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Priest: Vote character

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON, [email protected]

Priest: Vote character

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Don’t vote for political candidates whose character may be suspect.

This is the exhortation of Reverend Vasco Perry as Barbados enters the home stretch for a General Election this year.

“I say reject them. Let’s get persons who put the interest of Barbadians and Barbados at heart before their own interests,” he said.

Perry, who was delivering the sermon at the funeral of Edmond Bradshaw, the former director general of the Barbados Red Cross Association, at Abundant Life Assembly on Saturday, said if more people cultivated good character, there would not be a drug problem on the island; there would not be people sitting on blocks waiting to rob others, and there would be less corruption.

“Shortly, we will be having elections and I would like to sound a call to Barbadians to seek and vote for persons who have good character . . . because we should not have persons sitting in the hallowed halls of our Parliament whose character is in question,” he said.

“Choose persons who would be kind; who would be loving; who would not want to take advantage of the poor and the destitute. Persons of good character,” he stressed, adding that good character should be in concert with godliness.

Perry suggested the country would benefit from those who put character before riches.

“If those in the service sector were persons of good character, we wouldn’t have to worry about the way business is done in Barbados,” he said, adding the same would also apply to people of the cloth.

He said while he would not consider himself to be a prophet of doom, he felt that unless people developed good reputations, “this country that we know and love so well, we will be a fallen nation in the future”. (HLE)