No partying

Rouse to go it alone in next election

A former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate is seeking to make a political comeback.

Having failed to secure the ruling party’s St Joseph nomination in the last general election after four consecutive political defeats – including three as the DLP’s representative – community worker Randall Rouse now says he is totally fed up with the Freundel Stuart-led DLP.

However, while Rouse is seemingly prepared to turn his back on the ‘Dems’ for good, he has equally made it clear that he is not about to cross over to the Opposition camp and join forces with the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which he accuses of engaging in “rum shop” politics.

During a press conference held at his constituency office in St Joseph, Rouse, who had entered elective politics back in 1994 as a member of the now defunct National Democratic Party before aligning himself with the DLP, announced plans to go it alone in the next election whenever it is called.

Rouse believes that representation means providing opportunities and solutions so persons can develop themselves socially and economically.

“Today, I officially make one of my most critical decisions to date. I have decided to contest the next election in St Joseph as an independent candidate,” he told reporters, adding that the move comes “after deep reflection on his vision for the rural constitution”.

Rouse went on to castigate Stuart’s DLP, which he represented on three occasions between 1999 and 2008 before he was replaced by Dennis Holder in 2013.

While saying he was totally frustrated with “its lack of communication with the public on public matters, lack of leadership, lack of clear explanations for some of the policy decisions taken [and] the apparent anti-worker stances taken”, Rouse added that he was especially taken aback by Government’s “total refusal to accept positive economic advice even from its own economic advisors on the economy”.

Rouse did not go into detail on these claims, but said his primary reason for going independent at this stage was as a result of the “totally poor representation” given by the BLP’s Dale Marshall.

In fact, he charged that Marshall’s representation was nothing short of “scandalous”.

Rouse, who was introduced into politics by the late NDP founder Sir Richie Haynes, sought to warn the BLP incumbent that “representation of a people is far more than providing alcoholic beverages and giving a broad smile.

“Representation to me means providing opportunities and solutions so persons can develop themselves socially and economically. It means lobbying to have services not available but needed taken care of,” he said.

Therefore, Rouse is promising that if elected he will lobby to ensure there’s better public transportation and a fully functional health care clinic for the people of St Joseph.

Even though he already has four defeats to his name, Rouse is adamant that this is his time to represent the people of St Joseph.

“The last two [defeats] were by small margins,” said the former DLP candidate, who Marshall defeated by 78 votes in 2003 and by 44 votes in 2008.

“During that period there were a lot of things that I could have done differently.

“On reflection I will correct them and  . . . the little things that I ignored in last elections, I won’t be in this election,” he added.

The independent hopeful also believes his chances of winning are as good as any.

“The feeling that I am getting where ever I go in this country [is one of] frustration and that the next election will be like no other election that Barbados has ever faced and an election that will have a very low turn out ,” Rouse added.

Randall Rouse (fourth right) with members of his campaign team following this morning’s press conference.

7 Responses to No partying

  1. jrsmith May 19, 2017 at 3:52 am

    The people of (ST,Joseph) and other parts of barbados this is what is needed in barbados, the people from they continuances having the right to choose , out side the box …
    It been a long time coming , but a change is going to come , yes it will …………………………………………………………………….

  2. Johnathan May 19, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Those are the same 9 votes he will get. Like Lynette Eastmond run 4 times and can’t even come near to winning,then get disgruntled and off they go. The only seats she or he will win is a toilet seat.

  3. Harry May 19, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Toilet seats are necessary – he like Ms. Eastmond & others will make a useful contribution to the Treasury.

  4. fisherman May 19, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Some Politicians fail to realise that it doesn’t mater which party they represent it’s the people who you represent, the people who you listen to,the people who have serious issues that only government can help.Not a bunch of long talk & smiling up looking pretty for elections because they want your vote,then you don’t hear a peep for 5,years while they do nothing but draw a salary off of the taxpayers.And also that the rum shop talk is not a bunch of rubbish because one of those same rum shop people may be the difference for a win for any candidate just that one vote that counts…!!!!
    So If he wants to represent the people of St Joseph he needs to respect all people,rum shop goers or church goers…!!!

    All levels of Barbadian society spend time in rum shops poor,rich,doctors,lawyers & some of the brightest intellectuals can be fond there too from time to time….!!!!
    It’s those same people who come out & vote.
    And you betcha…!!!
    A lot more of those fella’s coming outa de wood work & rum shops next year or when ever the Silent Dummy…!!! decides to Call elections…!!!
    He has hurt our society more than any other politician in the history of Barbadian politics……!!!

  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine May 19, 2017 at 8:49 am

    All sort of worms coming out of the wood work. Must be something that the DLP and BLP did wrong that they think they can undo.

  6. Jennifer May 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm


  7. Mark My Word May 21, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    If Rouse could not arouse nobody when he was with with de DLP, tell me how he gine get it do as an Independent. Sit down man, go help the poor, support thee Salvation Army with your deposit instead.


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