is deliberately making life difficult for the people of Barbados, but their aim is to win a Government, that is the only objective.”
Gollop also bashed the BLP over its staging of a grand rally on April 28 – National Heroes Day – describing it as “irresponsible extravagance” on a significant day on the Barbadian calendar.
“The extravagance is going on. We saw it on Heroes Day. The emphasis is on
. . . a level of commitment and responsibility that is consistent with extravagance. So they went down to the east coast in their thousands – free transport, drink, T-shirts and entertainment. It was revelry on a day we use to symbolize the commitment of national heroes. [Yet], you cannot point to one of those heroes and say they would have associated with that revelry on Nation Heroes Day,” Gollop complained.
He further questioned the Opposition’s approach to the May 24 elections, saying “we are not interested in revelry. Revelry has its place, but you don’t start that type of campaign with a demonstration of revelry. But we have that type of situation to deal with”.