Mia safe, assures Wickham

Political scientist Peter Wickham says there is absolutely no reason to be concerned about the leadership of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) ahead of this weekend’s BLP annual conference.

And today he rubbished, in like manner to BLP General Secretary Dr Jereme Walcott, the suggestion made by the General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) George Pilgrim that the BLP has been faced with a crisis of leadership since 2013 that was about to come to a head.

“I don’t know that George Pilgrim’s remarks as General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Party are relevant in the context of understanding what the mood is going into a Barbados Labour Party annual conference,” Wickham said while chiding Barbados TODAY for giving credence to Pilgrim’s comments, which he said were devoid of any objective value.

The pollster was equally adamant that there was no reason to be concerned about Mottley’s leadership of the BLP at this time, even though he acknowledged that she would have to relinquish the chairmanship this weekend.

“Everyone knows that Mia cannot be re-elected as chairman. It is not a state secret. The Barbados Labour Party has a constitution that says that the chairman of the party cannot serve more than three terms consecutively. That has been the case from the time the Barbados Labour Party has been in existence.

“So to say that there is news in the fact that Mia [Mottley] cannot be re-elected and a new leader will emerge is where I am finding my difficulty, because there is nothing newsworthy in that,” he stressed.

There have been reports that a George Payne-led faction of the party will be looking to take the reins of the BLP’s executive. This has also triggered speculation about former leader Owen Arthur making a comeback to the BLP, so too recently dismissed Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard, who fell out of favour with the Mottley-led National Council last November 22.

However, while highlighting recent public opinion polls, Wickham contended that Mottley was still the preferred national leader, enjoying more public support than even Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

“The last public opinion poll that I saw said that the majority of the people in Barbados were comfortable with the leadership of Mia Mottley and they were unhappy with the leadership of the other individual who currently leads this country,” Wickham said, making it clear that the political survey was not done by his polling organization, CADRES.

He said the same public opinion poll had also shown that the BLP enjoyed more support than the DLP.

“To me that is not [reflective of] a political party in crisis,” the pollster said, adding that suggestions to the contrary were “mischievous”.

“Unless based on what George [Pilgrim] is telling me, I am to assume that there is another person who is going to lead the party into the election or I am to assume that the Barbados Labour Party is now less popular than the Democratic Labour Party or that there is another person who is more popular than Mia Mottley, then to me there is not any basis for a conversation the likes of which we are having now,” he stressed. 

9 Responses to Mia safe, assures Wickham

  1. Hal Austin October 29, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I thought Wickham was a pollster, not a crystal ball mystic.

    • harry turnover October 29, 2016 at 6:10 am

      So George Pilgrim is ? what Wickham said makes more sense than what Pilgrim said.

  2. Sherlock Holmes. October 29, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Those Anderson Cooper spectacles are becoming very popular.

  3. Carson C Cadogan October 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Is Peter Wickham the new Public Relations Manager for the Barbados Labour Party?

    BTW this is the same man who said that the Barbados Labour Party would win the last General elections by 28 seats.

  4. Smiley October 29, 2016 at 10:11 am


  5. Coralita October 29, 2016 at 10:40 am

    I Peter Wickham pledge allegiance to Mia Mottley and the Barbados Labour Party.

    Wunna did expect he to say sain different????

    Wunna doan hear how he does castigate and mek bare mock sport at Freundel Stuart and how he does give the BLP supporters free reign to further his cause on down to brasstacks?

    Peter slip was showing evasince!!!

  6. Phil October 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Peter Wickham is a grown up adult who will support, and has the right to support whom ever he finds favorable to. The unfortunate fact is that Here in Barbados where people call themselves literate and intelligent – I have my doubts there, political partisanship and polarization is rampant. It has reached the sad stage where Husband and wife, siblings, former best friends, employees and employers are political foes, are open about it and that spells resentment, hatred, mistrust and rejection among barbadians. In harder and unbearable times up ahead, compounded with lies from all our politicians, Social unrest and anarchy will descend. Negative comments but true nevertheless. watch and see. Mr. Wicham is fully within his rights to make his choice.

  7. Mac October 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Peter Wickham is a POLITICAL SCIENTIST.

    What he wrote makes sense.

    This is my post on the original story.

    Peter Whickham is a Political Scientist
    What he wrote makes sense.

    Here is my post on the original article:

    October 27, 2016 at 10:23 am

    According the party’s constitution, Mottley cannot seek re-election as party chairman, having served out her three terms.
    Arthur resigned from the party in 2014. He is no longer a member of the party
    Dr Maria Agard was expelled in 2015. She is also no longer a member of the party.

    What is the point

  8. RC October 29, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I have learnt and Georgey should to that it I’d better to say nothing and be thought to be a wise man that to utter statements that show you to be less than wise. I am sure that his recent utterances like those in the past could not have the full backing of Friendly, Rich, Donny, Dave, Maxie, Chrissy, Mars, Darce, Elly, Jeps, or the other boys and girls.


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