Nation newspaper got it wrong, says Mara

She was quoted by the Nation newspaper in a November 14 back page story as saying she would not be running again in St John.

And since then, it appeared as though her party and constituents were ready to move on to life after Mara Thompson in the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) stronghold.

However, amid whispers within the DLP ranks that Thompson was still in the race, Barbados TODAY reached out to the St John incumbent today in a bid to set the record straight on whether she was contesting the next election, and was surprisingly told by Thompson that what was recently “announced” in the Nation newspaper was nothing short of “nonsense”.

“What was put in the paper [Nation newspaper] was definitely very wrong,” she said, before quickly excusing herself from the conversation.

However, based on the earlier report, at least two prominent members of the ruling DLP have since expressed an interest in replacing Thompson as the DLP’s representative.

They are Leroy McClean, a former protégé of the late National Hero and Father of Independence Errol Barrow and Consul General to Toronto and DLP General Secretary George Pilgrim. Both men have previously ran on the DLP ticket without success and have formally written to the Freundel Stuart led political party asking to be considered as candidates.

With Thompson seemingly out of the way, political scientist Dr George Belle had also identified McClean, as well as DLP senators Verla De Peiza and Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo as possible replacements.

However, based on the latest statement by Thompson, who secured a landslide victory in the January 20, 2011 by-election to replace her late husband and Prime Minister David Thompson, who died in office on October 23, 2010, it remains to be seen who will carry the DLP banner in St John, which has been a safe seat for the DLP since 1958.

Efforts to reach Pilgrim for comment today were unsuccessful but when reached McClean said he would reserve his comments until he got clarity from the party on the matter.

28 Responses to Nation newspaper got it wrong, says Mara

  1. Santini More
    Santini More December 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Really Mara? Girl go long home and stop play acting as a politician.

  2. Alex Brooker
    Alex Brooker December 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    She changed her mind. It’s simple.

  3. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace December 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    since november the 14th and you now speaking out,you have disrespected them by your silence.

  4. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    With all them millions that David left I was expecting she’d be on a beach in Hawaii with a young stud rubbing sun tan lotion all over her

    • Miche December 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Stupid man…. Make sure that your brain( If there is one in that thick skull ) is switched on,,, before you put that trap of a mouth in gear

    • straight talk December 5, 2017 at 5:20 am

      that would be good Ricardo I can picture that

    • Rechelle December 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm


  5. Juanita Blanco
    Juanita Blanco December 4, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    This is 1 time I believe the Nation.

  6. Donnab December 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Lol me too, she now change her mind and after all this time she now know they’re lying?

  7. Kevin December 5, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Did she express her refusal to run to the DLP? Thats the big question. If not, maybe she changed her mind or maybe the Nation got it wrong (as per usual)

  8. Nathaniel Samuels December 5, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Rest yourself, Madame. This political business is not for you. You are very inept and totally unprepared so stop making a fool of yourself and take a rest.
    You have enough resources not to have to bother with this cut and thrust of politics.
    Rest yourself, yuh hear!

  9. luther thorne December 5, 2017 at 4:18 am

    A waste of a seat

    • Mark My Word December 5, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Wait Luther get Horn you still living
      I thought you went on hunger strike and done dead and bury

  10. straight talk December 5, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Go home and enjoy thee dirty money that were left behind .

  11. archy perch December 5, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Luther Thorne what happened to your hunger strike??????
    You made me go and buy a casket – not a coffin – lined with silk to show you how I felt about you during your time here among us sensible citizens. I wasted my money? Don’t tell me that your word is not your bond. Or did you make an empty promise just like your crooked lying Barbados Labour Party which you blindly support.

    • Hewers of wood December 5, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Lol. I want to personally do his autopsy.

  12. chris hill December 5, 2017 at 6:25 am

    so how come persons in the dip writing to the Froon to take up what they see as an easy win seat. mara just go along things will be better without the DEMs. take the oney and disappear because you know when Mia starts her hearings you are in the bulls eye.

  13. Harry December 5, 2017 at 6:34 am

    and it has taken her all of this time to say that the Nation got it wrong???????????

  14. MARIA Holder December 5, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Girl, go and look after yuh grandchile do. You know the members in the DLP treat you like a dog – try an guh long.

  15. harry turnover December 5, 2017 at 7:02 am

    So the Nation got it all wrong and you wait till now to say so ? maam you are just another one that can’t tell a proper lie.Wonder who talked to you to say that was nonsense .
    You telling the Nation newspaper one thing and BT another thing,but up to now YOU HAVEN’T answered the question BT posed to you
    Next time YOUR CONSTITUENTS ask you if you running you might probably tell them both what was reported in the Nation and BT were nonsense.
    How come your LEADER don’t know if you running or not ? how come at least two people want that St.John seat ?
    When the Nation asked you ..didn’t you say NO and NOTHING ELSE ? or are you saying that you said something else and they didn’t report it ? then IF that was the case you should have taken legal action against them THEN… therefore can you explained how some
    one can get a one worded answer of NO ALL WRONG if that was not the case ?

  16. harry turnover December 5, 2017 at 7:11 am

    BT ..look out… next year January she might probably say what was written by you was nothing short of “nonsense”.too and “what was put in the paper [Barbados Today] was definitely very wrong,”

  17. Greengiant December 5, 2017 at 7:36 am

    BLP’s really want this seat. This would be the icing on the cake.

    Remember though, ‘a year in politics is a very long day’.

  18. Ossie Moore December 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Ricardo Worrell says : With all them millions that David left I was expecting she’d be on a beach in Hawaii with a young stud rubbing sun tan lotion all over her.

    straight talk says : Go home and enjoy thee dirty money that were left behind .

    Ossie says : Listen guys although it’s good to have a lot of money having millions and billions and trillions and zillions of money really does not mean that you are happy and enjoying life ( although I would love to have the zillions just for the experience ).

    Years ago back in the 70’s Billy Graham said during one of his sermons that there was a Texas oil billionaire who was on his death bed , and during his final days he said to his Doctors ” I’ll give you all of my money if you can stop me from dying ”

    Well he finally died . . . . . . but the moral of the story is that having the millions , billions , trillions and zillions really doesn’t mean that you are a happy person.

  19. Helicopter(8P) December 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Just remember some of the most productive civil servants and police officers were and are out of st.John.

  20. Ossie Moore December 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    . . . . . . one more thing guys ! It is rumored that Arnold Schwarzenegger once said ” money is not everything , I have fifty five million dollars now , but I feel just as good as when I only had fifty million dollars , so money is not everything “

  21. milli watt December 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Albert warn Mia bout measuring the curtains to early…….this is real bacchanal bout hey

  22. Lorenzo December 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    This is an attempt by the DLP to appear united,which we all know they are not with the Minister of Finance and the minister of Agriculture at regular logger heads,plus the other members of the Eager Eleven still around.Mrs Thompson is saying that the Paprer got it wrong.How do you get and answer of no wrong.Does not make sense.Then you have Mr Pilgrim and Mr McClean expressing a desire to run,why would they have done so?something here does not add up maybe she is being asked to stay on until after the Elections,that is the only rationale I could see to explain her u turn.

  23. Carlisle Norville December 20, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    maybe Mara is of the opinion that the D.L.P will win the coming election ,& she does not want to miss out on the GOOD living, she was granted her position because her husband apparently was a nice person( she has not got a clue about being a politician I believe she set for life now, so she could take a rest & enjoy the GOOD life.!


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