Former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate David Gill is calling on the Mia Mottley-led Opposition party to clearly tell the Barbadian electorate how it intends to run the country if it wins the next election, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.
“I am calling on the Leader of the Opposition at this week’s conference to lay out the plan for Barbados, being the official Opposition,” he told a United Progressive Party (UPP) meeting at Quakers Road ahead of the BLP’s 79th annual conference, which opens on Friday at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed.
“We do not want any bribery manifesto. That’s what they call it when you put a manifesto that they know they cannot deliver the goods. You refer to them as bribery manifestos in political language where you put out a manifesto that professes what it does not possess,” Gill added.
Pointing out that British prime minister Theresa May, United Kingdom opposition leader Jeremy Corbin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had all published their party’s manifestos prior to facing the electorate in recent polls, Gill was insistent that Mottley should not wait until the election bell rings to cue the electorate in on her plans.
In fact, he suggested that the party should produce its elections manifesto during this weekend’s conference, while urging Barbadians to demand as much.
“Don’t wait on any manifesto that come out a week before and you have too much trouble reading three and four manifestos,” said Gill, who quit the BLP last year after losing the battle to carry its banner for the fifth time in St Michael South Central and has since thrown his support behind the newly-formed UPP.
And even though the UPP is yet to release its own manifesto, Gill was adamant that the BLP owed the electorate as much.
“We are calling tonight on the Barbados Labour Party at the conference this weekend to lay out [plans],” he told the small UPP gathering, adding that “anybody who comes to you from the Barbados Labour Party
. . . after the conference should be able to tell you what the plan is”.