Late Prime Ministers Errol Barrow and David Thompson have failed St John and left no mark on the parish despite holding the most powerful office in the land.
Reverend Joseph Atherley made this assertion while blazing the campaign trail on behalf of Barbados Labour Party (BLP)?St John by-election candidate Hudson Griffith at a meeting in Massiah Street, last night.
Atherley said the platform of the Dems in this election does not have anything to do with their stewardship in St John over the past five decades.
“What are the monuments that stand in testament to 23 years of representation by Thompson and what are the monuments that stand as testament to the representation of Errol Barrow in this constituency. Where are those memorials to be found, where are those monuments to be seen across the landscape of St John,”?he said.
Athlerley said that most of what has been done on an infrastructural level in the parish has been achieved by the BLP. He said the Dems had come to the people of St. John on sentiment centred on the mystique of Barrow, on the terminal illness of Thompson and the bereavement circumstances of widow, Mara.
The former MP for St Michael West, said there was something that was natural and heartfelt from Griffith, that was lacking from the Dems’ candidate Mara Thompson. “Hudson Griffith never seems to be rehearsed. He is not mechanical in what he says in his utterances. When he stands to speak, he seems to be speaking from the heart. It is obvious that no one has told him what to say, it is obvious that no one has written his speech for him as is happening on the other side.
“When it is not genuine, when it is not in the heart people must tell you what to say,” Atherley said.