Renew the Barbadian Promise NOW!
This election has come at a defining moment in our history: a time when our economy is in crisis; our country continues to be at risk of yet another in an apparent never-ending-series of downgrades from rating agencies. It is why on May 24th, we must collectively let it be known that: ‘enough is enough.’
What are we to do, when: raw sewage runs on the road on the south coast but the DLP has no solution, neither does it see that fiasco as a matter of urgent national importance? What are we to do when, crime and the fear of crime is on the increase; poverty is on the rise, and in short – because of the flawed policies of the DLP, this and our next generation would be forced to lower their sights and standards? Already, with some taps dry, one DLP Minister (who will also lose his seat) tells
Barbadians that they bathe too much!
Too many people were forced to wait far too long for the bus that simply did not come. Tuition fee is out of reach and after a lifetime of hard work, and at the rate that this DLP has been dipping into it like a: ‘pork-barrel-slush-fund,” there is now the real fear whether your contributions to the NIS, are safe. The possibility of starving to death is also real for too many. The reality is: too many people are out of work and those who are working – are taking home less because of unnecessary taxation. This, at a time when: Investor confidence [both local and international] has been eroded.
At a time when commodity prices, such as: ‘wheat, barley and corn,’ as well as the price of oil – on the world market, are a fraction of what they were, when the BLP was in office, Barbadians are being forced to pay significantly more for food in the supermarket as well as for petroleum products at the pump. The point is, this out-going DLP government had to spend significantly less foreign reserves on food and oil imports (than when the BLP was in office) and yet our foreign reserves have plummeted to an embarrassing low level.
The DLP’s reality is: people have cars they cannot afford to drive and with far too many Barbadians on the brink of disaster, I am here to tell you that there is hope: the Barbados Labour Party can do better. The BLP is compassionate. In contrast, the DLP did nothing when too many were sliding into poverty. In fact, it gave them a hard push under its bus by slashing the reversed tax credit and on top of that, by introducing more taxation by way of a VAT increase and the imposition of the NSRL
The out-going DLP Government was not working for Barbados and Barbadians: The absolute horror is: the DLP works effectively against the people. But, the same DLP that brought our economy to its knees and is causing Barbadians so much grief – is now telling the country it wants more time!
Barbados will not get results by re-electing people who do not know what they are doing and who will simply implement more policies that will not work. I know that you love yourself and Barbados too much to let the next five years be like the past ten, especially when the DLP refuses to own its failure. In fact, ten years after being in power, the DLP is still blaming a global financial crisis for, even for the raw sewage on the road on the south coast.
What has been lost for the past ten years under DLP rule is, not just jobs; and wages but a sense of common purpose; decency, hope and confidence. Therefore, fixing what is wrong with Barbados will require more than just money…it will also require the restoration of a renewed sense of confidence and responsibility from every one.
This country needs a new politics; a new beginning and a new freshness. It is not about fixing the economy as is…but laying a new foundation for a new Barbadian promise and the next high level of development.
My fellow Barbadians, you do not have to walk alone or be afraid! Mia has been there with you all along: She symbolizes resilience and strength: now is the time for serious people; serious politics and serious policies. Mia Motley and Team BLP have the skill-sets, the youth; energy and experience to get the job done. I therefore recommend them highly for you favourable consideration and your electoral support on May 24th. Let us, as a nation, hold firmly without wavering. Let us renew that Barbadian promise and march into the future, with confidence: VOTE BLP!