Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church South Ralph Thorne, says Barbadians are giving politicians too much power.
Speaking during a BLP spot meeting in Parish Land, Christ Church, last night, Thorne told the scores of people present that they need to play a more active role in governing Barbados.
“I am saying in a very expended way that you seem to have given your politicians too much power and the time has come when that power must be distributed downwards towards you,” Thorne said.
“Because unless this happens in Barbados, the infliction that we have faced for the last 30, 40 and 50 years, the infliction of a lack of empowerment will continue to inflict our lives and we will leave nothing but a legacy of a lack of empowerment for generations to come.”
Thorne said a local assembly should have the power and administrative authority to write to the Government and to demand the delivery of services and amenities in local communities.
“If a road gets bad you should not be knocking down any minister’s door, you should not be knocking down any minister’s constituency office begging for a road repair as if you are asking for manna from heaven,” he said.
“Take this local administration into your hands and use it, and use it wisely. That is my simple message to you tonight.”
Thorne pledged that the BLP would dismantle what the Democratic Labour Party has done to people’s lives over the past 10 years.