Jilted Tannis jumps ship and joins the Bees

After the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) bypassed its own nomination process earlier this year and dumped Patrick Tannis in favour of Rodney Grant as its candidate in St Michael South East, the jilted Tannis had warned that the party would hear from him at a later date.

Today, five-and-a-half months later, the former DLP caretaker spoke loudly, issuing a terse, but stinging statement on Facebook announcing that he was switching allegiance to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

“I am going to join the Barbados Labour Party,” was all he said in the post, failing to provide justification for jumping the DLP ship.

However, it seems likely that Tannis, a minister of the church, had not forgiven the ruling party for unceremoniously jettisoning him.

After the party announced in mid-April that it was replacing Tannis, the career banker had told Barbados TODAY that like other Barbadians he had heard about the DLP’s decision via the media.

In the 2013 general election Tannis lost by a mere ten votes to Santia Bradshaw, who recaptured the seat for the BLP after it was vacated by Hamilton Lashley, who had won it for the party in 2008, before crossing the floor to rejoin the ruling DLP.      

Tannis was retained as the caretaker. However, with the ruling party’s ratings falling drastically across Barbados, it turned to Grant, a community activist who had stunned both political parties when it was revealed in February last year that he was quitting the BLP to seek the nomination to contest on a DLP ticket.

Tannis today promised to grant an interview to Barbados TODAY, but had a change of heart.

His new political leader, Mia Mottley, also refused to comment on the development, telling Barbados TODAY: “I am not dealing with politics today.”

BLP General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott could not be reached for a comment.

Barbados TODAY has been informed that Tannis sent a brief note to DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim and the party’s leader, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, informing them of his decision to join the opposition party.

It was not immediately clear if he gave reasons for leaving the DLP, which is struggling to gain voters’ support amid a crushing economic crisis that has resulted in onerous austerity measures, and led yesterday to the 20th downgrade of Barbados since 2009.

When contacted today, Pilgrim said he would not comment in public on the issue of party membership, while Stuart could not be reached since he is off island and scheduled to return home on Saturday.

The DLP described Tannis on its website as a self-made, successful entrepreneur with a strong commitment to St Michael South East.

“He is a born leader and has been representing Barbadian communities all his life,” the ruling party states.

“Patrick Tannis has the right mix of financial and social skills to become an asset to the DLP parliamentary group, to the people of his constituency and to Barbados as a whole. Give this talented mentor and community leader a chance to fully represent the people of St Michael South East,” it adds.

However, having taken away that chance, the ruling party must now contend with the man it promoted as the best person to represent constituents in Parliament.

The former DLP candidate has not said whether he intends to run for the BLP – the opposition party would have to find him another seat, since there was nothing to suggest that the incumbent would step down – or if he were simply content to campaign for Bradshaw.

In any event, the BLP is likely to see Tannis as an asset, after he came close to winning in 2013, and assurances last year by a member of the executive committee of the DLP’s St Michael South East branch that Tannis would have won the nomination had it been put to a vote.


16 Responses to Jilted Tannis jumps ship and joins the Bees

  1. Greengiant September 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Just imagine, two old ships have been sinking for the last few decades. Yet passengers constantly jumping from one ship to the other in vain.

    Grant was never a candidate, so we can’t say he jumped ship. How does a person stand in a public forum castigating others then a few years later, joining the same group you lambasted earlier? It’s encouraged in Barbados because people vote parties and representation. As I often say, “the ideology of these parties is not that distant that they can’t sleep in the same bed”.

  2. Saundra September 29, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Six or half dozen…you decide!

  3. Moi September 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

    The DLP is sinking and hopefully fast. Enough of the downgrades

  4. Everick September 29, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Here goes Hammie La #2. And people will fall for him as well.

  5. Mark Adamson September 29, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Patrick Tannis told me on two different occasions in recent time that he was going to come me and tell me something.

    Well, if switching from the DLP to the BLP is what Tannis had to tell me, then I am entirely disappointed in him.

    And the next time I see him I will tell him so.

    How can a Pastor go and serve under such a POOR and WEAK political leader as Mottley??

    Is there more in the mortar than the pestle??

    Christians must emerge and take serious and strong stances against fundamental moral and political wrongs that are happening in this country.

    • Ras September 29, 2017 at 11:54 am

      All thee False prophets have to be exposed
      How can a Pastor go and serve in sodom and gomorrah unless he going to convert.

      Now we know that God was never in it
      Tannis, a banker for about 23 years, believes his involvement in politics was “divinely led”. “I believe that it was one of those interventions from above as Mr Hamilton Lashley, Undine Whittaker, my two deceased parents, several of my business contacts, my wife Trisha and all of the pastoral mentors in my life including Reverend Dr Holmes Williams, Reverend Dr Ron Stewart in the USA and Reverend Dr Lucille Baird, all felt strongly that it was a divinely led thing,” he said.
      Divinely led my foot, Fire

      Bun dem jah fire pon all de Sodomites

  6. Adrian Hinds September 29, 2017 at 8:04 am

    But Tannis was never suited to the DLP. He always had the look and attitude of a Bee. The Pastor, Peter Wickham, Mia will make excellent company.

  7. Patty September 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

    It is time that we also understand that morality is fast becoming a thing of the past…If you stand for nothing you will fall for anything. Nobody wants to stand up for right and morality anymore…I bet someone will tell me I have my bias…well so do you as well. We need leaders who along with having good leadership skills, exhibit a level of morality…

  8. archy perch September 29, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Poor Tanni. Just like Taan-e is another reject. Couldn’t get what they wanted within the DLP so they switch to the Bees. SMH. Talk about political whores! Tannis used to always be up in Frundel’s face smiling like a pus C, and kissing a s s. He now gine be under m e ah’s desk eating conk.

  9. Mark My Word September 29, 2017 at 11:26 am

    It is well known that the devil and his minions target pastors and churches that are a threat to his kingdom. Ignorance of these strategies is a cause for great harm and even the failure of pastors and leaders.

    As Satan tried to lift himself to attract praise for himself (Isa. 14:2-4), so he tempts spiritual leaders to perform ministry functions for the adulation of men. This egocentric pattern causes leaders to stumble and lose everything they achieved in the flesh because God resists the proud, and pride comes before a fall.

    It is no accident that the apostle Peter warns of pride before mentioning that Satan wants to devour believers. Pride leads to destruction because it opens up a door to demonic attacks (see 1 Pet. 5:6-9).
    Many spiritual leaders will not fall for obvious demonic temptations, so the enemy often tempts them with good opportunities that are not “God opportunities.” This lack of focus means they never have the energy and time to accomplish their primary purpose. The old adage “less is more” is a relevant saying in this case. Every time a leader says yes to something, he is saying no to something else that may be even more essential to their mission. This dissipation in focus can subtly destroy the main ministry of a spiritual leader.

    Many pastors have actually fallen away from their first love—even though they have correct doctrine and work hard in the church. If they do not repent, Jesus will remove their lampstand (Read Rev. 2).

  10. Waiting September 29, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I know nothing about Mark Adamson but I notice that ALL his contributions are against Mia Mottley. If he is a politician, I suggest that he runs against her in her constituency otherwise he is wasting his time. Put your energy and influence where your mouth is.

    • Ras September 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Guess u Waiting fuh Lil bullbados to become LiL Sodom

  11. petrs September 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    he right. who are you all to tell him which ship to sail on. come abroad pastor. don’t drown

  12. Ras September 29, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Tannis, who was educated at Harrison College and then Barbados Community College, admits that from the time he was a young man, he was able to identify with the DLP. This was easy, he said, coming from a background that “mirrors that of the typical Barbadian experience, which captures social reform programmes to better the person and the family”. Tannis speaks passionately about helping people to become the best they can be. Describing himself as a “balanced Christian”, the candidate, who climbed the proverbial ladder in banking, said he sees life through eyes of appreciation. “As a Christian, I allow people to be the best they can be. I don’t judge.” Tannis said that for him, Christianity and politics did not present a challenge as he believed he was in “good company” when he looked at people like United States President Barack Obama and Sir Winston Churchill, former prime minister in England. “Governments are from God, and the leaders of a country are set up by God,” he said, going on to quote Proverbs 21, which states that “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord”.

    What a bunch of Baloney which God he serving not Jehovah that destroy Sodom and Gomorrah

  13. luther thorne September 29, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    You all seem to be looking for a perfect human being to lead. Where is that who is without going to come from. Stop worrying about other people’s sexuality and look for wunna own salvation. Nobody knows the present PM ‘s sexual orientation.

  14. Greengiant October 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    The reverends and pastors who entered politics are spiritually weak. You’re either in God’s army, Caesar’s army or the Salvation army. If joining the D L P was an error, then joining the B L P is similarly an error.

    @Mark Adamson; He never planned to tell you anything, he just didn’t want to to hear it from the media. He’s ashamed of what he’s done, but shame doesn’t correct anything, only actions. Watch the combination ( Banker, Pastor, aspiring politician). I say no more.


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