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Democratic Labour Party Manifesto 2003
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The Democratic Labour Party has gone through several changes since its formation in 1955 but its broad objectives remain the same in spite of the changing social and economic landscape of Barbados, which now faces serious challenges in a new World Economic Order. Notwithstanding the changes in society, the basic needs of present day Barbadians are not markedly different from previous generations.

What are the real needs of the Barbadian people today? The Democratic Labour Party has thought long and hard on this matter and now seeks to engage the people in constructing a brighter future and guaranteeing A Fair Share For All.

The growing pressures of globalisation and trade liberalisation are forcing small states to dig deeper into their limited resources in order to survive in a hostile world, which favours the interest of the developed countries.

We believe the wealth of a nation is its people and therefore we see our primary role as the development of strategies aimed at instilling confidence in our people and motivating them to improve the quality of their own individual lives as well as encouraging them to participate in the creation and sharing of wealth regardless of colour, social circumstance or religion.

The creation of wealth is a life long goal that involves shaping an environment so as to enable people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. Recognizing that life is a journey the first part of this Manifesto is divide into four sections; the early childhood, the adolescence, adulthood and the retirement years.

People - the disabled, pensioners, workers, children, the youth - must have equal opportunity, and be involved in the planning necessary to this basic goal.

In the words of the late Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow: "We have tried to ensure, as far as possible, that every child born in Barbados has the opportunity to develop the talents with which the Lord has blessed it regardless of the family circumstances into which it happened to be born."

The Barbados Labour Party has succeeded in strengthening the rich while weakening the poor, and has sought to use poverty alleviation as an empowering strategy among the less fortunate. This has turned out to be nothing more than "handouts instead of a hand up".

Such a strategy will always fail. Poverty cannot be defined in purely economic terms. There is an equally powerful psychological dimension to poverty, which is far more devastating because it ultimately defines ones self-esteem.

When we take a look at this country, what do we see? A people no longer secure in their jobs! A people no longer thirsty for education! A people no longer comfortable with the health of their environment! A people who no longer believe that acquiring a house and land is a reality and not a mere dream! A people no longer keen to be their brother's keeper.

The mission of the Democratic Labour Party is to restore pride and industry in the pursuit of A Fair Share For ALL.

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Key
  Bajan Free Party   NDP = National Democratic Party   United Progressive Party
  Barbados Integrity Movement   People's Democratic Congress   WPB = Workers Party of Barbados
  Barbados Labour Party   PEP = People's Empowerment Party   Independent Candidate
  Democratic Labour Party   PPA = People's Political Alliance   *incumbent
  Kingdom Government of Barbados   Solutions Barbados   ** Political Leader
Sources
Barbados Electoral and Boundaries Commission
Bajan Free Party (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/Bajan-Free-Party-BFP-HonAlex-MitchellEl-1767331239973521/
Barbados Integrity Movement (2018). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/barbdaosintegritymovement/?ref=py_c
Barbados Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.blp.org.bb/
Coalition of United Party. (2018) Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/alexmitchell.el/
Democratic Labour Party. (2018). Retrieved from http://dlpbarbados.org/site/
Solutions Barbados. (2018). Retrieved from https://solutionsbarbados.com/
United Progressive Party. (2018). Retrieved from https://uppbarbados.org/
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