Throughout the course of the Q&A segment at the UDP Press conference, three reporters, including one from this organisation made attempts to get a response from the Leader of the Opposition on the UDP’s internal strife. After a series of back-and-forth with those reporters, the party leader bristled and then spoke in general terms about the party’s difficulties. It would be extremely difficult to bring the entire exchange in this newscast, but instead we offer just a few highlights of that.
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “You want to question me more about some of those serious issues the six million dollars that was spent in Cayo for a cable company in a dying industry. Collet Montejo don’t you think that is a crisis that we would have the Secretary General of the PUP oversee redistricting ?”
Reporter: But by my count you have seventy minutes of air time from all of us to ventilate
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “And that is what the opposition is here to do. To talk about national issues that are impacted the people because internal matters are internal matters.”
Reporter: Party Leader respectfully the contentiousness of the United Democratic Party right now is a national issue simply because the perception is that in order for democracy to be able to function we have to have an effective opposition. The effectiveness of the opposition right now is by and large under question simply because we have the Honorable Tracy who was the party whip of the organization not attending press conferences, in the parliament you have the Honorable Patrick Faber who is a seasoned debater. You were down three people in the last House sitting –
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “You know why I resent this line of question ? Because not withstanding the difficulties that any organization will experience in rebuilding you the media will choose to focus on that rather than all the important matters. The pressing matters. The violation of constitutional rights with your gas prices, with your food prices, with food security. With corruption, with cronyism all of these things so what will happen is now you want to distract.”
Reporter: Let me ask my first question on a matter that has not been raised here some are of the opinion that maybe the public doesn’t care about the internal politics of the party – I hear some teeth already sucking over there but that’s fine. I do however believe that there are those who
Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Mr.Lopez let me stop you right there. Unlike other people the party’s constitution prevents discussion of internal party matters. So while there have been others who have chosen to go public with distortions and lies I as party leader and no one at this head table will engage in any public disclosure of our internal matters. So please can we restrict your questions to national issues that we are discussing or any other national issues that you would care to bring up?”
As the party leader noted, the party’s constitution prevents him from discussing some of the challenges publicly. He promised to share that section of the party’s rulebook with the media but up to news time, that information was not forthcoming.