DLP cautioned

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Reverend Dr Kenroy Burke

The ruling Democratic Labour Party has been told that it must rebrand and renew itself every year or risk becoming obsolete.

The advice was given to members of the party this morning by Reverend Dr Kenroy Burke of the Kingdom Empowerment New Testament as he addressed the worship session on the final day of the political institution’s 59th Annual Conference, being held at their George Street, St. Michael headquarters.

Unless you meet the needs of people [and] unless you meet people where they are you become irrelevant,” he said.

I challenge you as a party never ever to find yourself in that position where Barbados can do without you. When you get there it is time to pack up and go,” he told DLP supporters.

Burke also gave advice to the leadership of the party and its members of Parliament.

You have to be very careful that you do not become follow pattern. I know that people go overseas and study and oftentimes come back with what we call a paradigm shift, but unless the paradigm shift fits into the policies and procedures and desires and aims and purposes of the political party, you have to be careful that people don’t hijack your party.

I am a young man and . . . it is great for young people to come forward and advance things, and institutions and everything, but you have to be careful with us, because there is no proper mentorship; you will have what we call a loose cannon. People who will just do their own thing and at the end of the day when you look around, they up and gone,” he stressed.

The cleric, who is also principal of the People’s Cathedral School, noted that while he respects youthful ambition, it comes with an agenda which can sometimes outweigh the party perspective and position.

So we run ahead of the party, we run ahead of people, [and] we try to do our own thing because we are about ourselves. If you are going to be a party of relevance, you must be willing to serve the people. Serve the nation of Barbados. Barbados needs some servants. Barbados does not need any more political gurus. We have that,” Burke stated.

8 Responses to DLP cautioned

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne August 17, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I’m very sorry, Reverend, but this Government has lost their direction.

  2. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow August 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Dem lost every kinda ection?

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 17, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Taking advantage of the poor and do not care, taxes everywhere, no raise a pay in 6yrs

    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll August 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      The civil servants got two raises when DT was still PM. so its would be in correct to say there haven’t been any raises in 6 years.

  4. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt August 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Taking advantage of the poor?? How can you SAY that?!! This is the ‘poor people’ government!! They give the ‘poor’ fish instead of teaching them to fish. And THENNNNN when the ‘poor’ continue to ask they tax them!

  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    I know Mr Mascoll is not aware of what he is saying , the last raise of pay was in 2008, if you got one you are so luckly Mr Mascoll.

  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Mr Mascoll I have check with some other civil servant not one received a raised a pay since 2008, I hope you are not like a woman I know who never work in government service, but when the lay off started every day was on the call in program complaining , she is working with a lot of lazy people. next time check before you attack.

  7. jr smith August 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Barbados needs , sound commercial businesses , which brings with it foreign exchang, we also need a cottage industry , with the strength of local bajans. Barbados needs capital.
    Why would the Dems party take time from people who believe, its easier for a camel to crawl through the eye of a needle , than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, and also paying a joker $300,000 to pray in barbados for a couple of hours.
    Politics and relogion dont go, look at the mess in the world at the moment, all in the name of.


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