by George Alleyne
A Roman Catholic cleric registered his concern about the island’s state of affairs as he addressed Barbados Labour Party members and supporters celebrating the grouping’s 78th anniversary at St Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.
Bishop of Bridgetown, Bishop Charles Gordon, stated in a message, which was read to the congregation by Father Charles Dominique, that the country was challenged with hard times and life was now similar to that of the 1930’s when the BLP was formed.
“Today, Barbados and the Caribbean face similar threats and challenges to those faced in the 1930s – marginalization of the poor, the worker and the middle class – in the face of global capitalism.
“The worker today goes home with a much smaller bag of goods than he/she would have during the 1970s.”
Gordon’s message chastised the leaders of Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean for not following their vision, opting instead to pursue” the dominant trends in the world’s political economy today.”
He said it was time for the island’s leaders to return to the fundamental principles that allowed Barbados to play a pivotal role in Caribbean development.
Following the church service, BLP members and supporters moved to the party’s Roebuck Street headquarters for an anniversary luncheon.
This morning’s service saw BLP leader Mia Mottley and former member, Dr Maria Agard sitting in the same pew.
Agard, the sitting member of parliament for Christ Church West, was months ago expelled from the party after public disagreement, and this is the first sighting of the two sides together since that separation.
No words were exchanged between her and Party leader, Mia Mottley, though they sat side-by-side. But the two later had an awkward handshake as they avoided eye contact.
Agard then exchanged hugs and greetings with some members of the BLP.