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Media Conference - October 21 - A media conference of the DLP Barbados

Media Conference - October 21

A media conference of the DLP Barbados

DLP St Andrew Branch Meeting - Featuring Mr. Kemar Stuart (City), Mr. Marc Laurent (CCS) and your candidate for St. Andrew, Mr. Oldwin Skeete

DLP St Andrew Branch Meeting

Featuring Mr. Kemar Stuart (City), Mr. Marc Lauren...

The Democratic Labour Party would like to wish its' President Verla De Peiza a Happy Birthday.

The Democratic Labour Party would like to wish its...

DLP Branch Meeting - St. Michael South Central - Branch Meeting of the Democratic Labour Party

Candidate- Richard Sealy 
Featured Speaker - Verla DePeiza - President

DLP Branch Meeting - St. Michael South Central

Branch Meeting of the Democratic Labour Party Can...

Press conference September 23, 2021 - Democratic Labour Party's Press Conference. 

Speaking was President of the Democratic Labour Party Verla De  Peiza, Shadow Spokesperson on Health Andre Worrell and Shadow Spokesperson on Labour and Social Partnership Relations Courie Cox.

Press conference September 23, 2021

Democratic Labour Party's Press Conference. Spea...




In the midst of strident talk of major constitutional change we continue to watch as persons who speak out get neutralised. 

Key independent voices are being silenced at the expense of the public purse. A purse that already is stretched by a bloated Cabinet, a barrifle of high-priced consultants and far too many resident ambassadors at Bay Street.
David Ellis is the most recent casualty.

Just a few months ago, a new politically-coloured Public Affairs Department was layered on top the work of the Government Information Service (GIS), a Press Secretary and a high priced regional Communications Consultant.

This Public Affairs Department, nothing more than a political propaganda machine,  was formed mere weeks after Ambassador Liz Thompson was named as head of a Covid Communications Unit, with an unknown number of staff. 
Now we are notified of another appointment, this time a Covid Public Advisor.
What is the overall cost of silence? Millions of dollars of taxpayers money at a time of significant economic and social hardship.
What does it mean when an advisor is appointed by the Prime Minister to "report to the people"? How does that advance the fight against Covid? Why is Prime Minister Mottley not channeling those funds towards various civic groups on the ground who can enhance the efforts of the Covid Unit in communities?
Barbados is again at a critical stage in our fight against this awful pandemic and I urge all Barbadians to wear your masks, wash and sanitise your hands, physically distance, keep away from discretionary social gatherings and get vaccinated! Do not depend on the authorities to protect you or your families. Do your part.
One of the first orders of business for the Mottley administration when it came to office three years ago was to send home thousands of low income public officers. 

After complaining about the size of the Cabinet and the very few consultants in 2018, we now see a bloated non-performing Cabinet, dozens of high-priced consultants, and scores of political friends and family being employed off the backs of taxpayers. The budget for consultants alone is in the millions.
Barbadians are being forced to  watch political largesse handed out to elites while the livelihoods of the underprivileged are put on the line by a government that refuses to muster the same urgency to extend unemployment benefits; refuses to ensure severance is paid; and refuses to reduce excise taxes and duties to ease the rising costs of living even though one of their own economists let it slip recently that they have the fiscal space to reduce those onerous taxes.

In response to a comment made during the press briefing: Let  me make it clear here that the DLP was never consulted on this recent decision to hire Mr. Ellis. We are never consulted on any matters related to the administration of this country. This  Government would wish to give that impression and it is time the air is cleared. 

Our Party would attend meetings of the Social Partnership when invited. Just as all other groups do. But more often than not the issues have already been decided upon.
We have noted a trend of the Prime Minister to call upon the name of the DLP whenever questionable decisions-of which we have had no part- are lambasted. It has to stop. She must take full responsibility for whatever position her Government finds itself in. The blame game has become stale.

We do wish Mr. Ellis well and hope that his objectivity will not be tainted. Rest assured we will hold him to his reputation for integrity if he oversteps.

The Democratic Labour Party
Verla De Peiza


In December last year Barbados reached a critical stage in its fight against Covid. We courted short-term tourism and paid a heavy price for it: an overburdened and overwhelmed health service; burgeoning spill over to schools, negatively impacting the delivery of education to our youth; and hubris of government turning a blind eye to realities until it was too late.
The tourists are not grateful for half measures: their test results are delayed when they arrive and when they attempt to leave as the Best dos Santos lab struggles to cope; their holidays are ruined and they vow never to return. Last time, the Minister of Tourism Lisa Cummins threw money at the problem, while the Prime Minister belatedly locked down the country.
We are right back here again. What will the government’s response be? The citizens of Barbados have been met with  vacillating positioning, as the government scrambles for popularity:
1 They court the tourists, invite the vaccinated and unvaccinated in full knowledge that our people are vulnerable, having not reached anywhere near herd immunity.
2 They court the business sector, hellbent on pushing through the pending disaster of rising infections and positivity rate in a desperate attempt to save an economy it has no interest, energy nor desire to diversify or digitise.
3 They court the popular vote by resisting the policy decision of mandatory vaccination despite expensive and unnecessary legal opinion. Only belated effort was made to educate our people as to the usefulness of the vaccine. Hopefully, it is not a little too late, with hardened minds to the learning.
This is not just about having vaccines as another weapon in the arsenal to fight Covid. All Barbadians know this. It is about following the science and the example of other countries. When UK and Canada were at 35% vaccination they still relied on restrictions to flatten the infection curve. BAMP too has called for tougher measures. This Mottley administration is not learning from its policy blunders and remains behind the 8-ball. On the seminal decisions of stronger travel protocols in December last year and lockdown in January, education on vaccines and vaccine choice, the Prime Minister and her government have been leading from behind – behind public opinion, behind best available medical evidence and behind the DLP.
There have been times in our history when our leaders were called upon to make hard and unpopular decisions. Instantly cdoming to mind is the period managed by now Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford.
Let’s be real: we are facing a public health crisis that has caused an economic crisis. Yes we have to strike a balance between lives and livelihoods. But where there is a conflict between the two, the scales of decision-making should be tilted towards the best available medical advice in favour of the wellbeing of our people. That is and will remain the focus of the Democratic Labour Party.
The Prime Minister is right to be concerned about the erosion of public trust in her decision-making; but political posturing will not resolve that – only decisive leadership and good judgment will.

Democratic Labour Party

A QUESTION OF LEADERSHIP In December last year ...


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