DLP’s fate sealed

Pundits already calling Barbados’ election

The writing is definitely on the wall for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

So said two local pundits, on the heels of last week’s humiliating general election defeat suffered by incumbent Prime Minister Perry Christie and his Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) at the hands of the Hubert Minnis-led Free National Movement in The Bahamas.

In what commentators have described as the heaviest defeat recorded by a governing party in The Bahamas in recent times, the PLP was only able to secure five of the 39 seats at stake, with Christie and other senior government ministers losing their seats as the PLP was booted out after serving just one term in office.

Political scientist Peter Wickham cautioned Tuesday that while the outcome was notable, “each regional election should be taken on its merit”.

Therefore, he was not prepared to make the assumption that “because there was a change in one country, there will be a change in another”.

“I think it is best to look at things on their own merit,” he stressed.

Peter Wickham

Wickham’s view was in line with that of Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler who in an interview with Barbados TODAY late last week cautioned that “The Bahamas is The Bahamas and Barbados is Barbados.

“I don’t think our country votes like that. [The] Bahamas has actually changed governments every five years since the last three or four election cycles, so that must tell you something,” Sinckler had insisted.

However, while pointing to what he called striking similarities between the ruling DLP in Barbados and the PLP in The Bahamas, political strategist Reudon Eversley argued that there were lessons for Barbadians, who he said could well relate to many of the hot button issues raised on the campaign trail in Nassau.

“Some of the issues are very similar; people were talking about a lack of accountability, they were also talking about corruption – the issues you hear in Barbados all the time . . . . Another criticism that was made of Christie was that there was not really good communication. Communication was not the best and you have the same thing in Barbados,” Eversley explained.

He also pointed out that both the PLP and DLP had taken their countries to Independence and that for years both parties were seen as the naturals for government.

Reudon Eversley

However, Eversley said they had both failed to lay the groundwork for fresh, vibrant leadership to allow them to move forward.

“I think young people played a critical role in the outcome of the [Bahamas] election, which says that there is a need for a new generation of leadership to come to the fore. The DLP is not really offering that right now. You make the comparison with the Barbados Labour Party, the Barbados Labour Party has a lot of youthful candidates,” he said.

Eversley further pointed to the recent trend in Caribbean elections that saw incumbent governments in St Lucia, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St Kitts/Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda being removed from office and suggested that a change wind was definitely blowing across the region.

Against this backdrop, the political strategist suggested that, “Barbadians have already made up their minds and it was just up to Prime Minister [Freundel] Stuart to call the election.

“So I anticipate there will be a similar outcome in Barbados. The Barbados Labour Party will win handsomely. I have not really studied the numbers as yet but from what I am hearing on the ground, people clearly cannot wait to see the back of this Government which they feel has not really lived up to expectations. It has not really delivered.”

Wickham agreed that the DLP Government will be under pressure to return to office, but he was not prepared to link the Bahamas election result to its eventual fate.

“I think in the case of Barbados you are dealing with a two-term Government that is beleaguered. So I think there is good reason to believe that change is also likely in Barbados, but my reason would not be because there was a change in the Bahamas,” he stressed.


20 Responses to DLP’s fate sealed

  1. hcalndre May 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Peter; Its likely that the PM would call the election around May as you forecast. He wants every penny of the 5 years because things do not look good for a 3rd term and remember he said that the people gave them 5 years and he want all the last time. I knew that the next election would go all down to the middle of the year and just for argument`s sake, should he win again, it will be August when he call his 4th election so Barbados election has gone from Dec/Jan all the way to the middle of the year.

  2. keen observer May 17, 2017 at 5:03 am

    In the final analysis it will be won constituency by constituency. If the constituents are satisfied with the representation received at that level they will return that representative to parliament, whether the economy is performing or not. It is important to note that Owen Arthur, did not win the election as expected. The sector which will lead growth in Barbados is tourism and that is performing. Barbadians are likely to take note of this. Another factor is the DLP tends to make tough decision even if it leads to political fallout as demonstrated under Sandiford, and again with requiring students to make a contribution at UWI. The BLP tends to come to power when worst of a recession has past,so they do not have a track record on their capability to make tough decisions if needed.

    • Randolph May 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      I do not agree with keen observer.I believe the people will vote against this government regardless of representation.The people want to get rid of this administration like yesterday.

      • Sonia May 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        True, keen observer must be joking

  3. Zeus May 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Did this same conversation not occurred when elections were in the air for Barbados five years ago …..countries in the Caribbean were changing governments and it was said we would change ours what was the outcome

  4. Sherlock Holmes. May 17, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Zeus exactly, and the soothsayer above made all sort of predictions. I remember he boldly predicted the same when the Grenadian election result came in. I wonder if he is going to do a two poll again this time around as that second poll was what sealed things. I have also noticed that they seem to have left the other parties contesting totally out of the equation and there is a lot of sentiment out there that these two main stream parties have been tried and tested and both have been found wanting.I hope it is not a situations of counting chickens before all of the eggs are hatched.

  5. Peter May 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Arrows seem to be pointing to a BLP win. However, Barbados IS a truly divided, polarized Island where partisan politics rules the roost. Other parties have been formed by tactical stratesgists. Some are washed UPP, some are BIM fronts for some fedup DEM supporters. That leader might I add is like Trump. No training nor experience i8n protocol of parliamentary procedures, as I noted he’ Holdering a front. Some are like a Callender, Full of holes and expect to hold water, and some offer Solutions. They first have to showcase the problem, showcase their solutions to those problems and their methods of solving them . They MUST bare in mind that every Doctor, Lawyer, and even self made priests and apostles com prophets and scammers too are business people. A taxi driver is a businessman, a barber, a butcher, they are all over the place. so Solutions people have to be much more transparent. Mia Girl You have underlying Paynes too He goin and owen. Got pland to push up up the Marshall. You deal or rather Dale with that.

  6. Kevin May 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Werent people like the same Wickham and H.Henry calling the elections for Hilary Clinton? Didnt the island of Barbados ‘buck the trend’ in 2013, when a wave of change was sweeping across other islands of the Caribbean in prior to 2013 elections? Sinckler was correct, Bajans dont vote like the rest of the Caribbean.

  7. David May 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Peter Wickham is a very interesting guy. I am amuse that he had not indicated that the BLP will win the upcoming elections convincingly as he indicated in the last elections held in 2013.
    Peter Wickham you have not carry out a poll since the two polls debacle in 2013,why not? strange indeed!
    I am sensing from your rambles that the BLP victory is not as assure as some pundits believe.
    It seems like three love to me

  8. Milli Watt May 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    when I say P you say URGE………..PURGE!!!!!!

  9. Peter May 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    The BLP did NOT win the last elections. That’s simply because Owen get back in as leader through the support of rebels within. I heard and watched him say after he lost in 2008…. “Over to you Mia…” then suddenly in 2013, he came back. Mia, lady, even though Mara called you a childless lady, You are more qualified and is definitely the smartest politically trained woman in Barbados and the Caribbean. If you weren’t displaced by Owen in 2013, You would have been our leader proudly getting ready to enter your second term in a vibrant economy.

  10. Alex Alleyne May 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I have made up in my mind that which ever party come to office after next election that “WE THE PEOPLE” of Barbados will be “bamboozled” all over again.
    We will still be at each others throats and seeking BLOOD.
    Will I vote……..undecided…lol, lol, lol.

  11. Zeus May 17, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I keep hearing about how smart this woman is …can someone give me an example of her smartness

  12. David May 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    While Stuart has not been outstanding nor dynamic as a leader I think the jury is still out on Mia’s credential a: (1) a national political leader leader and (2) as a policy maker. Stuart’s greatest strengths (whether real or perceived) are seen as Mia’s weakness (whether real or perceived) . He is seen as decent, a role model, steady, not reckless, characterized by integrity and able to keep the DLP with some semblance of cohesion and loyalty even given the lose cannons and lose lips in the Cabinet. Mia? Not so much. Owen, Maria, Gill, Wendell and Lynette et al don’t appear to be convinced of her. She has had 15- 20 years as a policy maker. We may therefore ask what has been her legacy or track record. What leadership qualities has she consistently exhibited? What tough issues has she tackled or grappled with? .

  13. Mr.Rock. USA May 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

    David you are with in the ballpark of thinking. Its call “A body of work” when you spent so many years loitering around politics and have no body of work to show for it how can you then lead a country with nothing to offer.Decency and respect are very important in global politics. Our current PM may not be a media darlin but he is decent and respected. What barbados need are creative forward thinking leaders willing to take this country into the 21 century. Barbadian need to form independent movement or organizations (NGO) to help solve the country’s problems and stop depending on government to solve everything. Start by re-educating the country to the real world order of thing.it would not hurt to hire qualified school teachers from around the world to help up.

  14. BaJan boy May 18, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Ms.Rock you are just as ignorant as David,Zeus and Sherlock Holmes. What is a body of work by a Prime Minister did she lead from a university where research is done and papers written. Just don’t join the clowns for joining sake. She was a Minister and an Attorney General together 14 years in one of the most developmental periods of our country’s history. She was a Deputy Prime Minister and represented Barbados on the international with the highest level of professionalism and gave accountability. Not to forget her maturity and professionalism in the Prison ordeal.
    We have some men in the cabinet like Sherlock Holmes who continue to manage this country over a well and are just interested in power and their personal wealth. Fundel Stuart is no paragon of virtue and has been verydisrespectful,condescending, even silently dumb and showed little regard for any level of development whilst he drives around in big car something he never had and seem to just inhaling the moments. Barbados can benefit from the experience,intellect and international reputation and admiration of Mia Mottley to help us from the proverbial gutter that we have been dragged through by this bunch. God will relieve us so just don’t jump on an iliterate,selfish egotistical angry band wagon.

  15. Zeus May 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Bajan boy stop generalizing give us the facts about Mia mottley as a minister for 14 years ……even Liz Thompson got more claim to fame than her

  16. Mr Rock usa May 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Bajan boy. I hope the party paying you well. Our folks are not very good at articulating reiterate from idea’s when it come to politicians. Feeding off of the government troff or holding political position don’t constitute a body of work. Its just a job positions sir. Very few of today’s candidate seeking public officer has fail in private life. None of them have made any contribution to there community. Aka no body of work to look back on. Just rebble rousers and wipper snappers seeking to make themself wealthy of the government troff. Come again!

  17. Johnathan May 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Mr. Rock USA none of the DLP Canidates had made any contribution to Barbados when they entered Parliament in fact none of them other than David Estwick had made any contribution to their own lives. You can go through the entire lot of losers and see for your self. The contribution they have succeeded in making since then is increasing taxes,reducing our economy by 800 million,cannot account for it by the Auditor General and only DEM know where it is. The problem with Barbados is that a bunch of johnnies come lately manage to win seats and Fundel was able to put a dumb cabinet together and he has been able to survive their onslaught. None had Paliamentary experience/ Cabinet experience othe than David Tompson for 3 years and they expect to work miracles..It does not come by guess nor accident. Time to geoo

  18. Tony Webster May 27, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Democracy, is a bit of a complicated riddle, wrapped in a conundrum, and tied with an enigma (with apologies). It is at one time a right, an entitlement, a duty, and a huge responsibility, to elect the most suitable ( bright, honest, capable, dedicated, visionary) folks to The House, and to form an administration capable of attaining relevance, and viability, in a highly competitive world, where rapid technological is the only constant. We are “independent” …in word ….but have somehow intoxicated ourselves into the delusion, that mere statehood, not only entitles us to address virtually empty General Assemblies at the U.N., ( emblazoned on TV-8, naturally) but that when we speak, the world pauses, listens, and applauds. Also, to shoot ourselves in the foot, just because we have such a right. There be dragons….out there….and they doan give a fig if we sink, or swim. They can sense a weak animal, however.

    Ring the Reality Bell, please, simultaneously as the Other Bell, is rung.


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