The Democratic Labour Party from its birth in 1955 fought for transformation of Barbados into a Social Democracy and a Just Society. At the heart of the DLP’s philosophy is the youth, young people, and their role in advancement of Barbados and its people.
With the introduction of Free Secondary Education, the establishment of the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies, the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the DLP has transformed our nation from the ideology of the plantocracy, which purported that parental wealth or friends of the wealthy justified ones right to higher education; to a society where regardless of our social or economic status you are given an equal chance to take you rightful place in the advancement of our nation.
In addition to Free Education, the DLP can also be credited with advancement in Health Care, the School Meals Service, accelerated industrialization and job creation; the development of the Tourism Industry, leading Barbados to Independence and the co-establishment of CARIFTA the forerunner of today’s CARICOM.
Today’s Democrats and the DLP continue to fight for the advancement of our Nation and for the continual creation of a Just Society. Recognizing that Barbados is more than an economy, it is a Society, at the heart of our pursuits is the empowerment of people. Empowerment by removing the strangle holds of bad economic management, repairing our health care system, and the creation of backward linkages between the economy’s forerunners, such as tourism and International Business, with agriculture and the fishing industry; and manufacturing. Additionally, we are focussed on the empowerment and the self-reliance of our people by the creation of new business through entrepreneurship.
The Democratic Labour Party transformed Barbados from a collection of villages into a proud nation – is better for Barbados and all Bajans.