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Economist Ryan Straughn

Economist Ryan Straughn

Ms. Mottley does not have to be me, he added. But she has to make herself likeable, she has to be respected because people want to know that their leaders are full of integrity … and she has to consider the use of power;


not to be feared negatively but be understood as a person who can use power effectively”   Extracted from  Speech 2009 by Owen Arthur

Enter Jerome, exit Cynthia. The stage was set for the power house in the form of Jerome to take charge. He has come to the fore to demonstrate the office of General Secretary is the office responsible for the discharge of constitutional matters. Jerome’s entrance also points to the fact that the leader has no right sending persons under whose remit the matter cannot be dealt with.

It further demonstrates the deep cleavages that exist within the BLP and exposes the pretense by the leader that she is innocent of any wrong doings in this regard with Agard. This issue in Christ Church West is about power! Who is in charge? LEADERSHIP.

The last person who was scuttled was the female candidate in the person of Lynette Eastmond who Owen had time for. There is no doubt that a correlation exists between the Owen led team of the past and the attempts by the new leader to exorcise the party of all Owen loyalists.

As a matter of fact, the key player in all of this is none other than the Doc, Jerome. His ambitions for leadership are clear as he remains very popular among the rank and file. Mia is acutely aware of his popularity and must seek to find an accommodation for him. The new leader is so fearful of the Doc that she left him here in Barbados to attend to the Bequia-Birthday Retreat

The invitees to that Retreat reflected only those who were deeply involved with the new leader’s moulding. Her good friend, the one who looks after her Infra- structure flew in to be by her side as he toasted her occasion. He has shown unswerving support in this regard. While Mia attends to the Retreat, we have on good intelligence that any attempt to ignore Fuzzy Lovell in Christ Church East Central will unleash yet another political backlash. She can do all she wants to encourage an economist on board, the option form signed by Woody to exit is clear for all to see. Mascoll is busy trying to convince the public that he is brighter than all of them put together.

The choice of Ryan Straughn to run against the successful Member of Parliament, Ronald Jones, will allow for the Agard Affair to gain the needed push and support base that it is currently lacking. Agard knows her political fissure in the party came when she bluntly refused to stand aside for a bourgeoise member of the status quo. We are aware that there is no support for Mia in this regard from Kerrie as he knows quite well how it feels to be snubbed in public by the leader. Kerrie is on record as being the shortest serving Deputy to Mia who was quickly replaced and put in his place.

The split on this issue in Roebuck Street will not stop Mia from having her way. She has removed the final obstacle in her way in the person of Arthur who stepped aside and stepped off the boat to allow for a more comfortable ride. He was prophetic in his pronouncements, “Ms Mottley does not have to be me, he added. But she has to make herself likeable, she has to be respected because people want to know that their leaders are full of integrity … and she has to consider the use of power; not to be feared negatively but be understood as a person who can use power effectively.” 

He was looking into a crystal ball and seeing the edifice he reconstructed in the image of inclusion now reduced to be a party of, “One way….Mia’s Way”. This attempt to create a new Barbados Labour Party in her image is at the heart of the new policy posture of the new leader. The public has already been put on notice that every SOCIAL POLICY structure introduced by the Democratic Labour Party must go. Barbados..Mia Just Not Ready

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51 Comments on “ONE WAY…MIA’S WAY”

  1. David October 3, 2015 at 11:52 PM #

    Looks like more trouble brewing in Ch Ch East for Mia and the BLP.

    Wilfred Abrahams to be dumped by the Executive for Vic Fernandes.


  2. ac October 4, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    Mia: No divisions in party

    why should anyone believe you:? as one who know stands tall for transparency it is painfully evident that your mouthing and lame excuses has missed the mark by a mile,
    It is time you rethink your political strategy before you pull the entire house down


  3. David October 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM #

    This is what Mia and politicians need to appreciate, this is Barbados and WE know there ARE divisions within the party. The challenge for Mia will be exerting her leadership so that it does not grow to be a distraction given the irrelevant party system.


  4. Kevin October 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM #

    Arthur whilst not returning to active politics, still does have influence and sway. The Judases that kicked Mia from leadership of the BLP couple years back are all still there in the House. Mia is trying to put her foot-soldiers and guard in place so that it would not occur again. Cant blame her for that. And on another note I was giving Ryan Straughn the benefit of doubt that he really is not a BLP minion. But unfortunately he proved me wrong. How can we take what these economist say seriously when they are talking with a biased political tongue, and would say anything to make a party look good or bad.


  5. David October 4, 2015 at 9:56 AM #

    The public should be concerned Straughn and possibly others have been given liberal access to the public airwaves. It begs the question can an economist or other professionals be trusted to share impartial perspectives on issues. Is it even possible?


  6. ac October 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM #

    it goes back to the true and tested LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE<>Mia strength can not be exercised through force leadership one which cuts hurts and divides the party ,


  7. Bush Tea October 4, 2015 at 10:23 AM #

    It begs the question can an economist or other professionals be trusted to share impartial perspectives on issues. Is it even possible?
    What the hell is an economist?
    That false shiite ended with the turn of the century…


  8. Donna October 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM #

    It never ceases to amaze me how these politicians make these ridiculous statements and expect us to believe them against all evidence to the contrary. So Mia, you think that because you say so that we now believe it to be so? You overestimate your influence by a long way, baby! All you have done is confirm your status as a bold faced liar.


  9. Fractured BLP October 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

    Well Mia it is over for you as BLP leader for now, at least.
    Mia… on your guard for the army of Dr. Agard!
    More mayhem to follow in Silver Sands…..when arrives……Vic Fernandes!

    Oh what a tangled web they weave…..!

    Where is the voice of……PRODIGIRL……!


  10. David October 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    Why would the BLP go for Fernandes. Did he not retire?

    On 4 October 2015 at 17:12, Barbados Underground wrote:



  11. Gabriel October 4, 2015 at 2:14 PM #

    I share your view,to such an extent I did not read what the woman said.The cancellation of the voting overseen by the party representative Cynthia Forde should not have taken place and the subsequent foisting of an executive on the constituency by the party will not go unpunished.Dr Agard should stand her ground because the egg is on the faces of Mia and Jerome right now.Dr Agard should have a say in all this,not the party leader,it will only lead to further problems for the BLP at the next poll.


  12. ac October 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM #

    One would have thought the Owen ousting of her would have been a lesson to learn one that the electorate took personally sending a message to OSA and at a cost of not winning the election.
    Again one witness the flow and the tide of yardfowl politics influenced by dark horses


  13. Mottley gone mad October 4, 2015 at 4:58 PM #

    And to add to demise and destruction of Wilfred Abrahams as she is trying to destroy Maria Agard in Motley’s quest to have only those she can count on for full loyal support the purge is on going and I have it on very very solid information that Motley with evict Abrahams from the Senate as soon as next week to replace him with that clown Straughn. Six of one half a dozen of the other.


  14. Hamilton Hill October 5, 2015 at 7:48 AM #

    How long now was it since I spoke of the OCM network as the Owen Control Media? For eons now it was common knowledge that the former Melody Maker/Sugar Shack Sir had political aspirations and was a drone.Ever noticed that other than Cow or Bizzy Williams who are major sponsors, no one has quicker access to VOB than Ryan Straughn? That is not by accident. Now wunna should start to understand that yardfowls live everywhere.


  15. Hamilton Hill October 5, 2015 at 7:53 AM #

    On the one hand we poo poo the contributions of ac , and those of Prodigal son on the other, while giving credence to those of Mascoll and Straughn. We Barbados in serious trouble.


  16. William Skinner October 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM #

    Why are we surprised at the movements of these so-called economists and their political opportunism. Just look at how Mascoll and Arthur went after each other before sleeping in the same bed as Classic said recently. As Sir. Grantley Adams said: Bajans have short memories.
    “Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” – George Orwell (1903-1950)
    THE PROS AND CONS of the fallout between former Leader of the Opposition, Clyde Mascoll, and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), his formal acceptance into the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) fold last Wednesday, and his immediate future possibly as a BLP Cabinet minister, have been well ventilated over the past few days.
    As this saga continues, Mascoll’s open courtship of the BLP has made nonsense of many of his previous statements.
    Likewise, Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s seemingly warm embrace of Mascoll would suggest there has been an about-turn in his perspectives. Indeed, only last Wednesday in the House of Assembly, Arthur praised Mascoll’s Budget presentation and said they shared many attributes in life.
    Today, the SUNDAY SUN recounts some of the earlier salvos made across the political divide. We review Mascoll and Arthur’s utterances about each other, their parties and members.
    MAY 9, 2003 – Prime Minister Owen Arthur responding to statements by Clyde Mascoll that he had been promised a Cabinet position to join the BLP.
    “What would I do with Mascoll in my Cabinet? I am serious! What would I do with Clyde Mascoll in my Cabinet?”
    MAY 19, 2003 – Arthur on Mascoll:
    “[Mr Mascoll] is a political stepney . . . that is the reality that everybody in Barbados is stating. There is no conviction in anything that Mr Mascoll says. He has not spoken in a serious way to a vision for Barbados.”
    JUNE 2, 2003 – Arthur reacting to the infelicities in the GEMS project raised by Mascoll.
    “A lot of people’s reputations have been savaged. My own reputation has been savaged and now the facts have to be told. I will ensure that the how, the what, the when and the why are made public.”
    NOVEMBER 28, 2003 – Arthur speaks on Mascoll’s stewardship of the DLP.
    “This is not good. Poor. A poor-raky Opposition! Bad, Sir. They are . . . as if they are all on leave, and I am begging them, ‘Come back and stop drawing the taxpayers’ money under false pretences! Pull some weight in here. Bring the commission into Gems . . . invoke the PAC and let us deal with the NHC (National Housing Corporation), the UDC. Do some work, man! They are drawing taxpayers’ money under false pretences. They should be arrested as a group for loitering in Parliament.”
    MARCH 14, 2005 – Arthur on Mascoll’s chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee.
    “After sitting idle for two years, he [Mascoll] is now trying to appear busy to placate the angry voices and the hordes at George Street.”
    JUNE 25, 1997 – Billie Miller on Mascoll.
    “I will fix him good and proper. You don’t see he looks like Malik [the calypsonian] with teeth.”
    December 10, 2004 – Rommell Marshall on Mascoll.
    “… How can you [Mascoll] tell me that you want to be a leader of this country and you have those kinds of qualities? This is not that kind of country, Mr Speaker, Sir. This is the country that when you’re talking about leadership, you have got to come clean.”
    OCTOBER 25, 2002 – Mascoll attacks Arthur on his connection with close friend, GEMS boss, Rodney Wilkinson, and accountant David Shorey.
    “How could you not know that your best friend [Rodney Wilkinson], who was in your ministry, who then turned around and got a job as chief executive officer of Gems that was under your portfolio, how could you not know of his elevation? . . . There is lots to be revealed. I am a researcher and I intend to research this to the bone.”
    “. . . This is the same Shorey of GEMS fame, chairman of Hotel and Resorts Limited. The same Shorey who was consultant to Cable & amp; Wireless at their failed rate hearing. The same Shorey that Government paid a quarter-million dollars for a cricket study for the BCA (Barbados Cricket Association)”
    OCTOBER 25, 2002: Mascoll attacks Arthur on his financial stewardship.
    “What I would like the Prime Minister to do is to identify where the money in Eastry House gone? Where the money in Dover Convention Centre gone? . . . I also want to know about the purchase of Ocean View Hotel.”
    NOVEMBER 3, 2002 – Mascoll declaring war on Arthur.
    “I said it is war and I mean war. Prime Minister Owen Arthur, you cannot intimidate me. You cannot intimidate me with your size nor your intellect. I have no problem with Arthur. I am not going down the road I followed the last time in St Michael North West. This is no quiet, simple approach. I have invested, along with the DLP, too much energy and time in politics.”
    MARCH 26, 2003 – Mascoll on Arthur’s modus operandi of creating state-owned private companies.
    “There is a strategy on the part of the Owen Arthur Administration – establish private companies that will not report to Parliament in any reliable time period, just like GEMS – two years later you are not sure what has happened over the last two fiscal periods. You have to guess about the losses at GEMS. You are going to have to guess about the Hilton.”
    APRIL 27, 2003 – Mascoll on his intentions toward Arthur.
    “The Prime Minister does not wish to have me in Parliament for obvious reasons. In fact, I look forward to having to deal with the Prime Minister in any debate in the foreseeable future. I am ready for him, today, tomorrow, next week. It does not matter.”
    JUNE 1, 2003 – Mascoll sounding off on what he thinks about Arthur.
    “We thought that Prime Minister Arthur had become almost God-like in the eyes of BLP supporters and therefore conducted himself in some respects like that. We went as far back as the Terry Ally issue when he was called an indentured servant; a more recent event in relation to the treatment of public sector workers; saying that the police are not special and therefore not deserving of the regrading; treatment of the head of the QEH (Queen Elizabeth Hospital); inspectors, nurses, all who protested were given a deal in terms of the might of the tongue of the Prime Minister.”
    JUNE 2, 2003 – Mascoll rating Arthur’s Cabinet.
    “Unimpressive and weak. You have a situation in which someone came out of the sky and became Minister of Agriculture in Barbados. I’ve never heard of him, the people of Barbados don’t know who he is, but he is Minister of Agriculture.”
    JANUARY 28, 2004 – Mascoll in his reply to Arthur’s Financial and Economic Policy Statement in the House of Assembly.
    “Sir, as I prepared for this presentation and researched the Prime Minister’s statements and actions over the years, that sweet old Bajan refrain came to mind: ‘The higher the monkey climb, the more he show he tail’. The longer he has been in office, the more he has shown his true colours.”
    FEBRUARY 12, 2004 – Mascoll on Arthur’s management of the economy and the Trinidad and Tobago/Barbados fishing dispute.
    “Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s fiscal mismanagement has Barbados’ economy in grave peril. Now he is using a decade-old fishing dispute as a “red herring” to divert attention from the crisis.”
    JANUARY 2, 2005 – Mascoll on Arthur’s accountability.
    “The truth is that for the last ten years, several policy errors were made, but the mistakes were masked by heavy borrowing, job creation in the public sector, and heavy taxation that permitted wastage without accountability . . . Metaphorically, it is akin to the old pear tree that has green leaves and pears in spite of its rotten trunk.”
    FEBRUARY 6, 2005 – Mascoll on Arthur’s brand of politics.
    “He (Arthur) is known for flying kites and determining the wind direction before making the final decision. . . . He really does practise the politics of pragmatism and adventure and in this regard he can be likened to Huckleberry Finn.”
    SEPTEMBER 11, 2005 – Mascoll on Cabinet Minister Anthony Wood.
    “The truth is the minister [Anthony Wood] has not lived up to expectations, especially with his theoretical background in economics, and it is time for the Prime Minister not only to reshuffle the Cabinet, but to ensure that the Minister of Energy and Public Utilities is the primary casualty.”
    Date January 29, 2006
    Brief Blasts from the past

    Same old same old.


  17. Donna October 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM #

    We have known this for a long, long time. I wonder if we have finally had enough.


  18. Artaxerxes October 5, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

    Donna October 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM #

    “We have known this for a long, long time. I wonder if we have finally had enough.”

    As long as we have members from both parties “crossing the floor” and having the same philosophy, these types of things will continue to occur.

    For example, Hamilton Lashley is a political opportunist using “poverty alleviation” as his theme to achieve his political and personal objectives.

    DeLisle Bradshaw was the minister responsible for the National Assistance Board and arranged for Lashley to be employed by the Board. Subsequently, Lashley spoke highly about the DLP and was encouraged by them to contest the St. Michael South East seat against BLP incumbent, Bradshaw. Lashley accepted and won the seat.

    After some uncomfortable moments within the DLP ranks, Lashley sent out an SOS to Arthur, who also encouraged him to join the BLP. When Lashley finally “crossed the floor” he was appointed Minister of Social Transformation.

    Now Lashley has again joined the ranks of the DLP who he cussed during previous election campaigns, as he did to the BLP.

    Perhaps you or anyone can present to BU what Lashley has been able to achieve for poor people in Barbados, except establishing the Senior Citizens’ Games and the David Thompson Memorial Classic Football Tournament.

    On the other hand, Lashley has been able to achieve for himself a Ministerial appointment, a pension and few consultant picks.


  19. Donna October 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM #


    Same philosophy on paper. Often I perceived their actions not to be in keeping with the written philosophy. So I went with what I saw.

    Crossing the floor abruptly was always something that caused the crosser to lose all credibility with me. Unless one realizes that one’s perception of the other party was totally flawed (and that should be a process that takes time) what valid excuse is there for such a move?


  20. William Skinner October 5, 2015 at 1:23 PM #

    You will all note that once discussions in BU move away from petty politics or supporting the BLP or DLP , there is little interest. Their supporters know that these two monstrosities have no further to really go. They end up with the pot calling the kettle black. Whether it is the Eager Eleven or the impending Christ Church Massacre it is all the same.


  21. Enuff October 5, 2015 at 6:48 PM #

    “The public should be concerned Straughn and possibly others have been given liberal access to the public airwaves. It begs the question can an economist or other professionals be trusted to share impartial perspectives on issues. Is it even possible?”

    This is exctly what the DLP bloggers and those who distruct politciians want you to say.
    Where is the evidence to prove that Straughn’s comments over the years were impartial? I guess the IMF, CDB, IDB, Moodys and Standard & Poors were all impartial. We purport to want change, sadly fail to see how we continue to obstruct change with our fossilised thinking.


  22. David October 5, 2015 at 7:01 PM #


    Maybe you misunderstood the query. Straughn must have known his political intentions, should he have put it on the table in the spirit of being transparent?


  23. David October 5, 2015 at 7:03 PM #


    Agree with you.


  24. Jimmy boots. October 5, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    Wait what has Wilfred Abrams done now?Has he sided with Agard or was he censored for intimating that customs has a level of corruption?All i will say is Mottley is going to find herself facing another coup soon, this woman is a political joker whose power hungry ambitions will be her demise.


  25. David October 5, 2015 at 7:29 PM #

    The Executive did not like the position Abrahams took on the same sex issue last year.


  26. Jimmy boots. October 5, 2015 at 7:33 PM #

    On Ryan Straughan, a waste of time he is not an endearing person,and has had his credibility shot,he will be trounched in the next GE simply put Straughan you are not a likeable fellow as a matter fact i do not trust you and that is the general consensus.


  27. Jimmy boots. October 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    Oh, blog master but his party are the main advocates of that issue they might skirt around the issue now because they know that the general populace are more so christian minded, but one of their chief spoke persons in the form of MIA’S buddy Petra, sorry I mean PETER WICKHAM, espouses that agenda every chance he gets on down to brass tacks, so why get on ABRAMS case?


  28. Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

    A few days late….but good timing never the less.

    Of all the BLPites on BU, it took Prodigirl make this disclosure.

    Prodiigirl, in another forum, confirmed that on the eve of Mia’s 50th birthday last week, Mia married her longtime girl friend, in the Grenadines.

    Even Prodigirl… exposing Mia’s deeds…
    Oh what a tangled web they….weave!


  29. Artaxerxes October 5, 2015 at 9:23 PM #

    Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 9:16 PM #

    And Barbados Underground is EXPOSING the DLP’s CORRUPT deeds.

    Oh what a tangled, wicked web Freundel and dem..….weave!

    (I couldn’t resist this one…..Lol)


  30. Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

    I hear you Arthiritis!
    The latest poll results (for the period Sept 25 – 28, 2015) still have the Dems as preferred party of choice among Barbadians. DLP 56% to BLP 29%
    On the question: Do you support
    same sex unions to be introduced in Barbados?

    Yes: 12% No: 83%
    On the question : Which political party leader do believe will most


  31. Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 10:27 PM #

    On the question : Which polit

    ical party leader do you believe will most likely introduce same sex unions in Barbados?
    Freundel Stuart 11% Mia Mottley 86%

    So pick sense from those questions and how bajans thinking


  32. millertheanunnaki October 5, 2015 at 10:33 PM #

    @ Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    So what are the results of the question: “Do you support Barbados becoming a republic in 2016?”

    Farting BLP, do you believe your administration, having sold its economic soul to the financial devil, would welcome an investment project of US $300 million backed by a consortium of gay and lesbian business persons from North America and Europe?


  33. Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 10:45 PM #

    Mia Mottley must be fully aware of why Lynette Eastmond is so fascinated about film production!

    If the bus ad in 2013 was devastating.

    The Dems ads in 2018 will be …..phenomenal!

    Stay tune to a big screen near you!

    By that time David of BU will have a tv license! !!!


  34. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:10 AM #

    @Donna October 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM “So Mia…all you have done is confirm your status as a bold faced liar.”



  35. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:14 AM #

    @Jimmy boots. October 5, 2015 at 7:33 PM “he will be trounched”




  36. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:19 AM #

    @Donna October 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM “Crossing the floor abruptly was always something that caused the crosser to lose all credibility with me…what valid excuse is there for such a move?”

    Perhaps the floor crossing is and has not been abrupt. Maybe the floor crosser has been contemplating the move for weeks, months or years.

    Perhaps it is your perception which is in error.


  37. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:22 AM #

    @David October 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM “Why would the BLP go for Fernandes. Did he not retire?”

    But David Barbados politics is only a little part time pick, just right for retirees.


  38. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:29 AM #

    @David October 5, 2015 at 7:29 PM “The Executive did not like the position Abrahams took on the same sex issue last year.”

    Dear David:

    Help Simple a little bit. Is Abrams for or against same sex.

    I am for it.


  39. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:34 AM #

    @Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 9:16 PM ” on the eve of Mia’s 50th birthday last week, Mia married her longtime girl friend, in the Grenadines.”

    You lie.

    Because you know as well as we do that same sex marriages cannot lawfully be performed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


  40. Simple Simon October 6, 2015 at 1:50 AM #

    @Fractured BLP October 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM ” Do you support same sex unions to be introduced in Barbados?”

    Stupid question…because there have always bee same sex unions in Barbados


  41. Enuff October 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM #


    This government would make anyone turn against them, neutrals and even their own. Who said he knew?


  42. David October 6, 2015 at 4:54 PM #


    That is a possibility.


  43. HAMILTON A HILL October 6, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

    God knows that this administration has made it very easy to choose given the paucity of choice where politics in Barbados is concerned. That said how does anyone not driven by partiality fail to recognize the fact that Ryan Straughn would have painted himself in a portrait of suspicion, given his unfettered access to the air waves and his unrelenting attacks on the Government’s every move. Even if his every pronouncement is seen as accurate his chosen path of entry into the fray remains questionable. Mr Straughn knows only too well the fact that in this business impression outweighs fact almost every time. He has given the impression that he is a disciple first. Like Dr Mascoll his discipline comes after. While it is true that no right thinking person wants to hear anything that comes from the mouths of Dr Alleyne or the Minister of finance, should there be the emergence of a reputable third party, would you put stock in the utterances of Mr Straughn if he sought to mount a challenge to its economic outlook? Not yet out of the boxes and can be considered as a political fraud.


  44. David October 6, 2015 at 7:10 PM #

    These economists if they are honest would declare their hand in much the same way Peter Wickham should come out of the closet on air. Yes it is his right to privacy but given the contentious issue of homosexuality he should not be ashamed to declare his hand to fight the cause. There is too much hypocrisy!


  45. Hants October 6, 2015 at 7:45 PM #

    David wrote ” Peter Wickham should come out of the closet on air.”

    Why ? He is a pollster and political commentator. His sexual preference should not affect his job.

    You should be asking politicians to come out of the closet at the next sitting of parliament “given the contentious issue of homosexuality ” in Barbados and the possibility they may be asked to legislate same sex marriage.


  46. Hants October 7, 2015 at 1:47 PM #


    “Educator Marsha Hinds-Layne, who is seeking the nomination to challenge Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler in St Michael North West, has told Barbados TODAY that garrison constituencies often associated with community dons and criminal networks are being introduced by local politicians.”


  47. Donna October 7, 2015 at 2:35 PM #

    Simple Simon,

    If one is disenchanted with one’s party then one should leave one’s party and spend some time contemplating as an independent. How could one stand and lambast a party’s policy and the competence and character of its leader and members this week and next week join the same party and sing praises of the same? Remember what goes on in the House of Parliament. If it was reasoned debate only then crossing the floor abruptly could easily occur on a matter of principle and conviction after a period of growing disenchantment. But alas it is not so. It is not MY perception that is wrong, my dear but YOUR reasoning.

    These floor crossings are precipitated by PERSONAL slights, affronts and mistreatment by the party as well as for opportunities which are offered. That is why they can cross so abruptly. It is usually not national policy that causes their defection. That is why I know that the floor crossers are opportunists not persons of any political conviction.


  48. David October 8, 2015 at 6:42 AM #

    A big part of the problem in Barbados is revealed by this Agard vs BLP executive issue. Almost all of the political commentators including Wickham and the lot prefer to focus on the tired line that Agard cannot win against the party. Who has taken the time to examine if she has a valid position? Many of these same tired political commentators will be the first to say to Barbadians who criticize the political establishment they should join a political party and promote change from within.


  49. Bush Tea October 8, 2015 at 8:25 AM #

    Well said David and Donna

    @ Simple
    You have no choice but to support same sex unions… all your men are EX-…
    Your choices are ‘same sex’ …. or NUN (none) 🙂 lol ha ha ha


  50. Hants October 8, 2015 at 8:47 AM #

    Wunda wha Mia got to say bout dis.

    ““We have no intention of supporting Ms Marsha Hinds-Layne in any form or at any time to represent St Michael North West,” declared Natalie Branch-Sealy, the group’s spokesman. While the group is made up of members of the BLP, it’s not an official arm of the party.”


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