Just for show
Wickham has say on DLP conference
Political scientist Peter Wickham has cautioned the Barbadian public against expecting any serious policy decisions to come from the ongoing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) 60th annual conference.
“I think that most of us in the public domain who are outside the Democratic Labour Party are looking to the DLP to see its policy decision at this time and I am not sure that the party conference is the place that we can expect that type of discussion,” Wickham told Barbados TODAY.
In fact the director of the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) made it clear that the conference was just a “feel good” session for the top brass of the party and its membership.
“I am not taking a lot of what is being said at the convention seriously, largely because a party conference is a feel good time and it has a lot more to do with making the party membership feel good about themselves, and also for the party to celebrate an important milestone, and a lot less to do with serious policy decisions.
“It is a party that has been around for quite sometime and certainly they would have achieved many great things in life but as far as serious and intense policy decisions are concerned I don’t really expect a whole lot of that type of thing to come out of the DLP’s conference,” Wickham explained.
He added that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s challenge to his party members to come up with policy ideas that will have a positive impact on every Barbadian household was expected.
“That’s the type of thing that I expect him to say. You call the members, you rally them to the cause. The reality however is we have heard this type of thing before. He has called not only on the members but he has called on all Barbadians to rally around [the DLP],” the political analyst said.
On Sunday, Stuart called on delegates to“put heads together” and come up with a programme that will “touch and heal” every Barbadian household, saying this would make the conference a successful one.
However the CADRES director was not impressed.
“These are the types of political statements that we expect. He is behaving true to cause, true to form,” Wickham said.
On the issue of the vote on a resolution in support of Barbados becoming a republic, Wickham said he believed that members would give the Prime Minister the nod, but that it would go no further than the conference.
“I think that we know the republic will require some amount of support from the Opposition and I would be extremely surprised if the Opposition would want to do that. So it’s safe ground.
“It’s the kind of policy decision that the Democratic Labour Party faithful can explore, and I suspect that it would gain their support but we know that it will not go any further. . . because we understand that it is something all well intentioned but pretty much it will be stillborn,” he predicted.