In my time!
For almost two years Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has known the date of the next general elections, but he has made it clear “the hodgepodge of political clowns” in the Barbados Labour Party will not dictate when he announces it.
Dismissing BLP statements that his time was up and that he should call the poll, a tough-talking and humorous Stuart said he was neither being a dictator nor in breach of the Constitution. He was speaking last night at Marsden Road, The Pine during the constituency office opening of Democratic Labour Party candidate, Patrick Tannis.
“The people of Barbados have a choice to make. The choice is not a frivolous or flippant choice, it is a choice between a constellation of political stars, and a hastily put together hodgepodge of political clowns,” he quipped.
“As far as I am concerned, the choice has to be in favour of the constellation of stars in the Democratic Labour Party and because the clowns know that they have been running up and down the country behaving as erratically as headless chickens trying to create issues where none exist, trying to stir up ferment in the country to give the impression that the DLP is in breach of the Constitution of Barbados that we do not want to hold elections.”
He said the Opposition was also implying that he was “bent on being some kind of dictator because I want to oust people’s democratic rights and all of this in an attempt to persuade people in this country to vote against the Democratic Labour Party in the upcoming election”.
“They (the BLP) have had the support in their nefarious campaigns of the sayers, the soothsayers, and the scribes and up to now they have made no positive impact on the political culture of Barbados under this Democratic Labour Party,” Stuart stated.
“Let me make it very clear, within the provision of the Constitution of Barbados there is going to be an election in Barbados. Parliament is going to be dissolved when I say so, when I instruct the Governor General, and a date for elections is going to be announced, a date on which I have decided.
“There is going to be a nomination day and there is going to be a polling day so I do not know what all of the fuss is about. It is going to happen, there is going to be a campaign and the gospel of the DLP is going to be preached.
“So they will have to wait and because they can’t endure the wait because I don’t know that a pig that is going to be slaughtered wishes for Saturday to come, I have never heard anything so foolish yet,” Stuart quipped.
He also dismissed suggestions that he had been boxed into a corner and was being forced to act by the BLP.
“So they have decided according to them that they are going to boycott Parliament and some political novices, some scribes have suggested that they have boxed me into a corner — well I have never heard anything so absurd. What they don’t know is that since about March 2011 I have fixed the date for the next general election in my own mind and that date hasn’t changed yet,” he told the audience. (SC)