Mia Mottley’s Reformist Solution: A Chance to Take Fresh Guard for the Barbados Labour Party
In the 2008 general election, the DLP campaigned on the theme: “Time For Change.” It has, however, been in office going four years now but Barbadians are yet to see the positive change, they voted for. It is at this point that the BLP should be capitalizing on the DLP’s blunder but it remains serious wounded, having shot itself in the hip on October 18th 2010. There is hope! Mia Mottley remains the BLP’s ‘key’ to election victory and she now offers the party the opportunity for real healing and unity.
Speaking at her branch meeting on May 22nd 2011, Mia Mottley announced that she will be running for Chairman of the BLP in October. Mia Mottley is not challenging Owen Arthur for anything. Her cause is to play a major role in changing Barbados by first changing the BLP and making it more transparent, people-friendly and democratic. Adjusting the party’s Constitution to provide for ‘one man, one vote,’ is therefore highly commendable, especially since it seems to form part of the progressive agenda for change and is consistent with the new politics and other reforms – Mia Mottley has already either introduced or had intended to. After some 73-years of existence, any attempt by her to put power back in the hands of the ordinary man and woman of the BLP and to make the BLP more relevant and responsive to the needs of Barbadians is a welcome move supported by all fair-minded Barbadians.
Mia’s bid to become Chairman of the Barbados Labour Party is coming at a time when Christine Lagarde, the French female Minister of Economic Affairs, Finances and Industry – is said to be tipped to become the next head of the IMF. Despite concern that French has held the post for some time, given the recent sex scandal, it is felt that a woman (and like Mia Mottley – one who is as competent as Lagarde is) being in charge at this time, would be good for the dented image of organisation. Oh what an amazing co-incidence!
It was October 18, 2010 when a group of five BLP Parliamentarians removed Miss Mottley as Political Leader and Leader of the Opposition of Barbados. It might have been their right but as a result, the party immediate took-on the public image of a male chauvinist entity and one which does not tolerate competent, professional women. The consequence of their action was seen in the St. John by-election, where the party suffered a most humiliating defeat. No one could image that after 72 years of existence, a candidate for the BLP would lose a deposit.
In the same way that Christine Lagarde is offering the IMF an opportunity to repair the serious damage done to its image and the chance of a new beginning, miles away in Barbados, Mia Mottley is doing similar for the BLP. It would therefore seem that women are offering the world the hope of change and a fresh start. Mia’s olive blossom should therefore be grasped with both hands, especially since none of the five men who moved against the Barbados Labour Party and dashed the country’s hope for real change – have it within their power to resolve the mess they created for the BLP.
All of a sudden, we are hearing about: “the real crusade,” but real crusade’ to change or do what? In contrast, Mia Mottley’s crusade of: “one man, one vote” is a chance for “real healing” and unity – how can it said there’s healing when notwo pairs of eyes have met on an equal capacity? In the same way that Christine Lagarde would be a very wonderful thing for the IMF, so too would Mia Mottley as Chairman and Cynthia Forde as General Secretary – to safeguard the immediate future of the Barbados Labour Party.
In addition to their love of and passion for hard work, competence; dedication and loyalty to the BLP and their concern for its continued relevance and development and complemented by their ability to deliver results – Mia Mottley as Chairman and Cynthia Forde as General Secretary – would also down-play the impact of the DLP making a female, Deputy Prime Minister, which would otherwise be catastrophic for the BLP going into the next general election, especially in the absence of ‘one man, one vote’ and by extention – the possibility for the real healing and unity that it presents, which is precisely what Mia Mottley is now offering.
Two competent women offering to work with Owen Arthur – the Political Leader of the Barbados Labour Party, seems like a very wonderful thing in the national interest. ‘One man, one vote‘ is therefore the only ‘real crusade.’ Every and anything else, is and would be just: “more of the same!”