Two Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Members of Parliament (MP) last night levelled broadsides on the newer and recently formed political parties, accusing them of being vote spoilers, whose presence in the upcoming election will benefit the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Addressing a BLP rally at the junction of Strathclyde and Bank Hall, St Michael East MP Trevor Prescod and City representative Jeffrey Bostic made known their ‘third party’ suspicions as they sought to link the newly formed groups to the agenda of the ruling DLP.
Prescod pulled no punches as he warned party supporters, “do not take any chances with these imposters.
“They are paid by the Democratic Labour Party to undermine the Barbados Labour Party,” he charged.
Prescod contended that these groups were not contesting the elections to win the Government, but to steal BLP votes.
“They can’t win a seat. Some of them don’t even have 15 candidates,” he said, adding, “these mischief makers want to do all they can by targeting three or four constituencies”.
He proceeded to warn Bostic and St Michael West candidate Joseph Atherley, “there are people with ill-gotten funds from the state that want to use it against you”.
He was joined by Bostic in condemning the other parties for not saying enough against the present Government.
“It is passing strange that all these other parties, with all the difficulties and hardships going on in this country, that they cannot attack the Government for their poor performance and the Government’s poor record, but they’re joining-up, coming together to attack the Barbados Labour Party,” he said.
Indicating that the BLP planned to focus on these minority parties sometime soon, the City MP said, “their time will come” as he warned voters not to be swayed.
“All I will say at this stage is that based on the utterances of these other parties … a vote for any of those parties is a vote for the Democratic Labour Party,” he said.