BLP in ‘total chaos’
The Barbados Labour Party is in total chaos following the publication of Sunday’s poll which showed that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has gained the approval of more Barbadians than former leader, Owen Arthur, for the leadership of the country.
Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler, made this assertion last night while addressing a mass meeting at the Paragon, Britton’s Hill, St Michael.
Sinckler, who is the DLP’s candidate for St Michael North West accused the BLP of churning out misinformation and lies on a daily basis.
He further questioned the accuracy of the number of persons attending the party’s manifesto launch, and argued that if so many people had assembled at Eagle Hall, “the land would have collapsed under the weight of the crowd”.
Noting that both parties had retained the services of trained public relations experts to present their cases to the public, Sinckler, also the Minister of Economic Affairs, said he found it strange that Arthur was always in the media attempting to put his spin on every issue.†
The BLP was pretending that they had the answers for every problem, he stated, adding that he felt Barbadians were tired of the party.
He however maintained that there had been no light banter with Arthur and Prime Minister Stuart over the political future of Mia Mottley and warned that she would soon find out the folly of her ways.
After leaders like Grantley Adams, Errol Barrow, Tom Adams, Sir Lloyd Sandiford, Sir Harold St. John and David Thompson, Sinckler contended that Arthur had no real legacy to speak of. In fact, he said, Arthur’s only legacy was the $750 million prison at Dodds, St. Philip, and when classed up with Stuart, he came up short.
Stressing that Stuart had his 150 per cent support, Sinckler asked where the BLP would find the funds to execute their programmes and accused Arthur of attempting to practise his own brand of “political witchcraft”.
Commenting on the recent poll which was carried in another section of the press, he accused the BLP of speaking ill of pollster Peter Wickham because the poll did not indicate that the party was heading for a landslide victory or that Arthur was the more popular choice as Prime Minister.
He charged that there were certain persons who sought to suppress the publication of the poll because it did express their political ambitions.
Sinckler further charged that BLP operatives approached a group of pollsters with a view to having them publish another poll in another section of the Press on Sunday, indicating that the BLP would win the election with a margin of 21-9 seats.
He noted that the pollsters declined the offer because they feared that their credibility would be undermined in future polls.†(NC)