Cabinet seat for Griffith, says Payne
A Cabinet seat is awaiting Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St John candidate Charles Griffith if the party wins the upcoming General Elections.
That was a promise of BLP chairman George Payne, who said he would use his influence to ensure Griffith sat in any Cabinet headed by Mia Mottley.
“This constituency has had two Prime Ministers and as the previous speakers have said, there was very little that they have to show for that level of representation. As chairman of the BLP, I believe that I would have some influence when the election is over. I believe that I would be able to convince the Prime Minister Mottley . . . that the talents of Charles Griffith should be represented in any Cabinet of Barbados,” he said at Thursday’s political mass meeting at Four Roads, St John.
Payne said the people of St John knew very little about former parliamentary representative Mara Thompson but they embraced her wholeheartedly.
In his speech, Griffith said constituents of St John could expect a hive of activity if he wins the seat.
Griffith, who was born in Edgecliff, St John, said he entered elective politics because “I believe it is the right time for St John. It is the time for somebody coming from St John who believes that development and change must come to St John. My politics will revolve around people because I love people. I have come to politics to provide a voice for the voiceless”.
He told the crowd he would place emphasis on the development of sports, culture and entrepreneurship. He added self-employment could be one of the vehicles used to empower the young people of the constituency.
“We have blocks all across St John where the young people are not engaged in anything constructive. However, this will change because there is a reservoir of talent lying idle on the blocks that must be tapped into and I intend to do just that. St John has a lot of arable land lying idle that could be cultivated by the youth of the constituency,” he said
Griffith also said there were 797 people in St John over the age of 75 and he pledged that programmes would be introduced to keep them occupied during their twilight years. (NC)