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Weasel Words By DLP Over Graeme Hall National Park

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The DLP Wants To APPEAR Supportive Of Graeme Hall National Park, But Doesn’t Want To COMMIT

Weasel Words Mean Nothing. Bajans Deserve A Clear Written Statement From The Party!

As we at Barbados Free Press have pointed out many times, our Barbados politicians are as slippery as fish. They are so skilled in avoiding clear statements of policy and intent that we are in awe at their ability to convince an audience that they are with them – when an examination of their just-spoken words shows nothing of the kind.

We Bajans are partially to blame for this because for years we have let the politicians get away with it. We want to believe them. We NEED to believe them… so we accept what they say without substantive proofs or commitments and then think we have a right to be surprised when again they say one thing and do another.

In the past, we Bajans accepted half-truths, deceptions and horse manure by default instead of saying “I refuse to accept this.”

So politicians now EXPECT that we stupid Bajans will politely refrain from demanding any substantive proofs as to their policies or intents. Such contempt!

Nothing illustrates this contempt better than the recent comment on this blog by the DLP that they just can’t understand why a political party should be asked to state its position before being elected!

These DLP guys just don’t get it. The mood of the country has changed. Public expectations and demands have changed.

Read this comment from the DLP and see if you don’t agree that the DLP is out of touch with the current expectations of Bajan voters…

Dear BFP and others.

We find it interesting that the DLP is being called upon to state its position on many issues even before the people of Barbados gives it an opportunity to govern.

The DLP surely cannot at this stage speak emphatically on every issue which BFP or the other commentators throw up. Our policy pronouncements have to be based on sound research and good judgment.

Oh Please!

“How dare the people of Barbados ask a political party to state its position on many issues” before the election?

Such contempt. What planet are these smug people from? Do they think Bajans are morons?

Or perhaps in the past 13 years the DLP hasn’t performed any “sound research” on such a major issue as the southern watershed through the Graeme Hall area?

Perhaps the DLP thinks that it must be elected before “good judgment” comes its way? Mercy! Again… what idiot did they put in charge of communicating with the voters?

Then The DLP Starts With The Bafflegab…

They want us to believe that they are FOR Graeme Hall National Park, but they don’t want to be pinned down later. How to do that? For the DLP, easy! The Bafflegab continues…

The DLP is not insensitive to the issue of declaring the Graeme Hall Wetlands as a national park and therefore protected by legislation. We recognise the uniqueness of the Graeme Hall area and is opposed to any part of it being turned into a water park or used for any type of commercial development. The fragility of the Graeme Hall ecosystem must not be disturbed by callous development… (excerpt from a DLP comment below)

Read The Whole Thing And Tell Us If You See A DLP “Yes” Or “No” To Graeme Hall National Park

A detailed proposal has been put forward for a Graeme Hall National Park. The map is above, and all the details can be found through this link.

Now… DLP, once again let me state this really s-l-o-w-l-y so you can have “good judgment” about the issue…

It is very simple.

If elected, will the DLP implement the Graeme Hall National Park as proposed?

YES or NO?

Here are the comments made by the DLP concerning Graeme Hall National Park. They can be found in their original versions here. We urge our readers to examine the DLP’s comments in their original context and to decide for themselves if the DLP has weasel worded their non-commitment to Graeme Hall National Park.

Comment By DLP Barbados
July 3rd, 2007 at 8:45 pm

The Issue of Graeme Hall has been spoken to by several members of the Democratic Labour Party. As recent as the 17th of June Mr. Stephen Lashley gave quite a lenghty presentation on the Grame Hall Issue. A week before that Mr. Ronald Jones speaking in Parliament was able to elicit from the Minister of the Environment that Graeme Hall was declared a Ramsat site and therefore falls under the convention which governs such site.

The DLP has not been silent on this matter. To suggest to the contrary is to create an issue for the DLP. The Graeme Hall site must be protected and should not be opened to major man made projects.

The Government is the one whose feet should be held to the fire for their silence and inaction. The Democratic Labour Party supports green spaces in Barbados, the protection of wetlands, open windows to the sea, the safeguarding of our gullies and protection of our last remaining indigenous forests. This is the beginning of the process of fashioning a holistic policy on the environment. Everything cannot be achieved in a day. Furthermore the Leader of the DLP has placed confidence in the persons who speak to these issues as they affect our people and the environment.

(snip)

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BFP Comments…

Hey… nice words DLP, but let us clearly hear you (the party) declare…

“Graeme Hall National Park should be declared as per the proposal”

Well….

We’re waiting!

Pride of Barbados
July 3rd, 2007 at 9:12 pm

Thank you very much for that, DLP. I can now breathe a sigh of relief, especially learning that Graeme Hall has been declared a Ramsat site.

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BFP replies…

Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary was declared a RAMSAT site, but this is but a fraction of the land of the proposed Graeme Hall National Park.

The DLP can’t have it both ways. Is the DLP FOR the Graeme Hall National Park as per the proposal or AGAINST?

Huh?

Whatsay?

dlpbarbados
July 4th, 2007 at 6:40 am

Dear BFP and others.

We find it interesting that the DLP is being called upon to state its position on many issues even before the people of Barbados gives it an opportunity to govern.

The DLP surely cannot at this stage speak emphatically on every issue which BFP or the other commentators throw up. Our policy pronouncements have to be based on sound research and good judgment.

The DLP is not insensitive to the issue of declaring the Graeme Hall Wetlands as a national park and therefore protected by legislation. We recognise the uniqueness of the Graeme Hall area and is opposed to any part of it being turned into a water park or used for any type of commercial development. The fragility of the Graeme Hall ecosystem must not be disturbed by callous development.

According to you BFP, Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary was declared a RAMSAR site. To the best of our information the entire 33 hectares are listed in the RAMSAR data base. Approximately 13 or so hectares are owned by the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. Government owns about 19 hectares of the land and this must not past into private hands for exploitation and thus depriving future generations of the naturalness of that area.

This information would suggest that the total area is in fact listed and designated a RAMSAR site.

This information therefore throws up the terrible anomaly of a private developer seeking to establish a commercial venture within or proximate to this area. Any agency of government that gives permission for this venture would be flying in the face of the Ministry of the Environment, another governmental agency and its having Graeme Hall listed as a RAMSAR site.

The DLP wishes to restate that under a DLP government, Graeme Hall will not be used for commercial development, but will be part of a protected zone which will cover areas such as the Graeme Hall National Preserve and other areas of environmental significance.

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Please go the links listed below and you can have information on the RAMSAR sites of the world as well as Barbados’ listing and a thorough description of the Graeme Hall ecosystem.

http://www.ramsar.org/key_cp_e.htm

http://www.wetlands.org/rsis/

BFP
July 4th, 2007 at 1:55 pm

DLP says…

“Dear BFP and others.

We find it interesting that the DLP is being called upon to state its position on many issues even before the people of Barbados gives it an opportunity to govern. ”

Yes, DLP, that is a big change in Bajan politics… the voters are actually demanding that their prospective leaders declare their policies and intents prior to being elected.

“We are better than the other guys, trust us” is no longer good enough.

Despite all the DLP’s flowery words in their response, we do not see clearly stated that they have looked over the proposal for the Graeme Hall National Park and are committed to it. The term “no commercial development” could also be translated to mean excluding businesses but not residential development.

The clear translation of what they said is “At this time, we are not willing to commit to the Graeme Hall National Park as proposed”

Cut the jiving and dodging DLP. Let your yes be yes and your no be no.

“Here come de new boss. Same as de old boss. Won’t get fooled again!”

Wishing in Vain
July 4th, 2007 at 2:00 pm

BFP I disagree with you, they have stated that they are fully committed to leaving Greame Hall as a nature reserve.

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BFP Replies

Hi WIV,

You’ll have to forgive us for wanting to pin them down, in writing, with the exact boundaries that they intend and how they intend to do this. So far it is nothing but weasel words from an anonymous poster claiming to be DLP. Nothing official in writing from the party. Will they allow residential development? Yes or No? Where are the boundaries?

Is the DLP officially stating that they will act according to the existing proposal… or some other plan?

Their response is not only not clear, it bears the hallmarks of so many other weasel word responses on so many topics that it is meaningless.

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