Chairman of the Opposition Barbados Labour (BLP), George Payne, says he is concerned by what he sees as a laissez-faire approach by the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) going into the May 24 general election.
Payne warned that with such “a poor record” to show for the 10 years holding the reins of power, the low keyed approach could mean that the DLP has an ace up its sleeves.
Speaking before a massive crowd at the BLP’s annual Heroes’ Day picnic at the Barclays Park, Ermy Bourne Highway, on Saturday, he suggested the DLP had either resigned to losing or it was intent on returning to office through some nefarious means.
“It has me a little worried in this election because the fact that they are not canvassing means that they have to buy the election, they plan to steal it or they plan to disappear,” said Payne, who implored the massive crowd to ensure that the latter was the reality come polling day.
Payne, the incumbent MP for St Andrew, argued that the seeming lack of DLP presence in the political arena was more likely due to them being ashamed of their record.
“After taking so long to call the election and having been forced into a corner, they are scared. They are so scared that they don’t even come out and canvas, they don’t want to come out and face the people,” he said.
“They cannot come to the people and tell them what they have done. On the other hand, the Barbados Labour Party has a good story to tell because things are always good under the Barbados Labour Party. The Democratic Labour Party has no story to tell so no wonder they are scared.”
Payne suggested that, in this election, the BLP was emboldened to seek a clean sweep of all 30 parliamentary seats.
“I want you to make sure that they disappear. At the beginning of this campaign I indicated to you that I wanted four specific seats and I would repeat it throughout the coming weeks. Those are St John; the Prime Minister’s constituency, [St Michael South], the Minister of Finance’s [Chris Sinckler] constituency, [St Michael North West]; and St Lucy [held by Denis Kellman]. So I make no apology for the Barbados Labour Party, who has put things in place so that every single candidate can win their seat,” Payne stressed.