Mia Mottley: A Reminder That Better Is Possible

"Mia Mottley is proof that politics does not have to be a blood sport, even when some try to tear you down."

Parliamentarians from both political parties spoke in the recent budget debate but on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., – former Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition and Parliamentary Representative for the Constituency of St. Michael North East – The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P. – used that occasion to address the country from the Lower House of Assembly.

It was a mature, responsible; clearly though-out and well presented patriotic address. Mia Mottley made it clear that while there is a time and a place for partisan politics – with Barbados in trouble, the budget was neither the time nor the place. It is clear that Miss Mottley attends Parliament, well prepared and determined to work hard, in the interest of Barbados.

Her presentation was a breath of fresh air and the type of address that would have warmed the heart of President Obama, who – had he heard it – would have wished it was Mia Mottley he had to deal with as Speaker of the House and not John Boehner. Were that the case, the United States would never have been downgraded by Standard & Poor’s.

Mia Mottley is proof that politics does not have to be a blood sport, even when some try to tear you down. In this regard, despite numerous personal attacks (as again witnessed during the recent budget) she remains composed and focussed on what it important to the country. She therefore represents freshness and a new politics for Barbados. In her address to the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on September 29th 2010 – she outlined progressive proposals and a new development model for our country. Miss Mottley has already called for the reform of Parliament, as well as for campaign finance reform – to protect the integrity of our democracy.

With Barbadians feeling the pain from this bitter recession, Mia Mottley seems genuinely concern how the people of this country are making it, and instead of simply blaming the government – she is doing meaningful things, which are helping hundreds all across Barbados cope and keep body and soul together.

Quite recently, Mia Mottley was one of the speakers (and the only politician) at a media conference where a project for free WIFI across Barbados was announced. She is now one of the organizers of the Pelican Football Semi-Professional Tournament, which has the blessing of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) and where the first-prize-purse is a whopping: $100,000.

"(Ms Mottley's presentation's) address (was one) that would have warmed the heart of President Obama, who – had he heard it – would have wished it was Mia Mottley he had to deal with as Speaker of the House and not John Boehner."

It was only in July this year when Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison Savannah – was inscribed on the prestigious – UNESCO’S World Heritage List. That journey of excellence started in 2000 when (you guessed it) Mia Mottley was Minister of Culture. Then in the recent Budget, the Government announced a provision in relation to the Cultural Industries. Again – that journey started with Mia Mottley. How much more “staying focus” than that – could anyone seriously expect?

Mia Mottley is not just talking or promising to do on condition that the BLP becomes the Government – she is already doing and is already ensuring progressive transformation in the live of people all across Barbados. The Pelican Football Tournament is part of the proof. Progressive leaders are expected to lead by example and Mia Mottley is doing just that.

At the Barbados Labour Party’s Conference in 2008, Miss Mottley told Branches that they must do what she called: “good works” within their respective constituencies. She posited then – that you do not have to be the Government, in order to make a positive impact in the lives of people. It has long been clear that Miss Mottley leads by example and practices what she preaches. But is there were any doubts, the Semi Professional Football Tournament launched recently, is an excellent example.

It is often said that when the path becomes blurred and when people begin to have doubts about the future, a leader will emerge. Mia Mottley is a unifying force and therefore symbolizes that ‘better is possible.’ She is also relevant and is therefore making a difference in the lives of countless Barbadians – effortlessly – even while in Opposition.

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