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Concern over lecture speakers

Arlette Martindale

Concern over lecture speakers

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PERMIT ME to express my concerns relating to public officers speaking at the lunchtime lectures on Fridays at the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) headquarters.

Since the DLP took the reins of Government, speakers such as William Hinds, senior technical officer in the Ministry of Energy; Dr David Browne, principal of Queen’s College; and quite recently, Ian Gibbs, entomologist at the Ministry of Agriculture, have spoken at the lectures to party loyalists and sympathisers on matters of Government business.

Should these officers be asked to speak at the headquarters of the Barbados Labour Party, would they do so or would they be penalized – transferred or victimised – for accepting the invitation?

These officers should have had an open forum away from any political party to enlighten the masses on the topics under their purview. But this behaviour of the Democratic Labour Party has become the new norm.

Public officers must respect the rules in the Public Service Act and not be swayed or guided by the dictates of the party in power.

– Arlette Martindale