A young economist, who has her eyes on the seat which is currently held in Parliament by Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, believes the people of St Michael South Central are currently lacking good political representation, and are desperately in need of someone to articulate their concerns.
Delivering her maiden political speech at the annual general meeting of the St Michael East constituency branch of the BLP, 37-year-old Marsha Caddle offered herself up as the much needed “voice” for the people.
Caddle told the gathering, which included Opposition St George South MP Dwight Sutherland, that during her canvassing she has been asked by several young people: “Why are you doing this? Why would you expose yourself? Why would you make yourself so vulnerable to what political life has become in Barbados?”
While acknowledging that representative politics has become tainted somewhat, Caddle, who is preparing to challenge former parliamentary representative David Gill for the BLP nomination in St Michael South Central on October 2, argued that the country on a whole needed to be rescued.
“My generation and the generations to come require a voice and I am not going to sit here and hope that the voice that I want to represent me does not slip away. That voice is in me. I have a lot to say to represent the people of St Michael South Central and the young people of this country who look forward and feel as if they have no opportunity; they have no options, no hope and no choices,” she told the gathering at the Israel Lovell Foundation on My Lord’s Hill, St Michael.
Caddle, who hails from Sinckler Road, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, said despite an absence of material wealth, she had many opportunities growing up, which she attributed to the “policies, the legacy, the belief, the philosophy and ideology” of the Opposition BLP.
Caddle also described education as a human right and a necessity for the poor as she attacked Government’s recent decision to stop paying tuition fees for Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies.
“It hurts me to see education at the tertiary level being eroded. It is something that we have to arrest,” Caddle said.
“Somebody has to speak to it. We have to get back to the legacy of this party [BLP] that was about the enfranchisement of people who have nothing. It was this legacy that has made Barbados what it is today,” added Caddle, who is hoping to ultimately face off against the ruling Democratic Labour Party incumbent Sealy, who has held the seat since 2003 following his defeat by Gill in his first showing back in 1999.