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A right to fair media

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“We are pledging to give Barbados a real multi-choice with the issue of other television licences. It is wrong for a society to be afflicted by a situation where night by night a state monopoly is used as an agency for a party… I don’t want people on CBC to say I am coming to fire people because that is how the Dems are going to put it, but Barbados has to be brought in line with the rest of the world in relation to the right of its citizens to have access to a free and fair media, without the state using a monopoly of the media as a means of influencing public opinion and it is a means of discriminating against more than half of the society.”

Arthur told his chief opponent, Haynesley Benn, that the large swing he had seen toward his first contesting of the polls was in fact due to the absence of the person [Nigel Harper] who had preceded him and who had no connection to St. Peter.

“I know what it was to run in this constituency 28 years ago when the difference was one. I’ve taken this constituency and converted it from being a constituency where the result was virtually tied to one where the labour party can look with comfort to retaining this seat. I am not going to put a number on it but believe me when I tell you that the people in St. Peter who support me are more enthusiastic than before and that we are bringing to this campaign, fresh minds, fresh legs, fresh faces. We are bringing new teams and I am paying attention to it in a big way. I am not going to give a number but if it happens with Haynesley Benn I would not be a happy man.”

Further addressing the planned unveiling of the party’s manifesto and future plans, Arthur said they went through four drafts, several meeting and consultations with interest groups to come up with the large document they would soon reveal.

“We will be setting out very clearly strong proposals in relations to how we are going to rescue and manage the Barbados economy. We will also be setting out strong proposals as to how we will bring back a strong transformation to Barbados beginning fundamentally with issues of governance. A large part of Barbados’ problem has to do with the way in which the country has been governed or not governed and our manifesto speaks to it…

“I have never spent more time on this. For me this election is an important election … because it is intellectually challenging. I have had 40 years of experience as a professional economist and believe me when I tell you I am titillated intellectually by what needs to be done to take this economy in its… [present] state and restore it and I have seriously spent a lot of time working on the manifesto. It is a document that we will be proudly presenting to the people as soon as practicable after we get the first phase of this campaign off.”

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