If Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley believes she is entitled to be Barbados’ Prime Minister because of her surname, then she has nothing in common with thousands of Barbadians, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has said.
In fact, Stuart said last night he believed Mottley had very little in common with even several of the members of her own party if she were so minded.
Speaking at the Democratic Labour Party’s 2018 general election campaign launch at Waterford, St Michael, Stuart reminisced on a statement made by then Chief Justice Sir David Simmons and carried in the Nation Newspaper of March 12, 2002. The item in the paper related to Mottley being made a Queen’s Counsel and Sir David’s utterance that her “bloodlines spell and portend limitless and boundless opportunities for higher achievement”.
Stuart said he took umbrage with Sir David’s suggestion then, as he does now, since it did not say anything about Mottley’s honesty, strength of character, capacity for hard work or intellect. Rather, he suggested, the impression had been put forward that Mottley was entitled to achievement based on who her parents, grandparents and family were.
Referring to a number of rural and urban ridings, Stuart said he was not aware of any persons in those constituencies who believed that based on their bloodlines they were due certain entitlements. He said he had waited for the past 16 years for an editorial from the Nation Newspaper that distanced itself from that kind of thinking but none had been forthcoming.
“I looked on for the last 16 years to see where the commentators would come from, to distance themselves from that kind of thinking because Barbados has left that behind years ago. That is a set of thought processes that go back to the days of slavery. That does not belong to 21st century Barbados. We don’t do things nowadays on the basis of bloodlines. The Democratic Labour Party came into existence to end all of that,” he said, explaining that was what the DLP meant when it spoke about creating a just society and not being entitled based on one’s mother, father or grandfather.
He said noxious ideas such as Mottley’s entitlement should be dealt with in their early stages before they were allowed to grow and pollute a society. He surmised that if only a few objective voices had been raised when Adolf Hitler had been carrying on in Germany about Aryan superiority the gas chamber at Auschwitz might not have happened, nor the concentration camp at Buchenwald.
Stuart said a situation existed today where Mottley had been led to believe that her “bloodlines” gave her certain entitlement. He added that not one of Barbados’ National Heroes ever laid claim to any sense of entitlement because of their bloodlines, while simultaneously pointing out the sacrifices some had made for Barbados including forfeiture of life in the fight against slavery. He said whenever he spoke to Sir Garfield Sobers about his genius, Barbados’ only living National Hero always linked his achievements to constant work at his craft.
Using the analogy of a computer mouse, the ball used to manipulate it, and the device becoming ineffective when the ball was removed, Stuart likened a number of BLP politicians to “mice without balls” for following Mottley though they had little regard for her. He referred to the removal of Mottley as Opposition Leader in 2010 by BLP parliamentarians George Payne, Ronald Toppin, Gline Clarke and Dale Marshall as an indication of how they viewed her leadership. Today, he added, they were lining up behind her despite their dislike for her because they were like “mice without balls”.
He suggested that neither Kerrie Simmons, the BLP’s candidate for St James Central, nor Christ Church South candidate Ralph Thorne, had much affinity for Mottley but were also lining up behind her because they were like “mice without balls”.