Ring The Bell!

Political scientists repeat call for early election

Two of Barbados’ leading political scientists have reiterated their call for Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to call early elections so the country’s critical economic and social problems can be addressed urgently.

Political scientist and pollster Peter Wickham and retired Dean of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Social Sciences Dr George Belle were firm in that call, with the latter suggesting that the current administration is bankrupt of ideas to fix the country’s woes.

“The longer they stay in office, the more they damage Barbados and all of its sectors. That is the reason why it should call elections immediately. The question is how much damage they can do to Barbados in the period between now and whenever Prime Minister Freundel Stuart decides to call an election,” Belle told Barbados TODAY.

He argued that Democratic Labour Party (DLP) parliamentarians should also be concerned about their political future because they too will be negatively affected the longer the party stays in office.

“Some of them still naively believe that they can become more popular or that their policies could be successful when in nine years they have failed. At this stage, the Prime Minister is still insisting that his policies have not failed and that is effectively ridiculous,” Belle contended.

Though not always in agreement with the retired lecturer in political science, Wickham was on the same page with him on the call for an early poll.

“What Barbados really needs is an election,” he said.

“Political scientists have agreed on very little in this time and one of the positions we have agreed on is that. An election will solve these questions. These problems cannot be solved outside an election. The challenge is that there is no facility to demand or request an election, so we have to go through this process of demonstrating the extent to which all of these processes are pointless before we get to the real meat of the matter.”

The pollster argued that an election would either force the DLP to come up with a plan if Stuart did not have one or, alternatively, give way to someone else with a plan.

During separate interviews with Barbados TODAY both Belle and Wickham also addressed Stuart’s role in last week’s Social Partnership meeting at the Hilton Barbados Resort, although they had different takes on the issue.

Belle questioned Stuart’s chairmanship of the meeting, arguing that the role should have been delegated to Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.

“What I saw there was a Prime Minister who, because the Government adopts the role of chairman of the discussion, hid behind the chairmanship so that he would not have to comment or participate really in the more potentially important areas of the discourse.

“He hid behind the chairmanship and handed over every question, financial or labour related, to Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler. In a sense, he strung out Sinckler and I think it was unfair to Sinckler. Sinckler has been playing this role of the sacrificial lamb for the party, probably in the hope of some returns later,” he argued.

The political scientist further contended that the country saw no leadership from the Prime Minister, only a “pedantic summation” at the end of the discussions.

But Wickham argued that Stuart’s performance was consistent with what he believed to be his function as the country’s political leader.

“Stuart has repeatedly said that he sees his role as Prime Minister as a facilitator for others to make a contribution and that is what he did at the meeting on Friday. He facilitated Minister Sinckler in responding and saying exactly what he said,” Wickham reasoned.

“Stuart has no desire to take control of the situation nationally. I think that we would have been foolish to expect that he would have done something different to his consistent position, which is that the ministers will run the Government, while he supervises as chairman,” the pollster told Barbados TODAY, reiterating that Stuart’s style of leadership was not one of engaging the public.

“He has no desire to engage on these issues. None. He has a desire to chair and to facilitate and that is exactly what he did.”

Wickham said Barbadians should not expect Stuart to change at this stage of his political career.

“That is his articulated and defended leadership style. He is not moving away from it now. He wants to be a chairman, not a leader,” he argued.


Source: by Neville Clarke

36 Responses to Ring The Bell!

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer August 17, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Ring the bell or stay in hell…lol

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba August 17, 2017 at 7:38 am

      the latter is the better place

  2. Zeus August 17, 2017 at 2:35 am

    I would have taught that these two experts would have told the bajan public that coming out of this meeting the arguments from the unions and private sector justified the march and why the nsrl should either be removed or reduced …ithen they woyld have had reason to make an argument for an election call ..neither of them are economist so for them to say an election result will cause a change in the economy these two men shpuld be the central bank gov and the mof

    • The Don August 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Remember that one of them is a prime hater of the DLP FLO and his words for year always reflects that. Education isn’t common sense but once a yard fowl, one will only see their chosen people’s agenda as paramount.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn August 17, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Who really want the government to call election. DLP or BLP.? After every thing is destroyed then they will call election. He won the last time by talking long so he believed that the same thing will happen again. The only people that can force him to call election are those unions.

    • Sherwin Patterson
      Sherwin Patterson August 17, 2017 at 4:55 am

      Make it happen

    • Chris Barnett
      Chris Barnett August 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

      = Genuinely an individual would have to have serious mental issues to REASON IN HIS/HER MIND THAT WITH ALL THE VARIABLES IN PLAY to rationally put your tick for DLP in 2018 this is a FUNDAMENTAL FACT !

    • Chris Barnett
      Chris Barnett August 17, 2017 at 9:59 am


    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba August 17, 2017 at 11:36 am


  4. Me August 17, 2017 at 5:24 am


  5. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 17, 2017 at 5:28 am

    These people are greedy and prefer to see the CITIZENS suffer before surrendering they seats.

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield August 17, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Right down to the last five cent in the treasury they intend to go. Why wants to give up the good life?

  6. sandy perkins August 17, 2017 at 7:12 am

    It is awful what they are doing too the citizens of Barbados.I think the only thing that can save this country now is early elections,like yesterday.We are suffering under the leadership of this administration.

  7. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton August 17, 2017 at 7:27 am

    These people are delusional and actually believe they are making progress. They are going to drag on the agony.

  8. Tennyson Drakes August 17, 2017 at 8:22 am

    There is a saying “be careful what you ask for, you might just get it”. The USA asked for Trump and they got him. What a thing.

  9. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron August 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Don’t call it until boxes finish count.. remember 2013… money talk votes sell ..
    When some ppl see money then forget everything ….

  10. Patrick August 17, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Fools, the BLP said the country is broke like George Belle who is looking for a job, where is the money going to come from to do these things?
    They are against taxation of any sort, you have to wait until elections are call or attempt something foolish and be made an example.

  11. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett August 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    = GET OUT GET OUT GETTTTTT OUTTTTTT!………………………….. [ Genuinely an individual would have to have serious mental issues to REASON IN HIS/HER MIND THAT WITH ALL THE VARIABLES IN PLAY to rationally put your tick for DLP in 2018 this is a FUNDAMENTAL FACT ! ]…………………..BUT LIKE IN AMERICA every one brain processors ain’t as fast as others so the intelligent individuals are left to suffer with them and their decisions

  12. Heather Williams
    Heather Williams August 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    True. His style of leadership is also to delegate to others while he sits back and wait for results. Poor leadership has destroyed his party and what it use to stand for .

  13. Patrick August 17, 2017 at 8:33 am

    These so called intellectuals like George Belle and Tennyson Joseph, the latter a failed politician, have never run a business in their entire life but want to run a government.
    They are parasites to the state, lived all their lives off tax payers and have never given back anything.

  14. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv August 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

    He became prime minister once by the real prime that died and second by admitting he lied and party to be Government of Barbados,He would had never be chosen to be no prime minister his ministers knows that was they ever a vote between him and David Thompson to lead that party, I doubt why Thompson choose him I doubt that too.

  15. Arturo Edward
    Arturo Edward August 17, 2017 at 9:09 am

    .. And a team of Lawyers will save Barbados…

    • Ryan Videodv
      Ryan Videodv August 17, 2017 at 9:26 am

      At lease if them must lie them going be better at it than him.

  16. fritz oneal August 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

    So if the PM calls an early election and it doesn’t go the way the experts expect it to, then will the economy be attended to as they’re trying to imply/suggest?

    Suppose the Dems win again? What happens to the economy then?

    You guys have agendas!

    • BaJan boy August 17, 2017 at 9:20 am

      You are obviously one of the dumb Dems. When he won last time didn’t he send home 4000 people to save the collapse. Now he will go the IMF something which he will not do before elections.

  17. Marcia Applewhaite
    Marcia Applewhaite August 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Sad if it is said dem drunk and I can tell you for a fact,one seeking a seat came to my house smelling like a rum shop,no lie,eyes red and face puffy and all.Politicians taking the people for granted.Not voting until I see God make a divine release of genuine leaders.We need Godly leaders,time for anything goes to stop.

  18. Milli Watt August 17, 2017 at 9:18 am

    one billion owed to a government accumulated………this country believe that it can go on without paying its debts. This country believes that the Mottley crew got the answers that would ensure they live beyond their means. THINK AGAIN……..wickham can go and do with belle what he does……………………

  19. Patrick Cozier
    Patrick Cozier August 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Only the PM can ring the bell and he will not bend to the pressures from anyone to ring it early. He will not cut short his tenure and will run it out to the end, likely May. So let us not waste our breath calling for early elections it is not going to happen, the PM and his party has a 5 year mandate and he is not cutting that short. Period.

  20. Kathy August 17, 2017 at 10:57 am

    There is a saying “If greedy wait. hot will cool”. Why are we in so much hurry to take control. If something is for you, you will get it.
    Just remember that government is a continuum.

  21. Sanky August 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    You all have been asking for the bell to be rung now for a few years. Do you think that with only a few months to go “the bell will be rung”?
    Just shut up about ringing a bell, because the only bell that will be rung is the school bell in September.
    Let us try to ensure that when that proverbial bell is rung that we are ready to throw dem out……the ringing in your ears right now is only tinnitus.

  22. jrsmith August 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    The black bajan masses ,the voters continuously keep dodging the real issue in barbados………………. the politicians how they have the people in… (lock down )… how they treat the people , how they lie to the people , how they show no real concern for the people,, how our bajan people is frighten of the politicians and scared of the 1%ers ,how the barbados politicians show our people no respect, the politicians , do what they like when they like, say what they like when they like ……..this show how they are not accountable to anyone………………………………………

    @,fritz Oneal, hail, hail , right on the button your (9:10) I have been saying the same for months, if the government is return to office in the upcoming elections ,what will be the out come of our country, we are done………………….Our people could have done nothing but wait for an election to rid our country ,of a fail political group of non productive people, with a top heavy political infrastructure , much too large for a island the size of Barbados….
    ………………………..We need to protect our people from the politicians, not only in Barbados but through out the region, day after day we see the failings of our politicians, most of whom cant even manage a 2 door rum shop…………
    My take we in barbados should start the ball rolling on our island we need an act of parliament , namely so the (Accountability Act 2017 ) which give our people, the automatic right to remove from office the (MPs )using the same votes which put them there if they are not working on or behalf of the people ……………………
    We must not allow what happen in the past 9 years to ever happen in barbados again, we want our democracy back……….

  23. bk August 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    right, so when the bees win the next election how long will we have to wait till their distasteful arrogance raises its ugly head again, 5yrs, 10yrs?. Then what back to the Dees? Stupse. Bajans tired of being ridden by politicians. Ya’ll yard fowls and paling cocks need to hush up, we tired of hearing wunna drivel, down with the D-BLP. Six one way, half dozen the next.

  24. jrsmith August 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Must further add , the legislation would be in place to keep the politicians under control, from now till kingdom come ………..

  25. Mark Adamson August 18, 2017 at 5:14 am

    The below is a copy of a very recent Facebook post by me.


    Mottley’s advisor Mascoll shamelessly concedes that the BLP has had NO PROPOSED SOLUTIONS to the political economic and financial problems facing the country.

    I continue to argue most vehemently that Dr. Clyde Mascoll is a very overrated intellectual in this country.

    As a person who has been saving and studying the content of numerous column pieces of Dr. Mascoll in the Daily Nation newspaper, on Monday, day before yesterday – I came across a physical archive, a previous column piece entitled – Get back to the ART of things – in the Daily Nation newspaper, Thursday, May 22, 2014, and which represented the following: “When I make statements such as “information which I put in the public domain cannot be questioned by anyone”, it is not an idle boast; it is simply because the principles of ART (To be Accurate, Reliable and Timely) have informed my public pronouncements and will continue to do so”.

    Now, having been over time reflecting on such haughty boastfulness of Dr. Clyde Mascoll, since the time of that column piece’s emergence and my reading it, I came across another poor display of hubris in a later column piece entitled – Poor Leadership heaviest blow – dated April 14, 2017 and which, in part, went: “Last week, I wrote that the ultimate task of the leadership of any country is to find solutions to existing problems and anticipate some that are coming. It must be obvious that a serious opposition party WOULD ALSO BE ENGAGED (my capitals for emphasis) in a similar process, especially when it is clear that the Government has failed. Nobody ever asked the previous Opposition to present solutions to solve the country’s economic problems in 2008”.

    Then I saw and read another column piece captioned – PM hiding behind the veil, dated 20 April, 2017, and which went also, in part: “There is a naivete in some quarters and a wickedness in others that seem to be inspiring the call for the Opposition Leader to put her policies and programmes in the public domain. Apart from criticising the performance of the Government, an Opposition’s major weapon IS TO DESIGN (my capitals for emphasis) a sensible alternative approach, which has as its major strength, timing”.

    Furthermore, I saw and read the most damning of all these Mascoll written column pieces that have so far been touching on the subject of solutions to the political economic and financial problems that have long been besetting this country – captioned – How the economy works, in the Daily Nation, Thursday, August 10, 2017. The piece reads, inter alia: “One thing is certain. No one person has all the answers to Barbados’s economic problems. BUT ANYONE WHO HAS SOLUTIONS MUST HAVE DONE A LOT OF RELEVANT RESEARCH (my capitals for emphasis). The search for solutions must start with an understanding of the basic workings of the Barbados economy. This must be followed by what has gone wrong. The solutions will flow from a historical analysis that is both qualitative and quantitative. Barbadians can rest assure that the relevant research is being done and not by one person. The FINDINGS (my capitals for emphasis) will be shared with you in the fullness of time”.

    Now, going back to Mascoll’s own ART principles and applying them to the above cited representations it is clear that not only can many of Mascoll’s assertions be questioned, but following on from such representations, the conclusion is reached by me is that Mascoll’s credibility and believability has become seriously and severely tarnished.

    For, there is no accuracy coming from this academic when instead of providing proposed SOLUTIONS/ALTERNATIVES to many of the said problems – he – in this sense – is seen pointing readers to the futurism of FINDINGS resulting from RESEARCH.

    There is no reliability coming from Mascoll when instead of presenting proposed SOLUTIONS/ALTERNATIVES, Mascoll – in these senses – attempts NOT ONLY to mislead and hoodwink readers by typing about providing RESEARCH FINDINGS RATHER THAN providing PROPOSED SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS, BUT ALSO has been misleading and deceiving readers into believing that the BLP has been dealing with/coming up with SOLUTIONS, when, as he has clearly imputed, any PROPOSED SOLUTIONS from the BLP can only come AFTER RESEARCH HAS BEEN COMPLETED, which, too, as he has intimated in his last column piece, has not been finished yet.

    And there is no timeliness coming from this former self-styled intellectual and political DLP leader when Mascoll himself leaves the reader of his column entirely uncertain as to the time when these research FINDINGS are going to be released to the public and, furthermore, when the proposed solutions are going to be unveiled.

    Finally, what is pellucidly clear from all of the above is that NOT ONLY has Mottley, Mascoll, Straughn and the BLP been only criticizing the implemented political economic and financial policies and programs of this DLP government – without having any proposed solutions/alternatives of their own, BUT ALSO what Mottley, Mascoll, Straughn and the BLP have absolutely totally not been proving is that they would do better – in executive government – than this DLP has been doing.

  26. Anthony Prescott August 19, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Now or next year…. I think people have very much made up their mind, from those who are not voting, those voting Ds or Bs or for The Father….

    Right now Barbados needs Divine Intervention cos those in power just playing the fool with OUR lives !!

    If they were serious we would have Freedom of Information Legislation and the Accountability Act !! Authority have TOO much in their favour, thats why the country is in a mess…. All they see is $$$$ but dont look at the damage being done while they counting money…..Give us strength Father !!

  27. patty August 20, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Yes we do need Divine Intervention. Let us give God a try in our lives. Mr. Belle and Mr. Wickham, you both need the Lord


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