Marching time

Mottley not daunted by house defeat

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has called on Barbadians to join with her and her party in a “walk for justice” next Thursday to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with Government’s handling of the country’s affairs.

Mottley issued the call in Parliament early this morning as she made her closing contribution to the debate on the Barbados Labour Party (BLP)-sponsored motion of no confidence in the Freundel Stuart administration. The motion was defeated 16-12 as recently expelled BLP representative Dr Maria Agard joined with the Government side in rejecting the measure, which was fully supported by BLP Members of Parliament.

However, Mottley remains adamant that the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration cannot govern the country for the next 20–21 months.

Therefore, even though parliamentarians would have voted on the fate of the DLP Government, she insists that the people must also have their say on the matter, “because they can now recognize that the ministers who are in here do not intend to act as their stewards.

“So if the people of Barbados feel let down by the content of the speeches of the ministers in here tonight, I say to them that fear not, we will walk for justice with you.

“We will walk for justice with the people of Barbados who want their chance to be able to express their lack of confidence in the Government.  And if the people, Mr Speaker, sense that there is not any immediate prospect, if you sense that there is not any immediate prospect for the recovery of any of the sectors in this economy, then I say to you walk with us for justice,” she said in Parliament.

Mottley also appealed to members of the public to join the walk at midday on Thursday, “if you want the ministers in here to know the burden of trying to live in this country is becoming too difficult . . . and if you feel that the crime is beginning to engulf us, then walk for justice”.

The Opposition leader encouraged the public to wear white for the walk, which she insisted was not about the BLP or the DLP, but about Barbados.

“And if you feel Sir that you take offence to the behaviour of Government ministers increasing their salaries by ten per cent while you the workers cannot get a salary increase since 2008 and you cannot get, those of you who have been dismissed, your settlement for the last two years, then I say walk with us for justice.

“And if you’re not happy with how the Government is handling the water crisis, then I say to you walk with us for justice.” Mottley urged.

She said Thursday’s walk “will be a walk for justice to fight against unfairness, to send a message to the Government that this is not an isolated debate, this is not a one-on-one match, but this is a serious cry from a people that we want our country saved from the mismanagement, the incompetence and everything else that has gone with it.”

This will be the second “white march” to be staged by the BLP. In July 2014, party supporters led by Mottley, assembled in Heroes Square for the march, following the BLP’s failed efforts to get Government to repeal the controversial Municipal Solid Waste Tax.

10 Responses to Marching time

  1. RC May 14, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Is she joking? The Workers Unions here have already disrupted businesses and schools for too many days this year and she wants to add to the non productivity? Grow up and wait until you take over in the year 2038.

  2. Debera May 14, 2016 at 6:39 am

    So what,clearly I could who you’rn on but I say to you,walk for justice,,fare is fare(she is right,this is not about blp or dlp)this is for us,we do not need selfish persons to guide this beautiful country.

  3. Alex Alleyne May 14, 2016 at 7:10 am

    What you are asking, for BAJANS to walk up and down in the “sweltering heat” singing WE SHALL OVER COME?. This call to action saying to me that you “failed” in the house so its plan B. Those days are OVER for me. …… come up with another plan then I will listen.

  4. Sherlock Holmes. May 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

    You just would not prove your critics wrong about your quest for power, when you run out of steam which will be very soon and which will be a very good thing what will you then resort to? I hope it is not what i am hearing that some are suggesting.

  5. Leroy May 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Hmmmm,,i quietly suspect most bajans would rather show their dissatisfaction with Gov on polling day than walking around the place with no direct or immediate results.

    Mia i beg you to calm down, build your house(current foundation is weak), craft your plan and ideology for Bds, connect with your voters by selling your vision in various meetings and sessions across the country, pay close attention to marginal seats in the house and support the candidate for said seat.

    In short,,work work work not walk walk walk,,bds needs a strong opposition now more than ever,,im not a fan of the current administration but please give me another reason to vote for the blp in next election besides my dislike of current admin.
    That is what we ask and expect of you Mia.

  6. Coralita May 14, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Just the thought of people walking up and down in that sweltering heat giving me a headache and meking mah tired. If wunna is suckers for punishment guh long.

    I don’t agree with everything the current administration is doing but this is the height of stupidity.

    Another Grand old Duke of York in the making. This is march number what now?????

  7. Meakai May 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Doan mind DEM, guh long and march. I gine watch wunna.
    My time is too precious to engage in exercises of futility.

    I cannot see anything but opportunistic when l examine the current leadership of the BEES.

    I want to vote next election but spoiling the ballot, in protest of this six or half dozen choice, has been dominating my thoughts of late.

  8. dave May 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Lazy people talking . Not prepared to come out of wunna comfort zone ; not prepared to fight for anything; not prepared to sacrifice anything , not even a bead of sweat ! JOKERS -Docile hignorant Bajans

  9. Frank White May 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Very well said Dave, very well said

  10. Angela Fergusson May 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    If there is no confidence in, there is no confidence out. Mia, please sit down, also calm yourself down. Barbadians at large are searching and may I share this. ” There are no easy answers. Yes the current government is a bit too laid back, I agree. Please let them run their course, as you prepare to work and fight to do exactly what they are doing right now. Let the ballots decide! Please be reminded; ” We all have a whole lot of work to do!”


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