Going after Dem

Barbadians will have five political parties from which to choose when they go to the polls in the next general election, constitutionally due next year.

This morning the United Progressive Party (UPP) led by former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) senator Lynette Eastmond, announced its presence during a press conference at the Courtyard by Marriott.

The UPP now joins the Barbados Integrity Movement and Solutions Barbados on the expanding list of fringe parties seeking to reshape the political landscape dominated by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition BLP.

It is also the second political party featuring disenchanted BLP members to have sprung seemingly out of nowhere in recent weeks, behind BIM to which former Member of Parliament for St Michael South Central David Gill, unsuccessful candidate for St John Hutson Griffith and Sylvan Greenidge, the former personal assistant to then Prime Minister Owen Arthur, have been linked.

Eastmond herself had also been linked with BIM before she ruled herself out.

Chairperson of the United Progressive Party Lynette Eastmond (centre) flanked by vice chairperson Craig Harewood (left) and member Paul Forte (right).

The growing list of BLP defectors involved in the new political movements has given rise to speculation that Arthur and expelled BLP parliamentarian Dr Maria Agard may play a role in one of these entities.

However, the former Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development in an Arthur-led BLP administration from 2003 to 2008 declined to comment on the possibility of either or both joining the ranks.

In fact, Eastmond refused to disclose who had joined her party, leaving her as not only the face of the UPP, but one of a handful of known members.

“There are many people who have expressed an interest in joining with us. I am not in a position to disclose anybody’s name as to whether or not they wish to join us. We do have a process and we want to do what we are doing in an orderly fashion. Individuals must join the party – there are application forms out there, they go through a process and then we select a candidate. So I am not making any comment on whether they [Dr Agard and Arthur] have expressed an interest or not,” Eastmond said.

Fringe parties here are normally viewed with suspicion and are seldom taken seriously, as evidenced by comments on social media following the launch of both Solutions Barbados and BIM.

It is something of which Eastmond suggested she was aware, as she urged Barbadians to judge the viability of the new entity on the ability of its yet to be announced candidates to do the job and not on their ability to attract political heavyweights. She contended that the time had come for Barbadians to look past “the pretty talk and vote for persons who could deliver”.

“In terms of the difference we will make, we want to be judged on our record, we want to be judged on the work that we do and I would say that people who are most attracted to us are people who are doers . . . . For a very long time some of us have been persuaded to treat politicians, who really are servants of people, and we have tended to treat them as if they are celebrities. So we vote for them as if they are celebrities, we already have a huge celebrity in Rihanna and therefore we don’t need political celebrities.”

The former BLP St Philip West candidate also acknowledged that her party was being launched at the so-called eleventh hour.

However, she was unperturbed, suggesting that UPP operatives had been working clandestinely on the ground.

An optimistic Eastmond also said the party would have all its ducks in row by the last quarter of this year, a plan hinging on the hope that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart would not ring the election bell much sooner.

“I have been in the political process before and maybe you have not noticed but there are candidates that have come to the public far later than we will come and some of them have even won. So as long as we get our message out and we have started to do that even though in those instances the name of the party was not mentioned but there are individuals who are already on the ground working. The candidates would be introduced on an individual basis and the full slate should be in place by the last quarter of the year,” Eastmond stressed.


17 Responses to Going after Dem

  1. ch February 10, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Recycled rejects.
    These losers are coming for votes without doing any significant work in our communities.
    Where have you stood up and marched or lobbied for the rights of our workers? legal reforms to support and secure our children and women? Government accountability?
    What educational, youth or agricultural projects have you developed anywhere in Barbados?
    This is a new era and we want fresh people who stand on performance, not platforms.
    You have not sown and you will not reap.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine February 10, 2017 at 4:16 am

      You must be in my head. She is a bare joke. Her saviour Owen ”Climb the Rainbow” Arthur is no longer her shepherd. She has not advocated or lobbied for any causes in the name of the Barbadians people. Where is service advocacy? What has she done that would convince me she is a viable option?

  2. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 10, 2017 at 1:32 am


  3. Hal Austin February 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Where is the balance in this story?

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes February 10, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Everybody wants a piece. I am going ro move back home and run too. Heck, I may have a good chance of winning.

  5. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis February 10, 2017 at 7:01 am

    What a lovely picture!

  6. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt February 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Don’t watch Donald Trump Russia help the Republicans

  7. harry turnover February 10, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Woman… learn sense !! if you are going to hold a press conference about the formation of a NEW POLITICAL PARTY then you should have the names of ALL the candidates at hand…BECAUSE WOMAN…questions about them WILL BE ASKED.
    You don.t hold a conference and when asked REFUSED to divulge the other members as though you are some prominent person and the Party a well established and well liked one…..woman you meking bare sport…that is like starting off a ODI with a NO BALL FIRST BALL and a WIDE the SECOND BALL
    Now you have given the people a FREE rein to hit back at you.

  8. Nathaniel Samuels February 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hey, whichever government wins the election will start with some money in the kitty because many of these will lose their deposits. At least the DLP has done something good while in office: attracted many have-beens and never-wills to put up money which they will lose so the treasury benefits.

  9. Peter February 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Will washed up failures Gill, McLean and Agard join that Eastmand team? Governor General, please install some pedestrian crossing traffic lights in parliament. So much of them will be crossing over in there it won’t be funny. Even George and his second man Dale will be at the crossing point too. This Gine be BIG fuh Laff it off.

  10. Frank White February 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

    The truth of the matter is that everyone has a right to start or join a political party but what is silly about this press conference is that they did all that and don’t have a single name of any of the other candidates and with that, the public is not going to take them seriously, I sure haven’t…

  11. Milli Watt February 10, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Lynette Eastmond – TRUMP….yeah I like the sound of that name. Pay WICK-HAM (emphasis) no mind. He got, to the best of my knowledge, the last election wrong, BREXIT wrong and TRUMP wrong. Suspect he will get UPP wrong. Hoping they run a candidate where I live.

  12. Vad50 February 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    As if Barbados need another political party.

  13. jrsmith February 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    To take on and be blame for the mess left over from the past 2 decades…
    The first would be to start getting certain politicians arrested for the (AUDIT GENERAL’S) report which showed the hundreds of millions of Barbados tax payers money which is missing, which nobody can or wouldn’t take account for….check the bank accounts of lots of people……

  14. Guy Smiley February 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Milli Watt yuh wicked. (Wick – ham) lol.

    But as for Ms Eastmond she is wasting time money and effort. Hope she isnt running herself in St Philip West against Estwick again. Another defeat would be imminent. Glutton for punishment perhaps?

  15. Peter February 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Another party or parties , YES but not to win any government. We need a party who will secure about seven or eight seats. That way they can control the balance of power. Parliament will become real busy with politicians crossing the floor. Solutions Barbados? First people demand transparency. Showcase ALL your candidates. If they are genuine they won’t hide. Tell Barbados exactly what are your solutions Don’t just promise. Get real man.

  16. miche February 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    expressed interest Don.t say squat, ,,,another bluff,,,a confident gambler raise ,and call,,,,Election……let me see what you are hiding,


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