No spite in this party, says UPP leader

Chairperson of the fledgling United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond has dismissed suggestions that her organization was formed to “spite” any existing political group, charging those who made the claim were “ignorant”.

The former minister in the previous Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration made it clear on Sunday that the formation of the UPP, which was launched this year, had been in the making since 2010.

She refuted the “spite” claims during a public meeting in Eden Lodge where her party launched its St Michael North political candidate, Maria Phillips.

“You would have a set of ignorant people walking around trying to say that you start a party to spite somebody,” Eastmond said. “There are some people in Barbados who are so arrogant that they believe that you would start a political party to spite them.”

Addressing the individuals, whom she did not name, the former BLP Senator said: “This song is not about you. This is something that a number of people have been thinking about for years – how do you make Barbados better; how do you get Barbadians to understand that a democracy is about the participation of all the people, about hearing what all the people think?”

She did, however, refer to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party and the ruling Democratic Labour Party when she charged that the best-qualified and most capable people were being discouraged from entering the political arena.

“There is something that politicians have done to Barbados: It is to make you feel that politics is so dirty – and, indeed, they make it dirty – that you are not to get involved in it . . . . This is what the two political parties have done,” she said.

However, stressing that there was nothing inherently nasty about politics, Eastmond said it was “the people that make it so . . . . because the whole idea is there is supposed to be a political class, and the people in that political class are to protect it for people like them and for their children”.

The UPP chairperson said that as a result of what she sees as protection of the political class, the ordinary people of Barbados who have the right to be political candidates were dissuaded from throwing their hat into the ring.

Eastmond further contended that money was being used to exclude ordinary Barbadians from politics.

“Politics has become the most expensive thing to engage in. That is another way to keep Barbadians out of politics. You make it as expensive as possible,” she argued.

As an example of those expenses, Eastmond said that to stand a chance, a candidate must “plaster” the entire country with posters and billboards.

However, she suggested that spending “millions of dollars to put paper on a pole” was a waste of money.

“By the time the posters start going up you know who the candidate is. So why spend all of that money?” Eastmond questioned, insisting that the real reason candidates were forced to spend was to keep certain people out of politics. 

19 Responses to No spite in this party, says UPP leader

  1. hcalndre July 19, 2017 at 1:02 am

    @Eastmond; do you know anywhere in a democratic society that millions of dollars are not spent in an election? In a small place like Barbados you can go to St. Lucy and shout and you would be heard all over the island, that`s why you can say every one will know who the candidates are by the time the election comes around. Why would you and these people are so eager to gain a seat in parliament other than to look after yourself so you knowing that there is no place in the BLP you decide to come with your party.

  2. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 19, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Mom sorry. You are wasting precious time and money. Your UPP party don’t stand a chance in the next general election. PEOPLE in BARBADOS only see 2 political parties. And that is DLP and BLP. You never won a seat before what make you think that you can win a seat now. I can’t see you getting back your deposit after the next general election. PEOPLE ALREADY MADE UP THEIR MINDS WHO THEY VOTING FOR . And that is the BLP the party that you abandon. It better you ask to rejoined the BLP. They will make you a senator when they win the election 2018. That is just my opinion.

  3. Everick July 19, 2017 at 5:57 am

    You nailed it Angus.

  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

    She was a member of BLP for years even a cabinet member and she never complain about nothing like vote buying nor accountability transparency yet all of a sudden she is seeing the light.Don’t care for any politician in B or D nor any of these fringe political parties in Barbados because regardless of which party wins elections they nothing but mouth pieces for the rich well heel fat cats who are the real power players in Barbados.

  5. Timothy Thomas July 19, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Not a party formed based on “spite” but definitely one based on “hate”. You stated on a lie and you seem bent on continuing on that same road.

    Your true leader Owen, is constantly testing the waters to decide when is the right time to make his announcement. The gentleman seem not to be tired embarrassing himself. He failed in his Mario led coup so he is now trying a new Road. The goodly gentleman is finding life difficult not being in control.

    It is really sad that hate could cause you to be used like a pawn.

  6. Natalie Murray
    Natalie Murray July 19, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Why you did not form a party when you were part of Arthur’s inner circle. Smh

    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith July 19, 2017 at 9:06 am

      She never will have cause the rejected still was getting what it craving for now.. A ministry but she in bad look this time.

  7. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade July 19, 2017 at 8:23 am

    As a blp i think everyone have thr right to do as they like no need to cuss her mia was a young dlp i love blp i was dlp but i am 100%blp but life is funny we married a man aand we wake up and dont want him no more we cuss him but that life we mus just Consentrate on the blp and leave people alone dont worry the blp will win why the blp never win the last time it was 3 people help the blp to lost and some blp never want owen to win my grand tell me always tell me never be to face because the one you like will end up giving you hell

  8. Bobolee Popo July 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

    all of the candidates of the u.p.p. will loose their deposit..
    the tax man will smile and I will still be vex because I will not get my tax-refunds from 2014

  9. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith July 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Vote buying help you to get free money , ppl rejected you and you were given a ministry by Owen , I thought that was sooooo wrong . Stop worrying bout vote buying and go and put on soft shoes and walk bout in the area you running for . Daddy doing it for you is not going to help

  10. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis July 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Time will tell two people start as lovers something happen they become bitter enemies so dont say no spite say not right now

  11. joan Worrell July 19, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Yes Lynette , ignore the morons who are paid to cuss you. I am sure you know them well from the days when they manned the switchboard at Roebuck Street , weeks before election day. Most of them are from St. Michael North East. They were out in their numbers last Tuesday upping de ting. The greatest Prime Minister of all, H.E The RT. Hon. Sir Errol Walton Barrow was a member of the Barbados Labour Party , before forming his own party. Keep the faith. Do what you have to do. My only regret is that you didn’t follow my advice and run for the St. Michael East seat.

  12. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb July 19, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Wait who was lovers lol??

  13. Milli Watt July 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I like this party……imagine Barrow left and struck out on his own and these clowns critical of what this party doing stupse the democracy we practice cannot be the lesser of the evils according to church-hill this place in real trouble if we got these comments coming back

  14. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell July 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Politics is a nasty game..will always be..even those who enter clean will become contaminated..stop fooling wunnaself..cause wunna certainly aint fooling me


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