Time for change
Barbados Labour Party candidate for St. Philip North, Indar Weir, believes that electors in that eastern riding are calling for a change of government.
Weir made this disclosure earlier today during an interview with a team from Barbados TODAY. Weir, who will be entering elective politics for the first time on February 21 said: “The members of my team have received a warm reception throughout the constituency. People on the ground are calling for change. The constituents no longer have any tolerance for irresponsible conduct.
“They are opposed to people who do not take their issues seriously, over promising and under-delivering. They are opposed to people who do not live up to commitment to simple things like meetings, writing letters for constituents or follow up on pressing social matters. They feel particularly insulted by the last minute rush to find employment which could not be found five years ago.”
He charged that the high national profile being cultivated by parliamentary representative for St. Philip North, Michael Lashley, had nothing with his stewardship at the constituency level.
“People think that he is too immature to be a representative. They say he engages more in “skinning his teeth” and making promises [he does not keep]. This they have grown tired of and do not want to see him,” Weir said.
The managing director of Indar Weir Travel Centre said many constituents had expressed concern to him over the lack of representation as he canvassed the constituency. He charged that this deficiency by the incumbent had contributed significantly to the mood for change.
Addressing the issue of the allocation of housing units, Weir said: “In terms of allocation of housing solutions, the persistent refrain is that mainly friends, specific gender and people who they perceive as better off than the most vulnerable seem to benefit.
“In terms of job allocations, people are not forewarned of the type of job they are taking up. They show up with one expectation only to be left completely disillusioned when placed on a specific assignment.”
On the issue of infra-structural development in the constituency, Weir said most of the roads needed to be resurfaced or completely replaced.
“There is a hue and a cry across all communities, but predominately within working class districts where there is flooding, potholes, mud and those irritants that can be addressed with haste,” Weir reported.
He charged to that simple things like utility poles and street lights that caould be made easily accessible through the Rural Development Commission had been neglected. He described Marley Vale was a classic example of blatant neglect of the basic concerns of an area.
The businessman also had concerns about the role being played by the constituency council, arguing that for the most part it has been dysfunctional with its membership unknown.†He charged that the council was just another way of funding a political campaign with taxpayers’ money.
Weir complained that there were still a number of households in Bequest, Blades Hill and Thickets who were awaiting assistance following the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas. He cited a case in Merricks where a wheelchair bound constituent and her son were left stranded after she was removed from her home to allow workmen from the Rural Development Commission to effect repairs to it.†(NC)