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No safe seats in Barbados

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

No safe seats in Barbados

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Mia Mottley told St Philip West that no seats are safe.  She told the crowd who surged to the front of the stage as she started to speak that she isn’t taking anything for granted: “I have people telling me that my seat is safe. That isn’t true. There are no safe seats in Barbados. Come and vote like you have never voted before.

“And when you go to the polling station don’ t look for the party name but look for names such as John King, Indar Weir, Sonia Browne. I have a funny feeling that the winds of change will blow (David) Estwick, (Adriel) Brathwaite and (Michael) Lashley out.”

In a passionate 30 minute speech, the Leader of the Opposition asked the crowd what kind of Barbados do they want to wake up to on Thursday.

“I can’t do this alone. Many hands make light work. I have been talking at five or six meetings nightly for a reason. You can make history for the right or wrong reason.

“We have work to do between now and Thursday. It is not a slam dunk.”

Calling St Patricks the ancestral home of the Barbados Labour Party she lamented the fact that the Democratic Labour Party came “out of the bosom of the BLP and both parties used to hold faith to same principles.

“We were committed to building and driving our economy . . . .  Both parties used to respect that we had to run a fiscal deficit . . . . But lines have now become blurred.”

She said that the DLP have been hiding facts from the people of the country and that Barbados is the third most indebted country in the world.

Mottley, a former attorney general, said she is aghast that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart wants to pull out of the Caribbean Court of Justice.

“This country has always been governed by rule of law. Is Stuart upset that he can’t stop the people from voting and that they had to go to the CCJ to hold a meeting on a Sunday at 11am to enforce what the Supreme Court has said is right?

She said she has written to a letter to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart three weeks ago which he hasn’t answered.

“But don’t worry Freundel. After Thursday you don’t have to answer it.” (NS)