Upset Wickham slams Morris as a ‘common yard fowl’

Pollster Peter Wickham has derided Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stalwart Robert Bobby Morris, who yesterday utterly dismissed an opinion poll conducted by Wickham’s Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), which found support for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the DLP at an all-time low.

In dismissing the poll results, Morris had said that districts were chosen strategically to get a desired result.

An upset Wickham has reacted forcefully, telling Barbados TODAY Morris had behaved like a “common yard-fowl”, and the comment was “both offensive and disturbing”, bearing in mind he had always seen Morris as one of the superior intellects in the DLP.

He also defended his polling method, saying it had been used successfully by CADRES over the last 20 years, and both major political parties were in receipt of the specific polling divisions used.

“I would therefore challenge Morris to identify the specific polling districts that we used that were biased. If he is unable to do so he should do the decent thing and apologize for attempting to sully the professional reputation of CADRES,” Wickham said.

Robert ‘Bobby’ Morris and Peter Wickham

The survey conducted on behalf of Nation newspaper and published in the Sunday Sun found Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley to be the number one choice for Prime Minister with 52 per cent support, followed by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur with 18 per cent, and Stuart with eight per cent –– one point better than Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.

The poll, which was conducted in the immediate aftermath of the May 30 Budget, also showed that support for embattled Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler had plummeted, with him no longer being viewed as an obvious Stuart successor, mustering only 0.6 per cent support in terms of leadership preference behind the DLP’s Donville Inniss and David Estwick (who polled six per cent each) and Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy (three per cent).

It also suggested that the Mottley-led BLP was on course for a landslide victory in the next election, with support for the DLP at an all-time low of 11 per cent, compared to 51 per cent for the BLP, while the remainder was undecided.   

Morris told Barbados TODAY in a telephone interview yesterday, the poll should not be taken seriously because it was not scientific.

“I believe that the districts that were chosen were strategically chosen to get a result. It is nonsensical to say that Stuart can only get eight per cent of support of respondents. The poll does not touch base with reality at any point at all,” the former Member of Parliament for Christ Church East Central had said.

However, Wickham said it was preposterous to suggest that CADRES would abandon its professional ethics and go in search of specific areas where Stuart was unpopular in pursuit of a predetermined outcome.

CADRES listed ten political parties in the survey, including all of the recently-launched political groupings. However, none of the minority parties factored in the results, suggesting that the next election, which is due by the middle of next year, is a straight fight between the incumbent DLP an the main Opposition BLP.

102 Responses to Upset Wickham slams Morris as a ‘common yard fowl’

  1. Ras June 28, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Wick ham also said Hillary Clinton would win and she lost

    • BOB June 29, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Trump votes were tampered with and if they were to be the deciding factor he would have lost, the electoral college elected trump not the voters.

      • Sam June 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Bob the electoral college choose the president of the USA through the voters…FOOL!

        • David Brathwaite June 29, 2017 at 2:09 pm

          Sam, you are the fool. The electoral college in the US is an extremely rigged structure whereby small and rural states have a hugely disproportionate influence on the choice for president. For example, California has 55 electoral college votes and Wyoming has 3. But California’s population is more than 60 time Wyoming’s.

          So that why although Hilary would have won in any other country, she lost in the USA because of their crazy electoral system.

          It’s really foolish to make election and poll comparisons between Barbados ant the US.

          • Sam June 30, 2017 at 1:32 am

            David Brawaithe you’re more fool than Bob,carry on have a good day,FOOL.

    • Bajan June 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      @Ras. Every single Poll in the USA had Hillary Clinton to win even after the FBI bombshell. So what’s your point.

      • Sherlock Holmes. June 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm

        FBI bombshell? What about the massive fraudulent concocted polls?That were pushed in Clinton’s favor, you my dear Bajan still has the wool in your eyes.

    • Bajan June 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      DLP in bare trouble. All this fighting over the leadership already and elections ain’t call yet?

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:01 am

      @Ras; what is really wrong with this yard fowlism that seems to have a mental block on the supporters of the DLP. You`ll keep using Trumps`s winning the election, first Ms. Clinton got more votes than Trump but the electoral system is what matters, Trump is facing challenges about the Russians meddling with the US election and many more issues, its not like Barbados where the PM said he knows about vote buying and nothing or no one is question about, is Barbados a banana republic? Wickham had the BLP to win and the DLP won and every person except the yard fowls know that the DLP win had some flaws.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 28, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    WHY some men like thing in their favor at all times. The man is telling the truth. What you Morris should do is to carry out your own POLE. If you don’t believed Wickham pole. The primie minister is to lay back . He doesn’t address certain issues fast enough. Every minister doing what they like. A leader supposed to be up front at all times. Not sitting in the back seat hoping for things to happen.

  3. Oliver J
    Oliver J'ace Corbin June 28, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    coming from de same man call it for de blp n den lost seen we need to start looking @ his value n where it counts we know is bitter with dlp ever sense he remove of de ppl business

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 28, 2017 at 11:57 pm


    • Tony- Speaker- Waterman
      Tony- Speaker- Waterman June 29, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Poll please!!!!

    • Wayne Dread
      Wayne Dread June 29, 2017 at 5:38 am

      That’s the only way the BLP can win. are you calling for a revolt,?will it be violent, Is that why all those guns are in the hands of the citizens? There are more questions than answers, does or can the BLP provide answers or alternatives?

      • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:05 am

        @Dread, this is going 10 years and you`ll can`t seem to find one as yet.

    • Tony- Speaker- Waterman
      Tony- Speaker- Waterman June 29, 2017 at 6:57 am

      Wayne Dread!!! There won’t be any violent Revolt, just like 1937, the Police along with our “Government Boots” will follow Mr. Jones and Shoot some People and Bust some Heads, and that would give them a Valid Reason to Suspend the Constitution and stay in Power. That’s the only way they would be able to hold onto Power. They are Toast next Election. Circa 1961.
      BTW: I favour neither of them, B or D, and I have in the past Voted for Both of them.
      Just to be transparent with what I have said above

    • Wayne Dread
      Wayne Dread June 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

      “I am not racist, some of my best friends are black ” this is a disclaimer utilized by ones who feel it’s necessary to camouflage their obvious intent. Question is ,Why do you see the need to mention your neutrality when all your comments favor the opposition, “If you can’t stand for one,you will fall for any”

  5. Saga Boy June 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

    As far as I am concerned Peter has no credibility. He openly criticised the DLP and then expects people to thin he is being objective when he conducts a poll and especially after the events of the last elections.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:22 am

      @Saga Boy; Peter has no creditability because he tells it like he sees it, is the DLP above the law and beyond criticism, go to your cable net work, not FOX NEWS and see what questions the reporters put to Trump in the Oval office with out fear. The politicians in Barbados become so pompous after they get elected and before that barring a few, tell me how they were doing.

  6. Ryan Green
    Ryan Green June 29, 2017 at 12:16 am

    peter wickham was once a yard fowl but he graduate, now he is a old hen, he and maureen holder. both a dem gone pass yard fowl status!

  7. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe June 29, 2017 at 12:21 am

    “The world is flat I say” …. somebody drank too much DLP koolaid over the years.

  8. smiley June 29, 2017 at 12:27 am

    No proper behaviour Wick behave we will see soon enough .

  9. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore June 29, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Peter’s work as a director of CADRES is judged by some wholly on the outcome of the 2013 election result. Peter is by far the most competent, respected professional political scientist in the region. His political services are in demand whenever a poll is called in the Caribbean. Only at home is he without honour among a few yardfowls like the same Morris. Bobby Morris should be ashamed of himself. I remember distinctly when Peter did the first of two polls in the last week of the 2013 election that favoured Stuart. The second poll, a mere few days before Feb 21, predicted a win for the BLP. For a man rejecting all of the poll data leading up to the election to be suddenly embracing the one favouring his candidate tells a lot about his character.

    I have argued to this day that the data was not flawed. Any party coming from behind in a close election, with momentum, will cross the line first. The same principle was bourne out in the US 2016 election. Within 2 weeks of the November election she held a double digit lead over the Donald only to be beaten on the line by his burst of momentum. Furthermore, she garnered the most votes, which lends credence to the accuracy of the poll data.

    Time will not permit me to identify the reasons why the BLP lost, suffice to say that it was no genius of Morris et al. Enjoying an abundance of goodwill occassioned by David’s death, the BLP in a leadership turmoil, only serving one term in office (at that time), with a 2/3 majority in Parliament, buying votes like crazy & losing 4 ministers while getting home by a 1% marginal swing over an opponent can be classified as a win but not a victory. Come 2018, the tide of change will sweep his DLP into the political wilderness for many an election cycle.

    PS. Trying concluding the fishing agreement between Trinidad & Barbados. When you realised that the job of GS of the BWU was not yours for the getting Stuart decided to waste taxpayers money by appointing you Carricom Ambassador. In exchange for that favour you would do the unimaginable, the unthinkable, the absurd.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley June 29, 2017 at 4:33 am

      You are so correct! Bobby Morris is a no good tongue twisting opportunist, and this did not start Today, from his days back with the Union. He was easily bought by employers and sold out th

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley June 29, 2017 at 4:34 am

      The workers. He walks on integrity, can’t say his, cause he has none!

    • Devaron Bruce
      Devaron Bruce June 29, 2017 at 5:44 am


  10. VICTOR CALLENDER June 29, 2017 at 12:45 am

    So what, if Wickham said Clinton would win, and she lost? How many scientific polls has he conducted that were right. The DLP cannot dispute scientific or not, that they are pure political diarrhea, and that they will lose probably 27-3. Owen Arthur, Maria Agard, Mara Thompson. Morris, is a political dinosaur who will attempt to disparage Wickham. It is not possible for the people of Barbados to go to the polls again, and for them to elect the DLP. Not even Errol Walton Barrow would vote for this current group of DLP misfits. If the DLP plans to steal the election Mia, you better have some international elections monitors in place.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:28 am

      She will have to bring in the FBI.

  11. Greengiant June 29, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Wickham needs to show some political independence publicly. He makes it too obvious where and to whom his loyalty lies, maybe the people are asking the question. ” Who pays the piper for the tune being played “?

    The fact that CADRES got it wrong before, justifies the claim by Morris and others that the poll should not be taken seriously. CADRES has already been discredited when it comes to local politics, since the D L P was returned to office in 2013. So if the
    B L P want to trust Wickham’s polls again they can go ahead.

    • Robert Goren June 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

      Greengiant, do you think before you write this nonsense?

      Previous polls conducted by CADRES, especially the 2008 poll, which predicted the DLP to win 20 seats, were accepted by the DLP, when Wickham publicly indicated he was a member of the party.

      Did he show political independence then?

      Are you judging an organization that was around for several years, based on one indiscretion?

      You political yard-fowls need to grow up.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:34 am

      @Greengiant, not even Trump thought that he would have won the election so all the pollsters in the US and around the world must be discredited except the Russians; Right.

  12. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles June 29, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Well for the last few elections both here and abroad his outlook on how the elections is going is hardly ever wrong…..if there is a change in the minds of Bardadians to change the government in the next elections….then tha’sthe way it would be…..who cares if this Bobby character dissagrees….If he wants to run his own poll to see for himself then he is free to do so….but all in all I don’t see where all the name calling coming from all of a sudden….he was agreeing with him from the time he predicted the first election was going to go in the DLP’s favor now all of a sudden is name calling tit for tat….wow….some people really got some really thin skins when things dont go in their favor. But if the cap fit…..wear it

  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 29, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Both of them yard fowls but got to admit DLP folks ca not seem to see reality.

  14. Kym Reigns
    Kym Reigns June 29, 2017 at 5:22 am

    wuhloss and so it begins

  15. sticks and stones June 29, 2017 at 5:24 am

    when is Wickham going to apologize for the two 2013 disastrous polls ,

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 3:38 am

      @sticks and stones; ask the PM who said he knew of the vote buying.

  16. Paul Chestnut
    Paul Chestnut June 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

    To settle all of this call the elections….

  17. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore June 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    If by now bajans haven’t figured out what Mr. Wickham’s agenda is by now then they never will.

  18. BaJan boy June 29, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Sadly the DLP cannot the that they have destroyed our country and only their die hards have any regard for them. Freundel has disrespected Barbadians every day of his tenure and for them to think bajans still support them is to think that bajans are all asses.
    Peter is respected throughout the region and had produced a poll that favored these clowns they would have been singing his praises. Any intelligent person would heap scorn on the ignorance from Judas. How would Peter know where to go and select persons specifically sympathetic to the BLP in order to come up with such a poll.
    Ask him what he has done for the tax payers money for the past 7 years other than fly about and eat his big greedy guts full. We have had not 1 report from him on any progress on anything not even the so called fishing agreement that both he and Kellman were suppose to get. They are going to be treated exactly how they treated Bajans and shoul enjoy the last mass..,

  19. Sisleen Greene June 29, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Wickham continue to do your polls wuthout fearing any yardfowls, crabs or else.
    Deceitful Bobby is singing for his supper, title and large salary which was bestowed upon him by his school buddy Frumble. The old School tie still has its relevance and affinity.
    Tell Mr. Morris he still has to get the fishing agreement settle over the bowl soup his late leader left. Tell him to show B’dos his report card as His Execellency.
    Morris and all his cohorts only interested in maintaining their status quo and large salaries but they do not have to worry cause larger pensions are in order, despite their poor or non performance most cases.

  20. Zeus June 29, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Wait wunna still with this fishing agreement thing …..when was this fishing agreement business started and who was the first person to start these discussions … the way when peter wickham started supposedly polling persons in barbados which resilts did he call that the outcome was not expected ..all except the last poll where he mucked up ….ask him which constituency office he ended up in the sunday that poll was published ….if he does not answer ask Kerrie symmonds…..that is ehere it was decided that a new poll would be published

  21. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade June 29, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Look mr morris know the people are fed up the man want to keep is job they know peter help them to win all too election mr morris please tell us what happen to the flying fish

  22. Mia June 29, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Bobby Morris is doing the same thing that any die hard fan does. He is backing his team to the end even though the odds are stacked against them. He believes that they are the best thing ever. I’m not surprised by him or any of the other DLP members who believe that they will win.

    As for Peter, he really should be impartial. He is a brilliant mind, but his party alignment is obvious. That’s what kills his credibility.
    In fact, that’s what kills the credibility of many professionals of his ilk in Barbados.

    @Arthur Collymore: Please don’t talk about buying votes and link it to one party alone. BOTH parties are guilty.

  23. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace June 29, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Nobody in Barbados needs a pole to tell them that the DLP will lose the next election,just go and ask bajans how they feel about the PM and the Government and they will tell you the same thing.

  24. Carson C Cadogan June 29, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Peter, it takes one to know one.

  25. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Carson, you always getting it wrong. He was never a DLP yardfowl. He was a young Democrat i.e a DLP yardchicken.

  26. Alex Alleyne June 29, 2017 at 7:21 am

    After listening to PETER for years on radio and TV, I never though that he will let anyone get under his skin like that to draw such a response. To me he is always “cool” and try to be “fair” across the board.
    I am neither “here nor there” no the Political Leadership, but with the present situation in BIM his poll is correct. “I WILL NOT VOTE PARTY, I AM GOING CANADATE” come election day.
    Stay cool PETER do your JOB and be proud of it. WE ALL ARE ONLY LOOKING OUT FOR WHAT IS BEST FOR BARBADOS. At present only a FEW receiving the “cream-of-the-crop”.

  27. Robert Goren June 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    For years CADRES has been conducting polls, which more often than not, favoured the DLP.

    CADRES 2003 poll indicated the DLP were 35% in favour of the electorate to the BLP’s 30%. As you are aware, the BLP won the general elections.

    Judging from Greengiant’s and Joan Worrell’s standards, CADRES got it wrong, so the organization lost credibility.

    However, 5 years later in 2008, CADRES 2008 poll predicted the DLP to win and the DEMS accepted the results

    You BLP & DLP yard-fowls need to stop from blindly supporting these parties and being hypocrites.

  28. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I know nothing about polling but I would assume that a poll is either scientific or unscientific. I wonder how Saul, turned Paul, would classify the two polls that were done days before the 2013 elections. I liken them to two cricket matches. In the first poll (match) the DLP yardfowls won the match but the BLP yardfowls cried foul, saying that it was an unscientific score and they wanted a replay. Well, as you know , the BLP yardfowls won the second match (poll) and said that it was scientific . Wuh loss, Duckworth/Lewis (the electorate) decided on election day that the DLP yardfowls were the true winners. How can Barbadians ever trust Paul, the organizer of these cricket matches, whom WIKILEAKS exposed as a stranger to the truth.

  29. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 29, 2017 at 8:00 am


  30. Bajan boy June 29, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Freundel little puppies bark harder than they bite. The electorate will bite harder than they bark. Peter your polls say so..

  31. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba June 29, 2017 at 8:28 am


  32. Zeus June 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    When David Thompson was on his dying bed wickham published a poll saying that Chris sinckler was the best man to lead the Dems …that was when his relationship was good with Chris …they go way back from community college Peter was president od the guild Chris was vice …Peter thought Chris was going to be given leadership when Stuart was given the pm pick he removed Peter from CBC …..Peter asked Chris to seek an audience with Stuart for him it was never done the relationship with Chris deteriorated …..Peter is 49 years of age count how many election he could of actually polled ……

  33. Wayne Webster June 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I have known Bobby Morris to be an intelligent and pleasant person but he was really ” off” on this one. What proof does he have that certain districts were chosen? That is a serious charge and could very well border on professional slander. I believe the poll is reflective of “life on the ground”. The fact that Estwick and others are making “moves” and increasing the pressure on the P.M says volumes. The D.L.P must know they are in trouble.

  34. Frank White June 29, 2017 at 8:47 am

    It is easy, if brother Wickham’s company’s poll is rubbish, then my advice to the DLP is simply, continue as normal by adding more taxes on the people’s back, don’t address any issues that faces the country, continue to display your arrogance with no regard for the masses…

    Brother Wickham, if the ministers wants to live in denial, let them, your polls were never wrong as we all know what the major contributing factor was that won them the election…

  35. jrsmith June 29, 2017 at 8:54 am

    This is what the politicians love , thats why they get away with everything , people arguing among themselves over issues which carries no importance…….
    Since 2007 all the so call world experts, people lot much bigger than wickam got nothing right , but the world said nothing……..
    My take , I have this feeling the (DLP) will be back in power after the up coming elections………………………
    How could a government as this present one sit in office for 2 terms, done nothing for the black masses in barbados , 900 millions dollars cannot be accounted for from our treasury , the main opposition party and the black masses in barbados said nothing , although we know the government put themselves in a position to not be accountable to any one………………………

    My ????????????? what will really happen if this said government is return to office ….. would they be wailing in the streets of Bridgetown , no , the same yard fowls or whatever they are call would be back even doing worst…….
    What we need to consider before the next election is to not allow the black masses in barbados , be held hostage any more by our decent , people loving politicians….
    Bajans we need an (Accountability Act ) in place meaning the votes the (MPs) got to put them in office ,the same votes is used to remove them if they are not performing, if something isn’t done we are doomed………………….. we are doomed………….

  36. Big Man June 29, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Oh Lord, My God, Peter Wick Ham calling out somebody
    And Barbados Today print it, but won’t let me call out Wick Ham what a shame.

    2 Timothy 3:1-3King James Version (KJV)

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

    For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

    Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 7:51 am

      @Big Man; what Timothy 3:1-3 King James Version has to do with your version of whatever drivel that`s coming out of your mouth.

      • Big Man June 30, 2017 at 9:18 pm

        hcalndre Paenitet
        Excelsa stulto sapientia

  37. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Bajans have all reasons to doubt this recent poll result. The same company published two polls in a matter of a week back in 2012 saying that the first one was false. If a company can find fault in itself, why can’t Bajans find fault in them. Were those polls scientific, unscientific, polls of convenience or telephone poles?

  38. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

    The year in the above post was 2013 and not 2012

  39. Kerri June 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Does it matter who his loyalty is for. I remember when Peter was a staunch Dlp supporter and his poll predicted that Thompson would win the government and It happened. We don’t need Peter poll to tell us that the DLP have fallen out of favor with the people all you have to do is listen to the cries of the public as you move around. After 17 downgrades, tax after tax after tax, no raise of pay, restless unions, increased hardship of the citizens etc….. and still very little improvement. Why another chance. Dems had them time. It is time to give someone another chance let see if we can get this country back on track to success. Last election Barbadians started to move them out of government, they lost five seats and this time around it will be completed. Some people just Delusional.

  40. Donild Trimp June 29, 2017 at 9:28 am


    Those are your words and the words of thousands of voters.

    This is where a number of people who supports a particular party are confused and where I disagree with Peter’s polling results.

    When all is said and done, the DLP will be elected to another term.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

      @Donild Trimp; should the bajans re-elect the DLP., it should not come as a really big surprise knowing bajans have accepted bad treatment for 300 plus years while their very Caribbean people would rebel and remember that Barbados is where the slaves were indoctrinated and the docile ones were kept while the uncontrolled ones were ship to Jamaica and other places.

  41. Kevin June 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

    ……………However, Wickham said it was preposterous to suggest that CADRES would abandon its professional ethics and go in search of specific areas where Stuart was unpopular in pursuit of a predetermined outcome………………

    Why did you do a 2 poll just before the 2013 elections? Because the first one did not have the desired outcome you were looking for……… I wouldnt put anything past Mr. Wickham.

  42. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Lord Come fuh yuh world. Don’t leh we kill one anuder. BLP and DLP is six uh one, half dozen of the other.. Dale Marshall said yesterday that he is worried by the number of people who tell him that they not interested in voting at the next election. He is right. That is the common cry all over Barbados . The people are frustrated because they can’t differentiate between the two parties.

    The following excerpt was taken from a front page article in another section of the press. Tell me if you see any difference in the parties and who is the news-carrier that shouldn’t be trusted especially when he/she drinks a liquor.

    Barbados has not escaped the growing international scrutiny surrounding the release last Friday of over 251 000 confidential documents by the global whistle-blower organization WikiLeaks. On the heels of Sunday’s stern denial by political analyst Peter Wickham, who claimed that he was wrongfully identified in the leaked documents as a source of information on Caribbean leaders, more United States government cables have revealed some less-than-flattering statements made by two former United States diplomats about leading Government and Opposition figures here, as well as the overall state of politics on the island. In a June 5, 2007 cable, the harshest criticisms were levelled against the then Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley. The communication, which was sent by former Ambassador Mary Ourisman, raised questions concerning Mottley’s suitability for leadership but also made bold statements about her lifestyle. This cable was sent by Ourisman following a meeting with Mottley. The ambassador reported that “former Senator Phillip Goddard, an excellent contact of the Embassy, recently confirmed to the DCM (Deputy Chief of Missions) in a private conversation that internal BLP (Barbados Labour Party) leadership is absolutely determined that Mottley would not lead the party, should they be returned to power in the next elections”. Ourisman also wrote: “Mottley is among the youngest members of [Prime Minister] Arthur’s Cabinet. She is also probably the most capable and articulate. Nevertheless, Goddard’s claims, if true, coupled with Mottley’s abrasiveness and overconfidence, which are unlikely to have won her many friends within the BLP, could bring her promising political career to an end.” Yesterday, Goddard declined comment on the statements attributed to him, while attempts to reach Mottley for a comment proved futile. Ourisman made her feelings known, too, about the Democratic Labour Party (DLP). In a December 12, 2007 cable, on the eve of the general election campaign, the former ambassador stated the then Opposition of “trying to manufacture an illusion of impending democratic and financial breakdown”, while stating that Barbados was “enjoying economic growth and facing a prosperous future” under the Owen Arthur Government. “In such an issue-free atmosphere, both campaigns have had to content themselves with making mountains out of molehills,” said Ourisman. Charge d’Affaires Brent Hardt also shared his views on late Prime Minister David Thompson, describing him in a separate cable sent as “a bland but competent leader”. This was followed by another cable sent by Hardt when Thompson did his first Cabinet reshuffle after less than a year in office. In Hardt’s estimation, Thompson had removed Dr David Estwick as Minister of Health and replaced him with Donville Inniss who was “expected to toe the PM’s line in favour of renovating” the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Estwick was seen as being against this. The Thompson Government also came in for some harsh criticism for its implementation of a new immigration policy in 2009, with the embassy reporting that “while the policy is consistent with other [Government of Barbados] actions to ‘fence in’ economic opportunities for Barbadian nationals, it flies in the face of their purported support for greater regional integration and effectively negates their traditional criticism of US criminal alien deportee policies

  43. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Wait Wait Wait, wunnuh see Freundel name mentioned in the above article? Wunnuh feel that he shud get a lower rating in the recent poll than the First Lady? Wunnuh betta be careful that Freundel don’t win back . lol. The trickster talked evuh body name and then denied it. Wuh loss even our Saviour Jesus Christ was denied. Wunnuh know by whom?

  44. Cavil Best June 29, 2017 at 10:31 am

    The poll is outrageous and every intelligent thinking person and those that don’t have the ability to think also know that. I believe that the pollster is a political fraud and he failed to admit that he is since 2013 he was asked to apologize and he failed to humbly do so. We all know his political agenda and the propaganda that he is prepared to come with to bamboozled those electorate who are vulnerable and those who should know better but like to be misled due to the mental disease called selective amnesia that they are suffering from. The opinions of six hundred people cannot determined the outcome of the next general election nor the prediction of Peter Wickham only the electors of Barbados can. We have the Power to decide which party and party leader is best capable Morally, Spiritually and Politically intact to continue to lead this great country of ours. I don’t know if to refer to you as Mr. or Mrs. but I think that Peter Wickham is the one that owes Barbadians an apology and also Ambassador The Honourable Mr.Bobby Morris for calling him a common political Dlp yardfowl.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 8:26 am

      @Cavil Best; should the poll gave the DLP the nod, any one with half of brain would asked Wickham if he took the poll in Westbury cemetery or Coral Ridge.

  45. wizard June 29, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Quite easy to slam the messenger and debate the validity of the polling methodology. The results maybe somewhat skewed, due to the timing of the poll – immediately after the budget – but the message is clear and entirely predictable. My question would be why pay for this stuff.

  46. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    The messenger’s credibility is questionable so sayeth WikiLeaks.

  47. jennifer June 29, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I don’t blame anyone who say they ain’t voting. All of the lot are like leaves fallen from a tree, fully withered , but this will make no sense either as the few who vote a winner must be extracted. At least that lot can say I am exempt from the cause of any further ostere measures that WILL come. All this poll rubbish is yet another ball and psyop to distract this people from the doings of these two self serving evils. Rum and CORNbeef coming closer to the date.
    @donild T – if we do like u we should have that coalition. Whether they will be naughty or nice we will soon find out.

  48. Milli Watt June 29, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    ONLY a “common yard-fowl” stupse……..Morris is an intellectual in the same breath Wickham please. I would say that Morris should continue doing what he has been doing for the past 9 years and that is NOTHING he has the total CLOWN package

  49. Roger Headley June 29, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Joan, I think you are a very lonely person. Barbados Today is your time to socialise. What a mouthful of dribble.

    • Donild Trimp June 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      @ Roger Headley —-
      “Joan, I think you are a very lonely person. Barbados Today is your time to socialise. What a mouthful of dribble”.

      Lawd Roger, that was harsh!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Ernesta Catlyn June 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I fully understand Wickham’s shock at Morris’ behaviour even with respect to his comments about Estwick. I too say him as a superior intellect; intellectuals do not need to behave to way he did. Speak your truth quietly and clearly and listen to others. As soon as you start with the insults (same as swearing) it speaks to limited ability to communicate effectively.

  51. Ernesta Catlyn June 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    A poll addresses what persons say on the day that they are polled; that is all a poll is. An analysis of how certain persons feel at a particular moment in time. By the next day, dependent on circumstances so persons that say yeh at that time might be saying nay. So no poll can be seen as necessarily ‘wrong’. By election time, the Hyatt may be up, Sam Lord’s may be up, we might have to buy a couple planes to get all the millions of tourists here, we might be debt free, the rapture may have taken place. So much could happen between now and election time but that does not mean that at the time of the polls that Peter was not correct in his analysis. Pete keep calm love – don’t let the Bobby’s of this world upset you. To quote Estwick – time longer than twine or wine, for that matter.

  52. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Roger
    How could I be lonely when I have your attention? Yes I rather use this medium to socialize than to attend bigup parties, drink white rum, and talk people’s names in the presence of WikiLeaks. I hope the First Lady doesn’t think that the trickster is her friend. He already mek she name ring. Only the last class of woman does those things, not men.

    • Roger Headley June 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      How you know all this Joan – you talk people names but not at bigup parties. You can only talk people names at big up parties if you get invite or can afford to pay the price; so continue to talk people names where you are invited or can afford to pay. Half dozen, six – same thing

    • jennifer June 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      @Joan w – well said. I have one on here telling me such crap too. Watching when u sleep and wake etc
      How rude and gypsie. Mind you I have his full attention. And this type of socialising is free. Go girl.

  53. Cavil Best June 29, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Bottom line Wickham is nothing but political toxic and needs to be disposed in a incinerator!

  54. Greengiant June 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Sadly for you mate I don’t support either party. So i’m in nobody’s yard at anytime. The fact as you stated is he gave a favorable to the D L P when he was supporting Thompson. Arthur criticized the poll then too because he was not with Arthur. Now he’s a part of Mia’s ” how great thou art choral ” he writes in her favor. So those are the facts that make him a dependent pollster. What the poll has indicated that should be of concern to all Barbadians is what was stated by Dale Marshall. The disillusionment of Barbadians due to the lack of performance of both B L P and D L P. I don’t know in whose yard you pick your scratch grain, but I would’nt want to be caught in any yard near George or Roebuck Street. My yard is now being built and i’m quite pleased and proud to be part of the new political and social structure for a future Barbados.
    I’ve been educated at both Roebuck and George street for several years and the teachings are no condusive to 21st century developing countries. @Robert Goren.

  55. Alex Alleyne June 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    @D Trimp, The CANADATE that bring the best programme I will vote for him/her. No one will get my vote if the main thing on the plate is “freeing up the weed”.
    They must say to me where are they going to get US$6 Billion from because that is the amount it is going to take to get BARBADOS back on good footing.

  56. Carson C Cadogan June 29, 2017 at 5:29 pm


    “IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Barbados
    June 29, 2017

    End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board.

    The Barbadian economy continues its recovery on the back of stronger tourism performance but improving public finances remains a critical challenge.

    Economic growth in 2016 is estimated to have been 1.6 percent and to have accelerated in the first quarter of 2017 to 2 percent.

    The IMF stands ready to assist the government of Barbados through continued policy dialogue and technical assistance.

    At the invitation of the authorities, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Judith Gold visited Barbados from June 20–29 to review recent economic developments and discuss the 2017 budget. At the end of the visit, Ms. Gold issued the following statement:

    “The Barbadian economy continues its recovery on the back of stronger tourism performance, but improving public finances remains a critical challenge. Economic growth in 2016 is estimated to have been 1.6 percent and to have accelerated in the first quarter of 2017 to 2 percent. The stronger economic performance has supported a reduction in the unemployment rate to 9.7 percent in 2016 from 11.3 percent in 2015. Inflation started to pick up in the second half of 2016 after deflation in 2015, and on a point-to-point basis reached 3.2 percent by end-December 2016 mainly due to higher food prices. ”

    There is the IMF website to go to, but I know the BT don’t allow links, so I wont add the link.

    I am sure that this report is not going to get any coverage from The Nation newspaper or Barbados Today as it does not sit well with the crooked Barbados Labour Party DOOM AND GLOOM agenda. And these newspapers don’t want to offend their friends in the Barbados Labour Party.

    But it is what it is.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan; you`ve got Maureen, CBC., some yard fowls and yourself to push the findings of the IMF., nothing is wrong with that.

  57. Lorenzo June 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Roger Headley I guess by now you know the DLP yardfolws on thiese blogs ,CCC,,zeus ,Greengiant,Kevin,Ras,Big Child,Joan Worrell,Cavil Best,Sticks and Stones and a few others.As soon as you criticize the DLP,they come out the woodwork attacking the messenger in this case Peter Wickham who is a respected Pollster regionally ,what are the credentials of the above persons ?yardfowlism?.I take Mr Wickham,s word over any of them as they have never done any poll in their lives but I know what is their problem,they time of feeding at the trough is coming to an end,hence ther anger .they care nothing of people,s suffering.I say to mr Wickham keep ding your polls up to Election time

  58. Belfast June 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Remind me, why we are paying Bobby a big salary and allowances. What has he achieved since taking up the post?
    If I were in his position, I too would defend the DLP and especially Mr. Stuart.

  59. joan Worrell June 29, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Why does the Editor allow this BLP sheep to bleat the same nonsense over and over. From the time I told it that same sex marriages will not be legalized in Barbados it bleats the same nonsense. It seems to be calling everybody a yardfowl. The language is similar to trickster’s .The two of them seem to have a lot in common.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      @joan Worrell; It beats me when I hear bajans of all people saying, “not bout here,” Barbados is known the world over for that kind of life style many, many years, which is none of my business. I`ll say it again and again, bajans are very deceitful and lives a lie.

  60. Cavil Best June 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Lorenzo and Belfast, must we keep our comments to ourselves and allowed both of you hypocrites and the other political termites to spread your nasty, vicious lies and political propaganda against the Dlp? Oh No! Not me! I will defend my party that I pledge allegiance to whether it is right or wrong just like how you both have allegiance to the corrupt Barbados Labour Party that has lost it soul according to its former leader. What was previous administration paying John Williams to do, Belfast? Do you remember when Wickham was supposed to be supporting the Dlp you guys used to attack him, Lorenzo?

  61. Rumboy June 29, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This DLP is the worse Government in the History of Barbados with a PM and Ministers who do not have any vision except for their bank balance. Too bad to be given a 3rd tetm. They should be banished into the political wilderness for 30 years

    • Carson C Cadogan June 30, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      You have no idea what you are saying.

    • Ras June 30, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Worst Government in the History of Barbados 1986-1976 Tom Adams and Lemme Craigg for the Record
      Ask the PM of St. Vincent if you doubt me.

  62. Donild Trimp June 29, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    @ Alex Alleyne — “The CANADATE that bring the best programme I will vote for him/her”.

    Are you referring to them as “CANADATE” on purpose?

  63. Lorenzo June 30, 2017 at 5:53 am

    John Worrell it is better than being a DLP goat.You are not in George Street where you can attempt to curtail critics freedom of speech by calling them enemies of the state.You are on here every day talking about a 2013 poll,this 2017 with an Election due soonthat can,t help you,so bring your record and come.On the call in programmes [rior to 2007 there were callers like the Trni Dem,Rawle ,Mr P,Ms p,the Taximan,along with moderators like Mr Ellis,Ms McClean,Mr Marshall and others where the BLP was criticized everyday you rememder that or you got convenient memory more licks to come your way.

  64. Johnathan June 30, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Cavil Best you are the female version of the political yard foul since that encompasses the cocks. You are a political yard hen who seem to think bajans ignorant enough to vote for thes clowns again. You should desist from commenting as you are so insignificant and write senseless crap. Should go back to school.

  65. joan Worrell June 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Once again I smell sheep dung . I thought it was a BLP ram but since it drawing up under the trickster, it seems to be a BLP ewe. I would suggest it get tested today.

    • hcalndre June 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      @joan Worrell; if Barbados was a tree, when the wind blows you would be surprise to see who would drop from it, some of the same ones that are saying, “Not bout here.”

  66. Lorenzo June 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    John Worrell that gutter behavior is typical of you low life Dems .If the poll is so insignificant why you on this blog every minute,what are you so afraid of,losing the fatted calf?you are truly a pathetic human being.Why don,t you defend your party,s achievement if there is one rather than the gutter behavior,you sound like a ten year old child.I want to hear you after the elections if you don,t die of heart attack.I gone yardfowl


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