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Opposition feels excluded from 50th plan

The Freundel Stuart administration has been accused of excluding the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) from the planning and execution of activities marking the island’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

The accusation was levelled against the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government by Opposition BLP Senator Dr Jerome Walcott during this afternoon’s debate in the Upper House on the Appropriations Bill 2016.

“I’m not going to argue this evening about if $7 million is enough or too much. I’m not going to get into that.  What I am concerned about is the apparent politicization and partisanship in terms of the planning and the execution of events related to the celebration of this 50th anniversary of Independence,” Dr Walcott said.

He argued that the celebrations should be “a national effort” and both parties needed to “put historical aspects behind us.

“This is 50 years post-Independence.  The Democratic Labour Party formed the Government for 26 years and, whether they like it or not, Madam President, the Barbados Labour Party formed the Government for 24 of those 50 years and was involved, to a large measure, in the post-Independence development of this country.

“And I don’t believe that in terms of planning this that the Barbados Labour Party should not have been invited to have a representative or someone as part of your planning committee. But that is a matter for those who are involved.”

Leader of the Senate, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean fired back, stating that Dr Walcott was misleading the Senate.

Dr Walcott acknowledged that while 50 years represented a milestone that should be celebrated, he had some harsh words for the Government which, he said, was celebrating in the face of major social development challenges in the sectors of health, education, housing and sanitation, among others.

“The issues of mounting garbage as we celebrate 50 years of Independence, where we cannot even seem to get the sanitation working; the matter of housing, where throughout the length and breadth of Barbados, … persons who are seeking adequate housing are often paraded across the newspapers; public transportation where commuters wait for hours some days complaining they can’t get to work; children can’t get to school because of the inadequate transportation…

“Celebrate by all means, but be mindful of our true state and let us endeavour to do much better as we go on,” Dr Walcott said.

His criticism came one week after Opposition Leader Mia Mottley slammed Government during the Estimates debate in the House of Assembly on the $7 million budget allocated for the jubilee celebrations. (MCW)

15 Responses to Opposition feels excluded from 50th plan

  1. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister March 22, 2016 at 6:18 am

    The whole of Barbados except for the cabinet is excluded from the 50th plan.
    Spending people money over foolishness.

  2. Henderson Cheltenham
    Henderson Cheltenham March 22, 2016 at 7:17 am

    It wasn’t the 50th anniversary and the BLP was wasting money and wanna ain’t complain,stop getting on like spoiled children

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Could not agree with you more. They did bare nonsense too. Not like they did not waste millions that ended up in some convenient places like in various pockets. Can’t call the kettle black when the pot blacker.

  3. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 22, 2016 at 7:44 am

    The BLP understands that the $7 million being spent has precious little to do with celebrating Barbados at 50 (no that much to celebrate anyway) but more to do with kick-starting the DEM’s election campaign. As proof, few Barbadians are aware of the calendar of events put together exclusively by said DLP to the exclusion of all others. Celebrate we may, waste we ought not since govt lament has been “we have no money.”

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne March 22, 2016 at 10:40 am

      I agree with you 100%. Dems just want to wipe out Barbados. That’s all.

  4. Carson C Cadogan March 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I dont see what he is bellyaching about.

    The Barbados Labour Party fought tooth and nail against Barbados becoming an Independent state some 51 years ago. they even went as far as sending a delegation to London seeking to get the British not to give us Independence. Not all of us have short memories Jerome.

    So I really dont know what his problem is.

  5. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne March 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Don’t worry about a thing, Dr. Walcott. This 50th. Anniversary Gala is just a gimmick for Dems to get more votes for the upcoming elections.

  6. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm
  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    The only celebration the only would enjoy would be held at Kensington or Independence Square.

  8. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 22, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    People suffering and all the ads you could preach is B.L.P. or D.L.P. Try addressing the issues .

  9. jrsmith March 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    My take saying the 50th year of dependence from what , still depending on whom, still at the crossroad with tin cup in hand..borrowing here and there..

    Whats ever so worrying is Barbados/bajans ready, to step into the 51st year of dependence , we cannot even confirm we are in the 21st century, we are still thinking of all our yester years when things were good..

  10. Tennyson Joseph
    Tennyson Joseph March 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Why politicised everything in Barbados?.. Im seeing quite a bit of interest in persons here in the uk. showing interest in travelling to Barbados to be part of the celebrations… does this means anything

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 23, 2016 at 4:58 am

      No it does not. Everything is being forced upon Barbadians for acceptance. The DLP decided on this not Barbadians. The DLP decided on the controversial waste to energy project, not Barbadians. The DLP decided that they are not buying any more trucks to help with garbage collection, not Barbadians, The DLP decided that we will become a republic, not Barbadians. It is the decision of the DLP that is causing the most harm in Barbados, not Barbadians.


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