What’s the big deal?
BLP’s Hinkson minimizes Maria Agard spat with branch exec
Much ado about nothing!
That’s how St James North MP Edmund Hinkson is treating the public squabble between Christ Church West Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Maria Agard and the branch executive.
“As far as I am concerned within the scheme of things it is insignificant,” he told Barbados TODAY, after he joined the Aron and Christina Truss Foundation which presented tablets to Class 3 students at
the St Alban’s Primary School this morning.
Some constituents have accused Dr Agard of “having a high level of disconnect” with the constituency, an accusation which she has rubbished in defence of her stewardship of the seat regarded as a BLP stronghold.
Hinkson, her parliamentary colleague, insisted that he would not ”make any judgment on the issue whatsoever,” maintaining that much bigger issues were at stake.
He said the BLP must focus on improving the quality of life of Barbadians and look ahead to forming a government that would do well by the people whenever the next election is called.
“Right now we are going through in Barbados the worst period in our socio-economic situation that we have encountered since independence. Under this Democratic Labour Party Government we have reached the brink of disaster, our economy has not shown growth at any stage of the seven and a half years of the Democratic Labour Party. They have broken every promise that they have made to the people of Barbados, whether it is in terms of transparency of Government or stability; whether it is in terms of paying back CLICO depositors their funds, whether it is in terms of the economy improving. What more can the Barbadian people take?”
Against this background he urged his party not be detracted.
Hinkson said the BLP was grounded in providing proper representation to the country at all levels and that must remain the single focus.
“What I am certainly going to urge is that all of us came into public life with one ostensible purpose in mind, that is to serve our people, to serve first our constituents and to serve wider Barbadians and to improve the quality of life of the people of this country; and we must never forget that purpose and everything we must do we must never forget that aim. “
“I would really urge the country as well to let us forget and focus on the real issues which confront this nation and the fact that we have the worst Government that is frankly the worst since adult suffrage.”
Earlier this month, BLP leader Mia Mottley echoed similar sentiments, saying that her party was all about representation.
“Representation is what it is all about. Representation and being the voice for the voiceless, taking a stand for people when no one else will and the display of courage and compassion and affability.
“Our mission is not simply to make a better life for our people, but in every aspect of what we do to uplift them, to defend them, to protect them and to do so in a selfless matter. It is a feature that this Government has failed to recognize,” Mottley stressed at the time.