BLP describes Mara as a complete failure

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) says it has closely scrutinized the performance of the Member of Parliament for St John Mara Thompson and has found her seriously wanting.

Addressing a gathering of BLP supporters at the Gill and Gollop Centre last night, Opposition Members of Parliament Kerrie Symmonds and Santia Bradshaw charged that Thompson, who succeeded her husband David Thompson in the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stronghold that was first represented in the House of Assembly by the country’s founding father Errol Walton Barrow, had failed to deliver the type of representation that the people were accustomed to.

“So, let us not treat to her with kid gloves,” said Symmonds, who described the wife of the late Prime Minister as “the single biggest failure as a political representative and as a parliamentary representative that this country has seen”.

He said while the people of St John may have voted in a sentimental way after Thompson’s death, “they have seen now for themselves that better should be given to them”.

Symmonds also said no one “could be shocked now if Mara Thompson spoke for five or ten minutes in a Budget debate or in and Estimates debate, because we know that is her best.

“She gave you of her best,” he told the political meeting.

Bradshaw was of the view that the best option for St John at this stage was for the people to try their hand with a BLP representative.

“If the sentiment that I am feeling across the country is real, and I am sure that many of you are feeling it, and if the level of representation of the people of St John is currently becoming the norm . . . , I believe then that the next [BLP] candidate for this constituency has as good a chance as any of being able to take the seat,” Bradshaw said.

Meantime, the man who carried the BLP banner in St John in the last two elections last night has made clear his intention of doing so again.

Despite failing to break the DLP’s hold on the constituency, Hudson Griffith believes he can rake in “2,000 votes” in the 2018 poll.

And he has told his five challengers, namely Dr George Brathwaite, Dale Lashley, Charles Griffith, Fabian “Dandelion” Jones and Keith Rayside,  “wunna ain’t getting this seat”.

Saying he has worked hard and tirelessly in the constituency, Griffith made it clear that he would not be giving up without a fight.

“I am the first person since Pat Thorington in 1998 that got over a thousand votes in St John [for the BLP]. In the by-election my wife and I were in the room when the votes were counting, when the licks [were] raining in my tail. In Poole I get six votes . . . on by-election night and with the whole party behind us, I get 585 votes. With no Barbados Labour Party behind me I got 1,090. You think that fall from a tree?” he asked, adding, “I work for that man, I work, and if you challengers want this seat, work, cause you ain’t getting it. You are not getting it,’ he stressed.

Griffith also challenged the constituency branch to be disciplined and to work with him, saying that was the only way the party would secure the seat.

“Unlike what people say that Mara [Thompson] is losing votes, the DNA of the Democratic Labour Party runs through St John. There are 3,000 DLP people in St John that could hold up this seat. So, don’t run up in St John and think that you [will] kick down the door and let the horses run out the stables. It don’t work so.

Hudson Griffith & Mara Thompson
Hudson Griffith & Mara Thompson

“When a candidate comes and the branch remains, change that. Let the candidate stay and pick up the next time. Walk with the candidate this time. Everybody line up behind [Donald] Trump [in the United States] right now, cause you want to win . . . and it ain’t gine be easy next election, and I tell you challengers get behind me, cause wunna ain’t getting this seat,” Griffith declared.

10 Responses to BLP describes Mara as a complete failure

  1. Ossie Moore May 24, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Talk ya talk Hudson!

  2. dave May 24, 2016 at 10:55 am

    The BLP must not wait until elections to target St. John. The BLP needs to get in St. John everyday and bring light to the people who keep voting for Errol Barrow not realizing that this is now the 21 st century.

    St. John people need educating year round not only at election time. The BLP must get in there not only at Election time and should have been in there from day after elections in 2008. The BLP can make inroads but they cannot treat St. John the same as any other const.

  3. Sam Clarke May 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Yes, but not only Ms. Thompson has failed the people of ST. John. The people of St. John have only themselves to blame, because they repeatedly elect candidates that do not deliver for them.
    Would you continue to fish in a pond for decades, and never caught a single fish in it, continue to fish there?
    THE ANSWER WILL BE NO. However this blind political loyalty to one party has been a disaster for the people of ST. John.

    St. John has elected two Prime Ministers, and one’s wife, yet continue to get zero for their loyalty. But the political climate in Barbados has changed, cause this generation is not your fathers, and or great grandfathers who will continue to vote this absurdity of political labels.
    They will vote their issues and pocket books, for this is the only way that Barbados will grow politically, and not be stagnated.
    If every a time,was Barbados ready for a party of inclusion, IT IS NOW.

  4. Green Giant May 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This is certainly one for “Laff It Off”. Lol, Laff it off crew let me tell you this. “I coming to Collymore Rock later this year to see this in full live comedy before my eyes or I gine shut down the whole production”. Political comedy can’t get no better than this, please tell me there’s nothing better.

    These want to be representatives serious though? There remain some serious questions for members of the leading party to answer, but for heaven’s sake. Where Mia manufacturing these comedians from? My grandfather told me many years ago, “there is nothing wrong with having nothing to say unless you insist on saying it”.

    The issues affecting St. John has nothing directly to do with
    Mrs. Thompson. The water, crime and unemployment issues are national issues. She’s not the first MP who spoke for short periods on the house of the floor. More importantly, what about those who speaks for their allotted time, making no sense whatsoever? Previously in this country silly people never practised for the season, I guess though, like most things even that has changed. Like in athletics, there is actually a practise period with coaching staff.

    Human beings only have two feet, so how many feet will these political mutts place in their mouths? They behaving like the octopus or the centipede. We as a people are indeed in a sorry state, if this is the only option available then………..? I retire.

  5. Tony Waterman May 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Why are Opposition Mambers homing in on Mara Thompson? that Parish was represented by TWO Distinguished Parliamentary Representatives Errol Barrow, and David Thompson, and it is STILL the POOREST Parish in Barbados, She only came Yesterday (so to speak)
    My suggestion if you want a break through, is NOT to go after her, don’t forget, she did a lot of Leg work for her Late Husband, and the People know her. anyway whatever you do it will be an uphill battle, because that Guy you are putting forward in StJohn, is not a very Dynamic Person.

  6. Ras May 25, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    The DLP can also take St.Andrew next election and make in roads in St. Thomas with a strong candidate as nothing going on there besides a fashion show, without style and flair, according to Owen Arthur, an old chattel house on prime real estate.

  7. dave May 26, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Ras ! you really believe that the DLP deserves to win anything -any seats at all in the next election

  8. Sherlock Holmes. May 26, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Yes dave and they will your failed sponsored walk is testament to that fact.

  9. recoanthony May 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm


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