Barbados is not at the brink of collapse as the Opposition would have Barbadians believe.
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite gave this assurance while addressing a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) meeting in Hoyte’s Village, St James on Monday night.
While repeatedly asking why the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was so eager to lead a country which in their estimation was “the worst in the world”, he highlighted the successes of the ruling DLP.
“If you listen to the Barbados Labour Party you would not believe that this country was voted number one destination in the world. You would not believe that this country was voted as having the seventh best educational system in the world. You would not believe that this country is recognized as being the safest country in the Caribbean,” Brathwaite said, adding that “we still have one of the highest human indexes in the world. Recognize this country that they are telling you is the worst country in the world, everybody wants to live in Barbados. Barbadians are not going out, but everyone wants to come in. They even want to come in and vote,” he said following a recent legal challenge brought on behalf of Commonwealth citizens against the Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The DLP candidate for St Philip South claimed that the odds were stacked against his party as the Opposition was running “59 candidates”, but he told the crowd that team DLP was “far superior” and would be returned to office.
“Ask them if this county is so bad why do you want to have leadership of the country? If the DLP is so poor why do you they have 59 candidates running against our 30? Across Barbados and I am sure here in St James Central there are more pictures of [BLP leader] Mia Mottley than of [the party’s candidate] Kerrie Symmonds. Mia Mottley is running 30 times, in every constituency. So there are 59 of them; 30 of her and 29 of the others against our 30,” he said to cheers.
In endorsing the candidacy of George Connolly, the DLP’s candidate for St James Central he said the party was proud and confident in all the new candidates.
“They would have you believe this party cannot attract bright young people. They would have you believe the only party with brains is the Barbados Labour Party. They say, ‘why have no new talent?’ But Kim Tudor, Nicholas Alleyne, Rodney Grant, Dave Cumberbatch, Henderson Williams and George Connolly will deliver.”