DLP Hopes to Win by Default

In the last thirty six hours the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) had reason to retract a declaration of some candidates to contest the next general election. With the election constitutionally due by 2023 political pundits have suggested the DLP should have completed the task by now. We understand President Verla De Peiza’s explanation that the selection of candidates is involved and requires time to ensure a task is well done. That said, a learning entity will transform as required to ensure adaptability in the space in which it has to successfully operate. The sloth and deliberate way the DLP continues to operate mirrors former prime minister Fruendel Stuart as leader and continues to haunt the DLP.

The importance of a strident dissenting voice in the type of democracy practiced by Barbados has been robustly discussed on BU’s pages. Whether some like it or not the DLP despite the shellacking in the 2018 general election is still perceived as the legitimate political opposition. Although Senator Caswell Franklyn has done his darnest to fill the role, the political party he represents does not have the legitimacy to be perceived as a legit political contender. in fact savvy political pundits accept that the creation of the People’s Development Party was contrived to avoid a constitutional crisis. History is expectant with revelations.

The challenge for the DLP will be making an impact during a pandemic where candidates making themselves known through traditional methods have to be curtailed. Accept that the effect of COVID 19 will be with us best case for the balance of the year. More importantly is the opportunity for new candidates to get comfortable in the role. It is not good enough Barbadians continue to elect governments by ‘default’. We need our governments in waiting to be forced to advocate alternative and relevant programs designed to catapult the country’s economic and social development.

The list of candidates hurriedly withdrawn by the DLP revealed an unhealthy sighting of old candidates. Some of the old names triggered a flood of bad memories in the mind of the blogmaster who understands it is more about winning for political parties, not trying to satisfy political utopianists.

It boggles the mind that a government after being given an overwhelming mandate in 2018 whose first task was to administer a ‘’haircut’ to domestic and foreign bond holders – followed by a few missteps managing the pandemic has not created the opportunity for opposition politics to thrive. Instead we have witnessed one of the most lackluster performances by the political opposition as far as the blogmaster is concerned since 2018. The BLP and specifically Prime Minister Mottley continues to suck the energy from the Barbados political landscape. So much so that if a general election were to be called tomorrow a solid prediction would be another BLP victory albeit with a reduced majority.

It is important Barbadians elevate our level of awareness about civics matters to appreciate the importance of pressuring political parties to transform. Delivering public service must be accepted as serious business, a sacred honour. So far the DLP as the only game in town has done nothing post 2018 to justify the label of government in waiting.

The following is an extract from what is being circulated:

The nominated are as follows:

St. Lucy        Verla De Peiza
St. Andrew   Oldwin Skeete
St. Joseph     Randall Rouse
St. John         Andre Worrell
St. Thomas   Khadija Collymore
SJN                 Charles Worrell
SPN                Michael Lashley
SPW               Dr David Estwick
SPS                 Neil Marshall
CCE                Dr Denis Lowe
SMNW           Ryan Walters
SMWC           Curtis Cave
SMN              B. Ricardo Harrison



  • PTL

    Why doesn’t the government just admit that they f@cked up and try to learn from the experience rather than their stupid denial and blame shifting which robs them of any possibility of learning?


    I have no idea why u asked me that question. I have no contact in government.
    The info about the rapid test that I got this morning was not obtained from government _ as far as I know

    Maybe u should sent that question to ‘liz’
    I can not help u one small bit with it

    Beside that it was my wires that were crossed up with the rapid test info. That why u ask for one of u to verify it if you could.

    U can bet your bottom dollar that I checked the dates on both ur and David’s

    Finally The rapid test thing I was trying to remember did happen after the outbreak
    I finally remembered that it was on one of Covid updates so it would have to be this yeAr ( although I still don’t remember what it is )


  • “Thanks. Where are all those who told us how well CoVid was being managed?

    Here is one person who thought that prior to the bus crawl and other shenanigans the government was doing an excellent job. I still think it was, but perhaps officials became giddy with success and eased up on applying the protocols.

    The GoB will learn from its mistakes. I suspect that by May, Mia will be looking good again.


  • @Donna February 22, 2021 11:20 PM “And here’s a question for all BU contributors! Who else besides GP has caught COVID? Anybody?”

    I haven’t caught Covid yet.

    I don’t feel locked down because I keep my windows open 24/7 and my door open much of the time. I garden both at home and at the “plantation” regularly, regularly being more than 3 times a week. Since March 28 last year I have made my quarterly visits to the doctor as usual. And visits to the pharmacy once every month or two. Typically I walk to and from the doctor, the pharmacy and the supermarket. Although sometimes I get a lift back with family especially if I have heavy items. Sometimes family will grocery shop for me. I have not been going to church except on zoom, although I did go to 5 o’clock service and to Queen’s Park on Christmas morning. I enjoyed a visit in October from a sibling you lives in England, and a visit at Christmas from one of my children who lives in Canada. We all practice hand washing, face masking and social distancing when outside of the home and sometimes inside. When my sibling from England arrived I did not meet with her until day 13. Both relatives followed to the letter the Barbados government quarantine regulations. In May I had a dental emergency and was seen by my dentist who wore full PPE. Temperatures and hand sanitizing and masking were done. Only one patient at a time was booked to be in the office, If others arrived early they waited outside. I’ve enjoyed 1 birthday beach picnic, 1 restaurant dinner, and two dinners, Christmas and New Year’s at the homes of relatives during the pandemic. In each case we kept our group very small. No family dinners yet with 30 people from 5 different countries. Looking forward to those though. The restaurant is very well ventilated, essentially an outdoors place. The family home is very well ventilated as well. A couple of siblings live nearby and they bring me treats from time to time. One brought me a chicken and a breadfruit recently, and one brought me a hot loaf of homemade coconut bread this morning. We meet and chat outdoors with masks on. I have received my first vaccine. However since the beginning of the year and community spread I have been sticking closer to home.


  • @Hal Austin February 23, 2021 8:24 AM “If scientific answers are needed, bring in an expert from the US or UK by Zoom; don’t continue to allow general practitioners to talk about medical science.”

    The Gospel according to Hal Austin
    If scientific answers are needed, bring in an expert from the United Kingdom where the Covid19 death rate is 1,781 per million people; or the United States where the Covid19 death rate is 1,550 per million people,don’t continue to allow [Bajan] general practitioners where the Covid19 death rate is 108 per million people to talk about medical science.”


  • angela cox February 23, 2021 9:33 AM #: “Asked a question. The permanent secretaries are answerable to Who? Awaiting the answer.”

    I called CXC to find out if they’ve continued “a subject called the British Constitution, about the way we were governed.” Haven’t ‘heard back’ from them as yet.

    So, you’ll have to give me a bit more time.


  • Finally Lawyers are contesting Judges rulings on breaches in Portocols. rulings which are absent of legal grounding


  • Third time for the morning this matter was posted. It shows the degree some of you are married to what is in your head.


  • Other people are now realising how magistrates often abuse their power.

    Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Association (SBA) Senator Dr Lynette Holder is not pleased that the owners of a number of small businesses are being hauled before the court for breaching the COVID-19 protocols and in some cases have been sent to prison pending sentencing.
    She is instead proposing that authorities look at a system of imposing fines on the guilty parties and focus the island’s scarce resources into tackling societal issues to help steer people away from deviancy.
    “Why not just fine them? Slap a heavy fine of them, but don’t send them to Dodds,” said Holder.
    “How can it be justified that these young black businesspeople, people who are now trying their hands at self-employment and entrepreneurship that we place a criminal record on their lives. Shouldn’t we reconsider this? I am advocating that we reconsider this. Let us reconsider fines for these kinds of breaches. I have a challenge in criminalizing these business owners,” said Holder.
    Over the past week several small business owners have been hauled before the courts for allegedly contravening the COVID-19 rules, with one magistrate even declaring that breaches of COVID-19 rules were getting worse, and that more “vicious fines” and jail time were coming for those who continued to flout the COVID-19 protocols.
    Last weekend three of those business owners were sent to Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, pending sentencing.
    While making it clear that she did not support anyone breaking the law, Holder insisted that the business owners should not be made to spend a day in prison, but should be punished with a fine.
    “Let me state for the record that I do not support anybody breaking the protocols. The Small Business Association does not condone any business breaking the protocols. You cannot be a law breaker and still expect the law to protect you,” she said.
    “But I have a fundamental problem with what I am seeing in our justice system where we are criminalizing business owners for a breach in circumstances where several others are being given seemingly a slap on the wrist for the same alleged matter. I have a problem with that. How can you be sending a small black business owner to Dodds?” asked Holder.
    The COVID-19 Monitoring Unit has warned that while its work was not to “lock up and charge” anyone, it would be going after persons who continued to sell items when they are not allowed to do so.
    Holder said while there were those who would argue that the non-essential business operators had received several warnings “I am saying there must be some fine system, some penalty of fines that we can introduce instead of placing this criminal record on these business owners.
    “I am not saying what they do is right – if they break the law then find them guilty, but the punishment that is being introduced, oh my goodness,” said Holder.
    She told Barbados TODAY she believed authorities should get a move on addressing other societal issues, adding that people were struggling to cope daily during the pandemic and this was an area that required urgent attention.
    “I think this is where we maybe ought to be placing resources. How can we address some of the societal ills, some of these issues that people will not think or feel that they have no alternative choice but to resort to deviant behaviour. That is the concern I have,” she explained.
    “We are seeing some sections of society that are sliding into deviancy. Shouldn’t we be focusing then on how to correct that using our resources and our institutions and not to criminalize people? In my view, we will end up as a society just accentuating the problem.”
    The SBA chief said the fact that some businesses were still breaching the protocols was an indication that they were “struggling with the issue of survival”.
    “Beyond that though, there is an apathy that is creeping in,” added Holder, who suggested that people around the world were “losing hope and losing confidence in their leaders”.
    “What has gone wrong that people are not even trusting in their leaders, that they are not believing what their leaders are saying any more?” she said…..(Quote)


  • One would think that Mia being a lawyer would take a differing view and chide the judges responses or has she seen the judges rulings as another open opportunity to get total control and power to stomp on people Constitutional rights
    Btw where is Commissiong has he thrown away his law books s


  • Social media platforms are seeing red on what many perceived as a Barbados court system gung ho on taking away barbadians civil rights and having a govt standing by and doing nothing
    Some Canadians have launched a video spelling out the difference in Barbadian Constitutional rights as adress by the justice system during COVID and the Canadian justice system
    Shame shame shame


  • And while we are at it we have to look at what we are doing to those who dive sea eggs. Those who dive them say the are plentiful but the marine experts have other ideas. But from all reports on the ground the fellas had so many they could not get them sold. And they were mature not young. Why no season this year?

    We have otherwise unemployed men using the great skills they have to make a living and in this environment they may have no other avenue to buy the basics necessities.

    And a reminder, I know some of them who claimed they used to dive them for a deceased prime minister. Once an acquaintance of mine laughed at me when I refused his and told me he would keep them for Owen.

    And apparently, once when one was picked up by the police after one phone call was made, off came the cuffs.

    Help the men! They would make great lifeguards, swimming or diving instructors etc. Some of them cannot pay the fines. Do not lock them up!


  • Many Barbadians could nit care less about their Own Constitutional rights unless tgey find themselves caught up in similar circumstance
    Who would have thought that two years ago barbadians now caught up with the long arm of the justice system would be fighting for their individual rights because of Portocol breaches
    Most barbadians adhere to the solgan ” live by the sword die by the sword absent of the fact that when the justice system wheels its power the sword can be double edge against their rights as citizens
    Btw where is Commisiong voice


  • Donna

    The season is usually in the second half of the year. No? September I think

    They may be mature but at this time of year maybe the time they are “reproducing”

    The ban/ season is there for a reason
    To sustain them


  • This should help wunna understand how the outside world looks at Barbados justice system


  • The same state you party left.


  • U have no shame to see govt stomping all over the Constitution and u attack a party that dies not have power


  • You are qualified to mention shame.


  • John 2,

    I meant last year. There was no season last year. The guys don’t normally dive them this time of year. They usually dive them around what used to be the season many years ago. These guys know what’s under there. I have a feeling the marine experts are carrying this thing too far.


  • My point is that I would not seek to punish men who are willing to work. I would rather help them to set up better work.


  • David go listen to the video and tell whose lap the shame falls into
    For certainty not mine


  • Remember when that big yacht brought in loads if drugs
    Who was in charge then
    Btw what happened to the black man
    As far as i know he was not let free to go on charges brought against him
    Today a blackman steals a loaf of bread and he is sentenced to spend time in dodds
    Not so


  • “some of them cannot pay the fine. do not lock them up!”

    Then how do we protect the sea eggs? Is community service on the books for this offence or is it fine /jail only?
    in other words can the judge give another form of punishment or is he restricted.


  • Throwing people in jail for every minor offencd like stealing.a few crackers is the only solution that these big time and well paid court judges can muster coming from bench
    Well so much for free education
    Meanwhile the big wigs are given no time behind bars
    As the saying goes money talks bull sh.it walks


  • Whst the hell am i hearing ? Persons willingly break the law snd some on here talking about poor man.It is this cuddear mentality that caused slot of these youngsters snd others to feel they can do as they like.Some want to fight and curse the police and others in authority and when brougjt before the law courts the magistrate or judge os to feel sorry for them becsusr they are poor.Give me a break! The only thing poor about them is their attitude.This softie softie approach to them will not help them or their followers.I agree with the judges in getting tough with these lawless people and i believe those on that bus crawl and on the west coast should feel the full weight of the law for their reckless behaviour.


  • John2,

    And how do these men put food on their tables. I happen to know one of these men. In fact, I was a teacher at his primary school. I know his entire family and they are distantly related to me. This guy’s name has been in the newspaper many times before but for good stuff. Richard Marshall was an excellent footballer. He is also an excellent diver. He is not a problem to society. We have not provided any opportunity for him to use his gifts. Punishment is not going to stop the desperate divers from taking a chance.

    Also, we have not had a proper sea egg season for many many years. There are sea eggs a-plenty, if you listen to all the fishermen I know. I think the marine biologists need to relax. They are not always right.


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