Extract taken from the letter to be delivered to members and supporters of the
March for Justice sent by the Principal Organiser.
First let me thank the scores who turned out for our first in a series of demonstrations. We fell way short of the 30 000 persons we were hoping to mobilise on this occasion. The police claimed that roughly 600 persons came out for the march. It is my intention to refute their numbers. However, I shall convene a meeting with the planners of this activity and seek to interrogate where we fell down.
I accept full responsibility for the very poor turn out today as some will want to apportion blame on the perceived dismal failure of the activity. I am aware of the perception which went out surrounding this activity. Barbados was told that the activity was all about me while others believed it should have been a pure party initiative. I stressed, as I did in the first one, we need to engage the Barbadians standing on the side looking on.
This is crucial if I am to see a turn-around in the fortunes of my leadership. I am extremely dismayed at the fact that despite asking for supporters to wear white, some who should know better defiled me and wore red. I want to stress once again, this activity and those which are to follow will not be derailed by a few who can’t see the bigger picture.
My March for Justice is my symbol of hope and all those who have issues with leadership should put aside their difference and support my cause. I assure you my strategy is sound and the March on May 19th should not be used as a bench mark to judge my future initiatives.
My March for Justice will become a registered charity in which people will be able to make donations and become volunteers. I intend to create a movement aimed at pushing my agenda. I will be the President and I have already approached a very capable supporter to be Secretary. I don’t want any of the party officers holding office in my charity. It is a conflict of my interest.
I am convinced it is becoming extremely difficult to convince the full gamut of my parliamentary team to follow me and so I have decided to go outside of the box.
My cause cannot die after this poor effort. I know some may say we started out in our last march in 2014 with three thousand marchers and now we are down to a paltry six hundred.
As I said earlier, I intend to knock out all the kinks in the armour. I am convinced even if I don’t have the support of the base of the unions, I have at least convinced the leadership to join me in a relationship going forward. Leadership support is important.
On a note of profound sorrow, I regret the inability of my colleagues to mobilise their constituents. We are quite aware of the two biggest branches that hail from the East and yet I sense the lack lustre energy towards ensuring my events are successful. These are the areas of concern to which I will turn my attention to while planning the next initiative. I really want to appeal to all those with influence to encourage all hands on deck as we go forward. It is not enough for individuals to turn up on site to ensure that my events fail only to report back to the National Council, “ I told you so!”
I will not stand by and be openly disrespected or undermined and that is why we must find a way to put aside all differences for my sake. I have the ability to lead and succeed and it is not fair that I continue to put myself out there on a limb getting abused by all while my colleagues adopt a scorch earth policy towards my efforts.
In closing, this letter should serve as a shot across the bow of those who would wish to undermine my efforts while occupying a space. I want my supporters to send a strong signal to all my in-house detractors about the importance of supporting me.
The effort today, even though I had planned this initiative since December 2015 and waited until now to execute, must be commended! Though I did not receive our intended 30 000 marchers, I will not be swayed by the poor effort of the March of May 19th. In politics what counts for me is effort and I thank all, including my detractors, for joining me on my March for Justice.