Saturday 22 September, 2018

Mia on leaked DLP Manifesto: "Full of babble"

BLP leader, Mia Mottley, holding a copy of the supposed DLP manifesto.

BLP leader, Mia Mottley, holding a copy of the supposed DLP manifesto.

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has seriously upset the apple cart of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) by leaking the ruling party's manifesto at a spot meeting last night. 

Ahead of tonight's DLP Manifesto Launch which is scheduled to take place at Oistins, BLP party leader, Mia Mottley, disclosed the contents of the much-awaited manifesto document during a St. Michael West Central meeting in Black Rock.  

Mottley had the heads of party supporters reeling when she pulled the document out of her infamous 'red bag'. She tore into the document as she compared the proposed DLP policies to the BLP's Manifesto which was released at a meeting in Kingsland a week ago.  

"If my mini-edition was a joke for them, this is a kindergarten manifesto," Mottley said jokingly.  

She said the DLP document is full of "techno babble" and does not clearly state a position on pressing issues such as the payment of tuition fees for University of the West Indies (UWI) students.  

In comparison, Mottley said the BLP sets down their policies in layman's terms with "straight talk". She criticized the DLP's lack of information on the issue of island-wide garbage collection and not informing the public if the Sanitation Service Authority (SSA) will be equipped with more collection trucks. 

 In addition, she pointed out the DLP plans to give the aging community an increase in "home help hours" is of little significance to a demographic who need more money to survive. She reminded supporters of the BLP's plan to increase non-contributory pensions to $225 a week.  

"When I read this blue and yellow document, I am fortified that I have to work every single minute and every single hour for the next eight days because Barbados cannot be left to a government that has no plans. If this is what they call a manifesto, then this is an insult to the people of Barbados." 

Mottley, in her critique of the DLP document, said it is filled with nothing but "pretty pictures" and contains nothing which speaks to the needs of the most vulnerable in the community.  

"I pray this is a dud. I pray this is the wrong document, I pray that this is the discarded document.  

If after five years this is what they bring to the people, then you need to send the strongest message to them that they need another five years to go and write something that relates to your needs and your aspirations." 

The BLP Manifesto has come under heavy fire from the DLP candidates who claim that the BLP is promising too much and there is no money in the economy to accomplish the policies set out in the 72-page document.  

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Owen Arthur has also cast some doubt on the BLP Manifesto during a recent press conference. Arthur told reporters the policies outlined in the BLP Manifesto will put strain on Barbados' finances and while it may allow the BLP to win the government it will not allow them to properly govern the country.