Henry defends Bajans’ role in St Lucia election

Political consultant Hartley Henry has defended the involvement of Barbadian experts in the recent general election campaign in St Lucia, arguing that Caribbean consultants who are recognized as authorities in their field should be embraced by the region.

Henry’s stance echoed that of Opposition Leader Mia Mottley who faced strong criticism over her possible involvement in the campaign during a visit to the sister Caribbean nation.

Hartley Henry
Hartley Henry

While protesting that “I ain’t canvass, I ain’t walk, I ain’t went pon no platform, I ain’t speak publicly” during her trip to Castries, Mottley told a meeting of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St Philip branch on Sunday night she saw nothing wrong with Caribbean nationals participating in the election process in other regional states.

Speaking today on the radio call-in programme Down to Brass Tacks, Henry gave the thumbs up to the “four or five Barbadians” who had travelled to St Lucia to work on the successful campaign of United Workers Party (UWP) ahead of yesterday’s general election.

Regarded as one of the region’s top political consultants, Henry argued that political consultancy had the potential to become a thriving industry, earning valuable foreign exchange for Barbados.

The political strategist, whose services are utilized by major parties in a number of Caribbean countries, noted that 15 to 20 years ago political consultants were brought in from the United States at a time when the profession was seen as a “most revered and respected” one.

Henry made specific reference to two local consultants who had replaced expatriates in the field – Lucille Moe, the daughter of former Attorney General the late George Moe and Debbie Hughes, a former press secretary to late Prime Minister Tom Adams.

He said Moe had specific skills in what is considered in the business as the “ground war”, while Hughes had expertise in crafting election messages.

He stressed they both had been part of his operations for years, and dismissed the suggestion that they were sent to St Lucia by the BLP.

Pointing out that as many as 13 Barbadians had been on the ground in
St Lucia during the elections of 1997, 2001 and 2006, the political consultant expressed surprise at the negative comments expressed by detractors.

Henry disclosed that over the past 15 years every manifesto and every poster for elections in the Eastern Caribbean had been printed by a Barbadian company, adding that the theme song for the UWP campaign this year was penned and sung by two-time calypso monarch John King, with Barbadians as the backup singers. 

8 Responses to Henry defends Bajans’ role in St Lucia election

  1. jrsmith June 8, 2016 at 5:19 am

    This isn’t saying much for Barbados politics look the crap which is imposed on us by the present government, My continuous comment Barbados is there for the taking but not by bajans .. our house is falling down we better gather up some ST, Lucians to put it right….

  2. Alex Alleyne June 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

    why all the fuss? , LIAT will still be flying come election time in BARBADOS. All Caribbean Politicians can come to BIM and do their thing…..or not.

  3. BaJan boy June 8, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Kenny Anthony was catching at the same straw that fell. Happy riddance…

  4. Tony Waterman June 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    “”the theme song for the UWP campaign this year was penned and sung by two-time calypso monarch John King, with Barbadians as the backup singers.I am glad you put it that way, because as far as i am aware “”that is his NATIVE LAND ????

    I just hope that when persons from the OTHER Islands invade us at Election time, that this story of our Legal participation does NOT change.

    Dont forget “What is good for the Goose, is also GOOD for the Gander””

    Just make very sure that our MEMORIES remain in Good Shape.

  5. Carson C Cadogan June 9, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Dont worry we are waiting for them.

    We know that millions and millions of dollars will be spent on the 2018 elections here in Barbados by the Barbados Labour Party and there backers.

    It will be the most expensive elections in Barbados since we became independent 50 years ago.

    All the manipulating of Bajans by the Barbados Labour Party and their backers will fail again as happen in 2013.

  6. Carson C Cadogan June 9, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Just remember everybody:


  7. Sherlock Holmes. June 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Hartley Henry is a clear example of why you cannot take politics or politicians serious,Henry you just have no shame.

  8. Basil Graham June 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

    To carson c cadougan; How silly art thou ????


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