UPP launches first candidate

The United Progressive Party (UPP) has announced its first candidate, Craig Harewood, who will be vying for the St George South seat.

A UWI graduate and investment manager by profession, Harewood is described by the UPP as a son of St George.

He said that in recent months he has been speaking with members of the public to garner feedback and drum up support for his party.

“UPP is no ordinary political party,” Harewood said, adding: “the established political parties in Barbados are failing to provide a real vision for the country and instead of progressing we are stagnating and even declining.”

His biography describes him as an enthusiast for economics, social development and political participation who wishes to encourage the use of the phrase “UPP de ting” to convey the need to raise Barbados to a new level.

A press release from the UPP said that while Harewood may not be classified as the usual political candidate due to his younger persona and varied background,  he is passionate about making Barbados a first world country through foreign direct investment into areas such as renewable energy, technology-based agri-business.

55 Responses to UPP launches first candidate

  1. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis March 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Welcome to the arena, Mr. Harewood.

  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole March 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Good luck. I wish you well.

  3. Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Sorry boy, u don’t know the half of it. You too will reap the same the others reaping and will quickly digress into their hole of nonsense if you are elected. Good luck tho.

  4. Peter March 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Thank you Jennifer. the washed UPP folks think bajans don’t follow. We know they have their people in there early to wish them good luck. I ask where the hell did he spring up from. What’s his fame to political fame. Oh I see, he’s a stop gap Johnny come lately. He cannot do better than either of the two the DEMS and the BLP will put to run there.

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 5, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I think that you all like to waste time

  6. Soloman Wood
    Soloman Wood March 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Imagine that wow another party just what bim needs more blood sucking creatures

    • Greitcha Smith
      Greitcha Smith March 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 8:23 am

      I just had to laugh when I read your description of the people who wants to become elected politicians, “Blood sucking creatures.”

  7. Cyprian Greaves
    Cyprian Greaves March 5, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    You are going to be just like the rest buddy, another lost deposit!

  8. Kevin March 5, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    People have been calling for new party, a new choice from the norm. Now another choice is here, and people still coming with there negativity and pull-down mentality. Give this guy and the UPP a chance to be heard. Good luck to him and the others that will follow.

    • Sherlock Holmes. March 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Kevin most of the sycophants here are of the opinion that the populace has no time for an alternative party. I think it is a mistake that they are making, it maybe of short notice but many are fed up with both parties and i have stated over and over again Trump entered the political arena with the same beef, being totally fed up and disgusted with the Washington crowd of politicians and where is he now today? With all that was thrown against him he is the president of the USA and some just cannot accept it. I say to this young man and his party do not be distracted or dismayed persevere many are yearning for totally fresh faces and ideas especially from individuals who fear and have respect for God.

      • Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm

        Kevin I don’t think it is the rejection of new blood, it is the current system of strangulation which is hidden which will mean that he will not go any where. It is like kicking against the pricks.

        • allison archer March 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm

          thank you Sherlock Holmes., very well spoken

    • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 8:26 am

      A to chance to get rich and live big off the taxpayers.

  9. Ann Thomas March 5, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Poor soul, like a lamb to the slaughter!

    Very interested to see who the leader is.

  10. Mikey March 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Most politicians of the past can also be called “johnnies come lately” too.
    Should he come into politics when he is walking with a cane or in a wheel-chair ???
    Why are older Bajans so naive and doubting ???
    Or is it his name , should his surname be Simmons, Symmonds, Mottley, Barrow, Greaves, Lashley or Thompson ???

  11. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea March 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm


    • Sherlock Holmes. March 5, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      I guess you will be marching in disgust too Mad-ea, thing is we are disgusted with all politicians but marching will not solve anything. It is inherently ingrained in all politicians to be exactly the same. There is a need for a new breed of people representing we the citizenry and the further they are away from customary political class the better.

      • Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        Sherlock – The thing is, that these politicians aka political bandits have come to read this people like a book. Many of them have studied psychology and prey on their weaknesses. Nothing will change because this people continue to behave in the same identical corn beef manner resulting in the same end product. Jumping like grass hoppers from BDBDBDBDBD in their nonsense, just watch these comments. Meanwhile we got some BIG boys who sit say little, don’t march in the sun, but smoking cigars and preying and cashing in off the same weakness of the people. Mind you nothing much can be done to the big boys as they have enlarged themselves grandiose.

        • Sherlock Holmes. March 5, 2017 at 5:42 pm

          I have to ask myself this question Jennifer, is marching the only thing Mia Mottley is good at? From the time she took over the Blp all she has brought to the fore is marches and marching. I guess a good drill sergeant can make an outstanding politician.

          • Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm

            Sherlock – Yet again she is using psychology. Mimicking MLK, Jesse Jackson etc. Mind you we are all in the same position being all the SAME PEOPLE divided by name, nationality, etc. In the same very boat at the bottom being the consumers and money burners hollering and barking for a bone. Can you imagine so much years and still the same boat. Don’t let the house or car thing fool you.

          • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 8:48 am

            @Sherlock Holmes, marching and protesting are not in the bajan DNA. all other people in the world turns out in the thousands in freezing weather, face guns but don`t care what effect the bajans, they will hide and peep out their apartment window or house but never get involve and as one said, the politicians know that there is nothing to worry about, don`t care what the situation is the docile proud bajan will take it with a smile.

  12. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm


  13. Baje March 5, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    He will get my vote.

  14. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte March 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    its a new party expect new faces….. this is not environmental friendly so dont expect recycles

  15. Bajan Princess Kianna Rogers
    Bajan Princess Kianna Rogers March 5, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Never say not , does he knw anything about the area hmmm I don’t think so

  16. Baje March 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    It’s funny how people see this new party and automatically have the worst things to say…despite both present parties steering the country into the worst economic depression since the Sandi was in power. The only thing this guy won’t have is the moment to pay off people for their votes and the connections to give out declining government jobs that should be cut and government units where the rent won’t be paid. We are responsible for the failed democratic process. Hopefully a new party which currently serves no corporate masters can make better choices.

    • Jennifer March 5, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      @Baje – You said it. The corporate masters. That’s part of the problem why both parties are steering the country into the depression. Any other party will suffer the same fate too.

  17. Smiley March 5, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I wish you well and don’t let anyone stop you from doing Barbados proud we need fresh smart and intelligent people who care about the future of Barbadian people.Blp/Dlp days are numbered.

  18. jus me March 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    word to the wise.
    Ditch the UP DE TING. Sounds like some sort of sexual aggression.
    You talk to people about what people involved in,.
    Not FORWARD looking clap trap.
    Talk about curbing political criminality, doing away with public purse jaunts and Joy rides, maintaining a living wage rate, Renewing our crud NON Health care.
    Putting some decent buses on the roads.
    Providing ambulances.
    Retraining QEH staff to understand WE PAID A LOT for health care WE DO NOT GET IT FREE.
    Ditching the stink corrupt Guyanese DPP.
    Reducing VAT.
    Looking at crazy duties on imports on basics like Macaroni 100% loads more examples..
    Farming sucks cos Bajuns don’t wanna do it,,farmers don’t get protection,preadial larceny.
    Look at Legalising Marijuana, the whole world is,Dumbass Caribbean isn’t cos the Big Money wants it for themself.
    Upturn the Ministry of Agriculture ,get in Professionals.

    FOCUS on tourism,its our life line.
    Study why we spend millions do what for tourism??

    REMEMBER people live today NOT IN THE FUTURE.
    Remember having a degree does make you know SH)) about real life.
    The mass of people are just normal people, they are the ones who will put you in office.
    Talk NORMAL to us, we NORMAL people, we don’t NEED educating just need to be able to see YOU TRUSTWORTHY.
    WE ent politicians and don’t wanna be, that why we will pay you damn good money, we just wanna love our families and live peacefull till we die.
    Places in the History books , you can have.

    If you got a number for donations, post it here, I will chip in 500$.
    You gotta be a man of the people if you want to be The Peoples man!!

    Keep In mind, Bajuns know BS from a mile off.
    If you cant speak straight, this is not the time or place for you.

  19. TrueThing March 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I met this guy in oistins last week. He does not seem to have any ideas at all and the blp woman he was with is a total waste

  20. sunshinecanada March 5, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Sherlock, are you joining the UPP? why are you worring about Mia, better get out there and MARCH MARCH behind her BEHIND,,

  21. Sherlock Holmes. March 5, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    SunshineCanada…… My marching days are over was never a fan of marching.Maybe i should join the UPP as suggested by you, then again such might be wishful thinking but i see that you have decided to literally make fun of the new party. It is people like you who make others weigh their options and really scrutinize the political landscape and in doing so we have truly seen the need for an alternative. Too many have been sheeple where these two main stream parties are concerned there is time for new blood.

    • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Sherlock Holmes! you don`t like marches, I call them peaceful protests or Civil disobedience, what is your way? or like the typical bajan just sit there and suck your teeth/stupse and want other people to do it for you. People travel hundred of miles to join marches have you ever witness them.

  22. Mr Progressive March 5, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I am all for a new party the politics of yesterday is over time for new people with fresh ideas l am willing to offer myself to represent my parish l have so many ideas that can change Barbados forever and move us in line with develop countries

  23. jrsmith March 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    All the ideas all the politics all new party, but still this must come with serious financial backing….
    What again is so worrying , the 1% of the establishment in barbados who never cares too hoots about barbados politics , so long it plays out in their favour, and thats all which happens …

    We need a winner who wouldn’t take his salary, meaning he cant be corrupted…..he dont need the money……

    • Jennifer March 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

      jrsmith – good luck with that one.

      That 1% is the main problem, believe it or not. The 99% is a problem too as they remain asleep and would not stop with this unnecessary spending at all and love their own. They have been fully assimilated and indoctrinated. Mind you the 99% is actually the engine in all areas.

  24. The Negrocrat March 6, 2017 at 6:31 am

    We wanted a change, now is our chance to get the change we asked for.

  25. Frank White March 6, 2017 at 7:26 am

    It’s not about new parties or new faces, it’s about having someone who is geared towards the advancement and the uplifting of the Black community. When you have campaign contributions from the white community given to these parties who in turn receive 10 times as much in return, that’s where the problem at. This action leaves the Black community at a disadvantage because you, the Black community, would have invested all of your time, energy and money going to the political meetings and voting on the given day, only to get nothing in return that would be of benefit to you or the community in which you live…

    • Jennifera March 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

      @Frank W – Precisely the problem. BRING IT OUT, we are up against the same problems as before. A Gift pervert the heart. So this is where you will butt that GRANITE WALL, and very FEW can see this. Once you taking from the Lion you have to let him eat the prey. Some of this people are so LOYAL to party which is blocking their vision. The black communities are the ones as I have said before are down in the corner of the yard barking all the time to no avail. We need are REVOLUTIONARIES, the CHRIST was a revolutionary from the tribe of JUDAH. Those old bandits called BDBD is no use to our people at all. Then we got some old sabassers who are CLOSED to change and love the same oppressor more that they love themselves and identify with him too, that is yet another problem.

      I would like to see more comments from you SIR.

    • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      @Frank White: I don`t agree with you about the white donors as the main reason why these politicians don`t give a hoot about their own black communities. They came up poor with the exception of a very few and their main goal is never to find themselves in those positions again.

  26. Jennifer March 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    @Frank W – Precisely the problem. BRING IT OUT, we are up against the same problems as before. A Gift pervert the heart. So this is where you will but that GRANITE WALL, and very FEW can see this. Once you taking from the Lion you have to let him eat the prey. Some of this people are so LOYAL to party which is blocking their vision. The black communities are the ones as I have said before are down in the corner of the yard barking all the time to no avail. We need are REVOLUTIONARIES, the CHRIST was a revolutionary from the tribe of JUDAH. Those old bandits called BDBD is no use to our people at all. Then we got some old sabassers who are CLOSED to change and love the same people more that they love themselves and identify with him too, that is yet another problem.

    I would like to see more comments from you SIR.

    • hcalndre March 6, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      @Jennifer, I said before and I`ll say it again not even Civil disobedience is in the bajan DNA so when they see and know that things are not right, you`ll hear “they give we 5 years and they can`t do a thing about it.”

  27. Jennifer March 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Mistake with an (a) on the name. Could not change it.

  28. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy March 6, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Nothing beats a trial son..best wishes; good luck

  29. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman March 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I have an elected member in my area I never see either so this young man start out pretty good.

    • Kammie Holder March 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Nice of you to offer an encouraging word. He genuinely wants to make a difference and the $14,000 monthly salary is not any motivation for him as he earns much more than that now.

  30. Stephen Andrew
    Stephen Andrew March 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Keep your head forward Craig, dont let the bleating of the sheeple distract you

  31. jrsmith March 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Lets hope us in barbados dont fall prey to the left wingers , where are they who are they , we would be ending up as a single party state as like big England …..

  32. Kammie Holder March 6, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Craig Harewood you have my support. Hope you ignore the keyboard warriors comments who are good at doing what they do best, nothing!

    Decriminalization of marijuana must be a gift to the country.


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