Duopoly Politics Alive and Well

The blogmaster studied the declaration of election expenses incurred by candidates in the recent St. George North by-election and it confirmed his views about many things, one being the entanglement of the duopoly in the body politic of Barbados for the foreseeable future.

2020 Election Expenses Declaration (SGN)

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  • NOT A WORD ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSONAGE OF THE CENTURY
    THE MAN WHO SINGLEHANDEDLY HAS TOLD US MORE ABOUT THE TAPESTRY OF LIES IN WHICH WE EXIST.
    NOT A WORD ABOUT A MAN WHO NEXT TO NELSON MANDELA, EMMA GOLDMANN, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL HAS CERTAINLY BEING A THE FAMOUS POLITICAL PRISONER FOR UP TO 12 YEARS.
    NOT A WORD ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE!

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  • @Pacha

    Mention was made of this matter on the Extradition blog authored by Caleb Pigrim. The PDF judgement was updated as well.

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  • David
    Very well.

    We are indeed happy that Assange is going to free in two weeks, subject to appeal. To see the end of his torture is neigh.

    However, this judgement is the death sentence for national security journalism, human rights and therefore the existence of us all.

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  • It seems the judge was more mindful about his health if he were relocated to the US.

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  • David

    That was just used as an out. She agreed substantively with all the arguments made by the Americans.

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  • @ Pachamama January 5, 2021 6:51 AM

    Not even a word of support from the local media ‘cabal’ for a man who literally ‘surrendered’ his liberty all for the sake of Freedom of Speech which is the bedrock of so-called Democracy.

    At least there is some remnants of natural Justice in the world even if J A finds himself now exposed to a novichok-type attack.

    Julian ought to be nominated for the title of “Social Media Man of the Decade”.

    For he is truly a Renaissance man fit for purpose for the Information Age.

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  • The Miller
    Yes, The presstitutes everywhere were willing to cash in on his disclosures.
    However, when there was a chance to make a stand against imperial suppression of journalistic freedoms they opted to side with the global Deep State forces intent on establishing an Orwellian 984 reality. This judgment takes us very near to that position.

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  • @ David
    The money spent by the Duopoly should not surprise anyone. Since 1991, my experience showed that to run an effective campaign back then, could have easily cost a candidate about 40 or 50 thousand dollars.
    I suspect that one of the reasons why the DLP does not have candidates out there in the field, has to do with a lack of funds.
    Indeed, the third parties may never admit it but they have no money . I hear a lot of people talking about the disrepair of the DLP headquarters but I recall that at one stage, the condition of the BLP headquarters was a disgrace as well.Financiers don’t support parties in opposition. Not even party members support parties financially in opposition.
    Looking at the money spent in the Chart above, one can easily understand , multiplying that by 60 plus candidates. It’s a big money game. Entertainment not ideas . It’s corrupt and smells to the heavens.

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  • 1984

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  • The road to hell is paved with good intentions, initially Assange was a reliable conduit of information that opened the eyes of many, then he let himself be used by Russians to sabotage the campaign of Clinton and open the door to the presidency for Trump.

    While in a lockdown of sorts he was able to enjoy conjugal visits from his lawyer, now he is too “fragile” to be deported to stand trial the man doesn’t miss a trick.

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  • @William

    This is an unfortunate state of affairs and the reason the blogmaster felt to highlight the matter after spotting the declaration in the back pages of the Nation on Sunday. We can preach like Paul this is one of the systemic issues that will sabotage attempts to democratize the process.

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  • I too noticed the declarations and shook my head.

    But William, why does an”effective” campaign cost so much money?

    Please, I want to know. Seriously.

    What does an effective campaign entail?

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  • @ Donna
    The candidate needs a constituency office with at least one full time employee;
    Canvassing a constituency on a regular basis involves expenses. These can range from entertaining constituents to paying bills etc. they may not be huge but numerically they do add up.
    If a new candidate wants to properly canvass a constituency, it may take sustained work for three years. That can easily add up to thousands of dollars even without a constituency office;
    Once the actual campaign starts and other candidates get involved, these expenses rise considerably. We then get into advertising and keeping a daily supply of meals and beverages available at the office. As one who has been a candidate and campaign manager ,I can tell you that daily expenses can run from 500 per day to 2000 depending on the constituency.
    Election Day expenses can average about 6-7000 dollars. Bear in mind that a lot of the money spent is not even declared.
    While the party may get financing , the individual candidates still end up spending thousands.
    Remember what @ David has printed is only what was declared. A lot more would have been spent.
    I hope this gives you a little insight to the process. It is an expensive undertaking.

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  • In the intelligence business people around human information collection are divided into a few categories – target, unwitting agent, useful idiot, etc

    The specious argument that ‘Assange allowed himself to be used by the Russians’ is not borne out by all the circumstances after and before he became a target of American deep state forces.

    We only have the words of the American deep state which is saying that Assange helped the Russians to interfere in the 2016 elections. A dubious claim still unproven by independent sources.

    But even if the Russians used Assange, with truthfulness, to interfere in the 2016 elections, how is this subterranean interference any less despicable than America’s blatant interference in Russia’s elections during the 1990s. Or as recently as 2019 in Bolivia or ongoing in Venezuela for over a decade. Or the election interference cottage industry going on by the USA for over a hundred years – and over 100 times in this hemisphere alone.

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  • We no longer have a duopoly. It’s just the DLP’s last stand. Lord Drax and our construction magnates will certainly not support a hopeless opposition.

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  • David

    Is it still law that candidates can only spend a certain amount per constituent?

    Do tell us what that amount is?

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  • It would have been more accurate to write “he let himself be used by the Russians and Roger Stone to further the candidacy of Donald Trump for the US presidency”.

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  • @Pacha

    Then Caswell Franklyn posted this article that should explain.

    https://wp.me/p43Aa-7NU

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  • I really, really don’t like politics…it somehow never ends well for the people and many times not for the players either. I guess Iran amended their constitution to accommodate a red notice..

    “The Iranian government has filed a “red notice” with Interpol that requests the arrest of US president Donald Trump and 47 other American officials for the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps major general Qassem Soleimani on 3 January 2020.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime,” said Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as reported by Al Jazeera.

    Interpol didn’t grant a previous arrest request by Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr, when he issued an international warrant in June for the arrest of Mr Trump and other officials at the Pentagon and US central command on “murder and terrorism charges”.

    Rejecting the June request, Interpol said that its own constitution forbids it from taking on any “intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.

    As Mr Trump leaves office on January 20, Iran hopes it will become easier to force him to face consequences for the killing of Mr Soleimani.”

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  • William,

    If I truly believed in a candidate I would open a section of my home as the constituency office and I would provide my own food and drink AND volunteer to be the full time employee. These people don’t believe in the candidates?

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  • @Donna
    As @David says, the system is in need of fundamental overhaul. The upside,is that we have free and fair elections and we don’t have violence and we usually get back to normal very quickly.
    Campaign finance would probably enhance the system but much like Integrity Legislation, it will call for publicly exposing those who pull the financial strings and remain shadows or invisible.
    The major downside is that people who genuinely want to make a political contribution , would be deterred because they can’t raise or do not personally have the funds.
    I think that campaign finance will become a serious topic as technology and the corporate political environment changes.
    For example, white Barbadians have chosen to remain as shadows in the process but I am quite certain that other minority groups with deep pockets, will start to enter the process within ten to fifteen years. They will seek public office and attempts to “ buy votes “ will be more clearly evident.
    It’s a topic that should engaged the minds of the black political class.

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  • Unfortunately all this talking about Covid 19 has soaked up all the oxygen in the country. It will take a quantum leap to the thought leadership in the country to accomplish real change.

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  • “Unfortunately all this talking about Covid 19 has soaked up all the oxygen in the country. It will take a quantum leap to the thought leadership in the country to accomplish real change.”

    Let’s pray together🙏🙏🙏:

    Today the entire planet will echo, at different times, the same prayer so that the worst does not happen, since the Covid is returning in mutated force.

    There is no set time, but there will be 24 hours of prayers, which will turn into 48 hours due to time zones.
    You say the prayer and share it so that we all continue in the Positive Energy of Prayer for all Humanity.

    Strengthen me, Lord.
    Come with me, Lord.
    Protect me Lord.
    Cover me with your precious blood, Lord.

    Jesus, the Lord is my rock, my shield, my strength, I love you, I need you, protect me from the virus that threatens human life, protect my loved ones, protect people who are already sick, protect my Bajan Brothers & Sisters, protect all humanity

    Lord Jesus, united as brothers, we beg You, through Your Infinite Mercy, do not allow COVID-19 to enter us or our homes.

    Place your Angels around each house, where the family that prays in Your Holy Name takes refuge and your Word comes alive.

    Let’s pray together:

    Psalm 91, verses 10 and 11 *

    “No harm will happen to you, nor plague will touch your home.

    Because God will give orders to his angels over you, so that they protect you in all your ways “.

    Amen!

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  • Pray to the White man’s god?

    No thanks!

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  • (Quote):
    Place your Angels around each house, where the family that prays in Your Holy Name takes refuge and your Word comes alive.
    Let’s pray together:
    Psalm 91, verses 10 and 11 *
    “No harm will happen to you, nor plague will touch your home.
    Because God will give orders to his angels over you, so that they protect you in all your ways “.
    Amen!
    Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If, as you blindly believe, your omnipotent omniscient Yahweh created everything in the universe from galaxies to microbes to viruses then you have to accept that the same god is allowing Covid to do the work of Yahweh (who is now a Chinese) as was done in your book about plagues.

    So why not pray instead of relying on some science-based vaccine to save the sorry asses of you fundamentalists?

    Let’s see if Yahweh can work his magic the same he worked it in Egypt during the Passover.

    Amun Ra!

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  • D.C. National Guard activated as mobs breach Capitol; one person shot; curfew imposed.
    Trump supporters storm Capitol as police declare lockdown

    Live Updates: Pro-Trump Mob Breaches Capitol, Halting Vote Certification

    Democracy in trouble

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  • @ Miller…
    Blessings and goodwill onto you my BROTHER…

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  • Americans Chickens 🐓 have come home and roost.

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  • Hi David:

    Please note that the expenses that each party declares are those spent between the date that elections were called and the election date.

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  • @Grenville

    Thanks

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  • Belle warns of political fallout
    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    GOVERNMENT’S HANDLING of this country’s second and largest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to be politically costly, says veteran political scientist Dr George Belle.
    In an interview with the
    MIDWEEK NATION,
    Belle said that currently public sentiment has shifted and that many persons now believe that the Mia Amor Mottley-led administration has dropped the ball with regards to this latest outbreak.
    However, his academic colleague Peter Wickham is of the view that the majority of Barbadians understand that Government is battling with a series of tough circumstances and that any political fallout is going to be short-lived.
    According to Belle, among the shortcomings that are likely to reflect poorly on the political scorecard was the decision to keep the borders open to UK flights at a time when a new and faster spreading strain of the virus was raging in that major tourism source market.
    He also argued that the decision to pay the accommodation of visitors in quarantine who have been impacted by the long delays in COVID-19 test results has also left a bitter taste in the mouths of Barbadians. Belle contended that persons who chose to travel in the midst of a pandemic were doing so at their own risk and therefore the taxpayers of Barbados should not be made to pay for a decision that others made with their eyes wide open to the facts. “I personally believe that if it comes down to a choice between the locals and the tourists, the locals should be the ones dealt with; otherwise, it is going to cost you politically. A person in the midst of a pandemic would normally take a decision that they are not going to take a vacation at this time or that they are not going to travel. So, if they take a vacation at this time, then they are taking the risk and should take the losses that accompany that decision. If you decide to come into a war zone, do not complain if you get shot by accident,” Belle said.
    However, the former University of the West Indies lecturer said the position was quite salvageable, as ultimately history will judge the Government on how they handled the pandemic in its entirety.
    “Initially, people were saying that the Government was handling the pandemic well. If the cumulative opinion is that Government handled it badly in the end, then that would translate into a political negative eventually or immediately. What is happening now has the potential to be politically negative, but it will come down to how quickly they can address things
    and reverse certain policies. I don’t think that any big lot of planes should be coming in now even though we are in the midst of the tourist season. This seems to be a case of responding to the pressure of the hoteliers; we have to control the amount of people coming in a strict way,” he said.
    In recent weeks, Government has been grappling with a severe backlog of test results due to a combination of the system being overwhelmed by sheer numbers, an outdated cataloguing system and technical issues. This has resulted in visitors being stuck in the rooms of their quarantine hotel for much longer than the promised 72-hour turnaround time.
    In addition to preserving Barbados’ tourism brand, the Government is battling several clusters of the virus, with the positive case numbers surging to over 800, a development which put a spotlight on Government’s continued insistence on an open-door policy.
    Wickham contends that with no General Election on the horizon, any potential political fallout would soon fade. He said that Government must be given credit for maintaining a balance between safeguarding locals while looking after the bread and butter tourism industry.
    “In the final analysis, this is the first issue that has come up since the COVID-19 issue has started. Persons must remember that one of Government’s first initiatives was to give a $600 allowance to vulnerable families and throughout all of this Barbadians have been placed upfront and centre. We have to appreciate that it is the tourists that butter our bread and what Government is trying to do at this time is save face,” said Wickham, who acknowledged that the testing backlog has been a major blotch on the COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
    “I think this is going to be as short-term an issue as the others have been. Were we voting now, I believe that it would have made a difference, but I do not think elections are on the cards in the near term. My hope is that this issue would have been resolved in two or three weeks,” he added.
    He
    also argued that the decision to pay the accommodation of visitors in quarantine who have been impacted by the long delays in COVID-19 test results, has also left a bitter taste in the mouths of
    Barbadians.

    Source: Nation

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  • DLP member of Rum n Coke fame is reported to have resigned from the DLP.

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  • @ Mariposa
    @CCC

    What is going on? Are you out there?

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  • He was one of the young ones for whom there were high expectations. It is noteworthy he was shadowing health.

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  • Wait i didnt know i was a threat
    Thought i was only a nuisance

    #####banfrombu

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  • Whatever happened to the Kemar Stuart court case?

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  • @David January 13, 2021 12:35 PM “DLP member of Rum n Coke fame is reported to have resigned from the DLP.”

    WHY???

    Becausin’ I know you iz a man in the political know.

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  • @Simple Simon

    Ask Verla!

    Hopefully she will announce a slate of candidates soon.

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  • @ac

    Continue with your lies.

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  • David where are Mariposa post
    U do refer to Mariposa as ac
    Five or more post went missing go ahead u have buried your head deep in the anus of the Blp

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  • @ Mariposa

    Aare your posts being deleted?

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  • How do you know Mariposa’s post are missing? Did she IM you?
    I am glad she is up and about and not out with covid-19.

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  • Hal ask David
    He knows how to play dirty games.
    Next he might ban me because i out him as being a little garden invader with dirty tricks

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  • David i dare u to post all of Mariposa comments that u have blocked yesterday evening and today
    You call me a liar
    Now prove me wrong

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  • @Mariposa
    Here is what I do when David blocks my comments [real (0) or imaginary (5)]

    I create a new name, clear my cookies, delete my history, shut down, log back on, create a new name, pick on someone so as to generate a new ‘image’ and then post away.

    Hope that helps. Don’t take yourself so seriously.

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  • @Angela Cox, ac and Marpussi

    You are a LIAR!

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  • My oh my
    That response speaks about the real David that you are
    You refused multiple times yesterday and some today to post Mariposa comments
    Yes u did David BU
    No matter how many times u say the word Liar the word cannot change a truth

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  • Oh now i get a warning for doing what may i ask ?
    You set out to defamed
    Then when asked to provide proof u take the low road
    Be that as it may day does run till night catches it

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  • Alleyne quits DLP, ‘considering serving Govt’
    SIMON ALLEYNE, who was hoping to contest a seat on a Democratic Labour Party ticket in the next General Election, has quit the party after more than ten years.
    However, Alleyne has not ruled out joining the ruling Barbados Labour Party as, he believes he has something to offer the country.
    “That is very possible. I’m considering being of service to the Government and this administration. I have something to offer and my skills can be used elsewhere,” he told the DAILY NATION while confirming his resignation as of January 7.
    The former president of the young Democrats, chair of the St Michael North Constituency branch and more recently the party’s second vice president, had been campaigning in the St Philip North riding following the party’s loss in the 2018 elections.
    “I’m grateful for the years of service I would have given to the party but at this point as I reflect on my life and the future of Barbados
    and myself I do believe that my skill set can be better utilised elsewhere,” he said.
    President of the DLP Verla De Peiza said that while Alleyne was considered as a candidate in the end he was not selected.
    “Having been there I get his disappointment,” she said.
    Alleyne, well known as one half of the comedic duo Rum and Coke, was also the party’s spokesman on health.
    “I am willing to work with any political organisation that allows me to be of service to Barbados. Its not about me, its about putting Barbados first,” he said.
    Alleyne is the latest DLP member to resign from the party.
    In November, former DLP general secretary George Pilgrim resigned. That same month Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced that Rodney Grant and George Connolly, two former DLP candidates had joined the BLP. ( AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • @ David BU

    Heard Paul Gibson ran away from Atherley’s People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP) and ‘straight into the awaiting arms’ of Verla and the DLP.

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  • @Artax

    Heard also her reply. Looks like the party is going with Michael over Simon.

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  • PdP also losing members
    By Colville Mounsey
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    It appears it is not only the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) that is bleeding key membership of late, as the Joseph Atherley-led People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP) lost one of its high-ranking members with three more expected to go.
    After his defection was made public yesterday by DLP president Verla De Peiza, Paul Gibson, who served two years as the spokesperson on health for the PdP, confirmed that he had joined the “party of Errol Barrow”.
    The Weekend Nation confirmed that Dave Walrond, the man who contested the St George North byelection on the PdP ticket, is also making similar moves, so too is the party’s spokesperson on culture, Allan Springer. A source has also revealed that a fourth member of the party is contemplating leaving elective politics altogether, however efforts to reach that individual have been unsuccessful.
    When contacted Gibson made it clear that there was no trouble in the camp, but rather he thought it prudent and in the best interest of Barbados to help with the rebuilding of the party that has been one of the two main pillars of this country’s political system.
    He also made it clear that there was no bad blood between himself and the Leader of the Opposition, but rather it was a case of transitioning to the next phase of his political life.
    Gibson said based on the lay of the political landscape, it was difficult to effect meaningful change using the platform of a third party.
    “I can confirm categorically that I have decided to help with rebuilding of a very significant party, the party of Errol Barrow. I am about impacting generations to come and I want to ensure that we can bring about a lasting change in this country. Based on the revelation during the election at St George North by-election, I realised that I needed to make that switch,” he said.
    Walrond and Springer both confirmed they were also contemplating a similar
    move but would not comment officially on the issue until they first spoke with Atherley.
    Surprised
    Expressing surprise at the turn of events, Atherley disclosed that while he had discussions with Gibson up to three weeks ago about his impending departure, he had no inclination that the others were seeking to throw in their lot elsewhere.
    “Paul did say to me that he was thinking about it, that he wanted to be of help to the Democratic Labour Party. As it relates to the others leaving, I am truly not aware of anything like that, but I am accustomed to things being thrown my way and that is the nature of politics. I don’t have a problem with what is happening. Paul had said that he is of the view that third parties have a very difficult time in this political culture and that he was thinking of changing lanes. At the end of the day that is ultimately every individual’s call,” said Atherley.
    This development comes a day after DLP hopeful Simon Alleyne announced his resignation from the party. When pressed at yesterday’s press conference to announce the details of this year’s Errol Barrow celebrations, De Peiza said there had been tensions after Alleyne was not chosen to represent the constituency of his choice in the next general election.
    She said disappointments were par for the course in politics, noting that herself and other senior members of the party had to wait before getting the nod to be on the DLP ticket.
    Chalking it up to a win-somelose- some scenario, De Peiza then revealed that her party had been the beneficiary of a significant number of defections from other parties of late.
    “I would say in Alleyne’s favour that he did not blind side the party. He had conversations with us, but disappointments happen in politics. We are going through candidate selection for 30 seats and sometimes we have up to five persons vying for the position, so someone will be disappointed, but how you deal with it is a personal issue,” said De Peiza.
    She added: “We have had persons coming over to us from the Barbados Labour Party, we have had persons coming over to us from
    the PdP. Just this week as we were having our council meetings, we had Paul Gibson, formerly of the PdP join us as well as other prominent members of the BLP. The difference is that we do not feel the need to make a spectacle of people. We want to work and we will work with the persons that want to work with us.”


    Source: Nation

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  • @ David BU

    Paul Gibson is a very interesting fellow. He was an out spoken candidate for Solutions Barbados prior to the May 24, 2018 general elections, which he contested as their candidate for St. Michael South. Soon after, he parted ways with that political party to join Atherley’s PdP and became the Opposition spokesman on health issues.

    But now, “Gibson said based on the lay of the political landscape, it was difficult to effect meaningful change using the platform of a third party.” He has switched allegiances once again to join, according to him, “the party of Errol Barrow” and to help them rebuild that political party.

    Rather than exercising a bit of patience, while attempting to CHANGE ‘the lay of the political landscape’ and ‘effect meaningful change using the platform of a third party,’ Gibson wants to achieve that objective by joining one half of the duopoly.

    Perhaps ‘Red Plastic Bag’ should do a remake of his 2010 calypso, ‘La, La,’ to immortalize in song, Barbados’ newest ‘political grasshopper.’

    Interestingly, Atherley essentially downplayed Gibson’s departure by saying it wasn’t a ‘blow’ to the PdP and, although he was heard quite often because he was appointed to speak with reference to health-related matters,’ he wasn’t considered to be one of the more senior members of the political party.

    DePeiza similarly downplayed Simon Alleyne recent resignation from the DLP as well, which, according to her, is not considered ‘a significant event.’ Yet, she was quick to respond, “however, we balance that because we have had persons coming over to us from the BLP and the PdP.”

    So, it seems as though Alleyne resigning from the DLP was an insignificant event, but Gibson, and prominent members of the BLP joining the DLP, was a significant event that should be celebrated. Gibson should bear this in mind if or when he decides to leave Verla and DEM.

    It’s very disappointing these guys do not have any patience nor are they prepared to make any long-term commitments to the people they are seeking to represent. They do not want to go into ‘the political trenches’ and ‘put in some work hard.’ Instead, they’re looking for ‘an easy way out’ by joining the duopoly.

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  • @Artax

    Keen followers of the local political scene can recall the accolades simon received during the disastrous DLP campaign in the last general election. It is clear by the actions of party leaders and some political candidates the political place is not conducive to disrupting the duopoly.

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  • No future’ in PdP or third parties
    By Rachelle Agard rachelleagard@nationnews.com
    Political pundits across Barbados’ landscape all agree that the Opposition’s People’s Party for Democracy and Development (PdP) is not a true Opposition party and never will be.
    Political scientist Dr Don Marshall told the Sunday Sun in light of the COVID-19 crisis facing the island, it was reverberating in ways that would see a shuffle of people that would manifest itself in them seeking to influence the Government by joining the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration, or the other mass-based Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
    “The problem with the third party, the PdP, or any of the others that have been around in recent times, is that they have not yet sunk their roots across constituencies the length and breadth of the country. Questions about their legitimacy will continue to be raised. If you look at the St George North by-election, you will recognise they remained a limited source in the country. That by-election also revealed a decline in enthusiasm and getting the vote out,” he said.
    Their comments came in the wake of the PdP’s Paul Gibson’s move to the DLP last week, and the announcement of his
    running mates Dave Walrond and Allan Springer, and one other unnamed member, also looking to move.
    Prior to that, Simon Alleyne, who intended to run on a DLP ticket in the next General Election, left that party to join the ruling BLP.
    Marshall’s counterpart, Dr George Belle, said the PdP was never a true party because it did not have the required depth and substance, and was simply a manoeuvre by Opposition Leader, Bishop Joe Atherley to cross the floor after he was left out of the Cabinet.
    “That organisation never had a political future. In my view, Mr Atherley is going to lose his seat in the next election and the very source of the party would have disappeared. Once they have suffered a certain amount of setbacks politically, like they did in the St George North by-election, the signal there would indicate that is what their future would be; that they would fail,” he maintained.
    He noted the most successful third party in Barbados within the last 30 years had been the National Democratic Party, founded by Richie Haynes.
    “He (Sir Richard) had national presence and was able to carry a section of the base of the DLP with him. He had money and he still failed. There is no future for third parties, which is systemic. In a two-party system such as we have, you can always have a third party, but unless it has a mass base or one of the main parties is collapsing, it will not be able to sustain itself,” he stressed.
    Alternative Government
    Political consultant Peter Wickham shared similar views and said Gibson’s move, and the intended move by Walrond, Springer and one other unnamed person from the ranks of the PdP supported the view he held all along.
    “I’ve always argued the DLP received the secondhighest number of votes and I think legitimately Barbadians expect that the DLP is the alternative Government. PdP has essentially put up, one can argue, a good fight in terms of trying to demonstrate that it was the true reflection of opposition opinion, but I have never been convinced,” he opined.
    He said after the next General Election, the PdP would cease to exist like all other third parties.
    “I think the focus is quite rightly on the DLP.
    I think Dave Walrond and Paul Gibson and Allan Springer, whom I am not familiar with, seem to have been operating under the delusion that the PdP could very well become the legitimate Opposition. And for the time being, because it has the leadership of the Opposition and the resources that come with it, they thought that was a better cart to hitch their wagon,” he said.
    Meanwhile, political scientist Dr Kristina Hinds described the PdP as “a group of convenience precipitated by Atherley leaving the BLP”, and in doing so forming the Opposition party to buttress his move to become the leader of the Opposition.
    “This is not altogether surprising to me because political parties require a mass base in order to be viable political parties, and the PdP does not have one. As for the movement from the DLP, this in some ways is not totally surprising that people would leave and go to the BLP. I think some of the movement of the individual people might be more surprising because of who they are,” she said.
    She noted the DLP was started when Errol Barrow broke away from the ruling BLP.
    “We’ve had other people who have left one party to join another, and I suppose because the fate of the DLP is quite uncertain, there may be those who are unwilling to stay the course and probably want to go to an option that seems surer,” she said.
    Hinds said the current Government was quite powerful, and while she did not want to judge the motives of those who had left, there might be some opportunism because there were resources available to the BLP that were not available to the DLP, PdP or any other political party.
    However, the pundits differed in relation to the DLP having not named their roster almost three years into the ruling Government’s five-year tenure.
    Marshall said the normal cycle would be within two and a half to three years, the opposition party would start to put itself in a state of readiness.
    “However, that kind of politicking and that way of proceeding sort of runs counter to the deep and profound crisis that we face right now. I think many of us don’t quite grasp the extent to which there is an existing crisis affecting us all because of COVID and the decimation, it is having on Government’s capacity to raise internal revenue, and on the extent to which cash flow and businesses have been severely affected.
    As a result, he said the DLP could well delay that process of naming candidates until they were sure about the alternative programming and suggestions they want to put forward as a package.
    “They need to consult wisely and they need to know that those persons they put in constituencies would be flag bearers of that new message,” he said.
    Hinds remained undecided if not naming their roster was to their detriment. But, she noted the DLP needed to be careful in its selection of candidates.
    Dangerous to wait
    “In some ways it is dangerous for them to wait because we don’t know when the next election will be called. . . . so they could possibly be caught off guard. I suppose you would not want to rush and name candidates who are not good candidates.
    “If they have recruitment issues they would also not want to rush and use just anybody who is available. I think this is part of the DLP’s issue of rebuilding; to think about how it will change its image from the last administration,” she said.
    Wickham said he hoped Alleyne’s move was a wake-up call for the DLP.
    “I can only hope the DLP will very shortly begin to name some candidates, and these would be candidates people would want to invest in politically and not the Dennis Lowes of this world. They have been doing a lot of strange things recently. If two years into a term, halfway down the line before the next election you are still unable to identify a slate of candidates, and rumours have been that you’re able to identify someone like Denis Lowe as a candidate and want to exclude Simon Alleyne, who in my opinion is one of the shining lights of the DLP, it says they have some serious work to do,” he charged.
    Belle noted DLP leader Verla De Peiza had said she was “settling her list of candidates”, so he did not see room for those who had moved away from the PdP to join her team. He said similar to those who had moved from the BLP to the DLP, they were all political hustlers and carried no political weight.

    Source: Nation

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  • Phillips encourages members to try different parties
    Leader of Solutions Barbados, Grenville Phillips II, is encouraging those within his party to align themselves with major political parties and, hopefully, reshape Barbados.
    “Once you signed up to go with Solutions, you went with Solutions until the election result was known. After that, you were free to go to any other party. Actually, you were encouraged to go to another party to try to influence them to be better based on what you learnt with us. Hopefully, they would take what they learnt from us and improve those parties,” he said.
    He said he would continue as leader of the party until June, when an annual general meeting was constitutionally due.
    “I am still the leader even though I am not in elective politics, but I would give the party all the support I can. They will then select a new leader, I believe. It is up to the membership to decide what they want to do. I have decided I will not be running again for the foreseeable future.
    Something drastic would have to happen,” he stated. Following the results in the St George North byelection last November, in which he was a candidate, Phillips announced his retirement. “I did my best for five years and two elections and the people have decided what they wanted.
    I have to follow Jesus.
    Jesus explained you give the people your best and after that you shake the dust off your feet and give it to others,” he said. Phillips, who is also a structural engineer by profession, said his party’s solutions were excellent for Barbados. Expressing his disappointment in the outcome of the
    St George North by-election, he said the people did not have to vote for a party to be put into power.
    “They could have given me 30 months to make St George North the most prosperous constituency in Barbados. After that, they could go back to the Bees and Dees, but at least they would have experienced what prosperity looks like. I cannot force myself on them. Twice they made their choice.
    “I cannot give the people what they want. They have already decided what they want. I wanted to give them prosperity, I wanted to give them proper management in accordance with the International Management Standard,” he declared.
    “. . . My responsibility is to give good advice. I cannot make people take it or accept it. That is going into dictatorship and I don’t do that. If they take my advice they would benefit. If they reject it, they won’t,” he said.
    He also chided the media for not asking the right questions and scrutinising the plans of candidates in the by-election. (RA)

    Source: Nation

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