“The prime minister got the history … but he didn’t get the history he wanted,” quipped elections upset winner Kirk Humphrey who created history by unseating an elected prime minister in a constituency.
After it became apparent that he had attained an unassailable lead in votes for the St Michael constituency, political newcomer Humphrey early Friday morning sought to turn Stuart’s words about making history against the incumbent.
In a comment just over a month ago about his delay in calling elections, Stuart had said, “that is how history is made. History is not made by things happening the same way all the time. History is made by doing things differently”.
Besides his jab at his losing opponent and emphatically stating that he has no words for the former PM, “none!”, Humphrey was full of praise for Barbados Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Mia Mottley and what he saw as a “clean” campaign ran by his side.
“I think it is validation of the campaign we ran. We chose to run a very clean positive campaign filled with hope,” he said in giving reasons for his and the party’s historic victory.
“It is validation in Mia Mottley’s leadership.”
Though he worked over two years for the victory, Humphrey said just minutes to 4 a.m. that the reality of the win is still sinking in, “tonight I think we have to take this thing in stages, like small little bites”.
“We have to come to terms with the fact that I am actually a Member of Parliament,” he said in a Graydon Sealy Secondary School classroom, adding a comment about his faithful supporters cheering and shouting on Paddock Road, “I have a whole set of people waiting on me outside. I want to spend time with the people who elected me.
“It’s clear to me that what has happened in Barbados is an expression of the frustration of the people, having elected a government that then chose to spend zero time, either advancing their issues, dealing with their problems, making sure their needs were met, or creating opportunities for them to advance”.
He assured that his leadership of the St Michael South community will be different.
“I do not intend to, on the first day or last, be separating myself from the people.
“So, my first order of business this morning is to spend time with the people and then tomorrow, and the following day is to go through my constituency and thank the people who actually elected me.”