An outspoken Democratic Labour Party (DLP) parliamentarian is suggesting that the Member of Parliament for St Michael East Trevor Prescod is stuck in the past and needs to be replaced in the constituency.
Member of Parliament for St James South Donville Inniss contended that Prescod was stuck in the past and his “sell by date has gone”, as he suggested that the longstanding parliamentarian was no longer relevant.
Inniss expressed that view as he endorsed the DLP’s candidate for the constituency, Nicholas Alleyne, during the monthly meeting of the party’s constituency branch at the St Giles Primary School, the Ivy, St Michael on Sunday evening.
Noting that Prescod was currently the oldest sitting parliamentarian, Inniss said:
“I am not going to play the age game, because I hope I would eventually reach his age at some point in time.”
However, he added, “Prescod is still caught up in the excitement of the 1937 riots and the Black Power Movement, Black Panther Movement and all of those things. He is stuck in time. I have to be very frank about these things because our focus must be on the future of Barbados; and the future of Barbados does not mean we disavow our past, that we do not have an appreciation of our history. But the future of Barbados means that we do not be stuck in the past.
“When I listen to Prescod, I listen to a man who is angry. A man who makes speeches that will inspire those who were caught up in the 1937 riots. Those who did what they had to do in 1937 did well for Barbados. They laid a foundation that has helped us build this society.”
Inniss also charged that the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) legislator was constantly attacking white people here and encouraging people not to support their businesses, while he was using the money from those very people to finance his campaigns.
In fact, the St James South representative charged that Prescod was among those who gathered at the Cliff Restaurant two weeks ago for BLP fundraising events at which patrons were asked to pay $2,500 each. Inniss claimed the BLP raised $275,550 in that effort.
The DLP parliamentary argued that was the type of hypocrisy in politics Barbados must rid itself of.
Against that background, Inniss argued that “when it comes to a choice between Alleyne and Prescod, it is not a hard task”.
However, he was quick to claim that he had no personal issue with the BLP representative.
“I have nothing against Prescod. I knew him when he was with the DLP, when he went to the Barbados Labour Party and then returned to the DLP, when he went elsewhere. . . . I have observed him in the last couple of years in Parliament as well. I have nothing personal against Prescod; he is my dear friend. We get along very well.”