Don’t rule out the DLP just yet – Hammie-La

A former Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative is confident that the incumbent party could pull off a third consecutive victory in the next general election, but he is warning supporters that it will not be a cake walk.

Former DLP parliamentary representative for St Michael South East Hamilton Lashley, who also represented the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the House of Assembly at one point, and later sat as an independent before returning to the DLP fold, made the suggestion last night as he threw his backing behind three DLP newcomers.

“We are on the precipice of the social transformation of the Barbadian society [and] this is so because the DLP has produced three young, energetic and exciting candidates to take the battle for it into the next general election,” said Lashley, affectionately known as Hammie-La.

However, he acknowledged that some DLP supporters were disgruntled and apprehensive about leaving their homes to vote on Election Day, while appealing for support for Henderson Williams in The City, Rodney Grant in St Michael South East and Nicholas Alleyne in St Michael East.

“It is so necessary because every single vote will count. The eleven St Michael constituencies must be seen as one constituency and must fight together as a unit to really take the battle to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party,” Lashley said, while suggesting that the next general election would be won and lost in the St Michael constituencies.

“You cannot stay at home in a battle. This is a battle that you would have to secure for your children. This battle must be taken to every gap, every alley, every housing area, every district throughout Barbados,” said Lashley who was especially full of praise for Grant, who he described as “a brother” and a “young man who over the past 40 years was out in the field, particularly in St Michael South East, doing community work”.

Meantime, Grant who recently replaced Patrick Tannis as the DLP’s candidate thinks the constituency could become a “model” one for the island.

“This constituency has always produced leaders. We are not weak, we were never weak. So if we want to sustain this constituency in the long run, I would say to you, find a genuine leader. It is simple. The journey that we have gone through, the struggles that we would have gone through in the 1950s and the 60s were great. I remember being thrown out of offices when I accompanied Hamilton Lashley on visits to solicit help for needy persons. The journey that we would have endured was not for weaklings. It was not for people who did not understand resilience and collective responsibility. It was because we stood together we were able to overcome,” he said.

Grant argued that the people of the constituency must come together to address the problems which confront them and that “we cannot build a country through individualism. If there is one thing that will hurt us as a country, is individualism.

“What saddens me on a daily basis is that most of the people who come to me do not realize that their individual problem is part of a bigger problem. A lot of what we learn, these bad practices [are] rooted in a bad legacy. It was thrust upon us post slavery. If ever there was a time to look to our history to find the strength of our ancestors is now. We have to persevere if we are to build a future for our children and grandchildren,” he added.

65 Responses to Don’t rule out the DLP just yet – Hammie-La

  1. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall October 2, 2017 at 9:56 pm


  2. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe October 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm


  3. Ryan R A Charles
    Ryan R A Charles October 2, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    This seem coming from a man that bailed out on the BLP to join the DLP after the BLP lost!!! BOY BYE!!!

  4. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb October 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    When you have to bring hammie-la out of the archives,this tells you the boat isn’t rocking it is sinking, I say vote ‘dem’ out!

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne October 2, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Oh yes, de water rough/
      De going getting tough/
      De boat is sinking/
      Dems boat is sinking.

  5. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 2, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Two times double crosser.
    Two edge sword.
    Two faces
    Two times switched party.
    Two mouths can’t be trusted
    Two dangerous

  6. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece October 2, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Joker stupse

  7. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde October 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm


  8. John Boost
    John Boost October 2, 2017 at 10:33 pm


  9. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis October 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Hammie want that monthly double figure thousand dollar salary so he would say anything he in my opinion should go to a lawyer and rename himself hammie jump he jumps from party to party maybe he will join u.p.p next

  10. Greengiant October 2, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    You can’t distort or destroy the message by silencing the messenger. Problem is that most of us don’t understand our true struggle. Once we can get some money to spend we feel the country is doing well economically.

    Once that money dries up, due to the fact that we were spending borrowed money, we have a problem. Any money borrowed has to be repaid, so the time has come that we as a nation have to pay the piper. We have to find creative ways of getting our productive sectors up and performing at a hig rate. That’s where the borrowed money should have been spent, but instead it was spent in the gravy train during the governance of the B L P.

    We’ve employed another party who have also mismanaged our business though having to pay the piper they are short of liquidity. Now you lot believe the only solution is to return like prodigals to the B L P.

    How could you? Really, have you forgotten the reason why they were removed in 2008? Is your memory actually that short? Can you all see the existing division within the ranks of the B L P or are you all blinded by political ignorance? For the record, “there’s no better of two evils, evil is evil”.

  11. Brian Porte
    Brian Porte October 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    So let me understand this. The dems scraped through last election with a swing against them. And now with sentiment against Dem is high is highest they think they will win? How???

  12. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow October 2, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    hammie stupes

  13. Sheron Inniss October 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Hush. It’s time for the Ds and Bs to go. We need reviving, renewal, refreshing, et al. A fresh guard – Grenville bring it on.

  14. Fari Parris
    Fari Parris October 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    But dem in doing nothing for bdos

  15. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne October 2, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I’m sorry, Hammie-La. The DLP’s ship has lost its way and it’s sinking fast.

    • Taurus Bull
      Taurus Bull October 3, 2017 at 12:21 am

      Why are you apologizing, tell it like it is. Downgrade after downgrade and not even a light at the end of the tunnel for hope.

  16. Alex Alleyne October 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    You still on the DLP pay-roll , right ?.
    But you can still get back on the BLP own too.
    Hoping to hear you on the other side ……sooooooon.

  17. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite October 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    This man getting on like the people who live in the gaps, the alleys, the housing areas ain’t suffering under this DLP government and that they will come now with their gutter politics and Bajans, so stupid and can’t think for themselves will put them back in. Stupse. I assume they want back the government so that they can now sink Barbados lower than South Sudan or Somalia.

  18. Mark Adamson October 3, 2017 at 1:02 am

    The BLP – as it stands right now – is the WORST Opposition in the post-independent political history of this country.

    No amount of BLP yardfowlism will change that truth.

    Mottley – as it stands now – is the WORST, POOREST, WEAKEST BLP leader.

    No amount of BLP yardfowlism will change that truth.

    The BLP – as it stands right now – are not proving that they would do better than the current government.

    Again, no amount of yardfowlism will change this truth either.

    • ebaje October 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Says the gentleman who after 15+ years can’t expand his socks/bandana business.

  19. Mark Adamson October 3, 2017 at 1:13 am

    It is pathetic that some of the above comments have been used by authors of them to attempt to take away from the worth of one of the most outstanding citizens of this country.

    Who soever you are you will NEVER do as much as Lashley has for this country and for the people in St. Michael South East.

    Why do you go and form your own party and face the polls?? See what facing the public is all about??
    You ought to be ashamed to be trying to pull down Hamilton.

    • hcalndre October 3, 2017 at 2:04 am

      @Mark Adamson; Hammie La is a party-hopper, can`t deny that but to say that the Opposition leader is the worst since post independence is your opinion, between 0 and 10 rate you party. Comparing them with the downgrades they would be off the chart, minus 10.

  20. Wendy Wickham
    Wendy Wickham October 3, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Hammie go back in the closet an let someone lock the door from the outside

  21. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 3, 2017 at 1:31 am

    The DLP ruled itself out 15 international downgrades ago …

    It ruled itself out going from 2 to 10% NSRL tax , removing any chance for economic growth in the country

    It ruled itself out ending free education — killing young hopes and dreams while at the same time giving themselves a pay raise.

    It ruled itself out with the poorest leadership barbados has ever seen

    Can’t sell stupid in the next election — people done buying.

  22. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt October 3, 2017 at 1:37 am

    I do not trust switchers

  23. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow October 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    He may be on tòo some bajan yardfowls ..but if you allow the DLP another opportunity , to futher erode the hopes of our child…that is the test !!.

  24. Big Man October 3, 2017 at 2:04 am

    All the Pimps, Paros, yard fowls and yard ducks looking fuh hand outs

  25. Sylvan Greenidge
    Sylvan Greenidge October 3, 2017 at 2:28 am

    If you lied about your legal qualification, you riding with criminals, you collecting millions but won’t pay your taxes, you marching with the workers but would not pay you debt to government, you are the weakest leader the BLP ever had what would Barbados want you to do with?

    • Danny Clarke
      Danny Clarke October 3, 2017 at 5:28 am

      Well maybe you’re spending too much time focusing on Mia and not seeing the dirt a lot of the DLP members doing . The late PM and the Speaker being fine examples . Want to know what “riding with with criminals is”?? It’s signing on with Del Maestro fresh out of a Canadian jail for fraud to build a solar farm . The same Del Maestro thats back in prison once again all now . So maybe you should look in your closet first n foremost before rushing to judgment on others . Like it or lump it the DLP going lose the next election . Take us from in the top 10 straight to #128 out of 130 countries . Got us downgraded 20 times .Now have us driving on worst roads than pre election . Can’t even buy an SSA truck (or pay the private haulers) , Can’t pay tax returns , take us back to a poorer transport service than days of getting on old Leyland and Austin trucks . So Dear Mr Greenidge the question is not what Barbados would want with Mia . THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT WOULD BARBADOS WANT WITH THE DLP FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS

      • Randolph October 3, 2017 at 9:55 am

        Not only will they lose but will lose by a landslide.

    • John Nicholls
      John Nicholls October 3, 2017 at 6:03 am

      Sylvan didn’t you once work for the blp leader? And weren’t you not then singing her praises strongly?

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd October 3, 2017 at 6:35 am


    • Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
      Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan October 3, 2017 at 6:46 am

      John Nicholls He is just another weathercock too!

    • Sylvan Greenidge
      Sylvan Greenidge October 3, 2017 at 7:46 am

      I now starting d in that mental place where Jesus stood when said in Luke 23: 32 “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”.

      Only moments earlier at verse 18 of that said chapter, those gathered to determine the fate of Jesus and the two robbers cried out Pirate ” Away with this man Jesus and release Barabbas”.

      So you see I know what it is to stand along for what is morally and ethically right. I don’t need to follow the multitudes.

      Barbados’ ‘ economic crisis is largely as a result of our bad moral and ethical standards.

  26. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith October 3, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I don’t trust that man people’s vote BLP PLEASE

  27. Francia Matthews October 3, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Barbadians needs to think with their brains and NOT THEIR TONGUES Too many are getting caught up with personalities and not the issues.

    The country is broke. In good times we were tax and the money were not accounted for. We sold everything that we could of sold under the BLP. The oNLY country who do NOT has a National Bank. Bajans are too gullible

  28. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith October 3, 2017 at 5:57 am

    You so sick my man, I done the Dems and I will never go back ,you making yourself Look foolish .

  29. Kemar Holder
    Kemar Holder October 3, 2017 at 5:58 am

    i remember asking hammie for a job all i got was promises calling him and getting told oh i gonna help u that was since 2014 trust no man but God DLP don’t deserved to get back in cause the pm don’t even know what he doing just making it hard fa we poor black people

  30. Ashley Griffith
    Ashley Griffith October 3, 2017 at 5:58 am

    The people already made up their minds you should just continue your retirement and hush!

  31. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith October 3, 2017 at 5:59 am

    You does hop about talking bout you with who with the poor but you with who give you, the poor hungry.

  32. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 3, 2017 at 6:20 am


  33. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd October 3, 2017 at 6:24 am

    HAMMIE .SNAKE !!!!

  34. Charles Zavier Fields
    Charles Zavier Fields October 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Wait he alive??????

  35. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan October 3, 2017 at 6:42 am

    If there was ever such a thing as a weathercock, Hammie-La is definitely one. He is a political opportunist and whoever dangle the carrot he would not refuse. He is like a rolling stone, from political party to political party. Today’s Bajan is more political savvy than the days of corn beef and biscuit era. Most people eyes are opened to today’s style of politics and politicians, it is clear that you have outlived your style of politics and should take a back seat and allow a fresh set of political minds to come to the fore to take the country forward!

  36. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside October 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Talking out his ass

  37. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain October 3, 2017 at 6:51 am


  38. Harry October 3, 2017 at 7:08 am

    not unexpected comments from a political prostitute.

  39. Daniel Zimmerli
    Daniel Zimmerli October 3, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Election please nuff long talk all of you….. Election iss waht we want

  40. Bobotheclown October 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I feel a little shaking.Could it be a small tremor?is this the effect of an after shock after D big one.?I supect some thing is causing the D L P Ship some uneasiness. A boat that has lost it’s keel in rough seas I a gonner.No SOS will save this ship……

  41. Antheia Springer-Williams
    Antheia Springer-Williams October 3, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Where is de steupse button?

  42. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow October 3, 2017 at 7:53 am

    The worst kinda politician…

  43. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown October 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Trust me any Bajan that vote or allowed the current DLP back in office is a really brute for punishment. Them will be their own worst enemie. If one so blind or naive that they can’t see the damage this administration have cause to Barbados, then I won’t have words to say to them. Look the only thing the DLP have done in the last 2 terms is made themselves rich. I don’t see what they have done for the average Bajan except set Barbados back 10+ years.

  44. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron October 3, 2017 at 7:58 am

    This man and his six mouths get me sick…

  45. Randolph October 3, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Who does Hammie -la think he is?What significant thing has he done for his constituency?He is known as the greatest political grasshopper in Barbadian politics.

  46. Greengiant October 5, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Funny how all you lot talk about is the B L P and D L P. Don’t you all realize it’s time for a totally new party to govern this country? Don’t you all realize that these parties accept members who after criticizing them seek comfort in their bosom?

    We really need to wake up. How can you all be harsh on the only politician who after serving in both parties as an elected member for the same constituency, be still poor. Have never been one to enrich himself, but still be a servant of the people? We are being fools for the politicians of both leading parties.


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