Independent candidate for St Andrew Stephen Pollard has blasted the media, accusing it of “bias” against the non aligned candidates.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY yesterday, he took particular issue with Starcom Network’s Down to Brass Tacks radio show, which he said had blatantly refused to give the independent candidates a say ahead of the May 24 general election.
“The BLP, UPP, DLP and Solutions are not the only people in the political lineup for Thursday. They should have invited independent candidates on the radio to let us give our views of what we would like to see happen in this country of ours,” he said, in relation to the Barbados Labour Party, the United Progressive Party and the Democratic Labour Party .
“They want to bull rush the DLP on their programme [but] the Government refuse to go, [so] they should allow one of the eight independent candidates to come every week,” Pollard said, adding that he was so fed up that he was considering picketing the radio station.
“It is people like me and [independent candidate for the City of Bridgetown] Natalie Harewood that can cause change and I strongly believe I will bring change to St Andrew,” he added.
Pollard also blasted the incumbent BLP representative for St Andrew, George Payne, saying his record was one of non-performance.
“If I get elected I am going to Parliament for the people of St Andrew. I’m going with their views and ideas . . . not like George Payne that gets elected for 27 years and coming to tell you that he ready to serve. What was he doing?”
Pollard said that he would bring “real” change to the rural constituency, explaining that the “first thing I will do is find the people in agriculture because few of them [the major political parties] are talking about that. They have no interest in the agriculture.
“St Andrew is a great constituency in this country. The sand, the clay and all the stuff that means something in this country, everybody depends on St Andrew and [yet] it is the most neglected constituency,” he lamented.