Businessman Alex McDonald is warning the ailing Christ Church East incumbent Dr Denis Lowe to be careful with his words, as they could come back to haunt him.
While endorsing Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Wilfred Abrahams last night, McDonald referred to comments made by Lowe in the lead up to the automatic dissolution of Parliament last month.
McDonald quoted Lowe as saying, “I will win, Abrahams will lose. The only way that Abrahams would win is over my dead body.”
The businessman charged that such a statement was tantamount to “flying in the face of God”.
“I shuddered when I heard the statement because what Dr Lowe probably did not know was that the winds of change were blowing and that Christ Church East had moved another way. He probably did not realize that the confidence that he may have had ten years ago or five years ago would not be justified today. So I shuddered for him and it reminds me of John Donne’s words, ‘ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee’. I knew that those were dangerous words for him to speak because the voice of the people is the voice of God,” McDonald said in light of Lowe’s recent hospitalization that has forced him out of the political spotlight.
“Dr Denis Lowe became ill very shortly after those statements because God is good all the time and all the time God is good. So I am sure that he would hear, and it is not with joy that I report these things, but it is an observation of truth. Do not fly in the face of God. Do not call these on yourself when you haven’t listened to what the people have been saying or you would pay the price,” the former president of the Barbados Private Sector Association said.
However, while Lowe remains warded at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the unofficial campaign manager of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Robert Bobby Morris assured party faithful during a Christ Church East branch meeting two Sundays ago that Lowe would overcome his undisclosed illness in time to contest the seat in the next election.
“I spoke to Dr Lowe yesterday and he asked me to bring greetings to you. He wants you to know that he is recovering and he intends to fulfill his duties. He is asking you to hold faith with him and he knows that you will say yes,” Morris said at the time while expressing confidence that Lowe, who first won the seat in 2008 when he defeated the BLP’s Reginald Farley by 918 votes, and held on to it in 2013 by a slightly reduced margin of 768 votes, was going to comfortably retain the seat.
“In 2008, we dismissed Farley and the only box he won was XB3, which is a small box in Pilgrim Road. I want you to win that box for me this time because I know Mr Lowe did some work out there that hadn’t been done before. In 2013 Mr Wilfred Abrahams won that box again and then he was happy to get another small box in Chancery Lane side out there. I know this constituency and I know where they vote and I am saying to you that I want every box for Dr Lowe this time around,” he said then. (CM)