Barbadians have been warned not to be fooled by the crowds, free food, music, and “$100 bills wrapped in red shirts”.
That was the admonishment of Democratic Labour Party (DLP) St Philip South incumbent Adriel Brathwaite, clearly hinting that the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was trying to use money and other inducements to lure people to vote for the party.
Brathwaite, who is facing off against the BLP’s Indar Weir, said the DLP had “put country first”, defying suggestions that it was going to bring an election Budget before going to the polls.
Lambasting the BLP, Brathwaite said people should not be misled by the “rent-a-crowd” tactics of that political party. He argued that when the free food and party music was done, the “rent-a-crowd” also disappeared.
The Attorney General also launched an attack on some trade union leaders whom he accused of stopping just short of telling union members which political party they should vote for.
In fact, he said it was strange that unions would attack an administration that had protected workers’ jobs and introduced the most “employee friendly” legislation to secure workers’ rights than any other administration.
He cited the safety and health at work laws, the Minimum Wage Act, and the Employment Rights Act as examples of the legislative protection that the Freundel Stuart administration introduced to protect workers.
During his presentation at Rices, St Philip, Brathwaite called out the Barbados Private Sector Association and in particular its chairman Charles Herbert, whom he accused of being an advisor to the BLP. In this connection, the political incumbent questioned the position taken by Herbert against the Freundel Stuart administration during his tenure as head of the private sector.
“We have put the country first,” Brathwaite insisted, as he encouraged Barbadians to give the DLP another chance in Government.
“Now is not the time to give the Government over to one person”, suggesting that the BLP was now Mia Mottley’s party and that she had become the ultimate leader with no room for dissent in the party.