Opposition Leader’s Christmas Message

Happy Christmas Barbadians,

I thank you for allowing me to address you in your homes on this most special day.

Christmas is that wonderful time of the year when many of us, whether practicing Christians or adherents to other faiths, come together with family and friends in a spirit of reflection, renewal, sharing and celebration.

We celebrate the birth of Christ because the message of his coming is about the essence of life – the birth of a child, life at its most vulnerable. It symbolises peace, goodwill, generosity and loving kindness. This eternal message of  light surmounting darkness and hope conquering adversity inspires us to face the overwhelming burdens of our daily living.

The high point of the year for us was the celebration of our country’s 50th anniversary of Independence. Just like  Christmas, it caused us to reflect. One served to reinforce what it means to be Barbadian and the other what it is to live a life that is purposeful, compassionate and charitable – a life that is characterized by service.

I am deeply aware that many of us are finding it difficult to enjoy this year’s Christmas commemoration in the traditional way that we have been accustomed to so doing. For some the challenges may be personal in our ability to cope. For others, there is a deep anxiety caused by what appears so evident daily as we travel around our communities and our country.

As desperate as our situation may seem, let us not allow this to detract from the magical spirit of Christmas with its message of  hope and joy.

I encourage each of you, too, to emulate the values of the Christ child. Last year the Roman Catholic Bishop Jason Gordon of Bridgetown preached a sermon at Midnight Mass which moved me. I listened to it again this week. . In this sermon, he asked the question: where is the real power?

Bishop Jason reflected that this was the question that Christmas was really asking us. it was in our vulnerability, humility, lowliness and service. It was not with those who have might. He then asked if the real power is there, why are we afraid to do the right thing and to stand up for what we believe – to be  afraid of what people will say and to stand up for true. And I quote him, “The truth is never convenient BUT it is always the way to Christ. How are we going to live – and what is this Christ child going to be to us?” For it is free will that God has given us. God has given us the right to make choices.

In accordance with this understanding of what is the real power, I ask each of you to embrace the less fortunate among us and to pay attention to those who need care and support. Our senior citizens, those differently able, victims of abuse, and the growing numbers affected by chronic diseases need our attention. But above all else, we must nurture and guide our children. The true humanity of a caring society is not how powerful or wealthy it is but rather how it treats and uplifts its most vulnerable citizens. For in a small society like ours, where there is more that binds us than divides us, this is the only way we can progress. Our Covenant of Hope which we launched this year is built upon these values.

Fellow Barbadians, as the New Year approaches let us therefore answer the real question of Christmas in our words, actions AND Interactions with each other. For that is the only way we can get Barbados working again for all Barbadians.

Today, as we celebrate that miraculous moment in humanity more than 2,000 years ago as we wish each other well and share gifts, let us also look forward to 2017  with renewed determination and the confidence that is ignited by the spirit of Christmas.

On behalf of the Barbados Labour Party and on behalf of my own family, let me wish you once again a Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

22 Responses to Opposition Leader’s Christmas Message

  1. Marsha Hewitt Boyce
    Marsha Hewitt Boyce December 25, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Merry Christmas have a great day

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  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 25, 2016 at 7:06 am

    From my family to yours have a blessed Christmas.

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  3. Tamiya Wasnice Best
    Tamiya Wasnice Best December 25, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Merry Christmas

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  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd December 25, 2016 at 8:34 am

    BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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  5. Frank White December 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What we need is better roads in the Black community, bus shelters (not adopt a stop) at all the major bus stops in the Black community that are provided by the Black community, better public transportation passing thru the Black community that are owned by the Black community, jobs for the Black community that are provided by the Black community, better schools in the Black community with better teachers (not insulting teachers) to teach the Black community and last but not least, a curriculum that is geared towards the advancement of the Black community…so Ms. Motley if you can deliver these things then you can have my vote because as a Black man, this is what I am interested in, the Black community…

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  6. Taan Abed
    Taan Abed December 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

    From my family to yours have blessing to you and your family may God continue to bless Merry Christmas to you and your family and happy new year.

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  7. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Peace,love& light…

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  8. Jennifer December 25, 2016 at 9:05 am

    @Frank White – Well done, you are a true freedom fighter and one that has the blinkers off. I could not have said it better myself. These are a bunch of (INGRUNT) people who cannot see the wood among the trees and continue with the remnant of their oppressor’s garbage. Almost 400years and they still cannot see that this hollyday is nothing more than PAN and no reference to the most high at all and is actually no where in scripture either. All this nonsense ties in and is actually the reason why our people continue in the state they are in yearly. Our children and people will remain at the bottom being servants and in limbo like sheep. This is why our oppressors do not need to do anything more to us because these educated buffoons are now doing it for them and leaving their own people hung out to dry.

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  9. Guy Smiley December 25, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Frank White you have an unfortunate name.

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  10. Hewers of wood December 25, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Well his name is what was given to him by his oppressor. Just like all of us. STUPSE

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  11. seagul December 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Merry xmas and stay Frank. It seems for you language is the whole thing. Your blackness is all cultural appropriation…it’s my experience as well. The degree to what it is and it’s all true. It’s not just about things on the black shelf. It’s universal. And so the language is how we try to render that….Deeper-soul–Ajani.

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  12. Peter December 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Thank you Madam Prime Minister to be. The man who BY posted and reported on just before you said a lot of nothing. At first he looked like he was driveling but I’m told that’s natural with him. They’re like toast. They’re done. They know it.

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  13. Peter December 25, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Frank, Jennifer only praise you because your name, Frankly speaking is White. That woman is old, no husband nor children. She’s alone, frustrated and confused. She exhibits that she has underachieved and thus uneducated. She actually hates herself for being black because the country she onced lived ius white ruled but she could not stand head and shoulders over the many black immigrants so she hates whites for not allowing illiterate underachievers to work above the level of being a maid and ashe hates her fellow black women for earning the kind of salary to afford them the ability to live freely and choose whatever haier color and straightened style. She doesn’t criticize white womedn fot wearing braids. See hoe confused she is?

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  14. Jennifer December 25, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Peter – find a troth and step into it or mud to roll in to keep you cool. soon and very soon.

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  15. Tony Webster December 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Thanks for your greetings, Ms.Mottley: may I offer in return, His Blessings of health, strength of character, of body, of faith, and of resolute mind, for the tasks which lie ahead of you- and of all patriotic Bajans. The sun shall surely rise again…and all good Bajans shall rise to meet it!

    And to all Bajans, may blessings also fall on you, as we all rejoice in His Love Beyond Measure!

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  16. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata December 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Seasons greetings mia n d blp family

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  17. Ralph Talma December 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    1. Well said Ms Mottley. May God bless you and all the people of Barbados.
    2. Do remember, many people are relying on you.

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  18. hcalndre December 26, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Jennifer, Peter seems to be the uneducated one. What he has written has me confused, can`t he see that these so called leaders have been treating their own black people right here no different from their slave masters that they have replaced.

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  19. Jennifer December 26, 2016 at 3:20 am

    @hcaindre – Peter is uneducated when it suits him like most of his people, they only know their pain. He said in a previous article that he was a white man and proud to be so. In this case he will see no different as these leaders are carrying on his ancestors mission which will benefit him too. He like most white and black people is uneducated to their origins. Many of us is like Alice in wonderland and the rabbit hole goes very deep.
    For e.g he mentioned previously about his lovely white skin, but when a person put on sun tan lotion and goes under UV light the lotion actually turns them black. Total idiot ain’t he.

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  20. Tony Webster December 26, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Dear Lord…hera we go again: Black; white; brown-skin; “African”; mulatto; Pass-for-white” (help me, Alfred Pragnell, with the other fourteen “shades”) Peoples: What is the colour of a man’s soul? Perhaps a child might answer?
    What do you want, for this country’s future, and the future of our children? More of the same? Do politicians use our own prejudices, and perceptions, as a means of swaying our opinions, and allegiances…or even …our votes? Yes, there IS a history of abhorrent racial abuse, of slavery, and huge horrible inequities, but even facts, can be manipulated, twisted, emphasised here and there..…or some merely omitted…all to further a particular argument. Beware those those “Lean and hungry men”…who are are always there…with snares set to catch unwary citizens’s feet/ brains/ votes.

    For your own sake, for everyone’s sake…for love of country…judge not a man , or a woman, by his or her colour…or by words, or by promises (yes…read “manifestos” too), or by plans “on the table”, and even “in the works”…the Good Book sez that it is by their ACTIONS…their WORKS…that we ought to judge them.

    Let us raise the level of the discourse…from the floor, and elevate it the level of our brains! We must see ourselves as ONE people; ONE future; ONE competing against the world; ONE citizenry trying to pass on to our children a nation which is relevant, again respected, and prosperous.

    PS: Effin you see I jes’ hand-out a Gorilliphant contract to construct a Gorilliphant H.Q. (with plenty water for the beautiful lawns and splendid grounds) …and same-time…I builds a mansion to put Government House to shame…I won’t be vex effin you lef’ me out nex time around.

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  21. Jennifer December 26, 2016 at 9:19 am

    @Tony – This has nothing to do with white, black, brown skin and BS like that. This has to do with the very fabric of Barbados and Caribbean systems that has my people where they are. At the bottom. And continues to keep them there as servants. You can keep your head in the sand.

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  22. Peter December 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

    It’s OK Tony, I know who Jennifer is. I won’ say more. I certainly will not match wits with a person who is NOT prepared.
    Besides, this is not the forum to argue on. I hope you and your loved ones had a great day yesterday. I personally had a great time. We entertained over 60 guests from both Barbados and overseas. Blessings.

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