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Hive alive

The Bees stormed Bridgetown this morning.

The Bees stormed Bridgetown this morning.

Bridgetown was abuzz with Bees this morning.

Anyone in the vicinity of the Treasury Building between 11 and noon could easily have mistaken the arrival of 30 Barbados Labour Party election candidates as a victory celebration.

Some onlookers likened it to Kadooment Day as the candidates and their supporters, all dressed in red, danced and sang and cheered opposite the House of Assembly they all are trying to get into after next month’s general elections.

Led by a van with speakers blaring campaign songs by Lil’ Rick, the trio of Crimeson, Dutty Android and Crab Solider, and Serenader, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur and his entire team of candidates journeyed from the BLP Roebuck Street headquarters and after a brief trip through a section of the City climbed the steps of the Treasury Building just before noon today.

They were there to pay a collective $7,500 ($250 each), their required election deposit necessary before they journey to various centres next Wednesday to be officially nominated.

At the end of it all Arthur mocked the Democratic Labour Party’s lack of major presence in the campaign so far, saying the Dems were “missing in action”.

“I am asking you all to continue to follow the only campaign in town,” he told the media as supporters and candidates cheered.

“I would feel embarrassed to call an election and then find that my side is not prepared to contest the election. Where is the Democratic Labour Party? Missing in action,” he quipped. (SC)

One Response to Hive alive

  1. edward marston February 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I have been privileged to live in Barbados for more than a year and have the opportunity to observe national characteristics which may have a bearing on the outcome of this election. On the positive side, Barbadians are wonderful parents and totally committed to the education and future of their children. Most people are law abiding, unconditionally friendly, fun-loving and justly proud of their academic and professional achievements. Barbadians hold strong opinions and are not afraid to articulate them – sometimes vociferously. I have heard the expression ‘stovepipe lawyers’ and perceive that Barbados boasts more than its fair share of these. What this adds up to is the recipe for a strong and effective democracy which bodes well for the future of Barbados. As a nation, Barbados has a number of gravitational influences – the Caribbean, UK (historically and emotionally), the US and Canada. The next government of Barbados also faces some big challenges – unemployment, welfare, diminution of foreign earnings, inwards investment and economic standing. The hope must be that the electorate has the collective wisdom and intuition to choose leaders who are best equipped to successfully meet these challenges and provide a stable and secure future for this vibrant and enchanting country.


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