De Peiza: Children brought Govt to heel
PRESIDENT of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza yesterday blasted the ruling Barbados Labour Party over the bus fare hike, saying it was brought to its knees by schoolchildren.
She also accused the administration of being out of touch with the people after years of “rubbing shoulders” to the point where the schoolchildren protested the $3.50 bus fare introduced on Monday and it was quickly reduced to $2.50 on private service vehicles (PSVs) on Wednesday.
“Where was the consideration when you were actually making the policy decision? It cannot be that you are just thinking about charts and graphs and not about people.
“You had to wait for schoolchildren to stage a ‘protest’. . . . They stood at the bus stop, would not get in the private public transport so that they would not spend the $3.50 and waited patiently for the non-existent Transport Board buses that you tell them they could ride on free.
“That is ‘protest’ and it took the schoolchildren doing that to drive them to their knees,” De Peiza said. (AC)