Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Manifesto 2008

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Barbados Labour Party (BLP) released their Manifesto 2008 at Eagle Hall tonight.

It was the turn of the Barbados Labour Party BLP) to launch their Manifest.

  • In is the BLP’s turn tonight. Unfortunately we missed most of Rommel Marshall’s presentation who was the first-up because of audio issues with the streaming.


  • The second speaker up to the podium was Jeffery Bostic, the candidate for the City. he made the point that the BLP manifesto was produced in Barbados. A reference to the current accusation that the DLP has been importing shirts from St. Lucia and accepting assistance from Taiwan. He focused on the plans to target the youth. This will involve the establishment of 4 Youth Centres across Barbados. There will be a focus on self-improvement with the expansion of the much discussed Project Oasis. Develop Youth Camps. Construct a multi-sport facility for many disciplines e.g. netball, volleyball, basketball etc. Expose the country to the use of computers. Upgrade subventions to community based organizations…


  • Third speaker-up was Dalton Lovell who delivered the BLP promises concerning culture. His speech appeared to be more parochial that national. It was obviously decided that he should use the occasion as a sell job. His presentation was also affected by a gremlin.

Ismael Roett is on his way out but was given a slot to say a few words. He used the occasion to defend his decision in the Hardwood Affair. He also reminded the public of the period 1994 when many Civil Servants were sent home by Sandiford Administration. His delivery was an impassioned one as he tried to make a connection to poverty alleviation and the BLP.

  • Next man up was Rudy Grant. The theme of his opening salvo was to remind the audience of the 1994 period i.e. lay-offs and 8% cuts – a case of fear tactics.
  • Surprisingly Mascoll was next. We were surprise to hear Mascoll batting a that position in the batting order. he reminded Barbadians of the removal of twenty six thousand people from the Income Tax list. He quite rightly reminded Barbadians of the rise of the middle class under the Arthur administration. As a reward the BLP manifesto will give back to them. He used the example of managers in the private sector who have been in place for a long time so why not Arthur. He appealed to the female vote by outlining opportunities where they had benefited under the Arthur policies. He reinforced the idea that the foreign reserves of the country is very strong which now stands ar over 2 billion dollars, Yet another speaker affected by the gremlins…
  • We are back-up in time to hear Elizabeth Thompson outlining energy initiatives in the Budget. We like the idea of Barbadians getting incentives to push them to embrace energy measures in their household and the type of energy saving vehicles they purchase. Ooops here comes the gremlins again!

Ok people this is where we sign-off. When the BLP publishes its manifesto online we will provide the link on our sidebar.

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114 Comments on “Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Manifesto 2008”

  1. Bajanboy January 9, 2008 at 2:24 PM #

    What’s wrong with Taiwan anyway? The BLP has sold us out to mainland China already?


  2. Anonymous January 9, 2008 at 2:28 PM #

    Cat Piss,

    I arrived when the speaker of the house was at the podium. There were three other DLP Suppoters with me. Maybe you should mingle among the crowd some more. There are many BLP Supporters who had decided to go with THOPY. They havwe lost faith in Owen and some are annoyned because he brought over Mascoll and has elevated him above others who have been faithfull for a long time.
    They also remarked that Owen has been looking like he under a lot of stress and are concerned about has drinking. Even Liz Thompson expressed some concern about his dunken stake on the platform last saturday night. He is a disgrace.


  3. Anonymous January 9, 2008 at 2:35 PM #

    frankology, better keep quiet or I will tell the world why you were fired and had to start your own company in Barbados. You know that there is no way you could have started in Trindad.


  4. Adrian Hinds January 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM #

    Georgie Porgie // January 9, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    We must agree with ADRIAN HINDS that neither Dennis Kellman or Rommel Marshall call their leaders name so as to magnify or extol or give adoration to them as is the manner of their party colleagues. I admire them for it. Such worship is meant only for Christ. I go to a Church at which, every Sunday morning we have a service at which the men will stand and from the Bible extol the matchless worth of Jesus. When I hear the politicians talking about their leaders the way they do, they turn me off, and I see them as less than they are. I too do not bow the knee before any man.

    GP i am agreement with you. There is no requirement in West Minister for this behaviour. This “bigging up” of the so called leader has most likely evolved to what and where it is as a result of the socialist mentality of many in the BLP. West Minister is design to enshure at all times good government, so that if the first or prime minister or first amongst his equals loses the confidence his parliamentary collegues he is voting down and another replaces him within the same parliament; what Sandi did after his no confidence motion, calling elections should never have been allowed. It made it seems as if those parliamentarians who on the outside of parliament had a political party relationship with Sandi, had done something wrong, they did not. Sandi thought that the cabinet was a Prime Ministers cabinet when West Minister dictates that the cabinet should at all times be a parliamentary Cabinet. The concept of the Political party is not suppose to interfer or to feature in this process.
    The people of Barbados may not fully understand the details of what we have for a system of governance, but they do know enough to conclude as is captured in the Constitutional review document on page 11 that the Office of the Prime Minister has to much power and that there is a need to decentralize government. This whole concept of a Leader in Barbados is being made popular by what pertains in America, but there can be no such leader in Barbados until Barbadians are able to popularly elect THE LEADER. Until such time all this grand standing by Owen Arthur needs to be restricted to the constituency that he is seeking to represent in parliament. Leader my foot.


  5. Jerome Hinds January 9, 2008 at 4:13 PM #

    Truly Amazing !

    Dr. Jerome Walcott just announced to Barbadians on the BRASSTACKS programme…….that the BLP gov’t was un – a – BULL to lay the St. Joseph Hospital Report in PARLIAMENT because the DEMS boycotted Parliament during part of DECEMBER 2007 !

    Now Owen Arthur said it was during this same time that the DEMS boycotted Parliament during part of DECEMBER 2007………..that the BLP was able to PRODUCE & PASS significant pieces of legislation in PARLIAMENT !

    Truly…….UN – BE – LIEVE – A…..BULL….Dr. J. WALCOTT !


  6. Georgie Porgie January 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM #


    I enjoyed your puns! What fun.


  7. Georgie Porgie January 9, 2008 at 4:25 PM #

    Well said again ADRIAN HINDS

    As far as I am concerned ONLY JESUS IS TO BE ADORED LIKE I SEE THESE POLITICIANS DOING. That is why it sickens me.

    We must respect each other, and our selves but not worship folk. No way!


  8. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:29 PM #

    Is thompson using the same gimmickry to get people to a meeting as he did in 1994 to get people to queens park when all was supposed to be revealed about a secret deal with the imf


  9. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:32 PM #


    China is the only country recognised by the UN to be the representative of the chinese people. Why then should we recognise taiwan


  10. I Wid David & Dem!!! January 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM #

    LMBAO at all the silly comments by the BLP supporters. The BLP, whose only retort is the alleged Taiwanese funding, with backing from ‘mash mout’ Mascoll in today’s newspaper. Now if that aint a sign of DESPERATION, I don’t know what is!!!

    Anyway, not getting in any debates with ignorant people. Going and get ready for these bombs that will be dropped by Bussa roundabout tonight.

    See y’all there! ;)


  11. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM #

    I note that the dlpites on this site have nothing bad to say about the blp manifesto


  12. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:44 PM #

    Harold hoyte is quoted as saying “Similarly, with the removal of VAT from Light and
    Power Bills, I don’t think that has been thought through either and in my view there is too much extravagance in the Democratic
    Labour Party’s giveaways.”


  13. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:46 PM #

    On the issue of price controls recommended by the dlp, harold hoyte is quoted as saying
    “I think that the problem that the Democratic
    Labour Party has found itself in is that it is trying to be all things to all people. And that is the trap that they are now in because they want the public to believe that they are
    going to bring down prices and the public has the conception that if you have price controls prices drop.”
    Hoyte did not think that the Democratic Labour Party thought through all aspects of the proposal


  14. Adrian Hinds January 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM #

    Donald Duck, esq // January 9, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    I note that the dlpites on this site have nothing bad to say about the blp manifesto

    Well i am not a dlpite, but nevertheless my veiw on manifestos is to hold onto them to view the incumbent with next election season, as part of the tools to help me decide whether to say with them or vote them out. However, in some cases I wouldn’t even look at it, in particular cases where issues of a lack of good governance are raised and are of concern, where levels of corruption superceed the the way too normal levels of patronage, where persons are obviously tired, not annoucing a sabbatical but never the less being absent from parliament of close to 8 months. When such occurance are before me as an elector, i will not look to the incumbent manifesto but that of the opposition. :D


  15. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 4:57 PM #

    The following is a quote from the section of the blp manifesto on telecommunications. nothing can be found in the dlp manifesto on the issue

    “Telecommunications offers tremendous opportunities for new investments, growth
    and job creation. for Barbados to launch itself completely into the information age, the development of and access to
    telecommunications is a key stepping stone.
    Barbados has successfully commenced its liberalisation in telecommunications. The
    results are strongest in the mobile cellular
    market and that of internet access.
    The World Bank, international Telecommunications unit has assessed Barbados as number three in the hemisphere
    in respect of internet penetration, surpassed
    only by Canada and Bermuda.
    The remaining aspects of the agenda for liberalisation must now be urgently completed.

    We will
    Provide for basis access to the internet at 128kps islandwide
    Strengthen the linkages between
    telecommunications, information
    technologies and the other sectors of the
    Promote access to basic telecommunications and information services.
    Provide choice to the domestic market as to who should be their international service provider
    Promote the development of e-commerce, e-government and e-business facilitate greater competition, development and innovation in
    telecommunications in order to expand
    the range of services and to increase value
    for money in the sector through reduced
    costs to consumers improve the institutional and human resource capacity of the
    telecommunications sector”


  16. Andrew January 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM #

    Did they promise to rob us blind again too?


  17. Warrior January 9, 2008 at 5:59 PM #

    The Barbados Labour Party is asking us to re-elect them, but they have given us no choice other than to elect the Democratic Labour Party.

    Even if the DLP is incapable I still cannot bear to be subjugated under the rulership of the BLP and so I have no choice than to vote how they have forced me to vote


  18. Adrian Hinds January 9, 2008 at 6:01 PM #

    Folks the truth about telecom liberalization is to be found at Where i and others at the height of the secrecy sorrounding the contents of the MOU between the GoB and C&W would show that
    1:GoB had agree to metered rates with C&W clearly stated in it’s green paper on Telecom liberalization
    2:The the primary reason for creating the FTC at that time was give appearances of C&W having to seek what was agree to in the MOU
    3:That base on the facts at the time it was predicted that the FTC today would be a toothless tiger
    4:That liberalization would amount to C&W being more profitable, and still being the dominant player enjoying all the benefits it did as a monopoly. A mere change on name and not of scene.

    It is true by mY own reading that Sandiford did us a deservice by selling our charge in BET to C&W and that Owen Arthur didn’t do any better. Owen Arthur followed a strategy that demonstrated fear of disrupting the profits of C&W.


  19. Warrior January 9, 2008 at 6:16 PM #

    When I read some of these comments I really have to laugh. In a day when we are suffering as a country and decadence, rot and decay has set in could somebody still be so blinded as to feel sweet bout how many people waiting for a manifesto in the rain, wunna mekking real sport at this thing yuh.

    Half no…. wait…. three quarters of those people will not going to read it cause they are going to be running up and down behind every campaign truck.

    They are not going to sit down and “figurate” that their sons and daughters – unless well connected cannot even own a field or a hill – they are no longer our own.

    They are not going to stop and study that the pensioners for years could not afford proper meals and the middle class suffering and can’t afford to but food but instead have to wait on the few office parties to take a little something in foil.

    They have not stopped to consider that this election was strategically planned because it is well known that it takes a little while to come down from the Christmas euphoria and so we just keep going and going and going not knowing that it all gone.

    And finally, BLP manifesto is no gospel according to anyone. If they continue on this path as setting themselves up as gods and moving heaven and earth, God will slap them in their faces plain and simple


  20. EyeSpy January 9, 2008 at 6:29 PM #

    I’ve been following the comments from all ends of the political spectrum, and with all the opinions going back and forth from both the BLPites and the DLPites, I am still waiting to hear or read what are the MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES that the MAJORITY of our CITIZENS are concerned about.

    If we fail to cast our vote based on primary issues that could affect us positively as a people, we could find ourselves in the sea and want a bath.


  21. Cat Piss January 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM #

    Anonymous // January 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm,

    “I arrived when the speaker of the house was at the podium. There were three other DLP Suppoters with me. Maybe you should mingle among the crowd some more.”

    LIES won’t help you on Tuesday.


  22. Ayub January 9, 2008 at 9:21 PM #

    This is madness!! I just finished watching CMC caribvision news and this political yardfowl Dr.George Belle on my tv saying that the BLP is out front in the poll that is to be release this weekend……….If that the case, lawd help bim.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  23. Cat Piss January 9, 2008 at 9:27 PM #


    Read em an weep, Ayub. Read em an weep.


    cat piss @ b f p e


  24. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 10:50 PM #

    Chris sinckler said at a meeting that was covered on tv tonight that the dlp will pay the full cost of land that they are going to make available to the public. Their manifesto however states that they will

    “Provide 500 lots of land in five (5) months
    at $5 per sq foot for first time homeowners.
    These lots have been identified and land will be acquired by private treaty where necessary to speed up the process.

    Provide 2,500 house spots for sale to low
    and middle income wage earners in the
    first term of a DLP government.

    Commit to building 2,000 housing solutions
    per year in the first term of a DLP government. These will include rental
    units, terrace units and starter homes.”

    What are we left to believe?


  25. Adrian Hinds January 9, 2008 at 11:06 PM #

    People & Places – No holds bared!
    Published on: 1/9/08.
    by Peter Wickham

    rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.
    – Mark Twain

    Well Peter Wickham articles are back in the nationnews paper. One has to wonder what role this video at played in this turn around of events. Indeed one has to wonder what role the attitude reflected in the video played in banning Peter’s Article in the first place. IN ONE WEEK THIS VIDEO WAS VIEWED 1,068 TIMES.


    ———taken from the Wickham’s article———
    The initial appearance that the DLP “brought down” the government was enhanced by a catalogue of unforced errors made by the PM, starting with the statement that he was motivated in a special way to ensure that the DLP never returned to office. The PM has argued that he was misquoted; HOWEVER, ARTHUR IS FORTUNATE THAT NO REPORTER CAUGHT A SIMILAR SPEECH WHERE HE BOASTED OF BEING THE SECOND LONGEST SERVING LEADER IN THIS REGION, SECOND ONLY TO FIDEL CASTRO. (BLP campaign launch, Wednesday, January 2, 2008).

    Peter and all the video is still available to been seen and heard at of Party Campaign – Bay Street – 2nd Jan 2008/Launch of Party Campaign – Owen

    fast forward it to 8:00 minutes. the exact comments are between 8:24 and 8:34.


  26. Adrian Hinds January 9, 2008 at 11:08 PM #

    The exact url is of Party Campaign – Bay Street – 2nd Jan 2008/Launch of Party Campaign – Owen Arthur Address.wmv


  27. Donald Duck, esq January 9, 2008 at 11:11 PM #

    harold hoyte said on x trail tonight that the blp manifesto was far more comprehensive than the one put out by the dlp


  28. hardberry January 10, 2008 at 12:50 AM #


    Donald Duck, esq // January 9, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    harold hoyte said on x trail tonight that the blp manifesto was far more comprehensive than the one put out by the dlp


    What do you think that harhoyte means by comprehensive? Those of us who can count know that the Blanifesto has more pages than the DLP document. But when you have the “runnings” you have to use a lot of toilet paper to clean up your mess.

    I was waiting to see whether any of the bloggers had studied the BLP document, before putting in my two cents. However, it looks like I’m going to have to spend my penny.


  29. Andrew January 10, 2008 at 2:41 AM #

    Undertaker and Donald Duck, esq

    Man the meeting at Bussa tonight was Hot! Hot! Hot!

    David Thompson exposed Owen and friends as the frauds that we know they are, but are afraid to admit.

    Before a crowd as big as the one at Oistins, he and Chris Sinckler had the cheques rolling out one after the other on the big screens. .

    Man I tell you it was ACID! and now I am convinced ,that despite the sh**e that that fellow Belle and them talking, the BLP would lose the election on corruption and other infelicities. (remember Owen said that they were ‘squeaky clean’) Turns out that Owen was the most corrupt of all – he, his friends David Shorey and Hallam Nicholls.

    It was cat p*ss and pepper.

    Owen and Asscoll were cowering in a car listening. I don’t know how any member of the BLP could show their face today. Or how anybody would admit to being a member.

    This weekend will be the worst nightmare in the life of the BLP

    Dah fuh lick yuh


  30. XXXX January 10, 2008 at 2:49 AM #


    You sound desperate.


  31. Buppie January 10, 2008 at 7:19 AM #

    THE BLP’s program as outlined in their manifesto is far more expensive than the DLP’s. yet people like Donald duck are unable to address that, despite talking about the cost of the DLp programs.

    The DLP’s programs are well thought out and quite targeted to particular issues. The BLP really has a wash pan of vote getters.

    If the high oil price is the greatest economic challenge then one must agree that the DLP’s solar proposals are the most important ones in the election. Donald duck and crew studiously avoid this issue


  32. Andrew January 10, 2008 at 10:47 AM #



    Not as desperate as Owen when he brings red herrings like Taiwan Money and Billboards on the Highway and all the other red herrings.

    You know the funny thing about it?

    I knew no rain will fall last night and didn’t even walk with an umbrella.

    We are blessed


  33. Donald Duck, esq January 10, 2008 at 10:56 AM #


    you real desperate if you condone the billboards when they are in clear violation of the laws of barbados that you and i have to abide by


  34. Jerome Hinds January 10, 2008 at 1:23 PM #

    Ayub // January 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    This is madness!! I just finished watching CMC caribvision news and this political yardfowl Dr.George Belle on my tv saying that the BLP is out front in the poll that is to be release this weekend……….If that the case, lawd help bim.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Typical George Belle…..PUKE !

    He should be forced to turn around and eat his own…….PUKE !

    Consider this LOGIC :

    ** The BEES entered the 2008 election…..with a 5.6 % SWING against them !

    ** None of the opposition & electors issues were addressed ( e. g Cost Over runs , corruption….Owen ‘s $ 75,000.00 CHEQUE ) !

    ** George Belle first POLL talked about LEADERSHIP……but the other aspects of the same POLL were NEVER published !

    George Belle….proved that he CANNOT be TRUSTED !

    Therefore , how could the BEES have the SWING tilted their way ????

    George Belle needs to FEED Owen with LIES….so that Belle gets more money to settle his CREDIT CARD DEBTS !

    You see…..PETER WICKHAM is not a HAND – TO – MOUTH BOY… Owen Arthur cannot buy him out !


  35. Warrior January 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM #

    You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
    – Henry Ford

    This quote I think is adequate for this Manifesto


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