Barbados Elections 2022: Factors and Losers

2022 Barbados General Election
Submitted by Observing

The dust has settled, the people have spoken, and we now prepare for at least 3 ½ years of BLP governance. There are many issues and factors which impacted the result, including campaigns and candidates but I have chosen to highlight those that were considered fringe but were still collectively significant.

Chris
31 months of silence only to emerge to “counter program” our Sunday Sun with a narrative on the Prime Minister’s great traits and Mrs. Depeiza’s negative one. Definitely blunted anything Lucille Moe said (not that she had much of an impact anyhow) and reminded a large enough percentage that it should have been him after David. They speak about a woman scorned but it seems a Chris scorned is even worse and more bitter.

Timing
With 18 months to go and a full majority in hand the dice were rolled knowing that the other players weren’t ready. Politically sound and brilliant. The result speaks for itself. We can debate constitutional changes to a PM’s power for snap elections but the gamble paid off, politically at least. Otherwise I am not so sure. The Omicron spread will be an entirely different beast. The return to school is the first casualty. There will be more. As TheoGazerts said in another thread, the government would do well not to view this a as a sweeping/clear mandate.

Covid and Turnout
A large amount of persons still remain in their curtilages up to this day even without Covid. Many of these are older persons. I am certain that many did not venture out to vote. Also, 4000-5000 persons were not facilitated to vote. A turnout of 43-44% in a modern democracy is the inevitable result and should be cause for concern. Effectively the ruling party has received the support of 28% of the voting population. Let that sink in for a bit.

Guy Hewitt
The contest for President of the DLP over the last tow cycles took some nasty turns. It is reminiscent of the primary battles of United States politics. Guy Hewitt’s pronouncements on Mrs. Depeiza and the ensuing brutal battle however left lasting damage. First, because the statements were perceived to be true. Second, because they occurred close to the election and before she had any chance to recover, consolidate and groom her young team. The rapid disappearance of the said Guy rather than a kumbyah moment also lent to the view that the DLP wasn’t ready and the leadership battle is far from over.

Freundel
Glorious years? Seriously? Stupse. Won’t bother to waste any more words on this one.

BLP Solidarity
It is a known secret that there was trouble in the BLP camp. The “pick up stumps and go home” move forced the hands of those that may have wanted to be eager. True to form though, this was NEVER spoken about on the BLP’s side. No one denied it, no one hinted at it, no one even acknowledged it. This is the existential difference between the two parties. One airs its laundry in public. One pretends it has no laundry. One bludgeons itself with barbs pointed inside rather than outside. The other is polite and vague even in criticism. One looks for ways to divide itself hoping for spoils that will lead to victory. One focuses on victory first, spoils after. I think all Bajans know which is which.

Mia Mottley’s stature
Perceived personal flaws aside Mia is a lifetime shrewd politician whose 2018 insurmountable margins made it near impossible for the DLP to make inroads. Couple this with recent international acclaim and it was always going to be difficult. The DLP erred in focusing on Mia again too much, but then again what do you expect with Steve Blackett as your campaign manager. Hopefully they finally listen, learn and allow the new candidates to grow in their positions and focus on ISSUES rather than the INDIVIDUAL. There is still room for them even against Mia but they have to take heed. It is an indisputable fact that she is not as popular locally as she would lead us to believe and she is definitely not at her 2018 levels and still falling.

Special mention: The Biggest Losers
• ALL of the Old Guard
• DLP strongholds of St. John and St. Lucy
• Joseph Atherley
• Voices of opposition in the country
• Trade Unionism

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  • If anybody doubts the political IQ of Mia Mottley tell them to ask the DEMs on Errol Barrow Day – the day after she was sworn in as PM.

    The inevitable will happen to those who are hard hearing and refuse to change.

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  • Joe not ready to go

    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY colvillemounsey@nationnews.com

    DESPITE A CRUSHING defeat at the polls on Wednesday and even as several pundits have already penned the eulogy for his political career, former Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley says he is not yet ready to let the sun set on his life in elective politics.
    Atherley told the DAILY NATION yesterday that as long as his health holds, he intends to offer himself as a candidate for the people of St Michael Central whenever the next election bell is rung.
    “The presumption in most people’s minds when they asked that question is that the next elections are five years away. Recent experience has taught us that an election can be called in the next six months, the constitutional prescription allows for that and the power resides in the hands of the Prime Minister. However, as long as the Lord sustains me in sense of commitment in that particular regard, I will offer myself as a candidate for the people of St Michael Central,” said Atherley.
    He added: “I am here to serve, I serve my country, I serve my communities, I serve my church, service is all that I know. I have already been back in St Michael Central this morning, letting the people know that I respect their view and their choice and I am the same Joseph Atherley.”
    When the votes were tallied on the night, Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Arthur Holder was returned as the Member of Parliament for St Michael Central, in the process turning back the challenge of Atherley. The former Speaker of the House of Assembly amassed 2 014 votes, brushing aside his closest rival, Democratic Labour Party (DLP) newcomer Courie Cox by 1 544 votes.
    Many pundits had designated this race as one to watch due to the entrance of Atherley, who in a surprise move, switched from St Michael West to St Michael Central under the banner of the coalition Alliance Party for Progress (APP). Atherley was only able to manage 267 votes while Solutions Barbados candidate Robert Toussaint mustered 18.
    The former Opposition Leader said while he could not speak to whether he would continue to lead APP going forward, he assured Barbadians that his commitment to help with the building out of the fledgling third party was by no means stymied by the defeat. He disclosed that members of the party were eager to get on with the process of cementing the political movement.
    Mountain top experience
    “Sometimes in following the Lord’s calling you get the mountain top experiences, sometimes you get the valley low experiences, some may suggest that this defeat was one such valley low experience as well as a teaching moment. I am committed to the interest of the people of Barbados and of this constituency, whatever I can do to serve those interests, I am prepared to do. When I crossed the floor in 2018 a lot of persons speculated that it was all about money and power, when the truth was that all I was trying to do is ensure
    that the people of Barbados had checks in the form of an Opposition,” he said.
    Atherley added: “We are now back where we were in 2018 where we will have to either change the Constitution or contrive some mechanism to serve those purposes and functions to serve. APP is here to help in that capacity and I spoke to a lot of the candidates who are eager to start planning for the next polls while serving as a voice for the people.”

    Source: Nation

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  • Dems’ dilemma

    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com

    TWO POLITICAL SCIENTISTS are warning that following the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 30-0 drubbing at the polls on Wednesday, making it the second straight General Election in which the party failed to win a single seat, the political party is in danger of going the way of the dinosaur.
    In fact, retired Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the UWI Cave Hill Campus Dr George Belle, told the DAILY NATION he believes the DLP is in such a vulnerable position that its base could be taken away by an emerging third party with strong leadership.
    This view was shared by senior lecturer in political science at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Dr Kristina Hinds, who said the most recent polls have shown that the base of the DLP has been eroded and it must urgently rebrand if it is to stop the slide.
    However, Belle said fortunately for the Verla De Peiza-led party, none of the current crop of third parties have shown the capabilities necessary to step up and take their place as the second major party. Belle noted that he had maintained throughout the campaign that three and a half years was too short a time for the DLP to have recovered from their 2018 whitewash at the hands of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP). However, he expressed surprise that the party was unable to muster at least two seats this time around.
    Devastating
    “It is a devastating result for the DLP. To get a second defeat of that magnitude, the party would be in jeopardy in terms of survival. I could only recommend that they refresh themselves at the base with the young prospects who show political potential . . . . I think that Verla De Peiza attempted to refresh the party but that clearly has not worked and now it is in very real danger of collapse,” Belle said.
    He added: “For all of these people who have been talking about third parties, this now presents an opening for a third party with good leadership to try to inherit the DLP base, but they would have to be good, skilled and determined in order to accomplish this. What I saw displayed last night [Wednesday night] from the third parties showed no promise whatsoever in terms of capacity to rebuild a party. The kind of political naivety I
    saw was shocking and that would not allow them to build any form of political alternative.”
    Hinds, on the other hand, argued that the DLP needed to first be honest with itself, acknowledging that they have much to apologise for during its stewardship of the country between 2008 to 2018. She added that it is only through such introspection that they would be able to glean what is necessary to be a viable alternative in the eyes of the voters. She said the fact that the DLP had been unable to regain ground in St John, a constituency that kept faith with the party for 60 years, spoke volumes about the state of their base.
    “This important and historic party is in danger of disappearing from the Barbados political landscape, and I do not think that this is a good thing for Barbados. So I would suggest things such as a rebranding and a rebuilding exercise among the membership. Again, I would say that the DLP needs to start apologising and distancing itself from the period 2008 to 2018 because of the sour taste it continues to leave in people’s mouths,” Hinds said.
    The political scientist said that with the BLP having carte blanche power in the Lower House, much responsibility rests on the Senate, which would have members appointed by the President to keep that power in check. She also contended that civil society also had a major role to play, stressing that people now needed to be their own advocates in the face of any perceived governmental overreach.
    “The citizenry of Barbados must always be a check, so I think that we must be vigilant and diligent as it pertains to the affairs of the country. We really must now be active citizens to ensure that our rights are not trampled on and that our affairs are properly managed,” she said.

    Source: Nation

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  • De Peiza concedes defeat, says party to regroup after another historic loss

    Article by Marlon Madden
    Published on
    January 20, 2022

    By Marlon Madden

    President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Verla De Peiza conceded defeat after her party suffered a second consecutive 30-nil thrashing at the polls by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), admitting that the party will have to “regroup” and decide whether she would be the one to take it forward.

    In circumstances reminiscent of the May 2018 general elections when the BLP had a clean sweep, the DLP failed to win a single seat in Wednesday’s polls, called a year and a half earlier than constitutionally due.

    “The Democratic Labour Party will concede, as we must,” De Peiza said as she addressed the media at the party’s George Street headquarters in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

    “Our only concern is that the voter turnout continues to be depressed and I do believe we have to take a serious look at that going forward, as to how we reclaim the confidence of our people in the process of democracy,” she said.

    “Outside of that, as far as our team is concerned, we will regroup, we will decide, not tonight but sometime in the future, what it is that we’re doing,” she added.

    De Peiza, who lost the race in the St Lucy constituency to Barbados Labour Party (BLP) incumbent Peter Phillips, said part of that decision would be who will lead the DLP.

    “I do believe that for me, personally – the rest can speak for themselves – I am proud of what I have accomplished, along with them for the Democratic Labour Party,” she said.

    De Peiza congratulated BLP leader Mia Mottley and her team on their victory.

    However, she reiterated that among her concerns coming out of the general election were the timing of the polls and the low voter turnout.

    “The voter turnout continues to be worrisome and we have to look for ways to address that before we find ourselves in a position where we’ve lost our democracy without intending it,” she added.

    The DLP leader, who was accompanied by DLP Campaign Manager Steve Blackett, General Secretary Derek Alleyne, and unsuccessful candidates Nicholas Alleyne, Pedro Shepherd, Dr Ronnie Yearwood, and Curtis Cave, said while she was disappointed with the results, she was pleased with the showing of the DLP candidates during the campaign period, and the “stellar” manifesto the party produced.

    Prior to De Peiza’s arrival at DLP headquarters just before 2 a.m., the candidate for Christ Church West Central Rennette Dimmott left the location.

    Two of the DLP first-timers – Yearwood and Shepherd – spoke to Barbados TODAY following their defeat to Sandra Husbands and Santia Bradshaw, respectively.

    They both indicated they were already planning on returning to the political ring when the next election bell is rung. In fact, they said Barbadians could look forward to seeing them in the communities.

    “The intention is never to leave . . . . I am committed to country, the constituency and to party, and it is important that we have that type of commitment in politics,” said Yearwood. “The type of campaign that I ran and the message I was putting out there, it resonated with people and they understood the direction I am trying to point the country in, and eventually that should break through because we need a politics and a new generation of politicians. That is where we are at the moment.”

    Meanwhile, veteran educator Shepherd said he had no doubt the DLP had done some rebuilding following the 2018 election, but blamed the low turnout for the depressing performance of the DLP at the 2022 polls.

    “In St Michael South East I have fought a good fight. I was not successful but I will continue to do what I have been doing in St Michael South East for the last 34 years. Being in the political fray for the first time has given me the encouragement really to be back out again, so I will be visible in St Michael South East,” he said.

    Despite the DLP’s crushing defeat, Shepherd said that overall, “the party did well” and he was encouraged to continue in the political arena.

    “The turnout at the polls was obviously low and it is shown in the results. We noticed that even though the Barbados Labour Party has won the election they have certainly lost [some votes] in almost every constituency, if not every constituency, so they are definitely not as popular as they were in 2018,” he surmised.

    “While canvassing you were getting the impression that people wanted an opposition in Parliament, the result obviously suggested otherwise, but I believe going forward the Democratic Labour Party will continue to do what it has to do for the people of Barbados and we are not going to lie down and play dead certainly.

    “We will obviously have to do some introspection and really see what it is that the public of Barbados wants from the Democratic Labour Party and we will come again. I will certainly come again,” added Shepherd.

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  • Post DLP Era in Republic of Barbados
    DLP are old stale dated and redundant
    their mitigation for losing is impotent
    DLP will never make a come back
    They will not ever penetrate again

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  • I don’t think the next election will be called in January 2027 as people don’t seem motivated in politics during December / January, so it will probably get called at some point during 2026

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  • The fracturing of the the Dlp worsened after Hewitt lost the leadership
    Many die hards vowed not to vote for the party if Verla was the leader
    Now going forward the Dlp would have to find a leader who is as dynamic as Errol.Barrow was in his youthful days
    May be a call of Chris Sinckler can fill that void
    Mia gave Chris a chance if redemption by placing him on the Economic Committee

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  • Leaders emerge. However the old ways of thinking will have to go. The attitude of the voters has changed overtime with rising apathy, cynicism; lack of trust in the political class. If not the DLP will die.

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  • All eyes will be on BLP now.
    People are expecting things to get rougher, so it will be about how BLP maneuvers situations.

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    “Post DLP Era in Republic of Barbados
    DLP are old stale dated and redundant”

    both of them are…look what they have reduced themselves to in order to say they won an election…the people are RIGHT NOT TO VOTE and have to reposition themselves accordingly so the abject POVERTY they were maliciously pushed into yearly FOR THE LAST 5 DECADES is no longer USED AGAINST THEM to buy votes for criminals to crawl into the parliament…

    it’s not like they weren’t warned REPEATEDLY OVER THE YEARS…

    they are both dinosaurs and are fast tracked for EXTINCTION…

    people are voicing that they ARE TIRED of seeing their OLD faces and hearing their toxic names…..it’s grossing them out..

    they worked VERY HARD for that distinction.

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  • DavidJanuary 21, 2022 6:29 AM

    Leaders emerge. However the old ways of thinking will have to go. The attitude of the voters has changed overtime with rising apathy, cynicism; lack of trust in the political class. If not the DLP will die.
    Xccc
    Although there is truth in what u said
    The blp.leadrship came from old school and was not rejected despite her many character flaws
    Reason being her charisma became infectious amongst her loyal supporters
    Time is of the essence for the dlp
    Three years would be here again
    There chances of finding a new breed of leader is slim
    They might have to.pursue a path similar to the blp putting a charismatic leader and rebuilding having new faces with ideas that are fresh and visionary
    I submit that Chris has an appeal which the base would accept

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  • “both of them are…look what they have reduced themselves to in order to say they won an election…the people are RIGHT NOT TO VOTE and have to reposition themselves accordingly so the abject POVERTY they were maliciously pushed into yearly FOR THE LAST 5 DECADES is no longer USED AGAINST THEM to buy votes for criminals to crawl into the parliament…”

    Changes are happening quicker today
    although Barbados seems to be slower paced

    but whenever things get rougher
    developing countries are hit harder

    Barbajans needs to go (back) to Africa
    Going Back Home to it’s spiritual home

    as Timothy Leary said
    Tune In
    Turn On
    Drop Out

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  • Fix your own damn house!

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  • Things change and do not stay the same
    but, they can get better or worse
    some may survive better
    others may fall

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  • DavidJanuary 21, 2022 7:06 AM

    Fix your own damn house
    Xxx what is your problem
    Do u feel threatened by the name Sinckler as one of carrying the leadership
    His experience within the party and now within the bosom of Mia economic committee would give the Dlp a head start and a chance they are looking for
    The bees would not be able to go after him as Mia has set a feasible ground work for rebuilding his character on an economist

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  • seems like DLP deserve their losses and BLP have been given the benefit of doubt to lead Barbados

    for BLP to lose they will have make some big mistakes in leadership

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  • Let Sinckler lead the DLP, some people never learn.

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  • @Observing

    The DLP is in for a long slog at recovery and there aren’t guarantees it will be a successful exercise. There is no DLP leader with political capital at the moment to match the BLP. The great equalizer would be if Mottley does what she promises and retire from politics.

    #noguarantee

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  • DLP are no longer in the picture and have time to reinvent themselves as a new model.
    Mia can recruit from their talent if she feels it would be beneficial to the nation.
    A small country like Barbados should have the means for the public to make suggestions or voice opinions and grievances to parliamentary bodies.

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  • Oh shite! Talk about hard ears!

    ac wants to bring back THE STINKLIAR!

    And as LEADER!

    Well…they brought back the Nasty Mout’ Man from the 2018 campaign as campaign manager .. that worked well.

    They brought back the Cahill garbage man ….that worked well.

    They brought back the Haunted Houses and No Bus Man …that worked well…although if Sonia remains a ghost he could run again and win.

    They brought back Rip Van Winkle and that worked very well.

    Now she wants to bring back the man who ran the show while Winkle slept!

    Lookah, bring Ronnie or Ryan, hear!

    Clean house or DIE!

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  • DLPs leader should wear a mask and remain anonymous for some mystery

    Bajans like to claim ownership as creators of ideas implemented for improvement, but as stakeholders they should submit them for white papers etc

    Some others do not wish to submit their ideas as they are secrets not to be disclosed

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  • David BU Dr Belle made a very telling point that the Dems do not like to listen or take advice from outsiders.AC is a prime example.From the time Reverend Hewitt left saying he had no confidence quite rightly in the leadership of Ms Depeiza warning bells should have gone off in George Street.Instead they bury the heads in the sand with the dems flooding the call in programmes talking about dictators, vaccine scams and other things accomadsted by some like Dr Hinds and Mr Blackman instead of addressing the elephant in the room in Ms Depeiza, s ineffectual leadership.In addition to that letting Mr Stuart anywhere near their political platform.The end result another redwash.Lesson to be learnt get rid of Ms Depeiza as leader, simple.Look to Dr Yearwood or Mr Walters.Will they listen i doubt it.It makes no difference to me.I gone.

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  • The lovers would be the people having an absent voice of opposition in Parliament
    Once again today Mia said that she can self govern and be an opposition as well

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  • Correction

    angela coxJanuary 21, 2022 8:21 AM

    The lossers would be the people having an absent voice of opposition in Parliament
    Once again today Mia said that she can self govern and be an opposition as well

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  • @Observing

    Your last bullet is positioned at the bottom of your submission, oversight?

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  • David has stopped updating his tracker

    V-Day
    January 19, 2022
    It is Election Day in Barbados – exercise your right to vote

    But the day before yesterday (2 days ago) was the opportunity for DLP to score 1-5 seats or more and blew it*
    (*) it being the role of opposition in Parliament for next 1-5 years**
    (**) which would have been a token accomplishment unless they had won 5-10 bums on seats

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  • Say what u like about my thought
    If Mia with all her character flaws can emerge as leader and one not being from.the younger generation of today so can Sinckler
    Furthermore Mia did not have any qualms inviting him over to her side on an economic committe
    The blp won the 2018 election with old hands and still have some
    The factors that are necessary for a leader includes charisma experience and name recognition
    Sinckler has all the base of the dlp would welcome him
    The dlp base was not happy with present leadership
    The new faces effect was abysmall
    The dlp base did not welcome an : Outsider” neither would this new group of younger generation
    The dlp has to move forward but in doing so be clinical and tried to avoid throwing the baby out with the bathe tub

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  • Mari is an undercover BLP. Yes B . Agent

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  • @Lorenzo

    Our governance challenges go much deeper than a DLP/BLP win. A Democracy is not defined by only an X.

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  • The people want a one-party rule without destructive, democratically illegitimate traitors and oppositionists. If non-elected Senators again block government projects like transparency legislation with dirty methods, we risk an open civil war. I would not be surprised if enraged citizens storm the Senate.

    We must never again be in a situation where democratically illegitimate figures hold the government and the people hostage. Otherwise, a dictatorship of the opposition is imminent, as it was from May 2018 to January 2021.

    The formal President of Barbados must now step aside and leave the appointment of Senators in trust to our Supreme Leader. For the common good of Barbados.

    Democracy means unity.
    Opposition means discord.
    Unity is good.
    Discord is bad.

    Tron, year 4 SL, year 1 NR

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  • correction: … to January 2022.

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  • “Mari is an undercover BLP. Yes B . Agent”

    she was born as a politically neutral baby

    and should go out the same way

    politix is a mugs game

    the dlp coup attempt is over

    rip dlp

    The Coup – “Ride The Fence”

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  • The blp supporters and talking heads have tried to.push the dlp into a political box which would guarantee no success at the polls
    The base is where and to whom the dlp should has questions and seek answers
    Not the blp chatter box
    This dlp.candidates were founded on plenty of what the blp analysis were stating and the end result was the same
    Go figure

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  • The evidence keeps smacking you upside the head.

    #60love

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  • @DAvid
    “The great equalizer would be if Mottley does what she promises”
    If the DEMS depend on what Mottley does to win they will always lose. Have to look inward, strengthen and then come outward

    @Angela
    2022 confirmed that the DLP base is at 11%. Even if ALL the DLP likes “the old guard” and wants them, 89% of the electorate does not. Enough said. A word to the wise.

    @David – Trade Unionism
    Chose not to comment too much on the last bullet. But, just read this article and it portends things to come. IF the electorate is apathetic so too are the workers!!!

    Three resign from NUPW
    By Kareem Smith
    The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has been struck with a number of untimely resignations.

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  • “The blp supporters and talking heads have tried to.push the dlp into a political box which would guarantee no success at the polls
    The base is where and to whom the dlp should has questions and seek answers
    Not the blp chatter box”

    you say you were active on social media
    and dlp were winning

    but maybe you were catfished
    by spies in disguise

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  • @Observing

    The reference to Mia Mottley and her promise to retire is about her presence as a political leader (maximum leader) which DLP will struggle to match because they start from ground zero.

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  • DavidJanuary 21, 2022 8:50 AM

    The evidence keep smacking you upside the head.

    #60love
    A truth and a factv
    The dlp listened to the blp talking heads and they got another 30-0 beating go deal with that

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  • Mia should recruit me
    I was Treasurer of the Senior School Council
    I was given a Savings Account Book and a Money Box
    So I withdrew all the money and put it the box and kept it in my bedroom for safekeeping

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  • 11% base! That should win it!

    Oh lord, it is a Deesease Dem got in de brain. DEM cyan process decimals nor percentages!

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  • After seeing a comment by one of the regulars ( I don’t want to get into any back and forth) I thought of the following
    ++++++++

    If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
    If turnips were swords, I’d have one at my side.
    If “ifs” and “ands” were pots and pans,
    There’d be no work for tinkers’ hands.

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  • This last election also reinforces that the base was not happy with both leadership
    Fuh peat sake as popular as Mia there was probably only a 30percent base turn out for the party
    Wanna keep talking the.truth leads both ways

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  • @ angela cox January 21, 2022 8:39 AM
    (Quote):
    Sinckler has all the base of the dlp would welcome him
    The dlp base was not happy with present leadership
    (Unquote).
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Isn’t a return of Sinckler to lead the DLP from its political deathbed equivalent to what Fumble Stuart did to the same DLP in the just concluded elections by performing the last rites to the same dying lying party aka DLP?

    Aren’t both different sides of the same coin of genuine political incompetence?

    Why not keep that lost decade and its remnants of destruction and decay where they truly belongs, in the past?

    Why not invest in the future by burying that sordid period of abject failures and setbacks and whose chief architect and main builder resided in the firm called Stuart, Sinckler & Assocs?

    The politically young and untainted Ronnie Y is a political godsend. Why not make full use of his potential to “Get the Job Done” by rebuilding the party’s foundation with untainted vigour from a young(er) brigade?

    You might just be surprised how many of the frustrated members of the Old Brigade would jump at the opportunity to return to the uncorrupted moorings of the EWB philosophy by taking a look into the mirror and seeing an image worthy of Today’s celebration.

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  • You go girl

    91 – 0 and rise of APP sound good

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  • DLP (0) and Solutions Barbados (0) were both concerned about God being called a Creator
    which Joe Public did not get on board with either as voters or non-voters or Covid Carriers

    People should practice to still runaway thoughts in their mind stilling their mind, with some cool meditation etc

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  • Miller
    If the dlp wants to rebuild its base they must find someone with which the base is most comfortable
    The dlp rejected Hewitt a familiar but unfamiliar face
    The new team on board could not deliver in as much as people said that new faces would help
    My questionto u is what is a difference between Mottley with all her character flaws yet able to have two wins with old hands like Forde Hinkson and a Symmonds
    Can’t see how the blp can straddle that water and win and the name of Sinckler is rejected

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  • when people run in a seat and lose
    should the message be
    these people do not want them to represent them there

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  • When Mia announced her election call the biggest question during campaign period up to election day was

    “Why?”

    the gamble people would be interested and reelect BLP could have gone wrong but ended with a 30-0 victory with a low turnout

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  • @Observing
    Looking forward, the election may have temporarily dulled some ‘eagerness’ but if real, it will rise again. The first term, apart from a few hiccups, was relatively smooth. The topics on the current second agenda are meatier. And until somebody crosses, MAM has the same large group to deal with.
    The red Bishop was nearly ideal. other than appointing Sen CF. He did little to build a party, his opposition was ‘muted’.
    Strategically, the 3rd party, or is it the 2nd(?) could well be born ‘internally’. With the D’s dead in the water, the time maybe ripe for an ‘eager’ crew to jump ship. Especially when the ‘reforms’ surface.
    While there is a long history of moving between the parties, DrR.Y now atop several lists, was a B when I first met him? He might as easily be a C.

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  • Since the talk is about winners and loses
    How about the country being the biggest lover
    Now having a PM openly stating the the govt can opposed itself
    Even as barbadians continues to be blinded by the smoke and mirrors policies
    It is not fair to treat the security of the country like a step child

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  • Verla Depeiza has resigned.

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  • Nightwatchman got yoked?

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  • @ac
    I keep reminding you, telling the people they are blind or stupid is NOT the way to go.
    “Even as barbadians continues to be blinded by the smoke and mirrors policies”
    This constant reminder low voter turnout somehow makes this election any less valid, is another ‘muted’ shot at the people. The voters are people.

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  • @NO
    Roger that and agreed. A day in politics is a long time

    @DAvid
    Casualty No 2. Let’s see if an old guard, new guard or outside guard tries to take the position!

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  • @ No
    I get your intent
    But I will not be moved
    Xxxccc
    As for insult the blp wrote the book most likely and in all probability I stole the smoke and mirror comment out of the blp book
    Don’t forget the most infamous one out of the blp book is calling cricketers idiots and speaking of pedigree
    Shrugging my shoulders

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  • Following the resignation of Verla Depieza , David BU, finally gets his life long dream of leading & rebranding the DLP !

    Kudos David

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  • You are welcome Fractured!

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  • Take note!!

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  • Someone sent me this assessment of the numbers.

    I have not checked it for accuracy.

    But if it is right, we are in deep deep doo doo!!

    “What is interesting about the election is that only 41 % of the eligible population voted. 59 % kept their X. What was startling to me is that only 29% of those eligible to vote cast their vote for the BLP, which in essence meant even though they won 30 love. 71 % of the eligible population did not vote for them. This is an interesting statistic. Makes you wonder how popular the government really is. Politics in Barbados at the crossroads. ALL parties should take notice of this stat”

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  • PMMIA is in a glorious position to distribute gifts to her favourite elected MPs and consultants.

    I would offer myself to be consultant to de minister in de ministry of Housing but I prefer log cabins to steel frame houses and de Chinese would get lef out in favour of my home and native’s land.

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  • My assessment of the past “elections”

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    John..everyone is sharing that and the Ronald Sanders video about the upcoming austerity he predicted which puts yall in even deeper DOO DOO…

    good thing it’s only those who were not paying attention will be the ones most impacted.

    many saw this coming down the turnpike a way back and made forward thinking preparations…Sanders said it will likely start in a few months.

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    Am not sorry at all to say that i can never put my life and that of my family and future generations in the hands of politicians/opportunists for them to destroy, hide information and use slick tricks to not face reality… It is a disservice and insult to our origins.

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  • @🐇/🐰
    👍👍
    When does this moment of sanity end?
    I find myself in agreement with you.
    In 2025, alert me in advance and I will join you as you pay your $250.00

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  • @ Observing
    A very good post.

    To those who are awed by Mia remember this…
    Gulliver was not a giant in his homeland.. in Lilliputia ….

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  • @ No
    I get your intent
    But I will not be moved
    xxxxxxx
    Unsurprised.
    Why FJS & Co got into so much trouble. They could not be moved.
    A house divided cannot stand [Lincoln]

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  • Thanks Verla for keeping the party intact

    https://fb.watch/aGPbCa8LGq/

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  • Verla should not have led the DLP into a general election. She is not perceived nationally as fit for the job. It is what it is, nothing will change the perception.

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  • Will Guy Hewitt appear?

    If so he can bring a reality to the political scene Ms. Mockley cannot match!!

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  • @David
    that is unusually disingenuous of you.
    Perceptions aside, she stepped up, into what was a very difficult situation, and won all the required internal races.
    If she didn’t lead them into the snap call election, who would have?
    It was hers.

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  • @John
    What ‘reality’? Greetings from NY or Florida or wherever he lives?

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  • @NO

    Anymore disingenuous than when she said the blogmaster of BU committed treason for leaking those damming CAHILL documents?

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  • Ahhh..retribution for events before my time here…lol.
    My apologies.

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  • @David
    “Verla should not have led the DLP into a general election.

    If not her then who??? Politically speaking one statement cannot be made without the answer to the following question.

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  • @observing

    She could have given way to Guy. There is no internal or external poll that would have supported it.

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  • @David
    Understood. But the last time an active political leader stepped aside because the other option was better than them was 30 years ago. Unfortunately reason doesn’t always seem to hold in George Street.

    Also, as new as Guy is, he was being pushed and promoted by the same Old Guard that was roundly refuted. His newness and inexperience is a disadvantage adn the Old Guard was coming right behind him!

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  • @Observing

    The old guard is still a cog in the George Street machinery. He need that support to get on the stage. His energy and freshness would have blunted some of what we witnessed in the campaign. The public perception of a rebuild would have been real. Today where is the DLP?

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  • Barbados is being ruled by a one party govt absent of an opposition and yard fowls worrying about George Street
    Wunna too love scratch grain

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  • With your mindset there is a 90 love beckoning.

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  • Here is some scratch grain for wunna

    https://fb.watch/aGTNrhuETR/

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  • Guy Hewitt is reported in the news as willing to serve the DLP in its darkest time.

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  • @David
    Get your reasoning. But, my history shows that “old guards” don’t let go even if fresh faces are positioned on stage. Jan 19 shows how the public feels about them fully.

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  • @Observing

    We are left to speculate how Guy would have negotiated that challenge.

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    Is Froon still hanging out in Ottawa…those 10 years were certainly glorious for him….but not for those he IGNORED in the depressed areas..

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  • Until now I thought C. Sinckler was the dumbest blue grandee. Now I am happy to correct myself and apologise. He is obviously the smartest of them all.

    He has realised that in future there will be no more careers against the leader’s will. Either you’re for our Supreme Leader or you’re going down.

    Time for our BU crew to acknowledge that a new age has begun in May 2018.

    Tron, year 4 SL

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  • Looking to the future

    The DLP has the golden opportunity to do a genuine rebuild. In the special conference due in three months elect Dr Ronnie Yearwood to the presidency. He is young and can attract some of the social conscious females of Barbados to join him. The DLP need to field about fifteen female candidates in the next election. Guy Hewitt seems to be opportunist and no serious party members should support him because he is not a team player.

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  • @David
    Verla should not have led the DLP into a general election.
    +++++++
    That’s a bit harsh as others have pointed out, if not her who. Guy Hewitt seems to be the flavour of the day, but did he stick around to assist the Party after leveling broadsides at Ms. DePeiza? The result would be much the same if Hewitt was leader because the calling of the Election was the PM’s and hers alone, what could Hewitt have done in the few months that he would have been at the helm?

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  • Looking to the future

    Chris Sinckler did a hatchet on Verla Depeiza the week before the election and so would now be considered like Mascoll

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  • Did anyone see Hewitt supporting the party during the campaign
    He simply disappeared
    His reemergence would not heal but cause more friction

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  • Angela has exposed herself as a BLP plant in the DLP. Anyone suggesting that Chris be resurrected and positioned to lead the DLP with the possibility of being the PM has to be not only a BLP plant, but also someone who cares so little about Barbados that she is willing to propose that one of the architects of the destruction of Barbados as we knew it, should be given a second chance to complete the job. Shame on you.

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  • I thought people should commiserating the death of the DLP
    but, it seems people seem attached to that political institution

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  • “Verla should not have led the DLP into a general election. She is not perceived nationally as fit for the job. It is what it is, nothing will change the perception”

    DLP were expected to lose
    and she wore it well

    a coalition of opposition may have saved their face and rep
    which would have allowed a DLP launch next time around

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  • angela cox January 21, 2022 11:04 AM #: “My question to u is what is a difference between Mottley with all her character flaws yet able to have two wins with old hands like Forde Hinkson and a Symmonds.”

    My friend,

    If you accept BLP and DLP candidates for the 2018 general elections comprised of the ‘old guard,’ then, you must also accept both political parties contested the elections on a ‘level playing field.’

    But, the BLP won 30-0, which therefore meant, the electorate rejected the DLP’s ‘old and new guard.’

    The difference in 2022 is, while the BLP ‘ran’ “old hands like Forde, Hinkson and Symmonds,” who were SUCCESSFUL in 2018, the DLP ‘ran’ “old hands like” Estwick, Lashley, Lowe and Sealy, who were previously REJECTED by the electorate.

    It’s similar to the West Indies cricket team, comprising the “old hands,” being ‘knocked out’ early in the 2019 T20 World Cup.

    And, although the evidence over the past 3 or 4 years clearly indicated the “old hands” were UNFIT and ‘OUT OF FORM,’ the selectors still chose them for the 2021 T20 World Cup, led by the same unsuccessful captain, even issuing two players with medical exemptions to justify their selection…. believing the ‘best’ players were selected.

    And, yuh know, WI’s performance was beyond mediocre.

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  • FearPlayJanuary 21, 2022 6:30 PM

    Angela has exposed herself as a BLP plant in the DLP. Anyone suggesting that Chris be resurrected and positioned to lead the DLP with the possibility of being the PM has to be not only a BLP plant, but also someone who cares so little about Barbados that she is willing to propose that one of the architects of the destruction of Barbados as we knew it, should be given a second chance to complete the job. Shame on you
    Xxx
    I was not the person who told the people that Sinckler was the worst Minister of Finance then hired and gave him a job on the committee of finance
    Your shame should be leveled against that person
    BTW no one in the blp camp is expected to vote for Sinckler or for that matter any candidate of the dlp
    So what business is it of yours who I or anyone submit to lead the dlp.party
    In other words Mind Your Own Business

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  • Did not OSA Red wash Mia backside with plenty licks
    Jac.a.ss it is the base that matters not what people belive the base must take
    Wanna blp yardfowls are notorious for giving advice.as if wanna sh.it never.stink

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  • DavidJanuary 21, 2022 4:33 PM

    Verla should not have led the DLP into a general election. She is not perceived nationally as fit for the job. It is what it is, nothing will change the perception.

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

    How do you know it was not to allow the BLP to fully expose itself, which it has?

    So who would have done that?

    Can’t be too much question about what the BLP is up to!!

    So the question is now who will step up?

    If it only able to attract 29% of the electorate what would have happened if it had held a referendum on the republic.

    The BLP has more problems than the DLP as far as I can see.

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  • The game’s definitely afoot!!

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  • That 29% exposes everything the BLP does as a pretense which people have recognised.

    Will they do anything about it?

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  • 29%

    not sure if 29% is kosher as the data source is a nutter
    but, if 29% = 30-0 in a winner take all parliamentary system
    then blp run barbados like the shower posse

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