A political circus!
That’s how St Michael Central MP Steve Blackett has described Sunday’s Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) nomination exercise, which pitted attorney-at-law Arthur Holder against the Government’s Director of Youth Hally Haynes.
Holder was eventually elected to carry the BLP’s banner in urban riding, where narrowly lost to Blackett by 39 votes in the 2013 election.
Before a large gathering at the George Lamming Primary School, Welches, St Michael, Holder also took aim at his political challenger, who is the Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development claiming that all was definitely not well at the Child Care Board, which is one the statutory agencies, which falls under his ministry.
Holder, who is a former employee of the Child Care Board, charged: “ Never in the history of Barbados has there been an upheaval at the Child Care Board as what currently exists. People are being banned from board meetings.”
He went on to say that Blackett should tell the public why it is that contracts were going out to certain personnel and whether or not there were interests that need to be investigated.
The attorney-at-law further charged that people were doing as they like and getting large amounts of money but no one was saying anything.
However, when asked to respond to Holder’s charges, Blackett said: “I do not discuss the business of my statutory boards or any of the eleven agencies in this ministry in public, based on allegations.
“What I would say though is that as member of parliament of St Michael Central I have no time for the political circus that is occurring in St Michael Central at this time with the BLP, especially between the two candidates that contested the nomination last Sunday. That is a political circus and I am leaving that circus and its clowns to get on with their business.”
However, in giving a detailed summary of the work he has done over the last eight years, Blackett said: “I am busy as Member of Parliament for the last eight years repairing roads as I have done throughout the entire Water Hall Land area; I am busy replacing houses with extensive repairs and complete rebuildings; I have done close to about 35 houses in St Michael Central; I am busy superintending the running of my breakfast programme in the Station Hill area which provides breakfast for close to 150 school children every single morning; I am busy organizing my Mothers’ Day event that honours and treats 150 mothers on an annual basis; I am busy with my schools’ uniform programme which provides uniforms for 80 children every year and I am busy organising generally speaking all of my community projects in St Michael Central.” (NC)