Don’t blame us!
Don’t point fingers at the Democratic Labour Party, blame a “desperate” Barbados Labour Party for the alleged vandalism of its own election posters and at least one billboard.
While BLP Deputy Leader Dale Marshall told Barbados TODAY he did not want to make the issue bigger than it needed to be and preferred not to comment, DLP campaign strategy team member Ronald Jones today said “desperate people do desperate things and blame it on the opponent”.
Both he and DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim denied any member or supporter of the party was involved in such acts, of which BLP candidate Indar Weir said he was a victim.
But Jones went a step further and said “things can be staged in order to bring about a desired effect”. He and Pilgrim spoke at a DLP press conference this morning.
“If you want to achieve a negative on your opponent you can also create the environment for that negative to be visited on your opponent. In the instance of a billboard being erected it does not take the Democratic Labour Party, any of its supporters … to go and push that billboard down. Things can be staged in order to bring about a desired effect,” Jones said.
“There are persons in Barbados being employed by the Barbados Labour Party whose mantra is something called perception management — that’s all they are paid to do and if you think a billboard being toppled is going to be the only thing that they are going to be reporting and complaining about then you are badly mistaken.
“They are going to find, create, manipulate, orchestrate, all kinds of things because … in perception management it is to point at the other person. Pay careful attention … to what is going on and I am predicting today as we speak, based on the personnel they have wrapped around them from distant places that more and more as we go deeper into the campaign it is going to start coming out,” he added.
The Minister of Education said the DLP “never had a history of tearing down the posters of any opponent” and that after BLP candidates “slathered” utility poles with their posters his party’s candidates were forced to “find some dark convenient corner” to place theirs.
As the DLP prepares to launch its campaign tomorrow a number of billboards bearing the images of candidates are being placed around the country, in some instances next to or near those of the BLP.
There was an instance this morning when a billboard with the picture of St. Thomas candidate Rolerick Hinds was placed in Warrens in front of one erected by the BLP last week.
“The Democratic Labour Party is the better team. This is just strategic planning. I’m going to put one in the heart of St. Thomas and let them follow. I gine show them how to do it. I gine show them how to represent St. Thomas… The headquarters dealt with the issue of permission and I am very sure they would not put me wrong,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“Of course sometimes in doing things we might make mistakes but the important thing is to recognise and then you adjust it accordingly. We are not here to break the law or anything, we are just letting people know we are here and we plan to continue to represent Barbados.” (SC/LB)