BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Oct 14, CMC – Prime Minister Freundel Stuart declares the sleeping giant of his Democratic Labour Party(DLP) awake and mobilised to win the next general elections.
“There are those who were praying to see the sleeping giant of the Democratic Labour Party awakened.”
“I hope they can deal with what they have asked for. Their prayers have been answered,” Stuart said while leading party members on a mass canvass in constituencies throughout the southern parish of St. James on Saturday.
The DLP event came mere weeks after the a poll commissioned by the Nation Newspaper and conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) showed a six percent swing away from the government to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
The pollsters also found that 61 per cent of the more than 1000 polled were dissatisfied with Prime Minister Stuart’s leadership and 65 per cent suggested it’s time for a fresh election. The last general election was held in 2008.
Stuart also failed to get the nod as the country’s preferred leader. He only enjoys 10.8 per cent support compared to BLP leader Owen Arthur, who received 27 per cent support.
But a confident Stuart issued a caution to his political opponents yesterday.
“Either get out of the way, or you will be stepped upon. We are on the march for victory,” he said.
Pressed by reporters on a possible timeline for the elections constitutionally due by April next year, Stuart stayed clear of citing a date, but he made it clear that the election is coming and the DLP will return to office.
“That day is going to come. And I can tell you we won’t have to send out any messengers for us. The people are going to be the messengers. On election night there will be no scope for analysis or conjecture. There will election results, and they will show the Democratic Labour Party has won.”