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.

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley
Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley

“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,”
Mottley added.

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.”

6 Responses to Mottley: We can no longer depend on Govt

  1. seagul December 24, 2014 at 9:34 am

    How fortunate it is for leaders that men do not Think. They are all the same. The time for individual luxuries should now be over!

  2. Lance Layne
    Lance Layne December 24, 2014 at 10:47 am

    True, true!!!

  3. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley December 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Our Next Prime Minister speaks the truth as usual.

  4. Karen F-Glasgow
    Karen F-Glasgow December 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I agree…Our next prime minister

  5. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley December 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Get it together people. It cannot be I with out the we.

    Pay it forward then and give up SIX MONTHS worth of your salary.

    All ministers should show good faith and do this ASAP. Show your love for the country you work for and give back.

    Cut those salaries in half, cut back too!
    Be blessed

  6. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Barbados cyar afford the party that’s in there now. Things were working good so all the time. All of a sudden next party get in and everything break down.


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