Thompson not ruling out a return to Cabinet

She was fired from the previous Owen Arthur-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Cabinet back in 1999, but with Mia Mottley currently at helm of the main Opposition, former Minister of Health Elizabeth Liz Thompson is not ruling out the possibility of a full political comeback.

However, with the BLP having already confirmed its full slate of 30 candidates for the next election that could be called any moment now by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Thompson, who is currently employed as an international consultant, said her immediate focus was on helping the BLP get back into Government.

“I am passionate about politics and I will always think of myself as a politician or a recovering politician. I remain sufficiently interested in politics that if the Labour Party asks me to help with the upcoming election campaign I would, and they have asked and I have said, ‘yes’,” she told Barbados TODAY in the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius where she delivered the keynote address at the sixth Statia Sustainability Conference.

However, in view of her decision to quit active politics back in 2010 after serving for over 12 years in various ministerial capacities, including health, housing and lands, physical development, energy and environment, Thompson did not dismiss the idea of making such a return, even though she pointed out that “we have not had an election that is won by the Barbados Labour Party [and] I have not been given any invitation to come back into the Government or any political role”.

Pressed by Barbados TODAY on the issue, Thompson, who currently lives between Barbados and the United States, said: “I deliberately did not choose to run [as a candidate this time around].

“I could have come home and contested a nomination if that was where my interest was, but political office, the kind of position you are talking about, is within the gift of a prime minister and no prime minister has offered me a gift . . . so I only see myself as somebody helping to secure a Labour Party victory because Barbados needs urgently a change of Government. That is my priority,” she stressed.

Without giving anything away in terms of the BLP’s strategy for the upcoming poll, constitutionally due by the middle of next year, Thompson said the party would be kicking its election campaign into high gear come January 2018.

“The Barbados Labour Party will fight a clean, vigorous campaign focused on the issues and our vision for taking the country forward, because we believe that we are the only party in Barbados at the moment with a very clear vision of what needs to be done and, critically, with the largest number of experienced candidates to get the job done and get it done quickly,” she said.

“There is no other [political] party in Barbados that can say that it has a slew of candidates who together worked successfully to turn the country around after 1994 and to bring it to where we did; only the Barbados Labour Party has that. So that is the kind of basis [on which] we are going to be asking people to vote,” she added.

Thompson, an attorney-at-law, also cried shame on the Freundel Stuart administration, saying the country was now “in a mess”.

“There isn’t any aspect of society, economy or environment that is being properly addressed or well-managed or on which there is any vision or which people feel any sense of hope or that the current Government has solutions or interest in finding solutions,” she said.

However, the ex-minister was reluctant to predict the outcome of the next election since she said Barbadians tended to vote on the basis of emotion and not rationality.

“I think people do want a change and you can feel it on the ground . . . [but] I don’t want to make any predictions,” she told Barbados TODAY, adding that “I would like to see a large and comfortable Barbados Labour Party majority Government, because that is what the country needs and that is what I am hoping for and praying for and what I will work towards”.

72 Responses to Thompson not ruling out a return to Cabinet

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 7, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    The BLP as currently constituted has a cadre of young, bright talent, when coupled with those who’ve already served, comprises the “right mix”. I saw you at the Annual Conference & the fire still burns in your belly. Barbados will be better serves if you’re called upon to give of your amazing intellect, experience, training & giftings to the stabilization & eventual growth to this country. There will be those that will criticise if an offer is given & accepted but your participation in the rebuilding exercise would redound to the country’s benefit. Worry not, you’ll serve at Mia behest because there’s much work for you to do. Welcome On Board.

  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Sound good to me!

  3. Javon Griffith
    Javon Griffith December 7, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I would welcome Liz Thompson back as a Senator and cabinet minister again!

  4. Advent Divers
    Advent Divers December 8, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Lizzie,,I have always respected you and the way you conducted yourself as firstly a lady,and then a politician,,,,,,but I am of the opinion that you should follow the council of Psalm 128 vs 2 and Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

  5. Patrick Bennett
    Patrick Bennett December 8, 2017 at 12:26 am


  6. archy perch December 8, 2017 at 12:58 am

    How many Ministries have Liz Thompson been in charge of again when she was a part of the Owen Arthur administration.
    Health; Housing and Lands; Physical Development and Energy; and Environment. A rolling stone that gathered no moss. How many did she fail in again? How many Ministries did Owen fire her from again??? Owen got so tired of moving her around and she messing up, that he put his right boot in her arse. This is why Liz got at the recent 79th BLP general conference and scandalized the man and his family. Owen later denounced her for doing that. Liz forgets how the Democratic Labour Party helped her, which one day she would pay for as an ungrateful itch. I remember that as Housing Minister, instead of building houss on lands around the country to help the poor, she built houses on the Ministry’s compound. LOL. Oh Lord Mah Belly! Some of the houses she called Bumble Bee and all sorts of stupid names. The Golden Showers woman wants her girlfriend Mia to give her piece in a Mia Cabinet. That kitchen cabinet would be full of roaches. There will NOT be a governmental BLP Cabinet. I already said….The Dems will win again, mark my word. Sure people are hurtng, but the people are not stupid. They know the government is walking the tightrope and doing the best it can with the available monies.

  7. Big man December 8, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Liz is still as cantankerous as ever
    After that mess at Greenland where you spent over $30 million dollars to build a landfill, and to this day a landfill can’t be seen in Greenland and the unholy Golden shower in Silver Sands coupled with the contract to remove the asbestos and a litany of woes
    You really don’t have no shame
    Somebody want going to Prison for Greenland
    Yuh think cause yuh run way fuh ten years we fuh get yuh
    Run way again Gal

  8. Cecelia Cox
    Cecelia Cox December 8, 2017 at 1:48 am


  9. Saga Boy December 8, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Can you imagine that after such a horrible performance which lead to her being fired by Prime Minister Owen Arthur people on this thread taking about welcoming Liz back to government? You clearly are not aware of her past performance. She is a liability with lots of baggage. Ask her about the failed housing projects which she assigned the name of birds and the golden shower project the size of a bathroom which her husband built for over $300,000.

  10. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 8, 2017 at 2:59 am


  11. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins December 8, 2017 at 3:39 am

    Least we forget; let history be our guide.

  12. Simon Gooding
    Simon Gooding December 8, 2017 at 3:55 am

    ….Buhbaydus people…yuh all too love wanna cold soup politicians………

    • Troy Marshall
      Troy Marshall December 8, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Simon Gooding it seems ulove DEM sewage dogs and tieves.

    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      All politicans is the same thing the Bees eat, drink and took what they wanted so the Dems will do the same. No sense fussing.

  13. chris hill December 8, 2017 at 6:03 am

    i for one do not encourage this. i saw personally the destruction of the Low Income program under Liz. it would be a big mistake to take on such an arrogant past minister that never could muster the roles she was put in. Mia keep this woman far from policy making.

  14. Sophia Foster
    Sophia Foster December 8, 2017 at 6:07 am

    To do what u should go on boat cruise relax after all u did like nothing

  15. Miguel Griffith
    Miguel Griffith December 8, 2017 at 6:34 am

    lol I realize that lately a bunch of just in case politicians coming out of the woodwork. I don’t want to see her in any place of power in Barbados.
    Let the young ones get a chance cause nuff of you all old heads is the problem. We dont want no more thieves in the treasury.
    Bajans are to quick to forget bout ppl wicked thieving ways and I am not about to forget. ****Golden beach bath in Silversands****
    She should keep out of parliament and stick to writing books

  16. Alex Alleyne December 8, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Yes, I can see a piece of the pie is there for the taking…….Why not. “The more I get/got is the more I want”.

  17. Nickk Moore
    Nickk Moore December 8, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Some of wunna ain’t do nothing while in office…and here looking to come back and do nothing again

  18. Carson C Cadogan December 8, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Is this the same person who changed a Zone 1 water area into a Zone 2 just before an elections in order to get campaign funds from a certain entity????

    • roger headley December 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Probably! if it was illegal charges should have been filed – were they? Having asked that, I am however of the opinion that Liz has not matured – still appears to be very emotional and impulsive. Has never been a good characteristic of a public figure.

  19. Steve L. Jemmott
    Steve L. Jemmott December 8, 2017 at 7:47 am

    I would hate to think that happens. We need to move on ; a new leader and fresh blood . I just hate to see “yard-ducks”, these waddle around the yard at dinner time to gobble up the largest pieces of the soup and poop up all over the place . While the “yard fowls” get the little picks and has to be always scuffling through the mud and marl to fight off the worms, centipedes and rats.

  20. Tony Webster December 8, 2017 at 8:19 am

    There ARE talented young folks, waiting their turn. Yes, experienced heads are also required, but let’s put Country First this time around. We cannot afford anything less than cabinet ministers of outstanding ability, integrity, committment, and performance.

  21. harry turnover December 8, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Mia you should have put LIZ to run up by me instead of that joker you sent and I am not referring to St.Philip either where you put a JOHNNY ( John King ) to run against a PIT BULL ( Dr. David Estwick.
    Hope you arrange for 3 ambulances to be on standby as he is going to be mauled 3 to 1

  22. Ralpw W Talma December 8, 2017 at 8:35 am

    1. I do believe Mrs Thompson has started, and is enjoying, a new career as a Sustainabilty Consultant and that is where she should remain.
    2. God willing and the DLP wins the election, then, surely, its Ministers must initially be those who have been shadowing their respective portfolios.

  23. Ralpw W Talma December 8, 2017 at 8:38 am

    1. Do disregard my last for DLP read Barbados Labour Party.

  24. Ralpw W Talma December 8, 2017 at 8:42 am

    1. I do believe Mrs Thompson has started, and is enjoying, a new career as a Sustainability Consultant and that is where she should remain.
    2. God willing and the BLP wins the next election, then, surely, its Ministers must initially be those who have been shadowing their respective portfolios,

  25. Alwyn Babb
    Alwyn Babb December 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Well well

  26. Mark My Word December 8, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Lizzy go rest your self
    The young people taking over
    Take a rest, sleep well, you had your time

  27. andy g December 8, 2017 at 10:19 am

    wunna mek she a millionaire under owen,now wunna want to mek she a billionaire.she aint gine gih wunna non.she ignore all good advise about Greenland,mek she shelf a millionaire,then when owen decide she is too cantekerous( he cant take er enough)and millions wasted,he fired her. Has she ever done any thing outstanding to deserve another chance. I don’t think so

    • andy g December 8, 2017 at 10:23 am

      sorry. word should be cantankerous

  28. Kathy December 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Come on Liz you can’t be serious, that ship has sailed. There is nothing here for you and no one wants to see the revival of the “Powderpuff girls”. Stick to what you are doing now. Go write about your old adventures and some new ones.

  29. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton December 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    From the mouth of the person who wasted millions on a dump that cannot be used!!!!!

  30. Steve Rock
    Steve Rock December 8, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Wait. Is that the same liz Thompson that now live in America?

    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Yes!! She was attack by a white racist man on a train, so she decided she had enough of American and looking to come back home to be in Mia’s cabinet.

  31. Crystalene Alexander
    Crystalene Alexander December 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Alla wunna now gine look to run back cause unna think the Bs got it in d bag now…just like what Arthur do last time but he beak get brek.

    Bajans study wunna head cause ya know wunna memory short…hmmm

    • Troy Marshall
      Troy Marshall December 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

      And Crystalene Alexander u seem to either have a concussion or senile,u better wake up and smell the coffee.DEM can;t win and blp got it in the bag.Shut up and go and sleep like yout big nose prime minister,he aint mine,can’t stand him.

    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 8, 2017 at 11:38 am


    • Donna Haynes
      Donna Haynes December 8, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Deaddddd #savagebuttrue

    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      I dont know where he come from D…everybody know Im a B right tru…all I could so is sigh….but YES Bajan forget quick.

    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 8, 2017 at 1:57 pm
    • Anthony L. Seale
      Anthony L. Seale December 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      She aint even a good lawyer

    • Donna Haynes
      Donna Haynes December 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    • Donna Haynes
      Donna Haynes December 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Sometimes yah does just got to sigh lololol I near dead tho hahahahaha ..anyhuuuuu

    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott December 8, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Crystalene Alexander …what you said was correct not once but twice: that man seems got it all together, elections are over….lol

    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham December 8, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Tell us why his beak was broken ?? And by who? If politicians weren’t about self we wouldn’t be in this position . I saw B’s campaign against each other’s whose design was that ?

    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      By the good citizens of Barbados….did the B’s win then?

    • Crystalene Alexander
      Crystalene Alexander December 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      AHHHHHHH!!!….Steve that is my point exactly!!…..Mia needs to be very careful now who she accepts bk!!!!….now Im in favor of the BLP…but not every B is a good choice.
      Lets not forget history and repeat the past.

    • Steve L. Jemmott
      Steve L. Jemmott December 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      True, polititions today have to pay attention to the effects of toxicity in their camp and persons who believe in individualism and rackettering. Voters are becoming allergic to these persons. We need persons of calibre, integrity, character, vision and a passion for the up liftment of citizenry and country. If you’re tainted, lazy and looking for golden parachutes; wrong plane, -stand down we int flying with that kind.

    • Adrian M Chase
      Adrian M Chase December 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Steve L. Jemmott….raise your hand bro….Well said on the issue of toxicity.
      The UPP will soon find this to be true.

    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Steve L. Jemmott and that is precisely what is going to happen to Mia to much darkness and toxicity in her camp. With a well known hate for liz by the masses she should not even make mention about even returning because it would send the wrong message. Most bajans waking up.

  32. archy perch December 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    @Ralpw W Talma. I know deep in your heart you meant DLP so it’s alright. Your family name was a former Deputy Prime Minister under the DLP back in the years….Edwy Talma. I regret to inform you though that the crooked Barbados Labour Party will NOT be elected to steer this Barbados ship. Maybe if they had Owen Arthur at the helm, but not the bully. The rug will soon be pulled from under her again by old Georgie who himself wants to be PM. The five Arthurites are still in there lying silent for now. Another DLP fellow crossed recently to spy on youall.

  33. Anthony L. Seale
    Anthony L. Seale December 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm


  34. Anthony L. Seale
    Anthony L. Seale December 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Waste of time

  35. Greengiant December 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    No not Liz.

  36. F.A.Rudder December 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Well Ms Thompson your vision might be clear but lets look at all the other nationals who are also members of your party who work as civil servants. Can you tell me that they over-look the good of this fair land and allow systems to fail because they are not the ruling party? I think not good of that! In my terms that’s not nationalistic. This administration is now under transparency never before seen; I should say; in the global village. I-phones are now in everyone’s hands and Information Technology is at our fingertips. Mistakes that prior administrations had made without instant acknowledgement, as is today; were oversighted to latter times. That’s not true of today’s politic.

  37. Ronald Kellman
    Ronald Kellman December 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    and don’t forget de toilet that cost $1m

  38. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham December 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Too many attorneys in parliament need more lay citizens forget the doctors and lawyers we all see what they can do .

  39. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall December 8, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    It sure is silly season

  40. Maria Skeete
    Maria Skeete December 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I Liz girl u getting old. Rest your self and get your hair done go to the beach and forget about politics

  41. Donild Trimp December 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    With all due respect Liz, the Right Honorable Prime minister at the time fired you for incompetence and you ran off to new York in shame.

    Who in their right mind will put you in charge of anything again?

    Barbadians are not as stupid as you think. With your re-involvement in the BLP, Barbadians will sooner stick with the DLP.

  42. real vexx December 8, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks rishona for that comment……too much lawyers….. Like them feel nobody ain’t got more sense than them……I voting for somebody that work in the CROP……Sick of all these doctors and lawyers….

  43. Bajan Patriot December 9, 2017 at 6:30 am

    This is the first time in Barbadians voting history that there will have a choose on election day other than BLP OR DLP. I think all Barbadians should cool them heads and reflect on the pass. Barbadians need new leadership. We just cant keep putting the same people in power and expect CHANGE. Let put COUNTRY FIRST.
    Stop with the party politic. It have distroy us as a people. NEED CHANGE? THEN VOTE CHANGE!

  44. Nathaniel Samuels December 10, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    But you guys would want the DLP back after they systematically destroyed the economy of this fear island.

  45. David December 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    A few weeks ago this lady referred to our Prime Minister as a pit toilet prime minister. That was indeed very insulting not only to the PM himself but to all of us Barbadians who as some point in time had the usage of a pit toilet.She referred to Tom,Grantley, Bree & Errol as no pit toilet leaders.
    This product of a pit toilet family will never ever go to a polling booth and vote for Mia Mottley who never had the experience of using a pit toliet.She cannot identify with me and the vast amount of Barbadians who had that experience also.
    Dems now and Dem again and again


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