Smut & dirt!

by Shawn Cumberbatch

blpmarshallandduguidThe Barbados Labour Party is being “savaged” by Democratic Labour Party spokesmen who have “descended into the smut and dirt” during the current general elections campaign.

But despite what he said was clear provocation, BLP deputy leader Dale Marshall today said his party would not be going toe to toe with the Dems in like manner.

Speaking this morning at a media briefing held at the BLP’s Roebuck Street headquarters, the St. Joseph candidate said the institution was “satisfied that our candidates have taken the high road on every occasion”.

“This campaign we feel that we have been savaged by the Democratic Labour Party, which instead of giving the people of Barbados a message, or instead of reporting to the people of Barbados on what they have done over the last five years, their campaign is really made up of nothing more than a series of speeches, each one berating the candidates of the Barbados Labour Party,” he said.

“And as provoked as we feel we might have been, I am satisfied that our candidates have stayed on message and we have not descended into the smut and dirt that we feel the Democratic Labour Party rightly needs to be criticised for.” Marshall was also critical of the DLP for what he said were attacks on private citizens who were not involved in the political electioneering.

“They have brought the names of individuals who are not on the political scene at all into the campaign, individuals who have worked hard to make sure that issues in Barbados are dealt with in a manner that’s appropriate,” he said.

“We completely and totally deprecate what we understand to have been vicious comments made about Ms. June Fowler of the CLICO policyholders group. That is not the kind of stuff that we feel should make its way into a campaign. “Miss Fowler does not have a platform on which she can stand every night and respond to criticisms that are made of her.

We know her to be a woman of the finest possible intellect and integrity and we have to say that we are distressed that the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party would attack such an outstanding Barbadian, who has worked above and beyond her calling in the way [she has].

“We are also concerned about other matters on the Democratic Labour Party platform, recent comments about individuals if they are looking for money in their pocket they should go to drug lords, those are unseemly comments and we really have to say that the Barbados Labour Party is staying above that kind of dialogue that passes for intellectual political debate,” he added.

The BLP spokesman said the party was “extraordinarily pleased with how things have been going”, noting that “all of our meetings have shown a tremendous level of organisation, punctuality”.

“The content of our platform we think has been a credit to the intellectual strength of all of our candidates and of the party as a whole,” he said.

“In terms of our campaign going forward, we have eight days left, we have a clear programme of action over the next eight days and we continue to role those out on a day by day basis.

Marshall also reminded that the party would suspend all political campaigning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, resuming on Thursday with the launch of their election manifesto at a seven o’clock meeting at Eagle Hall, St. Michael.

“In the manifesto is an exciting programme in relation to how we can kick start the Barbadian economy and I think that all Barbadians want to have a clear understanding of how we as a political party intend to put money back in people’s pockets,” he stated.

“And therefore the entire Barbadian public should look forward not just to hearing a slate of excellent speakers, but there will be especially interested in the speech of Owen Arthur as he unveils the substance and content of the manifesto document.”

Deputy campaign manager Dr. William Duguid said the manifesto would be released at Eagle and online simultaneously, “so that those of you who might not get a chance to physically get the document in your hand you will be able to access fully all of the document online”. shawncumberbatch@barbadostoday.bb

One Response to Smut & dirt!

  1. Kay-rani rosita February 13, 2013 at 12:38 am

    “…instead of reporting to the people of Barbados on what they have done over the last five years”,
    That is a blatant lie; if necessary, I could repeat here the different reports of individual candidates on the achievements and successes they have made for the people of Barbados over the last five years.
    If Ms June Fowler is a private citizen who is not involved in political electioneering, then what is it to do with you and the BLP? She is a grown woman who I am sure can ably defend herself.
    “We completely and totally deprecate what we understand to have been vicious comments made about Ms. June Fowler of the CLICO policyholders group.” I notice that you have not repeated the alleged comments, why is that?
    Humbug!!!

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