No idle boast

Lowe said he has done well in his constituency

Minister of the Environment and Draining Dr Denis Lowe is strongly defending his stewardship of the Christ Church East constituency over the past eight years.

In an apparent response to an article published by Barbados TODAY last Friday in which some constituents gave him a failing grade for his performance as their Member of Parliament, Lowe Tuesday insisted he had done a lot of good for the constituency.

In the article, part of a series testing the Pulse of the People ahead of the general election due within a year, the majority of the people with whom Barbados TODAY spoke were longstanding Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters, who said they were no longer sure if they wanted to vote for Lowe because they felt he had not performed.

Some of the constituents complained of poor roads, water outages, poor sanitation service and broken promises.

However, Lowe dismissed the accounts, saying the story had failed to highlight the work he had done in the constituency since he became its representative.

The minister was speaking to reporters Tuesday morning following the handing over of the keys to a new three-bedroom wooden house to Marlene Bourne and her family in Parish Land, Christ Church.

The house was built under the Implementation Stabilization Enablement and Empowerment (ISEE) bridge programme of 2012, which was established to tackle inter-generational poverty as part of a wider poverty alleviation and reduction programme.

“The work in this constituency continues and if you really want to know what is happening talk to those people who have been helped, that is where the story is. It is not on the block or at the rum shop or as one newspaper would make you believe. It is in places like these where people’s lives are being touched and a lot of people are offended that anyone would suggest that help had not come to this constituency, because much help has come,”

“In fact, let me say more help has come under our administration than under the years that the other administration ruled in this constituency . . . There is a lot more to be done because a lot was left undone, and therefore what we intend to do is continue to press forward and to help. So please, media, when you tell your story, find those persons who have been helped,” Lowe stressed.

Lowe said over the last eight years he had repaired or built close to 300 houses for constituents, added over 150 wells for those who had sewerage problems and installed close to 400 streetlights. All of which, he said, was done under various programmes introduced by the DLP administration.

“One of the things we have tried to do in this area and across the community is to ensure that at least one person in every house is working so as to continue to support the efforts of families. We have not completed that target but we have hit that target hard. And if I might say so myself, we are now into about 320 job opportunities created for my constituents, and I know how much they appreciate it,” he said, although he did not reveal those opportunities.

“It is not an idle boast. It is just an arduous effort to ensure that people are better off today than they were when we came into being.”

With at least eight more people expected to receive help this year under the Government social programme, both Lowe and Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, under whose ministry the programme falls, dismissed any suggestion that the delivery of the houses was a general election ploy.

In fact, Lowe said given that over 40 families had received assistance under the programme over the past eight years, it was clear this had nothing to do with elections.

“This is not any election gimmick, if there are those who label it as that. It is very unfortunate that they are so ill informed or mischievous in this time of election silliness. For us we were given a mandate when we took over our ministries. The Cabinet continues to monitor our performance in the delivery of that mandate and we are going to build houses, do roads and other types of constituency-based efforts up to the night before the elections,” the parliamentarian said.

Meantime, Blackett made it clear that the houses were built once the need was identified and the households met
the requirements.

“This programme is not an electioneering kind of programme . . . When occasions like this are recommended by the Members of Parliament from either side we respond through the Ministry of Social Care to alleviate and reduce the poverty that these households find themselves in. So this is no electioneering, we do this as an ongoing thing,” Blackett assured.

13 Responses to No idle boast

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 12, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Poor Low Lowe. You did all that good and still your constituents complaining? Must be the water they drinking or the garbage they smelling. Low Lowe we know that you are not exactly strong on the truth. In fact, your entire administration seems to have a problem disclosing facts only at the point when your lies are exposed. Anyhow, can’t blame a fella for defending what good he thinks he has done when all that people can see is his bad. Low Lowe, ya bad is france. Don’t worry, the constituency will give you an O because we are certain that you will not get the X.

  2. Tony Webster April 12, 2017 at 5:52 am

    @Sunshine…very much my sentiments…hmm…except that you din’ mention dat last nite on Goebbel’s Ch-8…I’m sure…SURE I saw a lovely li’l cross swinging …in plain view (mek dat…VERY plain, and vain, view) resting on his neck…and all the while…trying to recite a whole lotta of rehearsed garbage of how many dis and how many dat house, and suck-wells ad nauseum did get “fix”…by his buddy who had pull a rabbit outa de hat…jes’ sudden so. Enuf to turn de stomach.

    Bottom line: ‘e sweatin’ bullets!!

    Hmmm…speaking of necks…and swinging…an’ Acts of God, Divine Retribution etc an’ summuch…

  3. Harry April 12, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Is it only me or does Lowe resemble Zuma of South Africa in more ways than one ??

  4. Kermit April 12, 2017 at 7:52 am

    When you as a politician have to defend yourself in a public forum on your regular duties…and your record…you are a dismal failure.

  5. Nathaniel Samuels April 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Of course, Lowe, you have done well in your constituency and other places too. Others in your constituency have not done so well.
    “It is not an idle boast. It is just an arduous effort to ensure that people are better off today than they were when we came into being.” My dear friend, the only ones who are better off than when you came to government, can be counted on the fingers. You know that the country is in a worse mess than when you started so stop the alternative facts. We the people all know different.

  6. Tony Webster April 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

    @Harry….go to front of class: yes, there IS a resemblance…In more ways than one……but yet a differentiation too: Zuma does “transact” in Billions…whereas hereabouts and nowabouts…we can only afford to do so in millions.

  7. Jea Alleyne April 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

    There comes a time, when talking just dont cut it….This is the time….I was told “self-praise” is no recommendation. We can all sit and say “I done this” it is easy to talk. BUT the proof is in the pudding, your constituents should be saying the same things as you but they are not. Your talk and action should be one thing. We’re all still waiting for Government to repair NOT patch roads however, Road Tax Doubled !! Where are the improvements?????……. More needs to be done !!

  8. Sisleen Greene April 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I wish all Barbadians in need of housing could be considered and not only the supporters of the Government. Let those two deceivers calling themselves ministers, show the nation where all in need is serviced and not only their lackeys.

  9. Kevin April 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Lowe will get back in. Its only the ‘bad’ and what politician didnt do that gets highlighted. The people in his constituency, more specifically the ones who got help and their neighbours, they know what Lowe has done.

  10. Harry April 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    if Lowe is reelected then it is a sad reflection on the people of his constituency .

  11. Milli Watt April 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    he has done WHAT!!!!!!!!! sssttttuuuuppppssseeeeeeee

  12. hcalndre April 12, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    This is the season and the right time people all to force the politicians to deliver because they want to be re-elected. Who want houses, money, natural gas, road repairs, lightings on the streets, just go after them even if you don`t support them at the poles, it would be like the big pay back.

  13. Maria April 13, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Why are able bodied people been given houses is it because the election is at hand if you go into Waterford housing area they are two houses in the same street being built for people that can work when are we going to stop buying votes


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