Kellman blasts BLP over 50th

Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman has blasted the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), saying it had demonstrated a lack of interest in the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.

Kellman launched the broadside against the BLP today shortly after participating in a Golden Jubilee of Independence-related ceremony that included the unveiling of plaques honouring present and former workers and the planting of trees at the ministry’s headquarters on Country Road,
St Michael.

The Member of Parliament for St Lucy charged that the Opposition was criticizing Barbadians for being appreciative of themselves as independent people free of the shackles of colonial rule.

Contending that visitors to the island and Barbadians living abroad had shown an interest in the year-long celebrations, he contended that all Barbadians, including the Opposition, should join in celebrating this landmark just as most individuals celebrate their 50th birthday.

Kellman said it was insulting to Barbadians when people only saw dollars and cents, but could not recognize that an industry could be developed or “married” to this particular landmark. He argued that citizens and the country would realize a return on the investment of the $7 million earmarked for the celebrations.

The minister told Barbados TODAY that he recently returned from Mexico where the government had spent 50 million pesos (approximately Bds$5.5 million) on developing a monument for that country’s anniversary of independence.

Kellman said he was happy that the schools were on board with the celebrations, adding that the most significant aspect of any project was how the youth respond to an historic landmark.

Pointing out that the celebrations during the month of July will be focused on his constituency, he gave an assurance that
St Lucy would do something big to mark the occasion.

Kellman disclosed that on July 30, his constituency will erect a wall of heroes which will feature the names of outstanding Barbadians born in St Lucy such as the Right Excellent Errol Barrow, Leroy Brathwaite, Amory Phillips, Charles Duncan O’Neale and Edwin Boyce. (NC)

5 Responses to Kellman blasts BLP over 50th

  1. BaJan boy May 7, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Kellman brays and expect intelligent people to follow him and his despicable bunch. They intend to get both as much pocket change and as party as much mileage to save their dishonest faces at election time. The mere fact that they only focus on constituencies where the MP is from DEM tells you it is all about part.
    The BLP has taken a more intellectual approach in educating the masses and prepare them for a future,not like DEM who wine and grine them and look for a vote to further exploit and degrade their standard of living.

    • andrew watson May 7, 2016 at 9:04 am

      This is not about a party but about a people ,also our history and it`s time we stop being divisive .I know for sure that both parties have played a part in our development and how we have progressed over the last fifty years.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

      You would do well to reassess your assessment of the Barbados Labour Party while you castigate the Democratic ones for their foolishness. The Barbados Labour Party might have brought an educational approach to their leadership but it does not take away from the fact that during their time at the wheel, their policies and projects were no less controversial than the DLP. What they did different was engage in the people at every turn. They cannot be faulted for that. However, there was very little disclosure on Veco deal, the prison, the road works programme, Greenland, Hardwood Housing, Gems and few others. Make no mistake you can wash dirt with two different detergents but only one will be formulated to get rid of the stains. Unfortunately, both of these political parties cannot rid themselves of their past and present stains.

  2. Green Giant May 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    That’s so correct @Sunshine, some of us like Bajan boy seems to be too politically blindfolded to realize that both these parties and to a latter extent these still colonial minded politicians are all cut from the same dirty rag.

  3. Sherlock Holmes. May 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This Bajan boy chap does not seem to have all of his marbles he just cannot be objective at all, he reminds all the time of someone who would drive down a one way street if he felt it would make his journey easier,be reckless as to the consequences my advice to you BB, is to remember what i have been telling you all along,take heed lest you fall, in your zest to be critical you are always bordering on defamation you are going to slip up very soon and you will pay the price, hard ears you won’t hear own way ya gine feel.


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