The Barbados Lobby

3 Reasons to go Back to the Polls

Submitted by Heather Cole (The Barbados Lobby)
Heather Cole

Heather Cole

It may be a sign of the times because three major occurrences can be resolved swiftly by the electorate of Barbados. […]These are the impasse between Maria Agard and the Barbados Labour Party,

the Democratic Labour party offering an advisory position to Owen Arthur and the matter of the Cahill Plant. Why not kill all three birds with one stone; an election stone.

It is worth the while of anyone seeking to enter politics in Barbados to read up on the history of the development of its political parties from their early formation until recent times. The public squabble surrounding Maria Agard is rather strange. It is as though a play is being dramatized contrary to its script. She has mischaracterized her opponent. It is not Ms. Mottley nor the Branch Executive but history itself; to be more precise the history of antagonisms within the political parties of Barbados.

There are four specific examples that can help determine a solution to Ms Agard’s dilemma. When Errol Barrow became a member of the Barbados Labour party in 1951, he began advocating for swift changes to break away from colonialism. Subsequently, he became dissatisfied with the approach of the Barbados Labour Party and founded the Democratic Labour party in 1955. There have been several examples of members of the two political parties crossing the floor when antagonisms that could not be repaired occurred. The most famous to date was when Clyde Mascoll left the Democratic Labour Party to join the Barbados Labour Party. The most popular option for dissenting party members has been to resign and become independent members of Parliament. This is currently the second time that Owen Arthur has chosen this option. It must be noted that reconciliation was tried by Mr. Arthur but was short lived.

To date no individual has been able to change the political parties in Barbados based on their dissatisfaction. The parties have always won this battle. One does not expect this current episode to be the game changer in a long established tradition. Ms. Agard therefore, has four options at this time.

1. Form her own political party

2. Cross the floor

3. Resign and become and independent

4. Reconcile

There is no option five, no grey area, no grandfather clause; if any of these were evident they would have been used by Errol Barrow, Clyde Mascoll and Owen Arthur. Ms. Agard’s next meeting with leadership may as well be a date with history which we all know has the ability to repeat itself. However, the true test of her candidacy would be if general elections were announced and this matter was unresolved. The question to be asked is, would Ms. Agard be a guaranteed winner? To that question Ms. Mottley does not have the answer, neither does Mr. Payne or Mr. Toppin. The answer lies with the electorate of Christ Church West. Added to this I am unaware that the Constitution of the Barbados Labour Party contains any clause to prevent the party from fielding an additional candidate if general elections were announced.

The media recently informed the country that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had been offered a position to be advisor to the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. The media has not informed if the position has been accepted by Mr. Arthur. To date, the stewardship of the Minister of Finance and Economic Affair, Mr. Chris Sinckler has been riddled with bad economic policies which have resulted in several downgrades of the country’s credit rating, the inability to borrow funds on the international markets at prime interest rates, high unemployment that may very well be nearing 30%, high inflation, the introduction of 35 new taxes in a short period of time, the depletion of NIS funds, the sale of junk bonds and an economy that has stagnated in a self-imposed recession. Regardless to however it is packaged the cry for help by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs is an admission of failure.

It was stated by some persons on the Internet that Mr. Arthur’s accepting the position would be in the best interest of the country. I beg to differ on two counts. The first being that on the ballot at the last general election there was no disclosure next to Mr. Sinckler’s name stating that if his stewardship failed that Mr. Arthur would be stepping in to assist him. The second reason applies for any job, if the holder cannot do the job he should resign. Mr. Arthur’s ability to do the job is not being questioned, but the ability of the Minister is and he should therefore resign and advise the Prime Minister to call an election to let the electorate and not him (Mr. Sinckler) choose a competent person to run the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.

This brings us to the Cahill Plasma Gasification Plant. About a month ago the Prime Minister was on record stating that the Cahill Plant would not be built by stealth. To date no Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been done and no application has been filed with the Town and Country Planning Department to build the plant. Yet last week a resolution was read in the House of Assembly and this week in the Senate to compulsorily acquire 27.13 acres of land at Vaulcuse to build the plant. Government claims that the plant is not a secret yet it refuses the make the Agreements public. It makes one wonder if the plant is destined to become a figment of the imagination. How can one build on land without blue prints? Or start growing king grass now for a plant that is to become operational in 2019? The signed agreement binds the tax payers of this country to $4.8 Billion. There are so many unanswered questions and since the government is not willing to answer, it is in the best interest of the electorate to go back to the polls to get the answers they seek. One hopes they have finally learnt a lesson that their vote is not to be sold.

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55 Comments on “3 Reasons to go Back to the Polls”

  1. Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 7:28 AM #

    It is patently clear that the political class has closed ranks and is just marking time, the target date being February 2016 when the windfall becomes a reality. Take your minds back to 1994.Didn’t Owen Arthur extend his generosity back then to ensure that all were included? They (the political class) look after each other. Till Barbadians wake the hell up and start to do the same duck guts remains our home. Bajans need to take to the streets. It can be done in a peaceful manner, so that the expectations of February 2016 are not realized. If we really want elections we can have elections.

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  2. Violet C Beckles November 12, 2015 at 7:32 AM #

    We have 30 reasons to go back to the POLLS , We have as many as 60 Crooks , Liars and Scumbags acting as a Party running Barbados to crap , Just by noting 3 means you dont get it, Still looking to deal with the Lawyers in the Government alone are the best reason,

    Let Hope St.Vincent get rid of their Lawyer ,rapist Leader on December 9th , After this time Barbados will be alone in crime in the Caribbean , All other crook CC leaders have been replaced , Barbados have to be Next,

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  3. Violet C Beckles November 12, 2015 at 7:36 AM #

    Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 7:28 AM #@ We have to get back to SHUT DOWN BARBADOS AGAIN, The DBLP will coast over until Feb 21 , 2016, All them Bitches need to go , Walking in the street will be like crop-over to these crooks, COUP needed,

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  4. Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 7:56 AM #

    It matters not how it is framed by the party or its faithful. The offer extended to Owen Arthur is an admission of failure by the finance minister. His economic policies were challenged from within the party. That the challenger has not been offered the opportunity even though he adamantly claimed to have the answers is interesting. I was a man before politics. I will be a man after. How can he remain a member of that party? I already told you that the politician turned puppeteer is pulling strings a plenty. He does not give two hoots about any legacy. The man hates Mia and is driven to destroy her. Hate is like acid. It destroys the object on which it is poured, as well as the vessel in which it is stored. I love it!

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  5. David November 12, 2015 at 8:18 AM #

    @Deeds

    You continue to focus on people and party, to fix the problem requires a commitment to changing the system. All of our organizations all suffer the same problem, poor governance, an education system exposed as irrelevant, a judiciary system unable to gain operating efficiency read deliver timely justice, a transportation system mired in corruption and mismanagement etc. A wholesome society requires all the players in the society to work towards the goal. We have relinquished all our rights to politicians, the people have been relegated to the role of servant. Cussing and frothing is not an acceptable alternative.

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  6. are-we-there-yet November 12, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    Excellent article!

    re. Elections now. I think that would be the best thing that could happen to Barbados but I fear it won’t happen unless some unforeseen circumstance precipitates HH and VcB’s prescriptions. The political class will just not allow it to happen before March next year.

    re. Maria Agard vs. Mia Mottley. Heather Coles’ analysis is spot on. Mia must force Agard to take a definitive stance whether or not the result is that she leaves taking a few others with her. Barbados cannot cannot allow this matter to fester and risk the probability of Freundal Stuart winning the next election again. The situation must be resolved now. A BLP minus Agard and a few others should still win hands down against the current DLP.

    re. the OSA gambit by Sinckler, with Freundal Stuart’s misdirection signature all over it; I think it is just a silly ploy of distraction just like the Republican ploy and several others that Stuart has wrought of the past few years. The old Owen would not have fallen for it but the new Owen might. In any case it will not affect the running of the economy in any substantive positive way. FS, Sinckler and or DeLisle Worrell can trump any positive recommendation for change that OSA can make in the position he has been offered.

    re. the Cahill matter and Stuart’s silly representations on his input in it. Time longer than twine.

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  7. Bajan boy. November 12, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    @Hamilton Hil I wish all bajans were as observant as you are that this silly little runt who seem to suffer from short man syndrome not only hates Mia but is doing all he can to keep the country in the hands of these dumb clowns in the process. He has all that he wants and more so he like th PM has little regard for how bajans suffer as long as his stupid ego is stroked and he thinks he is successful in keeping Mia out.
    Not many people know that he is the man behind Maria and her ignorance. Don’t think Barbados is aware that in preparing the reply to what the MOF brought as a budget earlier this year the Parliamentary group met minus Maria Agard and other members of the gang.
    They met with their leader although he had long left the party.
    Just remember that this group with the coercing of the same short man succeeded in returning him as leader only to loose the prize which Mia would have obviously won. They are so stupid some of them that like David Thompson said he is long pass his used by date and they are still allowing him to influence the even after he was given their full support as PM and now he doesn’t seem to care what becomes of them. Selfish,uncaring,son- of- -a-bitch.
    We are comforted however in the fact that he is the same who boasted that Tompson would never become PM and we know the history. So if he thinks that he is a God to decide who God has in his plan to run Barbadosthen God help him.
    This whole notion about him become chair of the economic council is to simply boost the DLP chances in 2017or 18. When you look at the people around that part they have no one of significance to bestow a knife gut hood on next year for the 50th anniversary and they think they will need to creat a quality show and a quality picture to achieve that pre election lift. After he spends the year working he would be the affluent individual to give the Knighthood to and it would also be memorable. Just politics.
    Freundel Stuart doesn’t care what happens to bajans I mean he shows it daily he on his lazy ass as usual is just enjoying the ride. The X PM knows that quite well and the two of them hate each other so if he allows himself to be associated with these dumb asses he is the only one to loose. He will never be able to stop Mia once that’s God’s will and it will break his grudge full minded heart.

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  8. Bush Tea November 12, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    He will never be able to stop Mia once that’s God’s will…
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    LOL
    ha ha ha
    GOD’s Will??!!

    God don’t make ‘wills’ for ungodly people….
    …check another source for that ‘will’ Boss…

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  9. Vincent Haynes November 12, 2015 at 9:28 AM #

    @David November 12, 2015 at 8:18 AM #

    Very true…..what is our next step?

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  10. ac November 12, 2015 at 9:34 AM #

    Not only has Agard a low level and first term member mischaracterized her opponent but has so far overwhelmed with sufficient conviction of fortitude by which to out smart Mia along with handing Mia the tools necessary which can further dig the hole she started and therfore burying herself as well.

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  11. Georgie Porgie November 12, 2015 at 9:49 AM #

    The fact that God does indeed make ‘wills’ for ungodly people is clearly stated throughout the Bible from Genesis 3 onward. This is indisputable!

    The fact that God HAS PERMITTED OR WILLED SEVERAL UNGODLY FOLK TO RULE IS ALSO WELL DOCUMENTED IN SECULAR HISTORY.ah lieI?

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  12. pieceuhderockyeahright November 12, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    For Active Consideration – The Kingmaker

    De Ole Man gine try to be as short and succinct as Colonel Buggy does be, the veritable quick strike military man that he is with his short blog style

    What is a Kingmaker?

    “Kingmaker is a term that refers to a person or group that has great influence in a royal or political succession, without being a viable candidate.”

    The appointment of Owen Arthur to this position of Advisor, one which he will take, has created such a phenomenon – “Kingmaker for Barbadoes” and, irrespective of the many detractors, Mr Arthur continues to be a second (or is that third?) Trojan Horse within the city walls of the BLP

    If you note that De ole man made no mention of the DLP, that is because there is no need to mention them in this endgame, remember “not one effing seat”

    Like Machiavelli or the Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker Arthur is now on point to bring that third party that so many persons and pundits wish to decry, and have declared as never possible in Barbados, into being.

    It is an obvious outcome, one which ” returning investor confidence” post his actions will substantiate soon, and while fumble and his cohorts will seek the laurels for the investments, it will be obvious that their 7 years heralded nothing but lies, incompetence, downgrades and 30% unemployment.

    All like now wunna tink de short man drinking Alleyne Arfur?

    The Prior Park Accord when seen from its output, is just fodder for the cannon ultimately to be fired at the BLP and will do nothing more that what the Hinkson/Payne matter is doing, undermine a tenuous “cohesion” in the respective parties and gratefully bring us closer to the General Election 95% of the electorate! and the illegal Guyanese all pray for

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  13. ac November 12, 2015 at 10:14 AM #

    Call elections are you people serious.Seriously where is the opposition most might be living in a fantasy land formed out of misguided and misleading perceptions

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  14. Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    If elections were held tomorrow and the BLP was victorious. ..which is not a given, could Mia go to the GG and claim to have the support of the party? That is why the lady is busy lining up her ducks. Maria Agard is seen as the weakest link in the chain of dissent, hence the brazen and unforgiving attacks on her. Where are the ones that cuss me out when I said that the split in the hive was now a chasm?

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  15. Gabriel November 12, 2015 at 11:33 AM #

    Well reasoned article by Heather Cole.If the BLP had an acceptable-to-the-masses leader,it would be over for this DLP incompetent, lying administration.Barbados would come out with its 70% contras to remove these actors for a government.Standpipe days are back!Bring on a leader to get things going for a better Barbados.

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  16. Violet C Beckles November 12, 2015 at 12:39 PM #

    David November 12, 2015 at 8:18 AM #@ All laws are on the books , No one is charged in the crimes they commit, I know or focus and its at the roots, Bad roots rotten tress ,trees with bad fruit, To many lawyers looking to get rich instead of looking to help the people.
    Many on your page love to long talk and avoid name and love party ,
    We will call the names as you know and look to fix what is wrong, Lawyer X Lawyers= More crimes in office, This place at this time is for the People ,,, All them up there Big-Up crabs looking to sell out the People deeper in Slavery at the People Cost,
    Focus on the roots hidden under and we can fix this, No one have to be a Rocket science Major to know these PIMP title holding crooks,
    If We had a DPP or a COP to look into the books and charge them , Its may wake up the rest to do the People Work , None of them and all of them are the same , Say it as it is ,
    Every new POST ON BU long talk and not sat full truth to fix the lies, Most Party Hacks Keep defending over and over in a different way,,, the lawyers way when they run away to see you but have no problem sending you a BILL,

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  17. David November 12, 2015 at 4:57 PM #

    We all know the offer to Arthur to Chair the CEA is a political move and if Arthur go s along with it is more about him trying to stay relevant. It has absolutely nothing to do with driving economic strategy. This is where we have gotten to, all is a political game. Agard maybe considered a light weight by some but so long as she has Payne and Toppin and perhaps one other on her side it becomes a numbers game and decisioning is made all the harder for MAM.

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  18. Gabriel November 12, 2015 at 5:54 PM #

    Assuming the pro change status quo BLP parliamentary group is made up of Mesrs Payne,Agard,Toppin,Symmonds,Clarke,Marshall,and they can influence Jeffrey Bostic and they can influence Owen Arthur to support them in a call on the GG,the MAM faction would have to retreat.Bostic and OSA are the two unknowns at this time

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  19. Buxton Billy Says FJS is a LIAR November 12, 2015 at 5:59 PM #

    Maria Agard’s slide into political nothingness starts today. It will be up to her to determine where she ends up, independent benches with OSA or Government benches with FS and CS ably assisted by OSA.
    None of that though is going to stop the final episode in the current series from starting tonight at the executive council meeting of the BLP.

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  20. Buxton Billy Says FJS is a LIAR November 12, 2015 at 6:02 PM #

    A change in leadership of BLP renders the party certain losers in the next general election, a repeat of 2013. Either way MAM win, if she fends off the challenge she is a winner, if she is taken down, she forms her own party and the BLP with OSA will not/cannot win the next general election.

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  21. Buxton Billy Says FJS is a LIAR November 12, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

    Is the BLP willing to take a chance with a man who if unsuccessful in the next general election would have lost as many elections and he has won? I THINK NOT!!!

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  22. Hants November 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    Same shtt different year.

    Just another test for Mia.

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  23. are-we-there-yet November 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    Buxton Billy;

    I agree with you that the BLP with OSA cannot win the next election.

    But I also think that that DLP with FS as leader cannot win the next election.

    I think that the BLP without OSA can win, given the enormity and widespread nature of the economic and societal hits taken by the majority of voters over the past years, other things being equal and by the number of perceived slips that OSA has made over that time, especially if he accepts the poisoned chalice being offered him by FS and Sinckler.

    I think that, given the current bump in the economy and if it is sustained for a few months, the DLP without FS and a few other MP’s who have comprehensively muddied their waters in this term, can win.

    I think that there is room for a credible Third party to pick up some seats if they throw their hats in the ling within the next few weeks, not even months.

    That credible third party will be even more likely to pick up a substantial number of seats if it is joined by some of the incumbents on both sides, Not third time candidates, but some relatively young people in the game who have not yet muddied their waters.

    Our politicians are mainly about self interest. As such, I do not see the Maria Agard affair resulting in any other MPs than herself leaving the BLP and joining the DLP or others joining her to set up a new party at this time. There is no one, outside the current BLP leader and Simmonds who stands out as possessing the necessary characteristics to be a good leader. The DLP suffers from a similar malaise. Only Donville Inniss appears to be cut from that leadership cloth.

    If Mia Mottley and the BLP executive allows this Agard matter to continue to fester the above equations can change drastically.

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  24. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 6:56 PM #

    @Hamilton Hill:

    Barbados constitution states that the Prime minister is chosen from the person who can command the support of the majority of elected members of the house.
    Scenario: Elections held. BLP win a slim majority (maybe five seats). DLP plus George Payne, Plus Toppin, Plus Agard (who runs, and is elected,) as an INDEPENDENT, plus Marshall, plus OSA, do not support Mia to be PM. Wha happen? She cannot become PM, because she would not have the support of the majority of the elected members of Parliament. Constitutional conundrum?.
    Loud laffs. Bushie maintains, “Alvin Cummins is a idiot.” who just having fun supposing.

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  25. SuckaBubby November 12, 2015 at 7:01 PM #

    I’d say fix the problems.But there is no interest to fix the problems.So we might as well
    either :

    1.Stay home polling day.

    2.Spoil the ballot.

    3.Vote independent or another party.

    That is if we are serious.I wont waste my time protesting on the street and vote back in some parasitic ass, B or D.Like how we complain about a product and still turn around and buy it.

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  26. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 7:12 PM #

    @Are we there yet.

    Do you honestly think that a group of people just joining together and saying “we are a third party, makes it a viable organization, able to mobilize, raise funds and funding, and contest an election, and win, within a couple of months? Do you think that a sitting government will allow you to do this within that short time, without calling a snap election and cat-spraddling every thing. Although many people on BU have a low opinion of politicians from both sides, BU contributors have no monopoly on either sense or nonsense.

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  27. Bush Tea November 12, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    @ Alvin
    You have NO idea of the scale of resentment that Bajans hold for the DLP /BLP over CLICO, broken promises when SPECIFIC commitments were given to the public, CAHILL, UWI fees, Sandals give-aways, Shiite taxes, Credit Union taxes etc….

    You probably have no idea because you know not that you know not….

    Right now, Bajans would even vote for PDC if push come to a shove….

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  28. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 7:40 PM #

    @Suck-a-bubby,& Are we there yet?

    Take an example from Canada’s recent election. Same Westminster system, Government changed, peacefully. No demonstrations, no vilification, calm acceptance of the results. Over 60 percent turnout at the polls. few, if any, spoilt ballots, five different parties contested the elections. Why would you want to get rid of this system? Changes can be made; they can be made in Barbados too; and should be, but it must fulfil the constitutional requirements, and be done peacefully. The alternative is chaos from which we may never recover. (I will be long gone by then)
    My advice to you, instead of being in a hurry to change, because you are frustrated in not getting what you want, get to understand the system, and educate yourself about politics and the political systems of governance. Not only of Barbados but about as many systems as you can.
    The Maria Agard saga should give you a lesson. I think that up to now a lot of people;
    especially young political aspirants, don’t understand the underlying subtleties of that case. Mia is “hoist on her own petard”. Obviously older member(s) of the party want to run in the next election and want to run in an area that they “perceive” as a “safe” seat; like Christ Church West. So, they would like Maria Agard to vacate that seat in favour of one of these stalwarts. Of course she, quite rightly, refuses; she was democratically elected by the people of Christ Church West. Thus the feud. Maria cannot find a peaceful solution. I am on Maria’s side. It is unfair, what they want to do to her. Hold fast Maria.

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  29. Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 7:58 PM #

    @ Alvin Cummins…not sure what your point was, but I’m getting a sense that mine was lost where you are concerned. I have said this before and will say it again. If some so called safe seats could just be taken from the incumbents perhaps it paves the way for the much needed change in relation to the way things are done in Barbados. We need a few good men who have the interest of country at heart. Any new party formed by Owen Arthur will surely include Kerry “Lord Inchiquin” Simmonds and should be seen as an extension of the existing practitioners of fraudulence

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  30. Hamilton Hill November 12, 2015 at 8:01 PM #

    Bushtea you so right that it is frightening.

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  31. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    @Bushie,
    Bull Turd!!. Right now,there is NO ELECTION on the cards, so your supposition are bare brass bowlery!!

    Lots can change in a short time, and you have no guarantee of what will happen when the bell is rung. This time last year I was recovering from death. A lot has changed between that time and now. You people keep blaming government for CLICO; a failed private company. Yes Government promised to see that people would be “looked after” and steps have been taken to remedy the situation, and it is not yet finished.. You made it a campaign issue in the 2013 election, the government was still re-elected. Would you make it a Campaign issue again? The resentment over U.W.I. cannot be a sensible campaign issue, because most people realize that for government to be paying the FULL cost of tuition fees is unsustainable. Try and make it a campaign issue, if you dare!!. Sandals give-aways? Compare it with the give-aways to those “investors and developers” who profited by concessions covered by the Special Development Areas Act. Sandals is peanuts.Taxes are a necessary evil in any democracy, and the Cahill episode has not yet reached it’s conclusion.
    The idiot says, come again!!

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  32. SuckaBubby November 12, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

    Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 7:40 PM #

    “My advice to you, instead of being in a hurry to change, because you are frustrated in not getting what you want, get to understand the system, and educate yourself about politics and the political systems of governance.”

    Bossman my advice to you is to clasp your hands, bend your knees and thank the Lord Jesus Christ that bajans have not transformed verbal assaults on the government into acts of violence or social unrest.

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  33. Bush Tea November 12, 2015 at 8:17 PM #

    @ Alvin
    This time last year I was recovering from death.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This should tell you a lot about the times in which we live….
    …then we see good young men like ROK and Mark just ‘up and die’ like that…..

    It also explains why we are saddled with your DLP clowns….
    who you seem to understand so well…

    Interesting times….

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  34. David November 12, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

    While we are exchanging empty comments about twiddle D and twiddle B has anyone noticed gun crime is admitted to be on the increase in Barbados? On a daily basis we are hearing of a person shot/killed. We always debate issues in a vacuum.

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  35. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 8:36 PM #

    @Hamilton Hill,
    It has happened before in the same Christ Church West, when there was a battle between Kerry Symmonds, William Duguid, and Jessica Odle, and Duguid was chosen (How?)
    You wrote:…”Mia go to the GG and claim to have the support of the party?”…
    I presented a scenario where I posited where she would not have the support of the party. But it has to be the support of the majority of “elected” members of the HOUSE, not the party members. I think this is where I lost you.
    What makes you think that at his age OSA would want to form or be part of a “new” party?
    The choice of a “safe seat” for selected persons has happened before. It is nothing new in Democracies.
    What do you mean by “a few good men who have the interests of the country at heart”. I have been involved in many political elections and campaigns, in Barbados and Canada. Very few politicians subject themselves to the slings and arrows of politics without having the interests of the people and country at heart. It is rough asking electors for votes. It is hard work and requires a thick skin and heart. It net easy. Try it sometime.

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  36. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    @Suckabubby;
    That is why I gave you the advice I gave. We do not live in a country isolated from the rest of the world. I also posted on another blog advice to read up on Sydney Burnet Alleyne. Do you think that people in the rest of the Western World, China, and other places would allow their investments to be jeopardized by what you would like to see happen? Before it could happen you would see what happened in Grenada hAPPEN EVEN QUICKER. OR ARE YOU TOO YOUNG TO KNOW WHAT TOOK PLACE? ASK DENNIS JOHNSON. Would you compare this government to the dictatorship of Batista, or the Mongoose Gang?
    Learn and be able to grow up.
    You live in a country where you are free (not necessarily safe- because of young senseless, lazy, indisciplined louts), where you can walk about where-ever and whenever you want, you have the benefit of free education from nursery school to University, (yes free university is still available), where you can learn a skill free (skills training) where is is possible to grow food (You can go fishing and catch fish) and you need have no fear of arrest unless you break the law. What is you beef aGAINST GOVERNMENT? Can’t get your own way? Check the van stand.

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  37. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 8:53 PM #

    @Bushie,
    Have no fear, when my time is up I will also go.

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  38. David (not BU) November 12, 2015 at 9:09 PM #

    Alvin Cummins what drugs are you currently on?

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  39. Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 9:31 PM #

    @David (not BU)
    Only Gabapentin; Had eight cycles of R-CHOP, nothing to affect my brain, but Gabapentin is because I had lost the use of my left hand. I have its use back now, but there is still tingling in the hand. The Lymphoma is still in remission. Still have to check every six months with the specialist. This is not to elicit any sympathy or empathy, but an honest answer to a question I assume is asked in good faith.
    The brain is still good; still writing, so don’t be sarcastic, if that is the purpose of your question, and not out of concern.

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  40. Bush Tea November 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM #

    Alvin
    Have no fear, when my time is up I will also go
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    YOU need have no fear..
    Only the good die young….🙂

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  41. SuckaBubby November 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM #

    Alvin Cummins November 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

    Sir, you, for a grown man , is talking alot of shite.Your examples are irrelevant.The government made a mandate and did not keep its mandate.Its that simple.All you have in your favour is that the current alternative has done the same and will continue to do so.You both have had a good run.Now its time to put up or ship to ass out.

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  42. Gabriel November 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM #

    The AG can do two things to try to arrest the increase in gun crime.First initiate a gun amnesty and second re introduce random vehicular checks

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  43. David November 12, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

    @Gabriel

    He needs to do some thing don’t you think?

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  44. Gabriel November 12, 2015 at 10:58 PM #

    The time for action was yesterday but today would do it just as well.Hopefully not the Latinos manana….

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  45. Well Well & Consequences November 13, 2015 at 2:32 AM #

    Alvin…..no wonder you are so discombobulated, Gabapentin is a tranquilizer for damaged nerves, there are 31 side effects, it stays in the body for 3 months and does affect the brain, you can be excused.

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  46. pieceuhderockyeahright November 13, 2015 at 6:40 AM #

    The single thing the independents who will be running need to be able to address at the doors of the electorate whom they visit will be

    “What can a single new candidate (adjusted for independent or candidate for a new party) do in Parliament just in case you win, or am I wasting my vote?”

    Your responses need to

    ONE. QUICKLY Focus the voter on what is going on, with both parties, yet not linger on them but rather instill confidence in you, why vote for you, your solution and why it will work.

    TWO. DO NOT USE WORDS LIKE “Give me a chance” but rather use positive assertions “when I am elected this is what you are assured I will do…”

    THREE. SHOW THEM HOW IT WILL HAPPEN. Show the voter, in words or pictures, how many other independents/third party candidates are running in the other constituencies and speak to the “landscape of island wide change” that is happening locally and how similar changes have manifested regionally

    FOUR. INFUSE THE LISTENER WITH THE VISION OF A RENEWED BARBADOS. The problem with the slew of candidates that traditionally have been fielded across Barbados has been the consistent lack of heart soul and ethos. While it is noted that none of us can see what is in the hearts of men de ole man thinks that we have to hold them to a higher standard than newscaster Blackett, minister of sidewalks Patrick Todd, wine bibbers David Gill, inepts like Trevof Prescod. If they cannot transfer a vision to you which does not appear to be that of the leader of their party, or some sorts of poem which they practiced, don’t vote for them. We have to demand more of these clowns. Don’t just bring a Scvunt to my DOOR and think that you getting my X, for an iPad.

    Like no other time in the history of our country, this is the the time for a Third Party which taken at full tide leads onto fortune…

    Not one effing seat for the DLP while a truth MUST BE MET with the viable alternative of change which brings growth, stability, honesty, transparency and competence which, to be frank, the BLP DOES NOT REPRESENT EITHER.

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  47. Well Well & Consequences November 13, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

    Piece….your forgot.

    FIVE…..Fall back into the same old nasty patterns of keeping information and all manner of secrets from the people who elect them, after begging and beguiling for 1-4.

    SIX…….Sell the country and people to the first snake that slithers into the island with a lie and a smile.

    SEVEN…..Continue to allow the local conmen and criminals to rape the island so they can acquire free vehicles, kickbacks and false status.

    EIGHT…….Because they believe they cannot help themselves…ha!!!

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  48. Hants November 13, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

    Why is this “Third party” still not in existence?

    Given the performance of the DLP and the weakness in the BLP, a political party with the structure and financing to win the next election should already exist.

    A lotta long talk on BU over the last 3 years and no

    BARBADOS INTEGRITY POLITICAL PARTY ( BIPP )

    Repeat a lotta long talk and no action.

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  49. Frustrated Businessman November 13, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    Gabriel November 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM #
    The AG can do two things to try to arrest the increase in gun crime.First initiate a gun amnesty and second re introduce random vehicular checks

    Worked before, will not work this time.

    We are now dealing with 2nd and 3rd generations of fatherless unemployables whose only influence is TV gangsta-shite and only income is dope, teefin and hustling.

    You must be aware that there are parts of Barbados now that RBPF will not go? The Barbados I grew up in had nowhere I wouldn’t go.

    These boys WANT to spend time in gaol to carry as a regimental badge or promotion stripes. They will never give up their guns.

    The really shocking and discouraging fact is that, while lack of enforcement of borders and gang territory is the obvious problem, the AG seems intent on creating new legislation!!?? We can’t even police and enforce the legislation we have now!!!

    Another case of an impractical lawyer coming up with unworkable solutions. Like if talking actually ploughs a field.

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  50. Gabriel November 13, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

    FB
    The other measures needed are:- re introduce Hard Labour . Make prisoners work to earn their keep.The old bull pistle need to be taken out of the valise and used discriminately.Sort out the Police administration,i.e.either bring back Dottin or confirm Griffith but put the Force back in a position to fight crime and wrestle it to the ground.Give them the resources.

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  51. Bush Tea November 13, 2015 at 3:54 PM #

    @ Gabriel
    But have you ever thought that, …should the DLP ever fix the Police Force, one of its first actions may well be to deal with certain matters like CLICO …and to expedite other inconvenient court matters that have been disposed of ‘sine die’ ….

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  52. Gabriel November 13, 2015 at 4:05 PM #

    BT
    In other words maintaining status quo is an acceptable form of governance to the reprobates.For sure Stuart will not lose any sleep over this decaying corpse called governance DLP 21st century style.

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  53. johnjickum November 13, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Would the policies of the Barbados Integrity Political Party (BIPP) be based upon “Integrity”, transparency, accountability and freedom of information, and, once in power, are we sure that there would be appropriate legislation at the very outset ? Where are Grenville Phillips and Lynroy Scantlebury and their parties? Is there any similarity in their political philosophy ? If an election were called tomorrow and the opposition were to replace the present government, what would be the difference ?

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  54. Frustrated Businessman November 14, 2015 at 8:51 AM #

    Rotten from the top.

    When cabinet ministers openly keep the company of drug dealers how can wannabe gangstas think anything is wrong with their life aspirations?

    When they are arrested, remanded, tried and incarcerated they are in the company of their own, there is no social admonishment; in fact, the opposite.

    I think public humiliation is a far greater punishment than anything our courts have recently dispensed.

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  55. Alvin Cummins November 16, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

    @Well Well,
    Gabapentin, is a “tranquilizer” -as you call it- for different types of neuropathy. It is used to treat Diabetic neuropathy and is sold under the name of Lyrica; advertised on television every day. It does not confuse the brain, so I am not “discombobulated”.

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