No way!

Wickham and Belle dismiss talk of new UPP-led alliance

Two of this island’s leading political scientists have dismissed out of hand last weekend’s announcement by the umbrella Citizens Action Partnership (CAP) that it was subsuming itself into the Lynette Eastmond-led United Progressive Party (UPP).

In fact, while agreeing with Dr George Belle that the two parties were simply “skylarking”, pollster Peter Wickham said that like his former University of the West Indies colleague he was not about to waste his breath offering any serious analysis of the development.

“I am not taking them seriously and I am comfortable with George Belle’s analysis that they are skylarking. So my thing is if you are going to skylark, go ahead. I am not going to encourage [them] by giving serious analysis to what they are doing,” Wickham said in support of Belle’s position on the matter.

However, following Saturday‘s announcement by leader Wendell Callender that CAP, which was launched back in February as a coalition of fringe parties, had “unanimously agreed” to cease operations to facilitate the full integration of its candidates into the UPP, Eastmond has also confirmed the development, which she said has forced her party, which was also launched ten months ago, to take another look at its slate of candidates.

“If CAP ceases to exist, it means that the candidates of CAP are coming to run with the UPP.  But then we have to go through the process to see who the candidates are. We don’t know them. Our candidates are up on our website, but we don’t know who their candidates are. So then you would have to go through that process. So we are going through the process to determine where former CAP candidates would be placed,” she said with her party having declared 15 political candidates.

Earlier this year, CAP had announced 13 confirmed candidates with Callender revealing that it would not be contesting all 30 seats at stake in the next election. He explained at the time that due to limited finances, the party would be capping off its participation at 22 candidates, in the hope of replicating the 1961 election victory by then Premier Errol Barrow, whose Democratic Labour Party (DLP) had only contested 15 of the 24 seats at the time.

However, that position now seems to be out of the window, as the Mark Adamson-led People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) is said to be not interested in participating in the UPP-CAP accommodation. The PDC, along with the Lynroy Scantlebury-led New Barbados Kingdom Alliance had earlier committed to CAP.

Today, the leader of the Barbados Integrity Movement could not be reached for comment on the development, but when contacted the leader of the island’s fifth fringe party, Grenville Phillips, also rejected the idea.

“We won’t be considering merging with anyone [who is] planning to go to the IMF [International Monetary Fund] and to our knowledge, everyone plans to go but us. We are the only party with a non-austerity plan,” Phillips, who is the leader of Solutions Barbados, told Barbados TODAY.

However, with general elections constitutionally due by the middle of next year, pundits are suggesting that none of the five little-known political parties stand a chance of winning.

They are therefore predicting a straight fight between the incumbent DLP of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and the Mia Mottley-led main Opposition Barbados Labour Party, even though Callender has expressed confidence that the combined CAP/UPP team, under Eastmond’s leadership, will impact positively on the poll results.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

12 Responses to No way!

  1. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald December 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    A lot of BS talk keep ur money

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  2. Saga Boy December 12, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    These two political scientists have no credibility. They are jokers of the highest degree. One started a political party which failed while the other is not likely to support any other party because he wishes to remove any potential threats from his beloved BLP. He is like Belle an emotional political scientist. They are ruled by their hearts and hatred of the DLP.

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  3. Kevin December 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Two of these, and others, see UPP & CAP as a threat to the BLP. Thats why they are so against this new party.

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  4. Sherlock Holmes. December 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Exactly Kevin whenever something or someone or any group are deemed as irrelevant there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to waste time commenting. This shows that these two fake pollsters/political scientist are overly concerned about the roles these additional parties can play. I will tell you something as well they are making traction despite what the naysayers are espousing people are genuinely fed up with both mainstream parties and these newer parties will be the proverbial spanner thrown into the works.

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  5. Big Man December 13, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Thee UPP gine give thee Babylonians a run fuh dem money

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  6. archy perch December 13, 2017 at 3:17 am

    “BREAKING HERE FIRST;CBC sacks Peter Wickham over secret corruption briefings to U.S Ambassador”. Once you Google that one would establish Peter Wickham’s credibility. As per Dr. George Belle…Georgie once was on Owne Arthur’s crooked BLP government payroll as $65,000 per year adviser. He is the BLP consummate yardfowl now turned YARDDUCK, AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT DUCKS DO. Now we can trail why the bitterness displayed towards the DLP from these two IMBECILES.

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  7. Alex Alleyne December 13, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I am not worried or taking any of them serious because I am voting “CANDIDATE”, not PARTY.

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  8. Sheron Inniss December 13, 2017 at 6:53 am

    It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings.

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  9. Alex Alleyne December 13, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Just can’t see myself defending none of them after the elections.

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  10. roger headley December 13, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Delusions of grandeur?

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  11. Ernesta Catlyn December 13, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The reason for forming the UPP was not to win even a seat. Since then they may feel a little empowered by some persons bolstering their egos so the mandate is the same but now they think there is some light ahead – it is a firefly not the beacon on the hill

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  12. hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    @ Saga Boy, archy perch, Kevin and Holmes, you`ll are enough to form a party too, only to find s name suitable for you would be a big head problem, I would name it; “Saga and his comics”.

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