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Inniss sends warning to third political party

Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has sent a strong warning to anyone thinking of forming a third political party to challenge the two established ones that it will not be Sunday School.

Inniss told Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters at a St Philip South constituency branch meeting last night that there had been suggestions that a third party could emerge because some people were unhappy with both the DLP and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

However, he made it clear it would be no easy road for the new party.

“As I heard today [Sunday] on the radio, if an individual feels he has not gotten what he wanted to get for the last 15 years from either the Barbados Labour Party or the Democratic Labour Party that is the basis on which you form a political party, then you are entitled to do what you want to do. And if you can find individuals of similar thought to join with him [then so be it].

“But if they feel that the sole criteria for entering politics in Barbados is to be a businessman or a businesswoman, well then that is their right to hold that thought. I would say that they would not get out of the gates with that kind of thinking,” Inniss cautioned.

Still, he said both the governing DLP and the Opposition BLP ought to be concerned that people felt so disenfranchised that they were thinking of another option.

He said a recent poll conducted by Systematic Marketing & Research Services Inc proved his point.

The poll found that over 60 per cent of respondents wanted to see the back of the Freundel Stuart administration, but only 34 per cent believed the BLP was ready at this stage to take Barbados forward.

“The poll can’t give comfort to anyone if we are to take the poll seriously; that is including the opposition party. I would also add that this is politics and politics is not a Sunday school and my friend who is the Leader of the Opposition knows that only too well. She has been through a lot and I have cautioned her that there is a lot more that she will go through within the next couple of months because come October there will be a new chairman of the Barbados Labour Party,” the St James South MP said.

Inniss told supporters there was no need to focus on “who will be in any third party, who is behind it, who is financing it and such like”. Instead, he said, if the DLP wanted to remain relevant it should examine itself and its vision in search of deficiencies that needed to be addressed.

“[We need to] ask ourselves given changing circumstances some endogenous, some exogenous, some within our control and some outside our control; what is it that we need to perhaps alter,” the outspoken minister said. 

28 Responses to Inniss sends warning to third political party

  1. Brownskin Joy
    Brownskin Joy March 1, 2016 at 8:05 am


  2. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister March 1, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Sunday School?… Lord help us.. What the DLP Government has been putting Barbados through Hell for so long…sooo maybe the third party will be the one to make a difference and save Barbados from the mis-management of government. TIME FOR CHANGE

  3. Guto Owen
    Guto Owen March 1, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Aaw there’s a suprise! The establishment parties don’t want any competition!

  4. Beverley Headley
    Beverley Headley March 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

    The people of Bdos don’t want the DEMS now or ever again! It is a proven fact that when wynna,in office the people in bdos go through very long bouts of sufferation and this lot that u are a,part of is still the,worst when the history books are written. No govt has ever inflicted the pain that this govt has laid on the backs of the people in Bdos, with no light at the end of the tunnel. You have taken everything from the people, and now because reality is in your faces u talking about “taking off taxes”? You really insulting our intelligence, almost 9 years, your government has placed us through the grinder, by taking everything financially that u could think of, and u were a part of it, cuz u sat in Cabinet and went to Parliament and approve all of it, and now coming to the public spouting nonsense about what u think people want to hear? I pray that whenever elections are called that Bajans would severely punish this wicked, insensitive, lying government by giving whoever, BLP or third party all 30 seats, and leave wunna in the political wilderness for another 20 years, by that time all ah wunna would have ridden off into the sunset, you all are a shameless disgrace of what government and governance is all about! You don’t even fit to run a,pig sty, so go hide your face and shut to hell up, for crying out loud!!!!

    • Dario K Alleyne
      Dario K Alleyne March 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Well said

    • Mark Cambridge
      Mark Cambridge March 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Why not offer yourself as a candidate for the third party and see if you could do a better job for de people and stop blowing hot air all over de place.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley March 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      That is the problem Mark Cambridge we need a govt working for “de people” not themselves and the yardfowls. I am sure that there are people as it has been proven that can do a better job, and I am not one, as i don’t claim to be what I am not, but I also know good government and goverence, because bdos has always been able to boast of such and that is why noone in bdos currently *apart from you of course) can identify with the gross incompetence that we have been saddled with, calling themselves “apart government”.

    • Mark Cambridge
      Mark Cambridge March 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Beverley Headley I have basic common sence I don’t subcribe to ignorance when I see it this is not an over night problem these problems started from somewhere and you people keep forgetting from whence it did, let me ask this,why is it a party which rule this country for 14 years with immence plenty Barbados now seems to find itself in all this mess ? don’t you think for goodness sake that something would have had to gone wrong during those times of plenty and not with a government now fighting to keep its head above the water if you go bact to your archives along the political lines you would see that every time this government come to power this government ends up having to take onerous measures to correct this economy and it always seems in the eyes of others that this government don’t know what de hell their doing by the disgust of some so my arguement here is we should never have been in this mess since the country was in plenty from the last administration so to come here with all this hot air blowing all over de place the Bees cannot do any better nor no other party because these person or persons who are now offering themselves as political operatives just about their own pockets its a money making thing now a days and most bajans getting carried away because a politician may get them a job or given handout or where the soup is dripping for them Barbados is in to much debt and have to much high taxes and that is where the problems is with this government having no elbow room to carry out it capital projects to keep jobs and maintain others untill we get rid of this debt this government or none to come would not be able to do better their may end up doing worst because out productives sectors are not functioning and our deficit is way to large because of the last administration who make people believe their were doing a good job by finding all kinds of government work and buildimg its way out of borrowed money which leaves us now in this kinda mess, 1.5 billion in cost over runs, 100 million US dollars can’t be accounted for, over 10 miilion in hardwoord missing, over 70 million in greenland and de list can go on but yet stupid people cussing out this government for what because it fine it self fighting to keep track.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley March 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      We will select another group to find out if they can or cannot do the job, but for sure this lot gotta go, they had their turn-the 62% of bajans that don’t want DEM include me, they had their turn, now it’s ours-the line u r using is old and outdated, it was used in 2008 and again in 2013-time for a new chapter and verse from a different group. No politician does nothing for me, so when I am hurt in my pocket, it’s time for DEM to go, and their time is up. Time for a new group to get some and give us the crumbs, this lot took the crumbs,and,all.

    • Angel Maloney
      Angel Maloney March 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    • Mark Cambridge
      Mark Cambridge March 1, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Beverley Headley past-tense of any archives always carry bearing wheather you want to accept that or not, the line to which you think i’m refering too maybe dismissive by you but not by others who has some modicum of understanding , you sound like a beggar and I hope to goodness grief you not that ignorant in your own appitite to snatch at de shadow and lose de bone, 62% of bajans don’t want de dems you wid following multitude to post and talk crap too I hope you don’t be disappointed and if you chose a new grouping why ya don’t tell them come out now is the time to make a big bent in de political ring for office I could see your mouth is busting from all corners I wish ya luck.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley March 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks, time will tell my dear.

  5. Vicky Briggs
    Vicky Briggs March 1, 2016 at 9:16 am


  6. Katrina Busby
    Katrina Busby March 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Why not have a 3rd party? I thought we were a democratic nation. Bullying and intimidating people of this nation to avoid from creating another party isn’t the democratic way. If one thinks their party is better than all the rest then there would be no need for threats and scare tactics. Let the polls on election day do the talking.

  7. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 1, 2016 at 10:10 am

    There is no need for you, Mr. Inniss, or your party to reexamine yourselves. Your modus operandi was clear. Your insults were clear. Your disrespect was clear. Your callousness was clear. Your silence was clear. Barbadians are no longer fooled by the gimmicks or the rhetoric. A third party might not win the election, but there is a growing 34% who are no longer interested in the politics of the Bs or Ds. If you think the behaviour of your Prime Minister, that of the environmental minister or yourself will be forgotten, you need to think again. You have provided enough reasons why you and your administration should be kicked to the kerb. You all cannot be redeemed.

  8. seagul March 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    At this juncture of time modern day politics is only business and greed. Politics is 99 percent acting, saying and doing outrageous things diplomatically. Half the time the electorate doesn’t even understand what they are saying. For example the type of words they choose to use, like the last part of this politician’s interview.

  9. Arte Maria Benn
    Arte Maria Benn March 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

    he’s said nothing wrong, in fct this might have been the most intelligent thing i’ve heard from the idiot in a loooooooooong time.

  10. Tricia D. Millington
    Tricia D. Millington March 1, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Excuse him!!! :/ But a third party is nothing new in Barbados, he can go to Richie Hayne’s grave and give his “strong warning” then.

  11. Joseph Hackett
    Joseph Hackett March 1, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I thought this was an adminstration for poor people, it has proven, no proper leadership, all want ousting, to many lies, no hope

  12. Kenneth McGill March 1, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Best of luck forming a third party. Wish we had one here in the US come November.

  13. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne March 1, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    They afraid.

  14. Jason Kistoo
    Jason Kistoo March 1, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    What Vicky Briggs just said!! Stupes times 2

  15. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson March 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Is he seeing the top job going cos, that’s all he is after, and a third party might just pull the chair from under him,HALLELUJAH!

  16. Sadbajan March 1, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    This is a feeble attempt to maintain the political elite in barbados but i blame bajans. I cannot understand for the life of me how bajans are still stuck in a b or d mentality in 2016? The fear of a 3rd party is purely because of victimisation from both sides and also a part of the population bemefits from nepotism in this 2 party system so i will sit and sip my tea and wait for the 3rd party

  17. BaJan boy March 1, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    You all voted the hungriest,most incompetent,and uncaring people in our society into office. Sure you would expect then to try and get a guts full before they are kicked out. Don’t know who Donville the authority on everything think he is…

  18. Max Carter
    Max Carter March 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    we want a honest party

  19. Tony Waterman March 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    “”Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has sent a strong warning to anyone thinking of forming a third political party to challenge the two established ones that it will not be Sunday School.””

    This does not leave me feeling very well after reading it, as it sounds a lot like a Threat, i was of the OPINION that Barbados was a Democratic Country, and that anyone starting a NEW Political party had the right under our Constitution to do so, and i am sure that such persons are not under any allusions as to what they are getting into, so why the THREATS for a Minister in the Sitting Government, is this why they want to rush to a Republican form of Government, so that they can Squash any Opposition?? this should be a wake up call for all Barbadians


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