Matchstick houses from Dems
The Democratic Labour Party’s only legacy is making poor people poorer, says Barbados Labour Party candidate Kerrie Symmonds.
Symmonds, the candidate for St. James Central, told a meeting of his party in Buccaneer, St. James last night on a St. Andrew constituency platform that the DLP had come to the north with promises of a major project in Pickering, St. Lucy.
The project, he added, was supposed to have 1,000 houses constructed from 2010, shopping facilities, a commercial centre, hotel, vendors market, civic centre and heritage complex, day care centre among other amenities, but yet had not got off the ground.
“The Democratic Labour Party has one single legacy. They took poor people and made them poorer. There [were] poor people with opportunities and climbing the social and economic ladder in Barbados when Owen Arthur was leader in this country, and the Democratic Labour Party lick down de ladder, kicked it down and humbugged them.
“These people told you that all of this development was coming to past. Because we challenged them over what they were doing at Coverley, when they took all the land at Coverley and gave the development to one man, Bjerkhamn,” he said.
No local carpenters or steel benders, he alleged got work on the project, but a single company did the work, while the DLP, when challenged, said there would be more developments.
“So they went up to Pickering and said they turning soil, nothing came out of it. What you have to understand is you cannot trust the word of the Minister of Housing and you cannot trust the word of the Democratic Labour Party when it comes to housing… As Minister of Housing, he has presided over a state of affairs that have only been humbugging people.
“Those little matchstick things they got [at Lancaster] is a classic example. Who seriously aspires to own that which they are selling to you in Lancaster? Can you feel satisfied that what they build at Lancaster wukking for you?”
He added: “The reality is that that which they selling for $150,000 not big enough to get furniture inside. It is a destruction of that which we hold dear.”
He charged that the DLP was trying to divide the country and hold people back because of their political persuasion. (LB)