Mottley not taking anything for granted in upcoming Election
Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley (left) and Jamaican reggae artiste, Tarrus Riley (right). (Photo: Cowyn Franklyn)
With the 2018 General Election right around the corner, Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley has said she recognizes support growing for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) but she will not be counting her chickens before they hatch.
Mottley made an appearance at the DIGICEL Reggae on the Hill show on Sunday, where she graced the stage during the performance by Tarrus Riley and the Black Soil band. Her presence was well received by patrons at the show who screamed, cheered and chanted for the Opposition Leader.
Mottley spoke to the reporters during the show where she said there was tremendous support shown by Barbadians at the annual BLP Heroes' Day picnic the day before. She said Barbadians came out in the tens of thousands to relax "as a family" before the hard work of the election campaign gets underway.
She said despite this overwhelming support she will not be taking anything for granted leading up the May 24.
"I dot every 'I' and cross every 't'. I am not interested in the politics of abuse, I am not interested in the politics of cursing, I am interested in how we can make people's lives better."
Commenting on the relevance of events such as the Barbados Reggae Festival to boost economic activity, Mottley said she hopes Barbados can become a year round destination for carnivals, sporting events and festivals.
"Everybody talks about what Crop Over can offer you in terms of the spin-over and the numbers aren't even recent, in terms of the $19 million in economic benefits. When you see our manifesto you will see we are committed to having a 52 week calendar of events that runs from music to sport to conferences because there must be reasons other than sun, sea and sand for people to come to Barbados every week of the year."
Mottley added she would also want to promote education and health tourism as vital niches for the country, noting that these too can add value to the economy.