Mia takes the helm

owenovermiaTwo years ago when then Opposition Leader Mia Mottley was the victim of a “palace coup”, emotions ran high among her most committed supporters.

However, today as her political future hung in the balance again during four hours of deliberation at party headquarters, on Roebuck Street, the atmosphere was like that found in a burial ground.

When a team from Barbados TODAY arrived at the party headquarters just after 10 a.m., there was very little activity in and around the building. MPs for St. James Central, Kerrie Symmonds, and St. Joseph, Dale Marshall, along with Mottley, who represents St. Michael North East arrived for the meeting shortly after and then the only people who sat around awaiting the outcome of the deliberations were members of the Press.

The general public seemed unaware of what was taking place inside BLP headquarters.

The scene today sharply contrasted with October 2010, when Mottley was removed from office and many of her supporters openly shed tears, with some loudly voicing their concern at the treatment being meted out to a woman many of them said was not guilty of any offence.

When Mottley emerged from her office to announced that she had accepted the decision of her parliamentary peers, she was surrounded by former MP for St. James North, Rawle Eastmond, St. Thomas MP Cynthia Forde and several placard-bearing supporters.†On that occasion, St. Michael East MP, Trevor Prescod, organised a rally in Queen’s Park in support of the ousted Opposition Leader.

During his speech then, Prescod condemned the actions of her opponents and stressed that he was supporting Mottley on a matter of principle.

Prescod later organised a demonstration in front of party headquarters on Roebuck Street where several of the known opponents were booed as they entered the building to decide Mottley’s fate.

Today, however, Prescod was on the inside as newly re-elected†and from all reports his support of Mottley†was unwavering.

The wait today was long and exhaustive, as the BLP hierarchy decided who would lead the party from this point, with the meeting which started around 10 culminating shortly after 2 p.m. with the announcement that Mottley was once again at the helm.

Again by this point, only reporters were there to hear the decision. Also noticeably absent was former Opposition Leader Owen Arthur. (NC)

One Response to Mia takes the helm

  1. bajanfishermen February 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations Hon. Mia Mottlley as Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party . Once again, the Barbados Labour Party, has gone to its wealth of talent, to reassure Barbados. The BLP, has always had a deep well on talent, on which it could draw on at the drop of a dime.
    With this mix of youth and experience, Barbados future looks great. So with such a robust opposition Party in place, Barbados can look forward to a sustained debate of the issues, with the BLP keeping the DLP’s feet to the fire.
    So Prime Minister Stuart you and your party must PRODUCE. For the public spoke quite clearly on election day. Both telling the DLP and BLP, that it is time for production. No more rehtoric, produce now.


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