Barbadians can expect a “very impressive” and “longer than usual” manifesto from the Barbados Labour Party.
But what they should not look forward to when the document is released soon is promises of special giveaways including duty free concessions and other sweet deals.
Speaking at a Press conference this morning at the BLP’s Roebuck Street headquarters, deputy leader Dale Marshall told the media the document would have “a number of meaningful and realistic propositions”.
“You can expect that we will have a very impressive document. We are excited about it, we have put a lot of work into it,” he said.
“We took advantage of the time that we had in its preparation, we engaged in the widest possible consultation, we have done a number of drafts, and in areas where we felt we didn’t exactly capture our message we took the time to make sure that it is how it should be.
“I am not going to go into the details, but the people of Barbados will be treated to a very impressive document for a manifesto. It will be longer than usual, but the reason for that really is that we feel that as a party in Opposition we need to give Barbadians a clearer vision of where we intend to take this country,” he added.
The St. Joseph candidate added that the manifesto would also be available online and that the BLP campaign team had “planned a very dynamic and interactive manifesto online presence, which we think will appeal to a large number of younger Barbadians who are not only interested in technology, but who really would much rather view a document on screen than to have a manifesto of some size”.
“In terms of the content of it I am not at liberty to tell you now what that will be, but certainly all of our candidates are very excited about what it holds for Barbados. A number of meaningful and realistic propositions will be put forward in the manifesto,” he stated.
The public will not find us promising duty free cars to policemen and teachers, they will not find us promising hundred per cent mortgages to all civil servants, they will not find us promising to enact legislation in a hundred days.
“The Barbados Labour Party is a mature party and has had the benefit of sustained presence at the helm of this country between 1994 and 2008 and that allows us with the experience that we have to take a more mature approach to politics and to take a more mature approach on what we present to the people of Barbados.”
Marshall said the BLP was “satisfied that the proposals that we have in the manifesto are proposals that stand the test of reasonableness, they will stand the test of time and will certain satisfy the expectations of Barbadians”. (SC)