Husbands: The wrong people in charge
Barbados Labour Party candidate for St. James South, Sandra Husbands, believes Barbadians have slothful people in charge of state power, a situation she has described as unfortunate.
Husbands voiced this concern tonight while addressing a spot meeting at Hoyte’s New Development, St. James, in support of BLP candidate for St. James Central, Kerri Symmonds.
Citing Proverbs 19 which says, “He who is slothful will tend to sleep”, Husbands recalled that Prime Minsiter Freundel Stuart had stated that the BLP has awakened a sleeping giant, the ruling Democartic Labour Party. † †Husbands charged that the slothful behaviour displayed by Democratic Labour Party candidate, George Hutson, as Minister of International Business had resulted in the loss of $2 billion in international business and 2,700 jobs.
The former government senator noted that after parents had taught their children the value of education to their advancement in life, they were faced with a situation where having acquired certification in such areas as financial management and accountancy they were counted among the unemployed.
Health ‘too expensive’
Husbands pointed out that employees in the offshore sector earned salaries in the region of $10,000 and $15,000 a month. She charged that under her opponent, Minister of Health Donville Inniss, the delivery of health care to Barbadians had become too expensive.
She suggested that the loss of $2 billion in foreign exchange from the international business sector had presented a major challenge for the delivery of health care to the citizens of Barbados. She said that with the loss of revenue, the Ministry of Health began to import cheaper, less effective, drugs, and had taken some drugs off the national formulary.
As a result of the importation of cheaper drugs, many Barbadians were finding it increasingly difficult to control their blood pressure. She also charged that with the reduction in the quantity of drugs imported by Government, prices charged patients at private dispensaries had jumped.
Addressing the issue of the cost of living, Husbands charged that Government was quietly reclassifying goods thereby increasing the rate of duty and the cost of goods to the customer. Presenting a case for the BLP candidate in the St. James Central constituency, Kerri Symmonds, Husbands said Barbados needed forceful and intelligent representatives like Symmonds.†(NC)