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

248 comments

  • Steupse! More stupid conspiracies!

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  • DLPs problem is people don’t like voting for a side that is expected to lose

    even if they are only aiming for a handful of seats

    why bother

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  • The blp.candidates were no better an improvement from the dlp
    Old guards galore and candidates that were missing in action for three years
    Young faces like Lisa Cummins
    Give me a break
    A 3percent turn out was all.that the blp.could muster
    Don’t even know why Artax would attempt to answer the difference
    Fact being the voting percentages handed to the blp.speaks volumes about the blp.leadership and lackluster candidates as well

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  • @ Tron

    It appears as though you’re close to our Supreme Leader.

    Therefore, I suggest you tell her to permanently maintain 20 constituencies thereby securing 20 seats in Parliament.
    And, introduce fixed-term elections so as to give the DLP and the other so called ‘third parties’ an opportunity to fight amongst themselves to win other 10 seats.

    Also, because of your loyalty to the Supreme Leader and by extension the new Republic, on Monday, January 24, at 8:45 am, I will be visiting Government Headquarters to ask Ms Mottley to fire Charles Jong and appoint you as our new ‘Director of Communications Designate.’

    Or, perhaps you may prefer to be appointed as the new Director, Department of Public Affairs.

    This is a SERIOUS undertaking, which may require you to temporarily relinquish your role as BU’s resident ‘Court Jester.’

    But, ‘look on the bright side.’ The quality entertainment you’ve been providing to this forum for the past three (3) years, free of cost, could be similarly provided to the country, for a hefty monthly salary, compliments of Bajan tax payers.

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  • 5,000 voters equate to just under 2% of registered voters. The difference between 41% and 43% is negligible in a discussion about low voter turn out. When I said the govt performed well against its promises, BU ridiculed me, as usual. But in politics you can’t beat tangibility. If Covid behaves enough and things go as planned, the Dems will be beaten badly again in 2027. Gine be more belly hurt for many here.

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  • Ange, me thinks that you are a little too edgy as you still chafing from your humongous defeat and are not coping well with rejection. I offer my sympathy and seek your opinion on a matter that could be of national significance. To the best of my knowledge, the base on which the statue of Lord Nelson stood is still standing in its position outside of Parliament. My question to you is would you support a proposal to erect a larger than life size freshly minted bronze statue (or Italian Marble) of Her Excellency, The Right Honorable Mia Amor Mottley, in that location? Like Nelson, she has protected this nation from a threat far greater than the Spanish – twice, she has created history (first female PM of Barbados, unprecedented capturing of all seats in parliament – twice, broke away from the monarchy, declared the country a Republic. Can you think of anything else?

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  • Fear Play that is your version of Mia Historyv
    There will be several History’s including mine not so glorious

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  • Has God forsaken the Barbados Bible Bashers (Thumpers) political platforms

    or were they not talking to God after all

    and had dialed the wrong number

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  • “Fact being the voting percentages handed to the blp speaks volumes about the blp leadership and lackluster candidates as well.”

    YES…… I AGREE.

    But, I’ll remind you of what WARU correctly ‘said’ in a previous post:

    January 20, 2022 9:21 AM #: “Some people don’t seem to understand what LOW VOTER TURN OUT MEANS…in a so called democracy…that was not a win….it was a show of DISGUST for BOTH PARTIES…. people WITHHELD their voting power…there is NO CONFIDENCE in ANY of them..there is NOTHING to CELEBRATE…”

    If you’re FAIR and BALANCED, then you’ll also ADMIT the voting percentages AGAINST the DLP and the fact that the party was UNABLE to ‘capture’ at LEAST ONE (1) seat, in a political environment that was becoming steadily intolerant and contemptuous of the BLP, as evidenced by the percentage you alluded to…….

    …….. also EQUALLY “speaks volumes about the DLP leadership and lackluster candidates as well.”

    You CANNOT IGNORE the fact that, although the BLP won, irrespective of any number of anomalies that existed, the high percentage of NON-VOTERS is an indictment of the BEES and more so, the DEMS.

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  • A party with all the seats and less than a third of the voting public cannot rest easy!!

    What the more than two thirds in each constituency should have done was to appear at the nomination centres on nomination day and nominate someone they reckoned they could support and for whom they would vote.

    But it takes someone to step forward and the others to stand besides him/her but they have to do it together and show the bullies they are not afraid.

    That was why I spent my $250 and went through the process.

    Unfortunately, no one else would spend their $250 and no one would support.

    Anyway, look at the bright side, next time people will know what to do … assuming there is a next time!!

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  • History repeats itself and we have a constitutional conundrum; who will play the part of Atherley?

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  • Let me put it as simple as I possibly can.

    Supposed you and Fractured BLP were running for president of club with a membership of 300 people (100%).

    Let’s assume 30 members (10% of the total membership), including you and Fractured, were present on election night and cast their votes. At the end of the vote count, you were declared the winner with 29 votes, because, obviously Fractured would’ve voted for himself.

    In this scenario, 270 members were ABSENT and can be considered as non-voters.

    You won an election with 29 votes, under circumstances where the voter turnout was very low, it is obvious that 271 members DIN CARE NUTTUN ’bout you.

    On the other hand, 270 non-voters + 29 voters = 299 members that din care nuttun ’bout Fractured either.

    The moral of the story is, the better of two lousy candidates won the election.

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  • Re: BLP Killing It

    maybe a rule could be written in the new Constitution that a party can only stand in 29 out of 30 seats to leave room for at least 1 opposition MP in Parliament

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  • @Sargeant

    The party turned its back on Guy after he challenged for the leadership. Subsequent event of this week proved him correct.

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  • @FearPlay

    You are familiar with the saying, when you are in the forest, it is difficult to make out the trees.

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  • It must be full moon in your piece of the woods.

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  • 90 love beacons IF …

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  • @FearPlay

    She would much prefer to plant Freundel to recognize his stewardship during those glorious years.

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  • DLPs pronouncement by Steve Blackette of the party having nothing to do with the injunction was a silly action. A person who runs a company of some 230 employees and was planning to vote DLP and said to me he decided to stay home after hearing Steve Blackettes pronouncement

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  • ArtaxJanuary 21, 2022 9:28 PM

    Let me put it as simple as I possibly can.

    Supposed you and Fractured BLP were running for president of club with a membership of 300 people (100%).

    Let’s assume 30 members (10% of the total membership), including you and Fractured, were present on election night and cast their votes. At the end of the vote count, you were declared the winner with 29 votes, because, obviously Fractured would’ve voted for himself.

    In this scenario, 270 members were ABSENT and can be considered as non-voters.

    You won an election with 29 votes, under circumstances where the voter turnout was very low, it is obvious that 271 members DIN CARE NUTTUN ’bout you.

    On the other hand, 270 non-voters + 29 voters = 299 members that din care nuttun ’bout Fractured either.

    The moral of the story is, the better of two lousy candidates won the election.

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

    Your example is badly flawed and lacks the moral you attribute to it.

    You would have to say that the election was for 30 seats on the board of management of the club to be comparable and the 300 members were divided into 30 groups, one group for each seat ….. lets say 10 members each.

    40% or 120 members turned out, lets say 4 out of the 10 members in each group.

    At that stage, it would be clear the club was on its last legs and interest in it was approaching zero.

    Obviously if 1 out of 10 turned out from a group, the writing would be on the wall …. shut down the ffing club.

    You would also have to specify that the articles required the board to function with two adversarial parties, both of which had to elect a leader using Robert’s Rules.

    That would mean 30 – 0 is a loss for both parties, likewise 29 – 1 is a loss for both parties as is 29 -2 is a loss for both.

    The only way one could claim to have won is if that one won more than 15 seats and less than 27 seats.

    All other combinations above 27 is a loss for both parties.

    There is no way to get around that simple fact once you start with the articles as stated.

    The only way to get around that would be to change the rules so that 30 – 0, 29 – 1, or 28 – 2 represented a win for the party with the majority.

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  • Now if I were to see the rule change occur before the election, I would conclude that one party wanted to eliminate the possibility of both parties losing because that party somehow controlled the vote and could force such an outcome.

    It is only a very low voter turnout that would persuade me different.

    What we need to look at is the turnout by each Election District to determine where the disaffection is located.

    How many had a turnout more than 40% or less than 40%?

    Were there any with a turnout of say 5% or some with 95%?

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  • National Hero of Barbados (Rhianna) in deep trouble:

    Rihanna slammed over ‘disrespectful’ edited image of Martin Luther King with gold grills
    Fans called out the singer for posting a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. wearing gold grills, calling it ‘disrespectful’
    Rihanna caused outrage on Twitter last night (Jan 19) after she changed her Twitter header to an image of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wearing gold grills to celebrate ‘Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day’.

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  • Barbadians voted and gave the BLP an absolute 30 to 0 majority for the second time.

    Barbadians did not vote for an opposition.

    You can look forward to 5 more years of republicanism.

    BU could be a boring place to hang out.

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  • Voters do not vote for an opposition.

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  • You are right David. Bajans got the government they voted for and deserve.

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  • “You would have to say that the election was for 30 seats on the board of management of the club to be comparable and the 300 members were divided into 30 groups, one group for each seat ….. lets say 10 members each.”

    @ John

    YOU CANNOT ‘TELL’ ME WHAT I SHOULD’VE ‘SAID’ BECAUSE I ‘SAID’ WHAT I INTENDED TO ‘SAY.’

    IF YOU DON’T AGREE, THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM.

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  • The nerve of that guy ‘telling’ me what is “badly flawed” or not, when he INCORRECTLY ASSUMED what were my intentions.

    Did I ‘tell’ you or anyone that my scenario was based on the elections?

    You should have asked a question first before rudely intervening.

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  • President steps down

    By Colville Mounsey colvillemounsey@nationnews.com

    Two days after the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) suffered its second consecutive whitewash in a General Election, its president, Verla De Peiza has stepped down.
    In a letter to the party, De Peiza cited as her reasons for stepping down her failure to “unite the party and ignite the country” during her three-year stint at the helm.
    When asked yesterday to comment further, a visibly emotional De Peiza said she had nothing further to say on the issue.
    The DLP’s George Street headquarters was a hive of activity yesterday afternoon, as party members, including candidates who contested Wednesday’s election and a few from the equally disastrous 2018 poll, were scattered across the courtyard in groups locked in various sidebar discussions.
    Many sought out De Peiza to offer comforting and encouraging words, adding to the sombre affair on a day designated to nationally celebrate the life of the DLP’s founding father, National Hero Errol Barrow.
    It was disclosed that during a special meeting of the party that morning to review the election, De Peiza tendered her resignation with immediate effect. In her letter, she said she was proud of efforts to re-energise the party’s base, as well as the work done to restore its home.
    In the interim, first vice-president Steve Blackett will take up the mantle as leader until a special conference is convened in April to elect a new president.
    Tough times
    Speaking to the media gathered at headquarters, Blackett said De Peiza should be lauded for taking up the leadership role during very tough times.
    “We had convened a special meeting of the party to review the election campaign and also the result, and it was at that meeting this morning that our president, comrade Verla De Peiza, submitted her resignation to the party. Since then, we met as an executive council and we have accepted her resignation and we are prepared to move forward,” Blackett said.
    He added: “I want to laud president Verla De Peiza for her stewardship over the last three to four years. The president stepped up to the plate and filled the void and during her tenure she oversaw the transformation of this auditorium, she reignited the base of the party and for a number of years she has made us feel good about ourselves. I want to speak on behalf of the general membership and the executive council in thanking her for her stewardship over the years and we wish her well.”
    Party stalwart Irene Sandiford Garner said the development should come as no surprise to Barbadians, as it was the right thing to do after such a heavy defeat.
    “What comrade De Peiza did was a sign of understanding what good leadership is about, knowing what you are supposed to do in particular circumstances and that is what she did. The party has accepted her resignation.
    “David Thompson did the same thing when we came out of the St Thomas by-election because sometimes leaders have to recharge, regroup and come again. Comrade De Peiza did what was correct within the system in which we function,” she said.
    In the meantime, Blackett disclosed that in charting the way forward, the DLP has been giving thought to the 2018 offer by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, which would have allowed the party to have two Opposition Senators despite not having any seats in the Lower House. He revealed that the party was in the process of making a determination on the issue so that they would be in a position to respond swiftly, should Mottley opt to extend that same olive branch this time around.

    Source: Nation

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  • APP reviews campaign

    Reverend Joseph Atherley and members of the Alliance Party for Progress (APP) met yesterday at the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum, Fontabelle St Michael, to discuss the just concluded General Election campaign, among other things.
    Also in attendance at the head table was Lynette Eastmond, deputy chairman of the APP and founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP).
    The APP is a combination of the United Progressive Party and the People’s Party for Democracy, founded by Atherley.
    One of the third parties involved in the election campaign, the APP failed to get a seat and also failed to impress the Barbadian public, since they were only able to capture a few votes.
    The Nation tried to ascertain the party’s view of its future, but Atherley and Eastmond could not be reached after the meeting. ( MB)


    Source: Nation

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  • Three resign from NUPW

    Article by
    Kareem Smith
    Published on
    January 21, 2022

    The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) has been struck with a number of untimely resignations.

    Sources at the Dalkeith St Michael organisation confirmed that three key industrial relations officials including the officer responsible for the nurses division, Christian Rock, had opted to move on.

    However, acting General Secretary Richard Greene has dismissed suggestions that the changes are indicative of discord among the union’s management.

    “There are no rumblings in here. We had some junior staff who, from our understanding have gone their separate ways and have taken up new opportunities and they resigned,” Green told Barbados TODAY.

    “They are three young members of staff, I can confirm that.”

    The two industrial relations officers made up 40 per cent of the workers in the critical department.

    But Greene maintained: “If three people leave any organisation, especially a small organisation all around the same time, you’ve got to make some adjustments.”

    He added that an entire restructuring of the organisation is in the works as the union enters a period of recruitment for the positions of General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary.

    The developments are unfolding at a time when the NUPW is trying to rebuild its image following council elections earlier this year that were so contentious that some matters landed in court.

    It also comes in the midst of a controversial NUPW condemnation of the Unity Workers’ Union (UWU) industrial action over a number of issues affecting nurses.

    Inside sources have also expressed concern that important union business is being neglected including the creation of numerous committees, including the nurses’, environmental committee and the sanitation committee which are ordinarily assembled shortly after council elections which were held in August.

    The source acknowledged that after elections, the new council asked that divisional meetings be held in December and January. But amid increasing COVID-19 cases, it has been difficult to get members to come out at this time and form a quorum.

    “We started holding some of the meetings on zoom. Some have been completed, not all of them,” he said. kareemsmith@barbadostoday.bb


    Source: Barbados Today

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  • The headlines are not thoroughly correct saying that bajans voted does not give the truthfulness
    Only 40percentbof a nation voting is an insult to democracy and a slap in the face to a ruling govt
    The disenchantment with politics and politicians was written all.over the results
    There was a message of mistrust sent to both the winners and losers
    There was nothing to celebrate when the truthfulness of Wednesday election signifies that the bajan electorate is disgusted enough to put its democracy at high risk
    Instead of lights action and camera and winners jumping up and down
    There should have been bowing of the heads in humility as govt Ministers took the oath of office

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  • Have a look at your beaten candidates, they seem worried to you? Why did Blackett feel it necessary to issue a public statement to disassociate the DLP from the petition filed by these BSP candidate?

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  • If that comment was meant towards me
    Bro I do not speak on behalf of any candidate
    My comments are of my own thought process
    What any candidate choose to do in the face of defeat or winning is up to them
    All I am seeing is a country so let down by politicians that they boycott a process which took hundred of years for the people to recognize as a right of passage to keep the democratic process on the straight path
    Today that should be more of concern of yours than stoking the fire of yardfowl politics

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  • BU intelligentsia keeps harping on about voter turnout in Bdos even when it’s in the 60%+ range. The same folks, however, celebrate winners in other countries with voter turnout around 54% outside of a pandemic. There are several reasons why people did not vote, many of which have nothing to do with being anti-government. The reason for floating the LVTO narrative is about ego saving. You know who you are. #redwashredux#30-0#61-0

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  • Each comment you post exposes a high order level of hignorance that knows no bounds. Make the point that we need to find solutions to energize the electorate, which has more to do with a ethos of distrust for politicians. Instead you prefer to go rabidly partisan.

    #90love

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  • “Only 40percentbof a nation voting is an insult to democracy and a slap in the face to a ruling govt”

    Voting is not compulsory / mandatory in Barbados
    Fines for non-voters would probably be protested
    but, could raise a heap of money
    150,000 x $100 = $15,000,000

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  • You need to ask yourself how many DLP voters did Freundel silly outburst help to dissuade from voting. You should ask why Verla rapped Dawn-Marie on the knuckles but ignored Stuart.

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  • And for the record the blogmaster predicted 5 seats for the DLP more out of hope for an opposition rather than deserving based on performance.

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  • DavidJanuary 22, 2022 7:42 AM

    You need to ask yourself how many DLP voters did Freundel silly outburst help to dissuade from voting. You should ask why Verla rapped Dawn-Marie on the knuckles but ignored Stuart

    Xxcccc

    There u go again engaging in more yardfowl politics
    Steupse

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  • Going back to the beginning, the blogmaster and others on the blog caution the DLP it was moving too slow, it needed to shed deadwood, Verla as caretaker manager was not effective if the goal of the DLP was to enhance the image of the party post 2018 shellacking etc.

    Now you coming back to the blog with same crap. Go and listen to Austin on Facebook like if he knows what is happening in Barbados.

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  • “You need to ask yourself how many DLP voters did Freundel silly outburst help to dissuade from voting. “

    Freundel figurehead talking head represents DLPs final glory days

    Mia must be the most radical Bajan

    ahead of BU self labelled radical armchair activists

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  • The blogmaster has been saying for years your head is like moon rock.

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  • Today we have Blackett as caretaker president for 3 months, the same Blackett who delivered on the platform of that infamous DLP Waterford meeting. You cannot make this rh up.

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  • The blogmaster has been saying for years your head is like moon rock.

    Can you specify who
    it sounds like you are cussing others

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  • Barbados democracy is on the tipping point of disaster and one early morning yardfowl rooster rather associate himself with finding scratch grain to pick through
    Those who showed up as well as those who did not had already made up their minds months in advance
    Now trying to place blame on what was said in the last few moments of political rhetoric is laughter expected in the theatre of politricks
    When will they ever learn that the people are disgusted

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  • The only one who has to learn is how to digest 61 love and possibly 90 to come.

    Digest rh that!

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  • Department of Afro Bajan Research Arts & Culture

    The Afro Bajan dig is more passive aggressive bitchy than other nations cultures

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  • Could Guy have done any better? It is clear that the DLP thinking/strategy was all over the place.

    Freundel suddenly appeared and put both feet in his mouth. It is now clear that his absence would have been the better course of action.

    Guy appeared, caused division within the party and when things did not go his way took up his bat and ball and went home. It is clear that his total absence would have been the better course of action.

    It would appear that Denis Kellman gave Verla little or no support in what was a former DLP stronghold (St Lucy).

    Verla, captain of the DLP ship Titanic, met the iceberg Mia and lost. Can you imagine trying to steer that ship with the mess going on in the engine room.

    Verla did as good a job as the crew would allow. Could it be that the ‘internal opposition’ to Verla was that she was seen as not having the ‘pedigree’. Let’s get that on the table?

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  • Ricochet / Ice-T
    Yeah, Syndicate’s in the house
    Yeah, Geto Boys in the house
    Yeah, Donald D’s in the house
    Yeah, Body count’s in the house
    Yeah, Zulu Nation’s in the house
    Yeah, Ice T’s in the house, yeah

    You go on and on and you don’t stop
    Got sticky sneakers from the blood of a shot cop
    Bailed in the club, I’m leavin’ tracks on the white rug
    Punk tried to rif and he met double-aught slugs
    I ain’t the nigga to step to
    Out catchin’ bodies and the next one could be you
    Quick on the trigger, yo, I’m a gravedigger
    Chop up a body and deep six ’em in the river
    A night-stalkin’ psychopath
    All cops hunt the black male in a ski-mask
    But I’m too damn clever
    Will they ever catch me? Never!
    Because I operate in and out of state
    Move at a quick rate
    And never hesitate to take a chump sucker down
    And my H-K it holds 80 rounds
    So when you move be careful and don’t play
    And watch for the ricochet

    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah

    So shut up motherfuckers as I lay the ink
    When I’m in Detroit, niggas fight in mink
    When I’m in Chicago, motherfuckers get buck wild
    When I’m up in Oakland, niggas roll in huge pile
    In Atlanta, niggas crash you doors
    When I’m in Philly, it’s a sold out tour
    In L.A., I max out real hard
    When I’m in New York, I build with the Gods
    So don’t try to deny me my proper juice
    E cuts the records and the yellow nigga gets loose
    No static, just much respect
    Truck my Rolex when I cruise the projects
    A fly brother that’s hard to figure
    I punch hoes and I smack up niggas
    Cause I’m a pimp and a playa
    Sometimes I bump hip-hop, the other times, Slayer
    You don’t like it well stay out of my fucking way
    Duck from the gunshot and watch for the ricochet

    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah

    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah
    C’mon yeah

    Yo D., what’s up?, suckers is popping lip
    Grab the H-K and the dum-dum clip and spread out
    I’m putting punk’s heads out
    Doors is shut, there’s no chance to get out
    I got the motherfuckas tied with bike locks
    Raise the auto-loader and let off the buckshot
    {gunfire sound} That’s how I like to do work
    {gunfire sound} Got guts on my T-shirt
    Motherfuckers tried to play the Ice
    Because I rhyme smooth and on TV act nice
    Soft, that’s what you shouldn’t have said
    Now I’m so mad I’m bustin veins in my forehead
    You want to get off, come on let’s rock
    But have your safety off, and your shit cocked
    Cause when I come to get that ass
    Leave your whole fuckin’ block filled with hot brass
    So punk, don’t make me pop my trunk
    Show you my amps and my Mossberg pump
    Cause when I pull it, most niggas run
    Fool niggas stay and get hit by the ricochet

    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah
    Suicide, it’s a suicide, yeah

    Niggas wanna know about me and the “L”, though
    We squashed that shit with me and him about a year ago
    But there’s a new rule starting tonight
    Diss me on a record, see me, FIGHT!
    Cause in the days, you used to battle on mics
    {gunfire sound} Now it’s ’91, I’m using gauges and flashlights
    Ease back and don’t give me no feedback
    Yo, “Ice cool out”, yo, fuck that
    I’m hot, I’m putting niggas in cots
    Some get knocked out, some just get shot
    Where’d I get all the juice I use
    Gotta posse full of brothers with nothing to lose
    Some just got out, some will never
    Some beat their cases cause their lawyers were clever
    I love’ em all and they know that’s true
    So they won’t blink while they doing a punk like you
    Freeze motherfucker
    Get on your knees, hands behind you back
    Bow your heads, if you will please
    I’ll swing my axe, watch the bodies fall
    Watch your head bounce off like volleyball
    So all you motherfuckers down with the fly guy
    Look me in the face, if you’re strong when you walk by
    And all you punk niggas talking shit
    Step to the side, bow your head like a bitch
    I don’t play, you’ll get hit by the ricochet

    You’ll get hit by the ricochet
    You’ll get hit by the ricochet

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  • “Verla did as good a job as the crew would allow. Could it be that the ‘internal opposition’ to Verla was that she was seen as not having the ‘pedigree’. Let’s get that on the table?”

    I agree
    Mia should employ her
    Leader of Opposition?

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  • “Party stalwart Irene Sandiford Garner said the development should come as no surprise to Barbadians, as it was the right thing to do after such a heavy defeat.”

    Here we have a party that seem unable to attract a significant portion of voters, with most staying away from the polling station trying to pin the blame on Verla. It was a heavy defeat in both 2018 and 2022.

    It would probably be best if the DLP did some soul searching, try to identify what is wrong, and fix the real problems.

    Stamping the label Verla on the problem and pushing it into the closet until a later date is another losing game.It would be folly to see unapologetic foolish fumbling Freundel on the stage in the future.

    Don’t blame Verla. The problems existed long before 2022.

    My suggestion.. Instead of blaming Verla, kiss her ass and say “Thank you for getting this dead party to run the race”.

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  • BU by nature is too political

    The simplest way for the BLP stronghold to be weakened would be if people were open to criticise Government more,
    but partisanship posters like AC show that this strengthens weaker parties so Mums the word and loose lips sink ships
    in political warfare

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  • TheO scratching for extra votes

    Mari scratching for excuses / blame to help wash down the second 30-0 that stuck in her craw

    A slap in the face of government was a double (30-0) slap in the face of DEMs and a kick it DEMs butts
    What a ting doahhhh

    @david. U used to ask me. Why do I persist ?

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  • @J2
    “TheO scratching for extra votes”
    😃😃

    Correction to on statement
    @david. U used to ask me. Why do I persist ?
    Should read
    @david. U used to ask me. Why do I scratch ?

    Have a great day. Say hi to Lorenzo and Enuff for me😃

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  • #speculative

    Guy’s participation may have removed the old guard narrative that we have today AND the fact Verla never commanded the respect of DLP’s power base or favourable national opinion.

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  • Verla has to carry blame, she must have been privy to internal polling.

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  • It is 2022, it is obvious the political directorate is partly responsible for current state of play. Should we move the discussion to what are the systemic issues? Instead we repeat the same blame game B vs D. It is taking us no rush where.

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  • @ David

    Now you coming back to the blog with same crap. Go and listen to Austin on Facebook like if he knows what is happening in Barbados.“

    Not getting into all the Duopoly BS but I must ask you : When you get here pushing your “pragmatic”knowledge of the global agenda , are we to assume that you know everything that is going on elsewhere?
    Man be big enough and stop the nonsense. What the frig is anyone to really know this morning about the political landscape in Bim. The damn DLP got it’s ass kicked , by its twin the BLP, for the second consecutive time . Mia Mottley like Grantley Adams , Errol Barrow ,and to some extent Owen Arthur , now rules supreme , as our most successful politician to date.
    Stop pretending you are some God dispensing anything other than ordinary knowledge on something that any citizen with three cents in common sense knows.
    What really do you know anybody else on the planet does not know this morning?
    Gimme a frigging break with your high and mighty nonsense.
    Quite frankly you, @ ac and all of us are just doing the identical thing; Monday morning quarter backing.
    So whether you live in St.Andrew, Brooklyn or Japan and you are a Bajan , you already know what’s going on in Bim.
    Just like you sit here everyday watch CNN and Fox News and give judgement and comment about other countries.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    You just posted crap again by taking a comment out of context. Could not resist supporting your man? Crap is crap. We have a few on BU who live in a social media bubble. Always coming to the blog with lies and half truths and when found out refuse to apologize. Have you ever observed the blogmaster pushing lies on the blog. And in the other odd case a mistake is made isn’t he the first to rh apologize? Often times you sit on the sideline with your figurative mouth rh shut.

    Piss in the blogmaster’s pocket do.

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  • Go and publish your memoirs and in it tell why the late Richie Haynes sputtered to deceive #NDP.

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  • @Artax
    “The moral of the story is, the better of two lousy candidates won the election.”

    Correct!!

    @Theo

    “Don’t blame Verla. The problems existed long before 2022.

    Truth! and unfortunately for us as a democracy they still exist.

    ” Can you imagine trying to steer that ship with the mess going on in the engine room.”

    More truth.

    @David
    “Guy’s participation may have removed the old guard narrative that we have today”

    We have to agree to disagree on this one. Guy has ZERO political experience and would have to rely, depend on and empower others in order to operate. He sure as hell wasn’t turning to any new guard, fresh face or not.

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  • David

    Some saying to get rid completely of all the old guards but if the dlp constituency branch call for (lashley) it may be hard to get rid of him without causing more friction. A new comer may also return the seat to the Bs. Whoever will run in that constituency should declare their hands yesterday and hit the ground . You can bet mia will be using up some resources to help shore up he vulnerable candidates for next election

    —————/-/-

    Sealy results were highly disappointing to me. But not a surprise that he lost – I alway predicted 30-0

    I know it’s way to early but for now I can only see DEM with a chance of 3 ( just saying)

    I think verla would have had a better chance I’f she had tried for sinckler old seat

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  • @John2

    The result of the 2022 general election supports the blogmaster’s view that a new path need to be taken and it was not going to occur with Verla at the helm. There was nothing to be lost by going the out of the box route. Guy’s involvement would have been disruptive which would have been a plus.

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  • In the meantime, Blackett disclosed that in charting the way forward, the DLP has been giving thought to the 2018 offer by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, which would have allowed the party to have two Opposition Senators despite not having any seats in the Lower House.
    +++++++
    That’s a big assumption, who says that offer is still on the table? but half a loaf is better than no bread and Blackett is expecting Mia to be magnanimous.

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  • House of Cards
    What is the purpose of dissecting politic
    BLP now has a mandate in Parliament to make radical changes without any opposition in the new Republic
    DLP now have their own spin-off TV series with the Pilot Episode S1 E1 in filming

    Barry Brown on the killer “Money Money” riddim
    with The Aggrovators providing the muscle
    versus
    Horace Andy in a Bullwackies Murder Style

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  • @Sargeant

    The prime minister has no choice. Her government would take a big hit to popularity if it withdrew the offer.

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  • Guy or gal

    IMO the results would have still be the same – and especially in this snap elections

    By the way. Which constituency would you have place guy?

    New course – yes. But most seem to be linking Guy to the old guard – that you wanted purged

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  • It is not about solely the results, it is about progression the path to a sustainable rebuild.

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  • Did senator crystal run for APP?

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  • Both ‘opposition’ Senators expressed zero interest in running.

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  • One instance u are tank about the past
    Then next u talking about future/ progression

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  • A good future is linked to decision making from past and current. Have the last word.

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  • “Have the last word.”

    root issue is
    Bajans like the fights
    and feel shortchanged

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  • DavidJanuary 22, 2022 7:54 AM

    The only one who has to learn is how to digest 61 love and possibly 90 to come.

    Digest rh that!

    Xxxx
    Keep pushing that yardfowl narrative when the results speak of an electorate not giving a God dam about the democratic process
    As The rght Hon Errol Barrow warned all and Sundry
    One day Barbados would be awaken to a day which Barbadains do not recognize
    That day seems to have finally arrived when a one state ruling govt is being put in place and a prime minister that with such a process in place and 40 percent of the electorate spoken
    The govt can be an opposition unto itself
    Digest that Fool

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  • The blogmaster will accept yardfowl comment from you any day of the week. It mean nothing, it is empty just like the empty political rhetoric that emanated from the DLP platform.

    #60love

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  • The new guard when for verla

    U can’t want a purge of old at at the same calling for the old guarded leader

    You want guy to lead for the future ? The door is now full opened

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  • “One day Barbados would be awaken to a day which Barbadains do not recognize
    That day seems to have finally arrived when a one state ruling govt is being put in place and a prime minister that with such a process in place and 40 percent of the electorate spoken
    The govt can be an opposition unto itself”

    The losers should get the bulk of the blame

    Don’t hate the Player hate the Game

    Mia learned skills from gangsters

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  • No it isn’t. That opportunity went a begging.

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  • Mia / BLP could have lost the election
    there was an exposure and opportunity

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  • Back to the past ? U talked a bout progression

    The presidency is opened.

    Most of the constituencies seats are opened he can make his selection today

    He has 3.5 – 5 years to put his stamp on the party

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  • If guy had taken over the presidency the only think different to day would have been the additional excuse that the 4 or so months was enuff time for him taking over from verla. Etc etc

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  • Wasn’t enuff

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  • Before I give my concession speech, let me pen an open letter to Dawn-Marie Armstrong.

    Dear Dawn-Marie,
    I caught a part of your speech and loved what I heard. You were enthusiastic, bold, refreshing and exciting to hear. Your fresh approach made the old guy see wins where he thought none existed.

    But you made a fatal mistake. You apologized.

    You referred to Mia and Verla as two different type of dogs. When the attack came from the BLP, I suspect that your team advised you to apologize instead of appearing to be equally offended and arguing that two wrongs made it right.
    .
    An apology is an admission of wrong doing. In this case, it made it seems as if the implications in the attack of your opponents were correct. You were calling Mia a bitch

    I would like to see you again. Practice your speech, examine every word, rehearse it in front of an ally but a harsh critic and on delivery please stick to the script. Above all things, try your darndest never to apologize.

    If you prepare, rehearse and be a harsh critic of yourself, there will be little margin for error. If you are wong admit that you are wrong one single time and move on.

    Do not apologize to placate an enemy. The truth is they did not want the apology, they only wanted your admission of doing something wrong. It was a learning experience, move on.

    They will come again. Please decide today ‘No apologies in 2025’.

    Biggest fan
    TheO.

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  • DavidJanuary 22, 2022 10:22 AM

    The blogmaster will accept yardfowl comment from you any day of the week. It mean nothing, it is empty just like the empty political rhetoric that emanated from the DLP platform.

    #60love
    Xcccc
    Is that your final answer
    Then stick with it fool

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  • Concession speech.
    Dear Mia,
    I am not a great fan of your administration, but my admiration of
    your political acumen knows no bounds.

    In our political jungle you are unequalled. What many sees as a snap decision, I saw as a highly calculated move designed to catspraddle your opponents. You succeeded.

    Every move was well thought through including the denial of the vote to a segment of our population.

    The fact that 3 in 4 eligible voters did not respond and that ~14% (my guesstimate ) did not hear your siren call makes your margin of victory even more impressive.

    I hope that good Lord guide and protect you during the coming years. I wish you well. I wish Barbados well.

    TheO.

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  • Am i hearing right? Steve Blackette is now the acting President of the dems and talking about a posdible offer of two senate seats for the dems?This is the chief cook and bottle washer of the cusd out in waterford in 2018?The same Mr Blackette who claimed the dems had nothing to apologise for.In my view he is an arrogant sob and Ms Mottley should not entertain any conversation with him but perhsps with any other from that side.I believe with him as campaign manager was a major error along with Mr Stuart being allowed on the platform.Ms Depeiza i will say did her best but clearly was no match for Ms Mottley and did the right thing to resign.She should also retire from politics altogether in my view.Perhaps if they are interested either Dr Yearwood or Mr Walters can take over the leadership.To Ms Mottley all the best going forward and i am confident you will be able to keep the country going forward with progresive leaderdhip and the strength of your team.Once again congratulations on your deserved victory which has devasted the dems got them looking for all kind of excuses.I gone.

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  • TheOGazertsJanuary 22, 2022 8:02 AM

    Could it be that the ‘internal opposition’ to Verla was that she was seen as not having the ‘pedigree’. Let’s get that on the table?

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

    She isn’t to call Philip Greaves Uncle?

    Maybe she had too much pedigree and too little abilitee.

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  • Philip Greaves is not perceived as a heavy weight in the party or nationally.

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  • @ Theo
    “I hope that good Lord guide and protect you during the coming years. I wish you well. I wish Barbados well.”
    An “ overseas” Bajan wishing Barbados well . Now who the hell you think you fooling. Nobody ain’t buying that crap ‘
    For the past two weeks nobody ain’t listening to wunnuh overseas Bajans who don’t know Wuh going on and are Dems , and now you come here saying things you don’t mean.. You think Bajans stupid or wuh.
    I know fuh sure @Lorenzo ain’t buying that BS. All of a sudden you is a Bajan now. @ Lorenzo should really stop people like you from evuh entering Buhbabus agen.
    Congrats @Lorenzo. Don’t mind dem overseas frauds. All dem do is throw shade. David was rite!
    I gone.

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  • Skinner i already told you your puerile attempt at sacasm is becoming boring.It seems like the redwash has got you overseas dems real angry.and rambling looking for all kind of excuses.Too bad get over it.The simple point i made on here is that bajans who live here know of the hard work done by Ms Mottley amd her team. Therfore there was no damn way we would allow any overseas bajans to influence the outcome of any elections here.Simply put you all do not have to live with the consequences we do.I gone.

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  • @Lorenzo
    Again, congrats .
    Peace.

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  • African Online Publishing Copyright ⓒ 2021. All Rights Reserved

    lol…laughing stock don’t begin to describe….they are so proud of their vote buying election results….can’t contain themselves….but no one with any ethics or intelligence ON or OFF the island is even the least bit impressed…

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  • @ Lorenzo January 22, 2022 1:16 PM
    (Quote):
    Ms Mottley should not entertain any conversation with him but perhsps with any other from that side.I believe with him as campaign manager was a major error along with Mr Stuart being allowed on the platform.Ms Depeiza i will say did her best but clearly was no match for Ms Mottley and did the right thing to resign.She should also retire from politics altogether in my view.Perhaps if they are interested either Dr Yearwood or Mr Walters can take over the leadership.
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How about your man Sinckler returning to active politics and, like RIP van Winkle, awaken the DLP out of its deep comatose-like sleep?

    Isn’t there clear evidence of a deep-seated mutual admiration between your queen bee and the ‘yellow’ king of blue-blooded liars?

    After all if he can advise your “Supreme Leader” in her hour of need why can’t he render similar help to his own prodigal-son-like party?

    A party which made into the great architect in almost consummating the destruction of the Bajan economy and turning your own Queen Bee MAM into a political Joan of Arc by saving it from realizing the country’s worst nightmare called currency devaluation.

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  • All Bajans should care as the ruling party only won the support of 28% of the voting population. This gem of an island is in danger of becoming or has become a one party republican state. Let that sink in for a bit.

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  • If that occurs who to blame?

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  • @ Lorenzo January 22, 2022 1:16 PM

    I remember only too well how Mr Blackett had a trolley full of alcohol at Massa Market at Christmas years ago.

    I leave the conclusion to the audience. But if I had to preside over these blue scoundrels instead of Blackett, I would probably become an alcoholic out of sheer anger and sorrow.

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  • DavidJanuary 22, 2022 3:36 PM

    Philip Greaves is not perceived as a heavy weight in the party or nationally.

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

    Philip Greaves was the Deputy Prime Minister and Barrow’s second man!!

    You got to be joking.

    He even acted as the GG.

    What are you smoking?

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  • He was a second man and acted in a ceremonial role, exactly.

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  • You have your opinion and so does the blogmaster.

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