Apologize Mia!

Former blp St John representative says he was ‘humiliated and betrayed’ by his own party

Former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate Hutson Griffith believes he is deserving of nothing short of an apology from the Mia Mottley-led Opposition party, which he said went all out to publicly humiliate and betray him after he turned in its best showing ever in St John in the 2013 general election.

“I get over one thousands votes, the third person to do so in St John,” said Griffith, while pointing out that despite losing to the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s Mara Thompson for the second straight time, he had almost doubled the 583 votes he had captured in the 2011 by election.

Griffith also acknowledged that the rural constituency has been a DLP stronghold since 1958, but suggested that he should have been given more credit by the BLP for increasing its popularity in St John and closing the political gap somewhat between 2011 and 2013.

However, “to add insult to injury”, Griffith said when it came time for the BLP to confirm its candidates for 2018 race, he was the only BLP incumbent that was presented with five challengers on his slate.

“It is strange because it was a seat that has never been won by the Barbados Labour Party and I really felt insulted,” he told Barbados TODAY, while stressing that his candidacy in St John was on the ascendency and that even though the BLP never really expected to win that seat, the party had performed much better there in the last election than in areas in which it has traditionally had a foothold.

“I was told to go and run in St John with the expectation that the party was going to win the other constituencies and everything was going to be fine, but as fate would have it the people that were supposed to win the seats did not win,” he told Barbados TODAY, while pointing out that in St James South, which was a BLP stronghold up to 2008, the party’s incumbent candidate Sandra Husbands only had one challenger to contend with.

On the other hand, Griffith, who pulled out of last year’s BLP nomination process at the last minute, said he was made to learn at the eleventh hour that there was a move afoot to oust him.

“One of my five challengers called me and asked me if I was running again and I told him, ‘yes I was still running’.  I accepted the respect which that one individual showed, but the rest of the process was an insult to me,” he told Barbados TODAY, adding that “as far as I was concerned they could keep that seat”.

The former BLP representative, who has since quit the party and is now running on a United Progressive Party (UPP) ticket,  also suggested that “I would have to be an idiot to have five persons come up and challenge me”, while blaming Mottley and other senior party officials for the intense internal rivalry that saw a number of “people start walking bout in St John”.

“I made the decision to tell Barbados Labour Party to keep St John and go from around me because of the political foolishness that is going on,” he told Barbados TODAY, while stating that he felt “humiliated and betrayed by the BLP leadership.

“They have no respect! Absolutely none!  The Leader of the Opposition has not written an apology to me yet. I was telling the Barbados Labour Party that they need to stop, something is wrong with the message they are sending about how they treat people but nobody wanted to hear me. The people they had to win the election in 2013 come and sit down on the bench with me like players that get sub in a football game . . . . The BLP owe me an apology man,” Griffith exclaimed.

However, Griffith, who was speaking on the sidelines of Saturday’s UPP meeting in St Andrew, insisted that his decision to run on the UPP ticket had nothing to do with any bitter feelings towards the BLP.

“For the record, my UPP association has nothing to do with that. My decision to run in St John was strictly on principle over the madness that was going on in St John politically.

“I was invited to the UPP following a conversation and since then the United Progressive Party has been growing under the leadership of Lynette Eastmond,” he said, while echoing a number of the sentiments expressed by fellow UPP candidate and former BLP representative for St Michael South Central David Gill, who lost the BLP St Michael South Central nomination to economist Marsha Caddle.

Following his loss by 29 votes in October 2016, Gill immediately decided to quit the party, while charging that the process was rigged because the BLP hierarchy did not want him around anymore.
colvillemounsey@barbadostoday.bb

30 Responses to Apologize Mia!

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    The political history in St John shows that the BLP challengers in that riding get but one chance at contesting that seat. It is reasonable that you should get 2 because of the by-election two years previously. Because of Mara’s non-performance as a MP the seat has become vulnerable for the first time since 1958. It was reasonable for you to expect challengers now that the seat looks as though it can be taken from DEM. Whereas I understand the basis of your argument try to understans mine.

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    • Neval Greenidge
      Neval Greenidge December 12, 2017 at 6:32 am

      What basis for what argument. Is he bigger than the party’s constitution. If he wanted to be the canidate he should have entered the nomination process like all the others. He stood the best chance to win as he would have been the best known. A little work should have made him the winner.

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    • Mike Johnson
      Mike Johnson December 12, 2017 at 9:24 am
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  2. Leroy December 12, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Stupse…what he arguing for? You had 2 bites at the apple when many ppl had one..get over it and move on. Ya better get used to losing now u join upp.

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  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 12, 2017 at 4:47 am

    You lose the nomination

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  4. hcalndre December 12, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Why is it so hurtful when a candidate after being beaten 2 and 3 times in an election and is not given another chance becomes an enemy of the party, it must be something nice that they are after. In the boxing game his manager may have asked he/she to retire because too many head blows could be detrimental to a person`s brain and it seems so with the likes of Gill and Eastmond.

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  5. archy perch December 12, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Hutson, I hope you soaked in your bathtub filled with disinfectant for the biblical seven days, to get the stench of that crooked forked tongue Barbados Labour Party off your body. The wag-their-tails- virus of that party could disable your newest affiliation to the UPP. The gay LGBT agenda is being subtly promoted by them with a view to bringing legislation wrapped in the theme of human rights. One thing I must credit you for Hutson, is that you didn’t seek to join the ruling Democratic Labour Party given your disgust with the conservative club of egotistical maniacs from 111 Roebuck Street. After all, how could you be cursing me one day and loving me another day. The ones that did that are disgruntled former DLP stars, Kerrie Simmons; Trevor Prescod (Mr Africa himself);Ralph Thorne;The Prodical Son Patrick Tannis; Taan Abed and Mah-as-could kiss her arse.All of the latter are opportunists who display no sense of shame.

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  6. Bajan boy December 12, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Like David Gill and idiot Wendell Callender and Lynette Eastmond you guys seem to think a constituency belongs to you all despite losing every time. You idiots dont seem to understand politics but the biggest problem is egos.Were you to big to stand in the nomination?? The BLP owes you nothing looser.

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  7. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 12, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Apoĺogize for what ? You better go and sleep like fumble

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  8. harry turnover December 12, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hudson Griffith ,shut ya RH mout and get use to losing in the UPP too
    You have been a CONSISTENT LOSER in the BLP. You are running now on a UPP ticket for the SAME St.John seat SO THEREFORE ACCORDING TO YOUR ANALYSIS YOU SHOULD WIN THAT SEAT.
    When you LOSE AGAIN,what will be your cry ? that if you were running on a BLP ticket you would have won ?

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  9. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson December 12, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Mr if u dropped out of the contest because you had challengers what is there to apologize about ? If u had won and was blocked from contesting the seat I could understand u feeling let down but man u quit u really have no grounds for complaining…there was an election that u didn’t contest …smh …man up bro

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  10. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart December 12, 2017 at 7:46 am

    UPP is just BLP rejects…

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow December 12, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Stephen D Stewart historically no third party have ever made no inroads into Barbadian politics….

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Michael Crichlow ….I like the idea of several party’s, the outsiders, keeps he two main party’s on there toes….
      Considering we only have 30 MPs…if the smaller party’s get 3/4 seats…that’s a big difference in the running of this country….

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 12, 2017 at 9:28 am

      I’m all ears come election time…I’m looking for forward thinking individuals….people with vision, direction, ideas, and determination…..

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    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow December 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Yes !yes!and Yes..but such as the UPP has no venue and might just split the vote and we are stuck with 4 more yrs of the Stumbles

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

      i can’t see anybody but the party faithful voting DLP….unless Bajans are gluttons for punishment….the last ten years makes it impossible for any new government to do any worse….no body could be as totally useless as this lot….

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      • harry turnover December 12, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Agree 100%.Only the MPs and the die hard yard fowls who have something to gain I see voting DLP next time around.
        That is why I predict a CLEAN SWEEP….the first time in the history of Bajan Politics that the ruling party and the GG would then come together to appoint people to sit in Parliament as an honorary opposition for good measure.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete December 12, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Michael Crichlow noooooooo that cannot happen noooo

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  11. milli watt December 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

    what you expect from (a person) who tell men they should be able to tek a horn an don’t tek it on. Let me explain de constituency horn you wid………….you guessed it. Follow de advice an don’t tek it on

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  12. David Brathwaite December 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    What an idiot!

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  13. colleta December 12, 2017 at 9:51 am

    If the man feels he deserve another chance why should he get it. people are good and pulling down others. Never have anything good to say about our fellowman, yet no one is offering any solutions on how to move forward.

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  14. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale December 12, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Lol, perhaps he’s too sensitive for politics.. #FeelingsHurt

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  15. David Fortune December 12, 2017 at 11:27 am

    So his plan for winning the Saint John constituency this time around is to (1) ask the BLP for an apology and (2) ask the DLP for mercy?

    Perennial LOSER!!

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  16. Frank Taylor
    Frank Taylor December 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Now y’all see why I labelled this man the UPP’s ‘Shadow Minister of Political Suicide’ — this man dense and delusional.

    Now he, by his own admission, fared better than any non-DLP in electoral history, yet he viewed a preliminary intermural contest as “insulting”

    These are the political — and in the case of the cited SMSC candidate — social elitists, that the Party needed to purge from its ranks.

    If you can’t win in the minor league, why sponsor you in the major league.

    Be gone. No apology.

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  17. marcus stephens December 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I agree.Mia should apologize for giving a clown like you another opportunity to represent the people of St.john for a third time.You idiot, did you take time to read the Constitution of the Party.do you understand the meaning of the word Democracy.If three persons all from the parish wanted to contest the Nomination.how dare you think because you received One Thousand votes that you have the right to be hand pick over the other four.The Party need someone that is capable of securing Three Thousand votes not One Thousand.you shouldn’t be bothered about Mia,your main concern should be Charles Griffith.You damn Clown.Please Barbados Today do your research before printing these stories,it got guysma looking real bad.

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  18. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe December 12, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Smh …. shameful Hutson … you should be ashamed … country first brother.

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  19. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith December 12, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    A party of bitterness is all i am seeing and hearing , sad but so true #broken heart ppl #Mia haters # rejects

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  20. straight talk December 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    This whole thing sound so stupid, who thee hell you think you are? you think people have time to waste you are now with the upp go and work and try to win the seat for the upp. Leave Mia Mottley alone apology for what, did Stuart apologoise to Tan Abed or to Patrick Tannis the next person you will be talking bout is lynette Eastmond cause she is going to drop you as well you are no politician you don’t look like one and you don’t sound like one.

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  21. Concern citizen December 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Ms motley needs to be more vigilant with the foxes she keeps she keep bringing into her camp. These people are political opportunist with no relisilence. Once their don’t get what their want their go out and try to black list her with what ever knowledge their might have gain in the party while there. If i was leading a party i would never take sore loosers in it. These people do more harm than good to enhance what you are striving for. He sounds like a fool who should not be in any political party and all the rest that behave like him. Ms Eastmond may want a party but she toos will soon find out that to be successful you should have people on board who come to serve people and not themselves.

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