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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- the disabled, pensioners, workers, children, the youth -
must have equal opportunity, and be involved in the planning
necessary to this basic goal.
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."
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".
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.
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.
of the Democratic Labour Party is to restore pride and industry
in the pursuit of A Fair Share For ALL.
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