Elections People Lose

Submitted by William Skinner
Clyde Mascoll, BLP spokesman of economic matters deemed a liability

Clyde Mascoll, BLP spokesman on economic matters deemed a liability

Many years ago, during the turbulent years of political rivalry between Edward Saga and Michael Manley, in Jamaica, there was a very violent election and at the end it was dubbed: ”elections that people lose”. Sometimes, the only victors are the politicians and their lackeys. The victory of the Democratic Labour Party is a victory for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The jury will be out for sometime as to whether it was a victory for the people.

This election clearly demonstrated that the fed-up level, with both the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour party is rising; the electorate, caught between a rock and a hard place, decided that the money offered “to be put back in their pockets’ by the Barbados Labour Party, was not enough to convince them that they should bring the Bees back into office. They worried about the transport being privatized and pensioners having to pay bus fares; they worried about the Sanitation Services being privatized and having to pay for garbage removal. A people under the heavy yoke of a recession, that is not going away, are very circumspect. So, Stuart went out there and reminded them about schools that the Democratic Labour Party built and told the voters that while money in their pockets is good, their character and understanding the value of a vote is more important. A less colourful but more effective message in the end.

On the other hand Owen Arthur did his best to convince the voters that he could revitalize the economy. Unfortunately for Arthur, he depended on a non-candidate, economist Clyde Mascoll, to be his real messenger. I have posited many times that Mascoll, his scholarship notwithstanding, is a political liability and that his credibility as a politician is a real issue. Having Mascoll headline platforms was a political blunder of monumental promotions, taking into consideration that Mia Mottley seemed to have been pushed aside. In all fairness to Arthur he tried but he was also leading very new candidates some of whom were selected during Mottley’s tenure as opposition leader.

In the final analysis, when stripped of all the talk about Wickham’s polls and the CLICO debacle, this election was basically free of any serious discourse. The failure of Arthur and Stuart to have a public debate was a grave and deliberate insult to the electorate. That showed that they were not taking the populace very seriously. We were subjected to some of the vilest and most embarrassing nonsense ever heard on political platforms from both parties. We learnt that the thirty candidates had not grasped anything about the new world economic order brought on by the crippling recession. We were treated to nothing more than entertainment. The parties, rather than seriously engage each other, opted for presentation and no content.

It was not a violent campaign and many will honestly conclude that the close margin was a victory for the people. I respectfully submit that thinking citizens are still waiting on a real debate about how to carry Barbados forward. The only thing that the close outcome proved is that the BLP/DLP is very close in every respect. I was told by one of our most influential politicians that the House of assembly is a “club”. And that is why I contend that we have a sophisticated one party state. Why not use this numerical closeness to form a government of national reconstruction?

However, unlike the election mentioned at the beginning, there were no acts of violence and while the wearing of yellow and red is starting to bother some; I opine that if we cannot put on a tee shirt of our party’s choice, we are really in a bad place. Quite frankly I prefer the tee shirts to the violence on my ears emanating from mouths quite unfamiliar with public speaking and equally unfamiliar with the real issues. From that point a view it was indeed an election that people lose.

0 thoughts on “Elections People Lose

  1. Truly an Elections to lose…….Not even worthy contesting the St. Philip ” late box”..fa wha? …too much ‘interference’. Wickham’s poll could not predict such…… Question is where do we go from here….In Trinidad ever seen a water buffalo bedding down in a stinky mud hole? But has this Elections change anything? Now that it is 16- 14….even more standstill for those of us who live here and not like…. just able to washout their mouths from abroad…..Let’s all watch….what next comin on the horizon….How will it be handled ?..Same ole Same ole….. A New Old Guvernment…..Give thanks indeed!

    • @Old Onion Bags

      Nothing happened at SPS except that the reporters got it wrong. There was always one box to be counted. Bear in mind the boxes are count four at a time.

  2. Onion you are back every manjack was asking for you some even opined you were under suicide watch. Heres hoping youve learned your lesson there is many a slip btween cup and lip. You were beaten fair and square by Fruendel the man you demonised with glee. Fruendel has the last laugh at your expense. Now you are back hating dont hate onion congratulate. Late box my foot Tannis got more reasons to complain than you or any other BLP yardfowl. Try to be gracious in defeat we know you seeing red because things dread, for the BLP. The taste of victory is sweet you must try it sometime.

  3. hi rotten onions dis yuh girlfriend ac enjoying the sweet thrill of victory. so glad i didn.t take yuh advice and cross over. Butwhat yuh think bout molasses man as wunna BLP yardflows call PM Stuart. i heard he set a trap wid the molasses on the ground fuhh wunna to slip and fall in.How about them egss you keep counting! How about sharing some with Wickham fuh next election cause dem addle.HEE! HEE!

  4. Was talking to a friend of mine from T&T, he told me they are ashame at the low morals that was displayed in the last elections. He told me money was handing out like flyers on election evev and on election day. One party had a SANTA CLAUS, outfit and all, handing out monery goodies, while two mini buses were working in a particular constituency loading up and instead of the passengers paying, they were this time receiving. We told me we had made a mockery of elections and have the whole region disappointed. As he said, once they used to look up to Barbados for decent standards, now we have fallen to an all time low.. I felt ashame by these comments

  5. Ras Shortie I once had a calyso which went like this
    Watch out my children, Watch out my children
    They have a fella name Lucifer, wid a bag of WHITE POWDA
    But he don’t want to powda ya face, but to bring shame and disgrace to the human race.
    When we link this to the remark from the P.M
    If ya want money in ya pocket, ya should go the the DRUG LORD/S.
    The question then is; WHO IS MR “WHITE POWDA IN BARBADOS. Enough said

  6. Old Onion Bag
    Truly an Elections to lose…….Not even worthy contesting
    Spoken like a true loser, you were singing a different tune prior to the Election. Aesop has an excellent fable which sums up your statement it is called “The Fox and the Grapes”

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