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What is the meaning of a political MANIFESTO?

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Dear Barbados Free Press,

I was recently taken to task by a DLP stalwart, who has run for office unsuccessfully at least twice (2003 and 2008), by questioning the intention of a manifesto put out by any political party.

I brought up the fact, that in the 2008 DLP manifeto stated a total 8 tourism objectives – None of which have been implemented.

His verbatim response was ‘I am not going to nitpick re unfulfilled DLP manifesto promises’. He went on to say that manifestos were simply ‘proposals’.

The Wikipedia definition is ‘A manifesto is a written public declaration of the intentions, motives or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group or political party’.

Which is the correct definition and what do the voting public expect from a manifesto?

Bearing in mind the upcoming general election, I think its a question that has to be discussed.

Thank You

Adrian Loveridge

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