Barbados’ political landscape would have been different were it not for the misunderstanding between “good friends” Sir Lloyd Sandiford and the late Sir Richard Haynes.
As he joined other MPs in paying tribute to the former longstanding St. Michael South Central representative, Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development Denis Kellman said the Opposition Barbados Labour Party also influenced the falling out by driving a wedge between the former Prime Minister and the former Minister of Finance in the then Democratic Labour Party government.
The St. Lucy MP said despite this, Sir Richard’s overall contribution to Barbados, and specifically his loyalty to his leader Errol Barrow and contribution to the DLP were worthy of praise.
Kellman said while there was a view that a major difference of opinion between Sir Lloyd and Sir Richard led to the latter leaving the Dems and forming the National Democratic Party, it actually was a misunderstanding on economic matters.
“It is no doubt that Dr. Haynes was a thinker and he recognised that you could not continue to run the economy on the same principles that you were running the economy for over 300 and something years and he brought something new, something that I followed and something of which I admired,” Kellman said.
“But I must, I had to, differ with him because the truth is if you are going to give out with one hand you have to find a way to balance it and because of the bookkeeping that I have I knew that if you are going to increase your liabilities, you also have to find assets to match those liabilities.
“And the truth is what occurred, and the Opposition sometimes can create a relationship that should not have been created, that they made it look as if Dr. Haynes was being reversed. The truth is Dr. Haynes was not being reversed, what Sir Lloyd did at that time (was) he was trying to balance the revenue that was given, he recognised that the had to.”
Kellman said what was required at the time was “a bonding to bring the two together so that they could see that they were not necessarily going against each other”.
“And the Opposition, as any good Opposition would do, put some wood under the fire to make it look like if somebody was trying to dilute the other but in truth and in fact it was not a dilution of anyone, it is that both were looking at country Barbados and the bigger view but the dilution occurred and the falling out of ways of two good friends,” he said.
Kellman said Sir Richard was a leader in many spheres who would continue to be recognised.
“He was a leader in his political profession, he was a leader in his medical profession and he was also a leader in the business profession and he was also the adviser to some of the best politicians in the House,” he stated.
“I am very grateful to have met him, I am very grateful that he was so good to … Errol Barrow, it is something I would never forget him for, and will always be very grateful to him for, and I also appreciate the contribution that he would have made to the Democratic Labour Party.” (SC)