Government Minister Stephen Lashley sees no reason why members of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) cannot put partisan differences aside and work together for the benefit of Barbadians.
Lashley, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, is questioning what the fuss is about, regarding his partnership with BLP representative for Christ Church West, Dr Maria Agard, to host a family fun day/football competition last Independence.
Commenting on the issue for the first time, Lashley told Barbados TODAY the time had come for partisan politics to be put aside. Instead, he said, the focus should be on working together in the best interest of the country.
“I understand that one of the big issues troubling the BLP is the fact that Maria Agard would have been involved in a collaboration in a football/family fun day held for the residents of Sargeants Village last year, in which I was involved, and I think that is being held up as something which ought not to be done,” Lashley said.
“That smacks of immaturity in politics. I think we need to have more maturity in politics in Barbados,” he added.
“I see nothing wrong with two Members of Parliament, in response to a call and a need of the community, to put their partisan politics aside and come together in camaraderie and in the spirit of Independence and to support an activity designed to bring togetherness to a community. I really don’t see why the BLP is making such heavy weather about this.”
Lashley said if given the opportunity, he would invite Agard to take part in similar activities. In fact, the minister argued that such partnerships should be encouraged.
“I feel we should try to focus our communities away from tribalism and away from partisanship, especially when it is not necessary,” he opined. “I think we spend too much time politicking and electioneering when in fact we should be seeking to build our communities.”