Newly elected Chairman of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) George Payne believes Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s suggestion that moral issues will feature prominently in the next general election may be his attempt at correcting some of the ills that occurred in previous polls.
He told Barbados TODAY there were many aspects of the last general election, especially the method of funding, that left a lot to be desired.
“So much so that even the Prime Minister came out and said that he would like to see a little more transparency next time around. But I think Mr Sinckler should be the person to clarify what he said,” Payne suggested.
Addressing a political meeting at the Deighton Griffith Secondary School on October 31, Sinckler said the next poll could really be won or lost on moral grounds and told supporters that it was up to them to protect the moral heart of the country.
He cautioned that there were “[political] forces that have a particular agenda to impose on the people of Barbados and it was not the agenda that you or I, or that our parents and our children and that right-thinking people in Barbados want or can afford at this time, in the 50th year of our Independence.”
As it relates to his party’s preparations for the next general election, which is constitutionally due by early 2018, Payne said the BLP was 99.5 per cent ready.
However, he added that while all the candidates were in place, there was always more work to be done. He said he was focused on implementing programmes to ensure the BLP will “get the people of Barbados out of the mess that the Democratic Labour Party has put the country in”.