The man vying for the seat of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in the next general election is accusing the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of gross mismanagement of the country’s affairs.
Speaking last night at a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) meeting at the Wilkie Cumberbatch Primary School, management consultant and BLP candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey described the ruling party as “incompetent, arrogant and disrespectful”.
Humphrey told supporters of BLP St Michael South East representative Santia Bradshaw, who gathered in a classroom at the Pinelands, St Michael school, that Barbados had a leadership problem that needed to be addressed.
He criticized Government’s handling of the island’s finances, saying, “This Government does not understand that it has to adjust and . . . that it has to be creative. They want to continue as if things are the way they used to be when they are not.
“Tell me why it is when in the face of intense struggle and when you [the citizens] know what do to, the Government does not know what to do?” he questioned.
Humphrey reasoned that while the recession of 2008 had hit the Barbadian economy hard, its ability to recover was hindered by the DLP.
“We could say that it is because of the recession, and to a certain extent it could have been true, but it cannot be true if Barbados is the worst performing economy in the Caribbean. We are performing worse than Guyana, St Lucia, Grenada, St Vincent,” he asserted.
“That has nothing to do with a recession. That is management. In fact it is mismanagement . . . and that’s what we’re dealing with in Barbados.”
The St Michael South BLP candidate argued that Government reneged on the promises to be the representatives of the poor, which the DLP had made to the Barbadian public ahead of the 2008 general election.
Rather, Humphrey contended that the DLP was a party with poor policies, poor administration and poor management.
“They tell us that they are the party for the poor, they misled poor people because they intend on making everybody poor,” he told those in attendance.