Duguid refuses to take on Agard

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Dr William Duguid says he will not be sidetracked by recent charges made by his former dental and political colleague Dr Maria Agard.

In an interview with Barbados TODAY yesterday, Agard openly challenged Duguid to tell the people of Christ Church West the real reason why he had packed up his bags and “abandoned” them back in 2009, while suggesting that he simply did not have the “stomach” for Opposition politics following the humiliating defeat inflicted on the BLP a year earlier by the now ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

However, Duguid, who had stated at the time that he was migrating to Canada to be with his family, totally sidestepped Agard’s challenge today, saying, “I believe there will be plenty of time for that later on . . . [but right now] I will not be sidetracked.

“I am just going to remain focused on serving the people of Christ Church West. As you know the [BLP’s annual] conference [last weekend] was about being focused and being ready and I will just remain focused on my service to the people of Christ church West at this time,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Among the serious charges levelled by Agard, who had previously shared a dental practice with Duguid and had also served as his branch president in Christ Church West, was that he had squandered the party’s dominant position in that southern riding, where support for the BLP was whittled down from 2,000 votes, when he took over from Henry Forde – now Sir Henry – to 650 votes in the two terms he served as representative.

Agard, who succeeded Duguid in the constituency before she was expelled from the BLP last year, was also incensed by his suggestion that he had somehow come back to save Christ Church West. Referring to the speech he made at last weekend’s BLP convention, Agard said while the impression had recently been given that she was the one who was responsible for creating all the trouble in the constituency, she had in fact inherited a “bitter and fractured branch” when she took over from Duguid, who she accused of deserting the constituents when they needed him most.

Earlier today Duguid had scheduled a 4 p.m. press conference to respond to Agard. However, he later had a change of heart, telling Barbados TODAY that instead of responding to the Christ Church West incumbent, he intended to focus his immediate energies on reclaiming her seat for the BLP.

“We have a lot of wonderful plans, we are right now putting together a celebration to commemorate the 40 years of the people’s moves from Emmerton to Clapham,” he said, adding that he was also preparing to stage a fourth mass canvass and to host a constituency luncheon at the end of the year.

“We are also going to have a meet-the-candidate session at the former Big B Massy Supermart and we continue to meet the constituents privately  and try to meet their needs as best we can,” said Duguid, who felt he stood a good chance of winning the next poll.

“I wouldn’t like you to characterize it that I’m bragging, but I certainly feel confident that I will continue to serve the people of Christ Church West and they appreciate the service and the work that I do,” he said.

13 Responses to Duguid refuses to take on Agard

  1. Kavj John
    Kavj John November 3, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Tak De dun an ga long long

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 3, 2016 at 6:23 am


  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd November 3, 2016 at 6:24 am


  4. seagul November 3, 2016 at 6:48 am

    He should never have been allowed back in Bim.

  5. Big Brown November 3, 2016 at 10:56 am

    You right Dr. Duguid. Don’t be distracted by outsiders. Keep your head down and stay with the people.

  6. Bajan boy November 3, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    That’s what dignity and class is like Dr. Duguid way to go…

  7. seagul November 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    The spy from Russia–eh Canada. Rumshop dignity among corned-beef dreads spinning brimstone firewater and corruption…

  8. miche November 3, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I need to talk to his Wife,,,I want to know why after all the long talk bout wanting fuh be wid family,dat he pack up in run back hay,,leffin de same family behine,,,,,,,Moew tuh de morta din de pessul

  9. Mark My Word November 4, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Wait he ain’t want to be with his family no more, This is sad.

  10. Hal Austin November 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Tell Duguid to take a running jump. Say no to Duguid.

  11. David G. Brooks November 6, 2016 at 12:39 am

    Agard, as usual, only tells half the truth because she only won by 208 votes – you have to add both the DLP and the Independent votes against her/BLP in 2013 when most of the country was seeing a swing back to the BLP, when he got the 650 votes in 2008 there was a big swing away from the BLP, near all BLP candidates lost ground. Typical. (Half-Truths can be more dangerous than outright Lies)

    BTW, we heard or saw nothing of Agard – not even on Facebook – when CC-West and other southern areas lost water for near a whole weekend two weeks ago, yet Dugiud was highlighting and bringing the issues – two burst mains (@ Deighton which ran all the Saturday and outside of CC-West by Springer Memorial School) … again typical of Agard since she became an MP. Ever see anybody going to her (now) upstairs constituency office, which was moved from its downstairs location a couple years ago, where older or handicapped people could easily gain access when it was open to the public? Stuespe !

    Second @Miche … he has the full support of his wife who has been back here with him as they plan to move back, in not done already.

    @Seagul … is that the authoritarian stance of the DLP to stop a born and breed Bajan from coming back to his country?

  12. Hal Austin November 6, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Duguid has a sense of entitlement; voters should tell him no.

    • David G. Brooks November 7, 2016 at 12:26 am

      What entitlement? If anything he may be considered to be trying to atone for recommending and leaving with one that nearly destroyed the constituency after 2013 and some of us are still wondering if it was a ‘sleeper’ plant from dem to help dem get CC-West … covert activity was obviously a talent of the late leader of dem dating back to the 80’s – Clico and all.


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