Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St John George Pilgrim is warning constituents of Christ Church East Central that they would be punished with severe neglect, if they were to elect the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to office on May 24.
Speaking in support of DLP incumbent Ronald Jones during a spot meeting in Kingsland, Christ Church on Tuesday night, Pilgrim argued that due to its history as a DLP stronghold, the people of the southern constituency would be made to suffer in much the same way that St John residents were made to during the BLP’s last 14-year term in office.
“From 1994 to 2008, the BLP would have allocated to the Ministry of Health at least $300 million a year and for 14 years that works out to about $4 billion. . . [but] not one red cent was spent on the people
in St John and the St John Polyclinic,” Pilgrim said, while contending that “only because of where it was, they punished the people of St John and by extension, the people of Barbados, only because the people of St John supported [late Prime Minister] David Thompson and the DLP”.
St John has been a stronghold of the DLP since 1958, and has been represented only by the island’s first Prime Minister Errol Barrow and David and Mara Thompson, while Christ Church East Central has kept faith with the incumbent party since 2003.
Therefore, Pilgrim sought to warn constituents of Christ Church East Central that “if you ever make the mistake of electing the BLP, the good people of Christ Church East Central will see a level of victimization and poison unleashed on this country as it happened on the people of St John and the people of Barbados.
“They denied people in this country health care only because of where the clinic was located and who they felt they were hurting,” Pilgrim said, adding that the BLP did the same thing to the Lloyd Erksine Sandiford Complex.