Plea to Barbadians: Let’s have Real Conversation & Engage Only in Serious Politics of Development

Former Chair of the Nat'l Assistance board & Social Commentator - Henderson Bovell is seeking to clear the air on a few misconceptions in this By-Election

What is the basis for the DLP saying that Owen Arthur was going up and down the region as a chief proponent of CARICOM? But why would some in the BLP focus on the St. Lucian origins of the DLP’s candidate for St. John, in the first place? This explains why Barbados needs a new politics any why many feel that the St. John By-election is becoming a big fete (St. John Carnival) and a charade.

None of the Articles of CARICOM allow any person/s within the region to seek election to the House of Assembly of Barbados. Such access is provided under the Representation of the People Act, and Part 1 Section 43 of the Constitution of Barbados, which provides for a Commonwealth Citizen or anyone who has connection to Barbados by residence. As I understand it, the DLP’s candidate for St. John, satisfies the requirements of the laws of Barbados.

According to Bovell? "What is also sad is that the BLP has failed to make the point that the DLP is today "substantially and significantly" weaker without David Thompson or even attempts to explain the implications of that."

However, instead of saying how (it) the DLP intends to transform the society to meets the needs the people of St. John and Barbadians in general or how does it intend to place Barbados on the “Pathway to Progress,” the DLP is using the St. John election as a distraction tactic to downplay the fact that this country has a deficit of some $538 million; is speeding towards junk-bond-status, while BARP members still cannot get their money out of CLICO and some 10,300 have lost their jobs since the DLP’s rule of terror commenced.

The DLP needs to get serious, while the Barbados Labour Party urgently needs to change gears, else it may find that it is talking but is not connecting because the people are tuned off or are no longer interested. In short, “the DLP’s political Stockholm syndrome” will intensify.

Mr Bovell contends - "The DLP’s entire campaign is based on a section of the BLP having questioned Mara Thompson’s suitability to serve in the House of Assembly of Barbados because she was born in St. Lucia. And that is exactly the type of silly excuse the DLP needed."

It is why (in the national interest) the BLP’s platform in St. John urgently needs new energy; new focus and direction. The BLP is better than that! Almost everyone has so far spoken and so I must again ask: “Where is the new politics of development and what about new models to fuel this country’s future development as well as ensure the modernisation and expansion of the Barbados economy, starting with St. John?”

The time for serious politics and a serious conversation is now! So let us forget this nonsense about Mara Thompson being born in St. Lucia for the reason mentioned at paragraph 2 and the paragraph immediately above.

The DLP’s entire campaign is based on a section of the BLP having questioned Mara Thompson’s suitability to serve in the House of Assembly of Barbados because she was born in St. Lucia.

And that is exactly the type of silly excuse the DLP needed.

What is also sad is that the BLP has failed to make the point that the DLP is today “substantially and significantly” weaker without David Thompson or even attempts to explain the implications of that.

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