The Coming Calamity of the DLP

Submitted by Pachamama
Author contended then that OSA was more likely to accept an offer of national unity

Pachamama posits that OSA was more likely to accept an offer of national unity

The absence of political maturity in Barbados is unhelpful in circumstances where the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) barely ‘won’ the last general elections. The general acceptance by both the DLP and Barbados Labour Party (BLP) that the winner should take all fails to leave space for more normative interpretations of the perceptions of the electorate as expressed by their votes. Indeed, we currently live at a time when the country that Barbados mimics and looks to for an understanding about ourselves has had a coalition government for a number of years. In fact, the British parliament is comprised of multiple parties that, in name at least, have a wide range of political ideologies and yet there is space in the political culture for bi-partisan government at several levels. Not so in Barbados. For some reason we would rather pretend that there are such fundamental differences between the two major parties that there can never be an overriding national consensus that goes beyond party loyalty. We consider the political tendencies of Bajans are much more sophisticated than this simplistic polarizing construct.

Let us theorize. We have previously argued that the general elections of 2013 presented a unique historical moment for Fruendel Jerome Stuart (FJS) to rise about the collective tribal instincts of his party and seek to form a government of national unity with a BLP headed by OSA. We contended then that OSA was more likely to accept such an offer given the prevailing global environment and our judgment that OSA was better positioned to accept such a proposition than a BLP led by MAM. We judged then that OSA was already PM and had therefore tasted near absolute power and as such could have been better persuaded that the national interests were to be above party in a new dispensation. It was clear to us then as it is now that FJS lacked the political instincts to seize that historical moment to reshape the political culture of Barbados and maybe the rest of the Caribbean. This lack of courage is likely to truncate the current tenure of the DLP, open up the administration to the vagaries of ‘second-termism’, deny Barbados the talents of a wider pool from which to draw and unduly pressurize an administration which could be expected to face tremendous burdens, given the global environment. Burdens no other regime in its history of Barbados has had to face thus far.

Our history tells us that politicians are less likely to be as ‘punctilious’ in a second term as they try to be in the first. This thinking suggest that actors are anxious to ‘settle certain accounts’ in the second term as they fear it maybe they last. So we are used to a higher number of disclosures about behaviors that often appear ‘inconsistent’ with the laws of Barbados, though nobody is ever charged or even investigated. Tom Adams tried something after 1976 but nothing much became of that. The pressures felt by political actors are well known to MAM. In her mind, she may well be thinking, that all that has to happen to topple this DLP administration is to find one or two weak links within the DLP, of course, FJS maybe also thinking the reverse. However, It could be at this ‘weakness’ that a sponsor could direct a certain quantum of resources. These targets might not have to pretend to confront FJS and his DLP, ideologically. He or she (they) could, for example,  have a temporary, life threatening illness as attested to by a competent physician aligned to the BLP and another general election would be in the offing. Other options may require a visit to the Governor General to apprise him of an arithmetical formulation that he might not have been aware of. In the case were a few early bi-elections are to be called the DLP is more likely to lose. In circumstances where an early general election is forced, the BLP is likely to have an advantage especially if a vote of no confidence is well ‘calibrated’ as done by OSA previously. All things are possible in politics.

These are the kinds of possible scenarios the failure of FJS has brought to Barbados and his DLP because other bi-partisan options could not have been explored. Politically, FJS could have intervene into the affairs of the BLP before MAM was even elected as its leader; present a win-win situation to OSA; bring a sense of shared bi-partisan responsibility to governance; forever remove party hacks, on both sides, from the national space; open up the Westminster system for radical transformation; put OSA in the unenviable position of saying that he will not serve his country under FJS when the country needed him most; and if the economic difficulties got worse, like we are guided they will, OSA’s BLP would have ceded the power to Stuart to blame him (OSA) for not putting the country first. This Bajan friendly strategy could have delivered to OSA the victory of never having MAM as leader of the BLP – high stakes. We know that OSA was reluctant to leave MAM in charge of the BLP. Only the passage of time can determine the extent to which Stuart’s deliberate misinterpretation of the electoral intentions of Bajans influence events.

For this writer the near tied political contest was a prime opportunity for the country to engage a self-directed radical transformation process. It is our considered view that Barbados has to find ways to break out of the stranglehold of a Westminster system that no longer serves our wider national interests. And yes, we believe that both the BLP and the DLP, in their present state, are unhelpful in achieving greater levels of democracy, a broader sharing of power, a better distribution of resources and so on. We are committed to the peaceful resolution of this national dysfunction using all means necessary. We were saddened that the culture did not throw up a leader who could break us out of perverse tribalism that is projected as politics in Barbados even though informally BLP-DLP divisions are not as clear cut as party loyalist, on both sides, would have us believe.

On the other side of the political coin where a BLP under MAM, assuming she is able to force an election or attract numbers to her side or that she can win such an election when called, nothing fundamental would of happened to change the political culture, the circumstances for most Bajans, the deteriorating global conditions or the underlying political-economy model. A BLP government, not unlike the current regime, will seek comfort in the tribal loyalists and extend the business as usual attitude. Unfortunately, for Bajans we would have missed a golden opportunity to transform politics and benefit from the quantum leap our country needs now more than ever. These are our central reasons for arguing for the intervention of the masses of the people in a non-partisan movement for national transformation.

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87 Comments on “The Coming Calamity of the DLP”

  1. JUST ASKING June 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM #

    Do you understand that Owen Arthur is a former Prime Minster –YOU CUNT!!!!!!!

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  2. millertheanunnaki June 30, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    @JUST ASKING | June 30, 2013 at 8:47 PM |

    That’s too sweet a word to be wasted in describing a bleeding johnny like Carson the cunt Cadogan.
    The way he disrespected his fellow dead political family member Sir Richard Haynes is a true indication that he is morally incapable of appreciating the political niceties of not attacking in an officiously nasty way a former PM and a man who has officially signaled his intent to leave the political battleground, albeit mortally wounded in the heat of his last battle.

    But OSA can rise in glory and then RIP as his predictions of the DLP’s destructive economic policies bear poisonous fruit to feed the same society that is supposed to take precedence over any viable economy always hanging on a spider’s spun thread of effective and enlightened management.

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  3. Gabriel Tackle June 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM #

    Methinks this motley crowd of dimwit Dems,none of whom have either the wit or the will to understand that you cannot be popular with other people’s money and then expect the offended people not to demand proper and just governance.On today’s Brasstacks Ryan Straughan was the proverbial bull in the china shop.When Commissiong,Inniss and Ellis were all wearing their political DLP and neo-DLP hats,Straughan was straight up and to the point–the cuts in expenditure will be severe and practically nothing short of sending home several public sector workers.It’s a replay of the 1991 scenario.If the IMF was the bogeyman then,it will be the bogeyman now too.Commissiong said the only difference is this time there will be a need to change the Constitution and that would require the BLP support.Maybe they can speak to Sir Lloyd to get a handle on how to avoid the No Confidence Motion that is coming as sure as the IMF’s unpalatable advice.Therefore,the first order of business is to meet with Sir Lloyd and try to get his opinion or is that not possible now.Is it too late?Will Sir Lloyd be listening to his bellyaching progeny?There is wonderment in the kingdom of the Dems.Down taw no brush,not a man move.Or, hiddy biddy shut up your lap tight, tight, tight.Sir Lloyd not listening again.

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  4. Well Well. July 1, 2013 at 6:57 AM #

    Carson…………….Arthur’s audi has nothing to do with me, it’s how the taxpayers money is being handled by the DLP is my concern, how the taxpayers are being lied to is my concern, I have seen men who had more money than both Thompson and Arthur go broke, while they were alive or their families went broke after they died……..don’t know or care how the past PM got his money, if you have information that he stole it from the taxpayers, it is your duty to expose the information, why are you not saying anything about it, if it is a fact?? Carson………..now is not the time to assign blame, the present administration needs to lead by example and start by cutting their salaries and getting rid of all their bed partners who are sucking on the public purse for free, they are parasites sucking the blood of the country hence why the country is in the current state of financial degradation………….you know it is true, so don’t bring up no Arthur with me, i passed through bim while he was in power and everyone had some money in their pockets, they same cannot be said about the DLPs governance, don’t let me start to talk out all the corruption, it is not yet time.

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  5. watching and waiting July 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM #

    Didn’t OSA put in place various measures for former PM’s of this country? I don’t remember the details but I’m almost sure a former PM is entitled to a vehicle appropriate to his status as former PM.

    In addition, the MP’s are all entitled to special loans which do not attract interest and as a former PM OSA would also be entitled to the pension of a former PM – probably somewhere in the region of $15k to 20k monthly.

    What he does with it is his business! To me that has no revelance to the ongoing matters facing the Gov. of Barbados.

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  6. Prodigal Son July 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

    Well, Well,

    After reading your post we can now understand clearly why the dimwit CCC was saying all along… he did not want OSA to get his hands back on the treasury…..(asshole, as if a MOF can have keys to the treasury)………they have been raiding it and now we are broke. Bad luck…all of us have to pay for their greed!

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  7. old onion bags July 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM #

    @ Prodigal

    Man what you sayin?….Ya mean even the NIS guts lick out?…man whay you telling me….Like you want people to get vexx vexx bout hay ya….HOW YA MEAN ALL GONE?….

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  8. old onion bags July 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM #

    @ Prodi
    Now my telephone just ring…and I hear that Rommel and his pack of desert foxes ….had no plans to be back ….so dey drain out all D gasoline in the Panzer tanks….planting mines too as they retreated (IL and CLICO repay)…..Low n be still Crefo Dolla bills work and the deacons farm plans now back fire…..signs are wondersboy, signs are wonders..

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  9. Yagga Rowe July 1, 2013 at 10:37 AM #

    Bajans ! come on
    Rid the House of Assembly
    of jokers
    Free the people
    too many lies
    obstacle course
    Sandy 1888 and all that
    DLP /BLP
    no
    DLP
    DLP
    pic-o-de crip
    pack o de scrap
    Dems will fall
    scrap metal

    yaaaaaaaaagggaa

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  10. Well Well. July 1, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    Prodigal…………….I am now of the view that the DLP supporters apparently know only too well about all the irregularities and crimes committed by BLP politicians, since they are all friends and bed partners, and now think it is their right of entitlement to oneup the former administration and do more harm and damage to the taxpayers on the island…………this ‘i can thief more than you’ mentality has to stop and it’s up to the electorate to put the brakes and these knuckle dragging, empty headed, self-serving political blights on the island whose visions are consistently dedicated to self. this is not the time to play with them, they have taken their stupidity way too far and all at the expense of the poor taxpayers. Every time Carson types he allows us a more direct glimpse into the mentality of the politicians who are driving the country into the ground rather successfully.

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  11. Well Well. July 1, 2013 at 12:03 PM #

    Should read: put the brakes ON…………..

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