Submitted by Caswell Franklyn
The Barbados Today reported in the June 3rd edition that the Barbados Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley’s recent visit to St. Lucia has become the subject of regional political debate. There is some speculation that her presence there was in support of the United Workers Party (UWP), the current Opposition in the St. Lucia Parliament.
However, she was quick to point out that her visit was strictly to provide legal representation for a client, but while there she had attended meetings of both political parties.
Coincidentally, two of her personal advisors, Debbie Hughes and Lucille Moe, were also in St. Lucia at that time. When Barbados Today queried their presence, Ms Mottley is reported to respond by saying:
“What is this? Am I being followed by the Gestapo?”
However, today’s (June 3rd) Weekend Nation reported that St. Lucia Prime Minister, Kenny Anthony, expressed concern that an “unprecedented” number of Barbadian “political operatives” were involved in the UWP’s campaign.
In a telephone link-up from Castries P.M. Anthony identified a number of people connected to the BLP as being in the forefront of the UWP’s campaign. He also stated that Ms Mottley was in St. Lucia but had given him the assurance that she was merely on holiday and not getting involved in local (St. Lucian) politics.
If I am to put the stories from both the Nation and Barbados Today together; it would appear that Ms. Mottley was in St. Lucia strictly to provide legal representation for a client, while being merely on holiday and; she felt it necessary to have her close political advisors tag along.
Somebody is lying here; either the Nation, Barbados Today, Kenny Anthony or Mia Mottley. I leave you to decide. Be that as it may, I have some advice for the Barbados Labour Party if it is determined that it is Ms Mottley that is being untruthful. No-confidence motion or a visit to the Governor-General – You decide!