50th celebrations boycott

Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall said he planned to boycott the activities for the climax of the 50th anniversary of Independence, claiming there was nothing to celebrate.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week announced a programme of events to culminate the jubilee year, including a Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert on the night of November 30, at which international megastar Rihanna will sing the National Anthem.

However, Marshall, said he would not be party to any celebration as long as his constituents continued to experience water shortages and other social hardships

“Until I get water in St Joseph, until the garbage gets collected in St Joseph, until my roads get fixed, till people stop feeling the whip of the Democratic Labour Party, we in this country have nothing to celebrate,” the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator said last night at a party meeting at the St John Primary School where Charles Griffith was nominated as the BLP’s candidate for that constituency.

“Dale Dermot Marshall will not be going to a single thing. I have constituents who cannot tell you the last day they were able to stand up under a pipe and have a shower.”

Marshall said both his constituents and Barbadians on a whole had “a lot of burdens to bear” as a result the governing Democratic Labour Party policies since it came to power in 2008.

He also charged that the feeling on nationalism among Barbadians had been eroded and was being replaced by “an act of despair and desperation’ because people were losing faith in their country.

12 Responses to 50th celebrations boycott

  1. RC October 25, 2016 at 4:57 am

    What do you expect from a Political party who would boycott the 375 Th Anniversary of the third Parliament in the British Commonwealth. Grandstanding seems to be their thing.

  2. Carolyn Jordan
    Carolyn Jordan October 25, 2016 at 5:24 am

    It would not. Miss you

  3. Coralita October 25, 2016 at 5:59 am

    A long stupse!!!!!

  4. Zeus October 25, 2016 at 7:45 am

    He boycotted St Joseph for years so boycotting independence ain’t no big thing

  5. David Hall October 25, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Right on Dale! Don’t mind DLP yard-fowls who choose to ignore reality.

  6. Adrian October 25, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Is Mr Marshall saying that there is nothing between 1966 and 2016 to celebrate?

  7. Hardtimes October 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Rc and Zeus you two couldn’t have selected better names to call your selves. In this life they are truths and untruths,fools and fools in a fool camp I can’t tell you what to say but at least think about what you say before u say it. This kinda larkkas parkas attitude and ppl in this country are suffering,but for you two I guess it’s a simple cause of who feels it knows it. Mr Marshall earned the right to speak on the behalf of his constituents with meaning, unlike you “yardfowls” who come with a set agenda.

  8. Carson C Cadogan October 25, 2016 at 8:49 am

    That is to be expected.

    The Barbados Labour Party fought tooth and nail in order to prevent Barbados from gaining Independence in 1966.

    So no one expects them to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Independence in 2016.

  9. smiley October 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

    No loyalty to country Dale? SHAMEFUL

  10. colleen belgrave October 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Barbados don’t belongs to DLP & BLP so who care if you bycott

  11. Loretta Griffith October 28, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I am all for the celebrations whether they are by B, D or C.
    After all fifty years is a milestone in the life of a nation or person and deserve some form of celebration. It does not have to be exorbitant or excessive.
    I love the glitz and glitter. It does not happen everyday so let’s all
    unite and enjoy the celebrations. Forget the pettiness.
    Today it’s the DLP next it may be the BLP and they too will have my wholehearted support.
    Wish I could be around for another fifty years celebration. Love it!

  12. Miche October 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    You mean to tell me that ,he is he is now publicly admitting ,that all the years that the B L P spent in Governing this country,that they did nothing that’s worth celebrating….. The truth had to come out,,,,,Thanks Fail,,,sorry Uh mean Dale


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