BLP confident of victory in St Philip

With elections constitutionally due next year, the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is confident of victory in St Philip.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY during a motorcade in the St Philip West community on Saturday, BLP candidate John King said the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has lost its influence in the parish after nearly ten years of neglect.

The current representatives also include Dr David Estwick for St Philip West, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite for St Philip South and Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley for St Philip North.

“I think the incumbents have done a good job of handing it over to us,” King said.

He went on to highlight the “social injustices” that the constituents of St Philip West have been exposed to.

He said bad roads and unemployment remain major concerns for the people within the constituency.

“When in Barbados have you seen so many people losing their homes and you have politicians arguing about ten per cent? Give me a break,” he said while criticizing the current representative Dr Estwick for his “unsatisfactory handling of issues” such as youth unemployment.

“We have a representative that spends a lot of time going into shops and giving them drinks. What are you encouraging them to do, to bury their sorrows in alcohol? It doesn’t work! When they are finished drinking, they still have no jobs, they still have no money, no hope,” said King.

He stressed that Barbadians are well educated people and their votes and their futures could not be bought with a drink at a rum shop.

44 Responses to BLP confident of victory in St Philip

  1. Ras December 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Marsha the Pit Toilet woman try to buy dem wid free WiFi so wat are you saying Johnie ma boy

    • Jennifer December 3, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      This modern day bluffer is technically saying that due to their high level of edication, a rum no longer buy votes but wifi and consoles will. he might be right too.

  2. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith December 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Pray john

  3. Saga Boy December 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    John King is nothing but a dreamer. He needs to go back to sleep and come up with a plan to explain why he was dismissed from the correctional institution for girls. He has too much baggage. He can never beat the pit bull.

    • straight talk December 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Your PM is always asleep infact he is the sleeping giant .

  4. Sheron Inniss December 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Grenville up de ting.

  5. Greengiant December 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    He can’t even represent a seat in De House Of Soca.

  6. Joe Blow December 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I would like John King to tell the constituents of St.Philip exactly what he and his BLP party will do to fix the economy of Barbados so that the people of St. Philip can get jobs and feed their families. All we have heard from the BLP is elect them and they will come up with a plan 6 weeks after. The people of St. Philip are not stupid John King. Let us hear your economic plan. We will not be voting for a party without a plan. We can’t buy food with sweet melodies, so let me hear your plan John king. Or do we have to wait till you get it from the IMF. No Plan, no Vote. Where are your Solutions? Sweet music can’t buy votes in St. Philip this time. Solutions all the way.

    • hcalndre December 4, 2017 at 5:46 am

      @Joe Blow; Stay with the plan that you had for 10 years, its working good. In the 10 years you`ll have not asked Frune for a plan because you are quite happy with theirs.

  7. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne December 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    John King, I am rooting for you all the way.

  8. Nathaniel Samuels December 3, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Joe Blow, are you referring to Solutions Barbados as an entity that would bring solutions? If so, you must be really joking.
    I can assure you that as soon as the bell is rung, the BLP will show you and all Barbadians how the party intends to get us out of this predicament that the DLP has led us into. Just don’t you worry, it will be very detailed plan that can be understood by all and sundry.
    We all know that the DLP will not be able to produce a plan since in the ten years they have been in charge, they have led us down the garden path to downgrade after downgrade and have no clue as to what needs to be done. And, to have Chris Sinckler as Minister of Finance for the years he has held that portfolio is really to make a mockery of Bajans and the important portfolio.
    As for the other parties, I wish them well but I am scared they will finish in the ‘also run’ column and present the Treasury with their deposits.
    If we as Barbadians love this country, we have to entrust the running of this country into the hands of the BLP as that party has the human resources to get this country going again, like it has done whenever the party has followed the DLP.
    It starts with confidence at the top, trickling down to the person on the lowest rung. Confidence will be like a breath of fresh air and people will hold their head up high.
    We can once again be that country that ‘punches above its weight’.

  9. luther thorne December 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    The DLP 2008 – 2017 is the worst Governnent Barbados ever had.
    From and including 1971 to the present , everytime the DLP forms the Govt, Barbados struggles and struggles hard. The DLP took up the Government in 2008 after 14 years of prosperity and ran the Country into the Ground. They had done the same thing in 1986 after the BLP had built back the Country

    • Ras December 4, 2017 at 4:20 am

      Worst Government was 1976-1986 with Tom Adams and lemme Craigg Vic Johnson and dat crew
      when Tom told de country to tighten them belt and the next week raise the MP’s salary, went to IMF and had we sucking salts, created Political Terrorism against Rasta and any body who had a different view, if you doubt me ask the PM of St. Vincent he get run out from Barbados along with the journalist from Guyana Ricky Singh during that reign of Terror.

      • andy g December 4, 2017 at 10:10 am

        well said .he also abolish the 5% sales tax and introduce a 13% consumption tax. this is why people should stop being party-ites.ask the candidate what they think can be done to bring b’dos out of the candidate folks. put question and issue to the candidate, make them explain why ,when they had the chance to do things they refuse .remind them about the bad decisions they made, put them under pressure .if you are not happy with their explanation then you cant vote for that candidate

  10. Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Johnny ma boy you sound so silly, you really believe that you can beat the the Doc? Look stick to calypsoes and stop spouting drivel you are as relevant as a three dollar bill i hope when things don’t work out for you, you have a job to go back to ironically if what i heard about how you got your current job is true then politics is truly bare mock sport.

  11. Big man December 4, 2017 at 4:35 am

    I though John King was going back to England where he was born
    Poor fellow he ain’t got a clue

  12. archy perch December 4, 2017 at 5:16 am

    In the 2013 general elections the ruling Democratic Labour Party won the St. Philip North constituency. Here are the figures:
    Dr. David Estwick 4,053 votes to the BLP Lynette Eastmond 1,974.
    There were 6,027 total valid votes cast; 26 were rejected. In other words Dr.Estwick got 67.2 percent of the votes cast, as opposed to 32.8 percent for Ms. Eastmond.
    Johnny Ma Boy if you could pull those kind of numbers, you win.
    Maybe you would get alot more votes if you go through the area singing your popular song about The Skipper and all the good the DLP has done for Barbados.Over the years I have seen you go through many changes Johnny Ma Boy. You a Rasta one day, a Ras-old one day; you joined woman from St. John’s church; now you are trying to be a politician. Your next move would be to become a Reverend just like all the other losers in our society….. Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt included who now calls himself Rev.
    Your nomination Johnny, shows how serious the corrupt BLP is about winning the St. Philip North seat. LOL.

  13. Lorenzo December 4, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Saga Boy and Joe Blow you all are comedians ,What has mr Estwick done in Agriculture or Water Resources to merit retention ?Sewerage still flowing on the South Coast up to yesterday.Has Mr Estwick actually visited the site?What is his claim to fame or the DLP in general .Tell me Joe Blow what is the DLP plan to get more Downgrades with the same Minister of Finance,You got to be joking,as Mr King has every chance of uprooting the non performing Mr Estwick.Green Giant you always in people,s personal business ,it is time you take Mara Thompson,s advice,taking yourself out of the gutter.

  14. Ready4change December 4, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Solution barbados will be the next government of barbados. You all have no idea what’s coming your way. The powers to be are sick and tired of the two corup parties. Its time for a chance. No more politics. Its all business from 2018 and on. Deal with it!

  15. HONEST December 4, 2017 at 7:22 am

    It will be hard to beat Estwick in St. Philip West, trust me, I am from there. I voted for Lynette three times and she lost. The people in the area love Estwick. He is the proprietor of a well-known bar in Six Roads and patronizes other establishments in the constituency.
    I have seen John King around town and he talks a good talk. Fortunately for him, I will be voting party and not candidate. Estwick has grown on me over the years but I can’t possibly endorse the DLP.

  16. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 7:23 am



  17. 3rdsun December 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

    John King minister of Youth and Culture, got a nice ring to it

  18. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Barbados prospered 1976 – 1986. The Civil Servants got fhe largest increase in their history . Now DLP has not given an increase in 10 years nearly.

    The people voted for the DLP in 1986 . By 1988, DLP had presented a BACKSTREET ABORTION and Richie bolted. By 1991 – 1994 , Hardship galore. People went mad- Lost houses money and Sanity. The same thing happening 2008 – 2017. DLP has not earned a term. DEMS NOW: DEMS NEVER EVER AGAIN

    AUDITOR General ‘ s Report Tons of money missing
    Call Elections Now!



    • andy g December 4, 2017 at 10:38 am

      pls pls luther .seem like you love the blp so much, that you have convenient memory. Can you pls let us know at what time during the last blp administration the government paid any attention to auditor general reports.You are not a politician .stop playing politics here. Is any of that missing money more than eight years.pls let us know.Readin you and listening to Mia,is only running the neutral voters away.they will either stay home or vote upp or solutions.The blp is not the answere for the problems the country is facing.I was a believer in TOM ADAMS until about two years into his first term as pm.( gryner : legg me go don’t hold me..GABBY:cant bade on muh forward.barney walking off brasstax cause he could not explain how he became a millionaire within five years on a minister’s salary.write on things like these ,refresh our memories.

    • Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Lickrish luther going on a hunger strike wuhloss Carmetas gine close down.

  19. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Every time the DLP forms the Government they have left the Country in a bad state and struggling. 1976 .1991 / 1994. 2017/2018. BLP brings prosperity and money in people ‘s pockets.
    Studies have shown that the Economy does better under the BLP. That is a FACT.

    A lot of DLP people are still voting for Errol Barrow such was his impact on the nation’s people and Bajans are a docile lot who settle into a pattern and hardly shift. This crowd in the DLP now knows this and exploit it to the fullest but the reality is that we struggling and have struggle under the DLP. The only people who benefit are the ML Car drivers who are employed and paid by taxpayers money who hide under various names and push the DLP agenda and propaganda

    • andy g December 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

      You got it partially wrong Luther.The blp squanders money.They usually left the treasury low. then the DLP has to put measures in place to bring the ecomomy back up.The problem this time the BLP got fifteen years.(5 yrs 2 much) took the economy to low, then started to sell off barbados’ collateral to prop up the ecomomy. (if you are not partyite you will understand).this present administration so far cannot find a solution to make a recovery,hence therefore I cannot see a blp government making this big change as their supporters thing will happen.they never had to plan a recovery.they are used to finding a well furnish treasuary.The cupboard is empty this time around Luther.

  20. Joe Blow December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Luther, you will probably die of hunger before the election bell rings. The PM has up to June 5th for an election to be held in this country. I bet he will take every single available day remaining before we get an election in Barbados. The DLP has not even announced candidates for several constituencies. So it won’t be any time soon. For the record, the DLP has no economic plan either, if they had one they would have implemented it already, and as we can see, what they implemented has failed miserably. In my view the only party with a viable economic plan that does not include going to the IMF for more suffering is Solutions Barbados. the BLP has no plan, except to go to the IMF, the DLP has no plan, The UPP plan includes the IMF, and they can’t make up a government with 11 candidates. So the only viable option is Solutions Barbados. They have 25 candidates announced. Solutions Barbados can make up a government, and they have a solid economic plan to overhaul the tax system, reduce the cost of running the government, and stop the foreign exchange bleed. So I going with them. Every Barbadian should go with Solutions Barbados. We need new blood in Parliament, not old recycled, regurgitated people with the same old tax and borrow policies. All the BLP will do is borrow this country into devaluation, and all the DLP will do is tax this country into devaluation. neither is a viable option for us.

    • Time4change December 4, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Absolutely. Solution barbados will form the next government. Barbadians need look to the future not the pass. I’m going with them too. I hope the young party going Bajans don’t be hoodwinked be the career politician that will say and do anything to stay in power.

  21. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I am yet to see any political rep from any of the many parties, visit my area. Somebody drove swiftly by on the perimeter of the development day before in a vehicle with a loud speaker and up to now I cannot say who they were, what they said or which party they representing.

  22. Alex Alleyne December 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Wait, he ain’t one of them DLP’s that jump ship and now saying wah ?. POLITICS for yuh.

  23. Deborah King
    Deborah King December 4, 2017 at 8:58 am


    • Sherlock Holmes. December 4, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      Save us from what? Don’t you understand that both of these parties are basically one and the same most of you are living in dreamland it is time you wake up.

  24. Kevin December 4, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Ammmm… St. Philip got some of the best roads in Barbados. Please run on another issue JK.

  25. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Solutions cannot justify a 10 % across the board tax to replace Vat etc. Owen Arthur dismisses that lofty idea and called Grenville nice names. That did it for me as far as Solutions is concerned to tell the truth. That made my decision re Solutions

    While I like the idea of having new people in, I have seen what that has done. I am therefore willing to go with the tried and tested. The BLP or the DLP and or the UPP.

    The rest I see as mad people (not MADD- Eric Lewis and them. MADD would do a good job, however )
    It is one thing to come shouting from rooftops about lofty ideas and particular changes but it is always easy to talk. Borrowing is something in which even the great America engages so to come and tell me that you not going to IMF and you having a 10 %;tax sounds like – you guessed it – ‘MADDNESS’ that would lead to MUCKNESS and even LOCKNESS cascading into NOTHINGNESS buttressed by BACKWARDNESS and rounded off by STUPIDNESS


  26. Greengiant December 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    @Joe Blow and Ras I can see your memory is working, and your blinkers are off. many people coming here with their blinkers still on, and a memory that only goes back as far as 2008.

    We need solutions now.

    If the BLP, DLP, any other party or our ‘claim to fame economists have objections to the economic proposals of Solutions Barbados let the people hear you now, not weeks before the election as you are planning.

    To the ‘claim to fame partisan political scientists’ who can only predict an electoral result based on a popularity swing between the BLP and DLP. Let me hear you on the economic proposals of Solution Barbados. That’s what really matters. The swinging days are over, the political play park is now closed for major renovation. We need solutions before we vote or you can all forget the promises. The state of the game has changed in barbados, our parents taught us that ‘a promise is nothing but comfort to a fool’.

    We should have learned from the management and mismanagement of Barrow, Adams, Sandiford, Arthur, even Thompson, and now Stuart. All made promises, but the key to it is managing simple. 10% Tax on the gross throughout every sector for employers, and employees. Right off tax dept, government don’t owe anybody, and no one owes government. ISO standardised operational procedures and move forward.

    A fresh start for our country, a fresh economic and political approach. Then address the frailties in our obsolete constitution to the benefit of all citizens. How could anyone not vote for this?

    A fresh

    • Time4change December 4, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Looks like you been peeping at my previous posts. One of the first things that is needed is a constitutional amendment. New bills of rights for the people, New powers of removal from office for corup elected officials. Check and balances to our constitution and juridical system. Amen the Police and civilians contact powers to safe gard both police and civilians. Who can and can not hold elected Solution barbados have the vision needed to take barbados forward. Barbadians need the new car smell. No repanted jolapy will do any more.

  27. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Bring examples to show where this 10 % thing has worked.
    If not , be prepared to accept the MDA.

    • Time4change December 4, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Luther you are a trol and a mouth piece of a wash up brain dead NO solution Party. We going to have real change in barbados and that just a fact! You all are going down!

  28. colleta December 4, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The yard fowls at it again.

  29. Saga Boy December 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Luther do not let anybody stop you from going on a hunger strike. I welcome it. See if you can get Mia and Payne to join you.

  30. luther thorne December 4, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Saga Boy !
    You are no good

  31. Greengiant December 5, 2017 at 7:57 am

    @luther thorne: What examples are you looking for? Do you have any examples of ‘hunger strike’ solving anything?

    Not even the IMF had any history of Sandiford’s medicine working either. He was ridiculed by all, even his own party members, but now the IMF have acknowledged the Sandiford formula and has even recommended it to some countries.

    The point is, ‘if the theory is impossible, then this is the time for all the economists to critique it and bring the evidence to the public’. I’m sure they will only wait til the campaign begins to use scare tactics on the masses where Solutions Barbados theories are concerned.

    The BLP and DLP have always depended on ‘national swings’. The BLP is once again banking on that as the catalyst to victory. The people and particularly the young voters are asking for more in this 21st century and the older parties lacks the capacity to deliver what is required. That’s what have persons like you scared luther.

  32. Joe Blow December 5, 2017 at 9:38 am

    The Flat tax is nothing new, It has been implemented in over 38 countries already, at rates from as low as 2.5% up to 44%. It has also been implemented in 11 US states at rates from 3.07% up to 6.9704%. Just google Flat Tax and you will find how many places have implemented it with tremendous success. Presently there are 11 countries that use the 10% flat tax rate. The progressive tax system with it’s many tax avoidance loop holes is outdated. There are simply too many ways to get around paying taxes under the progressive tax system. This is why more and more governments are implementing it, because it is the most efficient type of tax system. The Solution to Barbados’ economic problems is very simple. First, you must reduce taxes in order to reduce the cost of living in the country and stimulate the economy. This will also reduce the cost of running the government, which is absolutely critical at this juncture. Second, you must improve tax efficiency in order to benefit from this new economic activity. The most effective way to do this is to get rid of the current progressive tax system, and replace it with a far more efficient one that captures everyone, such as a flat tax system with no deductions. Third you must change the point at which corporations are taxed, from a tax on profits, to a tax on income, so they can’t avoid paying taxes either. This reduces the tax burden on the entire population, and spreads it across citizens and companies equally. This measure also reduces the pressure on the foreign reserve, by removing the incentive for companies to shelter their profits in off-shore companies in other Caricom Jurisdictions, since their profits are no longer taxed, there would no longer be an incentive to maintain these tax avoidance corporate structures. Fourth, you must create incentives for new foreign investment, and foreign currency inflows into the country, by reducing taxes on foreign income earned. Fifth, you must implement a world class quality management system across the entire public service, and also de-politicize the civil service, so that civil servants no longer fear political victimization, and productivity in the civil service increases, while costs are lowered even further. Sixth, you must implement extremely stringent anti-corruption legislation so that government contracts are never inflated, and the cost of government projects and procurements are kept fair and reasonable. There is no need to go to the IMF for a Solution, or for another loan, because without the above changes, IMF debt will only make the situation worse. Soon the IMF loan money will be spent, and the economic situation will remain unchanged. The IMF will also require major civil service cuts, which are not acceptable, as this will not stimulate economic growth when many people are out of work. This will also further reduce productivity in the civil service, so this is not an option. The IMF will also require increased taxes to be implemented, and funds from these new taxes directed to repayment of IMF debt. This will not increase economic activity, but create further recession. An IMF solution will ultimately lead to devaluation. This is not an option either. There is no other option but to reverse the current course of action. A reversal from where we are is required. Would the DLP or BLP have the testicular fortitude to implement the above necessary changes, in order for this country to change course economically? Nope!! This is why it will take a new political party to do it, and why Solutions Barbados has stepped up to the plate with the willingness to do what the other parties would not do, for political reasons. I suggest nay sayers engage Solutions Barbados publicly on their economic policies, so that the whole population can fully understand them, and can fully understand why these changes are so necessary, and why they will solve the problems facing Barbados. Don’t just say they can’t work, engage them on their policies. They make perfect sense to me.


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