Gill stung

defeated candidate ponders future

The future of five-time candidate David Gill in the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) now weighs in the balance, following his defeat by a political newcomer.

Gill, who won the St Michael South Central seat back in 1999, but lost to Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy in the three successive national elections since, was last night dealt what is arguably his harshest political sting – this time at the hands of his own political party.

David Gill
David Gill

He lost to Marsha Caddle who emerged as the one who would carry the party’s flag into the next election with 132 votes to Gill’s 103, leaving him to openly ponder his future with the BLP.

BLP St Michael South Central candidate Marsha Caddle hugs her dad, Russell Caddle, as the vote count makes it clear that she is the winner.
BLP St Michael South Central candidate Marsha Caddle hugs her dad, Russell Caddle, as the vote count makes it clear that she is the winner.

“The machinery was against me, and I could not have fought it,” cried Gill.

He also claimed that he was denied some 60 votes even though he had submitted the names for membership within the stipulated six-week period.

“The curtain has come down and I have left the stage,” he added.

Gill’s comments forced an immediate response from BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott, who took to the microphone to explain that the 60 votes, which Gill said he was denied, were among 71 names the former candidate had submitted for BLP membership.

“Twenty-three of those forms were incomplete. Indeed some of them had not even been signed by the persons who were applying for membership,” Walcott said.

He also quoted from the party’s constitution, saying there was need for “a person to be a member of this party for six weeks before their membership is recognized”.

However, Dr Walcott said that in the case of Gill’s would-be voters, the six-weeks period would mean that those persons would become members on October 9. “Today is the 2nd of October. Clearly [applying] basic arithmetic, they would not qualify. Today they would not be within the six-week period and certainly could not be included on the list,” he stressed.

Prior to the vote, Gill had given a hint of things to come when he continued speaking after his allotted time, forcing Dr Walcott, who was chairing the session, to signal to operators of the public address system to cut his microphone.

However, this did not deter Gill who continued speaking, shouting his appeal to the crowd for another minute.

In that last ditch appeal before the vote, Gill, who is in his 50s, highlighted his 17-year stewardship with the BLP, while contending that he was still the right man for the job.

“I want to represent you, because I was there as your representative at one stage. The constituency was doing very well socially, and the DEMS [Democratic Labour Party] came, and whatever we had on the drawing board, or whatever was in place, they changed, they closed it.

“The polls are showing that the Barbados Labour Party will win the next Government, so the logical thing would be to restart those projects which were going, and to add new projects with them,” he told the gathering at the St Michael School auditorium.

Thirty-eight-year-old Caddle, on the other hand, highlighted the need for change.

“This is a new day in this country. Let us look around,” she said, “Business as usual in our outlook and in our approach is not going to work.

“It is not going to help rescue this country from those who seem to think that they can treat the legacy of independence  . . . with such scant respect.”

In her post-victory remarks, Caddle entreated Gill, to work along with her, while telling her political opponent Richard Sealy to “come and look and see what representation looks like, what care, community and courage look like”.

10 Responses to Gill stung

  1. Alex Alleyne October 4, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Yes Sir, it’s time to throw in the towel. They don’t want you anymore. The result is clear. How many more times will you take the beating ???????.

  2. Phil October 4, 2016 at 10:48 am

    David, Face it man, You’re a loser and singing the sour grapes song. The people of St. Michael South want a fresh, younger person with new ideas and who seem to be smarter than you. Pray tell me would you back a losing horse? Richard got you worked out. You will lose again. You’re old and need to relax and give that beautiful – if I may add that, young lady an opportunity to carry the St. Michael South seat.

    • Carson C Cadogan October 4, 2016 at 11:06 am

      “……..You’re old and need to relax”

      I hope your Barbados Labour Party dont go knocking at the homes old citizens asking for a vote come election time.

      Because you have no use for “…..You’re old and need to relax” people.

  3. George Brathwaite
    George Brathwaite October 4, 2016 at 11:05 am

    A bee stung by a bee; is it possible? I think the reporter preferred to have a catchy headline. Lol!

  4. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece October 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Mr Gill is a sore loser, you lost on four occasions it’s time for a fresh, innovative bright person to be given a chance to represent the ppl, a young person the youth can relate to

  5. harry turnover October 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    CCC well said !! the Bees gine do and do and when ya hear de shout DEM gine ease back into powah.
    First the Bees got mixed up not knowing that it will be an election and not a St.Philip calypso contest when they chose one John King to run against a pit bull who doan mek rain ….now they chose a political neophyte to run against the deputy PM who is more likely than any other DEM to hold on to his seat.
    Heard it through the grape vine that the Bees had Peter Bradshaw “line up” to run against Stephen Lashley the Minister of YOUTH affairs…only because Bradshaw on release from Dodds said he would like to work with the YOUTH ..jack ! but he gone and do stupidness and now he got de Bees in potta.

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Very similar indeed to the Agard matter don’t you think?

  6. Phil October 4, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Carson Cadoogan. I hope you are not one of those old citizens. When I knock on an old citizen’s door, It’s to take them to their doctor, or to bring them a meal, or help them pay their utility bills. Help them keep their homes clean and tidy, Bering them important commodities like sleep wear, Bath towels, toothpaste, soap and underwear et al. What do you do? Tax them?

  7. BaJan boy October 4, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    @Sherlock Holmes and Carson Cadogan one of the same who seem not to realize that the DEMS cannot even get people to run and everyconstituency that they have lost is still up for grabs. They support a loser just to be negative about the BLP but poor big nose Gill and they can tell all the big nose people don’t vote for him and also not Freundel has no future in politics at least not in the BLP. He can do like Glyne Murray and start to curse the B’s as well for Owen Arthur. He is so silly and arrogant that he even compare himself to Tony Blair after losing five elections in a row and only scraped one in1999 and for some unknown reason seem to think he is O so important.
    Those arrogant losers belong in the DEMS and so wunnah can embrace the clown and if he is so intelligent give him a Ministry as wunnah sure need help in running the country further down. If wunnah know the B’s so bad tell the clown Government and uncaring PM to call the elections. Bunch of jokers….

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      You are such a sycophant Bajan Girl, here you are cussing Gill and a few weeks ago when he was all over the air waves posturing for your party he was better than slice bread for you.You may be in for a rude awakening and when it comes i hope you can deal with it.You are so steeped in this political clap trap that all reason has fled you. If i were you though i would really expend some energy in learning to write posits constructively,reading what you write with all the errors is hard on one’s mind.


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