Halls and walls of fame
Speaking in support of “my good friend” and Democratic Labour Party candidate for St. Michael West Central, James Paul, at a national meeting at Grazettes last night, Lashley, suggested that the “halls and walls” could be in honour of persons who had dedicated their lives to community upliftment.
“Community halls and walls of fame should be established to those who have worked over a long period of time, dedicated to the upliftment of these communities and are mentors and role models to ensure that people in the community stand out as representatives of these communities,” submitted the former long-standing parliamentarian, who is often described as a community practitioner.
He said he believed the role of community practitioners was very important, and he identified former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Phillip Greaves, and former Minister of Tourism and iconic West Indies fast bowler, Sir Wesley Hall, as “perfect examples to your young people as community practitioners”.
Lashley said he felt that Sir Phillip ought to be recognised for his outstanding work as a lawyer and Sir Wesley, as a great fast bowler. His opinion was that people in communities, especially those living in Government housing areas, were shamed and humiliated under the Barbados Labour Party by being evicted for outstanding rent.
“But I have seen,” asserted the former DLP Government Advisor on Poverty Alleviation, “a revolutionary government changed those embarrassing situations. The DLP has started a new social programme to bring communities together.”
He referred to the David Thompson Memorial Football Tournament, which Lashley noted had benefitted about 700 footballers in Barbados and was being watched by thousands of people. The veteran politician observed that these games had resulted in community harmonisation and sychronisation.
“I understand the power and importance of community,” Lashley boasted.
The community activist who started as a member of the DLP, went to the BLP and later returned as an Independent supporting the Dems again, claimed that all the social programmes started by the Freundel Stuart Administration, would be stopped by the Bees, if they got back into office. (EJ)†