If 2010 was left alone, would 2013 have a Female PM for Barbados? Congrats to Mia Mottley, a more sober approach to Gov’t?
The reactions on Bajan Social Media have been tumultuous and conflicting, while the majority praise the change in the Barbadian political arena… Mia Mottley restored to Opposition Leader of Barbados, with MP of St Peter, Owen Arthur, not present as the 13 remaining members agreed between them selves to turn the clock back to 2010 as it were… It would have been far superior if this were done in December or early January and just braced for the Elections to start, but as it is Freundel & Posse now may not be saying “Poor Mia” so much as they used to?
Just before the announcement was made public, I was at a gas station recharging my metal steed, and while the tank was refilling, I got a lottery ticket - it was then I heard a BlackBerry rumor that Kerry Symmonds was put forward to be Opposition Leader?
I told the cashier until the regular media states it, then I hold my doubts, and while making the comment a young white Bajan walked in and he asked what were we talking about… So I explained and he said he ‘s a Bee and he don’t cares who knows it, as far as he’s concerned; Owen led the BLP to another defeat and he doesn’t know why the man just don’t retire? As for Kerry Symmonds? If that happened, the man quipped, he will leave the country because Barbados don’t need a second useless Government leader – one for PM and the next as Opposition! Give it to Mia and let her do what needs to be done!
I could understand the young Bee’s ire, since Arthur on Election night in the wee hours of Friday 22/02/2013 was being desperate when claiming to Peter Thorne by having so many New Candidates was an impediment to securing a Government, yet it was young hopefuls who increased the current crop of BLP MP’s? This made me remember Kenny Rogers and his excellent advice when you are in a sad situation;-
Shortly after, I got back home and kept the radio on – then I heard VOB announce it around 2:00 pm via their Stetson Babb, they did not indicate how many of the 13 were in favour nor how many opposed the motion. The Nation also seemed rather reticent of the decision, almost as if they were trying to prop the Titanic’s leak with chewing gum?
“Mia Mottley has been named the new Opposition Leader of the Barbados Labour Party.
The announcement was made by BLP member Gline Clarke. Thirteen parliamentary members were present when the announcement was made.”
As I said, on Twitter, many folk thought it was just another Bajan rumour, while on Facebook there was an unscripted comment if Mia returns that particular writer would quietly leave the BLP – presumably that weakest link is out all now? Their efforts at trying to join in as the latest of Bajan blogs is an unwelcome and a sorry diversion – rather like the senior citizen prostitutes of Amsterdam and Paris who still try to score a trick using the very consternation of their age as a drawing card.
This in fact, is an equally appropriate analogy for Owen’s third defeat – yes, don’t forget the 2010 By-Election where Mara Thompson got the most votes for that constituency ever, so this plus 2008 + 2013 makes for THREE – but one can only hope he’ll stay away this time and not be an Indian Giver like February 2010 at the Errol Barrow Centre when he was laying the groundwork for his ill-advised coup of October that same year when David Thompson passed away.
Speaking of Thompson’s passing, this was where Arthur came stumbling down… How can you call for a Code Of Conduct yet allow Noel Lynch to make nasty comments on a former PM? As for Lynch, maybe if he talked less and thought or performed more then he may have actually given Freundel a run for his money? Instead of spewing bilge as to who is or is not the Deputy Leader of the BLP? If this was A Knight’s Tale then clearly a particular scene is brought to mind, which is equally appropriate for Arthur or Lynch;-
Ms Mottley herself has to stride a narrow path between accepting praise and not allowing such accolades to make her feel invincible… As she is already under heavy scrutiny from DEM’s, Bees and the public; therefore she needs to strive to maintain the humble yet confident path which has led her to this point where she’s on the cusp of attaining what Billie Miller, Liz Thompson, Maisie Barker-Welch and Lynette Eastmond (3 tries at St Philip West? Sorry, but cue in Andreas Bocelli & Celine Dion) have only dreamed of – being the first female Prime Minister of Barbados.
Already she pledged in her first run as Opposition Leader to seek to have Parliamentary Reform where not only Elections are a fixed date, but PM’s are at 2 terms then off they go… Will she do what Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas also promised but never tried in cementing? Is she of such a standard in Leadership that on attaining Primus Inter Pares she would emulate Bermuda, Nevis and St Vincent when new PM’s reduced their wages as a sign of good faith to the voting public at large?
At least Barbadians can breathe a sigh of relief that Owen S. Arthur retained a small shred of dignity and let both old and new members decide who will be in charge of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition of Barbados if not the next five years, then at least until the next time a Motion of No Confidence is so potent Freundel would again sound the cry for citizens to do what is right, instead of waiting for an iPad or iPhone?