Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St George North candidate Gline Clarke last night issued a stern warning to eligible voters not to make the mistake of re-electing the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the May 24 general election.
While arguing that the DLP’s record in office over the past decade has been abysmal, the former Minister of Public Works called on voters to give his BLP, which last held office here in 2008, another opportunity to hold the reins.
“We believe the Barbados Labour Party has the answer. We do not have all the answers for everything. We have to meet with you the people,” said Clarke, who has represented the St George North constituency in Parliament since 1994 and is seeking his sixth parliamentary term.
However, the seasoned campaigner was forced to acknowledge last night that there were those who believed that “the DLP has the answer for this country.
“I want to say to that they failed and failed in every respect,” he told a large gathering of BLP supporters at Market Hill, St George.
In his 30-minute presentation, Clarke was especially harsh on the Minister of Finance saying, “Chris Sinckler has failed everything that he put his hands to.
“He failed as former prime minister [Erskine] Sandiford’s personal assistant, he failed to become a member of parliament on three occasions and has failed as Minister of Finance,” the BLP spokesman said, adding that under Sinckler’s watch the country had suffered 23 downgrades by international ratings agencies.
“If he couldn’t fix the economy in ten years why would you give him a further five years?” Clarke asked.
“He is failing because he does not put people first, and he does not understand people,” the St George North candidate charged as he continued to tear into Sinckler’s record of performance, charging that “he believes that taxes are the answer”.
Clarke also zeroed in on the ongoing sewage leaks along the south coast, accusing Government of not telling the truth.
In fact, he charged that contrary to Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick’s recent suggestion that it would cost $8 million to get four wells fully functional there, “when we checked and got advice from consultants, we recognized that the wells would have cost $150,000 and [even] if you put inflation and profit, [those] four wells cannot cost $8 million”.