BLP leader Mia Mottley taking a look at the DLP manifesto at a BLP meeting in Clevedale Road, Black Rock, St. Michael. (Photo by Shanice King)
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Leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Mia Mottley caused quite a stir by producing a copy of the Democratic Labour Party's (DLP) 56-page manifesto which is set to be launched tonight.
"Who put this in my bag? DLP manifesto 2018?" she asked pulling the book from her red handbag, much to the delight of the crowd gathered at a spot meeting at Cleavedale Road, Black Rock, St Michael.
"They laugh at my mini edition . . . . . Stand strong, Barbados stand strong against the DLP. It got in nuff pictures. If they laugh at my mini-manifesto, then this is kindergarten," she said flipping through the document.
Turning to page 29 of the DLP's manifesto, reading aloud she highlighted how the DLP intended to deal with tertiary education by "continuing to work with the University of the West Indies for funded education".
Comparing that to the BLP's manifesto, she said: "I see in here mission critical, that immediately under No. two, debt profiling will allow us to pay for students at the University of the West Indies," she said to thunderous applause, noting that the manifesto spoke nothing of improved transport, accommodations for old people among other critical issues.
"When I read this blue and yellow document I am mortified that I have to work every single minute of every day for the next eight days . . . .This document could not have been written by anybody in Barbados. It is a lot of techno babble and gobbley gook. . . . . Nothing in here meets your current realities in this country. It is gobbly gook intended for another country but not Barbados," she said, adding that if that was what they called a manifesto it was an insult to the people of Barbados. (RA)