Change course

UPP leader: Time to flip the script

Despite none of Barbados’ new political parties resonating with the electorate, based on a recent public opinion poll, the leader of one of them believes the time is ripe for her organization to bring change for Barbadians.

Addressing a political meeting in Licorish Village last night, political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond suggested it was time to “change the script” from moving from a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) government to a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration every ten years.

“There is a time now to have a new political party on that ballot. It is time to have another candidate on that ballot for you to choose from,” she contended.

“Ninety-five thousand people in the last general election did not go out to vote. Why? Because they did not feel moved to support either the BLP or the DLP any longer. If you speak to people across Barbados, they are completely disenchanted. They are saying that their lives are not changing any longer, there is no progress being made and we have now become stagnant as a people.”

Eastmond’s comments came on the same day results of an opinion poll by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) were published, showing that the BLP is the party of choice among voters. None of the minority parties factored in the survey results.

Eastmond chastised Government for ignoring sectors that had the potential to benefit individuals and the country overall.

As an example, she said while the world was moving forward with technology, people in Barbados with the skills to make a mark in that arena were being left behind.

“As you walk around Barbados, there are these young people who know about building applications. The apps that you have on your cellular phones, they are building them in Barbados, but the Government has not allocated any funds to these new industries in the Estimates,” she lamented.

The former Cabinet minister in a BLP administration said while other areas were starved of funds, Government continued to pump money into traditional sectors, like tourism.

Eastmond argued that because of this, many talented people, like Rihanna, have had to go abroad.

“We have seen countries like Jamaica that have wonderful artistes – they have to be based abroad . . . . They have to go abroad to realize their dreams,” she said. “The millions of dollars that they earn do not come into the region. They stay in the USA, and the USA is happy to have them. We want the money to come to us in these new areas.”

4 Responses to Change course

  1. joan Worrell June 26, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Lynette
    Why you do that to me? You went to my hometown and didn’t tell me that you were holding a meeting up there. I recommended that you switch constituencies from St. Philip to St.Michael but my post was deleted after 5 hours of ”awaiting deliberation” or words to that effect. If you are serious I Joan Worrell will walk the length and breadth of the constituency with you. I voted for Don Blackman and then Johnny Tudor on his first attempt but haven’t gone to the polls recently. Let me give you a little secret. Don’t mind people telling you that rumshop politics done. They lie. The boys play pool , dominoes and cards at the shop at the corner of Licorish Village. I can’t call names because my post will be deleted. My brothers played football for Benfica. I will round up all of the former players who are still alive and solicit votes for you. I started at Belmont Primary, spent two years there and then switched to St. Giles’. I know the constituency like the back of my hands. I am sure you will land the seat with the help of Owen . God Bless you.

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  2. Breadfruit. June 26, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    @ joan

    You don’t know de fowls put up evuhsince?

    Affa you mek de woman spen she money in de rum shop on de fellas and affa she lost she deposit, tell Owen dat when Mia offer he dat lill pick to tell she, she gotta offer Lynette a pick to, before he refuse his offer.

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  3. joan Worrell June 27, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Good morning Breadfruit. I find you very rude to tell me when to sleep or wake. lol. Hope you had a good night’s rest anyhow. I have weathered many a snow, sleet, rain and wind storm and it is time to return home, put my foot up and relax till the Lord is ready for me. While traveling on the train for long hours, as a young woman , I picked up crocheting instead of picking up scratch grain in the yard. When you get into a rhythm, you can go till the wee hours of the morning so don’t be surprised if you see me on the blogs giving Lynette advice till daybreak. lol. Have a great day and put a little oil in the pot while cooking the young breadfruit otherwise it is going to ruin your expensive stainless steel saucepan. lol

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  4. joan Worrell June 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

    @ Lynette

    Ignore the people who will say that you run from St. Philip. Tell them that two Prime Ministers switched constituencies and won the seats i.e The Late Great First Prime Minister Sir Errol Walton Barrow and the current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. You have nothing to fear. The seat belongs to you. Summer holidays soon start. Rent an office in the constituency and start some programs to help the kids during their vacation. I go into details when I get my thoughts together.

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