‘The winning team’

Former elections official still betting on DEMS

Never mind the current economic turmoil, the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) still stands a very good chance of winning the next general election, said a former deputy elections chief.

Delivering the party’s lunchtime lecture at its George Street headquarters today, Donville Johnson, who served as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer from 1998 to 2006, also sought to assure DLP faithful that today’s dismissal of Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell will have absolutely no bearing on the national poll result.

“The Barbadian public is not stupid,” declared Johnson, insisting that the electorate were fully aware that Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler was acting within the scope of his power and in the best interest of the country in demanding Worrell’s removal.

Former Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Donville Johnson believes the DLP team, including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick is in with a good chance of securing a third consecutive victory at the polls.

In the lead up to today’s sacking, Sinckler and Worrell had been at odds over economic strategy, with the Governor warning Government that it needed to immediately halt the printing of money and make major spending cuts.

The bitter dispute resulted in the minister’s demand that the 72-year-old Governor, who had been in office for close to eight years, either resigned or be fired. However, Worrell decided to go the route of court action, but was only able to hold off his scheduled February 13 dismissal by just over a week.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeal dismissed the Governor’s case, clearing the way for today’s dismissal.

In response to arguments by the Governor’s attorney Gregory Nicholls that Sinckler did not have the right to remove Worrell in the way he did, Johnson said: “You cannot tell me that you can hire but not fire.

“We have previous examples before where one got fired by email, but this one went to court and the court has ruled that and we must give honour to the court. A panel of three judges made the way clear that Mr Worrell can be fired,” the former Electoral and Boundaries Commission official contended.

As for the party’s chances in the elections, which are constitutionally due within the next 12 months, Johnson, a staunch supporter of the DLP, said the party still had “the calibre of candidates to retain the Government, despite the perception of economic turmoil within the country”.

In response to suggestions that public support for the DLP was at an all-time low, the former diplomat said there was no real evidence to show that Government was losing voter confidence, given that the majority of the DLP candidates were political stalwarts who knew the importance of maintaining the all-important connection with their constituents.

“There are some politicians who come in on the swing and therefore it takes only a little bit of swing to carry them back out. There are some politicians who can’t tell how they won their seat in the first place. There are politicians who just happen to be there at the opportune time and they are usually the first to go.

“However a politician who understands that he is a politician and who keeps counsel with his constituents, who shows that he has a lot of interest in people and visits the constituency throughout the term will stand the test of time,” he said, while insisting that the DLP was not in danger of losing the upcoming poll.

Johnson made the bold utterance despite the fact that the DLP has not yet chosen a significant number of its candidates to contest the next general elections.

He also defended Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s leadership style, suggesting that while critics may interpret his silence on national issues as a weakness, it really was not.

“People just want to listen and put people in a box. Our current Prime Minister dares to be different from previous Prime Ministers, so he is seen as weak. However, he is different because God has made all originals, so he does not have to follow what others did before,” Johnson said.


15 Responses to ‘The winning team’

  1. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe February 25, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Articles like this do major damage to investor confident …. “idiotcracy in process”

    a big belly man with suspenders (enuff said), a pitbull with no-teeth, and a PM who lives in a parallel universe

  2. Bradg February 25, 2017 at 3:11 am

    DLP………the most incompetent adminstration ever elected to office. Enough said.

  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 25, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Blaming everything on the BLP is not going to work for wunna this time. Go to every blog and read what Barbadians are saying about the DLP. Even those whom you think are loyal to your lost cause are fed up with you all. The only ones singing your praises are the many yard fowls who are worried about their scratch grains.

  4. Carson C Cadogan February 25, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Donville Johnson, you are going to give the Barbados Labour Party members and supporters heartburn with your words.

    I am rather surprise that the Bajan news media carried your comments at all.

    Down here the Bajan news media is operating like the US news media which back Hillary Clinton . And we all know who was left with plenty egg on their faces.

  5. hcalndre February 25, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Here goes another barbados Don. I hate when people bring God into politics especially (barbados`) DLP, yard fowls and lizards. Hear them, God going bring we out of this recession, one said that god knows the DLP was the right party to lead the country but seeing the downward path that the country is heading, it sure looks more like Satan to me. Do these DLPs are for real? they should be asking the people for forgiveness instead of being so pompous.

  6. KEITH MURPHY February 25, 2017 at 9:50 am

    These guys are only interested in what they can get by mouthing their support.The country is suffering under these incompetent fellows who are operating for the white man JUST FIVE OF THEM HOWEVER.
    They have overcharged on projects in order to take care of themselves and associates and the tax payers have to pay the bills.We are in trouble and these guys do not care.The alternative may be questionable in some areas but cant be worse that this group.The real people who run things are the Public Officers who have to guide novice politicians who want to learn.Most parties have little or no experience.If you want to know how things will go listen to the Civil servants.

  7. KEITH MURPHY February 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

    They seem to have run out of persons willing to give this lunch time lecture.Just check the line up and it would be interesting to see the audience.Check also the constituency meetings crowds,they look just like how the other fellows looked just before 2008 General Elections.

  8. Tony Webster February 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

    @James Audtin Bynoe: wow, LOL, wid gravy! What amazes me, is how on earth, these “Friday Lunchtime Lectures” cud make it onto our TV screens, as “news” . The “audiences” look, sooo, interested…..and soooo happy….whilst paying rapt attention to every pearl of wisdom which falls from the lips of party hacks…one wonders what inducements are offered to both each hapless speaker…and the equally hapless listeners. Mebbe…bread and two’s…all round?

    In real terms, such efforts are not only passé, but actually counter productive….as apart from insulting the general viewership’s intelligence, they unwittingly also allow us to peep into the party’s ” play-book”…and see where they perceive their vulnerabilities. Someone is asleep in the control-room. No …not the one up The Pine…the one on St George Street.

    • Peter February 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Tony Web. Once again, You as Hal too often does, has turned the spotlight on the darkest spots in politricks in Barbados. NOTHING WILL BE DONE by DEM unless one, two or maybe three o’DEM fall down dead. Carson C as in cuntfounded Cadogan NOTE I did NOT say KILLED nor assassinated as only you would think. Then and only then Stuart will call Gen. Elections before it is due , or rather overdue.

  9. Joan Worrell February 25, 2017 at 10:21 am

    @Sunny , blogs are never supportive of Parties in power. Don’t judge the popularity of a Party by the postings of people on blogs. Judging from the hatred, disgust, abuse, derogatory statements published on Barbados Underground leading up to the last elections, one would have thought that the DLP would have won one seat i.e Mara Thompson’s. Do you remember the polling done by CADRES, George Belle etc. hours before we went to the polls? All hell broke out after the election results were announced on radio and tv. The blame game started immediately. The greatest casualty was Uncle Owen being forced out of the BLP by Lady Gadaffi. lol. It will be same story all over next year with you calling the people who voted DLP, “” Yard fowls, lizards, flies , ducks and dogs” . Don’t eat all the scratch grain. Keep a bit for your losing party members . lol

    • hcalndre February 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      @Joan Worrell, don`t forget the Big Brown Paper Bags and that there would be no lay-offs, the BLP would raise the bus fares and privatize, people were scared, and fall for their untruths and after 9 years still can`t bring the truth to the people.

  10. truful February 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

    The real reason that the DLP won the last election was that the Leader of the DLP was seen as very polite and sincere in dealing with the public service and others while the other Leader had a problem with the way in which he dealt we people including his own team members.

    • truful February 25, 2017 at 11:18 am


  11. sticks and stones February 25, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Back seat economist comes a dime a dozen. Never mind that these economist of doom and gloom followed the same script that lead to the financial global meltdown in 2008

  12. Greengiant March 24, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Whatever we think of this government our solution should not be back to the BLP. We need real change and practical solutions.


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