Prime Minister’s Holiday
Asked about the Prime Minister’s whereabouts, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications had written to editors last night to explain that since the Prime Minister arrived at his holiday destination, the Barbados Legion had invited him to attend a commemoration service to mark the end of the Second World War and the contribution of Barbadians to the Second World War. The Prime Minister had accepted the invitation and as it was obviously a public event, we understood that journalists would want to report the event. The Director of Communications had continued his request to ask for restraint in publicising the exact location of the Prime Minister’s holiday.
Asked if there had been any response to the criticism over what had been seen as unnecessarily tight security being used as an excuse, the PMS said that a request had been made following a conversation with the Head of the Prime Minister’s Protection team.
Asked why the Prime Minister had been invited to a public event if the location where he was staying was meant to be kept a secret, the PMS said that Barbados was a small place and people got to know who was around.
Put to the PMS that the Prime Minister had already been criticised for not attending the VJ Day Celebration yesterday, was his attendance at the Barbados Legion Celebration likely to upset our VJ veterans, the PMS said she would hope not. The Prime Minister had attended the national commemorations of both VE and VJ Day in July where there was a service to commemorate the end of the Second World War which had also been attended by The Queen. The Prime Minister was invited to yesterday’s event by local people, and as he was on the island, was able to attend.
Put to the PMS that the Prime Minister did not appear to be "terribly enthralled or interested" in the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the PMS said she did not agree. The Prime Minister had attended the national service in July.
Put to the PMS that since the Prime Minister was staying in Barbados for a while longer, and it was public knowledge that he was there, was he now more at risk; had his security risk changed, and would reporters from now on be able to report about future holidays, the PMS said we never commented on the Prime Minister’s security. The PMS said she was unable to comment on future holidays.
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