Parody submitted by Douglas
Good evening, Members of parliament, former members of Cabinet, members, friends of mine, friends of Arthur, friends of the Men’s Club, Diplomats, media, family and Maria Agard.
I gave that introduction to set the tone for my speech as very often in making deliveries people accuse me of rambling. So today, I have scripted all my thoughts and clearly set out my delivery.
My opening remarks reflect the reality of this great party. We don’t want to admit, including me, that we are more divided than we ever were under any former leader. For that, I accept full responsibility. My charge as leader was to prepare this party for the reins of government at the next election. To date, all I have achieved – without the support of a particular group of four selfish members of Parliament – is to take to the highways and byways to deliver the message of MIA.
Members, I have tried to include everyone in my Rubbing Shoulders and People’s Assemblies. I have taken to the skies and exchanged greetings with many living overseas. I have reached out to the media houses gathered here today in an effort to be as open as possible. We even followed suit and started our conference on the day before with the gala evening as the Democratic Labour Party has been doing. It does not matter whose idea it was, once it good, I taking it!
I took the relatively easy decision to have nomination meetings on Thursdays so this Party and ME can get Friday coverage in the dailies. I also decided I would speak to you on Saturday because I think Sunday coverage is important for me. Members, it may seem as if all of the spotlight is on me as leader but no one complained when it was on Arthur. I even agreed to use his face on the front of our manifestos so we could romp home to victory and we did. I put it to you this evening, that if you allow me the same latitude as we did Arthur, I will also deliver this party out of the wilderness.
I must say though, I am severely challenged by the possibilities of the influence the former chairman has over this party. Remember, I said this address was scripted so I am very aware of what I am saying. This is not an attack on the good gentle man or his office. Jerome Walcott, is a hard working political soldier of this party. I have defended him on several occasions in the past.
These criticisms were often levelled against his political acumen in the riding in Christ Church South. Jerome inherited a relatively safe seat in the eyes of the political pundits and gave it away to the Dems. For that, I forgave him and defended him. This evening, I am publicly calling on Jerome to stand next to me and help me lead this party to government and I am saying here tonight that once he does that he will be taken care off! Members, I am asking you to trust me in this regard. I am also giving you the assurance that all of you sitting here will also be taken care off.
I will leave no one behind …except Maria Agard. Members, I cannot lie, Maria has caused my efforts much embarrassment and this party. Can you imagine after all the work I put in she will publicly say what she says and then do full spreads in the social media. This evening is a funny evening! I wrote this speech with a deep sense of renewal and focus. My words are not mixed. I have forgiven all the bandits who went public and online and gave her support. I can’t blame all of you for this but I can blame the person that started it.
I am aware of the whisper campaign in relations to my public actions in 2011. Members be fair to me what I did in 2011 can’t be compared to what Maria is doing. People are saying I went on the call in programmes and aired my concerns why can’t Maria do the same? I wrote a letter dated September 19th 2011 of which I have a copy here this evening. I am not hiding anything! All of you here with this letter thinking you will prosecute me…Good luck!
My reasons for behaving and acting in the manner are a matter of public record. I will repeat again what happened in 2011. A vote was not taken but yet this party was advertising and announcing an “INCOMING CHAIRMAN”. Added to that I said on page two of my letter: “We must quell all other attempts to secure the domination by a few to the detriment of the majority. For we must ask ourselves, after the women and young people who will be next in the line of attack? Why is one-man one vote so threatening to the leadership a modern democratic Party?”
Members I was in a struggle to survive as future leader and I am asking Please don’t hold that against me as my efforts paid off. Today I address you as leader!
If this party is to remain relevant it must understand all must have a voice and that no one person looms large. Members, in closing, as I will address you again remember, I Mia Amor Mottley will not leave anyone behind except Maria!