Barbados Labour Party stalwarts such as former Cabinet members and former high ranking members of the diplomatic corps turned up today to participate in the protest march against the imposition of the Municipal Solid Waste Tax.
Included among the party stalwarts were former ministers Sir Louis Tull, Delisle Bradshaw and Erskine Griffith; former Deputy High Commissioner to London Herbie Yearwood; Mia Mottley’s mother Amor; and Lady St John, wife of late Prime Minister Sir Harold St John.
Giving his views on today’s march to a Barbados TODAY team, Sir Louis said: “I am happy with the outcome. I certainly did not expect such a large turnout and such an enthusiastic one. I stood by the side of the road and watched the people move by; and I am very pleased with the outcome.
“However, more importantly, the question is: why are they here? Why did these people come out in the midday sun? They have come out to register their disappointment with not only the way the Government is running the country, but the way in which they were treating them.
“I heard that the Prime Minister has not met with the Leader of the Opposition to accept the letter that she was handing over. I find that somewhat surprising in Prime Minister Stuart. It is a bit petty,” Sir Louis added.
Asked to comment on the absence of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, Sir Louis said: “I do not know about the former Prime Minister, because I am not in touch with him. I do not know what he is thinking, what he is saying, what he is feeling, or why he is not here. I am the wrong person to speak to about Arthur’s no-show.”
Giving her thoughts on the march, Lady St John said: “It is wonderful to come out with the people marching and saying what we had to say. If the Prime Minister does not listen now, that’s his problem. I think the crowd was wonderful.
“It is good to see the island speaking –– not only the Barbados Labour Party –– but the island speaking against this tax.”
Long-standing first vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association, Condey Riley, also commented on the protest action today.
“It was a very encouraging march. People just came out to show discontent with not only the tax, but the other 26 increases in tax and fees imposed over the last five years. It is like the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Asked to give his views on the march, St Michael West-Central constituent Richard Harper said: “I think it was a very beautiful and educational march; and I feel that we should have had about 70,000 to 80,000 people in the march. It shows that the people are dissatisfied with the Government and the tax.”