Outgoing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) president Freundel Stuart today warned political opportunists to stay away from the party.
Addressing the DLP’s 63rd annual conference this afternoon he cautioned members to be wary of those who sought to enter the DLP fold to climb “the career ladder” following the party’s crushing defeat in the May 24 general election.
“The electoral wound is still fresh and where we in circumstances like these… relax our vigilance and…manifest symptoms of vulnerability. I feel it is therefore my duty to warn that for some time now there has been a species of predators stalking the party political environment in Barbados in search of career advantages to exploit,” he explained.
“To this type, values are not important, philosophy is not important, commitment is not important, love of people is not important and a vision of the future is not important. All that matters to this type is an opportunity for career advancement as a party, we must be on guard for this brand of abuse.
“The Democratic Labour Party does not allow itself to be used specifically as a mere vehicle for the realization of any individual’s personal ambitions,” he declared.
Stuart emphasized that the party was not looking for a saviour or “messiah” to clean its tarnished reputation, noting that the loyalty of members must be tested as the party moves to rebuild.
“A commitment to the simple service of this organization must be the litmus test not the hot and sweaty pursuit of office… The Democratic Labour Party is not in search of any Messiah appointed by destiny to cleanse us all of our defilement. We have walked the road of general election defeat and handled it six times before May 2018,” he said.