Solutions Barbados names nine candidates

A juice maker, a hairdresser, a building contractor and the owner of a photography business are among nine “quality” candidates announced today by the Grenville Phillips 11-led Solutions Barbados to contest the next general election constitutionally due here within the next 12 months.

While stressing that there were no merchants involved, Phillips, who was harshly criticized following his initial announcement last year of a business people only political grouping, told Barbados TODAY tonight he was very confident that Barbadians would throw their support behind the little-known team, which also includes two computer specialists.

“These are quality people; really good people who have been well trained in what they are doing and that training allows them to manage the national economy,” said Phillips, who is himself a structural engineer of 25 years experience.

While boasting that the majority of the nine candidates have like years of professional experience, Phillips further suggested that his party could provide the right fix for Barbados’ worrying economic problems.

“Anyone who has been able to maintain a business in this economic environment, without Government assistance, has done well,” he said when questioned about his team’s ability to respond to address the ecnomic issues of the day, adding that “we have decided to run because we cannot watch our country decline and simply watch from the sidelines.

“We are also not prepared to leave our national debt to our children,” Phillips stressed.

He is joined on the Solutions Barbados team by Benjamin Niles, a building contractor of 25 years of experience; Andrew Banfield, a computer software specialist of 25 years of experience; Robert Toussaint, a juice manufacturer of 25 years experience; Ronald Lorde, a businessman of 21 years experience; Julie Chalbaud, a photography businesswoman of 20 years experience; Angela Edey, a hair specialist of 33 years experience; Cherone Martindale, an administrator of 16 years experience and Andre Griffith, a computer specialist of 13 years experience.

However, following a retreat held by the political grouping at the weekend, Phillips admitted that so far the party had only been able to settle on representatives for St George North, St George South, St Philip West, St Philip South, St John and St James North.

He also revealed that while the plan had been to announce the slate of 30 candidates in three batches of ten, one of the initial ten had apparently developed cold feet and backed out of the race ahead of today’s announcement.

However, Phillips expects to be in a position to announce the party’s full slate of 30 candidates within the next two weeks, including the composition of its shadow cabinet.

Solutions Barbados is one of three recently formed political groupings seeking to reshape the political landscape dominated by the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

The other two are the United Progressive Party (UPP) led by former BLP senator Lynette Eastmond and the Barbados Integrity Movement led by Neil Holder.

27 Responses to Solutions Barbados names nine candidates

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler April 20, 2017 at 12:24 am

    You mean hair specialist

  2. jus me April 20, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Yes any business person will worry about putting them selves forward.
    The incumbents are not forgiving or forgetting people.

    You only got to look at how Stuart treats those who elected him, let alone any who stand against him, who don’t have the protection of am established political grouping.

    But I applaud your courage and will support your endeavours to the full.

  3. Jennifer April 20, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I really need to hear some of their GENUINE down to earth thoughts and ideas please.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Jennifier. We have an alternative. The BLP and DLP give Barbadians for years their GENUINE down to earth thoughts and ideas and look where all that landed Barbados. Barbados Solutions cannot do no worse and the thing is they have not been tried yet. I would give them and BIM a chance.

      • Jennifer April 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm

        @SSS – Well said. But we need to hear some freedom fighter ideologies. As we are still a colonized people being used as donkeys for the other minorities prosperity.

  4. Bobolee Popo April 20, 2017 at 6:02 am

    All uh wunnuh gine wunnuh deposit..

  5. Greengiant April 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    I really hope our people will finally see the BLP and DLP for what they truly represent and throw your support behind us.

    The silly thinking of getting back our deposits shows the mental capacity of our people after decades of political brainwash.

  6. BaJan boy April 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Greengiant just as ignorant as the ones who follow this clown…He would even be worst than Trump and Freundel put together…get a full slate and some more the treasury needs as many deposits as it can get..,

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I does tend to read you comments because they read sensible but sometimes you does right so much shyte I wonder if you doan got two alcohols in you head.

      • Jennifer April 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm

        @SSS – Much agreed. He comes across like dough sometimes. Rising and falling.

  7. Mark Adamson April 20, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Three things here:

    1) Heartiest congratulations go out to Solutions Barbados and its leader – Mr. Grenville Phillips – on the naming of nine candidates so far to run in the next general election in this country.

    2) It is clear from the truth of the participation in the said next local general election of the Citizen’s Action Partnership (CAP) – and its component political parties and independents; the Coalition of Unified Parties (CUP) and its component political parties; Solutions Barbados; Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM); the United Progressive Party (UPP); the Progressive Conservatives (PC) and some other people, that there are some serious realignments taking place in the party political system of this
    country and definitely for the betterment of this country.

    3) This is the greatest opportunity – since the late 80s – that multitudes of people in Barbados have and that they must grasp – in surging forward towards breaking this DLP/BLP nonsense. This is the time to rise up, stand up and perform our national responsibilities – one of which is to ensure that there is new model of governance for Barbados – which must include the bringing into existence of a permanent CONSTITUTIONAL structure for the allowing of COALITIONAL GOVERNMENT FOR BARBADOS.

  8. BaJan boy April 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Mark Adamson he seems to be picking clowns how come he left you out..

    • jennifer April 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

      The thing is, if there is a new party with the same old plantation master sheilding, can’t bark insite. Then we are in the same swamp water and only destined to keep drowning. With a life raft being occasionally thrown. We have allowed the bull mastiff to become to big, with much pups.

  9. Milli Watt April 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

    this race shaping nicely……..

  10. DE April 20, 2017 at 10:11 am

    This party, Solutions Barbados start on the wrong foot. In yesterday’s publication of Barbados Today, Mr. Phillips had an article published, which contained a lot of inaccurate information.
    What Mr. Phillips and his party should be doing, is letting the people know what they can do to bring the country out of this mess that has been created by both BLP & DLP and in particular the present government.

    • Solutions Barbados April 20, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      Dear DE:

      The information in our article was accurate. We used the same IMF Article 4 source data. Even the Moderated accepted the validity of our data source.

      Please review for our plans.
      Best regards,

  11. Maureen Fields April 20, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I agree with you Bajan boy.
    If we are so sure that the investors (we only see as White) like doing business with the Barbados Labour Party, then what will happen to the Island should this inexperience be given a chance? I see more damage being done.
    Remember people, because of Dems’ inexperience ministers is one of the main reasons Barbados in this bad situation.
    Running an economy like Barbados isn’t running a baker shop or hair salon. Our politicians must par with Globalization…no fumbling, therefore, what can new inexperience bring to the table? My opinion is, only to cut the BLP votes!
    Dems 2 parties can plot and plan how to finish destroy this beautiful Island of 166= miles. I already step up and standing with Ms. Mottley.

  12. Biscuits April 20, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Very heartening news….for those who put country first…for those who still think for themselves…another option!

  13. Greengiant April 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Bajan Boy you seem to have drank from the poison chalice and is now hopelessly drunk with the BLP / DLP milk.

    I pray that between now and the next election you like several other citizens of this country would taste from the new chalice. I’m sure you will recover from your intoxication and be in the mental state to finally see the dawn of a new day for decent, honest, transparent and futuristic economics in our country. I sincerely wish you the very best in your recovery from the political hangover that so many like yourself suffer.

  14. Ron Lashley April 20, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    This party has started on the back foot. It’s now hastily trying to put a team of candidates together after the UPP which was formed after it wad able to announce candidates ahead of them.
    Mr. Philips means well, but he must acknowlege that everyone can not be a leader. He will be better advised to. alligned himself to one of the two major parties wheree his skills and intellect will be better utilsed.
    Your party or the other new parties will have no impact on the electorate. You would not even get enough votes to influence the results in any of the constituencies.
    For any new party to succeed they must have strong working class base. None of the new parties have that, therefore they are going to fail.

  15. Mikey April 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I am happy to see that so far not one attorney at law is included in Solutions Barbados, Not that attorneys are no needed but there has been a proliferation of them in the politics of Barbados and I am not sure they image and behaviour is good at this time of our development. @Mark Adamson, I like your idea of a COALITION OF POLITICS for Barbados, I hope all other parties can come together and present a new and fresh model for our country and let both DLP and BLP sit it out on the sidelines and see what new minds and ideas can do for Barbados going forward.

  16. BaJan boy April 20, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    @ greengiant I am seeing very clearly. Exactly why I can see the damage that clowns like the so called Upper class boy who know nothing of the struggles of the man he wants to represent can cause. When he sits next to Mark Adamson would bajans really want to their country in these foolish people’s hands. They want to give the impression they are business people not politicians yet they are in politics. They should stick to what they do and bring their ignorance to the fore like Trump is now doing. They don’t even know what the UN assembly is or where it is headquartered. Ms. Mottley will bring her knowledge,experience ,skill and knowlwge of international affairs and contacts with the international society to bring back some decency and growth to our economy and make life better for our people.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 21, 2017 at 6:01 am

      First let tell her to put some crazy clue in the plugs that will allow the governance of Barbados to be transparent, accountable, and information accessible for the public to perused. She has the qualities to be Barbados best leader but it does not take away from the fact that she is and has been rogue. What she must do is show that she is willing to address the auditor general’s reports with regulatory controls and a system that will make it impossible for government politicians and party faithful high level civil servants from making their deals and getting their kick backs

  17. Bajan April 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    My vote going to the party that going:
    Legalize marijuana
    Legalize prostitution
    Ban the sale of Land and Real Estate to non-citizens.
    Criminalize discrimination on age, religion, sexual orientation etc.
    Ask Barbadians to contribute ideas for Corruption Legislation
    Passed the Integrity and Corruption Bill in Parliament
    Introduce video recordings of suspects and witnesses for police
    Introduce Legislation similar to UK’s PACE for Law Enforcement
    Introduce modern reliable Civil Service Performace indicators
    Reduce the BDF and supplement Law Enforcement
    Introduce a better economic progress indicator to replace GDP
    Modernize the Civil Service for efficiency and transparency
    Reduce the Civil Service to a sustainable size
    Ban all high sugar manufactured foods and drinks
    Hire 8 temp Judges and 10 Magistrates to deal with the back log
    Introduce Evening and Saturday Court to help deal with back log
    Introduce comprehensive sustainable recycling of garbage
    All new government buildings to be energy efficient.
    Have 80% of arable land producing food by 2019.
    Train more Barbadians for overseas job markets.
    Form Commission to review and recommend types of Governance
    Pass legislation for inmates of Dodds to work on state projects
    Get LIAT to fly North America routes

    • Jennifer April 21, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      @Bajan – Let me add –
      Bring back a barbados owned bank.
      Encourage, promote and SUPPORT more black business development and investment to bring about wealth BALANCE.
      Change the education system to bring black people to the understanding of their identity instead of teaching white terrorist history – which will help to stop crime, the development of hoes, young people bleaching their skin and the list goes on.
      Encourage the churches to read and understand the scriptures and to identify who are the people in which the book is talking about.


      • Bajan April 21, 2017 at 11:46 pm

        @Jennifer. I wid you sister.

  18. Greengiant April 24, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Maureen Fields what is an experienced politician? We still suffer from the curse of Westminster. That’s lawyers running our country, unless you are a merchant, or one from the privileged class you would not be comfortable with the fact that the business community only invests when a particular party in governing, and you certainly wouldn’t be voting for such.

    After all our investment in education and the struggles of our people for generations, how could we be seeing this as the only solution. These two parties would have had the same thing said about them by the planter class fifty years ago. Let me remind you that the poor parents before us produced their own food, sewed their children’s clothes to manage their meager earnings. That’s the best economics, so a merchant class government or elitist type, with their champagne taste will only swell our import bill with abusive foreign exchange spending.

    The best government for this country at this time is one without obligation to the business community who will only be about the future development of this country and it’s people. Are you people seeing what is happening in France right now? Even the people in developed nations is seeking change. Why should we not vote for real change rather than just change of party? I’m sure if the nine candidates being offered by Solutions Barbados were offered by the BLP your tune would be different. I can’t help but wonder what’s wrong with our adults and what example are we setting for our youth. Teach them to boldly challenge change when needed less we fail them.


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