UPP accused of plagiarism

Just days after Barbados’ newest political party, the United Progressive Party (UPP), announced its formation, it has been accused of plagiarizing the colours of one of its political rivals.

In an open letter to UPP leader, former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) senator Lynette Eastmond, the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) said that while it welcomed the opportunity for another concerned group of Barbadians to rise to the call of nationalism, it was concerned that the UPP has chosen to adopt BIM’s colours, orange and black, which have been depicted on its Facebook page for more than a year.

“This action can be perceived as an indictment against the UPP where leadership, credibility, vision and creativity are sadly lacking on the part of the party.

“Certainly the executive of the UPP must possess some integrity and the prudence to have investigated the identity of the existing political organisations which BIM has done prior to our decision to adopt our current colour scheme prior to developing the logo of the movement,” the letter stated, adding that branding was important to any organization or product.

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

BIM added that this was the season for “decisive leadership”, and not one “that will simply do what seems expedient in copying the mandate or identity of another.

“If you are unable to commence firstly by having your own colour identity and have flagrantly in good conscience adopted the colours of another entity [BIM], how can Barbadians trust that you will ‘UPP de thing’ from the current distressing circumstances in which we as a nation have found ourselves?”

BIM said while the UPP’s call for Barbadians to join in the construction of the party’s manifesto was a magnanimous gesture, it questioned the decision.

“Has the UPP not identified its ideology and what it will offer to Barbados as a viable solution to the current crisis in our nation prior to this press launch?

“BIM is hopeful that any opposing party to the current BLP and DLP administrations will be a serious force to reckon with especially as it relates to being a positive change engine for the improvement of the current plight of our people,” the letter added.

The UPP brings to three, the number of new political parties that have been formed ahead of the next general election, constitutionally due next year.

BIM and Solutions Barbados will compete against the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the next poll.


27 Responses to UPP accused of plagiarism

  1. Alex Alleyne February 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Its “CLOTH” now , next it will be SKIN COLOUR”. Some people just don’t have nothing better to do eh .

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    We voting B or D

    • Ronneisha February 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

      Who’s ‘we’ u gihing u mout much liberty

  3. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan February 11, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    So what is the problem here? BIM is orange and black; UPP is black and orange
    Better go and look for votes and stop worrying about colours..nonsense!!!
    Just now both of you will fall under the heading of “Also Ran” anyway

  4. Colleen Morris
    Colleen Morris February 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Lol wow

  5. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 11, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Off to a great start …. smh …. give this up people … stop embarrassing yourselves 🙂

  6. Lennox hewitt February 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Yes i voting B or D not voting fa dem other ones cause all dum doing is cutting votes but n getting mine .

  7. J. Payne February 12, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Only in the Caribbean do politicians try to own a colour and best of all the parties often have no clearly defind policy other than when in opposition just oppose even if we supported it prior as the rulling party mere months before.

  8. harry turnover February 12, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Use mourning colors den. The people would see that wunna got foresight….cause all a wunna gine be . DEAD when the dust settles.

  9. Jennifer February 12, 2017 at 7:48 am

    And all who think them in the land of the living will gradually realize that them in the land of the dead too. Drunk with the same aged wine (not that the new wine will be better). This is a NEVER ending CYCLE of BS with a one way sign attached and local access only.

  10. Jennifer February 12, 2017 at 7:50 am

    What we truly need is a RENAISSANCE (rebirth) OF THE MIND and spirit.

  11. North Point February 12, 2017 at 8:03 am

    If its a political party Why is it that Lynette Eastmond calling her self “CHAIRPERSON”, and not leader of the party, or she is being suttle with words. I was made to understand that in an earlier interview she denied being part of any new party, six, and half dozen are the same thing, every body looking to get the guts full off of the tax payers. I wish wunna luck doh. I am SMH at the head line.

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

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine February 12, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      She simply used Alternative Facts. Not like she want to be Bee Dem. bare Joker!!!

  12. harry turnover February 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Use mourning colours den. The people would see that wunna got foresight….cause all a wunna gine be .” DEAD” when the dust settles.
    Literally speaking of course..and not to be confused with the opposite of living….” dead ” as far as the results of the elections are concerned…….Jennifer.

  13. Whitehill February 12, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I was really excited that finally there will be other options come election day if only to cast a protest vote. listening and reading some comments regarding these new comers to the political arena, I’m reminding of stories I heard about some house slaves when the idea of running off was put to them.

    I’m still waiting to see what you Bajans are doing now the banks aren’t giving you squat on your savings.

  14. Jus me February 12, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Save us!!

    We now have many choices, a recovered alcaholic ,
    a sonambulist,ne narcoleptic, or THIS??
    OMG ,OMG,
    Please tell me who makes up the other new party.
    Before I resort to the poison chalice or emigration.

  15. Jennifer February 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    @ harry turnover – I hear you sir.

  16. Caswell Franklyn February 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

    There are weighty issues confronting this country and BIM could only find the intellectual capacity to deal with party colours. After this, they can’t expect the electorate to think that they constitute a credible alternative. They are like two little airhead girls that turn up at a function wearing identical outfits.

  17. jrsmith February 12, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Is barbados going to end up as like the (UK) which has become a single party state…
    What we need in barbados is for the people by the people , we need a referendum to change our top heavy out of date , non productive political infrastructure, to many politicians for such a small island and still nothing works………

    As like barbados across the region is all the same , people casting votes for a party , no matter what is said by politicians………..

    • Tom February 12, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      At least in the UK you can protest when voting at the Local
      elections . You cannot even do that here.I agree there are far too many MP s here. Very small constituencies and yet there is very little engagement by MPs outside of elections We need a Lord Beeching style rationalisation programme here now .

      • hcalndre February 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm

        @Tom, they will soon make more constituencies, a politician for every 1000 persons.

  18. Hal Austin February 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    What has the UPP got to say about the allegation. Good journalism needs balance. That is basic reporting.

  19. Carson c Cadogan February 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    So BIM own the colour Orange and the colour Black?

  20. irw February 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    now if bim and npp isn’t in power yet and fighting then we bajans better put on our ARMOR for when the actual war comes.

  21. Mikey February 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Hello Caswell, Good to see Your comments.
    But you have stated that you WERE a member of the BLP sometime back in 1994.

  22. jrsmith February 12, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    @, Tom , hail, hail, well said on the button..would it ever happen… how long would Barbados be kept in the dark , just remembering all of bajans yesterdays………

  23. Greengiant February 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Interesting question mate @ Miley. You know I saw a team of BLP personnel in the city constituency yesterday checking on voters who still reside in the area. I wonder the criteria used to select these who canvass for politicians.

    Lieutenant Bostic, you need to get some intelligent members on your team who knows how to represent your interest better. First thing my brother you the BLP and the DLP are all in for a real challenge at the polls. The people of this country are tired of both parties so it’s time you all really start listening to the smart people on the ground and stop depending on some of your brainless foot soldiers. We the people need an alternative to what has been.


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