Mia’s warning to party faithful

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Leader Mia Mottley is warning party faithful against equating large turnout at events to certain victory at the polls.

Addressing a massive crowd at the BLP’s Heroes Day picnic at the Ermie Bourne Highway, St Andrew this afternoon, Mottley admonished members not to entertain the notion that the thousands in attendance meant that they could rest on their laurels.

More than 10,000 people attended the picnic, according to BLP estimates.

“We shall remain always focused and ready. Let me warn you of one thing. A young man said to me when I got here today, ‘Mia boy this is a win, this a win.’ I told him, ‘my brother the only win we have here today is the wind in our sail’ and we thank God for that, but we will not have a win until the electoral officer on the night of elections says, ‘it is a win’.”
“I ask you therefore that on no such time be deluded by the numbers, do not be deluded by good feelings. These things are important to give you courage to move to tomorrow, but it is not the final victory,” Mottley said.
Earlier, Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland told Barbados TODAY that today’s crowd was the largest he had ever seen for the annual event during six years of elective politics.
“This is the biggest turnout I have seen in my six years as a candidate. By 11 a.m., we had already passed 10,000 persons and more persons were still coming. This indeed is a hallmark within our party and we will continue to do this because we as a party continue to show our dedication and commitment to what our forefathers would have done for this country,” Sutherland said.
He pointed out that not all of the people who showed up were card-carrying members of the party and therefore felt it augurs well for the momentum of the BLP’s message ahead of the election, which is constitutionally due within the next year.

43 Responses to Mia’s warning to party faithful

  1. Santini More
    Santini More April 28, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    A very sensible attitude from Mia.

  2. Cheryl Cumberbatch
    Cheryl Cumberbatch April 28, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Sure bet.

  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore April 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Upward & onward. With the help of God & the support of the people, this movement will rescue Barbados from the hands of this inept admin.

  4. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean April 28, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Don’t get complacent

  5. Patrick Newton
    Patrick Newton April 28, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Up the thing p m we need you now more than ever P m

  6. Milli Watt April 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    If I ever get a third party candidate in my area at all I going mek wunnah hear

  7. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith April 28, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Put God first and he will do the right thing Mia

  8. Peter April 28, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    No doubt the DEMs will be concerned. Their strategists and planners wi8ll be hard at work. All kinds of photographs and videos of large DEMs crowds will pop up to counter this. Even Owen is worried because he still power hungry. Time will tell.

  9. truful April 28, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Each individual please check the Register or Voters List in your Constituency and make sure your name is there in 2017 then check again after Jan 31st 2018 for it again also check for those you know.Next step whenever elections are called go to the polling station early and vote.Vote Vote Vote for one candidate only the BLP’s Candidate for your area.That is the only way to win in Barbados.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 6:21 am

      Why don’t you tell your leader to make her dialouge clear on how she will approach the ease at which tax payers dollars exit various ministries into party faithful pockets without a thread of accountability. Why don’t you get your leader to launch an attack on the need for greater transparency in government spending and the awarding of contracts. Why don’t you get your minister to declare that if any of her ministers do not uphold the highest levels of conduct, decency, freedom of information, and facts disclosure that they will be subject to disciplinary action and dismissal. Why don’t you tell your leader that we do not need another practicing Freundel dictator, but leader with good management and people skills who full understand the road to Barbados recovery lies with the people. Why don’t you tell you leader to speak these things during her public speaking engagements instead of talking a bunch of shyte about more parliamentarians, and vote grabbing promises that are in no way silver linings.

      • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

        …..and why de Party in POWER doan do dem things .DEM is de GUVMENT fa 9 years running and .as the LATE DAVID THOMPSON SAID..”.wunna IS DE GOVMENT”
        All of those things are a REFLECTION ON THE DLP and if they had done those things there would have been NO REASON for YOU and the other yard fowls and paling cocks to be calling for help NOW and getting VEX because the Leader of the Opposition is exercising her RIGHT by remaining SILENT just like all ya LEADER.
        Why don’t YOU along with the other YARD FOWLS and PALING COCKS tell YOUR LEADER to make his dialog CLEAR on how he will approach those things instead of pussyfooting fa 9 years now and blaming every Tom,Dick
        and Owen?

      • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:10 am

        Why don’t YOU as a RESIDENT PALING COCK get down off the PALING and go INSIDE and see wha going on instead of making a bundle of noise so late ?
        EVERYBODY…. yard fowls , paling cocks and CCC know that PM likes to sleep on matters,talk BIG in front of yard fowls and paling cocks where he is GUARANTEED a standing ovation, but is SILENT on others and established paling cocks like you losing sleep because MIA is SILENT too.

        • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 7:32 am

          Ain’t you exercising your right to be ignorant. So before I add any more insults to your intended injurious nonese, let me explain so you can better understand the SSS. The only paling that I, the SSS on, is the one that is going to make a big difference in how Barbados is managed by B or D. So, you seriously got your antennae all twisted up. My axe is grind for both political parties because both have done their shyte, benefited from their shyte and do not intend to change their standard operation proceedures, no matter if it is better under the Bees and a catostrophy under the Dees. But, you are right, I am going to remain a resident Palin(e) cock and cock-a-do-I-do, my way, at the two party regimes because, the more they say they will bring change the more both remain the same. As long as DEMBEES feel that they can do as theY like, spend tax payers dollars without ANSWERING to anyone,and isult bajans with their arrogance and show-boat, I am going to be a resident paling HEN. Other than that, I really do not feel like tearing you to pieces with words, so carry on smartly.

      • hcalndre April 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

        @ SSS; for 9 years this Fuendel led party can`t see it as a priority to bring any legislation to the table to make sure that the tax payers money is accountable for and that information is only the right of the politician. You want Miss. Mottley to do what the party in power should be doing. I don`t want to say that you`re asking questions like Miss. Undecided, the yard fowl and gets kudos from the other yardies.

        • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm

          Lord have mercy!!! Look, go and read again. Did the BLP did anything with accountability that the current government is not doing? What the shyte is wrong with you blind bats?

  10. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 28, 2017 at 11:12 pm


  11. Sandor Barker
    Sandor Barker April 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm


  12. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 3:39 am

    This woman is going to do the same shyte as Freundel. Already she want an increase in parliamentarians, base on a bunch nonsense about this and that need to be covered and how much work parliamentarians have to engage. Jesus H Christ, the island is 21 x 14 with a population of 300,000. Sounds like she want an MP, a senator, parliamentarian reps for each parish. This woman has send a clear message that she must make a way for her people. She is again showing that indiferent side of her that do not think for shyte. Intelligent but dark.

    • Jennifer April 29, 2017 at 3:47 am

      SSS – ALL of that lot and the wolves eating all the sheep.

    • harry turnover April 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

      SSS…. man I get the feeling that you are CCC ….same modus operandi

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

        You could only be c…t!

    • Peter April 29, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Sunny Sunshine and Harry turnover. This is NOT the medium for you people to demonstrate and remonstrate your polarized Bi-partisan feelings. come on. folks, get smart and straighten up. Please…. Jennifer, What are you doing up at 3:37 a.m. ? Can’t sleep? I have that problem when I have to submit reports or am skyping with other mates at work. a glass of rich 100% warm milk might do the trick . Get your night’s rest lady. don’t end up sleeping during the day. love ya… Stay sweet….

  13. BaJan boy April 29, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Sunshine sunny shine. Nobody in the world other than you and gear box can do worst than Fundel. Why don’t you ask the clowns running the country what they are doing as the ones in the seat of power to improve our country. Yet you will vote for them again cu#€. The opposition must look for the opportune time not when the DLP ducklings quack.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Is this day declared as, stupid look out for your idiots day? The clowns, DLP, do not need no bigger noses to prove that they are clowns. However, lap dogs, blind support bats, and BLP yard ducks, are all caught up in the hubristic wave that is the Mottley wave. None appear to be looking closely at the promised deliverables. All blind bat supporters seem to be ignoring the facts that none of these two crooked- appearing- to be- squeaky- clean parties do not touch the auditor general’s reports or put systems in place to penalize those benefitting from the various financial anomalies. I am no longer interested in supporting no party that is not interested in making all matters pertaining to government transparent, accountable, with a level of integrity that shows they do not have a problem putting anticorruption legislation in place or making freedom of information a norm in all government transactions. If you are not sick and tired of these lot getting rich off tax payers backs by means well establish by them, and pretending that they do not do anything wrong that is your so in so business. Mia Mottley is a rogue, and ever so often that rogue comes out amidst all her fancy talk and great intellect. Where I would have cast my vote for her after the DLP has insulted my voting for them in the last few elections, I change my mind on the basis that she has not change, will not change, and remains hungry for power. And just so to let you know, the last straw was that shyte about more parliamentarians needed in a non burgeoning economy that is asking for miracle followed by prudent management and leader who knows how to lead. You may have the last word. SSS over and out.

      • hcalndre April 29, 2017 at 9:04 am

        @S S S. I don`t agree with Miss. Mottley`s idea of more people in a parliament with a population of 275000. London with 5 million electorates have 17 constituencies and 1 elected person per constituency, at present Barbados has away too many. I could have more than agree if she had said that they should be at most 15, the rest are all blood suckers and refuse to put persons at the motor vehicle and other entities that people would not have to wait 5 and 6 hours for some things that could done in less than 1/2 an hour.

  14. Lorenzo April 29, 2017 at 8:36 am

    SSS,what kind of jackass you could be ,ms Mottley has not offered any major proposals to date and I advise her not to,so you you Dems could get something to prance about on as David Thompson said The Government is elected to govern the Opposition is not there to offer solutions remember that statement?Yet you are saying Ms Mottley has not changed,based on what your feelings? I have read your contributions where you claim you will no longer vote for the Dems based on their lack of performance but you seem to have returned to them there all yoy have asked of Ms Mottley ask of the Government who are in power.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      The kind of jackass that recognizes that mules like you only bray but do not think. Asking Mottley to speak relentlessly on proposing legislation that will make government business more accountable and highly transparent is not no darn proposal. It is a necessary piece of legislation that needed to be put in place (a long time ago) seeing that we have had on both sides of the political divide, politicians who have come under the hammer for skulduggery practices, but all of whom walked away scotch free. Miss Mottley is aware that many Barbadians are tired and fed up of the shyte of both parties. Many are not interested in voting because if you say B foolish(ness) might as well say D foolish(ness). Both are one of the same pair, though under the Bess the island seems to strive. If Mia Mottley is serious about leading this country, she would move a step further then just blowing the whistle on the wicked secrets of the DLP back hand operations and other mind blowing commitments. She should state emphatically that she intends to increase the powers of the Auditor General to oversee with the intent to effect, a thorough investigation and with powers under new legislation, to bring those operatives to justice who intentionally operates in the irregular and who knowingly flaunt proper financial accounting practices. I am that jackass that is not braying but asking for better governance, transparent governance, anticorruption legislation, whistle blowing legislation, freedom of the press protection laws, a change to the onesided defamation act, a change to the government secrecy act better known as protection for thieving politicians, a change to the current recruitment process, and amending the stall and delay practices that is our foolish beuacracic system. After years of doing shyte enabling many of them to live the dream large and pompersett, this jackass is fighting for across board change. I AM A JACKASS NOT A DIATRIBE MULE!!!

  15. truful April 29, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Hi Ali Baba,
    You can even vote with a pen once it it clearly marked for one candidate and not even touching the lines.

  16. very concerned April 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

    You commenting on a lot of things but you don’t realise that the Electoral Office want to change ID numbers and start by using a new System before it has been passed by the Parliament of Barbados.You don’t have to take any birth certificate to have a replacement ID card under the current law.Hold the departments accountable before it is too late.

  17. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Mia tell ya politicians that they must treat de people that take the time to put an X fa them with respect,de person ya got running down by me he might get my X ,might ,cause Boyce can’t.right now I am not voting,unless I get help to move ma house down by you.

  18. jrsmith April 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

    @, SSS , hail hail , on your ( 7.32) shot the last 5 lines totally agree with and must add , there is the game play amongst the 2 parties , changing their times in office just looking after themselves and the interest protecting the 1% ,, because of the disrespect for our masses and non accountability , which shows itself in the difference of 2 ways of addressing them and us…………………………………………………………………..
    @, SSS, again hail,hail, your (3.39 shot the last three lines I totally agree with , this is hard to understand, how a little island as barbados , carries such a massive political infrastructure ,if it was productive and workable you could look at this sideways, but what do these people do…..
    Is this why government departments has not been (Audited) some for 2 decades….to hide how corrupt our government is…..
    My real worry bajans complain of needing change, from what to what, but our said bajans must change themselves drastically before the next coming elections , as to that vote make it worth while , my feeling a lot of us will wake up days after the coming election and may have the same government.. if this happens who takes the blame……………………

  19. jennifer April 29, 2017 at 9:36 am

    @jrsmith – When this people say they want change, they really mean from one party to the next. These politicians laden in SNAKE OIL and constantly slithering into this people psyche and bamboozling them with their rubbish talk. The problem is not the politicians it is the masses and their ability to obtain vision. Since the white man game them HIS reigns 50yrs ago, nothing for this people has changed. That proverbial cart has been filling and the horses still running with the whip behind. And that is a fact.

  20. Bajan April 29, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Open Letter to Mia.
    Dear Mia, just be honest and straightforward with the people. Lead this country with a style of governance that is transparent and truthful. We, the people, can handle the truth. We don’t mind playing our part and carrying some burden but tell us the truth. The problem with DLP government is that they deceived us during the last election and they won. However, they lost the trust and favour of the people after it became obvious that they deceived the country and filled us, the people, with false hope. Five years ago if we had been told the truth about the economy and had been prepared to adapt better economic and social ways of doing things, we would have been closer to a new and stronger Barbados today. We need to know the real issues so that as a community we can offer ideas and buy into the solutions. We already know that Barbados is failing economically and socially. It is for you, Ms. Mottley, to prepare us, to fortify us and to lead us through the many bitter sacrifices and sweet victories that will make this our island home and we the people, ‘great again’.

  21. Loenzo April 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    SSS you can talk as much rubbish as you like Mia Mottley is not the PM tell that to Mr Stuart who is in position to implement it.No but you give the Government a free pass and calling on Ms Mottley.There is a big difference between the Dlp and The Blp as far as performance is concerned so do not come with no crap about Dlp and Blp same thing the evidence do not support it,so reel and come again and I know you like to curse people that oppose you but you can,t frighten me.

  22. Lorenzo April 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    SSS,you can talk all the rubbish you like all I am saying to you is to ask of Mr Stuart what you are asking of Ms Mottley as he is in a positon to implement it.What is so difficult about that to understand?Perhaps you want to give the Government a free pass.Your statement that Ms Mottley is going to do the same shyte as Mr Stuart is based on what exactly.,and that the Blp and the Dlp are the same ,really.I beg to differ this government has gotten 19 downgrades how can any other government do worse.you are really amazing. However I do agree with you about transparency but it has to apply to both parties not only the Blp.I kow you have a history of cursing people who challenge you but I am not afraid of you

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      And that is all that you can put forward as formidable defense? You are pathetic. You certainly reading but do not understand one shyte. Freundel Stuart and the DLP have proven themselves traitors to their own cause. A cause that use to be- the champions of the poor and not so fortunate because they are now loyal to rich and other wutless brutes. Freundel Stuart condones immoral behaviour and has proven to all that he cannot be trusted. He also protects and stand up for those who do wrong by out lining that we should look at all of the persons rights and recognize them as stand out servants of the soil, thus forget about the few wrongs (Leroy Parris and the late David Thompson – matter involving the Forensic Report). The BLP did not implement any thing when they were in power for 14 years. The DLP has not done anything since they were in power for the last 8. You silly little political puppet. Can you not see that both of these parties are not interested in enacting anything that would stop gravy trains. Mia Mottley is in the best position to right many wrongs. Yet she ignores a lot of what needs to be done and talk a bunch of shyte about more parliamentarians. Yet, I am talking rubbish. Well if I talking rubbish you got to be a whole pit latrine, hole, concrete toilet, wood top, and the stench.

  23. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    As to my history of cussing people, I only cuss certain immoral, lap dog party loyal puppets, who even when the evidence starring them straight in the face they are still willing to defend nonsense. Right now you reading and not understanding, and in your defense for Mottley, trying to paint a picture that I am a DLP supporter. One thing I do not do is tell lies. I voted strictly for the DLP all my voting life. I won’t vote for them as long as Stuart, Low Lowe et al in there. I will not vote for Mottley either until I see real change and a set of speeches that targets the main problems wrong with Barbados political governance. And for the record, those people whom you refer too that I cuss are only two persons. Plus I turn a new leaf, I hardly cuss any body until they start on me. Are we clear?

  24. Fed Up with Dem April 29, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    @SSS – The pot calling the kettle black: you are the one that is:
    1. immoral (persons with any morals DO NOT curse people in public fora)
    2. “lap dog party loyal puppets, who even when the evidence starring them straight in the face they are still willing to defend nonsense”. The facts: DLP has FAILED. You could only be so partisanly blinkered not to realise that; not to realise that Ms. Mottley and Stuart are chalk and cheese. You are clearly pushing your own sinister agenda.

    The evidence for the above statements is there for those that wish to find it. But I realise that you don’t argue with fools.

    ‘Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.’ – George Catlin

  25. Ras April 29, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    When in power Legalize thee herb not Homosexual activity one love.

    • True Conservative May 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Neither should be legalized as they are both dangers to society.arijauna more than homosexuality.

  26. Lorenzo April 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    SSS this is my final comment to you since you feel you are so intelligent above everyone else that people read and do not understand.All you said about your party is true but so what the Dlp has to be held to the same standard as the Blp no excuses are acceptable. Therefore your frivolous attempt to shift responsibility to Ms Mottley is partisan yardfowl behavior and then to speak of Ms Mottley will not change is hot air not backed up by any evidence.You can have the last word as I gone.

  27. pcit.net August 28, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Good response in return of this query with firm arguments and telling
    the whole thing about that.


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