Barbados Labour Party candidate and son of the soil Colin Jordan says his journey to the House of Assembly will be for the people of St Peter.
The tourism expert made the declaration at a political meeting in Speightstown Saturday night after making his way to the stage amidst cheers from a jubilant group of placard bearing, singing and dancing supporters.
“I am standing here tonight in the footsteps of great people who have gone before. I pledge to you that after the night of May 24, 2018 I will be a great representative for all of you,” he said to loud cheers.
After giving a brief history lesson about Speightstown, Jordan admitted that he was not taking the journey alone but would be drawing on the greatness of St Peter icons who had gone before him.
“I stand before you conscious that even though I am 6ft 6 inches tall, I am but a dwarf standing on the shoulders of great men and women who have gone before me in this great parish and constituency of St Peter. I speak to you about giants like JTC Ramsay, a carpenter who has the distinction of being the first tradesman ever to enter the House of Assembly. He entered the House representing St Peter. I speak to you understanding that I sit on the shoulders of a giant like Kenmore Husband, the first black speaker of the House of Assembly.”
He continued: “I stand on the shoulders of people like the Farm Road man Frank Walcott considered a giant in industrial relations, a giant in the labour movement, a national hero. I stand on the shoulders of giants like the long serving Speaker of the House Walter Clare Burton Hinds. I stand on the shoulders of a Rose Hill man [former prime minister] the right honourable Owen Seymour Arthur who successfully led a Barbados Labour Party Government from 1994 to 2008.”
The new comer to elective politics admitted that the task ahead will not be easy.
“I offer myself to you recognising that leading in St Peter and representing the people of St Peter is an awesome task. It is a weighty responsibility but I offer myself to you. I stand here to tell you this evening that I can do it because I stand on the shoulders of giants….” (IMC)