Bring on the morality debate, BLP tells Sinckler

Corruption, mess and immorality are some of the words that currently describe the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), says Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland.

Levelling the charges over the weekend as he addressed a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) constituency branch meeting at the St George Community Centre, Sutherland said unless the BLP was made to “deliver” the country, it would continue to “go from crisis to crisis”.

“They [DLP] don’t have anything to bring to the people, they don’t have a track record over the past eight years of good governance, so they can’t bring anything else. So [Minister of Finance] Chris Sinckler started the talk about morality,” Sutherland said in reference to comments by Sinckler at a recent meeting of the DLP that the next general election should really be won or lost on moral grounds, and that it was really up to DLP supporters to protect “the moral heart of the country”.

Sutherland told BLP supporters the ruling party should be the last to talk about morality and should instead present its track record.

Pointing to ongoing labour tensions, unemployment, as well as Government’s 2014 retrenchment exercise, Sutherland accused the administration of being nothing short of corrupt.

“You had promised them [Grantley Adams International Airport workers] an increase, then you came back and say you did not promise them. That is dishonesty first. Now you said after the budget you will engage in negotiations for the wage increase, and now you are telling them they have to wait. That is why Grantley Adams workers have begun to demonstrate,” said Sutherland, referring to the recent industrial action at the airport.

“They have had enough of the dishonest and the fallen from grace behaviour – immorality. That is part of immorality. We can talk about the Cahill project, all these issues we can talk about. So let them bring the morality issue on the table for the next election.”

He accused Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson of doing nothing for the people of her constituency, and charged that Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo was doing nothing good and bungling “every single initiative that was handed to her”.

“And that is what is happening with this Government. These people are very dishonorable and they want to talk about morality issues. That is pure dishonesty,” he charged.

Still upset that the BLP did not play a significant role in the planning of the recently concluded 50th anniversary celebrations, Sutherland charged that the DLP had used the celebrations to “try to gain some political mileage”, and accused the ruling party of excluding entertainer John King, the BLP candidate for St Philip West, from the line up for the free mega concert.

He charged that public servants had lost confidence in Government and that some members were doing all they could to undermine Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.   

“What is happening is that he has a Cabinet that undermines him, he has ministers and members of parliament who dislike him, so he is caught between a rock and a hard place,” he told supporters.

“So the reason why he keeps quiet as well he doesn’t know much about anything . . . he cannot provide us with a comprehensive solution to anything that is going on in this country. . . . So we move from crisis to crisis not only because of an uncaring Government but they were not prepared to take on the management and leadership of this country,” Sutherland said.

6 Responses to Bring on the morality debate, BLP tells Sinckler

  1. Hal Austin December 6, 2016 at 5:39 am

    The Opposition should not be intimidated by DLP calls for a morality debate. It is political bullying.
    DLP amorality is just as much an issue as any imagined moral deficit on the part of the BLP.
    A refusal to debate the crisis of inequality in Barbados is a moral issue; having the mentally ill and homeless sleeping on side walks during the floods is also a moral issue; allowing young people to leave school at the age of 16 and remain unemployed for years is also a moral issue; allowing people to live in slums without any attention from government is also a moral issue; giving the wealthy tax breaks and allowing them to use VAT and national insurance as cash flow for their businesses is also a moral issue.
    The Opposition must not allow bullies and loud-mouths to scare them; two can play the dark art of defamation.

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Stuppppse. Total nuisance. Like if the BLP wake yesterday and became moral. Bunch of hypocrites.

  3. Johnathan December 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Sunshine Sunny shine tell Barbados how moral the DLP is. From a collective perspective they are corrupt and continue to be as they are all trying to full their guts before they are voted out.They aren’t used to anything and now they get a chance DEM using it. On a personal note there are issues like who raped the 15 year old girl in St. Andrew then didn’t support the baby. Lots more. So sunshine like the guy Sutherland said bring it on

  4. Sherlock Holmes. December 6, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    This guy never ceases to amaze or amuse me.I get the impression that he believes he should be noticed at times to remain relevant. I see that you have given some of the people you singled out a failing grade, now provide your report card for us,and not the one concerning the job you had with a certain company and it appeared that you yourself was almost bullied out of it. Mr politician please provide your excellent service record for us to see and by the way is their any morality at all in politics?

  5. Sherlock Holmes. December 6, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    correction…….is there.

  6. Loretta Griffith December 6, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    What I think they should all be concerned about is bringing back integrity to politics. Instead of quite a few of us being disenchanted and disillusioned with politics, we should be seeing most politicians as operating in the interest of COUNTRY.
    One gets the impression that persons are entering politics to enrich themselves. The care and representation have been taken out.
    I liken some politicians to how I see some doctors, where care is spelt with the dollar sign.
    Enough said!


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