If is expected that it would be a hard job for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to hold on to government next general election, the recent downgrade by Standard & Poor’s just made it a whole lot harder. Even if the government was known for its top notch communications strategy, it would still struggle to convince a public whose pride has been battered in a way that it has never been. BU Election Picks currently has the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leading the race to win the next government 17 to 7 with 6 undecided.
Tonight’s assault by the BLP at a political meeting held at Deacons, the heart of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler’s constituency, was more than a symbolic act. It was at the same location the late Prime Minister Prime Minister David Thompson, Sinckler et al prosecuted BLP’s chief spokesman on economic matters Clyde Mascoll. Many political pundits opine that it is the Hardwood issue which has relegated Mascoll to light-weight status in the local political space.
The make up of the political platform at Deacons should also be a warning to all that politics can be an unpredictable business. It was not long ago a rift between Arthur and Mottley appeared to be irreconcilable. Now the BLP speaks with one voice as they sense the real possibility of regaining the government. Should the Arthur led government succeed, it would make for political history. The Stuart government would become a one term government for the first time in post-Independence history.
The political battle being waged on the government is reminiscent to the epic boxing encounters between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali of the 70s. The government appears to have adopted Frazier’s role by taking what seems to be punch after punch. In spite of the fighting words issued recently by Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart that Arthur should expect the battle of his life come next election, many are wondering if the government has what it takes to deliver the counterpoint punch for which Frazier was known.
The countdown to the next general election has begun bell or no bell!