Mottley: We can no longer depend on Govt
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has urged Barbadians to celebrate with the less fortune this Yuletide season, while charging that the Government could no longer be depended upon to “look out for the weak among us”.
In her Christmas message, the leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) made reference to job losses across the board, which she said had affected the ability of Barbadians to enjoy the traditional Christmas fare.
“This Christmas, there are many families whose breadwinners cannot provide the traditional Barbadian fare through no fault of their own. Many children will not know the joy of unwrapping a gift on Christmas morning or the smell of a baking ham, turkey or great cake.”
She added that while some still had jobs, they had no choice but to cut back on spending and called on nationals to return the spirit of community that is the essence of a Barbadian.
“We can no longer depend on a broken Government to look out for the weak among us. We will have to help those with whom we share this still beautiful and peaceful land.
“We must not prey on the weak or less fortunate. We must build them up, for in so doing we will build up our communities and ourselves. We must lose the desire for material things in preference to spending time with our children, with our family with our seniors and with our neighbours,”
Despite this, the BLP leader maintained that there was still a lot to be thankful for.
“Chief among these is the Barbadian indomitable spirit to overcome adversity and to share our blessings. Let us renew and live the teachings of our parents and grandparents and, of Christ himself, to work hard, to be tolerant, to be fair, to respect each other, to care, to love and to share. For it is only through the efforts of every single one of us that our country, this rock, this place that we call home will thrive once more,” she said.
Mottley has promised to continue to engage the public in order to find ways to improve the country’s fortunes in the 2015.
“I look forward to the New Year to continuing to meet and talk to you about how as a country and as individuals we can improve our fortunes and make a contribution to rebuilding Barbados – to discuss truly our sense of purpose as a people, who we are, where we want to be and how we will get there.”