Picking and Choosing

Submitted by Paula Sealy

I am wondering if only canvassing and acting on behalf of candidates by public servants are being frowned on.

Officers and employees are speaking on political platforms almost every night. Just watch the meetings online. They have been officers of political parties too. The DLP candidate in St. Michael South East is a shameless example. He was the DLP Assistant General Secretary for at least three years before he resigned as the president of the BUT to run. But he would pick and choose when to talk about General Orders and when to break them.

3.18.1 says public servants can’t run in elections but the circular didn’t touch on that. Pedro Shepherd and Alwyn Babb were in the news talking about taking leave to run. So are Shepherd and Babb still teachers? 

I am Paula Sealy and I am asking for myself. Before government workers had to resign. 

51 comments

  • Paula

    Pedro Shepherd & Alwyn Babb used the same process as Gline Clarke did when he contested the 1994 General Elections as a BLP candidate – when he was a school teacher employed by the Government of Barbsdos , through the Ministry of Education.

    What Mr Clarke , Mr Shepherd & Mr Babb did…..was to write for leave permission to participate im the General Elections.

    Didn’t Cynthia Forde openly canvassed for Tom Adams in St. Thomas while still being a teacher emoloyed by the Government of Barbados ?

    Paula , what is your beef ?

    What are you…..pick pick, pick , pick….about ?

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  • Paula

    Pedro Shepherd & Alwyn Babb used the same process as Gline Clarke did when he contested the 1994 General Elections as a BLP candidate – when he was a school teacher employed by the Government of Barbsdos , through the Ministry of Education.

    Xxxxxx

    ALL THIS CONFIRMS IS THAT THE LOCALS ON THE 2X3 ISLAND NEEDS TO GET RID OF BOTH THESE DECREPIT STUCK IN A RUT PARTIES AND CHOOSE OTHER BAJANS WHO WENT TO THE SAME Schools FROM OTHER PARTIES.

    GARBAGE IN WILL ALWAYS BE GARBAGE OUT

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  • @Fractured BLP

    The question is if the general orders are being abused – yes or no.

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  • 5 more days of bull spit. possibly leading 5 or more years of recovery.

    I will not predict who will win the election. That is way beyond my imagination

    Hopefully I can continue to write krap on BU.

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  • David BU
    To the extent that section 3.18.2 of the General Orders are complied with by prospective candidates for election to the House of Assembly…
    there is no abuse or breach.

    You can post a copy of the General Orders for the Public Service of Barbados 1970

    So that the BU family can judge for themselves.

    It is also worthy to note that Gline Clarke & Cynthia Forde under section 3.18.1 subsections (b) , (c) , (d) & (e)…..,performed all those actions…..without a cry of FOUL….by the BLPites !

    Pedro Shepherd & Walwyn Babb…..are not being villified by Gline Clarke nor Cynthia Forde……because…..what is good for the goose…is good for the gander !

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  • The general orders link to a PDF is posted end of blog.

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  • @Hants
    “Hopefully I can continue to write krap on BU.”

    I have noticed a few are keeping silent.
    I have been considering doing the same for quite some time.

    The one issue that I felt worth fighting over was the disfranchising of some voters, but most (if not all parties) seen comfortable with the action.

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  • @ Theo
    “The one issue that I felt worth fighting over was the disfranchising of some voters, but most (if not all parties) seen comfortable with the action.”
    Perhaps you would now understand where the majority are on several issues. It has to do with blind party loyalty one way or the other.
    Peace

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  • I understand that govt is proposing 15 mini stadiums the size of a shoe box
    Also I heard the Chinese already have the contracts in hand

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  • What are the political parties who participate at the EBC saying? Why are lawyers begging affected parties to come forward without success so far?

    Should the government be blamed in this context?

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  • But it is going to a God dam shame when history exposes this PM as one calling an election during a pandemic resulting in the suppression of voters right
    Maybe the other parties have decided to let this election be recorded in the history books as one of voters Suppression
    Also the law courts might take a decision considering the time being file

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  • “5 more days of bull spit. possibly leading 5 or more years of recovery.
    I will not predict who will win the election. That is way beyond my imagination
    Hopefully I can continue to write krap on BU.”

    The end of this season is approaching and it is getting to be what Alex Ferguson calls the bum clenching time

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  • PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE THAT IS THE REALITY ON THE 2×3 ISLAND.

    Elderly man questions $12 000 water bill
    Emmanuel JosephPublished on
    January 13, 2022

    An elderly Christ Church man has complained that he is not getting any “proper” answers from the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) after receiving a bill for $12,000.

    Sixty-nine-year-old Elston Sealy of Wilcox Hill said he has been trying unsuccessfully to get the BWA to explain to his satisfaction why his water bill was so high.

    “I been in [to the BWA office] and they said maybe there is a leak. I got my son to get a recognised plumber to come and he said there is no leak here. They come and check the meter and said there is nothing,” said Sealy, who lives in a small house on the western end of the Grantley Adams International Airport runway.

    “If I showed you the bills from 2017 how it jumped from $27 one time, then another time it came in for $1,000…. This is ridiculous. No one, no one wants to give no answers and tell you what is what. This was going on since 2017…. The water was disconnected. It only came back on because of the COVID. And when the COVID turned it on, it had owed $11,000. I have all the receipts in there,” the disgruntled Christ Church resident declared while displaying the latest bill for $12,000.

    “How could I owe $12,000 in water? You know wuh is $12,000? It would take probably a lifetime for you to use that amount of water; and if you see the amount that does come in per month…$1,000, $600; $800… and they tell me a leak. I live in a little chattel house here. I don’t even bathe regularly. I don’t know how the water get to $12,000. Nobody can say anything; anything at all,” Sealy bemoaned.

    And with a general election around the corner the visibly upset Christ Church East constituent who also complained of not having received a pension as yet, added: “I ain’t voting this time. It is useless. It doesn’t make sense voting. Poor people here are suffering, especially the old ones like myself. I haven’t seen him [Member of Parliament Wilfred Abrahams] yet come around to say nothing. I ain’t voting this time.”

    He told Barbados TODAY he has no time for politicians or the government right now, only for them to tell him why his water bill was so high and why at age 69, he is not getting a pension.

    When contacted, Marketing Officer for the BWA Yvette Harris-Griffith said she could not discuss th customer’s private and personal information with the media but said they would look into the matter.

    Harris -Griffith added that the BWA is aware some persons may have difficulty meeting their financial commitments and, therefore, those who have arrears or a balance on their account should reach out to the Authority.

    “The BWA does permit customers to settle outstanding balances via a payment plan. These arrangements can be made during an in-person visit with our payment agreement team or via written correspondence,” she said. (EJ)

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/13/elderly-man-questions-12-000-water-bill/

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  • Quite frankly, I am sick of the whole damn political crap. Don’t know what to say when I’m in a blue funk.

    Stupid posters on every pole. Stupid trucks passing my house with stupid music and stupid slogans. Stupid platform bullshit and yardfowls cackling as usual. Stupid promises without strategy.

    No bloody vision for transformation.

    Barbados to continue limping along, borrowing and begging!

    No attitude change in these serious times! No reset! No business UNusual! Business as bloody usual!

    Results will be the usual.

    Leff out Donna!

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  • @ Future Candidate

    “ALL THIS CONFIRMS IS THAT THE LOCALS ON THE 2X3 ISLAND NEEDS TO GET RID OF BOTH THESE DECREPIT STUCK IN A RUT PARTIES AND CHOOSE OTHER BAJANS WHO WENT TO THE SAME Schools FROM OTHER PARTIES.”

    Xxxxxx

    Comedown from de pulpit and Launch your Party.

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  • Has anyone been able to set sights on the most recent government purchase in the form of Davis Ellis? $15,000 per month and not a word. Maybe that was the reason for the purchase – silence!

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  • Now really!!!

    Those exorbitant payouts are unrealistic. We have a broke economy..

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  • David on BU provides the evidence I asked for: The elections are already riggged!

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  • I hereby resign from the Bu Ba Fa Wu Bu until after the election selection manifestation for the nation

    I Shall Be Released

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  • Eastmond: Give third parties a chance – by Sandy Deane January 14, 2022

    Barbados needs urgent changes to its electoral process to advance its development, deputy leader of the Alliance Party for Progress (APP) Lynette Eastmond has declared.

    And according to the five-time political candidate, those changes must include a vote for third parties, given what she described as the unsatisfactory representation by the island’s two main parties, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) in the St Philip West constituency she is hoping represent in Parliament.

    “We need to do big things again for our people. But, unfortunately, what has happened between the two parties, they just play musical chairs. They are confident that you will put them back in, whether you are still dissatisfied with them or not, that you will put them back in.

    “At this point in time, Barbados needs something else to advance its democracy. If you look at many of the countries in the world, you would see that most of the developed countries who are doing well have more than two parties,” Eastmond told a spot meeting at Woodbourne Park, St Philip.

    She pointed out the DLP’s David Estwick had done nothing in the constituency since losing the vote in 2018, only to reappear this election; while the BLP had disrespected residents when it replaced incumbent MP John King with Minister of Science, Innovation and Smart Technology Kay McConney to contest the seat without consulting them.

    Eastmond argued that while she was not the elected representative, she successfully lobbied for a fix to poor drainage issues affecting some communities and has also researched, reviewed and shared information on critical pieces of legislation to inform citizens.

    She offered to build on these efforts and promised a new type of representation.

    “What I am bringing to you is representation that actually involves you. Most of the politicians these days do not understand that representation means talking to you, finding out what your concerns are, and seeking to implement them, it is not having in your own head what is important and going about doing it.

    “When you win a seat, my view is that it is an opportunity – an opportunity to work for you the constituent within the constituency, to meet with you frequently and to understand what your needs are, to discuss them and implement change for you,” Eastmond contended.

    Turning her attention to broader national issues, the APP candidate suggested that Barbados had to develop its own plan for growth, and not rely on the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    Insisting the country should not only be dependent on tourism, Eastmond said: “If we had a competent government, they would look at the talent that we have in Barbados, not only in technology but all of the creative and cultural sectors, and ensure that you actually develop industries.

    “You need a ministry that is going to focus on the business of culture, the business of technology. This is what you need. It needs a ministry itself dedicated to marketing and promotion, and I have said if you take one per cent of the budget allocated to tourism it would make a vast difference to this industry which, in my view, we need to create.

    “This is just one of the ideas that can bring growth back to the Barbados economy and can help to create jobs in Barbados,” she said. (SD)

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/14/eastmond-give-third-parties-a-chance/

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  • @DAvid
    “The question is if the general orders are being abused – yes or no.” YES.

    Have they always been? YEs

    Are there BLP AND DLP public servants doing it INCLUDING in these 2022 elections. YES

    Will the government selectively pick and choose these two DLP candidates to make an example of even though many others are with the same sin and have been without repurcussion? Absolutely!

    Is it right or fair? Absolutely not!

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    “but most (if not all parties) seen comfortable with the action.”

    Don’t expect any reaction…judge from what you see, they don’t go after the criminals who rob the country or the human rights violators.., they only go after each other when it suits them..

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  • Ideas?

    Pork ain’t poultry either.

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  • @Fractured
    I miss your many light hearted posts.
    My question is about diversity and inclusivity.
    When elected to govern in 2013, one glaring challenge was the “female content”. This was bolstered by female senators McLean and Byer as Ministers. The 2018 candidate slate was similarly noticeably ‘unbalanced’ between male-female candidates, with 4 females if my memory is correct (DeP, Tudor, Byer and Sandiford?)
    Now with a female leader in 2022, there are THREE in total?
    It seems that getting females to run under the DLP banner is an issue? Why?

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  • Greetings to our Nubian Queen. Shaka Zulu loves you dearly.

    Nuff respect Sister…

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  • If a third party has to “beg” the electorate for a chance it means we are not there yet. Since 2018 how many of APP’s candidates were courting constituencies?

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  • If a third party has to “beg” the electorate for a chance it means we are not there yet. Since 2018 how many of APP’s candidates were courting constituencies?

    Xxxxxxxxxx

    YOU ARE AMONG MANY OF THE NARROW MINDED PEOPLE ON THE 2X3 ISLAND WHO MOAN AND GROWN YET CRY DOWN TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO.

    NO WONDER SLAVERY FOR BLACK PEOPLE PHYSICALLY LASTED FOR 400 YEARS BUT STILL EXISTS MENTALLY IN 2022.

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  • @ Mr. Big City Resident..

    Eastmond, Eastmond, Eastmond 🎼🎤

    It’s abundantly clear you’re an Activist for Lynette Eastmomd.

    What about de masses ?

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  • Do you know the candidates of the APP? Did the canvas the constituency? Where is their manifesto. What funds have they been able to attract to fund a campaign? You want the public to vote for a party because?

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  • The Chinese canned houses are being putting together
    Reminds me of the houses back in the day that had made shift village shops

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  • Do you know the candidates of the APP? Did the canvas the constituency? Where is their manifesto. What funds have they been able to attract to fund a campaign? You want the public to vote for a party because?

    Xxxxxxxxx

    I WANT THE BLACK MASSES ON THE 2X3 ISLAND TO ENJOY A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE LIKE I HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO AND NOT CONTINUE TO FALL FOR THE SAME NONSENSE OVER AND OVER AGAIN LIKE PUPPETS ON A STRING.

    THERE ARE MANY CANDIDATES AMONG SEVERAL PARTIES THAT COULD DO FOR SURE A BETTER JOB AND FROM AMONG SAME POPULATION.

    AS IT RELATES TO FUNDING ISN’T THAT ONE OF THE MAIN PROBLEMS BEING EXPLOITED BY DLP AND BLP WHICH LEADS TO CORRUPTION AND VOTE BUYING ALONG WITH SUCH ILLUSTRIOUS PARTNERS SUCH AS MARK MALONEY AND OTHER WHITE SHADOWS TO KEEP THE STATUS QUO IN PLACE AND BLACK MASSES LIKE FOOLS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TOTEM POLE.

    PICK SENSE FROM NONSENSE.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @David, as your friend uses to say “hehhehehe”… of course u are right re the 3rd party candidates but it’s difficult in our setup for such candidates to maintain traction to be “courting constituencies” without a solid party network behind them.

    We all know the requirements of solid representation and the basic fundamental is being a voice in the community for the community at the grassroots.

    So whether you are a Hammie LA in the Pine Community Workshop activities; a Louis Tull out and about in St. George or a Maisie Barker-Welch or a Sybil Leacock there will always be that need – as you suggest- to court constituents. Just like you would a future spouse: be always prepared for a possible slap in de face or a horn and accept there could be a summarily I dun wid u divorce.😇🙈

    Remember how mannnyyy years Sybil Leacock gave her St. Peter community … losing repeatedly to Hinds and then when Owen took over winning in the by-election only to lose to him in court and then he was unstoppable thereafter.

    Did ANY 3rd party candidate have that apparatus to sustain themselves in a community like that or did they even have a presence … accepting that it could all be for naught!!

    You are right, bro … some bloggers would have us believe that politics real, real easy and dat de people dem should vote for a 3rd party simply because it sound pretty, I presume!

    Ain’t going to happen.

    I gone.

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  • You are right, bro … some bloggers would have us believe that politics real, real easy and dat de people dem should vote for a 3rd party simply because it sound pretty, I presume!

    Xxxxxxx

    IT AIN’T SHIT ABOUT BEING REAL EASY.

    IT IS ABOUT STOP BEING FOOLS AND BEING HOODWINKED TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO WHILST SUFFERING IN SILENCE WITH NO END IN SIGHT AND BEGGING FOR HANDOUTS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

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  • @ BAJE

    Zulu Drums🪘were de Loudest across African Continent. Do you know why???

    Tribesmen burnt wood to make de Drums. That technique dissipate all water content.

    We used those drums to talk across your future HOME, de vast landscape.

    Hope you grasp de idea..

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    It seems to me from my armchair that Bajans have NOT be suffering in ANY silence.

    There have been ALMOST TEN 3rd parties in Bim… NDP (Haynes), PPM (Straughn), Commisiong’s party, and of course back-in de-day Ernest Mottley’s BNP. There has been Eric Sealy’s party, those of today (Solutions, UPP etc) and at least 3 others (BIM, BFP, PDC etc).

    Of course several are fringe groups … but simply stated other than the NDP which contested all seats across two elections in the early 90s none were truly viable for the simple fact that less than 200k electors across 30 constituencies TRULY CANNOT sustain a multiply party system!

    We can rant as much as we like but we simply have to demand BETTER from our crop of MPs (and any new ones) as there is very little likelihood that an enterprising, dynamic new leader will evolve from a new party and be able to BUILD a suitable party apparatus to impress Bajans to elect them and thus him or her to be PM!

    That’s pie in sky !

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  • @ Vote

    4000 plus Covid Patients are in Isolation @ Home/Harrison’s Point Facility. Can they vote without compromising de safety of others???

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  • @ Baje
    Try putting your hands in fire rather than try to reason with the arch apologist. And I don’t mean (dPd) . Use of singular is deliberate.
    Don’t mind the talk. These apologists will never accept anything that threatens their BLPDLP.
    Note how they are trying to convince the blog that paying the nurses ain’t no big thing because of the system. They are not saying it’s wrong because they are skillfully protecting their Duopoly.
    They are also defending the planned disenfranchisement of their own brothers and sisters. Again defending their Duopoly.
    They are happy with the Bees and the Dees. Full stop.

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  • Note how they are trying to convince the blog that paying the nurses ain’t no big thing because of the system. They are not saying it’s wrong because they are skillfully protecting their Duopoly.
    They are also defending the planned disenfranchisement of their own brothers and sisters. Again defending their Duopoly.
    They are happy with the Bees and the Dees. Full stop.

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    @WILLIAM SKINNER

    AGREED 1000 PERCENT.

    I SHOULD SHARE THIS WITH YOU I USED TO LIVE IN ATLANTA FOR 2 YEARS AFTER LEAVING THE US AIRFORCE AND PRACTICED CRICKET WITH YOU GUYS OVER A SUMMER AND PLAYED IN ONE MATCH.

    THE MATCHES WERE PLAYED ON SUNDAYS.

    I STOPPED BECAUSE ONE SATURDAY WHILST PRACTICING WITH THE GUYS I DISLOCATED MY SHOULDER AND HAD TO BE TAKEN TO A NEARBY HOSPITAL TO HAVE IT PUT IN PLACE AND IN A SLING FOR STABILITY.

    I FIRST MET THE GUYS THROUGH PHIL WHO HAD MOVED TO ATLANTA FROM BOSTON WHO YEARS LATER DIED I BELIEVE IN BARBADOS.

    I KNOW YOU AS A GOOD MAN WITH THE HEART IN THE RIGHT PLACE WHO HAVE SEEN BETTER ABROAD LIKE I HAVE AND WOULD LIKE THE SAME FOR BLACK LOCALLY MASSES ON THE 2X3 ISLAND.

    JUST THOUGHT WOULD SHARE AS I HAVE KEEP SILENT ON PREVIOUS MEETINGS AND KNOWING THE TYPE OF PERSON YOU ARE IN THE FLESH.

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  • @ Baje
    Thank you my Brother. Anytime you can gimme a shout if you are in the area. I don’t talk much about myself on the blog but some people just put everybody in one box.
    Hope the shoulder doesn’t bother you these days.
    Peace, take it easy.

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  • Hope the shoulder doesn’t bother you these days.
    Peace, take it easy.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    ALL IS GOOD. I VISITED ATLANTA IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR FOR A FEW DAYS ON BUSINESS I MAY DO SO AGAIN IN A FEW MONTHS.

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  • @ Fractured BLP January 14, 2022 9:04 AM

    The rigging of elections by Burnham supporters in Guyana should be a warning to us all!

    The local elections are already compromised. There is a threat of large-scale rigging.

    If the DLP gains even one seat in parliament, the international community, above all CARICOM, the USA and the EU, must exert pressure. Perhaps we even need international sanctions against the DLP grandees, i.e. bans on entry into the USA and confiscation of all accounts.

    Perhaps, however, the sanctions will not affect the DLP grandees so much. I wonder why a number of grandees do not travel to the USA since 2018. Apparently they don’t like orange jumpsuits.

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  • @ Baje
    Look me up Bro’.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    Tell us the other parties running in Barbados that inspire confidence in the electorate to attract a vote? It many countries the duopoly system is what obtains. Again, get it through your head – people will not vote for a third party in name only. Like other apologists suggest, these parties if they are serious have to create a structure in the constituency, attract funding, get close to the voters. Perhaps you forgot your advice to Grenville. Some of you operate on emotionalism, others go with being pragmatic.

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    William…everything has moved to another level, if ya distracted ya lost already, i recently saw the strategy successfully used by the thing in St. Vincent to stay in power indefinitely copied and being used on the slaveminded in Barbados….but that’s their funeral….ya just cannot save Slaves who are comfortable being Slaves, won’t even try…the LIES are real and nauseating, but they like it so…and the earth needs purging of them as well anywayl

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    As long as all that social and financial continuing decades old damage is isolated to Barbados only, others, including me, would hardly put themselves out there to stop anything…all ya will get is fight down anyway and no one has energy to waste these day, it has all been redirected to where IT MATTERS THE MOST……we have gone into SELF PROTECTION MODE..

    it’s all up to THE PEOPLE on the island TO END IT…or keep it..entirely up to them.

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  • I stopped posting as this seems to be a Bajan thing. But, it seems Bu is drifting back into it’s OAP Care Home mentality reminiscing about memories of olden day and all the old time people need to focus and concentrate more on the present and future to stop repeating the same things.

    “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory”

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  • Our Supreme Leader has revealed to us that she wants to rule as Most Honourable Prime Minister until 2027. I am very pleased about that. Then she will be able to be elected president for life afterwards.

    So let’s get to work and draft a suitable presidential constitution for her!

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  • @High Marks

    “Our Supreme Leader has revealed to us that she wants to rule as Most Honourable Prime Minister until 2027. I am very pleased about that. Then she will be able to be elected president for life afterwards.

    So let’s get to work and draft a suitable presidential constitution for her!”

    Xxxxxxx

    This Gentleman speaks volumes…People’s

    Murderhhhhhhh!!!!!!🎼🇧🇧🎤

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  • ‘I’m afraid!’, Moe says power has changed PM Mottley

    Former Government Senator Lucille Moe has expressed fears about Prime Minister Mia Mottley being given another mandate to run Barbados’ political affairs.

    Moe, who served as Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs in Mottley’s administration up to July 2020, told Barbados TODAY she has known the Barbados Labour Party leader for over 50 years, considered her a “little sister” and had been very protective of her over the years. However, the daughter of late former Barbados attorney general and Chief Justice of Belize, George Moe, said she had no choice but to disassociate herself from her erstwhile friend. Moe said she believes in democracy and that power had changed the Mottley she knew.

    “I’ve been in politics for the better part of my life, in my early life when I was at secondary school my father was a politician. And I’ve watched all, I know all of them, Errol Barrow coming right through, what is the difference to me with Mia, is Mia has changed, she’s got real power because the power of the prime minister is great under the Parliamentary democracies we have in these Caribbean islands. And regrettably Mia has changed; she is not handling the power like you thought she would have.

    “I mean I was so excited three and a half years ago when she won, but she has become, to such a point, dictatorial in her style of politics. She is autocratic and she does not allow anyone to have any kind of view or opinion; everybody must be in the Mia Mottley choir. Or it is problem for you. And it got to the point I could not take it anymore,” she said.

    Moe, who has worked with Mottley as a strategist, campaign manager and confidante in every general election since 1991, admitted that she and others had grown afraid of the St Michael North East representative.

    “It has gotten so bad to be honest, regrettably, I have become afraid of Mia Mottley. I am afraid of her. I am afraid of someone I used to think of as my little sister. It is not just me that is afraid of her, a lot of others are too, but they are so frighten to talk because they are afraid of what will happen to them. I know doing what I do, I have sealed my fate and she will come after me and I know exactly what is going to happen and that is fine. I have decided somebody has to speak out, and let it be me,” Moe explained.

    File: Senator Lucille Moe formerly served as Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Public Affairs.
    She added: “So I am speaking for myself and all the other people who are afraid of Mia Mottley because if I am and if I have known her for over 50 years, a woman that I thought of as my little sister, read a lesson at my father’s funeral and I can sit here and tell you that I am afraid of her, I know how other Barbadians and other people she is around feel. And that is why I knew I had to go and try to get democracy back in this country. This can’t be 30 seats and one woman as a dictator, that is what it has become and I am not comfortable with that, that is not the Barbados I know.”

    Moe said she was going public with her reasons for leaving the Barbados Labour Party to dismiss all the rumours that were being circulated about her leaving the “comfort” of the BLP for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

    “We cannot have this 30-love situation, it is ridiculous because all we end up with is what we have now. I don’t want to go into detail about things that have been done to other people, I’m not going there, I can talk about myself. So, I speak with authority when I’m speaking about myself. This is not any hearsay, what she did to other people and all of that, all of that is there and anyone who has ever had to interact with her, because they said something she didn’t like, they would know the exact behaviour to expect. And that is now going three and a half years into a term. Can you imagine another 30 -love, what that would do to this country and what she would be like?

    “So I knew that for me, for my own ability to sleep at night, my own ability to be comfortable in my own country, I know we must restore democracy in this country. And that is why I felt I needed to leave the comfort out there in the Barbados Labour Party and go to the Democratic Labour Party, because we need democracy,” she said.

    Moe said it was wrong of Mottley to call a general election while Barbados was experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases.

    “This election has shown me that there are no holds barred to what will be done in order to be able to hold onto power. Why would you have an election in the middle of a pandemic with a spike? COVID is here to stay, so you will end up having an election with COVID but not when the numbers are climbing. So, when the numbers are climbing and you can see what is happening at these meetings and gatherings, just to work in the campaign, everything is bringing people together, they are all super spreaders.

    “When you go into a campaign office with 15 people trying to hustle ‘bout and do labels to send out, circulars to people and all of that- all super spreaders. I don’t care how many masks you put on. People handling envelopes and passing it to you and you putting on stickers and all that- get real. In the middle of a surge, the numbers would have to be a lot flatter. What was the urgency? Power. That is what it was, hold on to power- that’s all it is. Everybody knows that if they are honest but the problem is a lot of people are afraid to say it. They are saying it quietly behind closed doors,” she stated.

    Asked if Mottley was forced to call the early general election because of rumoured moves by her parliamentary colleagues to oust her as Prime Minister, Moe responded: “I will not comment because anything I say on that would be hearsay because I am not in the Cabinet and I was not on island to be participant to any effort to remove her. I heard the rumours, but for me there were rumours because I wasn’t there.”

    Moe said there was a need for reform in Barbados’ general election procedures.

    “The way in which political campaigns in Barbados are run, you really need reform. Reform in all kinds of ways. You need boundary realignment; a lot of these boundaries are not in step with what is required by law. No one has made any effort to do that and gone back to another election without having done that. There should be a 50 per cent differential between one seat, and that’s the maximum you can have, and we have constituencies that are out of step, they have been out of step and no one has done anything about it and gone into another election.

    “We need campaign finance reform. The methodology used to finance campaigns is part of the reason why you even have the one about integrity legislation. That is one of the things you should worry about, not about when you get into office and who may get into some type of skullduggery on government contracts. You got to worry about the way in which they get there in the first place and then because of the way in which it is structured, there are no real limits to your ability to raise money for a campaign, what the limit is or what you can spend on a voter, even that is ridiculous,” she said.

    Moe also noted that taxpayers needed to ask questions about the role director of communications and social media, Charles Jong, was playing in Barbados at the expense of the public purse. She noted that reference to Dominica and St Kitts could provide them with answers.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2022/01/16/im-afraid-moe-says-power-has-changed-pm-mottley/

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  • @Fractured BLP

    Gline Clarke came back from Canada in 1990 and started working as Henry Forde’s assistant. He lost in the 1991 election to Cyril Walker then worked with Owen Arthur after Forde stepped down as Opposition Leader. He was not teaching.

    Cynthia Forde never went back to the classroom after running. She and Clarke were in their 40s. If the DLP loses it will be no surprise. But if Babb and Shepherd lose they may go on permanent leave in their 50s. Their pensions will be locked down too.

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  • @Paule Sealy

    Why would the two gentlemen risk what you suggest at such relatively young ages?

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