Mottley has no plans of stepping down
She may be facing pressure from within the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), but the lack of support by some individuals is not fazing Leader Mia Mottley.
In fact, the BLP leader suggested yesterday that she had no plans of resigning, stating that “representative politics is not a career, but a calling”.
“Representation . . . must be a calling that is built on a relationship of trust and one that recognises that in order for you to make defining differences at the national level, you can’t do it if you don’t make defining differences at the level of the people and the community whom you are charged with the responsibility of representing,” she said.
Mottley was at the time addressing a St Michael North East branch meeting of the BLP held at the Lawrence T. Gay Memorial School.
On Wednesday, she will mark 25 years in politics and is also marking 20 years as a member of parliament.
Last week, political scientist and University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, lecturer Dr Tennyson Joseph suggested that Mottley should step down because she does not enjoy full support within the BLP, including from former prime minister Owen Arthur.
However, Mottley avoided any reference to rumours of discord within her party in her 45-minute presentation last night.
But she did not shy away from making subtle jibes at some unnamed members of parliament.
”This is not a second career in which you wait for money, and wait for pensions. That is why Barbados is in the position that it is in today, because people are marking time towards the acquisition of pensions, rather than doing what is their duty and their calling as representatives of the people,” the Opposition Leader said.
She said members of the electorate were being treated like political footballs, being kicked about over the last six years by the Freundel Stuart administration.
“That is why there is that sense of hopelessness that is grasping too many of our people, because they do not feel that those in whom they invested their trust are repaying it appropriately,” she said.
Mottley drew reference to a report by a victim of a recent house fire that she was turned away by an elected politician because she did not vote for him in the last general elections.
“Representational politics is about representing all of the people with all that you have in you at all times,” Mottley said, adding, “There is an obligation for us to do good works to ease the suffering of the people because it is not only about scoring political shots.”
“If independents did not vote for me in this constituency, I could not record the largest vote percentage of the vote in the Barbados Labour Party,” she added.