The ruling Democratic Labour Party is seeking to retain the government by practising the “politics of fear”.
That’s the view of Leader of the Opposition Owen Arthur, who is urging the Barbadian electorate not to fall for it.
Speaking recently to supporters of the Barbados Labour Party, Arthur said: “A government loses the moral authority to lead when it wants to hold a people in the bondage of fear.”
The former prime minister also said the upcoming election would be a referendum on the leadership of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
“What kind of society is Freundel Stuart and the Democratic Labour Party seeking to create in this land?” he asked the audience.
Brushing off suggestions that his party was looking to send home workers, Arthur asserted that the BLP had the superior job creation record when compared to the DLP.
He also claimed the island was being “pauperised”, saying the wages of Barbadians had remained stagnant over the last four years, while prices had increased by 30 per cent in the same period.
In light of these and other difficulties, the BLP leader called on Stuart to “loosen the noose and ease the squeeze”.
“Our people are becoming poorer, Freundel. Our economy is becoming smaller. People’s bellies are now going into their backs. People cannot pay their light bills… The people in this country cannot take it anymore,” he said. (SC)