The battle between Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey has gotten personal.
Last night, during a BLP Youth Rally in Tweeside Road, St Michael, Humphrey revealed that Stuart had betrayed his trust by leaking a letter which he had written to him while he was a university student in 2012.
The first-time candidate told the hundreds gathered he had merely written the letter to Stuart as a kind gesture.
“I feel you when you say you are disengaged from the process because no one seems to be looking out for your interest. I feel you when you say you are hurt…and tonight I feel your betrayal as a young person. Would you believe that in my constituency right now, maybe a few minutes ago, the Prime Minister of this country is reading a letter that I wrote to him,” Humphrey said.
“In 2012 when I was overseas studying, because I had a scholarship to Harvard, I came home on Spring Break with five of my colleagues from across the world, and I asked at that time for my colleagues to have meetings with different officials which they did. The permanent secretary in the ministry was kind enough to allow us to meet with the PM, so I wrote her a letter saying thank you for organizing a meeting with the PM and that he took the time out of his busy schedule to meet with us,” Humphrey said.
“Is there something wrong with that?” he asked the 500-strong crowd which had turned out for the rally. “I am feeling your betrayal because as a young person I wrote to him saying thank you for your kindness and he is now reading that letter in the Bayland, to say that Kirk Humphrey, who is now his opponent, wrote him a letter saying how good a man he is.”
Humphrey said the PM’s actions could serve as a deterrent to young people from engaging with public officials in fear of being treated the same way, while promising that the BLP would never betray them.