Press release from the General Secretary of the DLP, George A. Pilgrim, in response to the Barbados Statistical Service’s release of unemployment figures for first quarter of 2016 on the 19th July 2016.

Press release from the General Secretary of the DLP, George A. Pilgrim, in response to the Barbados Statistical Service’s release of unemployment figures for first quarter of 2016 on the 19th July 2016.

The recent attempts to cast doubt on the reporting of state agencies has once again thrown up what some newspaper columnist now refer to as Politics of Desperation.  The repeated attempts to neutralize and debunk reports  coming out of the Barbados Statistical Service is certainly Politics of Desperation.

The said agency recently reported Barbados’ unemployment rate for the first quarter at 9.3 percent. This recent announcement of 9.3 percent was viewed with suspicion and bastardised.

In response …all have commented and some have even taken to the pen to spin this latest report out of the Barbados Statistical Service.

When the figure was in double digits there were activities, meetings in schools, press conferences, marches and even the  Council met in Roebuck Street accepting the figures as fact.

In the face of scientific findings… in the face of the state agency’s unbiased, tried, tested and accepted methodologies; the opposition and its network of operatives are now opposing..true Politics of Desperation.

There has to be a limit to the mistruths!

What is baffling, the same institution, with the same staff pre 2008 and post 2008 are now the subject of public scrutiny. There has to be a limit to decency in this country. As a matter of fact a check with the BSS  website reveals, the only thing that has changed at the BSS since we came to government  is the   phone numbers and they can now be reached at PBX 5352600.

The reality of the current unemployment  data released points to a positive responses to policies initiated  by the Freundel Stuart led Administration. There can be no doubt that efforts and policies though not finding favour with the entire opposition and its network of operatives have slowly begun to pay dividends as predicted.

It cannot be wrong to admit that policies are working and thus the team should be congratulated for putting in the work. BARBADIANS SHOULD BE THANKED!  We are not out of the woods but progress is progress. Barbados and its people have made progress.

A visit to the website of the Barbados Statistical Service would reveal  unemployment for third quarter of 2015 was 11.3 percent. Unemployment for fourth quarter of 2015 was 10.2 percent, while unemployment for the first quarter of 2016 was reported at 9.3 percent.

The data indicates a consistent trending down in the rate of unemployment which reflects  sustained efforts at restructuring and increasing the efficiencies in our economy.

In this regard Barbadians should be praised and thanked for having faith in this government.  Barbados despite what some may attempt to say is working and open for business.

George A. Pilgrim
General Secretary
The Democratic Labour Party

Statement issued by the Democratic Labour Party on 11 July 2016 on the passing of Sir Frederick Smith by the General Secretary George A Pilgrim

Statement issued by the Democratic Labour Party on 11 July 2016 on the passing of Sir Frederick Smith by the General Secretary George A Pilgrim

 

On behalf of the President, Officers, Councils and members I express sympathy to the family of Sir Frederick Smith on his passing yesterday afternoon. Sir Frederick, who remained an asset to our party, was a tower of political knowledge. Last year in our 60th anniversary we had the honour of Sir Frederick addressing a joint meeting of the executive and general councils.

 

He attended our anniversary activities. During the period the party honoured Sir Frederick by mounting a photo of him in a ceremony at headquarters and presented him with a historic photo.

 

Sir Frederick never missed an opportunity to share in his knowledge or lend advice. He was extremely sharp in his recollection of our party’s history and always had a view on what else could be done to make things better for the Democratic Labour Party.

 

He never shied away from calling a spade a spade even if the view did not square with his party. Yet he was the type you had to like. His tone was one that made you listen and he always came across as respectful. He was our first chairman and served as Attorney General and held various ministerial post.

 

Sir Frederick represents an era in the Democratic Labour Party where politics and representation was integral in shaping the movement of transforming Barbados from a colony to nationhood. We wish to express our appreciation for his effort in this regard and we believe that Barbados is better off for having Sir Frederick for 92 years. May he rest in peace.

 

 

George Pilgrim

 

General Secretary

The Democratic Labour Party

Sir Frederick “Sleepy” Smith: 6th July 1924 – 11th July 2016

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Sir Frederick “Sleepy” Smith born on the 6th July 1924 was one of the founding members of the Democratic Labour Party.  He was the party’s first chairman from 1955 to 1956.  Sir Frederick was a patriotic, proud Barbadian who rose from humble origins to be a distinguished leader in Barbados and the region politically and in the legal profession.

He was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1956, one year after the formation of the Democratic Labour Party.  He served as Attorney General of Barbados from 1966 to 1971. He also served as Minister of Communications and Works from 1971 to 1975; and Minister of Education and Sports, from 1975 to 1976.  He was also Leader of the Opposition from 1976 to 1978.

He gave illustrious service to the judiciary here in Barbados and throughout the Caribbean.  He was a High Court Judge in Barbados, a former Chief Justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands and a former President of the Court of Appeal in Grenada.

In 2012 the St. James Secondary school was renamed in his honour, the Frederick Smith Secondary School.

The Democratic Labour Party expresses our sincere condolences to his wife, children and the family of Sir Frederick Smith.  He was a true son of the soil, stalwart and statesman.  We will be forever indebted to the contribution of Sir Frederick to the development of Barbados and the region.  His characteristically forthright words will be remembered and treasured.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Sir Frederick “Sleepy” Smith:  6th July 1924 – 11th July 2016.

 

Lunchtime Lecture

Title: Lunchtime Lecture
Location: Errol Barrow Gallery, DLP Headquarters, George Street, St. Michael
Description: Lunchtime Lecture

Friday, 8th July 2016

By Ms. Undene Whittaker, Government Adviser on Poverty Eradication and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals

Topic: “The Sustainable Development Goals its Framework; Implications for Barbados”

As usual lunch will be served from 12.30 p.m. and the lecture will start at 1.00 p.m.

Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2016-07-08