The United Progressive Party (UPP) is advising Barbadian voters that the time has come to let go of “the fumes” of late prime ministers Tom Adams and Errol Barrow.
UPP candidate for St George North Everton Heru Holligan last night said it made no sense that Bajans would keep voting for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) simply because of the two dead leaders.
“If you are attached to a Democratic [Labour] Party or [Barbados] Labour Party . . . there is no need to have the attachments any longer. There is no need to ride on the fumes of a Tom Adams or an Errol Barrow. Both of these men are dead and gone,” Holligan told those gathered in Arthurs Land, Tweedside Road for a UPP meeting in the St Michael South Central constituency.
“Their legacy have lived on but unfortunately the people who are running the institutions that they were a part of do not have the vision that they [had] and at this point they do not have the leadership that they had before either,” he said.
Barrow was the country’s first Prime Minister and DLP leader, while Adams had served as BLP leader and Barbados’ second Prime Minister.
In an effort to convince voters to support his party, Holligan gave credit to UPP leader Lynette Eastmond for the success of the last BLP administration, which was led by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, and in which Eastmond served as a member of Cabinet.
“Believe it or not, one of the reasons the BLP was so successful in the last administration was because of our leader, Lynette Eastmond. She is no longer with them so there is no reason to even consider them,” he said.
“I want to urge you to think what a new Barbados can be like and the only way you can have a new Barbados is if you vote in a new institution, because if you go with the same ole, same ole, all you are going to get is a same ole, same ole,” he said, as he called on residents in St Michael South Central to vote for the UPP candidate David Gill.
“We are not here to promise and say once we get into office we are going to remove taxes, no. Once we get into office we are working to grow the economy. This is why we have invested into the creative economy,” he said.
Holligan insisted that the economy was not growing because the Freundel Stuart-led DLP was focused too much on tourism despite a fall in earnings.
He said as a result, the population was made to pay higher taxes.
“There must be something other than tourism, other than sugar and in this case, something in addition to the international business sector, to bring the resources back into the economy, to bring the confidence of the people back where it needs to be,” he said.
“People who have a vision and are not just wired into doing things the same old hard way . . . . We can’t depend on the same old thinking anymore, because that has brought us here and here is where we don’t want to be,” the UPP spokesman said.