Three-time Christ Church East Central Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald Jones warned last night that “dangerous signs [were] on the horizon” as he appealed to political leaders to keep their supporters in check for the upcoming general elections.
Speaking at a community rally at Lodge Road, Christ Church, Jones condemned what he described as attempts to sabotage his campaign.
Revelations surfaced last Friday from Jones and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) General Secretary George Pilgrim at a press conference held at the Christ Church East Central Constituency Office in Kingsland that a fake advertisement with the tagline ‘Help us BUY your Vote”, promoting that free alcohol would be distributed to those attending last night’s rally was being circulated.
Pilgrim strongly distanced the DLP from the ad and expressed concern about the direction in which the campaign was headed.
Last night Jones told the gathering at Lodge Road that Barbados had a long history of democratic elections and it was up to the leaders of the various political parties to ensure that the island’s reputation remained in tact.
“We do not want clashes and skirmishes just to be elected to any office. We have never in my understanding of the political history of Barbados had one death as a result of political campaigning. Let it remain so,” he said to strong approval from the crowd.
Jones said he had never “put a stumbling block in the way of anybody” and encouraged his opponents running in Christ Church East to “run the route, do what you have to do.”
There was a party-like atmosphere at the event, which saw performances from Kadeem, Scrilla and Sanctuary.
Jones who is seeking re-election for a fourth time, charged that the current waiting period for the announcement of the poll constitutionally due by June had shown up the Opposition Barbados Labour Party.
“One of the things that has shown up as we move towards the election is that the longer it takes, the more mistakes the other side have been making. It shows you that they do not have the strength, they do not have the fortitude, they don’t have the capacity to stay the long journey, particularly if the journey is difficult, they want the easy road.”
He urged his supporters to stick to the ruling DLP, insisting it was not the time for change.
“Don’t let us change now we are at the time of reaping. We [DLP] have planted, now give us an opportunity to ensure that all persons benefit from the harvest and not just the few.
“Know that you must be jonesing again, we ain’t changing in Christ Church East Central, We jonesing again”, he told supporters.