Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has credited the late Sir Branford Taitt with the modernisation of the Democratic Labour Party and sees his passing as a watershed in the political life of Barbados and the party.
Stuart offered these commendations today while paying tribute to Sir Branford at party headquarters on George Street, St. Michael.
He recalled that after the 1976 general election, he became president of the party and did much to modernise its structures; divide the party into zones and mobilise its resources in such a way that the party became a very effective fighting unit by 1981.
The Prime Minister recalled that five years later the party was returned to office.
“Sir Branford’s contribution to the DLP is just one facet of his contribution. He served Barbados as consul general to New York and almost single-handedly created a constituency of support for the party in New York.
“To this very day, the party’s New York branch is regarded as one of the party’s strongest branches and that is to be traced to the sterling work and the efforts of Sir Branford as consul general in New York.
“He worked with the IDC before becoming consul general and accompanied the then Prime Minister, Errol Barrow, to many meetings of the United Nations General Assembly,” Stuart recalled.
Stuart further recalled that Sir Branford was always available to serve the party in whatever capacity he was asked to, holding the offices of president and general secretary.†He stated that as president of the party and Prime Minister of the country, he wanted to place on record his gratitude to Sir Branford, whom it was his privilege to recommend his elevation to the status of Knight of St. Andrew.
“It was an honour richly deserved. I have worked with Sir Branford in this organisation in many capacities. Another dimension of our relationship is that we were in the Law Faculty together as students and graduated together. However, I have known him, his greatness always shone through. I am saddened by his passing, and can only now pray for the unceasing refreshing of his soul in paradise,” the Prime Minister said.†(NC)†