Room for sincerity in politics
I have to totally agree with St Joseph MP Dale Marshall when he said that “St Joseph, as a part of the larger group of Barbados, is in many respects suffering more than any other geographical area of Barbados”.
As a resident of St Joseph, I can echo the same sentiments, but realistically this constituency suffers under both political parties and basically it is because this constituency is taken for granted. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) believes that it belongs to them, no matter what, and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) seems to think it is a waste of time doing anything in the constituency because the voting pattern would not change.
I am totally convinced that when it comes to St Joseph six is half dozen amongst the political parties, and when our parliamentary representative talks about the roadworks, especially when it comes to the bridges, from way back in the 90s and early this century he was the representative and the BLP was in power.
I highlighted the disrepair of the bridges in St Joseph and I want our parliamentary representative to recall back in 2002 when I raised the issue of Joe’s River Bridge, a statement was made that a steel bridge was ordered from Canada to run alongside the existing bridge as a solution and it was in the port at the time. Needless to say, that bridge has disappeared.
Questions were also raised about the bridge in Melvin’s Hill then. Now Melvin’s Hill bridge is at the point of collapsing. All the main supports are cracked right through, and it is pulling to the northern and southern end. I have raised the issue with three senior persons at the Ministry of Transport and Works and to this day busloads of people continueto be transported over this bridge, with an accident waiting to happen.
Issues such as these show the callous disrespect shown to the constituents and when Marshall mentions our water problem, it takes more than photo shooting with an empty bottle to get results. As a representative you must be prepared to lobby alongside your constituents to ensure that they receive their entitlement.
My position is very clear: “there is room for sincerity in politics”, and it’s about time all politicians or persons interested in representation get rid of the notion that buying rum and pretty talk is representation. It is not; representation is working to have systems put in place through which persons can have their concerns dealt with and systems through which they can advance.
It’s about time we the constituents begin to demand our worth from our government and our representative.