The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has cried shame on the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) for its recent onslaught on BLP leader Mia Mottley, and is calling on Barbadians to “punish” DLP candidates by voting them out on May 24.
Addressing a BLP meeting last night candidate for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds said he was saddened that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had allowed his “goon squad” to engage in “personal abuse” of Mottley.
“This is not about him and this is not about Mia Mottley. It is about the indices of development,” Symmonds said, while calling on Stuart to say why he had been unable to solve a number of economic and social issues facing the country.
“I believe that you also believe that Barbados needs to rid itself of the political wart that sits on the backside of the body politic of this country,” Symmonds continued, going on to describe Stuart as “a political disaster in human form” and “the worst Prime Minister the country had been saddled with, easily”.
Symmonds charged that during the DLP campaign launch on Sunday night, which saw several members of that party unleashing a relentless attack on Mottley, was nothing but “absolute rancid filth”.
“That is the issue in Barbados tonight, the failure of Barbados to respond to the basic needs of our people, the collapse of our social services, a court that now has a registry operating for three hours in the day,” he insisted.
Mottley came in for approximately six hours of political attack from DLP candidates as the incumbent officially launched its campaign for the May 24 general election in Mottley’s St Michael North East constituency.
Most vicious among her critics was Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett who suggested that there was nothing special about Mottley, whom he described as an “imposter”, while suggesting that she was “shallow as Brandons Beach at low tide” and poked fun at her appearance, comparing her to the vindictive character Madea, created and portrayed by the American film director Tyler Perry.
But BLP candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey hit back last night as he called on Barbadians to “stand up for what is right” and “save Barbados” by voting for the BLP.
“The kinds of things they said about Mia [on Sunday] night, that is a crying shame. I find it so hurtful and so wrong that a Government of men mostly can be so opposed to one woman that they would seek to discredit all women in this Barbados where women always excel. It is wrong,” Humphrey, who will go up against Stuart, said.
“As Barbadians we have to say we reject that in the name of Jesus because it is wrong, and the reality is that the DLP is held to a lower standard than the BLP because Freundel Stuart can say the worst things about people and get away with it,” he added, while charging that the Prime Minister lacked empathy.
Stuart yesterday defended the attacks, saying the DLP would not be focusing on Mottley throughout its campaign, but did so on Sunday night because the meeting was held in her constituency and it was necessary to put her under the microscope as the person seeking to become the next Prime Minister.
The issue was raised again today at a BLP news conference at which General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott said the DLP was engaging in “character assassination in the most vile and salacious forms” because it was “bankrupt of ideas”.
“The people of Barbados have already taken care of them and have taken to social media to let the Dems know that the vicious and vile attacks were indeed in poor taste,” Walcott declared.