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DLP leadership not settled, warns political scientists

On the heels of this weekend’s Barbados Labour Party (BLP) convention, two political scientists are confident about the Opposition’s readiness to face the next general election.

However, both Peter Wickham and George Belle have expressed unease about the preparedness of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to face the much-anticipated poll due here by 2018, suggesting that there was still a big question mark over the governing party’s leadership.

“I think we need to be told if the current Prime Minister will continue to represent the Democratic Labour Party going forward, or if he will shift and allow one of the other options that are on the table to take the DLP forward,” explained Wickham, while taking issue with Stuart’s management style, which he said “essentially allows ministers to do as they like”.

Wickham, who is also a noted regional pollster, also questioned whether the DLP would be going into the elections with its existing team and how it would match up against the BLP’s recently-ratified slate of 30 political candidates, which he described as a good mix.

Belle also praised the Opposition team, calling it a “consolidation” which was stronger than its 2013 team.

At the same time, he warned that Stuart did not represent the future of the DLP.

However, he cautioned that there could be “warfare” within the DLP ranks should anyone try to unseat him.

“They got to think for the future, but I don’t think he [Stuart] represents much for the future,” said Belle, arguing that “a new dynamic kind of leader” was needed to take the party into the next election.

He listed Donville Inniss, Chris Sinckler, Ronald Jones and Richard Sealy among the potential leaders of the DLP, but said it was dependent on “if any of them have the guts to move forward at this time, because any moves within that party right now, can even cause [Prime Minister Freundel Stuart] to go into elections sooner than [he] might want to. So they have in a sense to keep quiet.”.

“Those guys are unable in a sense to make a strong move for themselves in the conditions that the party now finds itself in relation to its parliamentary strength . . . and therefore, the very reason why Freundel has been a weak leader and why he has not been able to discipline some uh dem, is the same reason why they can’t challenge him,” he added.

As for the BLP, Belle downplayed suggestions that the recent election of Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne to the chairmanship of the Opposition would result in any serious problems for either its leader Mia Mottley or the party as a whole.

In fact, he fully expects Payne to fall in line and not to create any fresh issues for himself or his party.

And to those who remain concerned that the Opposition is still divided into factions, Belle said factions were healthy for any political party once they were properly managed.

“The factions in parties are normal; it is when the factions start to give each other trouble and unless you have evidence that the factions are giving each other trouble, there is not a problem of factions. Right now I do not see any evidence that within the Barbados Labour Party that the factions are not being managed,” he said.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb.

20 Responses to DLP leadership not settled, warns political scientists

  1. Brien King
    Brien King November 1, 2016 at 4:14 am

    When the blind is leading the blind, they both shall fall in the ditch that is there unaware to them.

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  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 1, 2016 at 4:38 am

    BRIEN KING THERE IS NONE SO BLIND AS YOU AND THE DEMS

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    • Brien King
      Brien King November 1, 2016 at 5:17 am

      Lilian Lloyd , yes I agree I bling yet I can see what I’m eating, you however can see yet you are blind to what you party leader is feeding you, figures.

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

      AHAHAHAHA YOU AGREE WITH ME I SEE YOU ONLY HAVE 5 FOLLOWERS

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    • Brien King
      Brien King November 1, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Ah checking up on me ehh, cool, what else have you learn ? Go ask them the reason they are following me, My thing is to state and acknowledge what I seem to be the truth and help those that want to learn see such, what is your thing ?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 1, 2016 at 5:27 am

      THAT IS MY THING EXPOSING THEIR WRONG DOING

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    • Brien King
      Brien King November 1, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Cool but you do that while turning a blind eye to what your party is doing, so what is the point to your position ? To just be a party supporter regardless of what your party is doing makes no sense to me, but that’s just my opinion.

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 1, 2016 at 5:40 am
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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd November 1, 2016 at 5:41 am

      BRIEN

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    • Brien King
      Brien King November 1, 2016 at 6:05 am
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  3. Zeus November 1, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Am I really reading this… is this what these two men went to the University to do… Sing for their supper…. Peter you let me down after leaving Foundation I thought you left with your balls intact… being an INDEPENDANT pollster you can’t come with any poll now about elections predicting the outcome…. You just said it all above as for George he was on the outside looking since 2008

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  4. Sherlock Holmes. November 1, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Is it the silly season already? Man you all worse than George Pilgrim now ,this is now the height of folly. This tit for tat is ridiculous and to coin a phrase from the USA election both of you are two shills with nothing better to do.

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  5. Greengiant November 1, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Dr. George Belle talking about the Chairman ( Party Leader ) falling in line and not causing any fresh issues for himself or the party.

    When did Mr. Payne cause any issues for himself or the party? This is the reason why Payne is Chairman, they needs to be a strong party leader, so the opposition leader can’t do as she pleases. The members of the political group knows from experience what happens when leaders are allowed to reshape the constituency branches in their immage and likeness. They have not yet recovered from the reshaping of Mr. Arthur. Payne was the only real independent minded person within that paliamentary group so he’s the fitting person to be chairman. He’s a BLP, not a Mia B or an Owen B. So George Belle you can refrain from trying to cause your usual disturbance.

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  6. Tony Webster November 1, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Many aspire; some perspire; one or two might inspire. Others just expire….or exceed their “use by” date.

    Me? I just cool…and patient. Every tax-paying dog gine have his day.

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  7. Carson C Cadogan November 1, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Wow, the Barbados Labour Party foot soldiers on the attack.

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  8. Johnathan November 1, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Despite the four who now struggling for position in the DEMS it is quite clear that the BLP has acknowledged that there has to unity and also a place in their party for such a senior member as George Payne. This is not only good for their politics but for the people of Barbados. George is a highly brilliant and loyal foot soldier of the BLP despite his standoffish attitude over the years. He was never once disloyal to the BLP and never once spoke against his party. The party acknowledged his ability and the need to embrace him to help heal the party and that they did. This is unlike the four juggling for Freundel’ s job and don’t know how nor where to turn. The maturity of the BLP and the difference as a party has truly come full circle and Brabadians can be confident that the BLP as a government will again work assiduously to bring back some decency to Government and Governence as well as some respectability to our country where the international investors will againbe confident in our country and assist in our future development. Well don Mia and the BLP long live decency long live the BLP

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  9. BaJan boy.. November 1, 2016 at 8:45 am

    At least @ Sherlock Holmes acknowledged the clown for what he is worth. They have an uninterrupted conference every year each time the BLP conference comes around he tries to find some silly,puerile and unnecessary event or comment to try to distract from the BLP conference. So child like and senseless and always in the end look like a child with a toy. @Carson C Cadogan didn’t you hear Chris Sinckler say they were in election mode since 2013 no wonder the country is where it is.

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  10. The Negrocrat November 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    This party they call the DUMPS is the worst thing after hurricane Janet. They have not only disrespected the people, but they have also destroyed the country.
    How can any right thinking person support them after, CLICO, Education, Health Care, BWA, Sanitation, devaluation…

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  11. lester November 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    wow these people for real? stupid black people at each other throats for a bunch of corrupt black politicians, look go and find sain constructive to discuss ALL politicians are the same, ALL politicians have learnt the art of manipulative science and you guys fall for it, the money in parliament is sweet people these guys and gals after putting on they theatrics eat and drink and sleep together, stupseeeeeee

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  12. Ossie Moore November 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Peter de Trident head has no staff but Richard grabb de whole staff outa Neptune hand!

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