Threats of gutter politics

Barbados is just over six months away from the next constitutionally due general election and the political climate is heating up with talk of gutter politics assuming prominence.   

Addressing a ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) City branch meeting at the Wesley Hall Junior School on Sunday, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler accused Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) members and supporters of putting out fake news about him and Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley because they are both regarded as difficult to remove from office.

“There are certain people that they have identified that they feel stand in the way of them getting government, and I am one of them. So, they have started this campaign against me and Michael Lashley,” he said, adding, “this is a ‘Get Chris campaign’”.

Without identifying any specific item of false news, though, Sinckler said, “they [BLP activists] intend to put out a lot of fake news, nasty lying information, starting in other places outside of Barbados and migrating into the mainstream …  in Barbados … trying their best to link me and other members of the Democratic Labour Party to criminal activities.”.

But some of our online readers weren’t buying the minister’s claims. “Don’t blame the BLP for the smear attacks. These stories, if any, have been circulating for a long time …. ,” one reader wrote.

“I think it is just careless scandal. I would love my income tax returns and a pay rise and a better economical standard of living but I truly believe that people will go to almost dirty ground level to maliciously confuse the electorate. I do not believe any of the hype. Who ever the electorate decides,” another reader commented.

One of the many persons who commented said that a smear campaign was nothing new in politics. “That is how it goes in high stakes politics. I, as a normal citizen, experience this everyday. People tell lies on me all of the time- usually out of their insecurity. My point is, these things will happen, and have always happened. Toughen up, Chris, and yes, things will get much worse”

Meanwhile, at another DLP branch meeting, party stalwart Derek Alleyne signaled that the DLP was prepared to go into the gutter, if necessary, in order to secure a third straight term in office.

The Director of the Urban Development Commission not only warned that the next election, which is constitutionally due by the middle of next year, will be the “election of all elections”, but that the ruling party was prepared to fight tooth and nail against the BLP.

“It is going to be an election of elections. Who lives with whom is going to come up, as part of that election campaign,” Alleyne said, while urging party supporters “to get on the right side”.

Some online readers took issue with Alleyne’s statement.

“I am convinced that this government (DLP) thinks very little of the people of this country. They believe that Bajans are a bunch of illiterates. That type of gutter politics might have worked years ago, but I doubt it will work this time,” one person wrote.

“After the suffering the people in this country have endured, all the advice that has been given to this government to help revive this country by intelligent people and you two fools feel that you can come with your nonsense about people and morals and that will win an election.”

Another suggested there was no need for that kind of politics.

“Whatever happened to standing on your record of achievements? I don’t think the nation needs entertainment and scandal at a serious a time as elections. It speaks volumes about how the electorate is seen by the political practitioners … looks like the much vaunted free education was for naught, cause clearly these folks think people are stupid.”

However, it seems the gutter politics has started with an attack on Barbados Workers Union (BWU) general secretary Toni Moore by Sinckler at the same branch meeting.

Objecting to statements attributed to Moore regarding concessions for North American retailer Cost U Less, he said: “The Government of Barbados gave the general secretary and the Barbados Workers’ Union tax concessions on a Mercedes Benz. Am I to assume that the reason why she is behaving the way she is behaving is because she feels empowered, if you take it to a logical conclusion?” Sinckler said..

However, in a fiery response yesterday following the island’s latest credit rating downgrade by Standard and Poor’s — the 20th since 2009, Moore said: “I would wish that the Minister of Finance spends less time drawing a connection between our $100,000 vehicle and the near millions [of dollars] that Cost-U-Less has been able to save as a result of the concessions given to them. He also needs to spend more time updating the country on the recent downgrade and the country’s economic situation.”

20 Responses to Threats of gutter politics

  1. Ingrid Bullen
    Ingrid Bullen September 30, 2017 at 10:50 am

    On your march, get set, ready, steady and they are off.

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  2. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis September 30, 2017 at 10:54 am

    If the DLP decided to play gutter politics they are only going back home where DEM feel comfortable

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  3. Santini More
    Santini More September 30, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Did gutter politics get us rated as 128 out of 130 countries by the international rating agencies? If the answer is ‘no’ then I suggest the MoF find other more substantial and consequential topics to spend his time and energy on.

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  4. just observing September 30, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I am sad for my country. Look where some of us have stooped!!! If you indulge in gutter politics remain in the gutter. The majority of us the electorate will not join you there. And you need the majority vote right? Choose your poison.

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  5. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield September 30, 2017 at 11:08 am

    All of them need to stop the nasty behavior and get on with getting Barbados on track. Then again people thrive on gossip and salacious stories.

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  6. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch September 30, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Sigh!

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  7. Rico Seale
    Rico Seale September 30, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Sinclair stop fooling yourself ,u are not difficult to remove from office ,your’e the head one everybody wants gone !

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  8. M.m. Cumberbatch
    M.m. Cumberbatch September 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

    There is always lil trut in the gutter.

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  9. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This gutter politics thing isn’t going to get none of the two parties anywhere, I think Bajans have already made up their minds, and we all know where they are heading.
    As for me I am other fence because neither party, have tickled my fancy.
    One more thing, you all need to stop with the partisan politics and deal with the very serious issues that the island is facing, you are all going to jump out of the frying pan right into the fire, because it is like a reflection, same thing.

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  10. Rowena Small
    Rowena Small September 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    yep

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  11. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow September 30, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    stupes

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  12. Jarmara Chandler
    Jarmara Chandler September 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    They ain’t no threat trust me it’s the *X* u gotta worry about getting

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  13. Ferreira Claude
    Ferreira Claude September 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    2017……. Take Donald Trump for example….. people have gone past gutter politics. Hope and optimism, food on the table and a roof over your head combine with recreation and amenities.

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  14. Monique Wilson
    Monique Wilson September 30, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    These people put all their time and energy on the wrong things. What are you doing is the plan to salvage our economy and reduce crime?

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  15. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 30, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    CHRIS SINCKLER, WHEN BAJANS GOING TO GET THEIR INCOME TAX.

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  16. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed September 30, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    From 2013

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  17. Jus me October 1, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Moderated again

    Does.this rag understand freedom of speach!!??

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  18. Jus me October 1, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Why!!!???
    People are even referring to the DLP, they are a thing of the past.
    A very bad dream.
    Stuart had his time and he destroyed us and all we have worked for.
    Of course ably backed by his henchmen.
    He blew it!! They blew it.
    In life there is life and then death, Stuart has to realise he as a person of consequence to us ,is DEAD.
    We all now wish him buried, deeply buried.
    He or his ilk, must never be allowed to rise again to destroy us and our way of life.

    Anyone who would consider voting DLP, can only be the lowest form of yardfowl.
    Motivated for Self.

    We have to TRASH totally the DLP and the BLP,
    Trash them so badly that for generations, the politicians will remember, this COUNTRY is OURS,and they are elected
    on OUR wishes and PAID by us.

    We must give new blood a chance,.
    I do not believe we survive as a country unless we do.
    You KNOW for sure a new broom sweeps clean.

    Have the courage,take the step, it will be our Salvation and I am sure any New Party will be better than these established groups of
    Corruption

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