Mixed reaction to BLP-led march

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is pleased with the turnout for yesterday’s national March of Disgust, which party spokesman Dale Marshall says has “rattled” the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

“I can’t see that they’d be sitting in their homes today and be thinking that the Barbadian electorate is continuing to be passive, that the Barbadian electorate is continuing to be satisfied with the decline in our standard of living, our economy,” said Marshall, in reflecting on Saturday’s BLP-led march and rally, which culminated in Jubilee Gardens, The City, and is said to have attracted about 10,000 people.

A section of the massive crowd which attended yesterday’s march.

“I can’t imagine that after yesterday’s demonstration by the Barbadian electorate that the Government could feel confident and comfortable,” he stressed.

However, two of the island’s newest political groupings have sought to downplay the success of yesterday’s event.

Former BLP Cabinet Minister Lynette Eastmond, who is the leader of the United Progressive Party, and Grenville Phillips II, the leader of Solutions Barbados, were both guests on Sunday’s Starcom Network’s Down to Brass Tacks programme, along with Marshall.

“Elections are won constituency by constituency and how each constituent feels about their current representative,” cautioned Eastmond, while pointing out that the BLP has had “three stabs at mobilizing people to make it appear as though Barbadians actually support the Barbados Labour Party”.

“I think in the two first marches it was a bit appalling that the BLP was not able to even mobilize its base, because if you think of the 30 constituencies by how ever many members, they really should have had more people on the street in the two first attempts.

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

In this third attempt, I think they were able to mobilize their base and they worked very hard at it,” she said, explaining that “there are a number of individuals who got telephone calls, even one of our candidates got a call about coming to the march.

“So the BLP really did put a lot of effort, a lot of money, into ensuring that it got its base out and I think it managed on this occasion to get its base out, which I think is excellent.”

However, Eastmond said the party needed to acknowledge that there were several Barbadians who came out yesterday to march but who had said quite pointedly, ‘we are not here to support the Barbados Labour Party, we are here to say that we are not happy with the various downgrades, we’re not happy with the debt situation, we’re not happy with the lack of growth etc.’

Founder of the new Solutions Barbados party Grenville Phillips II.

Also reacting to yesterday’s BLP-led event, which the ruling DLP has dismissed as “a reflection of how money can influence an election”, Phillips said his party was in the business of providing solutions to the myriad of problems plaguing the country.

“We have not asked people to come out and march because the others can do that. So the BLP has come and they’ve asked people to march and they’ve marched. And I encourage people, ‘go and march, just do not vote for them’.

“The gravest error they could make is to go and vote for them,” he said.

“We’ve heard our politicians telling us we’re doing well, but it’s easy to say that when you’re spending other people’s money. But now the IMF [International Monetary Fund] is giving the report card and they’re saying that we’re doing abysmally bad,” the Solutions Barbados leader said.

Just last week, the island suffered two downgrades at the hands of Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s which have expressed concern about the island’s ballooning debt of 111 per cent of Gross Domestic Product and its falling international reserves, which plummeted below the recommended 12-weeks of  cover to less than $700 million last December. The international ratings agencies also warned that the situation not only poses a threat to the stability of the Barbados currency — which currently trades two to one against the United States dollar — but that it could put the island at high risk of debt default.

Phillips suggested that both the ruling DLP and the Opposition BLP were to blame for current poor state of the country’s economy.

“We published our solutions about two years ago and we said, ‘BLP adopt these solutions’ and they were not done. I said, ‘DLP do the same’ and they haven’t done it. Almost two years have gone by [and] they have not adopted any solutions or even discussed them with us,” he lamented.

82 Responses to Mixed reaction to BLP-led march

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall March 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Now that you have a party why you don’t come out and walk also.

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    • Che Anika Percell
      Che Anika Percell March 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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    • Peter March 13, 2017 at 9:11 am

      While I’m of the opinion that another or perhaps two other political parties are needed to mainly stabilize and bring balance to parliamentary operations, I do not think either of those new party will win the government outright if they win any seats at all. BIM, CAP, PEP UPP and Solutions Barbados are done and dusted. Their presence is only for the people to endorse as certain failures. There is another one coming I think will be called BUDDY. Acronym for Barbados United for Development and Democracy Yes.

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  2. John Wick
    John Wick March 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    She can’t be right at all. First you say that you were in no way tied to the upp and then days after you are the leader.. Now you saying people are saying they did not come out for the blp but to say they are fed up so why you ain’t come out

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  3. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith March 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Look, if ya mind these people.

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  4. Philip F. Corbin
    Philip F. Corbin March 12, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Stupse…..

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  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott March 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    The lady just likes to talk, that’s why she developed her own forum for herself. I wonder how much it costs? One of the most boring speakers ever to ascend a political platform. Came to political stage with lots of trumped up accolades, and never made anything of it other than a litany of losses. UPP is a “dutch party” , you bring a little something to the table and join in.

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  6. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    The people were their in thousands to support the BLP. That is the bottom line. The BLP is leading.ah Who ah go win . BLB

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    • Sam Alleyne
      Sam Alleyne March 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      I sure hope so my friend, cause we didn’t expect trump to win here

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  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The BLP is leading. At the moment. COME next election Barbados is going to get there first female prime minister .once God spear life.I am calling how I see it. I don’t pick sides.

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    • Carson C Cadogan March 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      The Americans were poised to get their first female President, then the voters got in her way.

      Just remember that and you Barbados Labour Party people have this habit of COUNTING YOUR CHICKENS BEFORE THEY ARE HATCHED.

      They spent over $100,000 promoting this event and could not muster any more people.

      The PM must be also pleased with the turnout. Many wuck up people so few voters. And dont talk about the droves of school with no vote.

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      • Carson C Cadogan March 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        should be “School children”
        last line word No.8

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        • Peter March 12, 2017 at 7:40 pm

          Carson C Cadogn. You are too stupid to compare Barbados with the USA elections. Trump is a racist. He rallied the majority whites which is 80% of the voting US populace. Hilary was moving in the legacy of a BLACK president. Everyone including them same whites knows that she is by far more intelligent, more experienced and highly proficient with political protocol. Watch and see either Trump destroys himself or the USA or the world or all three. Next $100,000.00 is no money It can be easily wired into the BLP’s account. You explain how the DEMs can pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to one man to build triple cost High rise apartments, fully paid and not one is occupied. Like those matchboxes at Coverley, they’re in a state of dry-rot. Explain that Carsob DEM ass boy. I wonder what you will say when you find out that the BLP have their own radio station and can send live video feeds on the internet. It has already been tried and tested. Talk about preparation. Chew on that.

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  8. Brian Porte
    Brian Porte March 12, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Mr Phillips I am rooting for you

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  9. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba March 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I wonder if she did win she seat under the BLP wah she wah be saying today. Woman hush ya mout do.

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    • Eileene Jordan
      Eileene Jordan March 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      She was a loser loser loser

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      • The Negrocrat March 13, 2017 at 2:49 am

        If that is the case, we are all losers, we voted for clowns.

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  10. Jason Greenidge
    Jason Greenidge March 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    When a man can be so despite he beats an ATM wid a 2*4 to get money, we need to pause and reflect how this country get like this.. the BLP cause the debts. . The DLP fail to correct the debts.. both parties fail the ppl

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  11. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Grenville muh boy, yuh look so sweet and innocent!! Hope to meet you one day at your Party headquarters. This is what I want you to do in the meantime. Promise me that if your party wins at the polls next time around.

    (1) That Ministers will stop flying first class on planes when doing Government business.

    (2) That all Government Department vehicles will be parked at respective locations

    (3) Barbadians who can’t pay exorbitant fees for surgery would have the same urgent attention as the ones who can afford. I hope Dr. Wallcott of the BLP can make that the number one priority on his promises to the electorate. It is allged that Barbadians have short memories but they know that things aren’t any different now from when he was Minister of Health.

    (4) Heads of Government Departments be given a traveling allowance and not expensive motor cars to have their children chaufeur-driven to school and in some cases , for the children to jolly ride at night.

    (5) Purchase cheaper vehicles to carry messages from one Government department to the other if the correspondence is of confidential nature. All other mail can be sent by fax or email and a confirmation of receipt be signed by the secretaries of the respective departments.

    (6) Accountability for the spending of the 250 dollars per diem which public workers and Government officials receive when traveling. It is done in the private sector. Why can’t it be done in the public sector?

    (7) Privatize the Government bus services like how it is done in London i.e the bus services in London, although still ultimately privatised, are not deregulated to the same extent as other counties . In London, details of routes, fares and services levels were still specified by public bodies, with the right to run the services contracted to private companies on a tendered basis.

    (8) Get out of the airline business completely i.e stop being fairy godmother tothe other Caribbean Islands which enjoy freebies at the expense of the Bajan taxpayers

    (9) Make sure that vegetables, meat, bread etc. produced at Dodd’s Prison don’t end up on the tables of Government Ministers.

    (10) Government officials pay the same duty as other citizens on goods when passing through Grantley Adams Airport and Bridgetown Port.

    When I remember the other areas of wastage , I will publish them and ask if any one of the political parties is willing to put them into effect if elected to Government.

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    • Richard Johnston March 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Cut the number of MPs in half.

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    • hcalndre March 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

      @Joan Worrell: I will agree with you for once on some of your suggestions and the one where the ministers take the tax payers` vehicles and use them for their own business and pleasures, they should be made to pay the cost, why give these people vehicles when they own 2 or 3. I know a former Governor of NY who had to pay the cost for having the city vehicle take his mother to the doctor and the guy that was flown to to his son`s college game in Connecticut had to pay the cost because it was not the peoples` business they were conducting. Save the taxpayers some of the burden of paying for these vehicles instead of the nitpicking taxes that you imposes on the people.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I like your ideas. Can I use them in a poster_?

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  12. Lennox Scantlebury March 12, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Why can’t ” Barbados Today ” do a feature which investigates the destruction of the working class of Barbados
    The press in general needs to in investigate how this Government has allowed big businesses to have our young people working below minimum wage

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  13. Kermit March 12, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    take a lesson from other parties like the libertarian party in the U.S….they only take away from one of the dominant parties. The UPP has yet to even have a full candidacy roster, nor have they proffered a outline of what they will do differently from both DLP or BLP. with that said…thinking the replacing DLP with BLP and expecting a different outcome from past political cycles, without a fundamental change in the path forward is complete lunacy.
    A complete new roster with no nepotism, no ties to big business and no prior politics, as well as cultural and ethnic diversity is the way to go. Term limits, and an overhaul of parliament ministers and their pay/benefit structure and the archaic laws that have hurt Barbados, modernization of education and how business is done. I have yet to hear any politicians talk about that..rather a blame game and pointing fingers…We can expect the DLP to start tossing favors, giving homes out and finding jobs in exchange for votes as both parties do every election cycle…well we can either play along and see the same progress, or we can be a united Barbados and force change that may be hard at first but in the long run to our benefit. Its our choice.

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    • Jennifer March 12, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Come on people. We need to put all of these babies to bed. Them was crying too long, and SUCKING breast even longer. Wean them off onto some HARD food.

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    • hcalndre March 13, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Kermit, these has-beens and wannabe, we all know what their intentions are, get rich as soon as possible and live big off the poor people`s taxes, for example that 10% that the DLP ministers wanted restored ASAP and some people can`t afford a proper meal when the day comes because they don`t have a job, do you think they care?

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  14. Greengiant March 12, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    The BLP called my home on Friday evening too, asking for my other half. They were desperately trying to get people out to score political points. This march, like the one held by the NUPW at GAIA Inc earlier is about the leadership of the party as was the GAIA march about the leader of the union.

    I want Ms. Motley to come clean with us too. Tell us how much of the current depth payment was passed on by you party when you left office. Tell us how much of the reserves left had been borrowed, was from land sales to expatriates and how long during your time in office was wages and salaries frozen. I am well aware of the current fiscal deficit, so I need to know how you plan to address the issue while maintaining public sector employment levels while again paying for higher education. We the public need to hear your plans not just criticism. The voter is to be the critic, those opposing must make their solutions public. This is no empty warning, but this time there will be meetings at the local level by us the community leaders.

    You must be aware as we are, and as is evident in the estimates of expenditures recently tabled in the honorable house that the government has no intention to address the deficit with expenditure reduction. So you know like I do that whoever forms the next government will inherit a poisoned chalice from which we will all have to drink. So yes we need to hear the several options to managing our affairs. In fact I will venture to say that whoever turns this dark elephant around would earn the right to lead this land for a long time. The BLP should be reminded that they were the author of the one term government theory. Politically, this is a good election to lose, and no one should want to win it.

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    • harry turnover March 13, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Read their manifesto whenever it comes out.The BLP en got to say jack SH8 bout how dey gine do this and that BECAUSE opposition parties doan run guvments.
      Wunna is the guvment and daiz wunna problem.Read David Thompson memoirs about what he said when in opposition.
      Wunna is the guvment and all ya does say this in opposition and this in the Government and turn round and do DAT.

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    • hcalndre March 13, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Listen Greengiant, just vote for your party (DLP) again and don`t worry to ask Mia what she is going to do, remember what the DLP said what they would do and you have seen and you are please. The building of Dod

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    • hcalndre March 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

      @Greengiant: Is something wrong with someone calling your home in an election year for your support or because its barbados? I heard miss. undecided saying the same thing, marches and protests seem to be a problem with the DLP and its supporters but its clear to me that they never were present where people gather in freezing weather and from miles away to take part in marches and protests.

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  15. Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
    Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor March 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    why was it held on the same day as the life in leggings march?

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    • John Wick
      John Wick March 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Why was so much money spent on a fete in November why was the government able to finance this march

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    • Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor
      Ramona Chiedu Louisa Taylor March 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      John Wick don’t come for me november was some b.s.

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  16. Sam Alleyne
    Sam Alleyne March 12, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Let FS call the elections and see what happens. Let’s see what you have to say after.

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  17. Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne
    Sundiata WorldTraveller Browne March 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Education ain’t common sense. The purpose of the march was not necessarily to promote blp as the next government. It was to say hey enough is enough. Do we really understand what democracy is without falling into partisan politics? Barbadian should use this terrible experience as a lesson. Stop voting along party lines! You vote for a representative who should be transparent and held accountable for the work he or she has done within the community. #2centsworth

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    • John Wick
      John Wick March 12, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Lynette Eastmond doesn’t understand that

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    • harry turnover March 13, 2017 at 6:16 am

      Well said and furthermore MORE THAN 10,000 people are fed up with DEM.
      Civil servants are fed up to begin with,some ah DEM supporters are fed up and were Pilgrim and Eastmond and the resident paling cock CCC expecting to see them marching ?
      More than 10,000 will,however, MARCH to the polling stations to show their disgust though .You can count on that.

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor March 13, 2017 at 9:18 am

      What terrible experience? Hatians live in slums literally! They step out of their makeshift huts into raw sewerage! They work for $2 US a day! They have little to nothing to eat… While their conterparts live in the hills in much better condition! Bajans don’t know how good they got it… Be careful… Some if those terrible conditions u talking about could really befall us , God forbid! Learn to count your blessings…

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  18. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan March 12, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Why is it that some people are publicity hungry and self-centered? Barbados has always been a two party system and it will always be that way. Any amount of political parties could come to the fore and none will be taken seriously by the masses, especially if any of the candidates were rejected by the same masses at the polls and by any of the two political parties as candidates. First, you have to be a people’s person and charismatic as well as to be able to make a contribution to the country and not just a lot of long talk. No Barbadian except for a few will take any of these so called power hungry groups seriously since some of them real motive is to get back at one of the two the parties that have rejected them as candidates.

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  19. Muhammad Hasan
    Muhammad Hasan March 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    You seem mixed up… thaz’ wha’..

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  20. Vernon Harris
    Vernon Harris March 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    This lady is such a clown. Just because you didn’t get nominate to be a candidate after loosing every single election you ran in doesn’t mean you are to go and start your own party. The people have rejected you time and time again but you feel you have some god given right to be a candidate. I know she will most likely say Errol Barrow lost and came back and won but Errol Barrow only lost once. You lynette lost and lost and lost. Go rest yourself.

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  21. Joan Worrell March 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Mr. Grenville Philips

    I am asking you to ignore those voices which are calling on you and minority parties to back down from entering the race come February next year or whenever elections are called. Bajans are fed up with both DLP and BLP. 11.5 % of the people who voted BLP in 2013, turned up for the march yesterday. The party is divided between Owen BBBBBBB”s and Mia BBBBBB’s. The Owen BBBB’S will either stay at home or vote for the lesser known parties. You may not win the majority of seats but your party can become a power broker when the results are declared.

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  22. Greengiant March 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    You are perfectly correct @ Joan Worrell. These party supporters come in this forum championing the cause of the individual dead end parties they so pitifully embrace. All the two main parties has offered us over the years are a load of legally trained non politically oriented passers by, who take a break from choking the justice system to place their hands tightly around our necks.

    They all aim to feed off the main course leaving us to squabble over the crumbs hopefully for the ten year pensionable period, then they either just return to law practice to sign off on major government contracts, sit on boards of management or continue to warm parliamentary seats preventing young brains from contributing meaningfully. We need real change, either total or power sharing change but going back to a huge, commanding majority for either major party will spell certain disaster for this country. We recently removed the BLP from office after their then leader said he would have liked to see destruction of the party now in government. We saw some of the very sitting opposition members vote to remove their current leader. The BLP now seeks the economic advice of the much criticized Clyde Mascol, while the Dems were ready to embrace the very Arthur they were ready to execute just a few elections ago.

    So you sorry no brain party poopers need to stop being so self deceiving and admit the failings of your parties to manage the affairs of our country and remove them both for the love of our little nation. Give this country the chance to breath clean, fresh economic air. The parties you supported all these years just does a bit of renovation work as is seen now with the opposition leader bringing inexperienced candidates loyal to her, whose strings she can pull to the electorate. This is all about power which the BLP seeked since being voted out in 2008. While I agree the DLP has made a mess of governance, the BLP has been the most uncomfortable opposition in this country’s history. I think they should both spend enough time in opposition to see the political life of several current politicians end. We can really do better than have them running our affairs in the future. How dear they abuse the masses as they continue to do. Both BLP and DLP are a misleading, bunch of economic auctioneers who sells us to the highest bidders continuously.

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    • NEIL March 13, 2017 at 6:55 am

      Exactly! !!!!!

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    • Jennifer March 13, 2017 at 7:59 am

      @greengiant – Well said. If only this people can see that these politiians are all a cut of the same rotten cloth. All you gine do is from BBBBB to DDDDD. We need to stop this shyte. And once all of them get in power all them doing is seeking their pockets and the pockets of their corporate fans. While the MAJORITY of the people down in the IRON BARREL and THE YOUNG PLANTS BEING CHOKED from ever blossoming. BASIC systems like a good FUNCTIONING bus service, schools, hospital, water service, roads etc and the list goes on. Gosh, wake up people. Stop this B and D bull$hit.

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  23. Kirk Fedee
    Kirk Fedee March 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Who the f*ck is Lynette Eastmond !!

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    • Mark My Word March 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      She is a Lady just like u mudda, fool Bert

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    • The Negrocrat March 13, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Who the f*uch is you mudda. a goat?

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  24. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer March 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Lynette.
    I don’t know of any person that was rejected twice at the poles in this country ever gaining a seat for B’s or D’s or whatever. so you better return to the blp you might be fortunate to become a Minister in its Cabinet.
    Third parties are a waste of time in this country. They don’t even cut votes.
    You are not telling people to vote for the BLP but I do.
    What you and others need to understand is that despite all the rhetoric about Mia, people are loving her by the day and there isn’t a dam thing you all can do about it.
    Mia to the world…Believe it or not!

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  25. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    It’s important to know “crazy” when you see it fellows

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  26. truful March 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Carson Cadogan how many school children were there?The parent were.New VAT on over the counter medication.#Killing the people.
    You are going to loose the St Michael Central seat to the BLP the two neighbouring ones,39 votes to pull back in such economic challenges ,you loose.Arthur Holder only needs 20 of those who voted for your candidate ,new votes from BLP family voters knock off a few who will vote for your candidate who do not live in St Michael Central.Think of those supporters who have passed away then the swing.NO CHANCE THIS TIME PLAN YOUR LIFE AS AN OPPOSITION SUPPORTED.

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  27. Jennifer Giles
    Jennifer Giles March 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Bajans please stand together in what you believe in, stand up for your rights.

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  28. Wayne Spooner
    Wayne Spooner March 12, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Nobody cares about a march…tell the people how youre going to fix it is what you should be doing. More of this playing off of peoples anger just like all politicians do. how about your plan??????

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  29. Lennox hewitt March 13, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I no one ting fasure as long as i living i voting but not for dem oda parties i voting for B or D one of d 2 cause dem bare looser she run 2 or 3 times n get beat wa nutting n gine change .

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  30. Gabriel Abed
    Gabriel Abed March 13, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Craig Harewood Up de ting!!!

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  31. The Negrocrat March 13, 2017 at 3:00 am

    So Lennox, Chris and Froon won more than once. Now they mashed up de economy and made us the laughing stock of the world.
    Is winning such a great criteria for deciding who to vote for?

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  32. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch March 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

    Lynette is a sore looser. She never won a seat in the elections. Who make you so sure you can win one now. Oh please.

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  33. Bajan First March 13, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Donald Trump’s sins were overlooked and his promises embraced by many who now wish they could turn back the hands of time! We need to examine the personality of those who offer themselves and use that information to guide our decisions. Personally does not change! Example: once a woman beater always a woman beater! Why is this and such character flaws importan! They speak to the nature of the person. The beater must have his or her way at all times regardless of what others think. Such behavior will have serious consequences for democracy. The world is watching and hoping for divine intervention as a very flawed personality controls the reigns of power in the USA today. We Barbadians need to open our eyes and be guided by what we see and know of those who offer themselves for office.

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  34. freeagent March 13, 2017 at 7:38 am

    A number of correspondents have given their views above to the march on Saturday and that says that democracy is alive and well here in Barbados. However, politicians are not gods and they can make promises that very often are not kept after winning an election.
    That large crowd that gathered should have had an evening of PRAYER, asking God to deliver us out of the various situations in which we find ourselves – financial difficulties, crime, corruption,sexual immorality, drought, etc. God has given us laws to follow and He punishes when we deviate from those laws. We can only find true peace and we will see our country prosper when we turn away from the above and return to serving God with our hearts and not with our mouths.
    Let us put our trust in God and not in politicians.

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  35. Jennifer March 13, 2017 at 8:04 am

    WHAT WE NEED IN THIS PLACE IS A CHINA SHOP BRIGADE. We give them two years to get their promises half way met. If not, let the brigade in to clean up the mess. This is why one of my favorite movie’s is the PURGE. Only thing lift the law on certain officials. I would be out there too in a LEATHER JUMPSUIT like cat woman.

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    • Jennifer March 13, 2017 at 8:10 am

      With the stilettos on too.

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  36. Sisleen Greene March 13, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Carson Cadogan
    stop continuing to try to mislead the public with your verbal garbage. All I got to say to you is carry back the big ride to who give it to you and give back the drug lord the money you used to win your seat. You are a blasted fraud, check Coverly and all the houses done by you and tell Barbados how much you have gained from the kickbacks for them. I am anxiously waiting to hear from you before giving a poor rakey lawyer now turn millionaire my vote.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Wait, you know that Carson C Cadogan is really the tek nuff money, 5 thousand pun every house built, Might Lashey?

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  37. Ossie Moore March 13, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Peter Ossie Moore has one coming too! Look out!

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  38. Yvette March 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I marched on Saturday because I am disgusted with this Government. I marched because the Government owes me tax refunds from 2013, 2014 and 2015. If I had owed the Government I would have to find the money.

    They are unable to run Barbados and we are now no longer “Gem of the Caribbean”. We are looking like “the failure of the Caribbean” When I vote next year I will be voting the DEMS out. i saw a lot of friends and acquaintances marching. No one called them or paid them to march. It is time the Prime Minister and other members of the ruling party take their heads out of the sand. They are no longer the party of choice and will lose the next elections. I am afraid it is too late for them now.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Girl do not mind that idiot George Pilgrim. I would like to know how much money the DLP paid their fellow loyalist to stay away from the march. You see George knows that the loyals are not so loyal anymore and many of them where part of the march. IF the BLP were of any use, and they are no darn cotton picking use, when the Mottley crew ascends to office next year her first order of business would be to open up a full fledged investigation against several DLP agents and ministers for very questionable financial practices. But we know that will never happen since secrets is part of the agreed protocol.

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  39. Donild Trimp March 13, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Wake up Barbados and get serious.

    All these fringe parties popping up left right and centre. To do what? They are not coming forward with any original ideas.

    The DLP must do the following.

    1: Privatize the Transport Board.
    2: Introduce a meaningful education system.
    3: Get rid of the inefficiencies at Q.E.W. or privatize it.
    4: Privatize the BWA.
    6: Privatize the Sanitation Dept.
    7: Privatize the Sea Port.
    8: Prioritize infra structure rebuilding (roads)
    9: Get rid of the inefficiencies in the public sector. Too much dead weight drawing a salary by false pretenses.
    10: Collect the millions of dollars owed to Gov’t by the business sector.
    11: Stop the nonsense of allowing people to live rent free in Gov’t property. The entitlement mentality must be eradicated.
    12: Stop wasting tax payers money on LIAT.

    It is time for tough measures to bring Barbados back to some measure of normalcy.

    In my opinion, the DLP is the party to turn this thing around.

    The BLP cannot answer a simple question of what they will do different from the DLP if elected so it makes no sense to elect them if they do not know what they will do.

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    • Jennifer March 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm

      Mr Trimp – I am not asking you, I am telling you that you will get big problems in Barbados if what you say is done. There will be daily PURGING with you sleeping with your gun under your pillow. And I will suggest that the people especially the young men, go for the china shops and not the poor man home. The houses with lots of land around them with the orchards near the cane grounds to attack. I was never “fortunate” to take a mortgage. Neither am I sorry. Hence one of the major reasons why I have little financial worries. And eat quite healthy. But can you imagine the vultures and eagles in Barbados scooping on this people who are paying rent, mortgages, etc. Or you may be one of them waiting for the privatization to sink your white teeth in there.

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      • Donild Trimp March 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        Jennifer, as the MOF said today, tough measures are coming.

        Barbados cannot continue with the entitlement mentality. The days of non-productive employees are over. A big change is needed.

        I rented a car in Barbados from an independent entrepreneur last year. Went to an office in Oistins to a visitors driving permit. Got there at 10.45am and did not leave that office until 1:05pm.

        What kind of productivity is that? Two hours and fifteen minutes to obtain a visitors driving permit.

        Disgraceful.

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  40. Cavil Best March 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Dems will be reelected to office in the next general election, no more long talk.

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  41. sunshinecanada March 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Yes Peter,well said. what a crowd, my computer had the Hiccups, downloading,

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  42. sunshinecanada March 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Wayne, please talk for yourself, did you pay,

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  43. Natalie March 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

    LYNETTE base on your own analysis on how seats are won – i take it you understand why you lost not once but twice!!!!!

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  44. Natalie March 14, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Lynette for the record – the BLP led by Mia Mottley had one (1)National March of Disgust which was a huge success.

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