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The Nation’s Associate Editor, Sherie Holder-Olutayo takes a look at what’s trending today in Barbados. Last night the Democratic Labour Party launched their manifesto to the delight of a huge crowd of supporters in West Terrace, St James. Our online readers weighed in on this story. Here are some of their comments. Roger Manning: The promises in this one are going to be like the last one? We will lower the cost of living, then every single thing went up. Everton Alleyne: The taxes in the first two DLP budgets carried up the cost of living and caused the economy to contract, people ended up with less disposable income. Michael Lewis: Still wonder how things will be financed. Broad statements made.. Review, Provide, Introduce, Expand, Launch where are the numbers? How will things be financed? How will prices be eased seems we are holding fast in the same direction. Scary to say the least. Going after tourist in India, China and Latin America is noble, but will this strategy end up with the same failed result so far as our entry into Brasil? Will this draw funds away from our traditional source markets and cause those to under perform even more? This Manifesto is scary to say the least we are heading in the same direction and I hope we reconsider and change course whoever wins the elections next week. Philip Matthews: They caused me to spend 2 -3 hours waiting in a clinic to get my grandmother’s medication. It used to be minutes at the private pharmacy , then the light and water bills and they tell me they care about people . Who they fooling ain't me , not now not again! Angela J Thompson Branch: Is the backlog of promises back in this one? Deborah Thompson-Smith: A Manifesto is a declaration of intent. The intention and what actually happens is subject to a multiplicity of international, regional and local forces e.g. a natural disaster, a worldwide economic recession, the death of a Prime Minister (to mention a few), can significantly change the opportunities for 'manifesting your intent'. It is important to maintain a critical thinking posture and see Barbados in the global context subject to many changing forces on many levels at all times, no matter who forms the government.