Amid reports of turmoil within the ranks of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), one senior member has called on her colleagues to work together and stop washing their dirty linen in public.
St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde suggested to the party faithful yesterday evening, during a meeting of the party’s St James North branch at the Gordon Greenidge Primary School, that the BLP needed to get out in communities and help, not fight among themselves.
“ . . . We don’t have to cry sour grapes. Once you understand democracy you understand you lose, you lose. Look back and dust off yourself like what St Paul said and straighten up yourself and go again and strive towards the mark. That is what we do as a people who understand what justice is all about,” she said.
“The most that the Barbados Labour Party can do in these harsh recessionary times is to keep on the ground. The only way that you can understand and appreciate or empathize with people is if you are among them. Hearing their concerns, pointing them in direction where they require information and advice, and you don’t have to be a lawyer to do that.”
Outlining her idea for the BLP to remain relevant to the population, Forde said the members of the party should look at programmes that would help to instill confidence in the party and political directorate.
“Some have lost confidence in the Barbados Labour Party too and if we want to be showing ourselves as the alternative Government then we have to pull up our socks and get out there and throw away all of the stupid differences.
“A husband and wife are going to have noise, yuh know, but you know when they going down in the car in the morning, they might not be talking at all. [But] when they get in Broad Street and the wife getting out by Cave Shepherd, she going kiss the husband. Nobody in the road must know that they ain’t talk last night and they ain’t cuddle one another, because that is the way they do it,” she said.
“Let the Democratic Labour Party continue to self-destruct . . . . We must, as a political party, help to encourage confidence,” the MP added.