Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Colin Jordan has hit out at Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for choosing to speak only to Democratic Labour Party (DLP) members about crime in Barbados, instead of addressing the nation.
The BLP caretaker and candidate for the St Peter constituency rejected Stuart’s choice of sharing thoughts on this burning issue with delegates at the DLP’s annual conference while he remains leader of the entire country.
“Crime and the fear of crime is not a George Street issue,” Jordan told BLP St Peter branch members at the Alma Parris School Sunday evening.
“Crime and the fear of crime, and the unease that many people feel if they go into certain areas, when they walk the street, when they pull their curtains at night, the unease that many Barbadians feel cannot be comforted by the leader of our Government speaking to the party faithful in [DLP headquarters in] George Street.
“The leader of our Government needs to come to the people that he governs, and he needs to say to all of us, ‘I understand your fear, unease. This is what we are doing.’”
Jordan’s comments came after Stuart had earlier in the day delivered a feature address before the wrap-up of the DLP’s 60th annual conference and told members that a collective effort of the community “involving parents, teachers and church leaders, is needed to nip crime in the bud in Barbados.”
Jordan said BLP leader Mia Mottley was for a long time “begging and pleading and prodding and eventually getting about 24 words out of the Prime Minister .
“Today he spoke, but as usual, rather than coming to the people of the country, he speaks to the party faithful at George Street.”
Jordan contended that Barbados “is gripped by the fear of crime”, adding that recent comments by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith, “don’t give the kind of comfort that comes when the leader of Cabinet, the Government, actually speaks.”
Making clear that no miracles were expected of the elected leader of the nation, Jordan said he did not expect Stuart to solve crimes or to go out and arrest anybody. However, he said the country’s leader was expected to give comfort. (GA)