Submitted by Anthony Davis
The Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP’s) 60th annual conference opened with the party’s President, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, jabbing at Opposition tactics.
In an address to delegates, Stuart spoke of the party’s […]responsibility to come up with solutions to situations that ordinary Barbadians face from day to day – Barbados Today 4 August 2015
My, my, my, what superciliousness!
The Prime Minster is effectively telling us that he only needs the votes of DLP members in the next elections. The editorial in the same edition asks the question – “Will we see Mr. Stuart off his horse?”
From this disdainful speech that clearly will not be the case!
First he should explain to the country where the jet skis were when he was growing up, because he is at that age where his Government is putting people out to pasture. However, he knows that that won’t happen to him yet. So, to learn about the DLP’s strategy for carrying forward OUR country, every man Jack must join the DLP.
I, for one, do not intend joining any party – unless it is a birthday one or such like. Mr. Stuart had better wheel and come again, because his speech was the epitome of haughtiness and self-aggrandizement. He wants to take OUR country forward, but the way will be privy only to those of us who hold a DLP membership book. The rest of us can stand outside and beg to be allowed into this hallowed sanctuary.
The people of this country are already begging enough.
They are begging for relief from overburdening taxes which the Minister of Finance gives away as it pleases him.
They are begging for their welfare cheques to be paid.
They are begging for things at our lone hospital – the QEH – to be brought back to normal, and for it to be given enough funding to bring it back to the institution it was before 2008, instead of people having to eat cold food and drink cold tea because the cooking services have been outsourced, and the doctors/nurses need the equipment to carry out their duties in a proper manner.
They are begging because having sent in sick note after sick note – some of them since May – they have not received one red cent.
The pensioners are begging for their cheques to be sent in a timely manner – especially that some of them don’t receive anything more than a pittance.
We have a Psychiatric Hospital in which it is not even suitable to keep animals. We have a Child Care Board which lacks personnel and funding – especially seeing the number of children who are being abused.
Yet, the Minister of Finance, while on the one hand is whining about “a low cash flow” when it comes to the populace of this country, on the other has millions of dollars of our taxes to give away to every Johnny come lately.
Every day one sees more vagrants on the streets – and the most hurtful part is that women are now joining the number.
This country has been brought to its knees during the last seven years, and we have a Prime Minister who has the audacity to tell us that only by being a member of the DLP can we know what he is going to do about its downward spiral into the abyss.