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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Let Govt get on with job

Reverend Errington Massiah

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For as much therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. – Amos 5: vs. 11 and 12
Congratulations to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and campaign manager Robert “Bobby” Morris for winning the 2013 elections after a very hard–fought battle.
The margin is very slim for the DLP; therefore unity will be the key to success. That means punctuality and attendance will be critical for the members of the Government.
Since the election, there has been much talk all around that people were paid to vote.
There must be some truth in it because both the DLP and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) have complained about it.
When people are willing to sell their vote, it is a sad thing.
Let us remember that in order for us to vote today our forefathers fought very hard.
First, those who tried to buy their way into Parliament did not help their cause.
What will happen to those who were paid for their vote? Will that money last them until next election? That is the big question.
Here, I must ask two more questions: Did we have international personnel monitoring our election?
And why were those billboards and posters still up on polling day? I thought they should have been taken down by midnight before polling day.
In the end there were some positive things over the three-week campaign, and one of them was the absence of violence.
We thank God for that.   
The Government is empowered by the people’s approval and must be allowed to get on with the execution of its policies.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The strife is o’er, the battle done; Now is the Victor’s triumph won; O let the song of praise be sung. Alleluia! – Hymn 135 verse 1 (Hymns Ancient & Modern)