Monday 19 October, 2020

PM Mottley hits back at DLP President over Throne Speech criticisms

(FILE) Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

(FILE) Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley

In a short and pointed response to the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leader's criticism of the Throne Speech, Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated “you cannot warm over soup that was never cooked”. 

Prime Minister Mottley did not churn her words as she chastised the reigning DLP president for her critique of the Throne Speech read by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason. 

“For the first time in my political life I am lost for words. 

'How do you respond to the statement of the leader of Democratic Labour Party Verla DePeiza?'

"My initial thought was that she prepared that comment well in advance of the Throne Speech being delivered, so it is probably prepared last week and removed from the ice last evening,” Mottley commented during her radio interview with Stetson Babb. 

“I am not sure how you warm over soup that was never cooked but from Verla we have come to expect the unthinkable. I really hope that after the September 27 [DLP election] that if Geroge Pilgrim is the new president of the Democratic Labour Party that he would be more constructive and purposeful,” she continued. 

In a statement posted on the DLP social media page, DePeiza charged that the speech was too political and did not give an actionable reason for the proroguing of Parliament. DePeiza described the speech as “warmed over soup” and said the speech was “replete with tired clichés from the last campaign trail".

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