It has been the intention of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to force the collapse of the Freundel Stuart administration from the first day he was elected to run the country.
What’s more, a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate said, the main opposition enlisted the private sector and union leaders to help them carry out the plot.
The charge was made by the DLP St George North candidate Jepter Ince. Speaking last night at Rices, St Philip in support of St Philip South incumbent Adriel Brathwaite, Ince described Stuart as a “quality leader” who had to stand up to immense pressure during his tenure.
Ince said the private sector and the BLP failed to factor in that the DLP still had the confidence of the people and so their marches in the streets, walkouts from Parliament and other efforts to undermine the Government had failed.
In fact, he contended that Stuart’s decision to “plug the trough” and end the practice of influential private sector operatives having direct access and influence on the Office of the Prime Minister, resulted in a backlash for Stuart.
Ince hinted that for many years, some well-known private sector leaders could walk into the office of this country’s leader and use their positions to influence political decisions.
Against this backdrop, the DLP hopeful who will try to unseat the BLP’s Gline Clarke in St George North, argued that the Dems had kept their focus on maintaining jobs despite efforts to push Government to send home more than 6,000 public officers.
Ince, a former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, said the DLP would rather see people take home less money than to put thousands of public officers on the breadline and deprive them of an income.
“Where are you going to send 10,000 workers when you send them home?” he asked the moderate crowd in the heart of Brathwaite’s St Philip South constituency.
Ince also launched into some union leaders, whom he said joined with the BLP to try to destroy the Stuart administration. Furthermore, he accused the BLP of doing everything they could to try to force the collapse of the DLP administration through constant unwarranted attacks, marches, and propaganda.