Enough suffering

blpactnowdanceBarbados Labour Party candidate for St. Philip South, Anthony Wood, believes that social dislocation in Barbados has reached unprecedented levels.

Wood voiced this concern tonight while addressing a meeting in Villa Road, Brittons Hill, St. Michael.

The former Minister of Agriculture argued that when tensions build up high enough people will fight back.

Wood told the crowd that every day he has to write four to five food vouchers for individuals within the constituency.

He recalled that several people who had benefited from Project Oasis had thrown their support behind the Democratic Labour Party in 2008, but never anticipated that they would have disbanded the project.

Wood suggested that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart should level with the public and apologise to them for what he did not do.

He charged that the Administration was the first to fail to fulfill any of its manifesto promises.

Wood, who is a lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, accused Stuart of being pre-occupied with trivia, while many people have been made to suffer.

He gave the assurance when a BLP government assumes office after the February 21 general election, it would ensure that the economy is kick started.

The former representative for Philip South argued that once again people would begin to feel good about themselves.

Commenting on the issue of the quality of candidates being elected to Parliament, Wood argued that electors should demand more from their political leaders.

Wood recalled that during the 1960s and 1970s, a high level of scholarship was displayed in the House of Assembly, arguing that the DLP had now reduced political discourse to nothing.

He said too that many young people had expressed an interest in getting involved in the political process and get politics back on track.

Commenting on the party’s input into the educational system, Wood recalled that the BLP Government had built out capacity at the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic because the BLP understood the importance of education.

Wood recalled that the student roll at the Cave Hill Campus had risen from 4,000 to 9,000 in 2007 in keeping with the government’s policy of having a graduate in every household.

He suggested that Barbados should have a higher number of students trained at the Cave Hill Campus.

Wood argued that the government should pay the $200 million owed to the Cave Hill Campus.

He maintained that no one had expected that the government of Barbados would have owed the Cave Hill campus $200 million.

Wood said he was prepared to ensure that the children of the 16,000 private sector workers who were laid off were not disadvantaged in any way. (NC)

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