DLP disquiet


Government minister Donville Inniss has suggested that those within the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) who believe the next general election will be easy must be “smoking something”.

The openly critical Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development last night told a meeting of the DLP St Peter branch that “our party is going to have one hell of a challenging time in the next general election.

“That is the reality that I face at this point in time, and anybody else who is going to tell you it is going to be a walk in the park must be smoking something that they should not be smoking,” he told the small gathering at St Albans Training Centre, Mile & A Quarter.

Even while imploring the faithful not to “throw your arms in the air and say there is nothing you can do”, Inniss made it clear he had no illusions about the DLP’s chances in the election due next year.

He said there was disquiet among voters and the DLP would “pay a heavy price at the polls” if it chose to ignore the signs.

Pointing to the success of the recent March of Disgust organized by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, Inniss said it was disconcerting to see a large number of people who had supported the DLP in the past joining the protest.

“I can tell you I do not bury my head in the sand. There is a disquiet in this society with us as a Government. When I said recently that I am not ignoring the march which was staged by the Barbados Labour Party on Saturday, March 11, I meant it, and I will say it again. When I looked at the clips of the march I saw people marching who five years ago marched with the DLP. I have to ask myself why are they marching against us and what can we do to get them back on our side because every vote counts. It may not be that the people want to go with Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, it may be that they want to walk away from us. If that is the reality let us do something about it now. We cannot postpone that. If we do not face reality we are going to fool ourselves and then we are going to pay a heavy price at the polls.”

The Member of Parliament for St James South has, in the past, been critical of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s leadership style, particularly Stuart’s reluctance to communicate with Barbadians.

And he recently stated he would be happy to take over as DLP leader, although he would not say whether he was prepared to push Stuart or wait for the Prime Minister to jump.

Inniss last night returned to the subject of communication, telling those present he had often encouraged both Stuart and DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim to engage in frank discussions with the people.   

“We still have a strong base in Barbados, but I am afraid that if we do not become more engaging as a political party that base is going to be eroded and then it is going to take a long time before we get back that base again. These are no ordinary times and these . . . are times when our party must engage in introspection and revisit its importance to the national economic and political development. I am satisfied that at the end of the day we will emerge as a much stronger party with this conversation,” Inniss explained.

Inniss also complained about the pace at which the party with progressing with the selection of its slate of candidates for the election, contending that the process had been dragging on for too long.

He made specific reference to St Peter, stating: “Today, I should be here at the St Peter branch sitting next to the DLP’s confirmed candidate for St Peter. It takes quite a while to work a constituency, to knock on doors. I have been a member of parliament for two terms and I cannot tell you that I know everybody in St James South. I cannot tell you that I am aware of the issues of every constituent in St James South.”

As a result, he suggested that the party should urgently identify its full slate and not wait until the annual conference in August.


21 Responses to DLP disquiet

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John March 20, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    He is one Minister that remains true to himself. At least that part is commendable!

  2. David Elcock
    David Elcock March 20, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Tristan John..if you think so maybe you are also smoking something.

    • Tristan John
      Tristan John March 21, 2017 at 12:01 am

      Puff, puff ..pass.

    • Milli Watt March 21, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      I agree with what you said David

  3. Johnathan March 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    He is all air..talks a good talk but should be among the same casualties at election. They all plan to buy it and so they think it will work every time. Then they come and criticize the system and shout to change it the morning after elections. Five years later we still here and the DLP continues to buy cause they have lot of ill gotten gains..Bajans will take it this time and vote them to hell out. Bad bunch..

  4. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 20, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Snakes in d grasss, dirty and slimy……….

  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 21, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Honestly, his is an honest assessment of the state of play within his beleaguered DLP. It is unfortunate for the party that those who serve with him have their heads buried, let’s say, up Stuart’s ***. Even Senator McClean admitted today that we were having some challenges, nevertheless, we were on the right path & this after 19 downgrades. Perhaps, with the exception of Mr Inniss, the others are not being true to their convictions or they are as dumb .

  6. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole March 21, 2017 at 12:22 am

    He changes his speech based on his audience and which side he wakes up on each morning.

  7. Waiting March 21, 2017 at 6:32 am

    As a floating voter and one in his constituency he is very right that people like me voted for him/them last time but will not this time. They succeeded in getting their pension which was their main objective…Goodbye, go and enjoy it.

  8. chris hill March 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

    at least he is living in a reality the seems to be slipping past his comrades in the DLP. maybe more of them should be thinking this way. allow the electorate to make the decision left for another year where will the economy be, where will society be.

  9. Robert Deschappe March 21, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I’m sure Barbados Today’s resident DLP yard-fowl Carson C. Cadogan will not agree with Inniss’ comments.

  10. socialist Democratic Party March 21, 2017 at 7:50 am

    The man is calling it as he sees it and you BLP yard a..holes crying him down but Mia is no different so donville l will take you any day over her but l am a third party voter but keep up5he fight Don

  11. Carson C Cadogan March 21, 2017 at 9:51 am

    He reminds me of HAROLD BLACKMAN and the damage he caused.

  12. Helicopter(8P) March 21, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Mr. Inniss you are concerned! As I see it through the grape vine, you will be reelected, but for the party I relay can’t say! You paid your dues in the ministries that you were tasked; albeit now to the Lord God Almighty! @ 2600 miles away!

  13. Alex Alleyne March 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Speaking his mind and telling the truth. “Smoking something”.
    In order for your party to survive you must take over and run things. Talk to the AG on drugs and guns , then fire him, talk to Kellman on why so many government units still empty, then fire him. Go talk to the PM on why he ain’t doing anything about CHRIS on why BDS gone so poor, then fire both of them. Go to the education minister about the “university-on the hill” at Waterford. Tell him fix the problem or else. Go talk with LOWE and clean bowl him right away. Send out Minister Sealy somewhere in the world to borrow and come back with 12 Billion US dollars.
    Then eliminate 5 ministries or maybe 6 , after doing all that, then and only then you guys “might” stand a chance in the next elections.

  14. Gearbox1964 March 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    It is obvious to me that Donville thinks he’s the best man to lead the DLP into the next election. He made a statement recently saying that our system of government needs restructuring so as to bring checks and balances to the political processes. I like that kind of thinking.

  15. Andrew Simpson March 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Let’s start with what Alex said.

  16. Frank White March 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Minister inniss sits in the back seat and watches’ as prime minister Stuart drives the car down a one way street as he and his colleagues says nothing. He then have the gall to come to the masses and get on like he just came out of hibernation, gimme a break, you just setting up yourself for minister of the opposition…

  17. Shawn Phillips March 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    I support Donville 100 percent the way he speaks his mind .The others in the DLP pack sit back and are blind to what is happening in Barbados and the economy and are thinking buying and election will work this time ,I can’t wait to see Donville be the new leader of the DLP. Maybe they should socialize with the public and really see how Barbadians are fed up of the DLP

  18. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 22, 2017 at 1:20 am

    You are too late Inniss. You are part of that gravy train of disrespectful ministers, your Prime Minister being the worst of all, who have dealt Barbadians, far and near, a serious blow. There is nothing you can do or say to redeem yourself. Remember when civil servants were being sent home and you were asked to take a cut what you said? You were so callous and indifferent in your remarks that the only thing you were interested in was Donville Innis and Donville Inniss family, since you had mouths to feed and family to take care of. A salary cut was out of the question for you but sending home thousands of public sector workers was not a problem. You are not without controversy Mr. Trying to appear sincere and honest. Your fate too is seal. If you have plenty of money maybe you can buy all the votes in your constituency and turn around and say you saw vote buying with your own two eyes.

  19. lime juice March 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    200% in agreement with Sunshine.


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