DLP forerunners

The political bell has not even been rung yet, but veteran political scientist Dr George Belle has concluded that it will result in a change at the helm of the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

And though Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has previously sought to downplay any such leadership ambition, Belle today suggested that Sinckler “possesses the best political skill set” within the current DLP Cabinet and was therefore best placed to take the party forward.

However, if he is to do so, the political scientist said, Sinckler would have to overcome the threat posed by Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss, who Belle sees as the other obvious successor to Stuart.

Chris Sinckler & Donville Inniss

With general elections constitutionally due by 2018, speculation has been rife over whether Stuart would lead the party into the upcoming poll. However, Belle suggested today that it was simply too late for him to hand over the reins of the party to anyone. Therefore, he did not anticipate any discussion on Stuart’s DLP replacement until after the much-anticipated poll, which he expects will result in a change of Government.

Asked why he felt Sinckler would be capable of taking over the DLP leadership given his current inability to turn around the island’s ailing economy, Belle dismissed as mere propaganda, the suggestion by critics that “everybody hates Chris”.

In fact, the retired Dean of the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, suggested that the converse was true.

Not only did he credit Sinckler for the DLP’s narrow victory in the 2013 poll, but for taking the severe economic blows that have been freely dished out over the past eight years.

“He has in a sense, sacrificed himself and his potential by being Minister of Finance and remaining Minister of Finance, and there are people who are prepared to scapegoat him – people in the party, in public of Barbados and in the leadership of the Democratic Labour Party,” Belle said, adding that Sinckler has proven that he has broad political shoulders.

“So that he might go through all of that pressure, all of that scapegoating and still survive and in that way, he would actually come out as a very strong contender with the capacity to rebuild the party in the future. And that is why I say Chris Sinckler still has a lot going for him still . . . and I see him as the person who has edge over the others in terms of political leadership right now outside of the present Prime Minister,” the political scientist explained.

“When you look at it in terms of his political personality, the way he gets on with his constituents and the way he carries himself politically, he comes off as the most skilled of the potential leaders within the Democratic Labour Party.”

In assessing the future of the incumbent DLP, Belle also made mention of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick, only to say that he “has made a lot of noise and has been very vigorous in his critique of his own Government at times”, but to little effect.

However, he said the contribution of the equally outspoken Inniss had had greater political impact.

“I think people have already read through Mr Inniss’ stances. I think that he is one of the people at the top in terms of possibility of succeeding Mr Stuart as leader of the Democratic Labour Party,” Belle told Barbados TODAY.

But in light of what he saw as recent attempts by Inniss to disassociate himself from any failure of the Government, he sought to warn the St James South representative that “in all political systems there is a concept of collective responsibility; therefore, the Cabinet governs Barbados, so Inniss cannot just stand alone and say, ‘it is the other fellas who did this and I was not a part of it’.

“The things that have happened with the Democratic Labour Party in terms of what people may conclude are failures cannot be put at the feet of Freundel Stuart or Mr Sinckler even though Freundel Stuart is Prime Minister and the buck stops with him.

“Chris Sinckler could not have gone in there with his financial policies and did what he did alone. He did it with the consent of the other Cabinet ministers,” Belle argued.

He further cautioned Inniss that attempts to distance himself from the party’s policy positions could also put him out of favour with his political colleagues, who ultimately decide by vote who commands the leadership of the majority.

“Unless he is hoping to inherit the party after a bad defeat in which there are very few parliamentarians left. In that case he would be saying, ‘those guys destroyed the party and I now have to rebuild the party,’” he said.


19 Responses to DLP forerunners

  1. Carson C Cadogan January 19, 2017 at 1:25 am

    The Barbados Labour Party is getting desperate.

    They are seeking Leadership change in the DLP at this late stage of the game. The last time the DLP did that was 1994 and we lost the Govt.

    MIA AMOR MOTTLEY, , George Belle , it will not happen again So fly your kite elsewhere.

    On the 14th Jan. 2017 in the Nation newspaper the Barbados Labour Party under some silly disguise called, “FLYING FISH & COU COU” asked, “Who will lead DLP?” That article didnt get any traction so they have now come over to Barbados Today with, ” “DLP forerunners”

    Not going to work Barbados Labour Party, we are on to your silly
    little scheme.

  2. Ricardo Bascombe
    Ricardo Bascombe January 19, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Vote them out and stop the. Country from sinking, at the moment its on idle

    • Che Anika
      Che Anika January 19, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Vote them out and barbados will instantly be afloat

  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock January 19, 2017 at 2:26 am

    These guys are fedup with the pm! It takes guts to dis agree with what’s going on presently! the only way forward is being objective! All in the interest of everyone collectively!

    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

      they’re fed up with fumble and the country fed up with all of them.

  4. Hal Austin January 19, 2017 at 3:41 am

    In the struggle to remove the mute Stuart, have the leading DLP ministers abandoned government. Is there not a case to go to the nation, and soon?

  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 19, 2017 at 5:56 am


  6. Concerned bajan January 19, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Well well Carson after all that’s has happened in this country for the past 8 years and you still defending these people. It’s either your stupid Ort darn right ignorant,man because you like a party don’t mean you’re to defend it’s failed policies that got bajans alike struggling.

    Carson C Cadogan so you access and come again cause the people you come to defend I’m sorry they have failed us lies after lies.

  7. Tony Webster January 19, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Who is in charge of a doomed, sinking ship, is not exactly relevant….except for historians, and political scientists.

    En passant, I would wonder if an (annonymous) political scientist wished to enhance the chances of success of the opposition at the next general election, whether he or she be tempted to assign some favour to the person in the governing party who had the LESSER chance of defending the bastions of power? Hmmm? I dunno.

    So as my Grenadian friends might say (effin dem yet walking free)…”Wash yuh foot an’ come”…Kings, queens, bishops, ( and “aposles” too); knights wid shining words, (sorry), pawns in rags, and pawns attired in prince’s robes, three-card men, all…some standing tall…others oised for de fall. The fatted calf is going to be off-menu for a l-o-n-g time hence, and the only lean meat on menu..will be that sliced offfa our own posteriors. You see…FREE LUNCHES are now on the Endangered Species list. Peoples: Open eyes; switch-on brain; stiffen back-bone; flex your muscles…The Games…have begun.

  8. Ride The Tide Surf
    Ride The Tide Surf January 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    3rd party needed. The choice is useless or pointless. Have they any accomplishments to be proud of this term?

  9. Peter January 19, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Carson C Cadogan. Pay attention to the comments. You are the ONLY ONE supporting this insipid failing administration. I know, I dedicate a song to you. Mr. Lonely Go listen. and oh Give your thing George Pilgrim a hug. From behind. he’ll love that.

    • Carson C Cadogan January 19, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      I have never been afraid to be the lone voice.

  10. Alex Alleyne January 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I beg to differ , It’s INNIS with JONES as his second man. SINCKLER got too much baggage carrying forward with him.

  11. harry turnover January 19, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Jones ??? I prefer Stuart rather that ‘ wuk man “…BUT silly Kellie must be fuming that not a fella en got he up there to lead.

  12. Lennox hewitt January 19, 2017 at 11:01 am

    So Carson u voting for every body now talk for u self u cannot speak for people thats u apinion keep it to yurself i not saying who i voting for but how u no blp cact win u check usa election and see what happen we had hillary as president .

  13. Helicopter(8P) January 19, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Very well Dr Belle but as we all know it takes skillful tact, diplomacy and a long fuse to be a Prime Minister of Barbados.

  14. Ossie Moore January 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Stop da kind o’ ting “harry turn over”! Dem Bajans seying dem done want no mo sweet moutedness”! Step pun de wire and de wire won’t bend dah is de way my story end!

  15. Zeus January 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    What does Dr Belle possess that no other person in Barbados possess when it comes to knowledge of political leadership of the DLP …before it was the Eager eleven ….then it was David estwick crossing the floor …..another prediction was the DLP would not last five years ….here we are four plus years doing what we did just before the last election begging for elections to be called …..for a man to be called the worst prime minister Barbados ever had and got men running about like their heads cut off I wonder what would have happen if he had talked more often …..Hartley Henry ….Peter wickham……Reudon eversley ….Dr Belle ….and the list goes on including the media …..by the way with all these predictors surfacing can anyone tell me the winning numbers for the lotto

  16. Jus me January 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    In the party of the blind IF they had a man with one eye .
    They would have a leader.
    As they dont
    I see why the rats skeedaddling
    off HMS Barbados.

    Dr Belle you will find if a new party runs they will win,I mean a NEW party,not just same old criminals running.under a new AKA.
    People know we all are screwed, if either of the same old same old get in.


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