Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall said he planned to boycott the activities for the climax of the 50th anniversary of Independence, claiming there was nothing to celebrate.
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart last week announced a programme of events to culminate the jubilee year, including a Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert on the night of November 30, at which international megastar Rihanna will sing the National Anthem.
However, Marshall, said he would not be party to any celebration as long as his constituents continued to experience water shortages and other social hardships
“Until I get water in St Joseph, until the garbage gets collected in St Joseph, until my roads get fixed, till people stop feeling the whip of the Democratic Labour Party, we in this country have nothing to celebrate,” the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator said last night at a party meeting at the St John Primary School where Charles Griffith was nominated as the BLP’s candidate for that constituency.
“Dale Dermot Marshall will not be going to a single thing. I have constituents who cannot tell you the last day they were able to stand up under a pipe and have a shower.”
Marshall said both his constituents and Barbadians on a whole had “a lot of burdens to bear” as a result the governing Democratic Labour Party policies since it came to power in 2008.
He also charged that the feeling on nationalism among Barbadians had been eroded and was being replaced by “an act of despair and desperation’ because people were losing faith in their country.