The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate who is seeking to make Prime Minister Freundel Stuart a political casualty is urging Barbadians not to use sewage flows in Britain or the United States as justification for the crisis here.
Kirk Humphrey, the main challenger to Stuart in St Michael South, said on Monday Barbados must set its own standards, which must be of a high quality.
Therefore, he suggested, those who point to sewage problems in the UK and the US in justifying the south coast sewage crisis were doing Barbados a disservice.
“This is not Florida. This is Barbados and that is not the standard by which Barbados must judge itself,” Humphrey said at the official opening of his constituency office on Culloden Road, St Michael.
In rushing to the defence of the authorities’ handling of the sewage crisis, some local politicians and commenters on social media have stressed that there are similar problems in Britain and some US states.
However, Humphrey, the holder of a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government, queried: “Why should sewage be flowing on the streets of Barbados?”
He said the sewage crisis was one of a number of issues that Barbadians should be worried about, including the economic situation.
“Every single sector you can look at and realize that it has got worse in the last ten years. Your pension is under threat and that which was secure for you is no longer secure,” he said, before addressing the youth in the crowd.
“Your parents cannot rest at night because they do not know if their pension is secured, [yet] the Prime Minister has said nothing stops him from sleeping at night.”
On matters directly related to the constituency, he charged that Stuart, who has held the seat since 2008, had been providing “absentee representation”.
“This idea that you can govern a people by proxy; that you don’t have to show up to serve; that for everything you can send in a man when you feel like, or under duress and pressure you can perhaps get Urban [Development Commission] to respond by proxy, and that you show no personal interest whatsoever in the affairs of people, has to come to an end,” the BLP hopeful said.