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Boyce gives BLP failing grade

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A Government minister has given the Opposition Barbados Labour Party a failing grade for its handling of the economy.

Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, said that in times of “boom” the country received nothing from the BLP when it came to re-structuring and improving the economic fortunes.

The Christ Church South MP criticised the former Barbados Labour Party government for what he said was lack of investment in improving Barbados when the Democratic Labour Party held a joint meeting at Christ Church Foundation School last evening..

“And they want to blame us for putting our hands to the plough and steering this country through the most difficult world economic time of the century,” he said.

“They want to blame us for making sure our people in Barbados have a social safety net on which they could demand and which we are committed to improving day after day — nonsense we reject them … we will continue to make sure that Barbados is properly served in this regard.

“We are going to come to you when our programme is set and tell you about the work we are doing, tell you about the improvements we are committed to and tell you how you can share in this great progress work of the Democratic Labour Party,” he added.

Boyce also said much improvement has transpired throughout Christ Church South, but there is still more work to be done.

That’s what Member of Parliament for the constituency and Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, said yesterday as he reported on his stewardship over the last four years.

Boyce was speaking yesterday at a joint Democratic Labour Party Christ Church branch meeting, held at the Christ Church Foundation School in Church Hill.

While he disclosed that work in the constituency was being done, including roads being paved and drainage improvements allowing the alleviation of some flooding, he would never want to give people the impression that the job was done.

The same held true for Government as a whole, the official noted. “There is still more work to be done,” he said, “that is why you have to re-elect us”. (KC)

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