The Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) candidate for St Philip North is making it clear that she is not involved in any smear campaign against her political opponent Michael Lashley.
In fact, Dr Sonia Browne told Barbados TODAY this evening that she would never be party to such.
The BLP representative was responding to charges levelled by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler at the weekend that the Opposition BLP was going after both him and Lashley, who is the current minister of transport and works, because they were regarded as difficult to move from office.
“There are certain people that they have identified that they feel stand in the way of them getting Government, and I am one of them. So, they have started this campaign against me and Michael Lashley,” Sinckler told a meeting of the Democratic Labour Party’s City branch on Saturday, while insisting that there was a “Get Chris campaign” and that [BLP activists] intend to put out a lot of fake news, nasty, lying information, starting in other places outside of Barbados and migrating into the mainstream social [media] in Barbados
. . . trying their best to link me and other members of the Democratic Labour Party to criminal activities”.
However, in dismissing the charge today, Dr Browne said: “As far as I know there is no such thing as a smear campaign in my team against anybody.
“My party is known as the party of integrity. I would refuse to get that low. I am not that sure where they are getting it from. Certainly not my team,” the BLP first-time candidate said.
She however said she was aware that an article was published on social media in which certain scurrilous allegations had been made against Sinckler and Lashley.
“I saw the article, but I do not take that publication [Naked Departure] too seriously,” the BLP representative said though suggesting that “there is some truth in every rumour”.
However, she insisted that her hands were clean and that she would never be involved in any smear campaign against anyone.
“I leave that to the Democratic Labour Party to stoop that low. That is not my personality and that is not my modus operandi,” she told Barbados TODAY.
However, Sinckler is equally adamant that the BLP has been in campaign mode since losing the 2008 poll and has warned his party faithful to expect unusual tactics as elections, which are constitutionally due in 2018, draw closer.