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Political scientists Wickham and Joseph in bitter row

An acrimonious quarrel which erupted between two regional political scientists ahead of Monday’s general election in St Lucia appears to be escalating.

The latest salvo was fired today by pollster Peter Wickham in his public row with Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI)
Dr Tennyson Joseph, with Wickham accusing the academic of embarrassing the university.

The two had engaged in a public spat after a survey by Wickham’s polling company CADRES, found the election too close to call.

The Wickham survey also found an eight per cent swing away from the then incumbent St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of Dr Kenny Anthony towards Allan Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP).

Joseph had rubbished the poll, contending that the investigators had not gone deep enough into the individual constituencies. He also predicted at the time that the SLP would have won up to 14 seats in the 17-seat parliament, and no fewer than 11.

However, after the incumbent lost 11 to six, Joseph suggested that the UWP had bought the election, prompting a strong response from Wickham, who earlier yesterday had sarcastically described the UWI lecturer in politics as having “a superior intellect and understanding of the Caribbean environment”.

Wickham today told Barbados TODAY it was noteworthy that Joseph was persisting with his assessment of the election even in the face of irrefutable evidence that he was wrong.

The pollster maintained that Joseph’s position reflected poorly on the UWI political scientist, but worse yet, it reflected dimly on his training and discipline.

Wickham did not stop there, saying as the head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill, Joseph had tragically embarrassed the department, abandoned his training and behaved like a blind supporter of the SLP.

There has been no immediate response from Joseph to Wickham’s latest criticism.

15 Responses to Political scientists Wickham and Joseph in bitter row

  1. Ejd June 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    When you right, you right.

  2. harry turnover June 9, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Well said Peter !! he can’t handle you. He should now join one Dr.Fletcher who was also found wanting and lying on brass tacks recently and enjoy a bowl of sour grapes

  3. seagul June 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Well said Peter ? This bought off U.S quarterback spy. People without the history of ours and their people should refrain from defending these washed up apologists.

  4. David June 9, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Peter Wickham had egg on his face also when he predicted the Barbados Labour Party was winning the last election.
    Barbadians have not forgotten Wickham two wobbly polls

  5. jrsmith June 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

    So what thats they problem serve them right keep out of people business, every one could do this and that for foreign and cant do bugger all for Barbados…

  6. Alex Alleyne June 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

    MR. PETER WICKHAM is “head and shoulders” above JOSEPH and (all) others when it cone to the work PETER is doing.

  7. Carson C Cadogan June 9, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Is this the same Peter Wickham who use to sell out Bajans and others to the US Govt. according to Wikileaks?

    Is this double Poll Peter Wickham?

  8. Oriel Haynes
    Oriel Haynes June 9, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Tell me something new, this is old news for me…

  9. Green Giant June 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    All political scientist are citizens of a country first, and thereby may support a political party. That’s no offence, whether you’re blinded to the facts of a swing or not.

    However to accuse Mr. Joseph of embarrassing the U W I is a bit much, I guess then we can say that Mr. Wickham’s prediction of a B L P victory in the last election can be described as an embarrassment to Wickham and CADRES.

    So, should we the people trust or even pay attention to political opinion polls? Certainly one our government ministers said during the last campaign that he didn’t pay much attention to the polls because that’s all they were. They simply can’t dictate or even indicate what’s happening on the ground.

  10. seagul June 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Peter Wickham= End of story—go to U.S.

  11. harry turnover June 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I see a lot of yard fowls are enjoying some US sour grapes.All a wunna can write what wunna like regarding Peter Wickham,but the truth is that he was RIGHT.
    Every other person knows that vote buying catspraddled the polls last time.
    The topic is about Wickham and Josephs….and about the Polls in St.Lucia,but yardfowls bringing up their own topic and commenting on them some of them giving themselves pats on their backs , high fives in between and skinning da teet like da get pison

  12. David Gibbs June 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    You read Joseph’s newspaper column in the Nation and you clearly get a person who is blind, bound and bonded by his personal political preferences. He pursues his political ideology with evangelical fervor. He doesn’t acknowledge that we live in a post cold-war world. He romanticizes leftist ideologies and generally avoids facing present realities. The current row between Wickham and Joseph is interesting for a number of reasons. Can anyone recall Joseph’s comments, if any, on Wickham’s second Poll in the last Barbados general elections?

  13. Sherlock Holmes. June 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This amazes both Wickham and Joseph appear to be supporters of the BLP, Joseph weekly columns over time have been critical of this administration, so i found it ironic that when it was discovered that Wickham and certain BLP operatives were in his homeland trying to oust his party that he suddenly saw the real Wickham for what he is. I twas then that he launched an attack on Wickham’s credibility, not that he was wrong, he spoke of the two poll man two polls in 2013 among’st a number of things, here’s the funny part Joseph said these things almost a week or so prior to the election in his country and not a word from Wickham then, it was obvious that Wickham was not confident about his own poll, he had stated that the election was too close to call,however after the outcome of the election he has been all over the place cussing Joseph and declaring that he is an embarrassment to the university of the west indies, what drivel, it is now clear that the pollster does not even have confidence in his own polls since his 2013 fiasco and can now only beat his chest after the result. Having stated that an election was too close to call and the end result proved so different it is clear that there is either a pollster at work or a fraudster, who cannot trust his own judgement, we can expect more of the too close to call theory as a means of erring on the side of caution,his confidence is no longer strong.

    • Coralita June 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      I heard people calling brassrtacks and congratulating Peter and I was wondering what for. He did not predict any victory, he said it was too close to call. How close is 11 to 6???

      Thing is Peter was accepting the congratulatory messages!!

  14. jrsmith June 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

    They arguing doesn’t make any difference what so ever…


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