Third party lineup

14 candidates confirmed, none identified

Barbados’ newest political party, Solutions Barbados, is warning that it should not be written off in the next general election due next year.

Political Leader Grenville Phillips II has revealed that the party had already confirmed 14 candidates for the poll, all political novices, with a full slate expected by the time Prime Minister Freundel Stuart sets the date.

However, Phillips told Barbados TODAY the identities of the candidates would not be released just yet in order to protect jobs, since many of them hold contracts for major Government projects.

“I cannot identify the 14 candidates at this time mainly because some have contracts with the Government and they do not want to put their employees at risk. I encourage them to lay low, but when the elections are called then they can disclose their identities,” Phillips said in an interview this week.

“I believe it is best that they retain their employees for as long as possible especially in these times because these are serious economic times. You do not want to put employees at risk. Some of our candidates are large employers and some are small, but at the end of the day even if you employ one worker, that person has a family he/she is trying to look after.”

At the party’s official launch in April last year, Phillips had said Barbados should be managed by people with experience in successfully implementing investment ideas, as well as growing a local economy.

Almost a year earlier, while still in its embryotic stage, Solutions Barbados posted on its website that people who had operated a business for at least five years with at least two employees should consider becoming candidates.

The party had also posted the equivalent of a manifesto, offering solutions to various problems facing the country, including improving governance, the criminal justice system, transportation, education, health care and welfare.

Its solution to violent crime, for example, includes a minimum three-year sentence for first offences and a minimum ten-year prison sentence for subsequent offences, as well as fines ten times the value of the offence.

The party also promised to privatize the transportation system, although students in uniform and seniors will be allowed to travel free; institute a flat tax of ten per cent of gross income, with one deduction; pay full tuition at the University of the West Indies for those with seven CXC general passes grades I or II) and three CAPE passes for the normal duration of a marketable Bachelor’s degree; remove taxes on healthy foods and impose a health tax on all unhealthy foods.

Phillips said the recommendations would be easy to implement if there is the will.

“It takes very little effort to implement the solutions. We also published implementation plans anyone can simply go and implement. They do not even need us. We think the two major parties should start implementing these solutions or at least discussing them in parliament or even with my party. It is time that we should start considering Barbados’ future.”

Of concern to the budding politician is the country’s high debt, which stood at about 108 per cent of gross domestic product as at September 2016.

Phillips, one of Barbados’ leading young businessmen, suggested that proper management of Government departments and agencies would be the first step towards reducing the debt and returning the country to growth.

This, he argued, was within the level of competence of the 30 candidates Solutions Barbados intended to present as alternatives to the established parliamentarians.

“If the electorate decide they do not want us and they prefer to go with the two established parties, no problem. At least we would have done our part. We have to do something now because we are deep in debt,” Phillips said.

43 Responses to Third party lineup

  1. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell January 7, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Who is Grenville Phillips? Never heard of him

  2. Carmela Charles
    Carmela Charles January 7, 2017 at 1:25 am

    SBP..bring good candidates.

    • John Wick
      John Wick January 7, 2017 at 2:21 am

      ypyyou ddon’t go and put a new person in the driver seat and dont know nothing about them suppose they are worse

  3. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea January 7, 2017 at 1:27 am

    BLP for me .

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn January 7, 2017 at 3:37 am


  5. Hal Austin January 7, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Where is the manifesto? We cannot buy a pig in a poke.

  6. Greengiant January 7, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Phillips is a credible engineer and business person, funny some have heard or knows nothing of him. Not surprised though as you people only know of names such as Motley, Adams, Barrow, Thompson, Arthur and some less popular household brands of politicians. Like my friends who has declared ” BLP for me “.

    This inherited two brand political choosing handed down by our parents and courted by our youthful bright technocrats / scholars who constantly gets contaminated by the legal fraternalists seeking to control us with these tired, ideologically obsolete parties who offer new babies born of the same parents, raised in the same homes with continuous habitual practices will take us further down the beaten path. We need a new party, with a different approach not an old tried and tested party with a known approach. Let’s be realistic these two tired parties practices the same ideology and is heavy with lawyers who for years can’t effectively deliver an efficient justice system. How could our parents have expected them to run our country effectively and since we have been better educated than those before us why should we expect them to.
    If we seriously wish to see politicians prosecuted or held legally accountable for their squandering, misappropriation, or fraudulent conversion of our tax dollars we need to take the lawyers out of our parliament whenever the next bell rings. They will only make political noises to play on our emotions but these lawyers will never destroy their comrades for their dishonesty as they both BLP and DLP feed from the same calf. Our hard earned tax dollars.

    I say to you ” it’s time for real serious and radical political change in this country of ours “. So you with two party people, wake up and make use of the third eye. We need to seriously consider reshaping our political fortune with a triangular approach. The straight line North to South route has totally failed us as a nation.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine January 7, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Granville has the support of the SSS but his approach to entering the political ring remains flawed. He will not convince the electorate base on the model he wants to bring in the ring. Other than that he is the alternative but he is just not making enough noise. I really thought he was finished with his third party attempt.

    • ColdBajangirl January 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Totally agree. Time for a change but i do feel the public needs to get to know these individuals so they can see how they do deal with ppl, and not just in a 3 month span b4 elections. Now ur running for government has what affect on your business and employees? The government is going to get mad and petty and fire you and break a contract? Seriously? Without just cause let them try. That is my only concern with this whole article and political party, but it would be good to know these folks’ background to keep an eye on them from early.
      Stop being so closed-minded Bim. Step out of the box and realise de carpet starting to look like a de Himalayas. Smh

  7. Greengiant January 7, 2017 at 4:45 am

    While I agree Hal, we’ve been buying the same pork from two different butchers all our lives. This is beef coming so don’t look for pork brother. The manifesto is eminent so stay tuned, even though we are accustomed to getting manifestos after the bell is rung with the same pork laden menus recycled, you will get your beef early. These guys will serve a menu not previously served but of the best quality grade ‘A’ beef if given the chance.

    These guys are professionals in their fields of business, and these are the people who are frustrated by these lawyers on a daily basis when they try to get business done. They like the much feared Donald duck need to be given the chance to make radical but healthy change.

  8. Santini More
    Santini More January 7, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Bring it on.

  9. Hal Austin January 7, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Interesting. But remember Owen Arthur once said government should be by technocrats.

  10. Greengiant January 7, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Angus Bennett how dear you talk about wasting time and money? Maybe your mind is made up as your mind too lacks the capacity to see any further than a Barbados running down by BLP or DLP legally dominated parties. It’s sad when you can only see as far as you own saliva can travel when you spit.

    Not giving a chance to offer an alternative will be denying our offspring the opportunity to live in a structurally developed, financially sound country where business will be the source of energy that drives the engine, and not taxes or selling of our prime real estate while compromising our agricultural lands, hence increasing our depth to GDP ratio by spending our foreign exchange on excessive food imports. This is the difference between the two parties. DLP sells the people’s taxes to temporarily keep a sinking ship afloat while the BLP sells the people’s assets for foreign exchange so they can support they lavish looking,
    unsustainable lifestyle. So on examination both offer a continuous alternative that cannot provide sustainability that this country now needs for it’s future development. They all need to get the justice system sorted and let business people address our economic issues.

  11. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles January 7, 2017 at 5:50 am

    So you want to bring a 3rd party but won’t release names because you’re scared of the same government you want to run against…..righhttttt So we’re just supposed to see faces appear when elections call and run like idiots and vote you in….this is barely going to get DLP voted back in because there are idiots that will blindly vote

  12. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco January 7, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I agree with their move about not releasing the names as yet. We have all seen how vindictive these existing politicians in power can be. Do not act like you guys haven’t seen the vindictiveness.

  13. jrsmith January 7, 2017 at 6:32 am

    We need a political party with financial backing who would become an establishment .. you dont want new names same sores and same plaster, this is the 21st century dont need peanut parties , these are hard ball times , no more biscuit corned beef and rum politicians….
    We need clever people who is going to represent the people who want to be politically free of rubbish, people who is not going to sell they souls for the dollar………

  14. Hal Austin January 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

    What is sure is that we do need a third party. Should it e one led by Donville Inniss and Chris Sinckler? Donville thinks Sinckler went to the wrong school.
    What about the Bds$7m paid out for Four Seasons? My understanding is that part of that was to fund a new political party.
    It is funny how often Sinckler’s name comes up when the talk is about new political parties.

    • hcalndre January 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      @Hal Austin, any party that has an interest in representing the barbadian public must do things as a priority: Declare their assets, hold themselves and whoever misappropriates the taxpayers money, vote buying or selling is a crime, taking funds from shady characters, the vehicles that they have is not theirs, they`re there to do the taxpayers work only, not to drive around their family and friends. When the Auditor General hand in his report and there`s any investigation needed there should no politician that think that he/she is above the law. I could go on and on with so many things politicians get away with in barbados ,I know for sure where they would be in the US.

  15. Frank White January 7, 2017 at 7:49 am

    All this rubbish that Phillips talking about is not to be believed for one millisecond. Look, these are business people and Barbadians, use you all heads please, you all know how businesses operate here already and the shabby treatment you get from them, what you think go happen now if Barbados is being run by all business men huh. They are going to create avenues for their businesses to make money and form alliances with the white community and leave the black community in the cold as this ruling party is doing now. They constantly use the Hegelian principle on the masses to achieve their goals but the masses are too caught up in rhetoric to notice. We don’t need a party of all business people, we need people who are going to look out for the interest of the black community, we need people who are going to be geared towards creating jobs for the black community by the black community and it doesn’t there.

    • Bajans January 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      I agree. I don’t trust these so-called business people. They are robbing Bajans all like now and will continue to rob us. Look at Coverley and the Grotto, look at the poor road building with one inch of asphalt, look at the state of the insurance companies that refuse to pay claims and keep victims in court for tens of years. These are business men I want nothing to do with.

  16. Alex Alleyne January 7, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Don’t we all forget “Trump shock the world”.

  17. Francis January 7, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I will bet you that 99% of Barbadians have NEVER heard of Granville Phillips 11.
    We have heard of his father Granville Phillips who is the foremost Receiver in the island.
    A total waste of time!!

  18. Sue Donym January 7, 2017 at 8:16 am

    The current PM wants us to believe that potholes aren’t a problem, although we see it every day. This aspiring PM wants us to believe in candidates we have not seen. We are truly blessed.

  19. Sue Donym January 7, 2017 at 9:58 am

    But how much confidence can we have in candidates who are hiding behind perceptions of victimisation – after all how will they speak for us if they fear speaking for themselves? Don’t we need champions who must and will hold the wrongdoers up to public scrutiny?

  20. Peter January 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

    The art of strategic political application is evident here. Young and inexperienced Grenville Phillips II in my view is being used by a group of washed up political driftwoods or rejected political misfits, all of whom are so eccentric, they only see themselves as the ones to run Barbados. I will not be surprised to see a dis-integration of the DLP. depending on how the cake is sliced up, Politicians like Payne, Marshall and Toppin even Arthur and Agard if re-elected, will cross the floor, along with a number of dissatisfied DLP candidates, crossing the floor to the new party, forming a new government, proclaiming a new system of governance, and getting rid of Phillips who is really a front. The BLP and DLP will form the opposing parties. Together they won’t have the force new elections. They will still be the minority. Dale Marshall will be maneuvered into the leadership role, with George Payne his deputy and Arthur his economic affairs and Minister of Finance. Richard will be the leader of the DLP and maybe Mia the BLP. Watch and see. Stuart will retire and settle for his pension. Supporting reporters from all the newspapers and radio wi8ll be made Senators an or given diplomatic postings overseas.

  21. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    @GreenGiant- Agree with a lot of what you said especially the PORK part. My people has continue in the Frying pan to fire, frying pan – fire, frying pan – fire mentality. making the Same old mistakes over and over again. If you keep making the same mistake you will keep getting the same result. I am just wondering how long it will take this third party before they too become infected with the same virus from that pesky rabbit, while they play to the tune of the piper, and eventually become money grubbing, oppressor loving coons. A full system overhaul is needed, starting with the correct education. I am afraid that the shake up that is needed will take Barbados falling like Zimbabwe. So back to square one.

  22. Peter January 7, 2017 at 10:34 am

    The fact that Grenville Phillips II would not release the names of his candidates, speaks clearly to the vindictiveness that inherently exists within this DLP administration. Either that or he is telling his first political lie. and bull sheeting the Barbadian public. Simple as that.

  23. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    What these politicians have come to realize is that they cannot beat that pesky rabbit. So if you cant beat them, join them.

  24. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Our people keep fighting each other with crab in barrel syndrome, not realizing that crab don’t belong in barrel.

  25. Adrian January 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I have never met Mr Phillips personally, but have observed him in operation. I do believe that he would make the kind of politician we need and if the other members of his party matches up to him we may be in for a surprise. I say good luck Mr Phillips.

  26. Carson C Cadogan January 7, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Waste of time.

    They are only there to cut votes just like the NDP did to the Democratic Labour Party.

    They will not get a single seat.

  27. Mikey January 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The man’s name is GRENVILLE PHILLIPS II , He is NOT GRANVILLE but GRENVILLE. How do you expect to hear of him when you do not know his name ???
    It is okay to be blind, deaf and dumb as long as you can be led by people who are as blind as you are.
    It is alright to be deaf as long as you do not want to learn anything.
    It is alright to be dumb as long as someone can speak for you, and you do not even have to think !!! Good luck to the BDD association.

  28. North Point January 7, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    “THREE IS COMPANY” “WTF” am I hearing, or am I dreaming, some one said, AH THIRD PARTY” every one trying to get rich quick off de poor people backs, so I believed that some idot had too much to either drink or smoke fuh de holiday and just decided to shout out in their dream third party. Barbados has two evils already, we dont need a third. some ah wunnah when wha get in does pass we like wunnah don’t know we, but yuh got de gall to talk about running fuh de house, I in my hose already I don’t have to run for it. so all bajans stand wunnah grounds, reject them, even if he went to school wid yuh, work wid yuh, drink wid yuh, or even if yuh got he muddah, tell he no, no, no. every one looking to get “RICH” and drive “SUVs”. And all of us who have vehicle would know that “THIRD PARTY” is not good for us, it never cover us, happy new year.

  29. Know Why? January 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    This 3rd Party is based and backed up by the same people whos doing all the wrongs. The mindset is not set right and can change nothing. Their leader is being backed by the same people that robs the island and its people. Nothing more than different faces same hands. We are looking at the NEXT and not the 3rd Party,

  30. sheriff January 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    New year’s greetings to all the need of a third party is needed it will complete the process and cycle of true Democracy sense democracy is of the (Third) 33.33%/ 1/3>2/3>3/3 majority rule how can we continue with a two party state government if Democracy is set upon 3 principles of government the three is as follows…(Executive/Legislative/Judicial.. branches of the tree of governance of good and evil and also the master mason is 33deg and they ruling the system of things BABYLON, the people represents 1/3 the BLP 1/3 the DLP 1/3 but when you vote for whoever it is. the people of 1/3+1/3 BLP/DLP=2/3 majority rules your Government or should I say A Pack of Politicians so I am in for A Third party sense I am a Candidate for the CH CH south constituency for the second time around K.G.B/C.U.P Coalition Unified parties,,.. My thoughts are we need Governance not a pack of politicians as government to correct the problems and issues we are having today under the guides of DEMOCRACY.. DE-mockery of true Governance I am for Peace Order & Good Governance(constitution article) but we are suffering from the (P.O.G.G) because of the lack of such Governance It is plain and straight POLITICS & ECONOMICS (ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT) RULE LAW… THE P.E.A.R.L of Great Price LAW & JUSTICE I am the Author of this Book…this is the way to correct our issues of the common things/ P.I.N.S, that affect our
    country.. Political Injustice National Significance (PINS)
    Police Injustice National Significance (PINS)
    Political Incorrectness National Significance
    Politicians Immaturity National Significance
    Politicians Impunity National Significance
    I can go on so what do you the good people of this country want !CHANGE! so well give me the Power of the state I have a plan to set the crooked path straight I am the SHERIFF of the Magna Carta the official of the King I carry the Signet Ring only the rule of Law can bring about the needed CHANGE remember the priest will marry and bury you in respect and the Sheriff will serve and protect LAW Governs Everything Spiritual law/Moral
    law/civil law>Executive law/Legislative law/Judicial law..

  31. F M. Gibbons January 7, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    A good example of a successful business man who is a poor excuse for a politician and the worst minister of housing this country has ever seen is Denis Kellman, so why do you think these business persons can run a country? a country cannot be ran like a business. So tell these jokers to wheel and come because if they can’t declare their hand now, the few weeks after the elections are called would not be enough time for them to garner any significant support.

  32. Bajan boy January 7, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Little boogy boy will surely be a poppet for big business.. he never even walk in a constituency nor even give a lift to nobody at a bus stop. Stupseèeeé

  33. antionette sealy January 7, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Be careful how you are rushing to judgement. Social media will come into play at a level not seen before. Every political party in the free world will use the Donald Trump model to talk to the electorate. Trump’s critics inside and outside of his party made fun of him tweeting at 3 a. m but he ignored them and tweeted his way to victory and moreover s still tweeting. Don’t write off any candidate in the 2018 Barbados election

  34. Hal Austin January 8, 2017 at 9:25 am

    A parliamentary list made up exclusively of employers? Plse tell me this is a mi-print.

  35. antionette sealy January 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

    @ Hal
    It sounds like madness to me too but everybody wrote off Donald Trump because he had no political experience and was just a business man. Be warned !! Bajans are good copycats.

  36. Fox January 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Well well well! What next? Business men think one way and one way only. This is the same individual who recently placed ads in the media literally begging prospective home owners not to give contractors and builders any work unless they produce certification from his ‘famous’ college? Pick sense from nonsense. I take it that the public can no longer become certified builders or contractors from the established institutions we have here in Barbados namely BCC,SJPP,UWI etc.Tings real dread it seems. He like he ain’t getting much wuk nowadays so he pelt he hat in de ring too.As has been said before, there’s also a social responsibility.One could just imagine if this 3rd party of business men get to rule the roost.

  37. antionette sealy January 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    My dear Fox
    Tiefing is part of the Barbadian culture. We have tried lawyers, doctors, economists, teachers, engineers and they all have been accused of raping the treasury. We have had politicians who couldn’t pay for their utilities before elected to parliament and retired as millionaires. They couldn’t afford to employ anyone before elected. Why not give some businessmen an opportunity to tief and employ more people. lol


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