Submitted by Caleb Pilgrim

While one must never forget the past, nothing is to be gained by overly rehashing the historic failures of the previous DLP Administration. These speak for themselves. Cheap excuses do not suffice, either.

Nor do recent attempts by “the old guard” to reincarnate and resurrect themselves after their May 2018 near absolute annihilation. Pray tell what is their relevance today in terms of party viability, political vision, and Barbados’s future? Others have already asked what do they offer now that they could/should not have offered before. They would better be invited to rest in perfect peace.

But, in moving forward, let us essay a slightly different approach, notwithstanding partisan chatter about the “Deceased Labour Party”.

Assume that women make up a rough majority of the Barbadian people, say 51%+/-. Assume further that the Barbadian women MPs, in terms of Parliamentary seats, typically number at most a disproportionate 20%+/-, despite the fact that women make up more than a 51%+/- majority of the population.

Recognizing such widespread disparities in demographics, a number of universities long ago introduced programs aimed at empowering women and helping to enhance their prospects for electoral success, e.g Women Political Campaign & Mentorship Schools at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Institute of Politics; the short annual Women’s Campaign School (WCS) at Yale Law School; the LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin; courses at Fordham University; the University of Florida; George Washington University. etc. There is obviously a reason for the existence (raison d’etre) of such campaign schools.

The DLP’s “old guard”, given what some perceive as their apparent hubris, their previous erratic behaviour, perhaps their inattentiveness amid other paramount concerns, must or should have known of such women campaign schools at some point during their ten years in office and utilized such training opportunities to mobilize a cadre of more representative candidates.

One example, the WCS curriculum at the YLS, includes staple topics such as:

  • Fundraising
  • Budgeting
  • Messaging
  • Paid Media
  • Press Operations
  • Grass roots organizing
  • Voter targeting
  • Ethics
  • Polling and research
  • Get out the vote
  • Speeches and interviews
  • Digital campaigns

Participants have come from far and wide including Panama, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Australia and the UK.

The course purports to be intensive and involves 12 hour work day each day and the basic cost is a mere US $1,800. Arguably, a minor investment, where materials, tactics, strategies and information can be adapted, and participants encouraged to share if not teach other would be candidates in different constituencies. Other courses, including those at graduate level, point to the professionalization of politics rather than the usual jokes and tragicomedy.

Finally, while the BLP has proposed referenda on transition to a Republic etc, the DLP should not shy away from big issues, e.g whether there should be a referendum as to Barbados establishing a system of proportional representation (PR) instead of the old “first past the post” system which, among other causes, brought the DLP into the political wilderness. (Obviously, with a 30-0/ 29-1 majority there is no incentive for the current Administration to entertain PR; but all other parties and interested individuals might see it differently).


  1. I have come a long way. Once upon a time being called glib would have driven me crazy and result in a response. These days I smile and I move on.

    Turning the other cheek.

  2. Some would come here and pretend they are doing ‘advance calculus’ when in reality all that is required is elementary mathematics.

  3. Moving right along Mottley tirade was littered with insulting language whereby she accused barbadians of slander and being wicked all because they question the validity of Toni Moore candidacy
    Have govt/ PM reached a level of frustration that outbursts laced with intolerance are meant to silence opposition opinions

  4. Mia should be telling the BLACK PEOPLE who elected her why she ran around for the last two years amending the Constitution for mostly frivolous shit but did not see it necessary to amend it to REFLECT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE through referendum to DECIDE on republic status, the only Caribbean island that does not have that mechanism in place and one would think she would have PUT IT IN PLACE BEFORE her worldwide announcement of PURE BULLSHIT….while not having a blueprint to remove the colonial system because she and her riffraff believe they will keep the people in eternal bondage..

    Did Hilary Beckles mention that CXC reviews TAKE YEARS…all of them tend to believe they got the people FOOLED..

    All these lawyers sat for decades on end knowing the bar lawyers were robbing the people nonstop, said not a word, lifted not a finger, but are now trying to save a corrupt bar reputatioin, while knowing that despite two checks being cut in personal injury matters that lawyers STILL TRY TO FIND A WAY TO STEAL FROM THEIR CLIENTS AND DISENFRANCHISE THEM OF THEIR COMPENSATION…

    She being Woodstock-Riley:

    “She said this had now become the practice with the payment of personal injury claims and there was a proposal to adopt this stand in relation to other money matters.

    “[The] proposal is to take the funds out of the hands of lawyers. Real estate transactions – withholding funds is clearly the area of most, if not all, of the cases of disbarment. There is a reasonable solution and it is pursued in personal injury claims where the payee writes two cheques – one to the attorney and one
    to the client, so the attorney does not have the client’s funds.”

  5. Oh…and as many of us thought, the lastest corruption brouhaha, this time with bank records, instead of Paradise and Panama Papers, actually implicates Barbados’ banks in 55 transactions totaling multimillions between 2012 and 2015, we hope to hear the names of the culprits going forward….in this “suspicious activity”…check your newspapers it carries the story.

    Maybe Donville knows who they are….

  6. The small time wannbe slavemasters of Barbados are now well known across Continents…in every nook and cranny…..dah is wah get for fcuking with our children.

  7. All that running around back patting self ceaselessly don’t mean shit if authorities put systems in place to quaratine ya ass. Breaking News outta NYC.

    “(WABC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that international travellers coming from what are considered Level 2 and 3 countries will have to quarantine and fill out a travel form when they arrive in New York.

    Cuomo signed the executive order Monday in response to the CDC’s decision to roll back screening measures at airports amid rising COVID-19 cases across the world.

    Health officials say the measure is necessary for contact tracing purposes.

    The executive order builds on the domestic COVID-19 Travel Advisory already in place for states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of coronavirus.

    The 31 countries not subject to the governor’s executive order and mandatory quarantine requirement are listed below:

    American Samoa
    Cayman Islands
    Falkland Islands
    Isle of Man
    Macau SAR
    Marshall Islands
    New Caledonia
    New Zealand
    Saint Barthelemy
    Saint Kitts and Nevis
    Saint Lucia
    Saint Pierre and Miquelon
    Sint Eustatius

    State health officials say the quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.”

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