Change coming

‘Third parties’ could turn the tide, say leading proponents

The leader of one of Barbados’ newest political parties is warning of a political upset in the next general election.

And if Apostle Lenroy Scantlebury’s prediction holds true, neither the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) nor the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will receive a clear mandate from the people in the next poll, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

While warning that Barbadians are ready for change, the leader of the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA) has expressed confidence that the so-called ‘third parties’ will unseat the ruling DLP and keep the BLP in the proverbial political wilderness after the election bell is rung and the final votes are tabulated.

Scantlebury, who announced last month that his NBKA would contest the next poll, further cautioned that the votes of Barbadians were not divinely prescribed to either the BLP or DLP, which have taken turns in ruling this country since independence.

Apostle Lenroy Scantlebury

“If our parties would make a decision to would work together to present to this nation 30 of the best possible candidates that we can present to them, the two ruling parties have a whole lot in store coming to them in the next general elections,” said Scantlebury during the official launch of another new political party, the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM), on Tuesday.

BIM’s leader Neil Holder echoed Scantlebury’s position and dismissed the common reference to their groups as ‘third parties’.

Neil Holder

In fact, he contended that “BIM by virtue of being small . . . is not a third party.

“We are an alternative and we will win the next Government of Barbados . . . I am confident that I will not lose my deposit,” Holder told the gathering at Divi Southwinds on Tuesday night.

However, Scantlebury repeatedly used the term ‘third parties’ to emphasize the relevance of these groupings, while insisting that their time had come.

In fact, he said there were “just a few people across our nation who are still of the opinion that Barbados is not ready for a third party.

“Barbados is ready for a third party. The best possible time for the emergence of such a party is now,” he stressed.

Barbadian hurdler Ryan Brathwaite (left) was one of the supporters at the BIM launch. Centre is BIM Campaign Manager Gladstone Licorish. At right is BIM leader Neil Holder.

In response to the suggestion that “third parties are only coming to split the votes”, Scantlebury said it was “about time the votes are split”, while contending that contrary to the belief held by many individuals “that the votes in Barbados are already parceled out to these two parties [the BLP and the DLP], the votes belong to the people, and the people can vote wherever they want to vote and for whomever they want to vote”.

In a further challenge to the two major political groups, he said: “We want to send a clear message to the Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party, the new parties in Barbados, we are not third parties, we are the alternatives. We are here to do our part  . . . to let Barbadians know that a new breed of leadership has come to Barbados.

“For those who believe that the halls of Parliament belong to select few we have another thing coming for them. The time for change, for betterment, for greatness, and the time for glory in Barbados is here and it is now.”

28 Responses to Change coming

  1. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan August 3, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I can’t see it

  2. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan August 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I’m not saying that it cannot happen, but historically Barbadians don’t put too much stock in third parties or independents. I can’t see this

  3. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell August 4, 2017 at 12:46 am

    We had one Apostle who said God was going to heal a late Prime Minister which never happened..i do believe God can heal…now another is predicting his party will win the next election..lets wait and see

  4. Jack Hanma
    Jack Hanma August 4, 2017 at 1:29 am

    What’s funny is that these guys already look dishonest… Just saying

  5. hcalndre August 4, 2017 at 1:59 am

    They are all false prophets, the money they take from their flock is not enough? time to bring that integrity law. The MOF wants a Revenue Court, what about a Court that will deal with missing funds like the $44.8m from the health care budget that the Dr. Colin Alert asked the DLP to give an account for and all other moneys that get loss in the shuffle also.

  6. Mark Adamson August 4, 2017 at 2:17 am

    It is intellectually dishonest and improper for anyone to label these newer political organizations as “third parties”.

    There are about eleven parties in existence in this country – including the older DLP and BLP.

  7. Natalie Murray
    Natalie Murray August 4, 2017 at 3:12 am

    DLP cronies!!!!!

  8. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 4, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Them cannot even win a seat

  9. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe August 4, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Bajan voters have already tried “crazy” change – doubt they will do it again – keep dreaming

  10. Greengiant August 4, 2017 at 6:19 am

    While I support alternatives to the historical BLP and DLP choices. Neil Holder?

  11. d-coolie-man August 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

    all two uh wuhnuh gine will not get 37 votes uh piece..

  12. clint August 4, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Church and state should be separate. Enough said!

  13. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave August 4, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Just wait and see , anything can happen in a split second , we might be surprised . God sees and knows what’s happening in this country .. So never say it cant

  14. Randolph August 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

    These fella are bare jokers.Bajans are no fools and will show them on Election Day.Not one of them will save their deposit.

  15. Ralph W talma August 4, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Sorry Gentlemen, you will lose your deposits as now is not the time for such propaganda.

  16. Bashment Granny Greenidge
    Bashment Granny Greenidge August 4, 2017 at 7:41 am

    God is who in control he know best

  17. Ralph W Talma August 4, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Sorry Gentlemen but I do not think now is your time. The BLP hopefully will win.

  18. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes August 4, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Instead of talking about false prophets and people looking funny why don’t some of you come forth if you are not satisfied. At least some people have the guts to offer themselves to be slaughtered. You all hide behind a device and squabble like a bunch of little girls. If Martin Luther King had just sat on his backside and did nothing, what would have happened. Even if a person looses in the end who is going into to anything thinking that they will loose. Do you people have better choices? Typical Bajan response I suppose, just criticise but ain’t finding no solutions. The thing that gets me in some of these comments are the ones that come from our men or should I just say males, they nit pick and insult worst than little children.
    As for talking about people from the church not getting please read the word of God. It was not called the church in those times but who did God choose as leaders. It was never intended that the ungodly should rule nations but that is what mankind got because of their disobedience. Most Bajans seem to think that the only people who can qualify to be a politician is a Lawyer or some with Dr before their names.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine August 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Well said, Bonita Weekes. They are contented with the nonsense the two parties do and simply change them every eight years to do the same nonsense. I am all for the alternative parties, but you see the apostles’s prediction that right there is causing a hell lot of concern.

  19. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes August 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Correction……People from the church not getting into politics please read

  20. Samantha Walker August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Integrity Legislation or the Freedom of Information Act…..Which parties are talking bout these for the people, when we hear and see some sign of these coming, we know they will be THE party for THE people !!

  21. Concerned Man August 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    The word “deposit” in itself sends shivers down my spine. What amount of interest and returns will be sought after from the proceeds of the “deposit” I wonder…..

  22. Jim Lynch August 4, 2017 at 10:22 am

    A person gains experience from experiences – winning or losing. Our two “Labour” parties have nothing left to offer but the same old, same old lies, promises, thieving and wastefulness.

    I would suggest that the coming election is a time for all Bajans – dedicated yard fowls included – to disregard all the old promises that are never fulfilled, all the old false Labour prophets, and all the old nonsense about “standing up for the people” when in fact all they care about is being re-elected and returning to their ivory towers, far away from the loud smelly electorate.

    There are now alternatives, and they certainly cannot do any worse than this old pair of worn out dancing shoes we are faced with year after year.

    CHANGE. It’s not going to kill you.

  23. patty August 4, 2017 at 11:40 am

    i agree church and state should stay separate and those who call themselves christians should stop trying to be so political…spend these last days on earth promoting God and His second coming

  24. Frank White August 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I have no issues with any of these guys, especially the Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, as he has a really good heart and means well for the people of his community…

    The reality however is that we all know how the Bajan mentality is, which is one of now willing to try anything new so i don’t anticipate much votes coming these guys way…

    You still have to applaud them for their bold approach…

  25. Andrew Simpson August 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    If only these geographical constituency representatives would determine in their minds, up front, that honestly representing voters would entail the selection of qualified professionals, to manage the various economic sectors, rather than installing themselves into these management positions after being elected, then we might be in for a positive change in the way our country is run.
    Vote to break up the traditional partisan monopoly in the house to split the votes. I pray for the day that no party has a majority and for every major decision in referendum. This might be achieved through the formation of a constituency empowerment department on a digital direct participatory democracy platform, with voters registered online using their ID # and secure password. Proxies to civic organizations or the church would be allowed.

  26. colleta August 4, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Bajans are no fools, why people keep voting for the same two parties every five years? Just to be taken for a ride down a rough

  27. Waiting August 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t think that we wouldn’t vote for a third party or one other than DLP & BLP but when they appear 2 years before elections, I will question it. Lets see if they remain vibrant after the elections and make some impact on the scene then I will consider them. I want to see a track record of stickability, commitment.


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