UPP: We are the new change

The United Progressive Party (UPP) believes it can shock the Barbadian electorate with victory in the next general election due by the middle of next year, and it is looking to the Democratic Labour Party for inspiration.

While dismissing suggestions that it will split the opposition votes and guarantee the DLP a third straight term in office, the UPP insists the country is crying out for change and it is the best party to lead that change.

Addressing a public meeting in West Terrace, St James on Saturday night, the party’s candidate for St James South Christal Austin invoked the spirit of the DLP, which she said was considered a fringe party that could not field a full slate of candidates when it was formed by Errol Barrow in 1955, only to emerge victorious in 1961.

Austin argued that Barbadians recognized back then that the time had come for a change, and suggested that history was about to repeat itself more than six decades later.

“At that point in time you the people of Barbados recognized that it was time for change and I am telling you that that time has come again. We have come full circle again and it is time to do something new. We have to do it for our children, we can’t continue to be so shortsighted only seeing to the end of our noses as a nation, we have to evolve and change,” she stressed.

What Austin did not say was that having been formed in 1955, the DLP, which contested 16 of the 24 seats, lost the 1956 general election, although it won four seats. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which had put forward 19 candidates, won that election with 15 seats. The Progressive Conservative Party won three seats, while Frank Walcott and Mencea Cox were elected as independent members.

The UPP is seen as a party made up of disguntled BLP politicians and BLP rejects.

The party is led by Lynette Eastmond, a former Minister of Commerce, Consumer Affairs and Business Development in a previous BLP Cabinet but who has never won a seat, having been soundly beaten by the DLP’s Dr David Estwick on the three occasions she contested the St Philip West seat.

Former BLP candidates Hutson Griffith, David Gill and Wendell Callender, whose Citizens Action Party recently folded and was subsumed by the UPP, are also actively campainging on the ten-month-old party’s platform.

In addition, Eastmond has made no secret of the fact that she would welcome on her ticket, independent Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard, who won the seat in 2013 for the BLP before she was expelled from the party amid a contentious relationship with its leader, Mia Mottley.

The UPP’s composition has led to suggestions that it could siphon votes from the BLP, thereby paving the way for the DLP to hold on to power.

However, Austin stated that nothing could be further from the truth as her party was not pedalling the “same warmed over ideas” which appeal to the traditional BLP and DLP supporters.

“They talk about us cutting votes, they say that we are cutting the vote and the Democratic Labour Party will get back in because we are going to cut the Barbados Labour Party’s votes. The Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party are in the red ocean fighting for the minds of people who do not see the new vision, they do not see a new way of life for Barbados. The United Progressive Party is changing the entire game, we are not cutting votes. We can’t be cutting votes because the votes we are competing for is in a totally different market. Those two are fighting for the vote of people who are not progressive, but I know that the majority of Bajans are [progressive],” the public relations consultant said.

16 Responses to UPP: We are the new change

  1. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers December 19, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Fighting for the votes of the people who are not progressive…is this the 60% who normally vote that is being considered “not progressive” or is it the “40%”? I find such a statement to be rude and the electorate deserves an apology, since some of your members have called for apologies for less.

    And whats the new change? The word change needs to be expanded on

  2. Sophia Foster
    Sophia Foster December 19, 2017 at 6:24 am

    What new change a party that make up old blp members stupze

  3. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 19, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Seems like all of you are in a deep slumber and having a fantasy dream together, the only body that will be shocked are yourselves and the treasury!

  4. Oliver Smith December 19, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Lynette Eastmond is no Errol Barrow. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  5. Elridge Dixon
    Elridge Dixon December 19, 2017 at 8:59 am

    UPP lacks experience and national candidate recognition. First, only the leader has ministerial experience. We saw this with the current party in power and look at the mess they have created. Barbados cannot afford this again. Secondly, I believe that prospective candidates should demonstrate their willingness to serve by doing work at the community, parish or national level thus building a worthwhile profile. To the best of my knowledge, it appears that most of the UPP candidates are unknown. A similar thing exists in the other parties. He who seeks to be a master; must first be a servant.

    • Beverley Headley
      Beverley Headley December 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Well and factually said! I hope all Barbadians adhere as it is clear that most of these candidates are putting themselves out there for personal gain and not to serve-Bdos is currently in a bad place and we must elect people who will serve our country and not their pockets!

  6. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 19, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Who are the financial backers of UPP? That should be the first question tabled..

    • Ezra Hinds
      Ezra Hinds December 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      Who are the financial backers of all of the parties in Barbados?

    • Michael Crichlow
      Michael Crichlow December 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Ezra Hinds then you are privy so speak

    • Anson Sobers
      Anson Sobers December 19, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Michael your question is very valid since the UPP has hinted at and stated there will be changes in campaign financing

  7. Vernon Harris
    Vernon Harris December 19, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The DLP had a proper leader, not one that was on a spiteful vendetta.

  8. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I want them to do good at the polls. They need some support. D and B are washed out.

  9. jrsmith December 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

    My take this failed government ,is going to win the coming elections ……. Their 2 terms in office with out political or local people challenging what else can be expected …………
    The real political issue in Barbados , the politicians have our people in lock down which have the bajan people scared to express they personal views in public , our politicians say what they like ,do what they like with out any challenging what so ever…….
    When this government win again, what will bajans do what they always do like it or lump it , having another term of pain and suffering……………………..
    What we need a short act of parliament ,to give our people something back of Barbados this act namely so the ……………….. ( Accountability Act 2017 ) which gives the automatic right to the voters , to remove from office any (MPs) who are not working for the people and think they can get away with being failures , how else could failed politicians be removed from office…………
    Is they going to be a chance of a coalition government in Barbados ………….

  10. Martin McCormick
    Martin McCormick December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Same lady write the scripts for “Amaze” adverts ?

  11. Alex Alleyne December 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    “WE ARE THE NEW CHANGE”………so by tomorrow everyone will have a new automobile full of gas and one hundred thousand dollars in the bank. Oh, by the way “all taxes will be waived”.

  12. Bajan Patriot December 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Both parties have some bajan brain wash and politicaly stupid.
    Barbadians have nothing to lost by trying something different.
    The country has been divided between the two camps. Its time for real change. We have everything to gain and nothing to lost by electing new leadership. Lets shock the old guard and send them into retirement.


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