Election turnoff

South coast voters plan to punish DLP over faecal mess

The governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is expected to suffer a backlash from angry voters who reside on the south coast, as a result of the troubling sewage crisis.

One of the two constituencies worst affected by the seemingly unending flow of raw sewage – Christ Church South – is held by the DLP and is represented by Minister of Health John Boyce, while the other, Christ Church West, is represented by Dr Maria Agard, who retained it for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), but has since been kicked out by the party and sits as an independent in Parliament.

Residents say their number one angst ahead of the general election, which is constitutional due by the middle of this year, is the overflow of effluent flooding their backyards and flowing freely onto the streets of the south coast for over a year.

Amid increasing anxiety over the country’s economic prospects, residents of Rendezvous, Graeme Hall, Perone Village and Worthing said their number one angst ahead of the general election, which is constitutional due by the middle of this year, is the overflow of effluent flooding their backyards and flowing freely onto the streets of the south coast for over a year.

This morning the usual offending sewer caps in the vicinity of the Worthing post office, as well as those in close proximity to the Hasting’s mall, were again leaking profusely, spewing out filth.

Residents told Barbados TODAY that while the rest of country may have grown numb to the impact due to the length of time the problem has gone unchecked, they were growing angrier each day that they were forced to live with the awful stench and constant threat to their health.

“I voted DLP in 2008, I didn’t vote for them in 2013, but my wife and daughter still voted for them. I can tell you this year that none ah we voting for Boyce this time around. He is the Minister of Health and right now sewage backing up in people’s yard and nuff more mosquitoes around the place. These days the fan not even strong enough to blow them away,” said Keith Nero, who went on to reveal that his family could no longer use his downstairs toilet because of the backflow.

Nero’s neighbour Magaret Applewaithe said she was convinced the DLP Government did not have answers to the sewage crisis.

For this reason, Applewaithe said, another party with the correct focus to get on with the job should be given an opportunity to remedy the problem.

Meanwhile, Sonia Reid, whose three apartments in Perone Village provide accommodation for tourists, told Barbados TODAY her business was affected by sewage on two occasion last year, and with no assurances that the problem will not recur, she opted to remain closed for this tourist season.

Reid made it clear she would not vote for the DLP when Stuart finally rings the election bell.

“I can’t vote for people that taking bread out of my children’s mouth,” she said without explicitly stating which way her vote would go as a result of the effluent overflows.

“I am not going to say who I am going to vote for but I can tell you who I am not voting for. The DLP has had more than enough time to try to fix this issue and they continue to show us that they are incompetent. First they said the problem was one thing, and then it was another and now is something else. They are just throwing things on the wall to see what sticks,” said Applewaithe, who added that she was not at all comforted by Stuart’s recent promise of a long-term solution with financial help from the Inter-American Development Bank.

The long running sewage mess, which has led to the island’s major tourism markets, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United states, issuing advisories to their citizens here to avoid areas linked to the flow, has clearly tested the patience of residents and business owners.

Even as they were preparing to unleash their wrath on the ruling party, those who plan to vote for the BLP also made it clear they were in no mood for more excuses, regardless of which party forms the next Government.

This point was emphasized by Rendezvous resident Cameron Bourne, who stated that even though his family supports the BLP, their loyalty would quickly change should their party win the election and a Mia Mottley-led Government did not treat the issue with urgency during its first year in office.

“I vote BLP and my family votes BLP, but let me tell you now, if they get in and play the fool with this issue, it is going to be difficult for them to get my ‘X’ the next time. This is one of the main things that they are campaigning on and it is a big issue. I drive through Golf Club Road so that my car don’t drive through the s**t and I tell my wife to do the same. From Big B to the main road smell like s**t. I don’t know how people eat there,” Bourne said.


21 Responses to Election turnoff

  1. John Everatt February 1, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    I would be surprised if the DLP gets any votes in Ch Ch South riding. I know they will not get my vote. Living in Hastings is not easy these days. I walk up to Lanterns and try to time going by the sewage so that I do not get splashed. The smell is often overpowering. With businesses closed down on account of this disgraceful sewage all over the roads I don’t see that anyone with a heart in this area could possibly vote DLP. Don’t know how they could live with themselves if they did.

  2. luther thorne February 1, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    There are persons who are afflicted with EBES, a very dangerous condition that leaves them so bewitched that if you bring a frog and paint DLP on it , they will vote for it. This malady is seen in the people of St.John but can be found in pockets elsewhere in the country. The victims of this sickness believe that Errol Barrow is still running and if they vote for DLP , they are voting for him as PM. There is no known cure for – EBES- the Errol Barrow Effect Syndrome 0(mvzj – 2) but shock cures like a 26 to 2 eĺection result

    • harry turnover February 2, 2018 at 7:59 am

      Well said Luther .DEM JOHNNIES in St.John when you ask them who are they voting for….DEM JOHNNIES will tell you ERROL BARROW.
      So if DEM put NINJA MAN to run up there,he gone clear ..he gine win by a LANDSLIDE.
      DEM JOHNNIES used to tell Barrow…” Dipper man,you safe…you in got to hold meetings up here,we ARE going to vote for you ” go and concentrate on the other candidates….so he used to stay CLEAR of St.John and gone CLEAR with the votes too.
      When David Thompson got in they STILL voted for a DEAD man (Barrow ) and look wha happened.
      Now Mara took over thanks to the LEGACY of Errol Barrow and DEM JOHNNIES don’t know if she still in the race or if NINJA MAN gine announce his candidature on a DLP platform in the heart of St.john.

  3. Keen Observer February 1, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    The people of St. Thomas votes as though Tom Adams is still running….

    • David Brathwaite February 1, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      No, they vote like Cynthia Forde is running. She always looks out for her constituents.

      • The Truth February 2, 2018 at 12:07 am

        Yes she does. Truth be told.

    • Mark Rosmar February 2, 2018 at 3:38 am

      Actually Cynthia Forde is a very good representative and (Sir) David Simmons before her! And if you bring fickle candidates to run against them, what do you expect?

    • harry turnover February 2, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Keen Observer,big man you would have to be commenting from the bowels of the South Coast SEWAGE STINK.
      Look if you were that KEEN as an Observer you would have noticed that at EVERY TURN wunna does talk about Errol Barrow the father of Independence…wunna even got a DAY for him.
      You ever heard the BEES talking bout Tom Adams so ? Tom Adams got a day ? what are you telling yourself man ? you need to remove the word KEEN and just report on what you OBSERVE.
      Barrow remains are at SEA so it is by no coincidence that all of wunna IDEAS , SOLUTIONS and POLICIES are at SEA too.
      Wunna DEMS …yard fowls and paling cocks included keep on blaming the BEES for what happened in the last 10 years of wunna rule forgetting that when the BEES left in 2008,the RESERVES were over $ 1 BILLION …now it is at $466 million.
      Wunna think that this BLAME thing only works ONE WAY ? wunna think that when the BEES get in that they aren’t going to BLAME THE DLP for those TEN YEARS OF ECONOMIC DESTRUCTION and MISERY since they have ALL the EVIDENCE ?

  4. BIG SKY February 2, 2018 at 12:43 am

    I am waiting to see if these brilliant minds will tell all business owners and residents to install they own individual tanks, and correspond with them regularly to find out when it has been done, then cordon off the area a weekend and dig up all these pipes and repave the roads.No more replacing of pumps by Government,no more sewage overflows,no more cost to Government as individual tank owners would be responsible for the maintenance.THE PROBLEM WILL BE FIXED PERMANENTLY.

  5. BIG SKY February 2, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I live in the Prime Ministers constituency and since he has been elected, I have never saw him in the constituency.If I was elected, I would look out for the people that put me there, and the thing is that the people don’t really be asking for much.A little help here and a little help there is all.

  6. BIG SKY February 2, 2018 at 12:51 am

    *have never seen

  7. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Nonsense from Keen Observer!

    Well Knocked down by David Brathwaite and The Truth.
    How some people can just defend folly from the DLP is a real puzzle .

    Come on Barbadians.
    This Government is simply not doing well
    The BIG BLACK SLUG just sliming up the place

  8. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

    harry turnover

    Your comments are really on point.

    DLP yard fowls cant touch your comments.

    They running from you

  9. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 10:35 am

    The BIG Black Slug sliming and slimy
    Moving slower than molasses up a grease pole.
    Dragging back progress and dragging it down to the ground.
    The Big Black Slug
    The Big Red Dawg
    The Big Brown cow
    Meow !!

    Barbados needs to get rid of political nonsense

  10. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 11:02 am

    David Ellis refers to Central Bank Gov. saying that public servants to be blamed for Barbados’ problems. The GOVT does not know what it is doing. The Govt of the day must take the blame.

    The Govt destroyed Inland Revenue. The Commissioner who was trained to administer Taxation has been pushed aside and is at home getting paid for doing nothing. Revenue collection has suffered and for the first time in history Barbadians cannot get back Income Tax returns among a myriad of problems.

    This situation is duplicated in many Public Sector Departments.
    The public worker cannot correct this situation, it is a problem at the Management level. There are too many square pegs in round holes – just there for the money but who care nothing about increasing Productivity.

    The Government is to blame

  11. Darson February 2, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Luther: Can You Please tell me how The Gov : Destroyed the Foreign Reserves,and how they could have Preserved it Better ?
    Was the Reserves all under the control of the DLP Gov and if not how much of it is in the hands of the private sectors?

  12. David February 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    We as Barbadians must also played our part in saving the country.Our lifestyle choices have contribute immensely to the economic peril Barbados is experiencing now.
    I grew up eating all types of local fruits – all types of plums such as hog plums,red plums and the small yelowish coluor common plums. Additionally, fruits such as ackees,”dongs” tamarind,cashews,guavas,pomegranate,Bajan cherries,soursoup & others were the fruits of the day.
    Today because of the so-called affluent life style we have the fruits we now eat must be imported.Barbadians must now have kiwi,strawberries & english apples as the fruits of choice. No wonder we are so unhelthly now and dropping down dead like flies.

    These importation as well as the importation of motor cars and dead hair such as Remy have contributed to the massive drop in our foriegn reserves.
    Luthe Thorne I find many of your comments offensive and unneccasirly insulting.None of us has controls on how oour physical characteristics.

  13. David February 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I hope the Dems win again. It looking like three (3) love

  14. luther thorne February 2, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Man the people just waiting on this ignorant foolish Government that running Barbados. Barbadians are not like Trinis or Yardies who would burn tyres (tires) in the roads and block the highways. Bajans would say to you that the longest day got to end. They would say you can run but yuh cant hide.They know that the Election must come and will come so they aint making noise. Bajans are prim and proper and the women who run things in Barbados are the kind of people who dont make no noise but they does wait quietly pon yuh , they dont say a word but yuh know what , you come home one day and find the Pot turned down. You find all the things moved out and leave an empty house.

    That is how Bajans going to deal with this hapless, clueless , visionless Government. They just waiting.

    Because I dont know how a Govt that barely win a second term , did nothing in the second term can expect to ” get” a third term BIG BLACK SLUG.

    That slimy thing that sliming up the place

  15. David February 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Luther Thorne your are a little boy

  16. Darson February 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Right on David: But don’t waste time on luther ,he is just an Antangonist . Remind me of some one from my boy days .
    We called him Breadfruit : They behave in a similar fashion .
    Second only to talk all , but sadly … No relevance. Yap Yap …


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