Don’t blame us!

Dale Marshall posters on the sidewalk after being torn down.
Dale Marshall posters on the sidewalk after being torn down.

Don’t point fingers at the Democratic Labour Party, blame a “desperate” Barbados Labour Party for the alleged vandalism of its own election posters and at least one billboard.

While BLP Deputy Leader Dale Marshall told Barbados TODAY he did not want to make the issue bigger than it needed to be and preferred not to comment, DLP campaign strategy team member Ronald Jones today said “desperate people do desperate things and blame it on the opponent”.

Both he and DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim denied any member or supporter of the party was involved in such acts, of which BLP candidate Indar Weir said he was a victim.

But Jones went a step further and said “things can be staged in order to bring about a desired effect”. He and Pilgrim spoke at a DLP press conference this morning.

“If you want to achieve a negative on your opponent you can also create the environment for that negative to be visited on your opponent. In the instance of a billboard being erected it does not take the Democratic Labour Party, any of its supporters … to go and push that billboard down. Things can be staged in order to bring about a desired effect,” Jones said.

“There are persons in Barbados being employed by the Barbados Labour Party whose mantra is something called perception management — that’s all they are paid to do and if you think a billboard being toppled is going to be the only thing that they are going to be reporting and complaining about then you are badly mistaken.

“They are going to find, create, manipulate, orchestrate, all kinds of things because … in perception management it is to point at the other person. Pay careful attention … to what is going on and I am predicting today as we speak, based on the personnel they have wrapped around them from distant places that more and more as we go deeper into the campaign it is going to start coming out,” he added.

The Minister of Education said the DLP “never had a history of tearing down the posters of any opponent” and that after BLP candidates “slathered” utility poles with their posters his party’s candidates were forced to “find some dark convenient corner” to place theirs.

As the DLP prepares to launch its campaign tomorrow a number of billboards bearing the images of candidates are being placed around the country, in some instances next to or near those of the BLP.

There was an instance this morning when a billboard with the picture of St. Thomas candidate Rolerick Hinds was placed in Warrens in front of one erected by the BLP last week.

“The Democratic Labour Party is the better team. This is just strategic planning. I’m going to put one in the heart of St. Thomas and let them follow. I gine show them how to do it. I gine show them how to represent St. Thomas… The headquarters dealt with the issue of permission and I am very sure they would not put me wrong,” he told Barbados TODAY.

“Of course sometimes in doing things we might make mistakes but the important thing is to recognise and then you adjust it accordingly. We are not here to break the law or anything, we are just letting people know we are here and we plan to continue to represent Barbados.” (SC/LB)

7 Responses to Don’t blame us!

  1. M February 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I’m sorry Mr. Jones, I wold take your words seriously had I not witnessed what I did on Saturday Feb 02.

    Posters of the BLP candidate for St Michael Central were tacked to all the poles through my gap (Hill Rd Bank Hall St Michael), but on Saturday, February 2nd, when the posters for the DLP candidate were been placed, they removed the BLP posters and put up the DLP posters. This I witnessed with my own eyes. One of my neighbours cussed them for doing it, but to no avail.

    Now according to Ronald Jones, these men putting up DLP posters would have had to be part of the “perception management” team of the BLP. Really Ronald!!! where would the BLP get all of those Steve Blackett posters?

  2. Skeptical February 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “Preception management” please, some people just plain bored enough to go around ripping down posters…for fun?. I know of plenty cases in the past where school aged children especially see all kinds of posters up and just rip them down as they passing.

  3. Seawolf February 7, 2013 at 6:58 am

    The DLP just couldn’t resist defacing the beautiful Royal palms along the ABC highway in St. Philip and Ch. Ch.

  4. Kei February 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I totally agree with u “skeptical” and i honestly believe that the BLP looking to blame the DLP for every lil thing that’s happen, 2days’ paper talking bout vodoo and all bunch %#$@!!

  5. Freeagent February 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Would the eye witnesses please capture, on camera, the persons who are tearing down the posters?

  6. Anthony Goodridge February 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Stupessssssss!! Like who really care about BLP or DLP photos. This crap always happens.. Moving on…..

  7. Clyde Layne February 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This has been happening for years,this is part of the fun of election
    time. I tore down a few,(no hatred for the candidate or party).
    Bajans have already made up their minds ,a few poster won’t make a difference anyway.


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