What election?

McClean throws spanner in works

Barbadians who might be eager to cast their votes in an early general election can forget about it.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean this evening ruled out a snap poll, confirming that the Freundel Stuart administration would be spending its full term in office.

“The beautiful thing about this country, Mr Deputy President, is that every five years or part thereof we have elections and Government changes,” McClean told the Senate while speaking on a resolution for amendments to the Public Service (General) Order to include the appointment of temporary public servants.

“What I can tell you is that contrary to the concerns, and I don’t think I am giving anything away, I have a Prime Minister who believes that we are given five years to serve and we should serve five years. So while my friends on the other side are busy campaigning, they are going to have to wait ‘till the requisite time for that to happen. So you should enjoy your Christmas.”

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) had predicted last year that Stuart would have exploited “the feel-good factor [with] music, performances, food, drink [and]cultural shows” expected to follow year-long celebrations in observance of the country’s 50th anniversary of Independence to announce a surprise election.

“At the end of it, this massive celebration for your 50th anniversary in November next year, hit you with a snap election before the Christmas, when you expect it in 2018, because he doesn’t like to be predicted,”  BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott had warned at a St George North party branch meeting in July 2015.

The BLP has since confirmed its full slate of 30 candidates in preparation for the election, and it has been on the campaign trail in recent weeks, hosting a series of branch meetings, as it puts all its ducks in a row for the next poll, constitutionally due in early 2018.

However, even before the climax of the celebrations, two of the country’s leading political scientists had ruled out any possibility of an early general election.

Lecturer in Political Science at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies Dr Tennyson Joseph had said he had seen no signs that Stuart would ring the election bells anytime soon.

This assessment was supported by veteran pollster Peter Wickham, who had said that due to the economic situation, Stuart would likely delay the poll for as long as possible.

In justifying the position adopted by the political scientists, McClean sought to make the broader point that while governments may change over time, the public service continued to work as normal.

She compared the post-election day process here to what transpires in the United States, for example, where the president-elect takes up office more than two months after the presidential election.

“I say no more on that for several reasons, but certainly it is an interesting case study to observe what is happening. People are making all kinds of predictions but that is not my purpose here. The point I am making is that we have a system that literally overnight, where there is a change of Government, a party wins and a party loses and there is a change, but Government continues . . .  work continues. That is possible because of, in the case of Barbados, the kind of public service that we have,” McClean explained.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb.

25 Responses to What election?

  1. John Wick
    John Wick December 15, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Maxine stupsee

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  2. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock December 15, 2016 at 1:25 am

    Tuh send you and De rest home!nuh

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  3. Adrian Reid
    Adrian Reid December 15, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Don’t worry we gine work with the work, expect the best til then, every thing that is begin hide up gine come out so if you all can stand the heat well stay if not leave!!!

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  4. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett December 15, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Can’t wait…..to see the time wasters dlp in opposition

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  5. Santini More
    Santini More December 15, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Whenever the election bell rings I will be first in line at the polling station to cast my vote to get rid of this set of incompetent, arrogant buffoons.

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    • Danny Colombian Clarke
      Danny Colombian Clarke December 15, 2016 at 6:03 am

      Even me with my one leg plan to get to the poling station long before 6 am. Ain’t care how bad the other foot burn me I bearing it . My x must be put to paper once I’m alive

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    • Santini More
      Santini More December 15, 2016 at 6:04 am

      Amen Danny Colombian Clarke.

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  6. Tony Webster December 15, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Bravado. Thin soup. Mia’s early “prep” has removed the option of anything going “snap” from your menu, Honourable Lady Senator!!

    Suggested alternative from the Chef: “Hang-on-grimly” sandwich. Yes, a cold one.

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  7. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata December 15, 2016 at 5:11 am

    We want to get rid of people like maxine mc dirty n she bunch of political criminals

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  8. Elvin Brome
    Elvin Brome December 15, 2016 at 5:14 am

    The blp was was campaign from January 2013 because the government was to last one year peter and bell tell them to do not stop campaign the government

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  9. Tamiya Wasnice Best
    Tamiya Wasnice Best December 15, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Casting votes to stamp out the devils….lol

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  10. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 15, 2016 at 6:10 am

    That date with destiny must inevitably occur & when it does the ass whopping that awaits DEM will relegate this arrogant bunch to the political wilderness for many an election cycle.

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  11. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce December 15, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Anyhow DEM still have to call election can’t stay there

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  12. Trident Black
    Trident Black December 15, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Who expected her to say anything else?She didn’t face the polls but reaping sweets.

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  13. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray December 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

    All who form the next government, when ever elections is call, will have a hell of a job to bring this country back out of the ruins this government will leave it in. Roads alone would take about 3years or more to remedy.

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  14. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott December 15, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Who remembers when this same lady , Mouthed out the conclusion on the “C. Myrie case investigation” within 24 hours -way early before it was even investigated by relevant authorities . …Then what ?…we paid dearly ….. Minister of Flying Affairs.

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  15. h.calndre December 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Max and her incompetent bunch will max out soon or later, with the debt-hole that they will leave, I could only wish the party that takes over all the best and to use the favorite saying of the Dems “it is not we that has left the country in this state of despair, it`s them that`s still responsible of all the problems that we left.

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  16. Peter December 15, 2016 at 9:03 am

    This is exactly what is to be expected. Fruendel ain’t contesting, He’s done. The knights mandated Richard to take the leadership role but he’s got the best person suited for the job, Dr. David Estwick to contend with. then Donville want it, so too does Dennis Kellman and Lowe, and Chris Sinkler. Maxine you can apply to VOB for the call in job as host.

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  17. Zeus December 15, 2016 at 11:05 am

    The last time certain persons were eager for an election what was the result……be careful what you wish for

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    • Mark My Word December 15, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Who in they right mind would of thought Trump would be President, Elections are decided on polling day not before or by any Obeah man or woman trying to predict a poll.

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  18. Ossie Moore December 15, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Inspector Gadget would be the best candidate elect!

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  19. Mack December 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Here this un-elected official talking about elections. Why she is so afraid to put herself up to be elected the these posts she, long enjoyed????

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  20. socialist Democratic Party December 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    My dear people why are you all cursing satan and call on the devil to be your saviour,all of them are the same so not one of them getting my vote ,bring a dog as a third party and it got my vote all of them are criminals theBLP and DLP are not relevant any more but just waiting around to enrich themselves and care nothing about the ordinary man we need a decent third party

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  21. Adrian December 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I recalled that this Government wasn’t going to last a month, it couldn’t last six months, it couldn’t last a year, it couldn’t last a term, it couldn’t get a second term, be careful it doesn’t get a third one.

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  22. Lorenzo Johnson December 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    This is funny coming from someone who never faced the electorate.Ms McClean used her position on Tell it Like it is to encourage persons like the Trini lady Ms P ,Mr P ,and the Taximan to criticize The BLP everyday prior to 2008. Time longer than twine.

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