Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today dismissed any suggestions that last night’s Democratic Labour Party (DLP) campaign launch was focused too much on Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley.
“We were in the constituency of the Leader of the Opposition last night and we were there for a very good reason, and she had to be the focus of last night’s meeting,” Stuart said, adding that “we’re not going to be there every night so she will not be the focus of the campaign every night, although I’m sure she will come in for mention as we move around the country because she is campaigning to be the next Prime Minister of Barbados”.
He was reacting to widespread concerns raised on social media that last night’s launch amounted to nothing more than a sustained onslaught on the BLP leader with little to no account given by the party of its stewardship over the past ten years.
However, following his nomination at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, the Prime Minister, who had himself charged that Mottley was approaching the office of Prime Minister with a sense of entitlement, while he felt passionately that leadership had absolutely nothing to do with bloodlines, pointed out that “we have until the night of the 23rd [of May] to tell the people of Barbados what we plan to do about solving their problems, and of course we’ve been at this for the last ten years”.
Stuart also dismissed suggestions that the DLP’s 2018 campaign was low-key saying the party intended to start its poster distribution in earnest shortly.
However, he said, “we do not regard an election campaign as a parade of shirts and posters . . . . The issues in this campaign are not going to be about how many posters you have up on poles or how many people have on this or that colour shirt.
“There are some critical issues that have to be discussed about the future of Barbados, and that is where the focus of the Democratic Labour Party is.”
Turning his attention to the BLP, he warned that the main Opposition was now at risk of being regarded as stale because it had been campaigning since the first month of the year.
“I am aware that we’ve been having posters around since January in this constituency as in so many others, so far as our adversaries are concerned. Voters now find themselves in a position where they have to choose between the faded candidate and the fresh one because posters were out so long,” said Stuart, who arrived by car, hugged and greeted supporters today in contrasting style to his main challenger Kirk Humphrey, who made a grand entrance in the company of several t-shirt clad BLP supporters.