“St John folk have say on Mara's election decision”

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“MARA THOMPSON should have dropped out ever since.”

 That was the sentiment from some St John constituents regarding the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) incumbent’s decision to back out of the next General Election.

In yesterday’s DAILY NATION, general secretary George Pilgrim said he would be representing the party in the next poll instead of Thompson.

However, no formal statement has so far been made by the executive council of the DLP

Jamaal Padmore, who sells natural juices at the roadside in Gall Hill, said he was disappointed in her performance as a constituency representative as she did not wield the power they expected to further develop the rural parish.

The 27-year-old added the recently built David Thompson Health And Social Services Complex needed to be completed, adding there was not a stationed dentist at the facility.

He said the next election could be a historic one as people in his circle indicated they were supporting Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Charles Griffith, who had a good relationship with a number of constituents and was often seen hanging out with residents. He added the only time he saw prospective candidate Pilgrim was in the newspaper and on television.

Harold Agard, who paused from building a house in Coach Hill, was not impressed.

“I feel she should have gone ever since. People in St John are diehard DLP, but not me, because nothing around here seems to change.

“We have had two Prime Ministers and have had finance ministers and still our bus service and roads atrocious, and there is no infrastructural development like housing areas,” said the carpenter.

“She was ever a politician?” asked a 38-year-old man who did not want to be identified. “She not competing doesn’t really affect me because I don’t care about nothing since [David] Thompson died.”

A 72-year-old from Colleton Land, who identified himself as Mr Gibbons, said Thompson was not a politician in the true sense and could not help the people of St John as they saw fit.

He explained that she did not have a ministry and was a “pity vote”.

Donna Hinkson, 43, of the same neighbourhood, said she was happy when Thompson was elected [from the 2011 onwards after the death of her husband and for St John MP David Thompson], as it increased the number of women representatives in Parliament. She added Thompson used to visit her house from time to time.

But her  23-year-old daughter interjected: “Do not mind my mother. Mara should have left long time. She did nothing for us . . . . My mother liked her because she brought tins of corned beef, packs of macaroni and bags of potatoes here.”