Press Conference – Thursday 23rd February 2017, by General Secretary, George A. Pilgrim
The Democratic Labour Party is pleased to welcome you the press here today. This month marks the party’s 9th year in office and we are truly appreciative of the support given to the party over the period in office
Today the DLP has launched a campaign called FACTS.
The intention is simple to expose Barbadians to the mistruths propagated by the indifferent Opposition. This is crucial as Barbados stands to be rebranded by an online campaigned aimed at creating FEAR ..
The purpose is to announce
Respond to Opposition Press conference
The party will be having a Mid-Year Conference to be held at Queens College one of the schools constructed in the 1990s
The Theme of the conference is …FACTS
The conference is unique in that it seeks to have a conversation with the members of the party. The session is really a listening one where the Ministers will seek to share the policy journey of the party over the period .
It must be explained our party’s annual conference is due at the end of August and this activity is coming mid – year and a time which we deem relevant which is to coincide with our Party coming to office.
The principal object of our conference is to ensure the FACTS are rolled out about the government‘s achievement and the actions taken to ensure the viability of our nation state
The conference will also allow for the party base to share and give the party central needed feedback on the views and thoughts
Today, I make a call to members of this great party to report to Queens College for fellowship with your party. It is important that we share in this as we seek to chart a path for all Barbadians
The conference will be streamed live in on all our platforms so that our overseas branches can also tune in to the Conference FACTS as our speakers roll out.
We will be opened to the press in the first session of the conference as we seek to have coverage while crucial explanations about the success of various sectors will be delivered
In the evening we will be closed to the public when we seek to have our members from through the length and breadth of Barbados pose questions to Team DLP.
This party decided last year that we dedicate the year 2017 as the year of Youth Engagement. Today, I want to formally announce we will be awarding 30 Barbadians under the banner of Patriot Awards.
The idea of Patriot must be viewed as a continuation of this party Independence contribution showing appreciation and celebrating our TALENTED YOUTH
These awards will be sponsored by the party and will be given to person under the age of 35 based on the outline criteria.
- A Barbadian making outstanding contribution to the national development.
- A Barbadian who is defending and uplifting the brand Barbados
- A Barbadian who has started a project or develop an idea that is changing lives.
The hope is that the public will get a chance to nominate deserving young persons for such awards. These are awards for deserving youth of our country .
Youth in Music
Youth in Theatre
Youth in Dance
Youth in fashion
Youth in Cricket
Youth in Football
Youth in Road tennis
Youth in Religion
Youth in Education
Youth in Technology
Youth in Agriculture
Youth in Business
30 Anniversary of Errol Barrow death
This year we will pay special tribute to the father of Independence National Hero the RT Excellent Errol Barrow. We will remember Barrow in a number of different ways during the first week of June . June 1st mark 30 years since his passing and therefore on this day we won’t be marching or asking Barbadians to be disruptive. Instead we will head to St. John for a full engagement of the schools children by hosting a primary school cook off, the recipes will come from Barrows Cook book, we have engaged the St. John’s Primary, Mt Tabor and St Margaret’s. We have approached Lodge school to participate by hosting the cook off
Barrow I remember an evening of drama, dance and poetry
Response to Press Conference
The Democratic Labour Party continues to express full confidence in party leader and Prime Minister Rt. Hon Freundel Stuart. In our democracy words matter ….We have taken note of the comments uttered by the leader of the opposition and her apparent call for a March. We believe the agenda of the Barbados Labour Party continues to be extremely corrosive. A platform of hate and division is being created in this country.
Barbadians are not fools; the issues vented in the public domain are no secret. The government of Barbados prints money. Full stop
Corporation taxes declined mainly from offshore sector since 2009 by 200 million per year
Transfers are up by only 50 million over the period we were in office
Commercial banks are not buying Govt paper which helps create the short fall hence the central bank picks up the slap. Hence printing of money
We print money to ensure this country’s fabric and its people are secured. It’s not the best option
Government bill have to be paid
Salaries and wages of public servants translate to families and homes surviving in this society and why should this party apologize for keeping public servants in jobs
It would be a lie not to say this government is hard at work trying to make improvements in our outlook
Look ..On the bright side the noise is drowning out the positives
Unemployment is down
Growth in Economy was reported at 1.6 percent
We have heard reports coming out of Main Economic driver Tourism as extremely positive
Barbados … Please try to understand ….The calls for cuts from the opposition will cause major fallout … For fear of engaging the wrath of my party council …. I want to report to today a comment coming from our President who sat in a meeting last year as chairman of our General Council and said to the Council …”.Comrades I will not be part of a government that seeks to dislodge Families “. In response to more job cuts …end of quote
The Opposition must tell Barbadians the truth about March 11 and why the date was chosen? Let me tell the viewing and listening public. This is Pure opposition opportunism. This is not a March against the Prime Minister. This is a March for Mia Mottley …….what she wants
Secondly We keep hearing from the opposition the creation of a narrative to call elections now. We reject this outright as the party leader made it abundantly clear, There is a Constitutional deadline.
The opposition is aware of the compendium of issues facing the region, rating agencies ratings, Brexit, new Republican Administration, OECD charge against us, CARICOM’s burden with trade agreements, managing our reserves for sure. These are very difficult times for small open economies.
Our response to all these issues help inform investors but principally, Investors like a stable political climate where there is a respect for the rule of law ..Barbadians must judge not only the Democratic Labour Party because we are already on trial as a party in office but you must also ask if the opposition is really offering a solution …
You cannot sell FEAR in-exchange for HOPE …
What is the long term impact of this information overload campaign mounted against Barbados?
For the record .i don’t believe ..people can’t you hear things
I want to ask the leader of the opposition a question and I want Barbadians to know the facts
Who was Winston Cox? Sept 1997 –April 1999
Tell Barbados who was in office when he was fired ?
Maybe the opposition leader was on Facebook when the decision to fire him was taken?
The last question, did You call for a March then ?
Let’s cast our minds back ………………….
The opposition fired/ got rid of Maria Agard we did not ask people to march
The opposition fired / got rid of Lynette Eastmond we did not March
The opposition fired / got rid of David Gill we did not March
The opposition fired / got rid of Jerome Walcott …. Not quite ….cause he smart
We decided to do what they did at the Central Bank in 1999 and they NOW they are marching ….
Barbadians should ponder on the fact ……
Every week splinter groups are emerging form within the Opposition ranks and Barbadians /we are supposed to be fooled there are ready to take over office as they continue to Mixing fact with fiction
Every solution coming from the opposition is in some form of disruption. From February 21st the shock of the second term has led to a call for fresh elections and a duty by them to make Barbados ungovernable.
Let me close by reminding ALL Barbadians
First thing the Opposition will do if they were returned to office, will not be about the economy or foreign reserves it will be about THEM…. They want back the keys to Treasury not the keys to the economy.
I want Barbadians to connect the dots …..how can a party be in opposition. Lay claim to the struggles of a nation and a people and YET.
They are somehow finding all this money to organize all these activities , pay for these things and print thousands of t Shirts for supporters throughout the island …feed people every weekend , design all these full colour ads ….QUESTION ….who has the opposition made a covenant with, if they will the next elections.
History will be the DLP’s principle audience …let me say this to the leader of the Opposition. Don’t look to become a person of success become a person of value.