One solution only

Party maintains stand on business-only candidates

One of the country’s newest political parties is adamant that only successful business owners will be welcomed as candidates to represent it in the general election constitutionally due next year.

Solutions Barbados has come in for ridicule for insisting that only those who have operated a business for at least five years with at least two employees would be considered as candidates.

Political activist David Comissiong called it the “most ridiculous, reactionary and counterproductive” notion in Barbados’ history and that placing the country’s affairs exclusively in the hands of the merchant class would spell “the greatest potential to bankrupt and destroy” the nation.

However, Solutions Barbados leader Grenville Phillips II has hit back, stating that managing a business was good preparation for running a country.

“Employers must effectively manage a local economy that includes employees, equipment, materials, customers, money and diverse foreseen and unforeseen risks. Therefore, we believe that responsibility managing such a local economy is the best training that an individual can have to prepare them to manage a national economy,” Phillips said in a press statement.

In addition, he said, there was no truth to the suggestion that his party would return Barbados to the colonial era where most politicians were drawn from the merchant class.

“The merchant’s business model is to simply import and sell products. We confirm that there are no merchants among our candidates,” he said.

Phillips recently said the party had already confirmed 14 candidates and would have a full slate by the time the election is called.

However, the party gave a deadline of today for business leaders to express their interest in contesting on a Solutions Barbados ticket.

23 Responses to One solution only

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd February 1, 2017 at 12:22 am


  2. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles February 1, 2017 at 12:35 am

    …I thought there couldn’t be anyone more remedial than the clowns currently running the country but alas I have been proven wrong. Own a business for at least 5 years and have at least 2 employees because we can’t trust the greedy politicians but we’re to trust the even greedier business owners….and did this fool really just say that if they can manage a “local” economy you can manage a country’s?? Ok let’s say they can actually pull it off …Show me where running a business gives you the experience to handle the health in the country, the agriculture sector, road works, education yes because we all know if it’s one thing running a business teaches you is how to stimulate the minds of the youth, speaking of youth show us where running a business allows you to handle youth affairs, culture oh yesss because that’s high on the list of things to know when running a business. Tourism….I’ll not even go there nor even mention the other ministries. Now to top off all of that you have 14 candidates as well …14 candidates that are all cowards hiding their faces and names from the same government that they are hopelessly looking to beat. Well if the party has barely formed and the so called “candidates” are already putting their self interests first one can see how it’ll turn out if Bajans ever evolved their current level of stupid and actually elect you (they are stupid…8 years worth of idiot but they are not that stupid)

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco February 1, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Ok, I seeing why you have concerns but we have also got to stop believing that only lawyers can run Bim. Look how many of them operate in their own practices with clients.

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes February 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Wonder wherr the idea came from. Lol

    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles February 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Juanita I agree however but not everyone in either party is a lawyer and this man just compared running a country to running a little store in swan street. When he first announced this nonsense the first thing out of his mouth was he’s not releasing names because the candidates either have deals going on with the government or have high positions and they want to avoid backlash. Putting personal interest before they even start just shows they are worse than anything we already have. A pack of spineless cowards, just a waste of extra ink on the ballots. Sad thing is that there will be some idiots that would vote for them

  3. Elvin Brome
    Elvin Brome February 1, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Trump is a business man and look what he is doing with the u s

    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes February 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

      I live in the US, nothing great so far. He has hired a lot of bankers and billionaires to start with.

  4. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed February 1, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Bajan donald trumps????

  5. jrsmith February 1, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Yes but Donald trump is a billionaire , with other billionaires, not two penny rum shop owners..
    These are people who is bigger than barbados …..

    Does everybody in this movement , taxes is up to date and would they publish the records for bajans to see……
    All of these businessmen would consider the conflict of interest having operative businesses and would have to give up they businesses wanting to play politicians……..
    This movement isn’t any different to the American civil rights rights movement , getting nowhere ….
    I hope our bajan people is not that stupid to fall for this silliness…. the whole thing sounds stupid…….

  6. Sue Donym February 1, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Apparently we have a number of drug dealers who’ve been in business with the stipulated time and staff. The gun smugglers and traders seem to be doing quite well. House breakers tend to operate good local economies by assessing and concentrating on particular target markets for intense sessions. Where can any of these apply?

    Just wondering what checks will be done to ensure that none of these businesses or businessmen are fronts or money laundering enterprises for dishonest/unlawful schemes. Solutions B’dos may well have discounted many of the people who can use their instincts and humanity better than they can use a calculator. Careful you don’t end up with all chiefs and no cooks or bottle washers.

  7. Nathaniel Samuels February 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Wheel and come again, brother.

  8. Frank White February 1, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I said before and I saying again, this colabbo of business men and or women are going to form alliances with the white community to improve their own businesses and will leave the black community right where they are now. They normally comes with all the sweetheart deals and policies but turn around and perform an about face when they get into office… A burglar with a duffel bag could never steal as much as politician with a briefcase…

  9. John Carter February 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

    It is refreshing to see that there are others who can come up with an alternative program for the development of this nation. Why are we knocking the criteria being used for the selections of candidates for this party? At the very least, they have gone on record about the kind of person for whom they are looking. No other party has done that to my knowledge.
    And finally, we have a man of God who wants to bring the wisdom of God to bear on the affairs of this nation. Many current politicians pay lip service to seeking God’s guidance. But there is no real evidence by their lifestyle or pronouncement that they are seeking God’s wisdom in developing programmes for citizens and residents alike.
    Keep going Mr. Phillips

  10. Bajan February 1, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Every day honest law abiding industrious mothers in Barbados run their homes and make it work. Most times there is not a cent in the house to buy a biscuit and they still manage their households. When money comes they have the most amazing ability to stretch it and squeeze every cent for great value. All the while maintaining happiness and stability in the home. I am suggesting that the average Bajan mother could run a government ministry better than some of the political clowns we have seen over the last 50 years.

  11. Peter February 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Alternative fact…. Let’s get REAL !!!. Lawyers and doctors are professional business persons too. They made investments which are profit centers. They collect dividends, own businesses, properties, They serve as directors in companies and they receive reports. They make important, though often, foolish decisions. A coconut vendor is a businessman, A landscaper is a businessman, so too is a taxi driver, minibus owner, fisherman, food van vendor … All of them. So there the political window is open wide. Yes we need another one or two strong political parties But Solutions Barbados is not fully transparent. Don’t hide anything much less anyone Publish their names. If they’re serious and honest, no one can touch them and more importantly, they should never ever be afraid. What are the solutions you’re bringing? Before people place their x they want to see your plan otherwise you’ll be considered a side show with a bunch of jokers.

    • Donild Trimp February 1, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Peter, the concept as put forward by you sounds ok until you dig deeper.

      Based on your logic, a School Teacher would be excluded from Solutions Barbados. How about an X-Ray Technician or a Professor at UWI?

      These are people without employees.

      The concept is ludicrous.

      • Peter February 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

        Hey Donald Trimp, A drug pusher is a business person. What I am saying is that ANYONE can be described as a business person. A school teacher can own a school or earn money from teaching How about if one had an X-ray or imaging business. I hope you are much smarter than you think you are. Grenville Phillips’s statement is quite like Jepter Ince’s on devaluation. Should I described it as an alternative non-fact?

  12. Bajan February 1, 2017 at 9:51 am

    @John Carter. The man has not mentioned GOD once in his interview as read. One would assume, going by your moral logic, that a man of God would put GOD at the forefront of his political philosophy and that he would insist that perspective candidates be themselves men and women of GOD. But NO. He is asking for business experience as the prerequisite for candidacy. NOT GOD! So whose guidance is he seeking? NOT GOD for sure! He is surrounding himself with business men and women, NOT MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD. And to whom will he seek guidance? Same business men and women. But remember Psalms 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly..”. Just saying.

  13. Ann Thomas February 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Beam me up Scottie!

    Good luck with that thinking Chuck. How many businesses in Barbados even have a clue that there is another element to the society? How many of them practice Corporate Social Responsibility now?

    You need to go back to the drawing board Mr. Phillips.

  14. ABBE Dynasty February 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I maintain Barbados needs another letter to campaign on the behalf of the masses, for years we flip-flop between “B & D” every four years. We need a change really bad, instead of more of the same “B&D” baloney. Give us someone with a heart of love for the people first and foremost, not more of the “B&D” who have only the love of power. Yes! I am a naturalize US Citizen, guess what it is only a matter of time that the new elected “Hitler” now in power will find a way to say we are not “real Americans”. Barbadians need to wake up some and stand for what ever they consider is in the best interest of the PEOPLE.

  15. ABBE Dynasty February 2, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    I maintain Barbados needs another letter to campaign on the behalf of the masses, for years we flip-flop between “B & D” every four years. We need a change really bad, instead of more of the same “B&D” baloney. Give us someone with a heart of love for the people first and foremost, not more of the “B&D” who have only the love of power. Yes! I am a naturalize US Citizen, guess what it is only a matter of time that the new elected “Hitler” now in power will find a way to say we are not “real Americans”. Barbadians need to wake up some and stand for what ever they consider is in the best interest of the PEOPLE of Barbados.

  16. Mikey February 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    @jrsmith , yes, attack the civil rights movement in America.
    It goes to show how stupid you are.
    If there was no civil rights movement in the USA, do you think you would have seen someone like Barack Obama in the White House ???
    People like you must have wasted Errol Barrow’s “free education”. What a pity !!! You do not even know what is your mirror image !!! Hopefully one day you will learn something so that you will be better than you are at present. Good luck.

  17. Grenville February 2, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Dear All:

    Please note that we stated that we were no longer inviting employers after 31 January 2017. From 1 Feb 2017, we have expanded our candidate selection criteria to any person with any type of responsible management experience – including managing a business, department, organization, or team.

    Best regards,
    Solutions Barbados



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