Mara’s decision to bow out comes as no surprise to her constituents

Residents of St John say they are not surprised by their Member of Parliament Mara Thompson’s  announcement that she will not contest the next general election.

The incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) representative made the revelation as she was making her way into the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

The constituency office of parliamentary representative for St John Mara Thompson.

But while expressing regret that the widow of late Prime Minister David Thompson had chosen to exit the political ring, some DLP loyalists today maintained that St John would continue to be a safe seat for the ruling party.

“The Barbados Labour Party, they better not send nobody. They got everybody head confused and as far as I am concerned nobody wants to see any of them,” said one staunch DLP supporter, who lives in Gall Hill, St John.

However, the elderly woman, who did not want to be identified, told Barbados TODAY she was surprised that the outgoing representative lasted as long as she did in the political battleground.

“I wasn’t looking for her to last so long. That is the truth. That was too much pressure,” the woman said.

Refuting claims that Thompson was an absentee representative, the elderly woman said the parliamentarian has remained active in the constituency from the moment she took over from her late husband through to this very day.

However, she argued that unlike the previous St John representatives, who were all men, “she was a busy woman”.

“She had three daughters to look after . . . . The men ain’t got nobody to look after and you can’t see them, so why you should see she?”

Alvin Simpson, also of Gall Hill, told Barbados TODAY that it did not matter to him whether Thompson held the seat or not. Instead, he was most concerned about the poor road conditions and unreliable transportation which he said was plaguing the constituency.

“She was trying to get attention to get things done in St John, but it seems as though it has fallen on deaf ears because nothing has really been really [happening] for the parish besides they tried to complete the polyclinic. But there are still things that the community needs,” Simpson said, while supporting the view that St John remains a safe seat for the DLP.

“It is a stronghold from ever since, and I think it still will be. There are a lot of diehard supporters of the party and they will still probably continue their support for the party,” he stressed, while suggesting that two consecutive terms in office might not have been enough for the DLP to effect the needed changes in the constituency.

“People say . . .  they were trying their best, but probably two terms wasn’t enough that they can try to do whatever they can do,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Shopkeeper Harriett Husbands was admittedly stunned by the news that Thompson was not likely to run again, although she never saw her as a “real politician”.

“I think she can’t manage it anymore. I think she had enough. To me she was not a real politician. People put her into that in St John because they wanted her to maintain that seat,” Husbands said.

Meanwhile, a male resident who requested anonymity said Thompson “needed to withdraw a long time ago”.

“She wasn’t serving no purpose. The roads have been bad, mashing up people vehicle and we can’t get the road do,”  he said.

Resident Shayla Codrington also expressed dissatisfaction with Thompson’s representation since she won the by-election in January 2011 following her husband’s death on October 23, 2010.

St John resident Shayla Codrington

“I actually didn’t know she was still representing St John, so her not being in the election is not really a big issue. It doesn’t really make a big difference if she does run or if she doesn’t run because I have not seen Mara for a while now,” the Sergeant Street, St John resident said.

16 Responses to Mara’s decision to bow out comes as no surprise to her constituents

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer November 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    She served absolutely no purpose in our Parliament. She sat in Parliament on mute. Heavy laden and is moving on as a wealthy one.

  2. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards November 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    She did her two ” terms “

  3. archy perch November 16, 2017 at 2:34 am

    There is an old woman occupying the St. Thomas seat, who does nothing but talk about her constituency. She has been squatting for 16 long years while her BLP party Mps were the government. Cynthia’s achievements in St.Thomas are like grandma’s teeth, few and far between.
    She deserves the right foot in her arse ……….outta there.
    A disgrace!

    • Robert Goren November 16, 2017 at 2:57 am

      Are you comparing Forde’s achievements with Thompson’s?

      Or are you suggesting both Forde and Thompson have been squatting in parliament, their achievements in St.Thomas and St. John respectively, “are like grandma’s teeth, few and far between,” BOTH “deserve the right foot in their arse…….. outta there” and are “a disgrace?”

      If not, then your comments do not make any sense and bares no relevancy to the topic…….. unless of course you have a specific agenda.

    • roger headley November 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Stuck in a rut Archy

  4. Cavil Best November 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    We should ask the sitting member of parliament for the constituency of St. Thomas to remind us who it is that said she is dilapidated chattel house squatting on a prime piece of real estate.

  5. roger headley November 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I thought the article was about Mara

  6. hcalndre November 16, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I totally agree with Mara, get out the rat race and live a peaceful and comfortable life with your children and the millions you husband left for you. The St. John people can only see through the DLP eyes, reminds me that people are comfortable in their habitat regardless how it may look to outsiders, (no pun intended.)

  7. Sam Clarke November 16, 2017 at 10:32 am

    This is an great omen for St. John. St. John has elected DLP for decades, elected two prime Ministers and has not gotten and sort of development and or proper representation.
    All politics is local as the saying goes, and for St. John to continue to be neglected, even by when they had elected Prime Ministers, what do they expect?
    The problem is the stupid political labels, instead of voting their issues that affect them.
    Bad roads, they can’t finish a health clinic even when your party is in power and your elected member husband was a Prime Minister??
    The people of St. John has got to be careful, that that clinic does not become a mental hospital. For only people who are mentally ill would continue electing a particular party and keep getting zero return.

  8. luther thorne November 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

    ‘archy perch’ DLP DA; MK CCC and the rest – DLP Propaganda Arm trying to turn this into an attack on MP Forde caalling her ‘old’. From an attack on childless women to attacks on people with no teeth. The DLP’ s use of these terms to describe peoplle are an affront to all of us
    The DLP has consistently attack all sectors of the population. The impression from the DLP is that we should hate old people, hate women , hate businessmen , hate people with no teeth or with one teeth in their mouths hate public workers, hate unions, hate anybidy who opposes , hate bus commuters, hate road users, hate people who buy cars from Japan and even school children.
    They used the OLD thing in respect of Shelf life against Owen Arthur. If you look at the USA , you have mature persons such as Nancy Pelosi , Donald Trump and John McCain who are old mature individuals. Nancy is 76 and McCain 80

  9. jrsmith November 16, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    This should have been a decision by all the MPs of the democratic party , 4 years ago to do the same…….. Bajans still dont have the power to remove failed politicians from office , only by hoping a general election would do justice by voting them out , the big chance the present government will be return to office then what happens ,bajans would go through hell for another five years still not being able to remove them………………………………….

  10. Helicopter(8P) November 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Gone are the days when politicians could have just made a roll call and depended on the leader and speaker of the house to administer the day. It’s a new Barbados today! Ministers must do their field work, research, monitoring of the ever present ailments and projects within their ministry. A life’s time retirement within less of a decade must not be a portfolio to have a minister’s position. This is a global village within a global atmosphere!

  11. Greengiant November 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Why you all B L P’s want to flog poor Archy Perch? I often pointed out that several MP’s have ridden on the popularity swing towards both the D L P and B L P for decades. It’s not only Forde, and Thompson, they’ve been several others.

    That’s why we need a new party. In all honesty if we line up thos who have held portfolios over the last forty years against those who shadowed the portfolios for the opposition of during that term in office. We will notice that even if we had both of them managing the portfolio the results would be the same.

    The B L P if reelected will come up short on Ministerial management as well. The real problem is that in the 21st Century we still have political parties laden with dead weight legally trained representatives, half hearted economist, and business persons with no actual credentials for developing or managing anything successfully. This is the line up of both the B L P and
    D L P, so why should either of them manage this country again?

    You people that are trying your best to declare one better than the other, less corrupt than the other, less elitist than the other, or less gullible to the white minority are wasting your time. Decades spent in office has proven they’re both the same. The only difference is that one is in Roebuck Street and the other in George Street. One historically dominated by the Business class, and the other by the working class. Since the years of state funded education at all levels they are both the same.

  12. luther thorne November 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I advised , let me rephrase and say , said to the BLP through this forum to deploy a serious candidate in St. John 7 years ago. Concentrate on St.John by holding launchings , meetings and press confetences etc in St. JOHN to demonstrate serious interest in the parish. By now that effort would have borne fruit. St. John people need educating and enlightment. Barrow so effectively mesmerized them that they believe he is running for the seat, so they vote for him. Voting Dems has become a ritual now not rooted in reality but it can be rooted out. St. John people should not be allowed to suffer in darkness and left like slaves. They need to be brought into the light of awareness and present day reality and freed from the chains of neglect and backward

  13. Rubhredz November 16, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Couldn’t have said it any better

  14. Rubhredz November 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm



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