by Wade Gibbons
It was yellow fever and it was contagious.
But the George Street Auditorium was not a place for quarantine last night.
It was a site for jumping, and prancing, shouting and screaming, even some crying.
Dems young and Dems old, civil servants in partisan T-shirts, bold, none hiding and everyone smiling.
“Where is Wickham? Where is Wickham? Where is Wickham?”
It was one big happy family, bunched together and cheering every time a victory result appeared on the big screen in the yard at which many were gazed.
Some occasionally entered the Unity Bar where the father of all Dees Astor B. Watts catered to their needs
But amid the screams of delight there was still tension in the air as the gap between the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party narrowed and seemed headed for a deadlock.
Chris Sinckler won. Cheers!
Donville Inniss won. Cheers!
Patrick Todd did not get the nod in the City. Groans!
Esther Byer Suckoo dumped after one term as well. More groans!
Steve Blackett won. Wild cheers, hugs and kisses. His wife, Eleanor danced a jig. Supporters wave their flags and placards.
Kenneth Best goes after one term. Groans!
The tension increased when the screen showed DLP 15, BLP13.
Some feared a tie and started pondering over the names of Bees that could be courted.
They called Trevor Prescod, they mentioned Mia Mottley, some even suggested Cynthia Forde.
Then Estwick arrived. Cheers!
Mara Thompson arrived. Cheers!
Michael Carrington arrived. More cheers!
George Hutson is defeated. Groans!
Irene Sandiford-Garner is defeated. Disbelief!
“Freundel should have cut off Orange Hill and put it back in St. James North where it belongs. No part of Orange Hill in St. Andrew,” one man complained.
Then the loudest cheer for the night.
Adriel Brathwaite in St. Philip South makes the DLP sweet 16.
Recount for St. Michael South East but victory is certain.
Freundel Stuart is Prime Minister again.
The Barbados Labour Party is beaten, and Owen Arthur vanquished … perhaps for the very last time.