Few tears for dumped DLP candidates

A leading political scientist is describing the replacement of three St Michael constituency candidates for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) as no surprise, while the constituents felt the changes made little difference to how they would vote.

The DLP hierarchy last week dropped City candidate Patrick Todd for Henderson Williams, St Michael East’s Kenny Best for Nicholas Alleyne and Patrick Tannis in St Michael South East for Rodney Grant.

Former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Dr George Belle said there was reason enough to replace the three.

Belle charged that Best had “failed as a politician and he didn’t perform” in the 2013 general election, while Todd “is already on his decline” and is not respected by his own party.

However, it is the dumping of Tannis, who lost to Santia Bradshaw of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by ten votes in the last election, which Belle saw as most interesting, stating that the DLP was banking on Grant’s association with former Member of Parliament Hamilton Lashley to bring home the seat.

“I believe that the DLP is assuming that Mr Grant will inherit the base of Hammie Lah [Lashley] . . . that Hammie Lah can deliver to Mr Grant, his supporters. Now the problem there again is loyalty,” he said, pointing to the fact that both Grant and Lashley have jumped from the DLP to the BLP and back to the DLP.

Meanwhile, some voters in The City were happy to see the back of Todd, while others expressed little interest as they declared allegiance to sitting parliamentary representative Colonel Jeffrey Bostic of the BLP.

“It [Todd’s removal] sound reasonable and good. He ain’t nuh good and he don’t help de people,” said Percy Roach, who has been living in the Emmerton/Chapman Lane area of the City for 69 years, although Jason Hurley disagreed.

“For years he did doing good,” Hurley said.

For Elston DaCosta Bowen, who has been living in the City for the past 58 years, Williams’ selection makes no difference to how he plans to vote.

“Colonel Bostic is my candidate. Whether they chose this DLP candidate or what, I voting for Jeffrey Bostic,” Bowen told Barbados TODAY.

In the Wellington Street community, some residents said they had never heard of the new City candidate. However, Williams was undaunted, telling Barbados TODAY that by being born and raised in Chapman Lane, The City, he already had the people’s acceptance.

“I have always been in The City from the time I was a boy. I used to work with my brother-in-law at a store in Baxter’s Road to the point where I now own a restaurant on Tudor Street; so I have always been there. I have a good indication of what the needs are,” Williams said yesterday at an Easter kite flying competition at the Carlton cricket grounds hosted by Member of Parliament for St Michael North West Chris Sinckler for his constituents.   

Over in St Michael East, which is represented by the BLP’s Trevor Prescod, no tears were shed for Best.

“No problem with the change . . . but Best should not have started. I favour Alleyne as the next candidate 120 per cent.” said Anthony from the Ivy.

“Kenny Best should never come ‘bout here. He don’t speak to nobody,” added another man who asked to be referred to as W Desir, making it clear he would vote for the DLP.

However, another friend who was sitting in the same shop as Desir, said he would vote for Prescod.

Over on 4th Avenue, Skeetes Road, the Ivy, Trevor Devonish became the unofficial spokesman for more than half a dozen men under a tamarind tree slamming dominoes or simply standing around.

“This is Prescod territory. Prescod takes care of everybody. Dey could bring King Kong, Prescod is our man,” Devonish declared.

In the nearby constituency of St Michael South East, where Grant has replaced Tannis, Rhonda Mother Bear Holligan is an unabashed BLP supporter.

“Dey ain’t no change, ‘cause nobody can’t move me from Santia. I will remain dey ‘cause people does only say dey gine do tings and don’t do it. Santia is a woman who does try to help you in any situation that you are in,” Holligan, a Pine resident, said emphatically.

In another section of the Pine, Noel Reece welcomed Tannis’ removal. However, he was more concerned about broken promises by politicians.

“The problem I have with these politicians, right, is that they only come around when it is election time. But they got to be there to help poor people right through. They got to realize  . . . tricks don’t work . . . . So if all duh coming wid tricks it ain’t going to last,” he said.

In the same household, Nicole Reece was supportive of Grant, saying he “is not a bad person, he does a lot for Pinelands Creative Workshop”, while Keisha Reece said she was leaning towards Bradshaw.

Across at 13 Stratford Hill, Pinelands, Annette Jackman initially found it difficult to choose between Grant and Bradshaw, noting that both were good people who helped the community.

“It is going to be a tough battle . . . .I don’t know who it will be,” Jackman said, before reluctantly giving Bradshaw the edge.

Meantime, Government Minister Donville Inniss, who was abroad when the changes were announced, told Barbados TODAY while he was not sure what had informed those changes, he was “quite satisfied” with them.

“I think they are three gentlemen very worthy of serving their constituency and the country. I therefore warmly welcome them. Those who ran before and feel that they have been displaced must still appreciate that the party is still bigger than anyone of us and there is room for all of us. Everybody cannot be a candidate,” Inniss said.


29 Responses to Few tears for dumped DLP candidates

  1. Adelia de Silvia
    Adelia de Silvia April 19, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Wasn’t Todd fired from Q.C. also?

  2. hcalndre April 19, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Did I read that Donville said that he don`t know the reason for replacing those three members of the DLP because he was out of the island? The party just got up one morning and said you 3 got to go.

  3. Kermit April 19, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Considering the fact that Patrick Todd bought up a lot of land as a minister that was supposed to go to poor folks….guess his corruption caught up…but its a golden lining…he gets to keep all those properties.

  4. Gearbox1964 April 19, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Ring de bell Fundel!

  5. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba April 19, 2017 at 8:22 am


  6. seagul April 19, 2017 at 8:26 am

    The political system is not reliable. The two political parties maintain the same neo-colonial mindset. Even if a politician might mean good—and I feel some meant good before they were politicians and when they get into the system they realize that the system is broken..and that system of governance needs to change..

  7. Zeus April 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Is it a coincidence that there is a Joseph at BT and a Joseph at fontabelle where both are doing the same job Hmmmm…… Both media houses taking this family thing to the extreme

  8. Carson C. Cadogan April 19, 2017 at 10:18 am

    In the final analysis, the Bees will vote for B, and the Dees will vote for D, and the independents will vote for D.

    Simple. Three more seats for the DLP.

  9. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea April 19, 2017 at 10:25 am


  10. sunshinecanada April 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

    gain three and loss ten

  11. BaJan boy April 19, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Like the 3 that gone 3 different clowns to the circus..

  12. Zeus April 19, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Bajan boy based on your theory of clowns the BLP has a lot…. Tell the public how many floor crossers are there in the Bees camp…. Your lead spokesman on economics is the biggest one….. He lead the dems before crossing the floor

  13. Jea Alleyne April 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    We were given an “Independence Day” with the same dynamics of colonialism…..the system never changed !!! This system is no longer anything like the UK system, the UK citizens have a choice, are included in political decision-making….this is totally different !!

    • Peppa April 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Maybe not the best argument to use looking at the chaos with Brexit…oops…

  14. tsquires April 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    All I ask all contributors of this forum to remember is. “Economics controls Politics” Not the other way around, therefore Barbadians need to look carefully at the political choices that lie before us.

    • Jennifer April 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      @tsquires – for a minute I taught you were going to say that Barbados needs to look carefully at who controls the economics. We between marble and granite.

  15. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    IF these three are considered waste I wonder what the heck you will call Freundel Stuart, Chris Sinckler, Donville Inniss, Dennis Kellman. To win your constituency you just have to feed, clothe, pay bills, buy weed wackers, and give a few family some jobs and your political representative is the best thing since choice bread. None of these paid off devotees do not look at the way their political representative handle state affairs or the number of thieving allegations against there names. No Siree, as long as they past a buck or two and give a little they cannot do any wrong. No wonder Barbados has reached rock bottom.

    • Peppa April 19, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      he is not a bad person
      he don’t help de people
      For years he did doing good,
      by being born and raised in Chapman Lane, The City, he already had the people’s acceptance
      He don’t speak to nobody,
      can’t move me from X politician

      Look at the level of analysis Bajans possess in 2017 and so-called 98% literacy. No wonder the country is on its knees and the people that kicked us there are confident of winning a 3rd term. omg

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 22, 2017 at 12:31 am

        You so darn right Peppa. Thanks for pointing that out.

  16. Ossie Moore April 19, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I Ossie know that St.Michael’s Esat represented by Trevy going be a hard contest cause back in de day when Trevor get put as monitor o’ de milk and eclipse at de St.Giles Boys ebba boy child glad causing de milk and brownsugar sweet fuh so and muff eclipse shearing bout dey so! Nah body running fuh Miss Shephard black bitch or sugarcake when he monitoring.De only thing is he had to watch out fuh de Grinner!

  17. Tony Webster April 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    A vote is an pow’ful thing indeed, as it is an instrument, the use of which is only entrusted to those of mature yearsand of presumed wisdom. It is sharpened on three sides: the bottom edge; the top edge; and the handle is also as sharp as a razor-blade….yuh have to be very, very careful when wielding a vote.

    Nex in line please…

  18. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    They weren’t fit for purpose. Good riddance to bad rubbish! I don’t know what the Leader of De Layabout Party waiting for, just hurry up and call a General Election do!

  19. Mikey April 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    @CarsonCadogan, please buy some smelling salts, strong water of ammonia, alcolado, rubbing alcohol, an inhaler and a little hand fan, you will need them when the election results are announced, you are going to have bad feels. Also have a good friend on stand by so that transportation to the QEH may not be too difficult if you have a heart seizure or a stroke.

  20. Zeus April 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    If the election results are a forgone conclusion why is there a hurry for the election date …..why the need for the rubbing of shoulders …..why the need for marches …….somebody calling a bluff

  21. Cavil Best April 20, 2017 at 12:07 am

    I think Mikey maybe the one that may need the smelling salts and de bay rum, de pine leaves to heat and tie down pon she head along with some cafenol and musterol for the pain.


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