Close poll

The local political climate has not escaped the attention of international ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, which is predicting that the upcoming elections will be “close” despite Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s low rating.

The New York-based agency based its prediction on “divisions” within the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), although it did not mention the most recent poll which found the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was as unpopular as the Prime Minister.

“Despite the unpopularity of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart [of the] DLP, the election is likely to be close given divisions within the BLP led by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley. Both parties have similar priorities – to restore growth and maintain the currency peg with the U.S. dollar,” S&P said.

In addition, the ratings agency said private sector confidence in the current administration had “fallen” on the account of “ineffective and slow policy responses.

“This includes recurrent delays in many investment projects, the failure to enact a comprehensive fiscal adjustment plan, and declines in international reserves,” it added.

22 Responses to Close poll

  1. Greengiant September 27, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Even S&P knows there is division within the ranks of the opposition, but some Barbadians continue to live in denial of this.

    • John Everatt September 28, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Yes this is true however there are also divisions within the ranks of the DLP. Perhaps there is a chance of electing at least a few from the third parties.

  2. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd September 28, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Peter W. Wickham what say u?

  3. Freeagent September 28, 2017 at 6:53 am

    The division in both parties is not the major issue to consider during the upcoming general election. The economy, our social and moral standards and overhauling our educational system to cater to the needs of the majority of our children should be the issues.

  4. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore September 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    There’ll be nothing close about the 2018 election result other than the fact that this DLP will come very close to extinction as a political part. This present BLP is as strong, united, focussed & ready as she has been in years under Mottley’s leadership. The most recent opinion poll conducted a mere few months ago showed clearly that the BLP was more United than the DLP under Stuart. S&P is not on the ground in Barbados to know the general feel of her citizens & is in no position to speak of her political climate. What I feel on the ground is an avalanche of support for Miss Mottley led BLP & an eagerness to dump DEM whenever elections are called. Make no mistake about it, the DEMS will be soundly trashed. Of course, some would dare to take comfort in this folly because it suits their purpose.

    • Carson C Cadogan September 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      You remind me of the polls which the Barbados Labour Party depended on in the lead up to the 2013 general elections.

      The polls all showed a landslide victory for the BLP, going as far as to show a 28 to 2 victory in favour of the crooked Barbados Labour Party.

      Arthur, can you tell me what was the actual result of the 2013 general elections?

      You BLP people love counting your chickens before they are hatched.

      • Randolph September 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm

        The Dems bought the 2008 election.

    • Randolph September 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Arthur Collymore,I agree with you 100%.It will be close to extinction for the Dems.How after all Barbadian are going through,will they vote for this group again.I believe they will try as before to buy the elections.

  5. BIGSKY September 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    It will be close fuh true but not the close you know S&P,it is our Bajan close.THE BLP WILL COME CLOSE TO GETTING ALL THE SEATS.

  6. BIGSKY September 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    It will be close fuh true, but not the close you know S&P,it is our Bajan close.THE BLP WILL COME CLOSE TO GETTING ALL THE SEATS.

  7. Sandy Perkins
    Sandy Perkins September 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

    It will not be a close election.No disrespect S/P you don’t live here.BLP all the way.

  8. Alex Alleyne September 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

    VOTE FOR “CANIDATE” NOT PARTY and keep your sanity.

  9. Johnathan September 28, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Seem as though we have another Russian invasion. What the fu%k they know about division in the BLP? Where is the division?Who is divided?when are they divided?What are the reasons for the division.Ask the rating agency to answer these questions and then ask them how they came to this conclusion. They are really saying that we are cu^&s to have sat that long and accepted Freundel Stuart and his goons so chances are we will vote for them again. Tell them we asre not Americans.
    Bajans have made up their minds to get this load off their backs and no external forces can determine no elections in Barbados.
    I wonder if they heard that the DLP has its surrogates in the electoral office every night padding the voters list. Well let them know we have identified some people that came from St. Thomas to vote in other constituencies and we will deal with them..

  10. Santini More
    Santini More September 28, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Best way to find out if the rating agency is correct about the closeness of the poll is to call the election and let the people decide on the future direction of the country.

  11. Rosemary P. Leon
    Rosemary P. Leon September 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Let the PM call the elections and we will prove or disprove.

  12. Kevin September 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    So wunna cussing S&P very quickly now on this issue, lol. Arent they to be believed on this one too?

  13. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    The polls in Barbados were always close. Barbados is a small country. St. Mark’s Centre close to St. Catherine’s club, St. Catherine’s School, St. Philip School and a hosts of other polls. So S&P correct.

  14. Helicopter(8P) September 28, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Almost every thing that is financially lucrative comes from the off shore of Barbados people please place this in your craniums. Our agriculture need lots of input and focus and our production levels of produce need to be increased by national effort not partisonship!

  15. Greengiant September 28, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Amazing how the supporters of these two older parties get hot under the collar whenever anything is said that’s not in their favor. Lol, why can’t we all face the facts that there’s division within the rank and file of the B L P. The article clearly mentioned the B L P so I won’t even mention the D L P.

    We know that Arthur created his own B L P with the politics of inclusion. That faction is still alive and kicking even though under the inside influence of another B L P senior and the external influence of Arthur.

    I would like a reply from some of you on the possibility of the parliamentary group advising the G G that a different elected member will lead the country instead of the current opposition leader should the B L P form the next government. This is s very strong possibility. If you B L P supporters don’t realize this, then you are all asleep at the wheel, and this is not safe driving.

  16. Sylvan Greendge September 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I agree with Freeagent. The next general election must have moral standards and ethical conduct of our leaders as part of our decision as to who forms the next government. Without such qualities we would simply be spinning top in mud.

  17. lorenzo September 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    GreenGiant why you always onthese blogs defended the DLP and attacking the BLP and claiming that you do not belong to the DLP?All your attacks are on the BLp never the DLP and you want us to beeive you are not a Dem give me a break.The Agency claims there are divisions in the BLP which may be true but you forgetting the eager 11 in the DLp,thse members are still there so there are divisions in both parties so be fair for once in your life and stop being so one sided if that is possible with you.

  18. TheBDLP September 29, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    ALL the SAME


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