St Andrew sings Payne’s praises

The threshold for “Payne” appears to be extremely high in St Andrew, where Member of Parliament George Payne continues to enjoy the support of his constituents despite a number of grievances.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) parliamentarian, who defeated the then newcomer Irene Sandiford-Garner of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) by a mere 43 votes in 2008, before increasing the margin to 292 in the last election, seems set to retain the seat in the next general election.

A four-hour tour of the constituency by Barbados TODAY to test the Pulse of the People revealed that constituents were prepared to give Payne another term, although there was some disenchantment over broken promises and the lack of jobs.

Thursday’s visit included stops in the DLP stronghold of Belleplaine, and Hillaby, where Payne is strong.

There were common complaints about poor bus service, the state of the roads, and the closure of a number of facilities, such as the Bellplaine Police Station, the community centre, some primary schools and the law court.

“There is nothing new to report . . . it’s still the same under both Governments. There is no police station ‘cause they say the crime rate low, there is no court, it is one gas station, there are no supermarkets . . . Up here ain’t even got an ATM [automatic teller machine]. There is no community centre. . . . even to host anything you have to go to the Alleyne School . . . or the primary school . . . . So it’s same under the BLP and the DLP. . . .The roads still bad, the bus [service] still bad,” said one Bawdens resident who asked to be referred to simply as Natasha.

Yet, in what seems to be a pattern, the woman swore she would not switch allegiance.

“I [have] always been a Barbados Labour Party supporter . . . and there is where I remain,” she stated emphatically.

It was the same with a retrenched Transport Board worker in Bawdens, who asked to be identified as April. She suggested that the representative had not achieved much since the BLP lost the election in 2008. However, her love for Payne remains as strong as ever.

“He can’t do nuffen for you now he in the Opposition. But when he was there [as a Minister] you could uh count on him . . . and even though he is not anything [a Minister] you can still call upon him . . . .You can talk to him . . . .I will support him in anyway I can.”

Over in Rock Hall Tracy Maynard expressed disgust at the unreliability of the bus service, but still sang Payne’s praises.

“I come up wid George Payne . . . .He come in the constituency, talk to yuh, he help yuh out. I don’t know Irene that well,” Maynard said from the window of her humble wooden house perched precariously on stone blocks on an incline.

Tonya Worrell

The sentiments were similar elsewhere in Belleplaine and Rock Hall, as a mother and daughter who called themselves Butter Cup and Blossom, as well as Kevin Henry and mother of three Tonya Worrell, made it clear that with the current state of the economy they would vote for Payne and the BLP, while in Hillaby, husband and wife Mac and Beverly were somewhat at odds.

While Beverly, who “normally vote BLP” said she did not plan to vote in the next election, her husband, a retired teacher who in the past had supported the DLP, said his vote would go to the BLP next time around.

“It is common sense. The country is in a rut . . .why should I support her?’ he said of Sandiford-Garner. “No support for her.”

However, Payne had his detractors, such as Mealine Taitt, an unemployed mother of seven, who complained bitterly about the bus service, and Ron Alleyne, who “want to see the back of Payne”.

There was also a “concerned resident” in Belleplaine, who said the parish had not been represented for years and Sandiford-Garner should be given a chance.

“We got a representative down here for all of these years . . . [he] never done anything for St Andrew,” he said.

Carmen Devonish

Meanwhile, far from being in anyone’s corner, Carmen Devonish placed a premium on her vote.

Relaxing in the former National Housing Corporation (NHC) house at Belleplaine housing area, which she now owns, Devonish was blunt about her intentions.

“Do my house and you could get my vote,” she said.

21 Responses to St Andrew sings Payne’s praises

  1. Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 1:57 am

    All of this word semantics.
    It is not only the residents of St Andrew who have a high threshold for “Payne”, this phenomenon has actually spread to the whole 95% population of barbados who now loves the indulgence in this pain fiasco. Making this people PERFECT masochist. Mind you the 1% has their pain killers, and Advil on hand to nullify themselves from any incoming pain as their threshold low. Meanwhile their body of accounts receive a boost of vitamins regularly like one a day. Mind you the big house lot is well embalmed, mummified, and bound from top to bottom and cannot move to save their own a$$e$$, or their people. Father into your hands I commend my spirit.

    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 2:00 am

      The only way to GET THE RID of the pain is to get the rid of the injury/sickness/disease etc.

  2. Zeus April 14, 2017 at 3:02 am

    This man won by 292 and your prognosis is that all is well in St Andrew… Mara Thompson won by over 1000 and people in St John fed up….. What sort of joke poll you really carrying out….. BT I really thought you were different from fontabelle

    • Carson C. Cadogan April 15, 2017 at 6:42 am

      the Barbados today has to write what the Barbados Labour Party is paying them to write.

    • Carson C. Cadogan April 15, 2017 at 6:50 am

      After all the Barbados Today is trying to get their hands on some of the money which the Barbados Labour Party normally pays to the Nation newspaper to publish their propaganda . And don’t forget that that the persons at Barbados Today came from Fontabelle.

      • BaJan boy April 18, 2017 at 1:05 am

        Carson Cadogan and Zeus are more iliterate than I ever envisaged I know they are dumb but oh my God these remarks are the pits. Did Barbados today ever said it was doing a poll DLP clowns? The paper is doing some random checks on voters and printing what they say. Did either of you 2 DLP clowns ever see any of the persons that spoke with come back and said they did not say what was printed.They are a few like you 2 who are blind to the ignorance of this senseless,uncaring,arrogant regressive DLP government who seem think that an intelligent people should join you senseless jackasses.. That retired teacher who said he previously supported the DLP is absolutely correct. He understands the value of his vote. The country is under siege and nothing is working why should you vote for that again? Barbados today keep printing what the people say and not what the DLP clowns want to lie and say.

        • Carson C Cadogan April 18, 2017 at 7:19 am

          “”……The country is under siege and nothing is working “””

          The last time every sensible Bajan checked , EVERYTHING is working!!!

          Just to name a few:
          The bus service is working
          The electricity service is working
          The Police service is working
          The Health service is working
          The educational system is working
          The Airport service is working
          The port service is working
          The Natural gas service is working
          The Welfare service is working
          The Judicial service is working
          The Banking service is working
          The Sanitation service is working
          The water service is working
          The telephone and internet service is working
          The commercial sector is working
          The hospitality sector is working
          The road network network is working
          The bias Bajan news media is working
          These are a Few THE FACTS.

          I will let you add the other working services and systems which all Bajans continue to use on a daily basis and for which Barbados continue to receive kudos from around the World.

  3. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis April 14, 2017 at 6:19 am

    I dont think its cause he is doing a great job..more of a case of lack of choice

  4. Alwyn April 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    That last comment is what is wrong with Barbados, ‘do my house and you will get my vote’.

  5. Mikey April 14, 2017 at 9:49 am

    @Jennifer, pain is pain , in your head, your back, hip, belly, tooth or even heart-ache – Bee Pain or Dee Pain.
    To stop my pain, I will be voting for the person who is neither Dee or Bee. THANK YOU.

  6. retsel April 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

    George Payne does not represent St.Andrew period, he represents certain parts of St.James St,Andrew people aint accustom to good representation c’dear i feel for them

  7. Kevin April 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    @ Zeus, dont forget BT could not find one person that support Dennis Lowe in Ch Ch East. The persons in here came from Fontabelle. Dont expect anything different.

  8. Lorenzo April 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Jennifer why don,t you stop posting the same crap on every post it is getting tiresome .You seem to have aweight on you chest from the past get over it.As far as Dems like Zeus and Kevin are concerned George Payne is going to cause yoou more pain by retaining his seat from the arrogant Irene Sandiford-Garner.

    • Jennifer April 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      @Lorenzo – now this is where you u are becoming an educated idiot. Why don’t you tell the victims of 9:11 and the fake holocaust to get over their $hit first. Them still getting compensation to this day. Then you tell the victims of Hiroshima to get over their mass death from that atom bomb to get over their $hit too. As far as these parties go I don’t give a $hit about none of these self and white man serving stooges. You got to be a crap eater to even respond to me.

  9. Zeus April 14, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Lorenzo tell me something I don’t know…. Since you prediction roll please tell me if Mara Thompson will be beaten according to BT

  10. Greengiant April 14, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    It’s now time for me to observe and plan as things are taking shape nicely. It’s clear also that several are still trapped between these two parties. I hope you all get the surprise of your lives.

  11. Carson C. Cadogan April 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Is this the same constituency where the sitting MP said that Mia Mottley was working against him to prevent his re-election in 2013?

  12. Carson C. Cadogan April 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    By the way what is happening with PAIN’S lawsuit against Hinkson?

  13. Carson C. Cadogan April 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Payne: ‘I would sue them’
    Added by Neville Clarke on November 25, 2015.

    Outspoken St Andrew MP George Payne says if he were in Dr Maria Agard’s position, he would take the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to court.

    The embattled Christ Church West MP was Sunday expelled from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by the Mia Mottley-led National Council.

    Asked by reporters assembled in Parliament yard this morning if he agreed with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur who had earlier described Dr Agard’s expulsion as a tragedy, Payne not only concurred with what Arthur said, but went on to suggest that Dr Agard should sue the main Opposition party, “especially taking the circumstances into consideration, I would do something – take the matter to the law courts.

    “I have no doubt that the court would agree that what transpired was not fair to [Dr] Agard,” said Payne, adding that “the members of the National Council are human beings like you and I. They have children, they have girl children and they have wives and they have women.”

    Payne also dismissed claims that the first- time MP’s stewardship left much to be desired.
    “She has been a very good representative. It is fairly obvious that there are certain things that she cannot do that previous representatives have done in that constituency.

  14. Lorenzo April 15, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Carson Cadogan you are a desperate man rehashing talk about Payne vrs

    Carson Cadogan you are a desperate man.No one is interested in your talk of the Payne vfs Hinkson case or the maria Agard affair.Those are red herrings to distract from the reality of today and the difficulty of meeting one,s commitments,that is what voters want to hear about.I mean if you did not pay the old lady light bill and disappeared for years only to resurface recently how are you going to face those people again?As for Zeus I have to agree with you that Mara Thompson will retain her seat.


  15. Huey Newton April 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Carson needs to share his research skills with Emmanuel Joseph. Pain wins in St. James. How is threshold high for a man who a newcomer brought from strong to marginal? That man is done next time around. Lorenzo don’t be dissing Zeus and company for their truth. You posting petty bro. The sis has more testosterone than you. She put her hat where her mouth is. Where’s yours?


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