Constituents think little of Lowe’s performance

The comfortable majority which Dr Denis Lowe enjoyed in Christ Church East in the 2013 general election is under threat, with many of his voters rubbishing his performance as Member of Parliament, when Barbados TODAY went on a three-hour Pulse of the People visit to the constituency Friday.

The majority of the people with whom Barbados TODAY spoke were longstanding supporters of ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and had helped Lowe defeat Wilfred Abrahams of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by 3,455 votes to 2,487 when the two went head to head in the last election.

But with a general election due in a year or so, many of these same voters are no longer sure Lowe is their man.

While these DLP faithful had not thrown their support behind the BLP, their dissatisfaction with their representative meant they had moved to the “undecided” category.

“I support him 75 per cent . . . [but] I am undecided how I would vote because of his invisibility and because he doesn’t report sometimes at constituency meetings,” said David Thompson of Chancery Lane Terrace, who complained of poor roads, water outages and poor sanitation service, for which Lowe is directly responsible.

DLP supporter Luther Nurse of Breedy’s Land was also undecided; so too was Calvin Sargeant, a fisherman who had been backing the party since 1975.

Calvin Sargeant

Sargeant, who lives near Round Rock, Silver Sands, had a litany of complaints, including broken promises to build a bridge over a stream in Round Rock and the provision of a crane at Oistins to haul boats.

The fisherman said boat owners were forced to travel as far as St John to haul their vessels during inclement weather, leaving them as much as $3,000 out of pocket.

Gervine Sargeant, who operates the London Bar where Barbados TODAY met Sargeant, made an interesting point.

Silver Sands residents demand a bridge across this river for easier access when it rains.

“Lowe is alright . . . he is nice, but the Prime Minister must go.”

While she was speaking, two young men who sat nearby shouted: “We hungry and brek. We want jobs.”

One constituent who asked to be referred to only as Big Man, said he was from a family of lifelong DLP supporters, and he, too, was unhappy with Lowe’s performance, describing the parliamentarian as petty and discriminating.

“I am not happy with his representation . . .but I am waiting and seeing . . . [I am] undecided,” Big Man said while liming at a bar in another section of Silver Sands.

“I feel a lot of people ‘bout here fed up with Lowe.”

However, not everyone had given up on the representative, despite their disaffection.

For example, architect Julian Harding of 4th Avenue, Chancery Lane North said he was terribly unhappy that Lowe had not followed through on a promise to install street lights in his area, which is extremely dark at night.

The 67-year-old Harding’s business has “hit rock bottom” and because he had not contributed sufficiently to the National Insurance Scheme, he does not qualify for a pension.

Therefore, he was desperate for funding for his business, he told Barbados TODAY.

Yet, Harding said he would gladly place his cross against Lowe’s name come the election.

“I saw him [Lowe] sometime ago and I tried to get the light on the pole [but] nothing wasn’t done. But by telling you now I hope I would get something all fixed up,” he said with a broad smile.

Asked whether he was happy with Lowe’s representation Harding replied: “I would say so. Yes, I would say so. They [Government] can only do so much, and these things take money and time.”

Over on Maloney Drive where the parliamentary representative lives, an 89-year-old constituent declared his undying love for the DLP and Lowe.

Eudalric Brathwaite, a retired mechanist/engineer, has been voting for the party since the days of late Prime Minister and National Hero Errol Barrow.

Eudalric Brathwaite is backing Denis Lowe all the way.

He has a street named after him – Eudalric Drive – and claims the current administration as his own.

It was no surprise, therefore, when he said Lowe was assured of his vote.

“My Government is trying their best with what they have . . . and to do anything more, as my Prime Minister said, he don’t want to go to the IMF . . . so he must know what he got in the kitty or how the condition of the country is,” Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY.

Brathwaite’s enthusiasm notwithstanding, it is the apparent exodus to undecided that will worry Lowe, who last year came under immense pressure over rubbish collection.

And there are those, like the parliamentarian’s neighbour on Maloney Drive, who said there was no way Lowe would get her vote.

Like Harding, the woman, who asked not to be identified, complained about inadequate street lighting, and charged that the Stuart administration was not looking after the welfare of Barbadians.

Farmer and businessman Harrinarine Ramossar, who has a fruit and vegetable stall along Chancery Lane Main Road, also left no doubt about his feelings for the Member of Parliament.

Harrinarine Ramossar says Denis Lowe is of no use.

“He is no use,” Ramossar declared, adding that Lowe’s stewardship of the constituency was poor.

“He ain’t doing nothing for we constituency up here. He ain’t doin nutten here. Before he get in power the last ten years, he say he gine put a light there on the light pole [pointing to his home in the distance], dah never put . . . . We had to put it we self. He say he gine do the piece uh road . . . he aint do nutten.”

In Parish Land, the unemployed Cameron Brewster was adamant there must be a change of Government, while in the same area, pensioner Keith Cox, a BLP supporter since he was 14, said he would like to see the back of both Lowe and the DLP.

Keith Cox wants to see back of ruling Democratic Labour Party.

Two other BLP faithful who were at the same house made no secret who they would back at the next election. One of them, a middle age man who wanted to remain anonymous, was so sure the present Government, including Lowe, would lose, he was prepared to bet his life on it.

As he spoke, the other unidentified resident chimed in, “I know there is one person who ain’t getting back in . . . the Prime Minister.”

19 Responses to Rubbish!

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 8, 2017 at 1:14 am

    You people who say Low Lowe ain’t do nothing in the constituency are really blind is france. Low Lowe has been taking care of many needs (HIS). And, when you look at how he has prospered himself over the years, and made sure that he wheel enough berries to keep the juice flowing in a number of Low moves, certainly he has done all that he sought out to do to ensure that he never have to see the face of poor again. How could Low Lowe got time to take care of you all petty needs when he got so much to do for himself. Look try and vote for Low Lowe again here. He is Lowe.

    • Randolph April 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

      What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul.

  2. Zeus April 8, 2017 at 4:34 am

    BT I think the dems will be thanking you for the great job you are doing for going into each constituency and letting them know they short comings and the are as they must work on to win back the government in the up coming election…..i wonder if this is free exercise you are carrying out because if I was Abraham for example I would want to know my short comings as well after having lost by about one thousand votes the last time….. but who am I to give you advice

    • Leroy April 8, 2017 at 9:57 am

      its about who is in power

    • Jennifer April 8, 2017 at 10:15 am

      @Zeus – I can see SOME of your point. BT is all part of the same covert team of …………………………………. to bring about…………………….
      And anyone who thinks they are working in the black man favor to highlight anything to help this people, better think again. This is similar to the london tube links >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ONE DIRECTION ONLY.
      It’s all part of the pawning/usury game down in the deep rabbit hole. There is only ONE Piper or Puppeteer that ALL of these politicians play too. A SIMILAR ONE that Moses had to deal with who got this people holding for their purposes, while they grateful for the WORK. Take a moment to imagine Barbados without any black people at all and see what I mean.

      • Jennifer April 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

        Mind you black sitting comfortable on the CIRCLE line.

  3. chch easter April 8, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Lowe is a waste to be honest. I have never come across a greater cost overun. VOTE DEM OUT.

  4. Tony Webster April 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    @Zeus: so predictable. Doctor The Honourable Minister of Pla$ma, Hot Air, and driving ’bout in a big $hiny thing dat landed in hi$ hand$ by “fortuitou$ circumstance$”…is definitely headed to go down in history. Definitely…down. Down.. and out for the count. No asteroids landed on this gentleman to cause him grief…he has managed to perform such miracles all by himself.

  5. Greengiant April 8, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Thanks B T for highlighting the real problem in this country is the voters who commit their vote to the BLP and DLP for life.

    How can an adult really say in 2017 “I’m a Dem or a Bee”? Something is seriously wrong with our people, it’s like a person going back and forth between two partner who treat them well for short periods then mistreating them for their personal gain after criticizing the other. It’s time to stand up and declare publicly that this little nation has outgrown the management capacity of both parties.

    My problem is that none of them seem to realize what size public service our taxes can afford, what we need to privatise, what’s the best method by which to employ public servants to guarantee maximum productivity. We simply cannot continue with this method of appointments and temps, we need contracts with gratuity payments. Let workers earn their gratuity based on attendance and productivity on the jod, let them by this earn a renewed contract. Give them their money every two years and let them manage it. They can purchase government or private investment and increase their tax claims with these instruments.

    Politicians, and union representatives who can’t see this method as the way to a better future for our people are blind and can’t see well enough to lead us. These people have not earned our continuous support and should not get it. Our voters have to wake up, seriously. If we continue with the current system of governance in the public, and private sector for the purpose of job security we will one day have to devalue our currency. I’m disappointed with the new Labour legislation because I think we have gone from the long enjoyed employer dominance to employee dominance. There is still no balance and this is a big factor in the economic struggles of our country. The nonsensical concept called “security of tenure” is like a milestone around our necks economically. Let the workers produce, and share the profits by way of gratuity payments at the end of their contracts. Let them also earn their contractual renewal. It’s not an issue for NASA.

  6. jrsmith April 8, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I hope some one would explain to these voters , bajans have nothing in place to remove useless politicians , and as for the party voters all they do is to secured our bad politicians in the jobs for the term period….
    I want continuances to have in place , written in the party’s constitution and enforced ,,,, if a member of parliament contributes nothing to his constituency which satisfy the people of the same , that a constituency vote of no confidence is taken and if the vote is against , (him/her ) that parliamentarian for that area is sacked with immediate effect , and a new bi election is held……………………………………………………………………….
    We in barbados cannot inflict , on our young generation what we have had and seen for the last decade , massive failure from this group of people as politicians, who show no caring for our people and not capable of managing (Barbados LTD)……………………..

  7. Carson C. Cadogan April 8, 2017 at 8:50 am

    What do you call a person who ignores all the positives and instead concentrates on the negatives?

    A Barbados Labour Part supporter!!!

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

      What do you call a person who praises wrong doing and condemn others for talking the truth?

      A stinking DLP string puppet!!!

  8. Carson C. Cadogan April 8, 2017 at 8:58 am

    What do you call a person who ignores all the positives and instead concentrates on the negatives?

    A Barbados Labour Party supporter!!!

  9. jrsmith April 8, 2017 at 9:06 am

    @, Carson C C, hail , hail, what positives are we talking about…… sewage on our streets and no water from the taps ..

  10. Frank White April 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

    @ Carson M.L. Cadogan, hail hail hail where are you hailing from?? Oh and sorry about the ML that was a typo…

  11. Greengiant April 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    @jrsmith what last decade are you talking about? Don’t you want to say the BLP did a poor job managing our affairs as well? Well the electorate spoke resoundingly against them in 2008.

    If our only option ten years later is back to them, then we are indeed in a major crisis. The DLP might have done worse, but to get one who is worse you first have a bad one. We can’t go back to a bad one, we have to chose good managers for our business.

    So those of you who are speaking on behalf of either party ought to be ashamed of yourself. How can you recommend anyone who doesn’t represent you? I beg to differ, I’m looking for a new bridge to cross, I can’t risk trying to cross broken bridges, the risk is too great. I will also discourage my children from even considering crossing those two bridges, and I’m suggesting all rightful thinking barbadians do likewise.

  12. Lorenzo April 8, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Zeus ,Greengiant and Carson Cadogan Barbados Today are indeed doing a good job in letting you Dems know the ship is sinkig fast.Time to get up and do some work and take your heads out of the sand and playing the blame game,it is no longer working.

    • Carson C Cadogan April 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      I am wondering how much the Barbados Labour Party is paying them for this service.

      They go into a constituency with 5,000 or 6,000 voters interview a half dozen people and come away saying that the people of that constituency don’t want the DLP anymore.

      Talk about jaundiced reporting.

  13. Carson C Cadogan April 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    We all know that the Barbados Labour Party like to spend a lot of money to get the results that want.

    Take for instance just before the last elections in 2013 a PETER WICKHAM poll came out saying that the DLP would win the elections that angered the BLP so much that they paid to have another poll a few days later saying that the BLP would win the 2013 elections.

    The past few weeks we have seen something similar. Mia Amor Mottley wants to hold a sponsored walk in Bridgetown, what do they do? They spend over a hundred thousand dollars to promote the said sponsored walk. Thousands of flyers, set up a call center, sound trucks up and down Barbados, free t shirts, free food and drinks, 13 year old Muslim boy on political platform to beg for votes for the BLP, tons of electronic equipment, all to attract 3,000 people.

    The BLP believes that everything and everybody has a price. So I am wondering how much they are paying Barbados Today.

    That is how the BLP does things, buy everything , including votes.


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