Pressing on

BLP will not relent despite poll result, says Thorne

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is not about to take for granted that it has the next general election in the bag, despite the result of the latest opinion poll which puts the party a long way ahead of the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

That was the word Thursday from the BLP’s first-time candidate Ralph Thorne, QC, as he kept campaigning in the Christ Church South constituency, which he wants to wrest from the DLP Member of Parliament, Minister of Health John Boyce.

The survey, conducted by Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) on behalf of Nation newspaper and published in the Sunday Sun, found
support for the DLP at an all-time low of 11 per cent, with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart performing even worse, at eight per cent.

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley was seen as the number one choice for Prime Minister with 52 per cent support, followed by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur with 18 per cent. The BLP garnered 51 per cent support.

Thorne said the result was heartening, and it showed the hard work put in by his party was paying off.

However, he said the BLP would not slow down in its attempts to regain the Government which it lost in 2008, insisting he would play his part by continuing to campaign aggressively in the constituency.

“Canvassing and campaigning is a process that makes one feel humble. The act of asking someone to repose confidence in you is very humbling. The poll just deepens my humility and my commitment to hard work,” Thorne said at the Berinda Cox fish market in Oistins, Christ Church, where he had attended a ceremony to celebrate Fishermen’s Day.

The noted attorney-at-law stopped shy of saying he was confident of victory at the polls.

However, he said constituents had been suggesting it was time for Stuart to ring the election bell, which he saw as an indication that “constituents have made up their minds and that they want to see a new dispensation.

“They want to see a new Government in place quickly,” Thorne told Barbados TODAY, even as he made it clear there would be no time for a honeymoon because of the current economic situation.

“There is a lot to be done in Barbados. We have a lot of young people who are losing hope. That will be one of the main jobs for a new Government. I expect there will be a new Government and that will be one of the main jobs running a new Government. Such a Government will have to give young people hope by addressing unemployment among the youth.”

Seemingly wary of the dangers of making it appear that victory was certain in light of the 2013 election when the BLP was confident of victory, only to be defeated by the DLP, the leading attorney appealed to Barbadians to cast their votes on Election Day.

“I hope that both parties will encourage their supporters and members to take voting seriously because political activity influences everybody’s life in major ways. The
next election is too important a juncture in our lives to miss,” he said.

27 Responses to Pressing on

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore June 30, 2017 at 6:41 am

    We will not relent in our efforts to rid this country of the garbage that is the DLP.

  2. Johnathan June 30, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Absolutely Mr. Thorne Barbadians are calling for Stuart to ring the bell because their lives are in turmoil. They are having difficulties with every area of their lives. We look forward to the day when the BLP recaptures the government and relief Barbadians of this hard life we are now living. Revolutionizing this country will be the task of Mia and her intelligent,highly motivated and well prepared group and we look forward to a new Barbados from this visionary leader. Wish you all the best..

  3. Saga Boy June 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

    @Johnathan. Exactly where is the turmoil? Please explain.

    • harry turnover June 30, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Some ah DEM yardfowls can’t see it and the ones that see it saying it is the BLP that is in turmoil…which category do you belong to ? please explain.

  4. Jennifer June 30, 2017 at 7:27 am

    The ONLY PARTY IN THIS COUNTRY WITH the ABILITY to make things better for the masses are THE PEOPLE’s PARTY. If this people get up and use the power they have as a majority the rest will have to buckle, even if they bring things to a stand still. Until this happens we will continue as a people to take those bull pistle lashes. ALL OF THESE PARTIES ARE KEEPING THIS YOKE FIRMLY AROUND THIS PEOPLE NECK. The same old tactics keep being used on this people with success and no one is even noticing. And the few who notice>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> is that>>>>>>>>>>>>> too few. DIVIDE AND RULE was a masterpiece by the oppressor.

  5. Saga Boy June 30, 2017 at 7:35 am

    @harry turnover. Exactly where is the turmoil?

  6. Tony Webster June 30, 2017 at 8:00 am

    The next five years, post-elections, will be the moment when we secure the future of this country for the next three decades, or alternatively, to consign ourselves, and more particularly, our children, to infinite irrelevance and mediocrity.

    The specific party, or parties, which shall form the next administration, will face the same, unenviable, ultimate task: nothing less than re-inventing Bim Inc.,…not just sticking plasters all over the many sores, boils and warts now adorning the fair face if this beloved place. God be with us, not only on polling-day, but for the whole journey.

  7. fedup June 30, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Polls or no polls i want dee Dems to LOSE.

  8. Sam Clarke June 30, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Keep on fighting the good fight, for the people of Barbados, Mr. Thorne. It is people like you who continue to give us hope in rescuing Barbados.

  9. Cavil Best June 30, 2017 at 8:20 am

    A political grasshopper, hopped from the Beehive in 1990 to Dlp ran two unsuccessful campaigns in 1994 & 1999 hopped back to the Beehive in 2003. A complete loser and will lose again in the next general election the good people of Christ Church South are aware of wolves in sheep clothing.

  10. joan Worrell June 30, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Wickham is going to spoil the BLP chances of regaining the Government by publishing that foolish poll result. First it was Dale Marshall who spoke from the heart saying that he is worried about the number of people who told him that they are not interested in voting and now Thorne with tongue in cheek begging both parties to encourage their supporters to vote. I am sure that he is getting the same negative response as Dale Marshall spoke about on Sunday. When the wind is blowing like that nobody knows who will win and who will not win. Wickham is going to cause the BBBBB’s a pus-back that they didn’t expect.

  11. BaJan boy June 30, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Cavil Best stop behaving like the woman that you are and at sometime let respectability be your guide. I almost said that is how men behave but then again I can say that is how real men behave as you surely aren’t.

  12. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne June 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Forward ever, Backward never.

  13. Breadfruit. June 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    @ Joan

    Yuh man aint leading we nuh moh

    We dun wid DEM ! DEM brek we up too bad! All ah DEm gone!

    Dis time we gine wid de queen B on d throne

  14. Saga Boy June 30, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Ralph Thorne never win anything in he life. He is an opportunist. Give him an incentive and he will be back with the DLP. There was a time he used to Cus Mia.

  15. joan Worrell June 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm


    That kind of talk is what has Thorne and Dale Marshall worried. Don’t forget that there is about a 3 or 5 percent difference in party support. If wunnuh continue boasting based on that foolish poll result, wunnuh not going to recapture the Government. Remember the BBBBB vote is split between the Mia BBBB’S and the former Owen BBBB’S who hate the guts of Mia. The DEMS vote is split between the diehards and the disillusioned. However the more you boast, the more you are encouraging the disillusioned DEMS to hold their noses and vote party. This is going to be a heartbreak for somebody. It wouldn’t be I. If or when things get unbearable, I will return to the cold but I wouldn’t get the fresh green breadfruits. Will have to buy the black ones in Shepherd’s Bush market but they taste good in soup. lol

  16. sticks and stones June 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    OOPS Wrong poll

  17. Big Man June 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Mr.Thorne is correct you can’t depend on Wick Ham poll
    Wick Ham poll said Hillary Clinton was going to Win and she LOST.
    Changing from a PM who has no wife to a PM who has no husband me nah no, I like I ain’t voting

  18. Breadfruit. June 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    @ Joan

    Man you twisting ting to suit wha you want it appear to be.
    De two gentlemans aint worry no worry. Duh just stating that de job aint ovuh because af wha de polls she. duh continue wid duh ground work until the queen B is crowned in a few munts.

    De two gentlemans aint stupid. duh kno dat polls are poll – people just givin duh opinions. duh aint votes or in mean de people dat geh d opinions gine vote at all.

    Only fools would tek d results of poll, or even one poll in did case, as an eventual victory.

    stop twisting wha de two gentlemans she.

    I aint boasting on wha no polls say. I boasting on wha on d ground. All of dem gone because of wha duh do and d third parties aint sayin nutten yet. plain an simple.

    • Breadfruit. June 30, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      she not she

  19. Breadfruit. June 30, 2017 at 9:25 pm


  20. joan Worrell June 30, 2017 at 9:52 pm


    The two men spoke for themselves in English. They don’t need an interpreter. This is what Marshall said in another section of the press ” The growing number of people who have indicated they do not intend to vote in the 2018 general election is worrying Barbados Labour Party (BLP)”. Thousands of Owen worker bees have left the hive and only the queen bee along with a few drones remain. That should tell you that bad weather is predicted for next year.

  21. Breadfruit. June 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm


    Ask he if he worried bout losing d election and he gine tell yuh he is most confident de Blp will come out victorious .

    But you can keep scratching on dat and see if yuh find corn.

    Thousands of owen bees left and thousand of Ds gine turn duh back or stand home. de majority of those dat “do not intend to vote” gine be Ds because of d suffering DEM bring

    Political history and de feeling on de ground is dat the opposition will retain all de seats duh have and de government gine loze quite a few of wha they have.

    So don’t come to me wid no foolishness bout owen bees
    de only thousands of bees owen evuh had were d ones in St Peter

  22. joan Worrell July 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm


    I don’t get that close to any politician to ask him/her any questions. If you feel that the only admirers Owen Arthur had/has, are the ones in St. Peter, you are living in a fool’s paradise.

  23. joan Worrell July 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm


    I do not get that close to any politician to ask him/her any questions. If you believe that the only BLP people who will vote for Owen are the ones from St. Peter, you are living in a fool’s paradise.

  24. joan Worrell July 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm


    Can’t respond as I would like. Comments getting delete like mad. Anyhow for your information, there are more Owen BBBB’S than you can imagine.

  25. joan Worrell July 1, 2017 at 12:42 pm


    My comments are being blocked. Can’t respond as I would like.


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