Barbados Labour Party’s Mia Mottley during Appropriations Bill (Estimates 2011, Pt 1 of 2)
When former Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P., spoke on the Appropriation Bill, she made an expected – dynamic, mature and stately presentation. At least that is what people are saying everywhere you turn and what the Buzz on face book is all about. Those who were waiting for tribal politics and vilification of the Minister of Finance and the DLP – would have felt let-down, but those who wish Barbados well and want it to succeed, must still be smiling.
Miss Mottley’s contribution was not a partisan political presentation. In fact, they never are, even at BLP Branch Meetings. Her speech on the Appropriation Bill is the type of patriotic contribution that would most definitely have given inspiration and confidence – even to the Government, which is now dealing with an unprecedented international recession. As a patriotic Barbadian, Miss Mottley knows that if the DLP gets it wrong, innocent Barbadians will suffer. And, she certainly does not want that.
The St. Michael North East, M.P., therefore lifted the debate and focused attention on how people are making it in these difficult times and how they are able to keep body and soul together. She was right to have stayed away from old-style-slash-and-burn-politics of the past, which is geared only to score cheap political points, but which never advances the interest of the people.
Miss Mottley cautioned that there needs to be answers for the people who may not mind making sacrifices but would want to know, to what end.
Calling for a fresh guard and cautioning that unity is required in these difficult times, Miss Mottley suggested that instead of the DLP blaming the BLP and the BLP accusing the DLP, in circumstances where the society is evolving, people expect the Parliament to be equal to the task.
Barbados’ future and that of the BLP is secured.