Eastmond accuses Mia of setting a bad example

Leader of the fledgling United Progressive Party (UPP) Lynette Eastmond believes the main Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is setting a bad example by plastering election posters on utility poles in all 30 constituencies, despite a specific request for political parties to refrain from such practice.

Eastmond told Barbados TODAY that besides going against the wishes of Barbados Light & Power (BL&P), the BLP seemed to have very little regard for the environment.

“The whole thing really doesn’t set a good example in terms of concerns about the environment and sustainability . . . For people to be engaging in behaviour like that, what kind of example does it set?” Eastmond asked.

Though insisting that she was not criticizing the BLP for its method of campaigning, the UPP leader stressed that her concern was about the impact the thousands of brightly coloured posters could have on the island’s already stretched garbage disposal system and the environment.

“The UPP is not criticizing them for what they have done. They have to make their decisions. Our issue really is to ensure that Barbados in all instances starts to look at our environmental practices and our practices for sustainability. That is what we are concerned about. We have to try and work it through in everything that we are doing,” she told Barbados TODAY.

“Of course in Barbados we are concerned as a small country we have problems with the disposal of waste already. So that kind of process is really inconsistent with a sound environmental policy. So that is the main issue for us. We don’t want to participate in that kind of behaviour,” she added.

Eastmond, who has already been engaging in political meetings, declined to say what other campaign methods the UPP was likely to employ for the election season, though not ruling out the possibility of printing posters.

“I will admit to you that if we decide that we are not going that route it puts us at a disadvantage, but we are hoping that Barbadians are moving with us in terms of having a more progressive outlook as far as the environment is concerned. It is something that is not usually a political issue unless it has something to do with criticism of what Government has done or not, but in terms of sustainability of the environment for a small country like Barbados that really has not been on the political agenda,” she said.

Eastmond confirmed that the UPP had also received a letter from the electricity company, which specifically asked political parties to “refrain from placing promotional items on Light & Power poles”.

“Placing cloth, posters and signs on our poles pose a danger to our linemen and contractors. It is for this reason that over the years, we have consistently appealed to Barbadians to desist from the practice,” the letter said.

“If the spurs used to climb the poles come into contact with staples or nails, it could result in a serious fall and/or injury. In addition, some pole identification numbers are obscured by the posters and in the event of an emergency, Light & Power crews need to be able to identify these pole numbers,” it added.

Eastmond told Barbados TODAY while BL&P was concerned for the safety of its employees, she was also concerned about the “large amount of garbage that comes out of the process”.

“Yes, we were sent the letter and we took the letter seriously with the understanding that they are their poles,” she added.

Efforts to reach Grenville Philips II of Solutions Barbados for comment today were unsuccessful, but one party spokesman declared that the BLP posters were illegal, while asking: “Is this the kind of Government we can expect from the Barbados Labour Party? A Government who has no respect for the laws of this country or for the safety of the utility workers?

“If Light & Power takes no action against this blatant disregard of the law from the BLP, then we can assume that Emera [the parent company of BL&P] is a partisan organization. Accordingly, we will notify their international offices about the partisan behaviour of their local subsidiary,” said the Solutions Barbados official, who requested anonymity.

58 Responses to Eastmond accuses Mia of setting a bad example

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    All quiet About the DLP that put Barbados in this way, “stupes”

  2. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd January 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    They were put up with tape not staples nor nails. What about the politician that drag up the sign saying not bathing in the sea up Worthing and saying it was safe. Is that not against the law. Wannah just got took by surprise. It could only create garbage if wannah tear them down.

  3. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith January 3, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    What have Mia done to you

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd January 3, 2018 at 9:06 pm


    • Roger Fitzgerald
      Roger Fitzgerald January 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Look hush do u just talking cause u an de upp can’t afford to put up posters dats the long an short of it all

  4. Joy Waldron
    Joy Waldron January 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Go take a back seat woman until you can talk something ppl want hear ….

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce January 3, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Go and sort out the Sewage Plant!

  6. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald January 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Hush Lynette an go an eat cheese

  7. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose January 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    I gues Bumble Stewart is a fine example of a awesome leader huh.
    Wrong fruit to be picking maam.

  8. L.Allan Wilkie
    L.Allan Wilkie January 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Give me some BLP posters to plaster all over the country. This is a standard practice we have had in this country for years and years. 61 kms in a 60 kms zone is illegal as well. Try and raise some money and go and get posters.

  9. Troy Whitehall
    Troy Whitehall January 3, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    What mia do you all stop pick on woman go fix all problems

  10. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain January 3, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    So Lynette Eastmond…I would hope that when election is called that you and your party would not put up posters….

  11. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 3, 2018 at 9:17 pm


  12. Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryan January 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    So whether h eyes get posted this wk or when the bell rings what difference does it make in terms of the environment. Point is they will all get posted sooner or later whether it be dlp, blp or upper so what what u r saying makes no sense

  13. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown January 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Oh shut up!!

  14. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain January 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Only 5years ago and more when you were a part of the BLP the putting up of posters was not a problem with you so why make an issue of it now…dahs why I tell yuh…a person should know who they friends are…because you Lynette was part of the birds that flock together….

  15. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan January 3, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    No one will take you and your concocted party seriously, the populace didn’t in the past and will not in the future. All of you will end up as a bunch of losing jokers, but at least the treasury will gain a few dollars from your deposits!

  16. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith January 3, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    When you put sh*t on your Facebook what kind of example is that Lynette? My bad I forget you can’t see this cause you block me because I comment on a post you had up telling you it was not fit for a leader of a political party. #check yourself then talk

    • Sonia Romain
      Sonia Romain January 3, 2018 at 9:22 pm

      You forget she female partners too Kim….

  17. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain January 3, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    The Light and Power ain’t complaining….why should you Lynette

  18. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace January 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm


  19. petra January 3, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Ms. Eastmand why you allow yours to be placed on polls when you were a Blp candidate . you have a short memory. lol

  20. The Truth January 3, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    oh hush do

  21. Philippa Joseph
    Philippa Joseph January 3, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Wait how Lynette Eastmond only know about that now? What happen all those years her poster use to be up on polls in St.Philip? Somebody explain please

  22. Ronald R Thompson
    Ronald R Thompson January 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Go f**k yah self it ppl like u and Owen that want to stop mia but little you know we De ppl of Barbados want her so u and De Dems can go to hell we deserve better BLP

  23. Santini More
    Santini More January 3, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Get over it Lyn girl.

  24. Maria Roach
    Maria Roach January 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    A drowning man/woman catches at a feather.

  25. Debbie A.Leon
    Debbie A.Leon January 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    When yours was up on the said poles you didn’t have a problem. Woman put up ya discourse and less noise doo stupse

  26. Sue Donym January 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    But looka Bajans, though… lambasting Lynette Eastmond for saying that the UPP would respect B’dos Light & Power’s request to desist from placing posters on their poles. If the UPP and their people were to do the same later, then it could be held against the UPP.
    Doesn’t BL&P have a legitimate concern? I did notice some posters put up with tape, but haven’t BL&P said that this could still impede the crews getting an immediate and firm foothold? Not every crew would have the bucket lift.
    On the other hand, how would the commenters like if a party placed posters on their house or car (private property) without their permission – or worse, after they had requested that they not be placed?

    Somewhat related… does BL&P still engage in the practice of making people “buy” poles and later claiming them as theirs? Isn’t that part of the cost of doing business, which will pay for itself very quickly?

    • David Brathwaite January 4, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Have you not heard of “custom and practice?” This had been happening for decades; certainly from the fiftees or sixties.

      The parties should use glue or tape to avoid danger to BL&P workers.

      Maybe next time the parties would be prepared to use another method of advertising, but a change is not feasible at this late stage.

      • Sue Donym January 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Yes @David Brathwaite, maybe it’s time we got *accustomed* to *practising respect* for others’ property and becoming more creative *this time* with using other available resources.

        • David Brathwaite January 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

          Sue, you are absolutely missing the point. If people have not asserted their rights for decades, then they may not be able to claim those “rights” legally after all. This is especially true in the area of property law.

          When I bought a property about 10 years back, there was an encroachment that had lasted 19 years. I was lucky that it was not 20 years or it could have affected the property forever. I dealt with the encroachment immediately and saved myself major headaches in the future.

          That is my point about decades of custom and practice.

          I agree with you, though, that more creative means can be found for political parties to get their message across.

  27. Bajan boy January 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Idiot simple idiocy.

  28. The Negrocrat January 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

    No wonder we got the government we deserve.
    These comments show how stupid and backward we are

  29. Kathie Daniel January 4, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Where did Ms. Eastmond call Mia’s name? Did Barbados Today really need a misleading headline?
    And I wondered the same thing about placing posters and ribbons etc on utility poles.

  30. Saga Boy January 4, 2018 at 1:56 am

    We really have a crisis in this country. A crisis of stupidity. Most of the above statements is clear evidence of a people who can’t think for themselves but are easily lead and can’t or who refuse to argue in a logical fashion. I don’t think a lot of you were paying attention in school.

    • Ernesta Catlyn January 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      All hail the scholar

    • bk January 4, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      I don’t think that our schools teach students to think logically in the first place. Just cut, paste, regurgitate.

  31. luther thorne January 4, 2018 at 3:01 am

    Lynette says she did not say so. BT play that they can moderate comments here on this Blog if one makes a comment but would have the audacity to publish something that the woman did not say only to create an impression. Shame on BT.

  32. chris hill January 4, 2018 at 6:03 am

    if the UPP had the money to print posters they would be up as well. the fact is the BLP is ready to combat the election and their horses are ready to run. the UPP is still taking with the other party about bonding together. Lynette keep your mouth shut, on the loss of the Agard case Lynette just licking her wounds.

  33. ebaje January 4, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Why didn’t Lynette object to her posters on poles in the previous elections despite BL&P also warning against doing so? Does she know if the posters are recyclable? Stupse, no wonder people can see right through the UPP.

  34. Ras January 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Bite up Nooksie was always a bad example
    Nothing New here

    • MARIA Holder January 4, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      Of all the comments on the blog, you would have to get personal. It does not reflect negative against MAM but speaks to your character.

  35. Alex Alleyne January 4, 2018 at 11:21 am

    BL&P should just charge a fee for the Political parties to use the poles to show-off their posters.
    Make some money and keep everyone happy. Let them “PLASTER OVER EACH OTHER”….. if necessary.

  36. Sick and Tired January 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I want everyone to know what is happening at the airport. Major pieces of equipment are not working. Air Traffic Controllers are fed up. The Localizer which assists pilots to an effective landing has been unserviceable for 3 months. This is all happening during the busy Winter season. GAIA Inc and those in charge focus on the number of tourists who pass through the island but never on safety.

  37. MARIA Holder January 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Just sorry enough was not printed to stuff the pot holes

  38. Francis January 4, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Some of these comments ate so vulgar!!
    No class at all Ronald R Thompson…surely with such
    Vulgar language you are hiding with a false name.
    Low class scoundrel!!!

  39. milli watt January 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Lynette you either criticise and show why which you did but don’t criticise and apologise for it. if you take a position take it and defend it. Do not lose focus and DIG IN

  40. Sick and Tired January 4, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Once again my comments were never published. This is the most biased paper I have ever come across. This is all politics. This is why bajans resort to filthy naked departure for news.

  41. Nathaniel Samuels January 4, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I am not against the placing of posters on poles but think it should only be done when elections are called.
    The custom of posters on poles should be accepted but they should also be taken down immediately after the election and disposed of properly.
    For Linette, she along with the other members of her party, especially Gill and Callender, will forfeit their deposits. The same fate will await Solutions Barbados’ members.
    Time for a change. A specific change, the Barbados Labour Party.

  42. Sherlock Holmes. January 4, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    The political conundrums, let the games begin.


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