Abrahams’ promise

Barbados Labour Party Candidate for Christ Church East, Wilfred Abrahams, says that there is no excuse for the representative vacuum which occupied the constituency for the last five years.

Speaking about the difference between proper representation and reactive representation which he alleges is being practised by the incumbent Dr. Denis Lowe, he claimed the incumbent “is only now rushing around frantically at the last minute trying to do what he should have been doing for the last five years”.

“Representation should be constant, it is the job of the representative to get out in the constituency and dialogue with the people he represents. A representative should listen to the people first and then work with them to find solutions. You cannot help people if you have no idea of what their needs or issues are,” Abrahams charged.

His comments came during a spot meeting in Parish Land which followed a whistle stop tour of Parish Land, Fairy Valley, Pilgrim Road and Thyme Bottom on Saturday.

The candidate promised that his representation would be built on a sustained and sustainable plan for the constituency and that he will work hard for his pay and that every cent given to him to spend in the constituency will be spent in the constituency.

He also cited the biggest issue in the constituency as being overgrown lots and said that there was provision under the law to make owners responsible for the costs of clearing their lots. He gave the assurance that this issue would be dealt with by him and that, with a sustained programme where Government outsourced the work and recovered the expense from the land owners, this concern would soon be a thing of the past.

The candidate called upon the gathering “to refuse five more years of lethargy, to refuse five more years of nothingness and said that the slogan for Christ Church East should be ‘Lowe, Lowe has got to go'”.

The constituency, Abrahams said, was so diverse in terms of its residents — from the upper middle class to the unemployed — that it was unrealistic to have a broad based plan for the constituency.

“What is necessary in Silver Sands is not what is necessary in Parish Land is not what is necessary in Chancery Lane or Platinum Heights,” he asserted.

Abrahams also said everyone in 2013 should have access to e-mail and a computer. Instead of making grand plans to purpose-build facilities which were not built, a better option would be to utilise existing facilities which were underused, such as the Parish Land pavilion, where a section could be created to house a computer and a printer.

This way, he pointed out, residents would have access to the Internet and an opportunity to advance themselves even if they could not afford to purchase a computer.

“No one should be disadvantaged by the denial of technology based on their humble circumstances. This model could also be used in other areas of the constituency and is not difficult to implement,” the candidate added.

He informed the gathering that presently his constituency office affords that facility to residents.

Speaking to those gathered, Reverend Joseph Atherley described Abrahams as a man of substance, intelligence and integrity and said the contest in Christ Church was “a mismatched prize fight”.

The other speakers were candidates Senator Santia Bradshaw and Noel Lynch, former candidates Rudy Grant, Tyrone Lovell, and branch member Lorenzo Harewood. Branch Member Junior Walrond chaired the meeting. (DS)

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