Don’t expect any magic wand!

With Barbados currently facing serious economic and social problems, the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) today issued a sober warning to Barbadians that these issues will not simply disappear overnight, even if it wins the next general election.

The word of caution came from General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott, in an interview with Barbados TODAY following a press conference called to announce the agenda for the BLP’s 77th annual conference this weekend.

While describing the current state of affairs in the country as one of “great hopelessness and despair in our population, especially with the youth” and highlighting what he said was “intolerable” joblessness and unemployment, Walcott said his party simply does not possess any magic wand.

However, he feels without a shadow of doubt that the BLP can do a much better job than the incumbent Democratic Labour Party and would confront the situation “more effectively and efficiently” if it were to form the next Government.

“ . . . I am not saying that we will wave a magic wand and everything will be resolved, but we certainly have ideas in terms of managing the economy and we have said so from as far back 2009, that the Government was . . . [moving] in the wrong direction and . . . that years after other countries are out of recession that we would still be struggling and the evidence is all around us in the Caribbean, where countries have come out of the recession and we, who were the beacon at one time, are still struggling,” Walcott said.

General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott and BLP Christ Church East caretaker candidate Wilfred Abrahams.
General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott and BLP Christ Church East caretaker candidate Wilfred Abrahams.

As he served notice that the party’s election machinery was in full gear, he said: “We would certainly do things differently. We have an approach in terms of how we would be approach matters and we assure that over time we would be able to manage the matters effectively and more efficiently.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Returning Hope to Our People”.

Walcott said it showed that the BLP had taken into consideration the state of affairs in the country, while pointing to recent economic downgrades by rating agencies, the unresolved issues of CLICO, health care and its costs, which are all issues up for discussion by delegates at the October 23–25 conference.

“And of course there are the issues that confront us everyday, the state of our roads; the absence of proper garbage collection; the water woes; our environmental concerns . . . these are the issues that made us say that in Barbados now there is this sense of hopelessness and there is a need to bring back hope and life to Barbados,” said Walcott, who is also the chair of the conference committee.

Senator Wilfred Abrahams disclosed that this annual conference would be one with a difference where a youth forum will be held on the first day under the theme “leh we reason; silence broken”.

Political leader Mia Mottley is also down to deliver a “comprehensive address”, which Abrahams said would focus on the concerns of the people and the solutions.

The BLP will also be discussing a “Covenant of Hope” which is “going to bind the Barbados Labour Party and all its members and all members must have a say on it.

“Following the conference the final covenant will eventually be presented to the people of Barbados as a binding commitment between the Barbados Labour Party and the people,” Abrahams said.

In explaining the need for such a covenant, he said: “The Democratic labour Party has really and truly thrown the concept of the manifesto into such serious disregard by their almost comprehensive failure to not adhere to any of the promises that they made in the manifesto that people don’t want to hear manifestos.

“A manifesto carries no weight anymore based on what we have dealt with recently, so going forward we are not going to be content in just putting things in a manifesto, we are going to bind ourselves wit ha solemn oath,” Abrahams insisted.

11 Responses to Don’t expect any magic wand!

  1. Alex Alleyne October 21, 2015 at 8:30 am

    A word to the wise.

  2. Jane Brathwaite
    Jane Brathwaite October 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Trust in God not man!!! Wake up people wake up…

  3. Watchman October 21, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Yeah boss, you would have fixed de problems in de tourism source markets and capital source markets so tourists and investment would have runneth over Bim. I notice how nobody dont recall that de BWA pipes did rotting way before 2008 and de government of de day had money for cricket world cup but not for pipes. Yeah remember cricket world cup, de big party Bim had in 2007 and probably in done paying for yet.

  4. Bajan boy October 21, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Alex Alleyne it is illiterate retorts such as yours that help to keep our people in shackles. Why didn’t you carry on to say that the honourable gentleman also made it clear that based on the experience of the Barbados Labour Party management of our economy that they will sure make life much easier for our people. Can any intelligent human being be satisfied with the way our country has been manager for the past 7 years. This Government has done absolutely nothing that will an entire generation of young any semblance of hope. They have literally obliterated the middle class. They have totally destroyed health care. They have signs angle reduced pensions. They have destroyed our educational system. They have destroyed our social services. They are still trying to bring to fruition a danderously toxic waste to energy plant for their personal gain that will further erode the chances of our children and grand children development. They have allowed the CLICO culprits to go scotch free. They have repeatedly lied to the nation even the recent information on the So called Cahill project from the PM. We have seen no legislation to protect our enviorment. We have seen down grade after down grade and a MOF who is not and will never be an economist who is totally out of his depth continue to project a comical image of a most serious situation. This is a very serious situation confronting not only ourselves but our. Holden and grand children yet born and idiots like you continue to be politically blind and in the process trying to influence others. You and the others like you are now too late anyway.

  5. Alex Alleyne October 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    The new PM of T&T thought he had all the answers but now he is of the same opinion . “No magic wand”.
    With the state of the world economy and the pressure here in the Caribbean it is going to take a party that cares at least 15 years to get things starting up-hill.

  6. Donna October 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Frankly speaking, I have very little faith in the BLP except that I don’t believe its leader would be so stupid as to acknowledge that she can’t tax her way out of a recession and then set about trying to prove herself wrong.

  7. jrsmith October 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    @,Alex, A, hail, hail disagree, with you, Barbados doesn’t need 15 years to show , an economic future, in the region, Barbados have a head start, because for what ever is said , we in Barbados had decades of a good standard of living.,

    Its only that we continuously take political party risk and , with no real concern , as to the individuals capability , if they are fit to government Barbados ( LTD ) and is always be a bunch of lawyers , who cant even balance the books in they private businesses, that’s why for me ,its like building a house and employed all painters.

    As for T&T, reading the media, they seems to be corruption of the highest order, from all quarters of the past government, I hope bajans don’t have to endure any of the same.

    We in Barbados should , have a smile on our faces, that although world financial institutions , has given us down grades , that a businessman is offering the government a billion US dollar allocation fund, because he is confident our Barbados will break out. of this mess we were taken into by pass and present governments, who seems to never consider the real future prospects for Barbados and our people.

    We are paying people who are failures, as most of them are in over their heads. The great Uncle Sam is 19 trillion in debt, who bothers about that. many states is near bank rupt, we need the right ,good and honest people to govern Barbados

  8. jrsmith October 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    We are supposed to be an educated, people , we need the proof. from the people who suppose to matter.

  9. carson c cadogan October 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    “As he served notice that the party’s election machinery was in full gear….”, poppycock.

    Cant be true with the Barbados Labour Party in total disarray.

  10. Basil Graham October 22, 2015 at 6:03 am

    carson c cadougan please do not talk about party being in total disarray, it would be really nice if you could look at your own party (DLP). It is now being realized that your comments are becoming less and less without any substance, you cannot even speak to anything your party has done for Barbados and it’s citizens. Your party (DLP) have lost its ground, time is longer than twine, it’s time for the Democratic Labour Party to go.

  11. Donna October 22, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Carson, even when you speak the truth you are irritating because your comments display a narrow focus which is frightening.


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