Three more CAPs in the ring

A building contractor, a security guard and a pastor are the latest to throw their ‘caps’ in the political ring ahead of general elections due here by next year.

With the three additions, the number of candidates representing the Citizens Action Partnership (CAP) has risen to 13.

Building contractor Victor Knight is slated to go up against the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) incumbent John Boyce and the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party  (BLP) representative Ralph Thorne in the constituency of Christ Church South.

Security guard Peter Rock has taken on the mammoth task of trying to unseat Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley in the St Michael North East constituency, which she won by just under 2,000 votes in the last election,  while businessman and pastor Richard Barrow will tackle the DLP incumbent Steve Blackett for the constituency of St Michael Central.

CAP leader Wendell Callender

Speaking at a press conference this week at Haggatt Hall at which the announcement was made, CAP Leader Wendell Callender revealed that his party would not be contesting all of the 30 seats at stake in the next election. He explained that due to limited finances, the party would be capping off its participation at 22 candidates, in the hope of replicating the 1961 election victory by then Premier Errol Barrow, whose DLP had only contested 15 of the 24 seats at the time.

The leader of CAP, which was launched here in February as a coalition of fringe parties, said amid limited resources it would be concentrating much of its efforts in the St Michael constituencies.

“I need to say at the onset that we are not looking to run 30 candidates. It is about using your resources in an efficient manner and we don’t intend to sell ourselves to any financiers. We are not walking cap in hand begging any financiers. So, obviously, we have to be cost and time efficient. We have to know the resources we have and we have to use them appropriately,” he said.

Callender who is confident of victory, believes his party’s chances are as good as any at the polls and is promising to put an end to political victimization. He has also vowed to unite Barbadians in effort to return the country to an economic growth path.

“We have not been rushing it and we have a good number of candidates so far. We are making sure that these candidates match what we want and it is not about thinking we are going to be a law unto ourselves. We are not about victimizing, we are not about protecting one Barbados,” the CAP leader said.

“Among our values, we said we want to be willing sacrifices,” he added.

However, Callender offered little in terms of an actual plan to steer the country out of its present perilous economic situation, highlighted by the recent free fall of domestic foreign reserves which plunged to $681.1 million, or 10.3 weeks of cover at the end of last year.

Gross Government debt, which requires servicing to the tune of over $300 million annually, also remains high at 106 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, with the overall deficit said to be in the order of $537.6 million.

When asked to comment on the $542 million package of bitter fiscal medicine prescribed by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler during last week Tuesday’s Budget, the CAP leader responded saying: “We are not in a position to do anything about that, we are not in a position to set Government policy.” 

25 Responses to Three more CAPs in the ring

  1. smiley June 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    A security guard against Mia ? Wow that is a sure lost of his deposit money.Good luck

    • Carson C Cadogan June 10, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Is that what you are hoping for?

      David killed Goliath.

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall June 10, 2017 at 2:33 am

    I really think this group think we voters stupid. You are not stabilize yet every party you run for.
    I giving the Bee’s 24 and Lynette 6.
    The Dems need a rest from political life.

  3. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt June 10, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Stupidness. Bees and dees had enough. If you are going on anything.

  4. Vernon Harris
    Vernon Harris June 10, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Wow. Just because people fedup with DEMS tom dick and harry forming their own party thinking they can finally make it after being soundly rejected time and time again.

  5. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 10, 2017 at 6:01 am

    House what your self how are you talking

  6. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens June 10, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I know the politicians think we the masses are stupid. Now the wannabes joining the list.

  7. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 10, 2017 at 6:20 am

    The government should take up the Deposit fee from $250 to $ 10.000 . Let me see if all of these New politicians who want to run for Election will play it.

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd June 10, 2017 at 9:05 am


  8. Gullyboar June 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I think CAPs should mean citizens against politicians

  9. Randolph June 10, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I would not be surprise if all of them all of them ,lose their deposits.

  10. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes June 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

    They may not win a seat but at least they are doing something not hiding behind a social media or call in programmes. That is like every body wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. You mean all we can do is criticise, even Ossie More if he was alive has a right as a citizen, to join the race. If they loose they deposits, so what, it’s not mine nor yours, they know the chance they are taking. Some of you could really stop insulting each other. I know what’s wrong, as usual you all think that the only people who are entitled to be in Parliament is a Lawyer or a Doctor. Please don’t bother to reply to me with foolishness because I too have a right to run if I wanted too. Before you all come after me, I never would because a relative did and that person paid a price, now that is something to think about.

  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 10, 2017 at 9:03 am
  12. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens June 10, 2017 at 9:11 am


  13. joan Worrell June 10, 2017 at 9:48 am


    Ignore the foolish responses. Two days ago the British people showed their disgust in the two-party system. The mighty Conservative Party is depending on a minority Party (DUP) to retain power. Theresa May has to consult the DUP in all her decisions-making. I am calling on the young people of Barbados who are fed up with the two Parties to vote for the minority Party of their choice so that we can have some accountability in how Government funds are spent. Every five or ten years we hear the same old same old accusations of the incumbent Government members, their friends and family reaping the sweets while other people are smelling hell.

  14. jrsmith June 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Something always bother me , a small island as Barbados having such a large political infrastructure, and still cannot be managed,,
    because of the corruption……………………………
    @,Gullyboar, hail, hail, very good shot , your (6.56) mean so much…….I am thinking what will happen if days after the coming election, bajans realize the same government is in power ……… ……………..Right now we must consider , how we the bajan black masses would be able to remove these wicked people from office , if the latter happen …
    My take using the same vote which put them there , must then be used against them as a no confidence vote is they are not performing as they should.. we cannot allow this onslaught by these politicians………………………….

  15. WB June 10, 2017 at 10:34 am

    The government will get some much needed revenue from all
    these candidates. Yippee

  16. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 10:45 am

    @ Angus Benn; Dennis Taitt has a right to speak his mind and call it as he sees it. You think everybody like you, “hand to mouth”?
    Why in 2017 should any Barbadian have to watch him / herself for coming here or going anywhere to give an honest opinion on our political parties? Fact is both B L P and D L P has failed us, the rut we are in didn’t begin in 2008, it began as far back as 1995 after the then PM delivered the budget that year and realized how much money the VAT had produced. The spend without thought started from the beginning of financial year 2005 – 2006.

    There was no reduction in dept to G D P ratio since then, it was increase in public service employment, statutory corporations, imports, land sales, import of labor, and everything that could keep about B D S $10,000,000.00 or so in circulation each week, people still lived from pay pack to pay pack back then, only the middle class, who worked for government or the private sector were able to purchase house or land by mortgage, the difference between the joint venture between N H C and their friends, and those provided by R D C and U D C was what housing was all about. You either qualified for a mortgage or you qualified for the R D C or U D C.

    I personally saw the tears and frustration of those who had dreams crushed at Bulkeley Meadows and Coverley in the South Park, N H C and Del Sol N H C ventures. Homes and relationships were left in tatters as result of these crumbled ventures. Too many people in this country are silent, but I will take to the platform when the bell rings, and let the people of Barbados know that to move from the D L P to the B L P is like going from one lethal cocktail to another. It’s a recipe for sure economic death. One has prescribed and administered a locally produced lethal cocktail, the other will prescribe and administer an imported lethal cocktail. Both will be bitter for us to swallow and digest, only the fittest will survive either medicine. The advantage with the local medication is that it will not cost us any future foreign repayments. We will be able to earn foreign exchange and repay our dept in Barbados currency, so honestly the local medicine is the better of the two evils.

  17. Belfast June 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    These Butchers ,Bakers and Candlestick makers, may not be as bad as the Doctors , Lawyers and Blue Peter Sharks now (mis) representing us.

  18. The negrocrat June 13, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Lynette ha server this island well. Are Bajans so stupid as to reject her record as a minister.

  19. Nathaniel Samuels June 13, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I looking for people who can think to represent me and my country. Very few in the new parties make the grade and I believe that there will be serious loss of deposits next year, unless Froon makes a bold move and do the thing this year. He better wait until the last minute cause he too gone through the eddoes.


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