Submitted by Douglas
Press time… nothing like the Opposition Leader smiling in the dailies with people that once thought very little of her. Mottley is now faced with a public relations fiasco going into the next Annual Conference
at which the Party hopes once and for all to r
Mia Mottley, Opposition Leader
id itself of the constant noise of Maria Agard, the embattled Member of Parliament for Christ Church West. The strategy is so poisonous that the Mottley’s opposition party has switched to having their candidate nominations on a Thursday evening just to grab the Friday news in the dailies. It has sunk to an all point low with very few Members of Parliament attending and showing any support.
The BLP is at its best when accommodations across section of opinions, even dissenting [ones]. That is what governance has to be about – you cannot govern a country effectively unless you demonstrate the capacity to accommodate alternative views, however robustly put”
Kerrie Symmonds 2015
“There must be way that all of the parties can work together and if we can’t get [that] achieved within a small area, then that really is not the issue, he suggested…”
Dale Marshall 2015.
“Payne charged that those behind the attempts to undermine Agard should step down immediately… Now you have people jumping on an executive simply to get rid of an individual, and this is wrong,”
George Payne 2015, Former Party Chairman.
“I believe that principles come before party and party comes before personality even in the face of differences and dissent,” she said in a statement in which she made clear her feelings about the way the matter was handled. (Another Mottley in 2010 – when the shoe was on the other foot)
It is clear that the recent public comments by Agard’s colleagues and Mottley’s team members smack of a divide. Yes once again the leader who has trumpeted the need for democracy and transparency as far back as 2011 is now reincarnated in a different form. Mottley is not the most favoured leader and she knows quite well what she is up against.
The activity planned for Foundation school is the meeting at which Mottley will get the party conference to deliver the final blow to Agard’s political career. It is then it will end and the eulogy read. She has already been instructed NOT to make any more comments to the public on the matter as if she has no right in this regard. Agard is however mindful of Mottley’s public tirade in this regard where she hit the airwaves, wrote letters to the Party and even stormed out of the annual conference like a little spoilt child not having her way.
The truth in all of this will be soon be revealed as Maria Agard must come clean and tell the public why the leader is after her seat. When Arthur spoke to the characteristics of his deputy he was fore warning the public and Barbados Labour Party supporters and the monster he had created. His address in 2009 can be viewed as an apology to the country for his failings in this regard.
One must admit that there is some truth in what Arthur is saying, in what Kerrie is saying and in what Dale is saying. We believe that Mottley is not about removing the barriers to participation but building a new BLP in her image an image where ….. You cannot govern a country effectively unless you demonstrate the capacity to accommodate alternative views,” Owen accepted her ineptness and her constant bundling of the various Ministries he assigned her until he finally clipped her wings by bringing her as close as possible to him through Economic Affairs. Mottley’s combative approach to politics has followed her on the journey to leadership. Today the truth is told about Mottley NOT by Mottley but what others have said about her. It is reckless for a public to ignore what one thousand French men and BLP members are saying about the person who leads the Barbados Labour Party. They all converge on the same characteristics that Arthur spoke to and the others. She does not accommodate alternative views at all.
In this regard the public is free to ask George Payne, ask Kerrie Symmonds, ask Lynette Eastmond, ask Dale Marshall, ask Glyne Clarke, ask Ronald Toppin and ask Jerome for sure.