Christmas message from the UPP

A merry Christmas to all; to the residents of Barbados and to our visitors who have chosen to spend this festive season with us on our island home. Welcome!
I am Lynette Eastmond, leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP). Greetings to you all.
In the midst of our celebrations,I would wish us to pause to remember those who will not enjoy this Christmas season because of some recent loss or tragedy as well as those who never find this time a joyous one. We hold you in our hearts.
This Season celebrates the story of Jesus Christ, a story of hope and aspiration. But even in the midst of such hope, the story tells us that human beings are often sceptical of gifts which appear to come freely to them. I want to address this natural scepticism today.
On February 9, 2017, I along with a small group of dedicated patriots formed the United Progressive Party to bring a new political narrative to Barbadians in preparation for the next General Election.
As our message of individual responsibility and political prudence has spread, we have since then grown in number and support.
We are exceedingly grateful to those of you who have listened with open minds and hearts and have accepted us into your political landscape. We hope to move forward with your help to bring progressive change to Barbados as a whole; to fulfil the potential we all can see before us.
The existence of the UPP is indeed a message of hope. Against tremendous odds we were able to launch a new party which we see, every day, has inspired Barbadians to take a fresh look at their society and encourage them to take action to set up new institutions where they consider them necessary.
At this Christmas time, I am encouraged by all I have seen throughout the last ten months. Our democracy is alive and well. We have gone throughout the community and spoken to many people willing to effect change in their lives and in society, willing to assist in building up their world, and each other, with honest sweat and unshakeable determination.
We as a young party are encouraged by the persons whose help we were able to enlist to carry out small projects throughout Barbados, doing what we can as a party and as citizens to practice our principles on a scale we could only have imagined ten months ago.
It goes to show that as a country, as a people, we only need to have the will and drive to succeed. If we pool our talents and resources, we can strive for the pinnacle as a people, together.
We would like to thank all of those persons such as Government Institutions and the Media for extending to us similar courtesies as those traditionally extended to the old political parties.
We would like to thank the people who have welcomed us into their homes and communities as we continue to hold meetings and introduce ourselves to everyone.
We also thank all our supporters, the tireless volunteers who have given of their time and money. Thank you!
As families across Barbados come together for the festivities, we rejoice in our good fortune while looking out for those among us who are less fortunate. We remember those who are more vulnerable or suffering as we reach out to them with gifts, love and fellowship that should go on past this season.
For Christians around Barbados this season marks the celebration of the birth of Christ.
For Jesus, the great teacher, taught through word and deed much that would help us in our daily lives today.
Jesus taught us the role that laws and regulations must play in our society; that the law must be used for uplifting people and not for the oppression of people.
He taught us about integrity in all of our dealings; turning over the tables of the money changers and vendors who had set up their business in the temple.
He taught our people that as we should not hide our talents and that we would be rewarded when we put them to good use.
He taught us that our soul is more important than our worldly possessions.
Such important teachings are as applicable today as they were hundreds of years ago.
Barbados has had many challenges and perhaps some of these challenges stem from our failure to incorporate these principles in our own lives, our society and in our governance.
The UPP’s message of progressivism is underpinned by our values of strong communities, a sense of compassion, and respect for human dignity; it also holds the conviction that we can get up and fashion the world as how we want to live, to fit the world we see in our dreams.
Have a very merry Christmas and a progressive 2018.
Lynette Eastmond
Leader of the United Progressive Party

15 Responses to Christmas message from the UPP

  1. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith December 24, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Same to you

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  2. Caroline Eastmond
    Caroline Eastmond December 24, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Same to u cuz

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  3. Kevin December 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks Lynette. Same to you and yours.

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  4. Stephen December 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Just like all politicians, they wait until they leave a political party to criticise and have all these new ideas.

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  5. Stephen McLean December 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Good message

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  6. Greengiant December 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    @Stephen: Thanks mate. The policies are good when they’re on board. Only when they leave they can talk about all the faulty policies.

    They are loyal only to the parties they represent once they’re products of that obsolete westminster political system. Lynette and her crew are no different, all rolled off the same risograph as the traditional BLP and DLP. They only know how to manage dept, they have no idea how to make dept reduction sustainable.

    Sorry, Solutions Barbados for me.

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  7. Mark My Word December 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    @ Greengiant which party you left to join Solutions Barbados

    How or in what way Solutions Barbados is different and not rolled off the same risograph as the traditional BLP and DLP.

    Where is the proof that Solutions Barbados can make debt reduction sustainable or have a clue how to manage an economy .

    My Solution to you Greengiant is to get Solutions Barbados to join Forces with the United Progressive Party (UPP), United they stand a chance divided they will fall flat and forfeit
    they deposit.

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 10:27 am

      @Mark My Word – I agree with you, however we cannot know for sure on their abilities to manage/lead, ( SB – I mean). However, the obstinate solutions Barbados leader is ruling out a coalition – How stupid. So here is a typically display of the can’t or won’t get along mentality being displayed. They obviously never heard about the foot-in-the-door Selling/business method.

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      • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 10:31 am

        NEITHER ONE OF THEM STAND A CHANCE OF WINNING ON THEIR OWN.

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  8. John Everatt December 24, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Somehow I do not think that the UPP would want to be associated with any of the Solutions candidates.

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  9. hcalndre December 25, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Is the money/donations that you politicians receive, is it reported to the authorities and its not from shady characters.

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  10. archy perch December 25, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Lynette I hope you and your colleagues who were former big-ups in the crooked Barbados Labour Party, tell us what the true story in within that grouping. They would have us believe that all is well, when they likes of George Payne, Gline Clarke, and the other Arthur boys, are still big players. That group pulled the rug from under Mia before and are getting ready to do it again. Georgie wants to be Prime Minister also.So spill the beans Lynette, we all are waiting.

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  11. maxsteel December 25, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Same to u and yours, but wait no xmas hampers lol , oh well I still got lil luncheon meat and salt bread to eat no HAMMM lol

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  12. jrsmith December 25, 2017 at 9:47 am

    We the people is hoping all you new parties is hoping for power in Barbados , but we need to see who is coming and bringing 250 to 500 millions dollar of business investment ……………….

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  13. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    What a pretty face……..Nice photo….. Seasons greetings ya all.

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