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‘DLP greatest party in Caribbean’
“The Democratic Labour (DLP) is the greatest political party in the Caribbean.”
So says President of the DLP and current Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, who delivered remarks last Friday evening at the gala opening ceremony of the party’s 57th Annual Conference, which is set to end today.
Stuart, who revealed to the audience that he joined the political party in 1969, expressed that he is proud to be a member of the greatest political party in the Caribbean, adding that the political sphere of Barbadian society would have been poorer had it not been for the presence of the DLP on the island.
He subsequently took the opportunity to clarify the political ideology of the party, noting that the DLP is all about the creation of upward mobility of its citizens, rather than maintaining a status quo of the individual’s socio-economic status.
“We are not a conservative party, we are a social democratic party, and I want to make that point. Conservative parties believe that the world is organised as it should be – that the people who are at the top belong at the top, and the people who are at the bottom belong at the bottom; that the rich man belongs in his castle and the poor man belongs at the gate. All of that contradicts sharply with what the Democratic Labour Party has stood for over its 57 years of existence,” he said.
The PM acknowledged that one of the challenges which the organisation will face over the next few years will be re-educating “an entire generation of Barbadians about what the
DLP has meant to this country ever since it was spawned in 1955.
“Many of the amenities and facilities which we take for granted today would not have been available to us had it not been for the hindsight, the insight and the foresight of this great organisation,” he added.