Not so fast!

STRAUGHN’S POSITION ON PRIVITIZATION NOT BLP’S, SAYS WALCOTT

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has all but thrown rookie candidate Ryan Straughn under the bus for suggesting privatization of the Transport Board.

Mere days after Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic made it clear Straughn did not speak for the BLP on the issue, General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott went further by hinting that the party’s candidate in Christ Church East Central still had a lot to learn.

“Ryan Straughn is an economist, he is a young politician, he is new to politics. He gave a lecture, a lecture which was not edited and controlled by the party. He was allowed to give a lecture on his vision for Barbados, how he saw things going and he sees it in the terms of a technocrat,” Walcott said today at a press briefing at the party’s Roebuck Street headquarters to launch the BLP’s 79th annual conference.

Privatization of the Transport Board is a rather touchy subject with both the BLP and the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) going to great lengths in the last election to distance themselves from any suggestion that they would sell the loss-making entity.

Political pundits credit a television advertisement by the DLP claiming that the BLP would make pensioners pay bus fare as part of a privatization of the country’s transportation system, for the DLP’s victory.

In the advert, a Transport Board bus pulls up at a stop and a woman, depicting a pensioner, boards and presents her identification to the driver, who advises her that the new Government had privatized the Transport Board, therefore both students and pensioners were required to pay the fare.

A voice then warns that this is what will happen if the BLP is voted into office.

Clearly determined to avoid a repeat, the BLP is going out of its way to explain that it has no plans to place the Transport Board in the hands of the private sector, contrary to Straughn’s recommendation.

In fact, Walcott today insisted that Straughn never explicitly called for privatization of the Transport Board.

“Comrade Jeffrey Bostic was asked if this was a policy decision of the Barbados Labour Party and he was in fact correct [in stating that it was not]. Policies in the BLP are discussed and formulated at the level of the parliamentary group, where all of the individuals within that group have an opportunity to express that concern and the policy comes out of those deliberations. So Ryan Straughn is giving his perspective as a young person and as a technocrat and Bostic is telling you policy is decided within the party. At the moment the parliamentary group has not discussed those matters, but certainly we are working on those matters which will be revealed in the lead up to the elections,” the general secretary stressed.

Delivering the eighth Tom Adams Memorial Lecture last Tuesday to a gathering of largely BLP supporters at the Barbados Workers’ Union headquarters, Straughn suggested that privatization of the transport system was the way to go and that Government should leave ownership of public transportation in the hands of the private sector.

“When will we recognize that the Government of Barbados does not have to own a bus to deliver subsidized fares for any of its citizens?” the economist asked.

It was a question that clearly left the BLP’s top brass uncomfortable, not wishing to hand the struggling DLP an election issue on a platter.

And even though Walcott insisted the Opposition party would not muzzle Straughn or any of its candidates, the recurring theme was that the young economist did not speak for the party on this issue.

“Straughn was giving a lecture obviously under the auspices of the Barbados Labour Party. I gave the lecture last year and I don’t think that anything I said could have been said to be party policy at that point in time. So I don’t think it is fair to cloak him with that because that was not his intention.

“On the other hand the BLP is not one that is known for restraining comment, subdues persons and brings out the whip and chains to demand that persons adhere by party documents. I think the issue that Ryan was highlighting is that the Transport Board has serious issues, which must be addressed, and he was at pains to say that there is a need [for] thorough discussions,” the general secretary said.

colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

25 Responses to Not so fast!

  1. Mark My Word October 19, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Thee cracks and crevices starting to open up already
    My Lord
    My God
    Poor Ryan is an outside child bringing out the family secrets before thee time.

    Come out things

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    • Jennifer October 20, 2017 at 7:59 am

      OK MMW – This puts me in the mid of a rat crawling on his belly and hissing.

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      • Jennifer October 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

        typo – mind

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  2. Stell Alleyne
    Stell Alleyne October 19, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Oh but he said he was on his own with the suggestion hahahaha hehehehe

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight October 19, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      You heard what nobody else did

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    • Stell Alleyne
      Stell Alleyne October 19, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      Oh really…well you know subject to correction but doesn’t matter it’s the BLP trend

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    • Yaaqov Abioye
      Yaaqov Abioye October 19, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Ryan relax that is all i could tell you boy is to relax and dont move ahead of your party faithfuls.

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    • Stell Alleyne
      Stell Alleyne October 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Wendy Knight Mere days after Member of Parliament for The City Jeffrey Bostic made it clear Straughn did not speak for the BLP on the issue, General Secretary Dr Jerome Walcott went further by hinting that the party’s candidate in Christ Church East Central still had a lot to learn. “Ryan Straughn is an economist, he is a young politician, he is new to politics. He gave a lecture,

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  3. Oliver Smith October 19, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    What a biased interpretation of what Dr. Walcott said. I watched the video of the BLP press conference and this is not a fair representation of what Dr. Walcott said. It is now crystal clear exactly where Barbados Today stands.

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  4. Saga Boy October 19, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    @Olivia. If he did not say it then he should sue BT. It would be very unprofessional of this newspaper to place in quotation marks something that was not said. Dr.Walcott is not the only BLP Politician distancing themselves from this newbie. He only knows the theory and cant even run a bread shop. I heard him make reference to a Post Bank saying that Credit Unions should join forces with the Post Office to make this a reality. I bet you that he has no idea how it can be done and how much it will cost and who will pay for it. He should stick to the class room and give poor Clyde chance to redeem himself with the Party.

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  5. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan October 19, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Now that is a swift kick in the backside. Haul them in before they mek wunna shame.. Wunna right!!!

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  6. Arthur Marshall
    Arthur Marshall October 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    privatise every damn thing

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  7. Saga Boy October 20, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Arthur you probably have a motor car. When TB is privatized and people have to pay $5 a trip how is the person working for $250/wk and who have to take 2 or 3 buses going to survive? Do you think minibuses will operate in remote areas of the island? Man use your common sense and exercise some responsibility.

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  8. Carson C Cadogan October 20, 2017 at 6:37 am

    TAKEN FROM MY FACEBOOK FEED

    “”BLP SPEAKS WITH FORKED TONGUE

    I am struggling to understand the political landscape in Barbados; bear with me people because as we all know, I don’t know much about politics.

    Ryan Straughn gives a lecture. It was the BLP annual Tom Adams lecture or sain so. It was stamped BLP. It was hosted by the BLP. It was streamed by the BLP. Ryan was billed as ‘BLP spokesman on the economy’. Ryan pronounced broadly on BLP economic policy towards transportation.

    BLP supporters waved pompoms all over FB. They all declared that the Transport Board want selling, and not now, every since. The lecture was touted as the most brilliant thing that happened in Barbados since Mia Mottley got a grade ‘O’ in A-level English. Sliced bread has nothing on Ryan’s stupendous articulacy.

    Now lo and behold! I see Bostic claiming that this is ‘not’ the policy of the BLP? That he is a part of the BLP’s parliamentary party (the group with the final say on what is official policy of the BLP) and that this is not on their agenda.

    Can they both be representing an official BLP position?

    WUHLOSS! PEPPA SAUCE!!””

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  9. John C King October 20, 2017 at 6:58 am

    The BLP said in the 2010 election they would privatised the transport board. Strong ideas although I don’t always agree with some then were to see how Government can shead its expenditure. Both the DLP and BLP have sold government entities. The DLP giving some, note some people their units in housing estates delivered the government from having to find monies to repair them. He is nigher reong or right. Now he know who he got in bed with

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  10. Ras October 20, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Rookie candidate Ryan Straughn tell them sell The land fill in Greenland
    Thee Rasta’s want Greenland, it down there doing nothing it got springs we can plant fruits, vegetables, coconut trees, breadfruit trees we can make a difference with Greenland
    the BLP waste $30 millions down there
    We offering $1 million for Greenland

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  11. Mark My Word October 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Wait the BLP want to trick poor people again
    I hear the Indians want Transport Board, a Indian Doctor with nuff money tell me so

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    • Carson C Cadogan October 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      In 2012 the BLP promised to sell the Transport Board to the Indians, but the voting public got in their way.

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      • Oliver Smith October 20, 2017 at 8:57 pm

        OH Mikie what a big lie this is and you know it. How many licenses have you given away or sold since 2013. You have privatized the Transport Board through the back door. Admit it.

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  12. hcalndre October 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

    The government bus service don`t serve the public, so why would the people have a problem with what ever is done with the buses. If bajans have a problem should they be privatized, would only show that bajans are very satisfied with mediocrity. They complain that they have to wait sometimes up to 4 hours if they do get one to go home or to work on time. The people rather pay $2 for an incompetent and ridiculous non dependable service than pay a few dollars more for a reliable one.

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    • Mark My Word October 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      @ hcalndre are you one of the Indians waiting for BLP to drop Transport Board in wunna Lap

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  13. Mark My Word October 20, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    @ hcIndian the word is that bus fare will go from $2 for an incompetent and ridiculous non dependable service to $5 dollars for a short drop and $10 for the long haul when the Indians take over the Transport Board.

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    • Oliver Smith October 20, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      this is what Mickie got planned? Don’t worry won’t be any buses left to sell the way he going.

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  14. luther thorne October 22, 2017 at 2:17 am

    The DLP has staryed the Privitization of Transport. Dont left them fool wunna. They have not bpught a single Bus for the TB in 19 years nearly in Office abd have isdued scores of PSV Permits. Aleays playing games – The DLP
    When dem in no money gets to go in your pocket
    Dem does tek all .BLP on office money in your pocket
    That is a Fact

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  15. luther thorne October 22, 2017 at 2:33 am

    The DLP has started the Privitization of Transport. Dont let them fool wunna. They have not bought a single Bus for the TB in 10 years nearly in Office and have issued scores of PSV Permits. Always playing games – The DLP
    When dem in power 9 no money gets to go in your pocket
    Dem does tek all. BLP in office money in your pocket
    That is a Fact. The DLP has played the nasty game too many times . Richie Haynes 1986 with Backraise Budget and by 1991 ECONOMIC disaster . Sandy – Economy batting better than Sobers – next thing 8 % Cut and the rest is history. 2008 – promises that have not been kept , excuses lies and throwing blame. 2013 More Lies Tuition fees , Junk Bond status and NSRL. Cant have dem fo another term. AWAY with the bad stuff, the lies and nasty games. The people must not be fooled.

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