The United Democratic Party has entered its third year in office, since the last General Elections in March of 2012. There is no disputing that the Barrow Administration has made significant strides in the governing of the country.
But with high points, has also comes lows. The Government has been rocked with scandal after scandal and all the ruckus has led to the People’s United Party to make a public call for an early election.
Today, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke to candidly to reporters on the detrimental effects these charges has had on the party.
“There are times when I feel that my troubles are being caused more by the difficulties that the behavior or the actions of some of my ministers- the difficulties that sort of behaviour has resulted in (I am very word indeed) because I am absolutely convinced that the government is doing a phenomenal job with respect to the public spending I have told you about, with respect to improvement to the quality o life, with respect to employment creation, with respect to the success against crime, with respect to being to solve the huge issues of the day: ASR-BSI-BSCFA, the Superbond, matters that are extremely important and critical in terms of the national interest”.
And so, Barrow says, that at this juncture, the party ought to be feeling very confident, but instead he is struggling with feelings of distraught.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “On that basis, I would have felt that notwithstanding the well known difficulties of anybody trying to get a third term which would have to be present in any case. I would have felt that in any juncture, we would have been able to feel pretty good about where we are, delivering goods and services, making sure that people can see tangible improvements. But there is no doubt at all in my mind that the scandals have threatened to swamp us, they have threatened to cause us to come undone, and naturally that is a source of great regret because to certain extent, it is self inflicting. I have been personally extremely hurt because I, at the top of the per mead, run completely straight, and that I believe, is well known. But when indeed I have to defend or appear to be defending behavior that is the opposite of straight, my personal credibility takes a great hit. So, I am distraught in behalf of my party and I am distraught in my own behalf”.
With the next elections scheduled in two years, Barrow admits that it’s time for the Government to regroup, recover and prove themselves worthy.
Rt. Hon. Dean Oliver Barrow: “I have said to my colleagues over and over and over again that we really need to get on top of this. I will never be able stop people from behaving in a way that is untoward. All I can do is to repeat my promise that when it happens, (and I learn of it) I will take action. I fully understand that if it happens once, twice, thrice, four times, five times, ten times, it doesn’t matter what action I take, it will cause my administration to come on stuck. I will not lightly give up the government; I would not likely say let’s go back to the people, but if it comes to that, I will also not sort the larger responsibility that I have. Every time I take action (as I am telling you I am certain to do, and I will continue to do), there are political repercussions because of the slimness of the majority. I bear that well in mind as I take the actions that I take. Ultimately, if I have to take more actions and it results in two or perhaps three persons who are in the House resigning from the party, thus, triggering by-elections or a general election, I will simply have to do what my duty and conscience tells me I must do and live with the consequences which with no doubt be a loss of the consequent general elections. I am not going to go easily as I said, but if I have to, I will go there”.