We’re fed up!

Voters turn on Paul in St Michael West Central

The road to a possible third consecutive term will not be smooth for Member of Parliament for St Michael West Central James Paul, who will have to navigate the massive potholes of apathy and a strong demand for change.

Paul barely scraped through when he was first elected in 2008 on a Democratic Labour Party (DLP) ticket, beating then opponent Rommell Marshall of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by a mere 25 votes.

However, he was able to grow his support five years later, gaining 2,239 votes in 2013, compared with 2,167 in the 2008 election.

At the same time, the BLP, represented by Ian Gooding-Edghill in 2013, lost support in the constituency, its total number of votes dropping to 2,046 from 2,142 in the previous poll.

However, since his 2013 performance, much of the goodwill which the constituents clearly demonstrated now appears to have waned and is replaced by voter apathy and open hostility.

Signs of such apathy emerged during an engagement with a middle aged female resident of Belfield, during a Pulse of the People random survey by Barbados TODAY.

“I don’t want anybody to represent me. All [politicians] is the same. [I do] not [want] James Paul [to represent me]. I never see he,” the woman, who preferred anonymity, said.

Similar sentiments were expressed by her neighbour who also wanted to remain anonymous.

“I don’t want nobody to represent me. I voted last time, but not again,” she said, without revealing who she voted for in 2013.

Another Belfield constituent who asked to be referred to as Tom Jones, was not at all pleased with the level of representation from Paul, a Government backbencher who heads the Barbados Agricultural Society.

“I am fed up with the way my brothers and sisters are treating us in this country. The Indians and the Syrians or whoever live here are getting on up and black people that is running this country and looking after us is not looking after us in the way they should,” said Tom Jones, a bus driver.

He stressed that having pledged to do its best, the Freundel Stuart administration had nonetheless turned its back on the people.

Therefore, he said he could not make up his mind as to who would get his vote.

There was also John, as he preferred to be called, who had no room in his heart – or any intention to vote – for the incumbent.

“Whoever the BLP representative [candidate] is, that is the person I will go with,” John declared as he stood at the door of his Belfield home.

His neighbour, who only wanted to be known as A Resident, echoed the sense of apathy already expressed by her fellow constituents.

“None uh them don’t make no difference to me. I don’t care who get in or out . . . I don’t plan to vote again,” she said, while not saying who she supported previously.

Over in Grazettes there was much hostility towards the DLP from a husband and wife who sat in their verandah.

“I don’t want to hear none of them,” the husband blurted, explaining that Government owed the family some $27,000 in outstanding rent.

“I don’t want to hear about them either,” his wife added in a terse response.

In another section of Grazettes, Shurland Henry spoke from his window, and though he saw both major parties as one and the same, he said the sitting MP should not expect his vote.

Shurland Henry

“Well, honestly, based on how the political environment is, you got to ask yourself the question, if there is any difference between the two major political parties.  But as I see it right now, I would prefer the Barbados Labour Party to give a chance to bring us out of this economic situation that we find ourselves in right now,” Henry, an upholsterer, told Barbados TODAY.

Paul also cannot count on the vote of a retired engine room operator with the Barbados Light & Power Company, who gave his name only as Stephen.

He said he intended to cast his ballot for the BLP’s Gooding-Edghill.

“If you want to know who I voting for . . . I voting for the BLP,” he said matter-of-factly.

On the other hand, neither candidate can expect the support of Eric Forde, a 56-year-old father of four daughters.

Eric Forde

Forde said he has never voted and he intended to keep the streak alive.

However, Garfield Savoury, a retired labourer from Grazettes, along with his Fairfield neighbours Cephus Parris, an amputee; an artisan who preferred to be called Mr Atherley; a plumber who wanted to remain anonymous and housewife Yvonne Lashley, all support Gooding-Edghill.

Ceiphus Parris
“Stephen”

Nevertheless, Paul can count on businessman Andrew Walker to deliver, not just Walker’s vote, but also those of four other members of his household.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

12 Responses to We’re fed up!

  1. jrsmith August 12, 2017 at 5:06 am

    This is what I am on about ,lots of black people in barbados frighten to openly make any comments about politic or politicians.

    This sums it up ……………I dont want nobody to represent me, all politicians is the same………………this is where we are at a juncture of despair…………………..We must not allow any political party to stand our people throats again… ………………………….
    We cannot no longer vote for politicians just to secure they jobs for 1 or 2 terms , but in return our people being hang out to dry., because politicians only looking after themselves , because they dont care and is not accountable to anyone , but is taking side with the 1% of the people who control our country…………….
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    What I want to see our politicians in the same …lock down ……as the position our people are in,, we need to control them… our people need the automatic right , that the same vote they cast to put (MPs) in office is used to remove them if they are not working for or on behalf of the people who support them………
    We need an (Act) of Parliament namely the (Accountability Act of 2017 ) this for the people of barbados to start taking our country back……………………………………………………………………

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    • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Jrsmith – well said. But what you are saying will not happen because this people concentrate on all of the WRONG THINGS and put their trust in wicked men and women. But believe you me – this pressure cooker that they are creating will explode and in their faces. This people like to be led on a string under illusions of prosperity when there is none. The politicians themselves feed on this and play them like a wind up toy. This people only recognize the nonsense of these politicians when they are coming into the 9-10 year stretch in office. So things work perfectly. All the time the 1% there is well fed and the 97% in the same position.

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      • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 5:38 am

        “The Indians and the Syrians or whoever live here are getting on up and black people that is running this country and looking after us is not looking after us in the way they should,” said Tom Jones, a bus driver”.

        Now this is yet another problem we have as a people. We can only talk about these people without seeing the real issues. The worst thing for a person is to think he or she is sound when they are not. These people were not slaves, this people know ALL of their HISTORY and CULTURAL NORMS. These women will never be seen half naked or in some cases naked with no beer bottle in them hand on the floor with multiple men………… And then raising their children to do the same. You people play out the cultural norms you were given meanwhile feeding the hog. These people are here with a plan and strategies to monopolize so just leave them out. Until you get your minds right and your act together don’t bother to talk about these people.

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        • Jennifer August 12, 2017 at 5:43 am

          You cannot put new wine into old skins. Nor sew an old piece of cloth onto a new piece. The minds of this people needs to be regenerated. The old script needs to be rewritten. This is why the faux lions will continue to eat the faux lambs, until you people realize who the true lions are.

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    • Erica August 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      You can say that again. It’s like you do or you damn. If you don’t go to vote you are giving up your rights as a citizen. Not forgetting allowing the wrong party to get in. Then again if you do go, you might wind up putting someone who doesn’t give two hoots about you or the country. It’s something I rustled with for years. Very few of these people care anything about the country or the people who lives in it. It’s like a crapshoot you roll your dice, see what comes up. My philosophy is don’t expect too much from these people and you won’t be disappointed. There are all from the same pod. A lot of sweet words at election time and nothing else after.

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  2. jrsmith August 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

    @,Jennifer, hail , hail back to the old form.. It must be the act to save us all …. That (Accountability Act of 2017) how and who to direct this to, the opposition but what opposition……………….

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  3. David Hall August 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Am still convinced that the accepted results of the 2013 polls were farcical. Too bad the BLP leader who lost did not do like his losing counter-part in St Vincent and contest the poll in the courts.

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  4. samantha walker August 12, 2017 at 10:08 am

    It is soo sad to see that people are scared of letting anyone know their opinions while you are encouraged in the progressive nations to ask questions and express your opinions. Wow, in 2017 it is sad to hear, if you cant express your opinion you are unlikely to do anything more than that!!

    In addition, if you dont know your history “you are PRONE” to repeat the behaviours….. It is a FACT that the masses dont know their history and dont know they have slave behaviours…… Keep the wheels turning, Willie Lynch did say that we will be self-refuelling for 300 years after Emancipation, so said, so done/being done.

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  5. colleta August 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    People stop looking at the other races, black people can’t live together.

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  6. samanthawalker August 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Black people CAN live together, it is only a mindset and when I was growing up, the adults used to say there is no such word as CAN’T. Anything is possible !!

    You can say that they CHOSE not to live together !!

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  7. Jennifer August 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

    The programming and a lack of identity is what got them can’t live together where ever they are world wide.

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  8. Big pappa September 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’m so glad i left barbados shores. Leaving From around a small minded thinking people have open up my understanding of who I’m. I have a clear picture of the workings of the world systems. The same system that’s in control in barbados now. Startling in the home and schools kids are programs to fail. Politicians in the early days of barbados development cared about our forth farther and mothers. Today, not the case.

    Lets talk about voting. Democracy is not a spectator sport. If you want change you have to put on your fighting gear and go to battle.
    Stop putting people in charge of your futher. Some of thesr don’t have a record of achievement to rin on in they life’s. Start by offering your self as an independence candidate for public office.
    Free from a party control.

    New parties should be given an opportunity to govern. Stop the third party cant win mind set and start paying attention to they message.

    Learn from the pass. Stop inriching politicians and in rich the
    country.

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