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Jones: We must reach the people

Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones (left) assisting Yvonne Greene in filling out a change of residence form so she would be eligible to vote in his constituency. (Picture by Sharon Harding.)

Mon, January 28, 2013 - 12:07 AM

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) must do more in relation to engaging the people, according to Member of Parliament (MP) for Christ Church East Central Ronald Jones.

The DLP MP was speaking to the media on Saturday during a mass canvass of the Wotton and Kingsland districts in his constituency.

Jones said the public might not always scrutinize what the Government had done for it on a wider scale so it was necessary to take the message to the people.

“The unthinking person might not necessarily work right through what the Government of the day has done to maintain political and economic stability in Barbados,” he said. (CA)

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) must do more in relation to engaging the people...." Mr Jones, it is unfortunate that you have waited until just before elections to realize that your government failed to "engage" the people of Barbados.

The first two years were spent mainly quarreling among yourselves over a fatted calf. The post-Parliament press conferences that were promised never materialized, and the DLP took on an air of arrogance and excessive vanity.

Since the appointment of PM Stuart, communication with the public has been almost nonexistent. I can only recall a single padded interview on CBC TV where he appeared most uncomfortable before the lights and cameras. He seems more "at home" in the company of those of like thinking.

So you are right, Mr Jones, the DLP does have an image and public relations problem. To the people, the government MPs appear aloof and out of touch with average folk. It is therefore too late now to correct this serious flaw before elections. We the People and the latest Central Bank Report have given the government a failing grade on the economy, employment, and cost of living, as the DLP has done nothing to inspire hope, confidence or optimism.

Who is an "unthinking person," Mr Jones? Are you saying Bajans lack the ability to think for themselves and need you to educate them on public policy analysis? Bajans are intelligent people with the ability to think through Government policies and determine if they are woefully inadequate or painful. That comment is insulting to every Bajan across the length and breadth of this island.

The same persons whom you describe as "unthinking" are the same ones who elected you and your Party to Office over five years ago. And trust me, they can remove you in a heartbeat in the next few weeks.

Mr. Jones, I think you owe the people of Barbados an apology.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
'Reach the people'? But we are only 166 sq miles, with more ZRs than miles.

'Reach the people?' So you now fully awake, Jonesie? Why is it that people couldn't reach you all along?

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 9 months ago
@ Carl Harper: The last time I heard someone attempted to speak collectively for "We the People" another person asked he if he was a game console. I won't be so presumptuous to speak for the Barbadian electorate. However, what I would hope that perhaps you did not read the full article and as such did not get the full gist of the point the Minister was making. The Minister made the point that when one analyses this government's performance it must do so not only in a parochial context but also in a global context. To this end, the Minister indicated that it was necessary to remind Bajans that although we might believe ourselves to be the center of this world there was this world out there that might not consider us as the center of it. Of course Bajans will react to local events first but there is a need to remind them through engagement of the extra regional events that significantly impact our lives every day and over which we have no control over. No one should be insular in their thinking but should find it imperative to ascertain as much information as their can in order to make inform decisions. This can only bode well for our nation irrespective of which party is in power.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 9 months ago
@ Carl Harper: It is abundantly clear where your political affiliations lie but I wonder if it would be possible for you to open your eyes a bit. "The unthinking person ........." obviously infers "those individuals among us who have not given thought to the issue". Nowhere does the minister suggest that "Bajans lack the ability to think for themselves". You appear to be going to great lengths to build a juicy story. If nothing else let us, at least, be fair in our comments. Nigel D.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 9 months ago
To do that Mr. Jones you may have to come off CBC DLP TV and meet real folk. By the same token I hope you know that your comments regarding people peoples unawareness of what the government of the ‘day’ has done must also be made in an even more robust way regarding the performance of the BLP during its last term in office. During that time the party under the leadership of Mr. Arthur delivered unparalleled success. Yet since you and your people have returned to power you have tried every day to discredit the excellent work of Mr. Arthur. If it is possible, thanks to the DLP to persuade people to forget 14 years of prosperity, don’t you think it reasonable that people will forget, or at least want to quickly forget, five years of tragedy- without prompting from anyone?

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Posted by Tony Waterman 1 year, 9 months ago
@ CARL HUSBANDS!!!Perhaps if the Minister were to be as ELOQUENT as you are he would not have used the phrase "The unthinking person" . he is making it look like that $2M owed to UWI was all in Vain

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
Current Government needs to finish up
the newly-widened section of hiway
from Simpsons Roundabout
going Northward to the new roundabout
at Welches,St.Thomas near Automotive Art!

At the very least
that would look nice with freshly-painted LANE-LINES the Party Manifesto.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
The longer the delay..
the more swing-voters there are, out there!

It's not lookin good, Fru.

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