Submitted by Douglas Leopold Phillips
The recent announcement of Gregory Nicholls , the political nomad and heir apparent to George Payne, to contest the St Michael North West for the Barbados Labour Party,came as no surprise. We on this side are quite aware of what happens when the factions in the Barbados Labour Party oil up their internal machinery …there will be jostling for human capital. In this instance, Nicholls was on the political auction block.
The exclusion and non participation of Clyde Mascoll from the process has also not come as a surprise, as we know, Arthur has planned something special for him The fact that Arthur has been able to woo Gregory away from the Payne camp has once again demonstrated Arthur’s intention to be man again. But what would Arthur have told this young political aspirant about his fortunes in St Michael North West? How would he have sold the package? What would have made this chap from Melrose St Thomas travel the belly of the Barbadian politics to contest the St Michael North West seat? Well …. We were able to reconstruct a part of the conversation that was electronically recorded but somehow got garbled.
Owen .Hello Gregory, this is former Prime Minister Arthur , the Party needs a young well educated person like you to throw your hat in the ling against Christopher Sinckler.
Gregory: Me!!! Against Chris.. the Minister of Finance?
Owen : No No .. Don’t forget the seat was held by a Minister of Finance and he was beaten.
Gregory : What !!!! You must really being drinking all night. [ NO disrespect ] Why de hell would I leave a potential safe seat in St Andrew to go up against the Minister of Finance .What wrong with the old Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance? He ducking out and now come.
Owen : No No Gregory , I think that with your political acumen and savvy, we can make a difference against Sinckler ..That chap is all bark and no bite. I am assuring you we will throw all the necessary party finance and human resources behind your bid to win that seat..once you have agreed to contest it. I know SNW , and it does not belong to the Dems ok
Gregory : It doesn’t belong to me either , but I still puzzled. Why is Clyde Mascoll not keen on returning?.The man bread and born there. His navel string bury there. All his family from the area. This is not making any sense to me. Mr. Arthur you honestly trying to hijack my political career even before it begin. Why can’t I be offered one of those seats that we currently occupy and ask someone to step aside. A good example would be Cynthia Forde ..After all we both know that she just marking time and spinning top in mud. Plus she supports Mia against you. Look she needs retiring ok.
Owen : I agree… but it’s too delicate an area for me to trouble . She has the support of the lady who wants my job along with all the support she can muster against us short men from the North. Listen …let’s not get distracted can you or can you not respond to the call of this great party …you are called to service at a time our country needs men like you in North West.
Gregory: Chief, I want to be assured of party’s backing.
Owen: ah ….I give my assurance young Nicholls..I will deliver on this even if I am not leader.
Gregory : Well, I am in and I really appreciate the fact that you have called ..You can count me in.
Owen : 0K I will get back to you on a date for the meeting and your announcement . Thank you Click ..
Owen : rrrrrrrrrrrrr Hi Clyde … just letting you know that St Michael North West is no longer your stress. I have found someone to take over.. That reject from the Payne camp just brought everything I told him ..Boy I still have it despite this cane you see me walking around with. My next task is to get Cynthia to step down so I can plant you there buddy..so I will keep informed.
Clyde: smile smile ..Boy I can see why I have no regrets ..Out here I can get what I want ..Owen I tip my hat off to you and pledge my loyalty.
Owen : Clyde thank you and we will talk, bye ..click click