Government Minister Anthony Wood Lets Guard Down – Openly Shows That Government Spending In St Philip Was Intended To Unseat Opposition MPs
The BLP says that after all the “millions and millions” of tax dollars they “unleashed” throughout St. Philip Parish in the last few years, they “deserve” to represent all three parish seats, instead of just one.
The other side of that coin is the implied threat… “If St. Philip residents don’t vote BLP, government will keep on taxing but “unleash” little. Make your choice wisely, folks.”
Government Minister Refers To Tax Dollars As “Unleashed” By BLP
During a public meeting last Sunday, Government Minister and MP for for St. Philip South, Anthony Wood, listed the nitty-gritty of how much tax money the BLP government has “unleashed” in the last seven years throughout the parish and how much they were continuing to spend. Minister Wood also declared that because the spending was throughout the parish, not just in his seat, residents of St. Philip North and St. Philip West should elect BLP candidates and not return their two incumbent DLP Members – MPs David Estwick and Michael Lashley.
Candidate Lynette Eastmond Declares She And BLP Love “Soup Kitchen Politics”
At the same Sunday meeting, BLP Candidate for St. Philip West, Senator Lynette Eastmond, also reminded residents that Prime Minister Owen Arthur would make sure that St. Philip West is not neglected. While she didn’t add “if you are all good little girls and boys”, she did her part to make sure the theme of the evening was delivered loud and clear.
Eastmond also laughed and criticised Opposition MP David Estwick for declaring that he would not engage in “soup kitchen politics” – the trading of government spending for votes.
Tax Dollars Spent Strategically For Votes – Not For The Greatest Need
Obviously, Senator Eastmond, Minister Wood and the BLP government have no problem openly acknowledging what is obvious to everyone… The high level of government spending in St. Philip Parish has been part of a strategy of targeting DLP seats for the next election.
While the government was installing 700 streetlights in the parish, other constituents suffered for 12 long years with pit toilets, no running water and no streetlights in areas already represented by BLP members.
Yes… the BLP Government spent tax money strategically for votes in St. Philip rather than where the need was greatest.*
* See our previous article Barbados Government Triumph! Plastic Water Drums Are Blue, With Faucet!
Our sources for this article were two Nation News stories published about the same BLP Sunday night meeting. Read them and let us know what you think, folks…