Third Parties Must Unite and Mobilize!

Submitted by William Skinner

The United Progressive Party (UPP), the latest third political party to launch in Barbados

The way forward for any serious third party is via a new and effectively managed and promoted brand of national activism. Trying to improve upon the rapidly declining and worn out political model of the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party is a certain exercise in failure. You do not buy junk, on its way to the political junkyard, unless you are a junk yard dealer. Third parties that ignore this fact are destined to last no longer than an expert flying fish vendor, skilled in the art of deboning, takes to debone a dozen flying fish.

There is only one third party that can effectively take up the mantle and at least attempt to cause some damage to the established parties and that entity is the Peoples Empowerment Party, currently led by Attorney At Law David Comissiong. The PEP has some durability and its leader, has been effective in utilizing his legal skills to oppose some of the more unpopular decisions, of the DLP administration. The question that must be asked of the leadership of the PEP is whether it prefers to fight its own battles or simply side with the Barbados Labour Party. We note that the PEP is calling for a fresh election but is reluctant to agitate for the downfall of both the BLP and DLP.

It should be glaringly obvious that if the PEP was interested in competitively contesting general elections, it would have candidates and activists on the ground in all the constituencies. This failure should baffle any person, who has been monitoring the PEP progress. Why has it confined itself to mere commentary and joining the BLP in marches and other protests? Why is its leadership reluctant to face the electorate?

The other third parties will find any deep penetration of the hold the BLP and DLP have on the electorate very difficult at this time. They seem unable to answer simple questions about their composition and any new policies. They need to indicate how they intend to overcome t the Herculean task ahead. However, the mere fact that they are prepared to challenge the establishment should be of interest to those who are convinced that there is no hope under the BLP or DLP.

Pure political common sense would suggest that the PEP, Solutions Barbados and the PUP and others, form a coalition, with one direct message to the country: “The BLP and DLP must go in order for the country to go forward”. And accompany this message with clear policies to the way forward. Such a coalition should be formed in no less than three months, to make its presence felt. While this is no recipe for electoral success, it could have some effect in marginal constituencies and may even gain a few seats if it can harness the youth vote and those undecided voters, who are now distrustful of the current government and opposition.

I would therefore urge all third parties to consider a united fight against the DLP and BLP rather than assist them in warming over the same cold soup they have been feeding the people for the last fifty years. This is no time to hunt with the hare and run with the hound.

There appears to be a big protest vote against the collective BLP and DLP rising in the country. Third parties and progressive community groups should get together, take aim and mobilize that protest vote in the interest of the country. 2/24/17

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96 Comments on “Third Parties Must Unite and Mobilize!”

  1. angela Skeete February 27, 2017 at 12:47 PM #

    Pea brain! every dam day we should give thanks to God


  2. Simple Simon February 27, 2017 at 12:58 PM #

    @Bush Tea February 27, 2017 at 11:41 AM “Do you need any more evidence of DLP stupidity than that they made him chairman of the now bankrupt CBC of all places for a grammatical laughing stock of Ossie Moore notoriety!”

    Yeah boy, the people on the ZR’s were holding their belly with laugh.

    But if ya say 1, ya gotta say 2. I may be wrong but did not the BLP make Joey the Chairman of the Child Care Board?


  3. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:02 PM #

    Lol….more comic relief…lol

    They dont get more stupid than Warren Beatty, that’s why they say some actors should do nothing but act.


  4. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:10 PM #

    I can tell you though, blacks who are accused of selling out their own for a pat on the head, have no shame.


  5. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:18 PM #

    Bush breaks with Trump, calls media ‘indispensable to democracy’

    I have beaten up on George Bush so many times and for so many years I am surprised he could still talk…but even he knows that there is no true democracy without a functioning press…..a media, unlijk what the local so called journalists in Barbados believe.

    Bush, of all cant remember him muzzling the press, only lying to the people.

    Hal, ya may want to take some notes.


  6. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:27 PM #

    And real politicians know or learn during their journeys….POWER is a muscle….the more you use it, the mpre you want to exercise it, the dumbest of the politicians never learn that…all they want to do is exercise that power stupidly.


  7. Hal Austin February 27, 2017 at 1:40 PM #

    I must take HW Bus seriously. Afterall, he is the academically highest qualified per US president.


  8. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:47 PM #

    Hal…Bush is one of the dumbest presidents the US ever had, but at least he can read, how well is still debatable…it’s his father’s money and connections got him into and through Yale…just like Jared Kushner got to Harvard on 2.5 million full ride on daddy’s bank book.

    Are you sure you are a journalist…ya cant be a very good one if ya dont already know all of this…


  9. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 1:50 PM #

    I suspect Bush is still very pissed at trump why he is telling the truth, must be very hard for him, lying naturally comes much easier….

    …..but barbadostoday left out more than half the story…they only want bajans to hear certain things….here is the full story Hal….you will notice Bush did not vote for trump.


  10. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM #

    Hear Hal…since ya gungho on Bush…ah helping you and Carl Moore out…do not miss the very last sentence of the paragraph, it quotes Bush and states specifically. …..

    “And now there’s all kinds of information being bombarded out, and people can say things anonymously. It’s just a different world.”

    A could repeat it for you and Carl Moore over and over if ya wish…anonymous blogging is handsoff…not for you or Carl or anyone else to restrict. ..wuh if the decripit Rockefeller could do nothing…I have no clue why you and Carl Moore think ya can.

    “Mr Bush was also asked whether President Trump’s promises to unify the US had been borne out in his words and actions.

    He said: “First of all there’s only been one month in office. He’s got four years. Secondly, I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country and we’ll see whether he’s able to do so.

    “It’s hard to unify the country, though, with the news media being so split up. When I was President, you know, you [TV news channels] mattered a lot more, because there was like, three of you.

    “And now there’s all kinds of information being bombarded out, and people can say things anonymously. It’s just a different world.”


  11. William Skinner February 27, 2017 at 2:53 PM #


    When we seriously analyse the posts, even from those who are ardent supporters of the BLP and DLP, it becomes crystal clear that our country, is in need of a very serious leadership and a socio-economic revolution of profound proportions. I hope that in some village; some heights and or terraces, there is a boy or girl, who will lead us from the depth of this morass into a great nation admired by all. Let us keep the conversation going in our quest to find that future leader. Barbados deserves better and we all know it !!


  12. Hal Austin February 27, 2017 at 3:04 PM #


    The Opposition should be leading the public discussion. Instead it is calling for a march. Maybe they need exercise. We know they oppose devaluation, a message delivered to us by the great economist Dr Jerome Walcott.
    We know that Arthur, as party leader, would have got rid of Dr Worrell. What is the official BLP view on his sacking? What is their alternative economic programme?


  13. Well Well & Consequences Observing Blogger February 27, 2017 at 3:14 PM #

    Lol…looks like the ACs ran away…

    ……it’s these blighted and cursed politicians in the last 30 years got the island in it’s current rut, the hand to mouth, wanna get rich at all cost lot, who use and lie to the electorate to get there.


  14. William Skinner February 27, 2017 at 3:25 PM #

    @ Hal
    The problem is that everybody now jockeying
    for positions. They looking for s five year
    ” food ” as our Trini friends would say.
    They believe Mia gine win so they will
    march and let their faces and feet be seen
    Now if the Dems get very lucky and look
    like if dry cud pull um off, they will den go
    wif dem again. Time to look elsewhere.
    First step: shut down the die hard from BOTH
    BOTH parties.


  15. Exclaimer February 27, 2017 at 4:12 PM #

    May i suggest that you take a look at this fascinating programme produced by Aljazeera.


  16. Gabriel February 27, 2017 at 4:25 PM #

    I don’t recall seeing the name of Mr Jerome Walcott,Surgeon Specialist,among the candidates confirmed in any constituency thus far.What seems to be gaining currency here is that the Opposition is making the government antsy to the extent that the General Secretary George Pilgrim is complaining of the disruption those marches are having on the society and the Minister has taken the option of dodging another No Confidence Motion by responding to the Opposition demand that he address the nation on the state of the economy.As to whether his press conference met the challenge is moot.A journalist asked the minister the reason Dr Worrell was dismissed.The minister didn’t think it expedient to provide that information.


  17. TheGazer March 11, 2017 at 6:33 PM #

    Earlier, I saw a story in BarbadosToday where a politician was asking for third parties to unite. The story was littered with the names of former BLP members. I cannot recall seeing the names of ex-DLP members.

    I believe that in a contest which pits the duopoly against an ex party hack, a member of the duopoly wins. It is likely that the hack will siphon off a few votes from his/her old party. Since there appears to be a large number of ex BLP ‘officials’ floating around, I can only conclude that they have already made up their mind that their party (the BLP) does not have a chance

    Which begs the following 2 questions:
    Are these 3rd parties genuine?
    Do they exist to split the vote and maintain the duopoly?


  18. Hants March 11, 2017 at 6:35 PM #

    BIM promises to decriminalize weed


  19. Colonel Buggy March 11, 2017 at 6:45 PM #

    Off Topic. Yesterday’s Hero – Today Trump’s Zero


  20. TheGazer March 19, 2017 at 10:20 AM #

    Some appear to think that the rejection of the duopoly and selection of a third party is the answer to our problems. Others appear to think that we can ask a few questions and the answers to those questions will get us out of these dire straits.

    These are the abracadabra solutions or just wishful thinking. It is not that simple. Whatever solution we come up with is at best just surface dressing for our deep wound.

    We must be prepared to bear the pain and stay the course whilst our wound take time to heal. This was not a wound inflicted by the action of a coward who sneaked up on us, stabs us and then ran away. We underwent a series of botched surgical operations where the physician inflicted increasing harm as he sought to remedy his past malpractices. Monetary agencies commented upon the status of the patient and it is only now we accept that the patient should be moved from the general ward and placed in an acute care ward.

    It took effort (unintentional) to get us to this state of affairs, and it will take serious effort to regain the strength to punch in our true weight class.

    WWEWBD? I think he would start praying and tighten his belt for the lean time ahead.


  21. Violet Beckles CUP Plantation Deeds from 1926-2017 land tax bills and no Deeds,BLPand DLP Massive land Fruad and PONZI March 19, 2017 at 12:22 PM #

    TheGazer March 19, 2017 at 10:20 AM #We must be prepared to bear the pain and stay the course whilst our wound take time to heal@@@@

    You really need to do yur homework if your home Birth is Barbados, I was gone for 40 years and learn a lot and still learning as New Plantations i never heard of pop up off records the Government to have in safe keeping till the end of Time.
    The English keep all recrods for they ruled and did not give a shit what no one thought ,Now do your work before blogging it dont look nice to see you putting yourself out there,
    All so called Historians in Barbados i met never came back a second time. for they fail to show me something i knew better than they did,

    The land is the Problem the next Problem is telling the Truth, Next missing records from the High Court , Land Registry, Archives and Land Tax, Coverup by Sir title Holders, Next the Minister in government which things got worse as more lawyers sat as Ministers/Lawyers.More Lawyer more Problem, If lawyer need new lawyer before they with Bribes , The old group of lawyer and Judges need to be removed, A Special Master is needed for Barbados and call for inquest,The DPP need to be removed,Sent his ass back to Guyana and a DPP from another island or England Nation , A white man that love locking up Niggers in High Places,


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