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Former BLP MP chairs coalition of fringe parties

A major effort is under way to have all the fringe political parties contest next year’s general election as a single entity.

However, architect of the movement Wendell Callender said it was not a sinister plot by ex-Barbados Labour Party (BLP) members to hurt the Opposition’s chances in the election.

Callender, a former BLP parliamentarian, today launched the Citizen Action Partnership (CAP) at the Sky Mall conference centre in Haggatt Hall, St Michael, with an open invitation to the increasing number of fringe parties to join his coalition.

Since the start of 2017, the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and the United Progressive Party (UPP) have added to the list of outliers seeking to challenge the traditional two-party framework of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition BLP.

Both new parties comprise disgruntled BLP members, some of whom have been dismissed repeatedly by voters.

Already, BLP reject David Gill, who lost the St Michael South Central nomination to economist Marsha Caddle in October last year, has cast his lot with the coalition effort.

And it was revealed today that CAP and the UPP, led by former BLP Senator Lynette Eastmond, are discussing a political merger.

However, despite this alignment of spurned Opposition candidates, Callender dismissed suggestions that their aim was to spoil the BLP’s chances of forming the next Government.

In fact, the CAP chairman was confident that they would cause a political earthquake by winning sufficient seats to influence the country’s future.

“For those who think that way [that we want to spoil the BLP’s chances] I have to say that they are thinking negatively. We have met and we are positive that we can win enough seats to make ourselves a formidable group to make the necessary change that Barbados needs.

“At this point in time we believe that Barbados is in such a dire crisis that self-preservation comes first. So it is about people recognizing that we are in danger . . . . This is a different time and a different paradigm and we are saying now that circumstances have converged to make people see that they need to look at a new alternative that can give them hope. So this is not about talk of being spoilers, this is about presenting ourselves in the best possible way and offering the best candidates,” Callender insisted.

Also committing to the coalition are the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance, whose leader Lynroy Scantlebury contested the St Peter seat in 2013, and the Mark Adamson-led People’s Democratic Congress.

But BIM leader Neil Holder told Barbados TODAY he was surprised at the open invitation from CAP, “even though Callender had dismissed BIM when the party announced its intent to contest the next general elections”.

This notwithstanding, Holder said that if approached he was open to the idea of joining forces, but only if CAP’s agenda aligned with that of his party.

“We are for anything that is going to be for the betterment of the country, but certainly have to vet the process and modus operandi behind it because we are working to bring solutions to the country and we don’t want to be in any organization that would take away from the seriousness of the current situation in front of us or what we have to do,” Holder stressed.

30 Responses to CAP on

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 10, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Is politics now a comedy show ???

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd March 10, 2017 at 4:20 am
    • Peter March 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

      They know they failed a few times each at the polls so now they are BLUFFING their way. Get real Callender, Gill, Eastmond < idiot Holder and wishful Phillips III. With our history of stalwarts like Barrow and Adams. You ain't even near the front door much less expect to walk through it. As for Owen. He was too arrogant. He can't live with that right cross down there in Roebuck Street. He stepped on too many people's corn. Arthur You done like toast. Humble yourself and stay put.

  2. Tony Webster March 10, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Catharsis, Bajan-style! Seems more fraught than stirring-cou-cou…with your fingers. Thank God 99.99% of Bajans yet know how to pray. I have never been more worried-sick for my country, in my life. Join my Pray-For-Barbados Party. No joke.

  3. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 10, 2017 at 4:22 am


  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I WILL MARCH 11 03 2017

  5. Ernesta Catlyn March 10, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Wendell at it again. It was not the Mia-led administration or even the Owen-led administration that rejected the majority of you. It was us – the electorate that rejected you all over and over and over and for some of you if you go ahead and contest in 2018, I will have to add another over.

  6. Vernon Harris
    Vernon Harris March 10, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Because the DEMS are doing so bad all of these rejected clowns are crawling out of the woodwork thinking they can capitalise on this.

  7. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 10, 2017 at 5:50 am

    A set of old rejects

  8. Fiona Waldron March 10, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Even if I were going to take BIM and UPP seriously, I most certainly cannot do so now….

  9. Peter March 10, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Just completed my 3 mile run. A cup of coffee and loot what I see. Another glorified washed up opportunist. Wendel. Self praise is NO RECOMMENDATION. Get real NO ONE but you is voting for you.

  10. Lennox hewitt March 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Cap on for truth cause we capping wunna jokers 5 votes a man i voting ida Dlp or Blp no other tink i gine waste time gine up road n voting jokers ? I sure more people gine buy u socks dan vote for u .

  11. Lennox hewitt March 10, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I no d problem wid deese new parties dem mix up wid Donald Trump n Clinton now we taught Clinton wud b President but Trump had Putin so who wunna got ?

  12. Johnathan March 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Lynette I know you and the silly boy Callender boy is friends but don’t bring yuh self down day with he big nose Gill and socks boy Adamson. Please uh beg yuh we have always respected your ability and International business expert probably the best on island along with Hendy. Sad you are not prepared to work with Mia and allow personal differences to run you from a party you were with for so long.Owen done and you should have been politically astute enough to know you failed at the polls 3 times and it was time to move on. You should be there helping to steer the BLP to victory but instead you gone to the doldrums and please don’t go to the gutter wid them political clowns.

  13. Kelvin Adamson March 10, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Is this what Freundel and his gang have brought us to. A number of losers and low achievers who have made absolutely so contribution to themselves farless their country crawling from a rock to let us down even further. Gladly bajans got a little more sense than that and we know for sure these clowns will be embarresed,rejected kicked to the gutter never to be seen nor heard again. Barbados never took them serious before and surely will be worst now…

  14. Sue Donym March 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

    They already have one thing in common… they refuse to name their candidates but we are to believe that they are heavy hitters with good plans that we would support.

    Or maybe they hope that together they could reach that magic number 30… where else did 30 factor in removing one who seemingly had too much power…

  15. Randolph March 10, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Glen Roy got some more money to put in the treasury.He said recently that God told him that Barbados would become a rich country.These fellas are pure jokers who take God’s name in vain.

  16. seagul March 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Executive power should be exercised by the government and the federal administration and is not concentrated in any one person. Federal legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of the Federal Assembly of B’dos. The judiciary remains independent of the executive and legislature. This Swiss model democracy is by far what’s working. Any new parties on the ballot that can concur, our cooperation is at your disposal.
    Jungfrau Tours ag.
    p.s The voice of Dr. Maria Agard is referred national and beyond.

  17. Donild Trimp March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Fringe parties, why should Barbadians vote for you?

    What are you going to do for Barbadians? Apart from the generalized mantra of vote for me to make Barbados better, name one issue you are bringing to the voters.

    The more I weigh the options, I am beginning to think that the ruling party, the DLP is the only option.

    I was leaning towards the BLP but when I heard the non response by the leader of the opposition to a simple question of what the BLP will do differently if elected, I cannot in good faith encourage my Barbadian friends to vote BLP.

    A party seeking to defeat the Gov’t in power must be able to state what they will do different from the current Gov’t if they are elected.

    Failure to do so is a red-flag and voters should take note.

    • hcalndre March 10, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      @Donild Trimp, You have decided not to vote for the BLP because someone ask the question, what are the BLP going to do differently and you did not hear a response, so you have decided to vote as you did before, I am not be surprise because the worse that some bajans are treated the more they appreciate it. I would bet that the person who asked the question never was given the opportunity for the 9 years to asked the PM why is barbados in the mess and how it got there. To be truthful, I don`t know who would want to take over the government from this lot.

  18. Poor Guy March 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Wendell, when will you come and pay the guys in Christ Church West Central? We put up posters last election and were never paid.

  19. Leroy March 10, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    If this third party manages to get some votes and the dlp gets out their base, I see a situation where the dlp can edge home by the slimmest margins. I would certainly HATE for that to happen, I want the dlp gone, I cant take It no more.

  20. lester March 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm


  21. Mikey March 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    You people do not care what happens to this country.
    Some people want to make a difference and you people shooting them down.

    And please do not forget, those who went before put all the money they could get their hands on, into their back-pockets and smiled all the way to the Bank.

    Some one may SHARE it with others !!!

    • Donild Trimp March 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      @Mikey: “You people do not care what happens to this country”

      Mikey, can you name one issue any of the 5 parties seeking to defeat the current Gov’t are identifying with?

      The only thing I can remember is one guy talking about basing his party’s platform on ISO standards. Really?

      Now I challenge you to name another.

      • hcalndre March 10, 2017 at 11:30 pm

        @Donild Trimp, I challenge you to tell me how the DLP got the country in this quandary and how many years it will take to get out.

  22. jrsmith March 10, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    What we are hearing must be made clear , political parties or just mere movements, which is going to end up as like all the black civil rights movement , no one take them serious..
    For things to change ,the people in Barbados are the ones who must make the change ….. providing the people make the right change…..

  23. Donild Trimp March 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    @jrsmith: Right now Barbados is a basket case, a banana republic.

    You know what you have. Everything else is simply guessing.

    Politicians in Barbados are only interested in looking after themselves. Why would you elect all those washed up relics from the past? What are you going to elect them to do? They cannot identify with one thing to “make” Barbados “great again”.

    The only other alternative is the BLP and they cannot say what they will do different from what the current Gov’t is doing, so why elect them?

  24. Myra March 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    If you knew that your ship has to pass through a dangerous passage because it has drifted off course would you call a crew who has never steered your vessel, but were on board only as observers and say take the wheel? The idea of new persons with no experience in governance taking charge of Barbados at this perilous time is insane.


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