A Grenville Phillips Column – Hurricane Force Winds

Solutions Barbados congratulates Ms Mottley and all other BLP candidates for their resounding victory. The people of Barbados have given Ms Mottley and the BLP a clear mandate by a wide majority, and Solutions Barbados respects the will of the people.

We were all privileged to witness a wind of change of Category 5 hurricane proportions. It registered the public’s utter rejection of the DLP administration. The wind’s magnitude was so overwhelming that it removed all but the DLP’s most secured leaves. The approximately 26% swing away from the DLP revealed the true base of that and all other parties, except the final beneficiary.

Clearly, the public did not want to risk having the DLP re-elected, and decided to select the alternative party that it knew better. The BLP must be congratulated for strategically positioning itself downwind of the catastrophe to be the most likely beneficiary of the public’s disgust.

This BLP administration will face unprecedented economic challenges over this new 5-year term. While we were offering the only non-austerity solution and the BLP an austerity-based one, this choice appeared less important to voters than ensuring that the DLP were voted out. However, once the jubilation has ended, all of us must face the stark reality that we are actually on the brink of economic ruin.

Everyone, including the supporters of all political parties, must give of their best during this BLP administration. We must be more efficient, productive, and innovative. Since most elected BLP candidates are new, they will inevitably make mistakes, and we should extend grace to them as they learn. Since we all live here, it is in all of our interests to see that Barbados’ economy does not fail.

The BLP administration can be assured that Solutions Barbados will offer the BLP administration our best unsolicited advice, something that I have been doing with all political administrations for the past 2 decades. We will offer workable solutions and assist with their implementation wherever we can. The BLP can rest assured that we will not be engaging in any partisan criticism of their stewardship between elections, since it is in all of our interests that they succeed.

Is there a silver lining for Solutions Barbados? We think that there is. Most Solutions Barbados candidates were publicly revealed less than one year ago, and two of them were revealed to the public on Nomination Day. Yet, we were able to secure approximately 4,000 votes because of our policies. While this is comparatively small, it is significantly higher than just friends and family. To have kept approximately 4,000 leaves on a tree during a Category 5 hurricane is a silver lining.

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  • ”The BLP can rest assured that we will not be engaging in any partisan criticism of their stewardship between elections, since it is in all of our interests that they succeed.””

    What nonsense! You are the only political leader in all of Christendom to make such an idle promise. Such a promise is no better than all the others, as ill-founded as they were.

    With this type of childish thinking, SB will is unlikely to be around 5 years from now anyhow. This promised maybe your way of accepting the futility of your ways.

    ”To have kept approximately 4,000 leaves on a tree during a Category 5 hurricane is a silver lining.”

    The real truth is that all of your candidates lost their ‘deposits’. That SB had no effect at all on the election. Nobody, bothered with you!

    And you still fail to understand the dynamics of a duopoly.

    Stroke your ego as much as you like, SB was a monumental failure, like the DLP, so accept your fate.

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolitePensioner

    Your party’s ideas were good. I’m sure there will be room in the new Barbados cabinet for your creativity and perseverance.

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  • Mr. Philips take a break feel all the emotions that may come think all the thoughts that may appear. Out of the self-introspection even though it may be mixed with a little sorrow, out of the despair the recrimination will arise a clearer path, stronger self, a sureness of the way forward. Your Faith and hope will bring you through that Crucible of fire and your feet will be on surer ground. The measure of a man is not in the first bout but what comes after. We look forward after your break to hearing from you.

    What I understand is that PM MAM can still select an opposition if she really has Barbados best interest at heart and it is still a possibility that Mr. Phillips and who knows who else may be called on exception being members of the DLP as that would be a slap in the face of the nation. Who Knows the best may yet be revealed…God heard the prayers of the people. How I look at it is that there needed to be a Purge…God may have a better plan than we can imagine. Keep supplicating things will unfold my concerns are the IMF and the possibility of devaluation. But if Mr. Philips has an opportunity to have his influence felt that also could work itself out.

    Time will reveal all ours is to pray and let our voices be heard… Heavenly father sees all and we continue to put our trust in him and not in Government…

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  • Here is the lesson to be learnt from yesterday for any Bee with any sense.

    Don’t let Bajans get fed up with you or else it is curtains!!

    You can’t buy their votes with largesse like before, it is performance that counts.

    If the sewage problem on the South Coast is not fixed within a very short time Bajans will get fed up.

    If a promise is made regarding CLICO, keep it.

    If the Court is not resolved within a very short time Bajans will kick you out next time with no compunction.

    All the largesse in the world can’t help you at the last minute!!

    …. and there is a lesson to be learnt by the third parties and other also rans.

    If you are serious, be there next time with a track record in the constituencies you plan to represent.

    Make your presence count in those constituencies.

    Because if the Bees only miss and screw up in one area, they are out and Bajans are not going back to the Dees in any hurry!!

    C and B there next time.

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  • pieceuhderockyeahright

    @ John

    You said and I quote

    “…. and there is a lesson to be learnt by the third parties and other also rans…if you are serious, be there next time WITH A TRACK RECORD IN THE CONSTITUENCIES YOU PLAN TO REPRESENT…”

    Like the entry in another blog by Tron this entry is a gem of a statement

    You mean that you have a party with a set of candidates who going be promoting a set of “once upon a time” brer Nancy stories for which they refuse to share their solutions but say they are ICAB approved by a cuntsultant but they can give you that person’s name

    Additionally YOU have a party whose members are invisible up to weeks before the general election none of whom who even have community experience nor connections turn up on day and claim to be our saviour?

    These guys are truly disconnected and cannot see the wind nor the direction of the wind even if it rained dogs precipitously

    Having said that one commends Grenville Phillips personally for his integrity

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  • Grenville winning a few seats may have been a good thing for SB.

    This 30-0 whopping of the DLP may have been even better. They are now your equal.

    This is your best chance to crush the duopoly. Don’t let the DLP automatically cloak themselves in the mantle of the opposition.

    Fight hard my friend. Start fighting from today. Concede nothing to the DLP.

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  • @piece
    Congrats
    You called it.
    I celebrate the victory.
    Keep in mind.
    “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely”

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  • Grenville,
    Identify a pit bull today and let him loose.
    You may be too nice for the job ahead.

    I dun.

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  • “This 30-0 whopping of the DLP may have been even better. They are now your equal.”

    Those who have no vision are doomed to perish.

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  • SB is still not ready yet. Its leader does not seems to understand the bajan public. His policies and success are in his head and he refuses to listen to and make adjust to the bajan public. SB is not yet a “peoples” party and will remain stuck in the mud unless it changes it policies.

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  • I am not sure if either of the two parties are “peoples” parties.

    The most contact I have had from either is a birthday card from the constituency representative which goes in the garbage.

    I assume they have access to the electoral list and ID numbers which allows them to pick off the birthday of a constituent.

    I got a sympathy card from one when a family member passed.

    How many people here have actually seen their representative and know what makes him/her tick?

    What are his/her values?

    Is your representative worthy of your respect … and vote?

    Most people don’t know, they just vote party when the time comes and it is usually to vote them out, not in!!

    Most candidates get to parliament just because they happen to be run by the party which is not voted out.

    Not many politicians get elected because of what they believe … most don’t even have any strong beliefs.

    They can easily rattle off the bad things the other fellow did.

    It does not have to be this way!!

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  • @Grenville: May 25, 2018

    ++The approximately 26% swing away from the DLP revealed the true base of that and all other parties, except the final beneficiary.++

    Would you care to elaborate on this statement esp. ++true base of that and all other parties, except the final beneficiary++?

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  • Hi Doc:

    The 26% swing against the DLP revealed their true base of support – those who did not leave them regardless of the magnitude of the swing. However, since it was not a swing away from the BLP, the BLP’s true base in this election remains uncertain, since they were the beneficiaries of the swing.

    Our true base was also revealed (approximately 4,100), as was UPP’s (approx 1,900) and BIM etc. So we all know where we stand.

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  • David

    31,000 votes for DLP

    120,000 votes for BLP

    Are these about right.

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  • The DLP already claims two seats in the senate. The typical attitude of needy laggards.

    Now seats for the house servants of Baloney and COW! Pull down Barrow and his minions wherever you can! Challenge everybody who was appointed under the DLP reign of terror.

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  • Our true base was also revealed (approximately 4,100), as was UPP’s (approx 1,900) and BIM etc. So we all know where we stand.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I haven’t looked at the numbers but for me what the numbers given above means is that there are thousands of voters who are completely disaffected with both major parties and are willing to put their mark on the ballot to prove it!!

    Politics is funny, it is the art of understanding who is against your opponents and who is for you.

    I suspect a lot of these thousands would have stayed away in disgust but they were given a choice other than the Bees or Dees.

    In those thousands are also the party faithfuls which is the true base referred to.

    In the days when there were only 2 choices, 20% of the electorate determined the outcome!!! (40% D, 40%B and 20% I will call true pragmatists)

    Within each of those 40% B and D there are the “true believers” and the what I will call plain pragmatists!!

    The Dees have a 14% support base of “true believers”,

    I suspect the Bees also have a 14% support base of “true believers” as well.

    The plain pragmatists in the Bees current following number about 52% at the moment!!

    Given a good choice some of those pragmatists will take it..

    The question for the new parties is how to make 52% of the electorate an offer they can’t refuse plus keep the plain pragmatists they already have.

    The question for them to answer is what is the achilles heel of the Bees and Dees?

    I think it is that neither one is a “peoples” party, both are machines and they can’t change.

    Put humans against machines and humans will win!!

    That I think is an explanation of why Trump is going from strength to strength in the US.

    He has connected with his base of supporters with his God given humanity and others see it!!

    The two parties there are machines and only know how to pull down the other guy.

    Trump has risen above that …. BUT …. he also has the ability to hit back as an underdog in a way all humans understand and with which many identify.

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  • David
    31,000 votes for DLP
    120,000 votes for BLP
    Are these about right.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If they are and my reasoning is as well then there are about 80,000 voters who are plain pragmatists and up for grabs next time!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    “Now seats for the house servants of Baloney and COW! ”

    They are all going to find it not so easy this time around, the majority population who elected the new government will remain vigilant, eyes wide open now that they are fully educated to the fact that all the skin at play and in the game…is their own.

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  • @John
    “The most contact I have had from either is a birthday card from the constituency representative which goes in the garbage.”

    If I was running you would have more contact from my bullwhip. Leave you quaking in your boots 🙂 s🇧🇧
    Good to see you

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lol…Theo…I hope they know going forward that is all they will get, even more of what they do not want to hear.

    Someone has to keep watch on all of them, least they forget their place as is usual with them.

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  • Grasshoppers can dream too!!

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  • I think Michael Carrington is the most perfect example of the machine like nature of the DLP.

    He was protected as Speaker to let the rest see that the DLP can and will protect its own.

    The protection came from the top man, Froon himself.

    Then he was presented to the electorate as a candidate, a representative of the DLP party machine.

    If you look in the Bees, you will also find other Michael Carringtons.

    Neither party can help itself because those Michael Carringtons have the dirt on the other Michael Carringtons!!

    His numbers would be worthwhile examining if the parties actually decided to address the ills within!!

    That will only happen if they fear losing a sizeable part of the 80K …. or want it back!!

    And that will only happen if the competition is after it!!

    We might actually see the Bees doing some good … but it will be out of fear for the Next Party!!

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  • SB should be reacting to upcoming events in a manner similar to what you expect of the DLP. They should cast themselves in the role of the ‘official’ opposition. Shadow ministers, press conferences, news releases, jumping on issues before the DLP do, etc.

    Your race started on 5/25/2018. Cut out the nice guy act.

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  • I like the guy, but he needs to develop a killer instinct.
    4,000 votes and he want to do a victory lap.
    You cannot run with the BDLP for four years and in the last month of the fifth year oppose them. Offer “workable’ solutions”, but make certain they have SB rubber stamped all over them.

    Hire a pit-bull or develop a killer instinct.

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  • SB should be reacting to upcoming events in a manner similar to what you expect of the DLP. They should cast themselves in the role of the ‘official’ opposition. Shadow ministers, press conferences, news releases, jumping on issues before the DLP do, etc.
    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Don’t do dat!!!

    Send prospective candidates into their prospective constituencies and get to know the people and let the people get to know them!!

    I can’t tek two sets of pompous shadow politicians spouting off in the paper or internet on what a third pompous politician has had to say!!

    I will tune out.

    Come next election if I am still around the 4,100 will drop to 4,099 and I will look for another alternative!!

    Whatever the DLP do, don’t do or you lost me!!

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  • That’s my point…
    You are trying to keep him at 4,100
    I am trying to get him to be PM
    Outdo

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  • I would have expected that yesterday and today I would have seen nuff red shirts all over.

    After all, 120,000 people are supposed to have voted red!!

    I can’t remember seeing any yesterday and today I reckoned 2.

    Am I missing something?

    Last night I heard a lady at the supermarket saying the election had her head turn round and she could not do anything!!

    It almost appears to me that there really wasn’t an election and one party did not sweep the board.

    Everybody is back to the grind.

    I guess the BLP will organize a big party of some kind to celebrate its victory but I am wondering if they shouldn’t just hold their money, get down to work and forget the show.

    Follow the example the people are setting!!

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  • That’s my point…
    You are trying to keep him at 4,100

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    I am saying that he won’t be starting at 4,100 next time, if I am around he will be missing me!!

    Whatever the DLP do, don’t do, make your own way!!

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  • John I agree with you there is something lackluster about this victory and that’s why I am warning the Bees – don’t read too much into this because it was not about Mia.No red shirts around,no one in cars with music turn up loud and celebrating,and most people who discuss it seem anxious to explain why they voted bee in an almost apologetic way

    David/BU I think it was who said that the turnout was low.I felt so too but the media kept hyping up this massive turnout.Interesting to find out what the actual percentage is.

    David bdos Underground is going to play a very important role in the days ahead.Just keep your head steady and play fair.

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  • If de Bees miss and screwup, they gone next time too!!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    You ssid and I expanded: “Put [pathological lying] humans against machines and humans will win!!….That I think is an explanation of why Trump is going from strength to strength in the US…..He has connected with his base of supporters with his God given humanity [ability to nonchalantly mislead and lie deliberately] and others see it [and apparently enjoy it]!”——–

    Mr Trump was reported to have said boldly: “You know why I do it [claim fake news and lie about press reports]? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”

    A clear example of Trump’s continual problem with the truth yet you adore him and hold him as an example of excellent leadership.

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  • The most successful candidate other than a B or D was an independent!!

    He was once a DLP MP in the constituency!!!

    In fact, he beat the DLP candidate in his constituency by 112 votes!!

    A lesson to the wise!!

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  • All we could hear in the US Presidential campaign was how good a ground game Clinton had and how well the Democrat Party machinery worked.

    Trump worked hard, made appearances in many states, had a coherent, consistent message.

    When Clinton missed out going to her “sure” areas, Trump went there.

    He was here there and everywhere.

    Must have been brutal for a 70 year old.

    He won … he connected and he won!!

    All sorts of reasons were advanced for Clinton’s loss.

    But a human beat a machine because a human understands and is understood by other humans!!

    All humans are imperfect and Trump, just like his supporters, is no saint!!

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  • Trump does not reveal the Timing of his Strategies before he executes them and he is going to reveal it to this woman after he has always said he does not Trust the Press that they are Fake News.

    Lesley Stahl as a reporter says she had this information 18 months ago… Why Now?

    She Now wants to Stay Relevant another Day in the Sun Like the Rest of the Liars on the Globalist Network News
    It is the New Talking Point Distributed Through The Leftie News Waves…Be Prepared to hear more Fake News Lies.

    She is a Hillary Clinton Supporter…Nuff Said.

    https://imgix.bustle.com/uploads/image/2018/5/23/450b53db-e9e8-47c4-808b-0db9c8aa149c-screen-shot-2018-05-22-at-71038-pm.png?w=970&h=582&fit=crop&crop=faces&auto=format&q=70

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  • The thing with the Democrat machine is that it cannot stop itself!!

    The press, academia, Hollywood and the Party are one.

    They will destroy each other on their own ….. Trump will just assist them.

    All he has to do is goad them and their reaction is predictable, after all the conglomerate is a machine and is incapable of independent thought!!

    Here, the Dees and the Bees are a machine.

    They only know one way of operating.

    If the Bees do as they always have done their single term may not even be a full one.

    …. but, who knows, maybe they will change!!

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  • TheophiliusGazerts

    Not a John fan.
    Especially when he goes Quaker or Trump.
    However, I feel that his read on the local situation as it pertains to the Bees is 100% correct.

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  • Read “The Faithful Baptist Witness” if you want to understand what independent thought is about!!

    https://www.amazon.com/Faithful-Baptist-Witness-Phil-Stringer/dp/0982223064

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Theo you said “However, I feel that his read on the local situation as it pertains to the Bees is 100% correct.”

    Correct about what exactly?

    One term or less if the BLP mess up? That third party members need to get out in the community? That “Everybody is back to the grind” and there were no partying or that humans succeed over machinery?

    When are those core points not correct in politics?

    Look, this guy is smart enough to cultivate any theory and make it sound awesome but in many instances here on BU, as now, it’s necessary to suspend reason in order to take in his wondrous theorems.

    The president who operated (by ACCURATE reporting and facts) one of the most extensive machinery based campaigns in US history and beautifully parsed THE COLLECTED POLL DATA POINTS to drive his “coherent” (devisive) message is heralded as a great human connector. Amazing dialectic there!

    I never fault the man for his astute ability … just annoyed he uses it to dissemble and BS in this way!

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    DIVISIVE works correctly ….. devisive does not!

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  • Agree citizens who aspire to representing the people should get into the constituencies to make themselves known. However, there is a national brand which must be developed as well by the party. Several activities must be efficiently managed by the 3rd parties to cause their stock to rise.

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  • Here is the amazing thing about real independent thought.

    All of its practitioners have one thing in common.

    They are seekers of the Truth!!

    They will work together easily and have common goals!!

    Sounds like a Party?

    Not really …. Parties are not interested in Truth!!

    There were no parties in Barbados way back when it was successful … just independent thinkers sat in Parliament!!

    … and yes, some were not so saintly!!

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