Opposition St John candidate takes Mara to task

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for St John Charles Griffith has agreed wholeheartedly with a suggestion made by his St Joseph counterpart Dale Marshall that the only constituency that is possibly more neglected than his own, in terms of road infrastructure, is St John.

“Other than St John, we [St Joseph] remain the most neglected parish. The road infrastructure across St Joseph has been allowed to deteriorate by the Ministry of Transport and Works. The residents have called and I have called and other members of my team have called, but all we are constantly hearing is that there is no material, absolutely no material. So the situation is just going from bad to worse and the [recent] rainfall just worsens the entire problem,” Marshall had complained to Barbados TODAY late last month.

But while supporting the position taken by the BLP’s incumbent for St Joseph, Griffith was not about to entertain any such complaints from the current Member of Parliament for St John, Mara Thompson.

Back in March, Thompson, in making her contribution to the 2017/2018 Estimates debate in the House of Assembly had pleaded with her own Government for improved transportation and better roads in the rural constituency, while describing the situation as deplorable.

However, Griffith told Barbados TODAY, Thompson, who succeeded her husband late Prime Minister David Thompson as the sitting representative for the area in 2010, should be the last one to complain about the situation.

“She was supposedly the representative for the last seven to eight years the better part of ten years and she has not been able to do a single road in St John or even initiate a single project in St John that would benefit the people in St John,” he said, while echoing her concerns about the inadequate bus service.

“I was in the bus stand recently checking out the situation for myself and I waited for two and a half hours with residents from Bowmanston for a bus. It is shameful,” he said, while pointing out that a proposed private public sector transport initiative for the area has had to be put on hold because “the roads were in such a state that private persons would not put their minibuses on the Martin’s Bay route”.

Griffith also accused Thompson of sitting on a proposal for the construction of a new recreational facility for residents of the rural constituency which has been represented by the ruling Democratic Labour Party in parliament since 1958.

“Can you imagine that a landowner in St John gave the parliamentarian attached to St John a portion of land to be developed for recreational purposes in St John that would take the pressure off Gall Hill, and, almost two years later, nothing has been done with the parcel of land to facilitate the needs of young people in St John,” Griffith said while maintaining that St John, which was previously represented by two former prime ministers, including the country’s founding father Errol Walton Barrow, was in need of better representation.

“St John had a problem almost as acute of those in St Joseph and you heard Dale Marshall speaking about the plight of his constituents, but how many times did you hear the representative of St John speaking on behalf of St John?” Griffith asked.

22 Responses to Opposition St John candidate takes Mara to task

  1. archy perch November 11, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Strupse! Poop !
    Another lamb for the slaughter.

    • Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Well observed, well delivered. Mr Griffiths will be rewarded at the polls.

  2. Randolph November 11, 2017 at 8:04 am

    It would not surprise me if the DEMS lose St.John this time due to this unpopular administration.

    • Romeld Phillips November 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      that will not happen, St. John is DLP territory, it is like they are still voting for the Late Excellent Errol Barrow.

  3. Marcus Stephen November 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Don’t jump to judgement if you’re not aware of the situation in St.john.this man is popular,he is from the parish,he’s the Basketball coach,he is a youth worker in that parish for Twenty five year.The question must be asked why on coming to office in 2008 the DEMS shifted him to Ch Ch.He is known by someone in 95% of households in St.John.Barbados is in for the shock of it’s life on election night.Trust me I know.

  4. Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Well observed, well delivered. We. Griffiths will be rewarded at the polls.

  5. Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Well observed, well delivered. Mr. Griffith will be rewarded at the polls.

  6. Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I am awaiting your moderation.

  7. Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Well observed, well delivered. Mr. Charles Griffiths will be rewarded at the polls.

  8. Jack Belgrave November 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Well observed, well delivered. Mr. Charles Griffith will be rewarded at the polls.

  9. Marcus Richardson November 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    St.john is there for the taking,if there is anyone capable of doing so it’s Charles Griffith.He is the St.john Men and Women Basketball Teams Coach,he is a youth worker in the Parish for twenty five years,he is responsible for the Skills Training program ,Maths & English programmes Among others in St.john ,even before he was a candidate.When the Dems got elected in 2008,in less than six months he was moved to Ch Ch,He is known by someone in 95% of the households in the Parish,Both BLP and DEMS supporters are rooting for him as a hometown boy.THE NEW SLOGAN iN ST.JOHN IS HOME DRUM BEAT FIRST.

  10. janette reifer November 11, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    All it would means that the people have awaken out of their deep sleep. Do you think that it is time to wise up?
    It they don’t and continue holding on to the legacy of someone who has long passed. It would be a matter for them.
    You cannot luve by the dead.
    People do what they had to do and gone on…Believe it or not!

  11. Bobotheclown November 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I do believe that the people of St.John should let Mara know that she has been a complete disappointment..She has done diddly squat for the people of St.John.If the people of St.John are blind they’ll vote for her again to get another slap in the fAce The woman is useless.

  12. Anthony Brathwaite November 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I’m a DLP from St.John who voted for them for the last 4 elections.. this time I’m voting for the BLP not because I like them, but I and the 8 in my household are fed up with Mara and the DLP.

    We have been tricked for way too long.

    I hope I don’t live to regret voting BLP, but most people in my district are doing as I plan to.. Time for change

  13. Johnathan November 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    She run from round them. She didn’t them to bother her so she moved into one of the palaces he left from CLICO.

  14. Keen Observer November 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

    St. John has the following: a refurbished post office and a polyclinic.

  15. Leroy November 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    He will not beat Mara, end of discussion.

  16. Greengiant November 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    The D L P is facing tough economic times regardless of who’s making. The entire country is faced with the same issue of poor road infrastructure. So not just St. Joseph and St. John.

    The B L P however during fourteen years in office, washed in foreign exchange, a vibrant local economy, and single digit unemployment figures failed to complete the St John Polyclinic and resource center. So why should the people of St. John vote for the B L P? Do the people of St. John have to vote B L P to get any action from a B L P government? It’s time to get both B L P and D L P out of the mind, and memory of Barbadians. Time for a new government with a new party.

  17. Big Man November 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    If the BLP wanted the people of St.John to vote for them BLP Should of never, never, never, let the Polyclinic lay down and grow bush, steel rust out, Moses and crew move in and take up residence for 14 years when the BLP was in power.

    BLP had no regards for people in St.John while in Government for 14 years and now want the people to vote for them
    What Hog wash
    Run way Charlie Griffith wheel and come again Mara will loose some votes and still murder you, tell Mia mek you a Senator

  18. orlando November 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    people may as well vote for who they like personally and not for party. at the end of the day it’s still the same ol same ol.Mara say no money. Dale say no money . Kellman say no money everybody say no money. so whats gonna change if BLP wins . still no money.when you pass tru all the rural parishes god it really bad. real real bad so not only st,john and joseph. include andrew peter george and the lil girl lucy, VOTE who ya like . but dont say ya not voting cause thats a vote for who ya dont like . so go vote

  19. Greengiant November 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    @Orlando: you’re right, this is an election that every eligible person should vote. Expatriates are taking the Chief Electoral Officer to court for the right to vote in our country and Barbadians are saying they’re not voting. Soon expatriates will be determining our political direction, see the B L P has brought a young Indian into the mix, promoting him as a future leader. At the same time black people are saying they’re not voting and obviously setting that example for their children as well.

    This is time to sweep both D L P and B L P from office, and send a clear signal that our current and future generations must not be taken for granted like our grand parents were.

    • Jennifer November 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      “young Indian” no surprises there. These are the people who are the WELL looked after in this place. Watch how they will look out for their own once them step up the ladder.
      Throw mash to the others.


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