Stuart pokes fun at opposition
The Democratic Labour Party (DLP)’s 60th annual conference opened with the party’s President, Prime Minster Freundel Stuart jabbing at Opposition tactics. In an address to delegates, Stuart spoke of the party’s responsibility to come up with solutions to situations that ordinary Barbadians face from day to day.“We have some serious thinking to do because we have to carry Barbados forward [but] we’re not going to carry it forward . . . certainly I am not going to carry it forward by rubbing shoulders with anybody,” he said, a clear reference to the ‘Rubbing Shoulders’ exercise conducted last year by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
“I grew up rubbing shoulders with ordinary people, so I don’t have to wait until my adulthood to have anybody teach me how to rub shoulders.”During the exercise BLP Leader Mia Mottley was photographed riding jet skis as she interacted with small tourism business persons.Stuart ridiculed that exercise, without direct reference to the Opposition Leader.“I grew up around the sea. I didn’t jet-ski when I was young, and I am not going to jet-ski now,” he said.In slamming the BLP’s “People’s Assembly” meetings across the country in 2014, Stuart spoke of his party’s 30 branches frequently meeting and discussing ideas.
“We don’t need People’s Assemblies either. Our branches have always been educational fora for the Democratic Labour Party.”Members of the current Government have often accused Mottley of seeking to have a change in administration before the constitutionally date for general elections. Along this vein Stuart said the DLP had waited its turn to get into Government and did not “stage-manage marches or strikes” in order to topple the administration.
“When we think that the people of Barbados are not being well served, and we think that they need to focus their gaze in our direction, we wait patiently until the constitutional processes have been followed, gone through until parliament is dissolved, a general election date is announced, and then we take on our political adversaries. We don’t have to stage-manage marches or strikes in the hope that we can bring any government down,” he stressed.The conference, which kicked off at the DLP’s George Street, Bellville, headquarters last Saturday ends next Sunday.