DLP Rumble

The election of a President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will be held this weekend at the annual general conference to run from August 18th to 20th. On the ballot are David Estwick, Ryan Walters, Richard Sealy and incumbent, Ronnie Yearwood.

The election of a President of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) will be held this weekend at the annual general conference to run from August 18th to 20th. The interest of the country is piqued because with no other credible alternatives available the DLP represents the government in waiting.

What has spiced interest for many is the fact the DLP has had to accept two significant defeats in the last two general elections. So significant it was the party did not win a single seat. Although many prefer in the wake of the shellacking a credible third party movement would have emerged, it has not. Although disappointed, we have to console ourselves that the duopoly will be with us for the foreseeable future.

The blogmaster does not have a dog in the fight BUT being a keen observer of local politics, a few observations of a light nature on the current state of political affairs in the DLP camp are merited.

There are three challengers to the incumbent Dr. Ronnie Yearwood. First up, former minister of tourism Richard Sealy who also served as deputy prime minister under Freundel Stuart, he built his reputation on good tourism results straddling late David Thompson and Freundel Stuart administrations. The blogmaster will remember him as well for his effort to demonstrate the cleanliness of the South Coast waters at the height of the sewerage problem.

Second, Dr. David Estwick served in several ministries under Thompson and Stuart but in the opinion of the blogmaster his tenure was characterized by frequent conflict with Cabinet members, often times he breached the collective responsibility of Cabinet. He will also be remembered by some for allegedly brandishing a gun within the precincts of the hallowed halls of the Lower House and joining the Eager 11 faction. Always a fiery speaker on the political platform his antics are remembered more than his substantive arguments. If he were to become leader of the DLP lampooners will choke on the opportunities that abound.

Third, Ryan Walters is described as a businessman. His last assignment was that of General Manager with the local Burger King franchise. He is relatively young to the political scene and currently building his brand and network. Does the DLP need a relative unknown to lead at this time, does he have the political nous to jostle with hardliners in the DLP and at the same time execute a rebuild? Then there is the gargantuan task of preparing the party for 2027.

Last, the president in the chair Dr. Ronnie Yearwood, an academic and UWI lecturer who switched from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) post 2013 after Sandra Husbands M.P. was given the nod in St. James South. The truth is, a year is a relatively short time for the newcomer to understand his new party – one with an entrenched culture – and then go about initiating the deep structural changes required to make the party relevant and competitive. Especially after 30-0 defeats in the last two general elections. DLP members will have to make the call.

The job of the winner to lead the DLP next week will not be easy. It is a political party still labouring under the weight of Errol Barrow’s legacy – made more difficult by the growing brand of Prime Minister Mia Mottley who is obviously positioning the BLP to make it three on the trot. The success of the DLP in future polls may not be on readiness post two significant defeats but whether Mottley retires from the job. There is also the fact growing dissatisfaction with a BLP controlling all the seats in the Lower House and possible compromise to our governance system.

May the best man win.

97 thoughts on “DLP Rumble

  1. Get it together, DLP

    THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY, (DLP) after two consecutive wipe-outs at the polls, is tottering on the periphery as an established political institution, given the cloud of doom that lingers over it.
    Some people may argue that there is no need for a Parliamentary Opposition but others may say that not having a robust dissenting viewpoint in the elected legislature is not working in the public’s best interests.
    This weekend’s annual general conference of the DLP must not be relegated to a side-show especially by those who malevolently claim that they have no interest in partisan politics.
    Leadership contest
    The internal jostling for the leadership as evident by the four candidates – incumbent president, Dr Ronnie Yearwood and aspirants, Ryan Walters, Richard Sealy and Dr David Estwick – is heartening since internal party competition is good in a democracy.
    The contest should also ensure that the chosen leader must work to keep factions together, recognising that a political party can be a disjointed and divisive grouping.
    While the Dems’ vote for its leadership is a purely internal matter, the delegates must make the right choice if the leader is to have a chance to reposition himself and the party before the next national General Election. The leader must immediately display innate charisma since Barbadians want someone they adore. This is an incontestable fact.
    The empathic scale of the defeats the DLP suffered in 2018 and again in 2022 highlights the enormous change the party must undergo to win the electorate’s trust.
    The party must emerge
    from the election united behind the winner and put aside the disagreeable squabbles.
    The internecine intra-party bloodletting benefits no one. The various sides must appreciate that this internal election is attracting the attention of its supporters in the diaspora on whom it will depend for critical financial support and outsiders who want to see viable alternative leaders emerge even outside of Parliament.
    There are some national concerns, including the direction of the National Insurance Scheme, the appointments of a raft of consultants and advisers, the bungling of legislation taken to Parliament and the critical problems within the important tourism and health sectors.
    First-hand view
    The DLP must be visible in all communities across the island listening to and getting a first-hand view from the people of their issues, whether the cost of living, jobs, job security or housing.
    The party must address the many issues Barbadians face which is why it needs a vibrant Shadow Cabinet even outside of the legislature, despite its struggles financially.
    A comeback for the Dems is possible if it develops new and more subtle politics that embraces all citizens and shows that it is a party willing to provide opportunities for every Barbadian.
    The DLP must understand the saying that victory has a hundred fathers while defeat is an orphan. The party must not become Barbados’ lost opposition. The Dems must find the silver lining.
    The internal jostling for the leadership as evident by the four candidates . . . is heartening since internal party competition is good in a democracy.

    Source: Nation

  2. “The blogmaster will remember him as well for his efforts to demonstrate……”

    Droll, David. Very droll.

    It took me a moment to get it. And then I nearly rolled off the bed laughing.

    Lord, have mercy!

    I’m still chuckling.

    • Do the four candidates see themselves as a future prime minister or leaders to manage the party through a difficult stage in the short term.

  3. Any DLP leader will have to expend so much energy managing a rudderless party, what energy will they have to manage a rudderless country. None of these candidates has the credentials for this monumental task

    • You impressed easily? What was transparent, the splitting of the lot, or revealing cost overruns several months after the fact 😆😆

  4. Money down hands up cast your VOTE peoples..

    YES, Mia Mottley definitely positioning the BLP to make it three on the trot.

    The new DLP leader pretty boy Ron Yearwood, sits on a brand new A.. from de Abattoir after next general elections.

    Barbados a one party state in the near future????

    Chancellor, Mia stepping up, not down…🪜

  5. Unlike PLT, who’s joined the DLP to save it and the duopoly.

    We beg to differ. As we assert that the DLP should be allowed to die. A death well earned.

    This irrational posture by Thompson, no relation to a late DLP leader, comes at a time when all duopoly systems throughout the world are dying.

    First amongst equals is the United States. A country which exhibits, in full bloom, all the signs that these duopolistic, false democratic systems, have entered a dead end, that the center cannot hold.

    In the USA, which continues to act as a banana republic, political candidates are coming under the threat of death for purportedly engaging in acts said to be central to democracy.

    We have a number of old people in charge in at least in two branches of government who are demented and nobody can assign them to alms houses.

    We therefore must assume that specifically in the case of Biden that unelected people are running the formal government and have been for a while.

    Ronald Reagan was similarly demented as factotums were in charge.

    And we could go on all day to adumbrate the systemic maladies which the duopolistic political systems have no remedies for.

    One of these maybe the UK which had three prime ministers in less than a years. Even as the Indian boy Sunak has not the rectitude to properly call for a general election.

    An unelected prime minister is he!

    Is this not dictatorship, by other means?

    Is this not like the end of the first Rome that even, as it burns, emperors are twiddling their thumbs while mad or mindless or have no solutions to the material needs of populations.

    In the case of Barbados we continue to assert that it was always an elected dictatorship. All trying to save the DLP will do is to re-erect a patina, and like the Bajan paling, which will act to effectively hide things never to be shown.

    Stop playing games and allow the underlying truth that Barbados has and will always be a dictatorship to be the formal system of things. Thanks to Mia Mottley and a backward electorate, the truth has finally come to light.

    • Well said Pacha
      You seem to possess the required undertaker skills.
      Why did YOU not seek the position of president?

      If the shiite hound, formerly known by the misnomer ‘Pitt Bull’ could run, so could Pachamama…the BU pitt bull (until Hopi logs on that is..)

    • Prophetic words. The Marcia Weekes show exposed the filthy underbelly of the island and the politicians who channel the stink…it was brutal and stomach churning Pacha..mere hours after you made this comment….hope you get to watch the video….but that is not even a quarter of the evil they have practiced against the population as a self-enriching bloodsport…leading to thefts and pauperatization…there is so much more to come..

      Am sure even Empire felt the embarrasment glowing from the crimes of these new negros who ran wild and wreaked havoc fior more decades than they should…just because there was no one to put a leash on them…in their mistaken greedy belief that they are all powerful and untouchable..

  6. Feel the end.

    Hope they are not those who still believe they can hide The End…even the man in the street everywhere, whom no one cares for, because they believe they are so much better, knows that change is ushering in…..”a change must come.”

    Those who refuse to see…..well, no one really cares about any of them at this point.

    Pacha…things are vibrating in waves of energy…from continent to continent..

    Did you hear about the latest scam and sleight of hand by the fake professor from the 4 seasons scam……”if government replaces…the 1.3 billion RoB-ed from NIS the dollar will devalue”….

    Wuh naturally i wanted to know wuh bout the billions ALSO stolen between treasury and VAT….so.who dem plan to ENSLAVE for the next 4-8 generations to plug the billion(s) in that deficit hole…when all the thieves can easily be indicted..and all they tief and parked off and onshore SEIZED..confiscated……problem solved.

  7. ”if government replaces…the 1.3 billion RoB-ed from NIS the dollar will devalue”…


    Can Barbados afford a devaluation of its currency at this juncture.

    Mia can navigate through a depression successfully…

  8. They couldnt afford to steal BILLIONS either, but they had no problems trapping the country in debt and running scams to enrich themselves and push the people in generational poverty.

    what dollar what…they are not in control and only interested in covering their thieving asses and covering up decades of crimes against people and country….

    ..wont want none of them misleading me through any depression THEY CREATED…they should all be IN PRISON…

  9. Caswell is doing great and so are all the others…the exposure on corruption is spreading across the Caribbean and wider diaspora…no more hiding and covering up for thieves….just because ya like wicked politicians and dont even like yaself..

  10. Finally, whirling around the world stage talking utter shite without substance., impressing idiots but no one else, in coverup mode, setting up elaborate smoke and mirrors to slither out of being arrested, all for nothing…even the world stage now knows the magnitude of the thefts and corruption on the island..

    ….people are appalled…no one has to ask who did this….dem done run around the place advertising their vile selves already and everyone knows who they are…the talking machine failed…no one who is anyone is impressed…scammers have a clear mark of “run when you see them” stamped on their foreheads….and no one will allow common class thieves to get away with enslaving a whole population …because they dont want to face justice…

    Very first thing i said, you do not write off what is not yours because you stole what is not yours…and yes, people are calling it exactly what it is, thefts..from the people….seems like a disease to me, need curing with a prison cell.

    If they are not embarrassed by the high level exposure, if they still refuse to show remorse…they have no shame and never will.

  11. Really?

    “wont want none of them misleading me through any depression THEY CREATED…they should all be IN PRISON…”


    Dubai some confidence in our PM.


    • Yes really, i dont need misleaders or lying politicians in my life as a sickening crutch to define my existence.

      We come from two very worlds….independence v. dependence ….intelligence v. whatever that is…

      There is a well written piece explaining these things being shared in certain circles.

  12. Transparency?

    “PMMIA showing transparency.



    Recent Disturbing observations.

    There’s much talk and future plans regarding Tourism in BDS. What about Broadstreet. Many store fronts are closed, Treasury Building boarded up and Taxi operators are gaming next door to CS pharmacy/Trident House using two 2) Large Tables and much profane language, while being on.

    There’s an old saying “first impressions counts.”

    Does that refer to our beautiful Barbados, our island in the Sun???

    Are we seeing the beginning of a shanty- town Broadstreet in favor of Oran’s Sheraton Mall???

    • Where is the value in a Verla De Peiza endorsement for Walters? That does not make sense. It reminds of the time she delivered a speech with Donville Inniss’ portrait in her background, or allowing Stuart to speak on a political campaign platform. For crissakes!

      Todays BT Editorial:-

      Critical weekend ahead for the DLP camp
      The next two days are critical days for the Democratic Labour Party as they convene their 68th annual general conference under the theme: Reset, Renew: The Way Forward. The weekend starts off with the party paying respect to its former leader and former Prime Minister Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford. Senator Barry Griffin, Vice President of the Senate in The Bahamas, is to address the party faithful at the George Street headquarters.
      Voting for a president and other members of the executive happens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The weekend ends with an address by the newly-elected or re-elected president at a church service. While these activities have become a staple for the Dems, the outcome of the election this weekend should be viewed as significant for anyone interested in the country’s political landscape.
      The DLP’s current state and how it got here is no secret.
      The DLP is a party twice defeated at the polls by two 30-0 back-to-back BLP victories.
      The DLP is a party which has not had a voice in the Parliament of Barbados since 2018.
      The DLP is a party that cannot seem to settle on the issue of leadership or one vision that resonates with the people.
      The DLP is a party that has seen former candidates and members exit in droves and head to the other side.
      The DLP is a party that many who once held high office have turned their backs and shied away from. Indeed, these are trying times for the 68-year-old institution. Conversely, though, it is also the party that has still managed to attract new members according to party officials.
      The DLP is the party that offered young and fresh faces as candidates in the last general election.
      The DLP is the party that many young people have signed up to be part of.
      The DLP is the party that has bright minds in all areas of endeavour.
      The DLP is the party that many of the elders still dutifully labour and toil for.
      The DLP is the party that has four candidates – two veterans and two fresh blood – vying for its leadership.
      The DLP is the party that, for now, Bajans still view as the opposition, whether in or out of Parliament.
      Yet, for some reason, the rebuilding of the party seems to be a rigorous uphill battle. Barbados still very much has a two-party political system; therefore, there will always be a place and need for the DLP. However, the leaders, members and party supporters would do well to expend their collective energies in positioning the party not as an opposition, but as an alternative government.
      After the votes are cast and counted this weekend, the most important thing for the Errol Barrow-founded institution is that the best leader and a committed team are elected. The task ahead is not an easy one. There is no general election around the corner waiting to be won. There are no vacant seats in Parliament waiting to be filled.
      There still is no Opposition subvention to be had in order to help with finances. There is no pixie dust that will fall on the members who have walked away that will cause them to return. There is no rewriting history to erase the two recent dreadful defeats. There is no spell that would break up the internal fractions and bring out instant unity.
      These are the realities. Whoever is victorious this weekend will be faced with the same challenges that former president Verla DePeiza and current president Dr Ronnie Yearwood are facing. While his opposers Richard Sealy, Ryan Walters and Dr David Estwick all bring something unique and different to the table, the party’s challenges will not vaporise upon electing a new leader.
      May the best candidate win and may the party’s affairs be conducted with transparency and fairness. Nonetheless, leader aside, there is one key and basic thing that if done well can make a huge difference to how the party is perceived and received by the public.
      The DLP needs foot soldiers just as much as it needs a solid, creative and visionary leader. The party’s footprint should be in communities all across Barbados, literally and figuratively. The party troops need to walk the length and breadth of Barbados and listen, genuinely listen, to the concerns of Bajans from all walks of life.
      Strategically, marshalling the troops is key. This is more important than fighting with the Prime Minister or other Government officials. It is more important than being on Down to Brass Tacks or getting a few soundbites in the news. It is more important than press briefings and political meetings. It is more important than the title or qualifications key politicians in the party hold.
      When the DLP starts listening to the people, they will be best placed to be the voice of the people. When the DLP starts listening to the people, they will be best placed to address their concerns when the time comes. When the DLP starts listening to the people, they can be of better service to them as they will be able to gauge whether they are on the right track or not.
      In order to truly be a party of the people, for the people, the DLP must make time to reconnect with the people – and not just the people who frequent George Street or those of like mind. The DLP has to venture far and wide, do it consistently and meaningfully, or else a third 30-0 defeat is inevitable.

  13. Pacha…you were so right, i did pick up on certain things over the last few turbulent months, a gift and blessing i have, but……..still very thankful for it…

    If they cant see their freedom, who am I or weee to spoil their fun.

    I did warn them when that time comes………

  14. “The DLP is the party that has four candidates – two veterans and two fresh blood – vying for its leadership”

    Ronnie can’t get much respect. While not battle tested as leader, he isn’t a fresh face.

    • Agree he must be tested but the question of being tested by weak candidates is the DLP’s biggest concern. The problem for the party is a bigger than an election.

  15. @David
    The DLP cannot catch a break.
    DLP Calls In Police Over Leaked Membership List – Starcom Network
    The first question is, who stands to benefit from knowing the names of the members of the DLP?

    The DLP shouldn’t be surprised that some fifth columnists may have infiltrated its ranks. It is being outfoxed six ways to Sunday

  16. As i have previously stated Dr Yearwood is a political lightweight in my view and should be replaced as leader by Mr Sealy.Mr Sealy has the experience behind him and was in my view the best minister of the last dem administration.This would represent their best chance of gaining a few seats in the next election.It does not matter to me as i support the BLP but Dr Yearwood as leader would likely suffer the same fate as Ms Depeiza.May the best man win for democracy in Barbados.I gone.

    • Sealy represents the old same old same old guard. A party an apathetic public rejected unceremoniously.

  17. These thieves are not trying to repair anything, they are trying to promote themselves, steal birthrights and anything that is not nailed or welded down …they are not real leaders, not REAL Pan Afrikanists or Afrikans, they are IMPOSTORS……colonial puppets and minions..

    The real people, SPIRITUALLY ORDAINED BY BLOODLINE to make those significant changes, already TOOK THEIR PLACE IN THE ORIGINAL LINEUP created by our AFRIKAN ANCESTORS……elite wannabes know NOTHING about these things…as mutated puppets.

    …pretenders, identity thieves and slave master wannabes. CAN’T…..they are enablers and the conduit of racism, apartheid oppression, exploitation, discrimination and disempowerment againt the descendants of the ENSLAVED for the past 100 years…they should be appropriately BANISHED….fake leaders.

  18. A rock and a hard place.
    It seems like Dr. Yearwood will win but he will bring all the DLP baggage with him. Any talk of the “old guard” is a waste. Time to look forward.

    Regardless of the result, the “new” president has a very short time to consolidate internally and start the process of expanding externally with the RIGHT people at his side.

    Time will tell.

    Just observing

  19. No point electing someone that cannot debate the PM
    No point electing someone that cannot potentially lead the country
    No point electing someone that would be star-struck
    No point electing someone that does not know how to say no

  20. Just saw some news from the dems saying someone leak the news of membership.Well well cannot even get a simple inner election run smoothly and wish to run a country? What the hell.Then to hear Mr Blackett claim it was an internal leak makes it even worse.Why would someone on the inside not want to see the dems rise again according to Mr Blackette?To thunk these dems like Alvin, Ms decided, Mr P, Mr Bascombe, Randolph ,Rawle and Velma among a few others hog the brasstacks program everyday enabled by the likes in my view of dem moderators like Mr Ellis, Mr Blackman ,Mr Wilkinson, Dr Hinds and Ms Jemmott, thst they are ready to challenge in the next elections.This seems far from reality.Especially if they retain Dr Yearwood as leader.I wonder why Mr Blackette is so worried about persons knowing who these new members are? Perhaps the numbers he is claiming to have joined is overstated.This is just my view not stating this as a fact.I gone.

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      Dr Ronnie Yearwood reelected DLP President

      Article by Shamar Blunt
      Published on
      August 20, 2023

      Dr Ronnie Yearwood has retained the presidency of the Democratic Labour Party.

      Just after 9 pm on Saturday, the results were officially announced after two days of voting, where Dr Yearwood easily retained his position as leader of the party, amassing a total of 493 votes.

      Dr Yearwood, who was immediately flanked by his supporters after the voting results were announced, told media personnel that it was a moment for him to cherish.

      “It’s a moment to savour; I’m so proud of the people who have been supporting me and the work that we are doing. It’s a time that we just go forward in unity, as a party we have to put aside whatever differences and disputes [we have], and unify.

      “Yesterday I spoke about that need for unity, about that need for coming together and remembering that we were and that we are a great party. That we are a party of progressiveness … where women, young people, elderly, everyone, George Street was a beacon, a place where you can find refuge. We want it to be that place again.”

      Meanwhile, former minister of housing Michael Lashley KC thanked supporters for having confidence in him, as they cast 497 votes in his favour to help him attain the 1st Vice President position.

      He also added that the party must be ready going forward in tackling the needs of the population, as well as selecting competent candidates for future elections.

      “Yes, in any elections you have various factions, so I think now after this process now, I am confident that the party will coalesce and be a force to be reckoned with. I think the party now will have to take a look at going to the streets, touching people, canvassing, selection of candidates, [and] the establishment of policy committees.

      “Candidate selection is very important … we need to have candidates that we know. That not only starts with some community based work, but indeed if they have some national recognition, that would be an added plus.” (SB)

    • @ Enuff

      I guess the below newspaper article’s headlines appropriately answers your question.

      “Dr Ronnie Yearwood reelected DLP President.”

      Article by Shamar Blunt
      Published on
      August 20, 2023

      “Dr Ronnie Yearwood has retained the presidency of the Democratic Labour Party.”

  21. @ David

    The ‘old guard’ has been REJECTED once again.

    Ironically, this is what Verla reportedly said after being reelected DLP president in 2020:

    “I know that we have had our tussles over the last few weeks and that makes you more quietly confident than anything else.”

    “So, the thanks goes out to the membership of the party for the confidence that has been reposed in me. Clearly the party has understood that we do need to make changes, they have embraced the changes that have been made and I hope that is a good sign that the other changes that have to come that they will also be onboard for them,” she added….”

    “De Peiza described the party as “one DLP pulling going forward”, now that the internal elections are over.”

    Three (3) years later, Yearwood is, in Bajan parlance, ‘singing the same song’ as his predecessor.

    • If a lowly blogmaster can give some advice to Dr. Yearwood. It is not enough to react to missteps of government, although there are enough of them to consume opposition commentary. He must assemble a group of sensible energetic representatives, to crawl the Barbados space in a sensible way. Many of the DLP deadbeats who call the talk shows and post bs on a daily basis he must find a way to combat. The do nothing g to assist the party although they believe they do. Last but not it is more than a year, the public needs to see the emergence of a credible dissenting voice and brand to fill the vacant political opposition voice which is there by default. Where is the plan?

    • Ronnie’s minimal tasks
      DR RONNIE YEARWOOD’S re-election as president of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has been met with the expected “let’s move forward together” rallying cry from his supporters. Attentive listeners would, however, certainly have not missed the deep sigh of relief, barely muffled under the shouts of jubilation.
      For the DLP faithful, Yearwood’s re-election was celebrated more as an indicator of stability rather than a positive affirmation of the consolidation of the ideal leader who would achieve electoral victory. The re-election of Yearwood carries the same significance as that of Verla De Peiza over Guy Hewitt in 2021.
      Coming out of the 2018 General Election, a high priority was placed on “settling the leadership” and “presenting a united front” as key ingredients in the rebuilding process. Today, in 2023, following a second experience of a 30-0 defeat in the 2022 election, these concerns have been reinforced multi-fold.
      Given the objectively low point in which the DLP now finds itself, “rebuilding” is thought of strictly in electoral terms. It is for this reason that there is such hostility towards the “old guard”, since their main “weakness” is their past association with recent electoral defeats.
      The Yearwood camp sees restructuring as merely the inclusion of new faces that had little association with the DLP’s recent past. Had there been a genuine commitment to rebuilding, perhaps a higher value would have been placed on “experience” in Government, and a proper mix of youth, technical competence, and popular appeal would have been pursued.
      There is a strong likelihood that Yearwood’s advisors will interpret his re-election as licence to decapitate the old guard. Many will see it as the last word on the leadership question. However, the vote count provides no such comfort. Yearwood’s 422 voters were fewer than the combined total of the three challengers. This suggests that more than half of the party membership remains unconvinced
      about Yearwood as the “final” pre-election answer. He remains a spot-holder until an unchallenged leader emerges or until the “never Ronnie” group can coalesce around a single leader.
      The key message from the vote therefore is that the pre-convention situation remains largely unchanged. Yearwood has been given a mandate to pursue minimal tasks only. He cannot alienate any of the reluctant wings of the party. He should tread carefully.
      Perhaps, those who focus on “electoral” readiness, might be reading the cards correctly. The next unchallenged leader of the DLP will be the one who can win a seat in the parliament, preferably his or her own. The minimal task for Yearwood will be to hold the party together into the next election. Any unnecessary internal shakeups prior to an election will be to his detriment. That is the first hurdle. Then, he must win at least one seat. Failure to do so will mark the end of his leadership.
      Tennyson Joseph is an associate professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University. Email tjoe2008@live.com

      Source: Nation

  22. David, I agree with Tennyson Joseph. He provided a more detailed explanation to my August 20, 2023 6:03 AM contribution. Interestingly, Michael Lashley, who may be considered a member of the ‘old guard,’ received 75 more votes for 1st vice president (497), than Yearwood received for president (422). Since all the constituencies ‘are up for grabs’ for the DLP, perhaps Yearwood should be ‘eying’ a ‘safe seat.’ But, then again, he may be popular at the DLP level, where the DEMS come together…… irrespective of constituencies, but a ‘weak candidate’ at the national general elections level.

    • @Artax

      Agree, his job on the inside will be a difficult journey. All political parties have hardliners and various factions. The DLP because of its post 2013 collapse has created additional problems. A good showing at a by election called before the next general election may assist him. He needs a win. Ideally if he is able to win that by election before 2027.

    • @Artax

      To add you your observation did you note the number of bites Blackett received? It reinforces Joseph and your point.

  23. Those who drink hot chocolate should stay away from reading tea leaves.

    With three hostile opponents gnashing at his heels, Ronnie O showed his speed and strength by almost lapping his nearest rival.

    To emerge with almost half of the cake in a hotly contested battle involving four parties should be seen as a sign of acceptance and strength.

    • Similar could be said about Verla defeating Guy Hewitt. After that election, she ‘insisted the DLP was now stronger than it ever was,’ and, “the 22nd August, 2021, signals the return of the Democratic Labour Party, energised.” According to the old saying, ‘rest is history.’ The mere fact THREE members challenged Yearwood for presidency, clearly indicates some people are not satisfied with his leadership, which, if we make an honest assessment, has so far not been impressive. He was unable to ‘energise’ the DEMS during his first presidential tunure. I wish him all the best ‘this time around.’

  24. The very sad truth is that the DLP in all its misery, is still seen as the only viable alternative party. This is why all third parties from Dr. Bell’s to Alleyne and McClean’s along with Atherleys’s and Commissiong’s, along with the NDP, have not been able to seriously threaten the hold the BLP and DLP have on the country.
    The most pronounced statement in the above article implies that even if the DLP wins one seat at the next election, it will be back .
    Perhaps it’s time for some serious independent candidates to enter the ring.

  25. I rush here to kill a rumor in its infancy.

    Though, the police was called at one stage, the DLP election was a peaceful affair. There was no biting or eye-gouging.

    Blackett was not bitten.

  26. “Those who drink hot chocolate should stay away from reading tea leaves.”

    Wise Sages like myself consult the I Ching Book of Change (for fun)

    What will happen to Ronnie Yearwood in next election?
    The coins have been tossed…
    Yin (New)
    Yin (New)
    Yin (New)
    Yang (New)
    Yin (New)
    Yang (New)

    I Ching Hexagram 36
    Ming Yi (Brightness Hiding)

    Action: Reignite

    Hu Gua (hidden influence) 40 Liberation: Untangle

    Zong Gua (underlying cause) 6 Conflict: Let Go

    When the light goes down, it may be wise to become invisible. Imagine fresh darkness, the period just after sunset or after a fire has gone out.
    Rouse new growth by hiding your talents and accepting the difficult journey. Though you feel held back, have no fear.

    The present is embodied in Hexagram 36 – Ming I (Darkening of the Light): It will be advantageous to realize the difficulty of the position, and maintain firm correctness.
    There are no changing lines, and hence the situation is expected to remain the same in the immediate future.
    The things most apparent, those above and in front, are embodied by the upper trigram K’un (Earth), which represents docility and receptivity.
    The things least apparent, those below and behind, are embodied by the lower trigram Li (Fire), which represents brightness and warmth.

  27. I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations …”

    It appears as if some of the erroneous Bible teaching have strayed into our political thoughts. Some believe that if the DLP came with 30 new and fresh candidates they should be/would be rejected because of the DLP label. If these same candidates called themselves the ELP, the should be given a chance. Perhaps, the should use NLP – new labor party.

    This kind of logic has thrown my head in a spin. I will be back later

  28. With 510 votes to 290, Mr Blackett, just like our hero Ronnie O, almost lapped his opponents. We must commend both these two gentlemen for the commanding victory that they both won.

    I will not resort to the low level of political discussion and claim that ‘Blackett rode in Ronnie’s coattail’.

  29. If it is all about numbers perhaps Wickham and Joseph should do a deep dive on the BCA elections since Conde won by a landslide (3 votes) and more votes were cast against him than for him, also many of the candidates for other positions received more votes than he did but I am not a numbers man so what do I know.

    Anyway, cricket seems to be on the downslide in Bim so any number can win.

    • @Sargeant

      The results are related, we see the trend in trade union, credit union and other elections – a small band of people are able to influence the national trajectory on important matters. We shouldn’t be surprise to see the trend in national elections. There is a level of cynicism and apathy being demonstrated by residents in the island that has started to compromise our ability as a nation to soar.

  30. David, credit must be given to Blackett for not abandoning the DLP, after the 2018 general elections, as many of their candidates seemingly ‘went into hiding’ thereafter. As interim president, he tried to revitalise the party. Blackett’s tenure as general secretary has, so far, been exceptional, demonstrated by his ability to perhaps put personal differences or biases aside, to exhibit his support for former president DePeiza, current president, Yearwood, as well as being a ‘loyal, committed’ member of the Democratic Labour Party. Hence, his overwhelming victory. He reminds me of the late DLP stalwart, Astor B. Watts.

    • @Artax

      Agree with you to a point. He seems to be the glue holding the factions together but at what price?

  31. David, Joseph suggested that failure to win at least one seat in the upcoming general elections, would essentially ‘mark the end of Yearwood’s leadership.’ Perhaps this maybe a reference to Verla’s tenure. Recall her leadership came under more scrutiny, when the DLP did not win the St. George North by-election, with ‘home town boy,’ Floyd Reifer, as their candidate. And, abruptly ended when the DEMS suffered their second 30 – 0 defeat at the polls.

    • @Artax

      It would be interesting to observe which constituency Yearwood has his eye on or will he return to SJS.

  32. St. James South may be the ideal constituency for Yearwood, David. He has a ‘political familiarity’ with the area, from both BLP and DLP perspectives. And, Donville’s assistance is another fact to consider, as well as the BLP’s poularity, which has already peaked, and is steadily on the decline.

    • @Artax

      It might turn out that way, there is also a possible 3rd term factor which may see Mottley’s coat tails appreciably shortened combined with % national swing against incumbent resulting in some candidates washed away.

  33. Politically Lashey is the victor keep eyes on him he is playing a smart positional game

    Bulldog got a very small increase in votes his votes can be considered hardline against Ronnie O. If the old blood had had dropped out then we would have a good fight between the young blood

    After over a year my man is the only one that presented a plan. Any plan Ronnie come with now better be totally original or he will be seen as a copier

  34. “Putting the $1.3 billion debt the Government owes to the NIS back onto the books of government will not take the debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio to over 170 per cent as suggested by Mr Persaud. The addition of $1.3 billion will take the national debt to just over $16 billion from currently almost $15 billion. Given the Barbados economy is over $12 billion in size, including the NIS debt would put the debt-to-GDP ratio at just over 130 per cent,” he said.”


    Ronnie O

    These kind of mistakes is what going to kill u when u come up head to head against Mia.

    It is not the 1.3B that will return te debt ratio to 170%
    It is the reversing of the debt restructuring that will

    The 1.3B can be paid back but we have to come out of the debt restructuring agreement first before that can go on the book.

    U are starting off u second term live u finished the first

    Think before u speak !

  35. David Bu i believe Dr Yearwood being return as president of the dems will lead to certaim defeat for the dems whenever Ms Mottley calls the next election.As i have stated he is a political lightweight who like Ms Depeiza will struggle to win a seat.How can he as leader inspire anyone else?If he could not beat Ms Husbands how will he fare head to head with a political heavyweight like Ms Mottley?.I gone.

    • @Lorenzo

      The talking heads are out!

      The DLP conundrum

      This article was written and submitted by Peter Wickham, who is a political consultant and a director of Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES).
      Although the outcome of the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) election last Saturday was hailed as a resounding victory by the re-elected president and his supporting cast, a sober reflection on the facts suggests a very different reality.
      President Dr Ronnie Yearwood should be congratulated on having scored more votes than any of his adversaries, however, to suggest that this is all that matters reflects a shallow analysis.
      In reality, more people voted against Yearwood and this is indisputable evidence of a divide within the DLP, which cannot be “wished away”.
      The DLP, therefore, continues to navigate the most tempestuous political waters imaginable with a crew that is not settled on this captain.
      The complex situation is illuminated by the appended chart which presents data from 2022 and 2023 and superimposes the key characteristic of candidates based on their vintage. In the wake of the 2018 defeat, I contended that the DLP was best advised to move away from the old guard and these data demonstrate that this has generally been its inclination.
      If the leaders were to be classified based on vintage in both 2022 and 2023, the majority of party supporters were inclined towards a “Young Turk” and the 2023 outcome consolidates that sentiment in excess of two-thirds of votes cast. In this regard, there were two “Young Turk” options in 2023, which clearly generated more interest among DLP members and this helps to affirm the contention that the DLP had all but settled on the idea of a leader who is not from the old guard.

      Far less clear
      The issue, therefore, is which “Young Turk” should take the party forward and here the outcome is far less clear. The 2022 result suggested that Yearwood might have been the person as he scored 57 per cent support against a single opponent (David Estwick). In 2023, however, Yearwood slipped into unpopular territory (49 per cent) demonstrating a significant loss of support among the DLP faithful.
      Yearwood’s supporters have argued that his showing this year is nonetheless impressive; however, there are a few critical factors that should be contemplated, starting with the fact that in 2022 Yearwood was selected based on appearance, while the 2023 selection was based on performance.
      Another critical factor is located in one of Yearwood’s “achievements” which is the registration of 600 new members to the DLP. This is a good thing, however, this expansion in membership appears not to have been to his benefit since he only increased his number by 149. Moreover, close to half of these people appear not to have participated in the election since the total number of electors only increased by 388. Increases aside, these levels of participation raise questions regarding a party which secured 30 000 votes nationally, but is yet to attract 1 000 members to participate in an internal election.
      As a sidenote, the comparative performance of Estwick (227 versus 205) puts paid to rumours that he registered large numbers of new Dems who one adversary argued “could not find George Street on a map”. Nonetheless, we hope that
      after this second attempt, Estwick will be convinced that the DLP is not interested in his leadership.
      The main question facing Yearwood as he goes forward, therefore, is whether he can consolidate the old and new segments of the DLP under his leadership and it should be clear by now that I am of the opinion that he cannot. Certainly, support for an old guard leader has fallen to less than a third in 2023. However, Yearwood has simultaneously become unpopular.
      This scenario is perhaps explained by a somewhat misguided approach to unity by Yearwood. In his re-election campaign, Yearwood noted that “he” was the candidate who could prevent the DLP from another 30-Love which is a serious indictment of his opponents who can now lay claim to more support than him.
      Certainly, leaders are entitled to believe in themselves, however, this level of arrogance in projecting himself as the DLP’s messiah seems odd when one considers that Yearwood has not recorded a single national victory during his short sojourn in DLP politics.
      Unsurprisingly, Yearwood has further exacerbated the situation by using muscular language in respect of detractors who apparently “leaked” the list of members. The central issue is at any rate absurd since a membership list should never be a secret to members and far less candidates who seek to lead that organisation.
      The suggestion that they “will pay” was attributed to Yearwood in one section of the press and in the absence of a denial one assumes that this is how he proposes to deal with persons whom he needs to embrace going forward.
      Similarly, another analyst who is partial to Yearwood, suggested that the party will “have” to unite behind Yearwood in light of this result, which reflects either astounding naivety or a shocking ignorance of the traditions within the DLP.
      As time passes, the reality that history repeats itself will guide us towards a recollection of the experience of Dr Mascoll who shares much in common with Dr Yearwood. They are both intelligent and committed politicians and should have (had) bright futures. Mascoll ascended the DLP’s leadership podium in the worst of times and, like Yearwood, led the DLP without a seat.
      Like Yearwood, Mascoll worked hard in support of the DLP, but like Yearwood, his efforts impacted little and his Achilles heel was that he was never able to unite the DLP behind him.
      Unsurprisingly, the DLP quickly jettisoned Mascoll when the true Messiah presented himself and Mascoll threw a tantrum and crossed the floor. Needless to say, Yearwood does not have the option of returning to the BLP, so it will be interesting to see what becomes of him if he is unable to reverse his fortunes during the next two years of his presidency.

      Source: Nation

  36. Ok! Bushie is flawed…

    But it is VERY difficult to read Petra Wickie without the constant reminder that he submits himself to his white Frenchman husband at nights.
    This is especially so, knowing how those white Frenchmen have ALWAYS (even now in Niger) treated Black people who look like Petra…

    Bushie congratulates Dr Yearwood on a resounding victory.
    The bushman FULLY expects that he will go on to piss Petra off – with his lack of interest in ‘uniting anyone BEHIND him’, but rather, by building up the damn party (and indeed country) to the best of his ability – as Mascoll did himself – via which ever shiite Party they happened to use.

    What has Petra done for Barbados apart from being a poster boy for the bulling agenda…?

  37. “Walters received 188 votes, compared to Dr Ronnie Yearwood’s 422. Also contesting the presidency were Dr David Estwick, who received 227 votes, and Richard Sealy (29 votes).’

    Wickham’s treatise if not wrong is a little dishonest.
    1. To compare a head to head result directly with one that has four candidates is misleading. We do not know who the voters would have selected if it was the great ‘Ronnie O versus one other candidate. It is ridiculous to believe that in a 1-2 match some voters would not have voted for the ‘great Ronnie O’.

    2. I am somewhat surprised that PW acts like a statistician but depends only on basic arithmetic. It should be clear that a statistical hypothesis that half of the voters supported the great Ronnie O would not be rejected.

    3. This reinforces point 2 above.
    Half of 866 is 433. Ronnie O received 422 votes.

    Mr Wickham has a penchant for making mountains out of molehills.

    • It is obvious Yearwood was unable to get votes from DLP members who voted for Lashley et al. It is a non point to debate otherwise. Why would that same DLP abstain from voting for Yearwood? The answer is obvious, Yearwood has a lot of work to do.

  38. I suspect that if there was a run-off off between he two leading candidates the ‘great Ronnie O would have collected more than 57%.

    Wickham appears to be a ‘Lorenzo’ type who has grown familiar with a pocket calculator. His reasoning is still at Lorenzo level

    • The bigger issue is that a small Yearwood after a year at the helm has been unable to energize the base to come out to vote. Also a corollary is that the majority of new young members didn’t come out. Why get caught up in discussing numbers that in the scheme of things is statistical insignificant.

  39. Calling a braniac.
    I cannot understand Wickham’s graphs. Can you explain them to me or I will force to believe that Wickham believes Adding (any) graph makes my shit looks credible.

    Rabbit, are you there.

  40. “It is obvious Yearwood was unable to get votes from DLP members who voted for Lashley et al. It is a non point to debate otherwise. Why would that same DLP abstain from voting for Yearwood?”

    Sounds good, but absolute rubbish.

    1. The ‘great Ronnie O’ would be an idiot if he expected every one who voted for Lasley previously to vote for him now. To expect a 100% conversion rate is folly.

    2. The above analysis is incredibly simplistic
    a. It suggest that everyone who voted in 2022 is voting again
    b. It also suggests that Ronnie O has the same supporters now, the raw numbers contradict this

  41. Why get caught up in discussing numbers that in the scheme of things is statistical insignificant.
    To be frank Boss… because YOU did us the disservice of posting Petra’s drivel bright and early this morning.

    In any case,
    Bushie recalls that the now mighty Mia lost a party leadership vote, ..and even now, has to make every damn MP a Minister, LEAST her donkey be slain at the political alter.

    Petra is NOT particularly bright, (unlike both Drs. Mascoll and Yearwood) and seems to be constantly seeking to compensate for this reality.

    • @Bush Tea

      Unfortunately being bright on its own will not cut it when it comes to breathing live into the DLP. Yearwood will not benefit from what Mottley had.

  42. TheO

    600+ joined under Ronnie O
    List three things Ronnie done to advance the party in the last 1.25yrs

    Let me give u one. He name 3 spokespersons.
    Name the three and when last anyone of the spoke

  43. @J2
    Please direct your questions to the ‘great Ronnie O’.

    I consider myself a neutral but I like to bat against bad spin.

  44. Gazzerts i know you like to defend the dems and Dr Yearwood but i will tell you this.Dr Yearwood will suffer the same fate as the previous nightwatchman Ms Depeiza.He will not win his seat unless he stps up his game and the dems will be lucky to win 5 seats.Dr Yearwood would do well to heed Mr Wickham, s advice and start doing some serious work.Attacking Ms Mottley without alternative solutions ain, t cutting it.The dems cussed Ms Mottley back in 2018 and lost badly.I gone.

    • Not understanding this analysis by another talking head.

      Assessing the DLP election


      AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS in the public’s eye, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has concluded its annual conference and has re-elected Dr Ronnie Yearwood as president.
      Contrary to some early pronouncements in some quarters, Yearwood’s re-election should come as no surprise if one were properly analysing the DLP race. This was the case as those who challenged Yearwood did not have sufficient political openings to meaningfully contrast themselves to his presidency.
      However, with the election over, the results allow for a better assessment of what occurred and the implications for the future. In a recent article, one political analyst deemed Yearwood’s re-election as a “conundrum” for the DLP.
      This was largely premised on the fact that Yearwood received 49 per cent of the vote which meant a majority of the party voted against him. However, a closer look at the candidates’ performances and the unique situation of the race paints a different picture.
      Special conference
      At the special conference election in 2022, there was a straight matchup between Yearwood and Dr David Estwick. In this instance, Yearwood garnered 57 per cent of the vote, whereas Estwick received 43 per cent. Fast forward to 2023, Yearwood received 49 per cent of the vote while Estwick received 26 per cent. Therefore, Yearwood’s average performance as a candidate is 53 per cent which is a clear majority.
      Nevertheless, it’s the inability of Yearwood to capture more than 50 per cent of the vote that remains a sticking point for another political analyst which I will explore. In 2023, although Yearwood saw an eight per cent decline in party support, it must be noted that in contrast, Estwick oversaw a 17 per cent decline. Therefore, Estwick lost party support at twice the rate of Yearwood and these declines are certainly worthy of investigation.
      Ultimately, it was the candidacy of Ryan Walters who received 21 per cent of the vote that was responsible for these declines. It is well understood that Estwick and Walters actively and forcefully campaigned for the presidency and were therefore rewarded with a sizeable share of the vote. This contrasts with Richard Sealy, who was far more indolent in his campaign, hence receiving only three per cent.
      Nevertheless, despite Estwick’s and Walters’ vigorous pursuit for presidency, Yearwood amassed an impressive 49 per cent of the vote. Therefore, in the absence of Walters being a “spoiler”, Yearwood would have produced an even more convincing performance. This assumption is premised on the fact that Estwick oversaw a decline in support at twice the rate of Yearwood
      which give a clear indication who the party preferred between the two.
      Therefore, in a head-to-head matchup between Yearwood and Estwick, Estwick’s rate of decline in support would have been positively reflected in Yearwood’s performance. As such, the notion that Yearwood is unpopular since he received 49 per cent of the vote is overly simplistic as it ignores the “spoiler” effect of Walters, and Yearwood’s ability to better maintain support unlike Estwick.
      Beyond the numbers, references were made between the David Thompson and Dr Clyde Mascoll era, where Yearwood, like Mascoll, is presumably seen as a seat warmer until the emergence of the DLP “messiah”. However, the Thompson and Mascoll era is in stark contrast to what currently exists, as Thompson and Mascoll co-existed where there could only be one true political leader. Therefore, Mascoll governed the DLP at a time where a clear, natural, and capable alternative for leadership existed.
      However, this situation no longer obtains as there is no clear alternate to Yearwood. This is evidenced by the fact that 74 per cent of the party voted against Estwick and 79 per cent against Walters.
      Ultimately, a careful, fair, and balanced assessment of the DLP election would show that concerns regarding the unpopularity of Yearwood are exaggerated, given the unique situation of a vigorous three-person race for the presidency.

      Devaron Bruce is a political scientist.

    • Why fear internal democracy?

      IN RECENT NATION articles I have felt compelled to offer suggestions for the deepening of internal democratisation within the main opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Barbados as a key ingredient in its renewal, especially in the context of the two consecutive 30-0 electoral defeats.
      I have argued persistently that the DLP must be open to the greatest levels of internal democratisation and public engagement as key to its electoral recovery.
      In an April 20, 2023 article entitled Yearwood’s DLP: Trials And Errors, I argued against the tendency of a small ruling clique being pre-occupied strictly with branding since this would result in “stifling democracy among the wider membership”.
      I argued instead that a “political party is a broad church” and “an organic being that captures within itself all shades of the country”. Thus, a struggling institution like the DLP should let “1 000 flowers bloom”.
      Unfortunately, the recent DLP executive disinvitation of the grassroots invitation to prominent trade unionist Caswell Franklyn to address the St Peter branch on the raging hot National Insurance Scheme pension issue shows clearly that tensions exist between expectations of autonomy by constituency branches on one hand, and tendencies for centralism by the party centre on the other.
      This can only lead to withdrawal, apathy and demotivation on the part of the party base who might feel themselves dis-appreciated and alienated by the overly bureaucratic leadership.
      The questions then arise: Why would a struggling opposition party be reluctant to embrace the participation of a prominent unionist who is leading a struggle against a controversial government policy which has galvanised public attention?
      Wouldn’t a party with no seats in the House welcome the activity of its branch by tapping into the most significant anti-government moment since 2018?
      Moreover, didn’t the tension between the branch and the executive over the invitation to Franklyn spill into the public domain, contributing to public perceptions of “infighting”, issues which, no doubt, would cause concern for the party’s upper leadership, eager to demonstrate stability?
      None of this, in the final analysis, is surprising.
      Decades ago, CLR James in Party Politics in the West Indies had insisted that given the history of plantation slavery, there was no deep instinctive culture of democracy at any level of society, far less in the political parties. James felt that despite all the palaver about Caribbean democracy, the instinct was towards authoritarianism and the control by central elites of those at the bottom.
      Readers may determine for themselves the accuracy of CLR James’s observations. However, the DLP, given its weakened state, is now in a prime position to embrace internal democracy as a necessary act of political resurrection. History, and recent events, however, do not leave room for optimism. It may take future electoral defeats and more sustained internal disputes to create the conditions for internal democracy to flourish.
      Tennyson Joseph is Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University. Email tjoe2008@live.com

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