Parties merge

Another political alliance announced

In the lead up to elections which are constitutionally due here by June, another electoral alliance has been formed among two of this island’s fledgling political groupings.

Following the recent announcement made by the Citizens Action Partnership (CAP) that it would be subsuming itself into the United Progressive Party (UPP), the Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) and the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance (NBKA) have announced their own political union.

Flanked by the leader of the NBKA Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, BIM Leader Neil Holder made the announcement this afternoon during a press conference held on the outskirts of the Worthing Post Office in Rendezvous, Christ Church.

From foes to friends: Leader of the Barbados Integrity Movement Neil Holder (left) and Leader of the New Barbados Kingdom Alliance Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury (right) have joined hands for the next general election.

He said BIM, which was launched in March 2016, has joined the forces with the NBKA which was founded in July 2017.

This is the second political alliance announced within the past six weeks, following the amalgamation of the UPP and CAP in December 2017.

Although the duo declined to say under what banner they would be contesting the next poll, they disclosed that they had 14 candidates between them.

However, they are looking to complete a full slate of 30 candidates by the time the poll is called.

“It is a merger not of convenience but a necessity because we share the same views and perspectives in terms of our country and what we look forward to happening here,” Holder said.

“We have the same demands also on service and how we will deliver that to the country and what we expect to those persons who will put themselves up for political office,” he added.

Holder also pointed out that both parties were bent on stamping out corruption.

“One of the reasons we have brought our . . . parties together is to ensure a future for Barbados will no longer have the word corruption associated with our country’s name,” he said.

Meanwhile, Apostle Scantlebury said the union was about giving Barbados the best alternative Government.

“Most of us across this island are aware that we need a change and not just a switch and so we want to make sure that come election time we are prepared to say to the public in Barbados this is an alternative to what you have been doing for the last 50 years. We want to give them the change to not switch but make a definite change,” he said.

24 Responses to Parties merge

  1. Santini More
    Santini More January 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    The writing appears to be on the wall for these new parties. None of them have yet managed to catch the imagination of the public.

    • Juanita Blanco
      Juanita Blanco January 17, 2018 at 6:43 am

      None of these ones but I think UPP is gaining traction though.

  2. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin January 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    All now i wait n for d big brains lead n UUP.. to fix d south coast.. n d pot holes before d elections i am certain i heard engineers lead n d party…
    Put country first…

  3. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles January 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Who and who??

  4. Jai Khan
    Jai Khan January 16, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    De two together still can’t mek one! But don’t let that discourage like Forrest Gump… The treasury needs the money

    • Jack Ryan
      Jack Ryan January 16, 2018 at 11:07 pm

      These ppl all see bajans as stupid and a money tree all that they are doing is trying to get in bed with the treasury. Just trying to secure pension funds for their friends and family

    • Jai Khan
      Jai Khan January 16, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      You may well be right Jack Ryan. Every turkey fuh he own craw

  5. luther thorne January 16, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Look try and write proper English or Bajan Kim Gaskin. You not writing for your friends only yuh know.

    The people have to call for third parties, not third parties thrusting themselves on the people. Sadly if as a party you cannot purchase the X , you will not stand a chance. as a party or group of people seeking political Office. Something for Something
    Bloody corn beef and biscuit politics aint done
    Cor Blimey !!

  6. John Everatt January 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I think that the new parties will have something to offer and I am certainly willing to listen to them all (except Solutions Barbados).

  7. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch January 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand

  8. Bernard Mccollin
    Bernard Mccollin January 16, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    That’s the problem in BARBADOS we’re stuck on B or D u need to try someone else

    • Renaldo January 17, 2018 at 1:08 am

      Do we try someone else for the sake of trying. Are we going to say if someone is going to screw us let it be someone else? Remember depending on who screws you they have different repercussions. Barbados is suffering from a severe lack of local and international investor confidence. Throwing these new parties at the helm is highly unlikely to revive investor confidence. In fact deficiencies in investor confidence are driven by uncertainty which is what the new parties will bring at this time. Think again before you suggest just trying someone new for the sake of it.

    • Iteebah Cadogan
      Iteebah Cadogan January 17, 2018 at 6:24 am

      And wah gin happen you really think dem ain wan wah in d cookie jar too

  9. ch January 17, 2018 at 1:53 am

    We demand too little from our leaders. Persons running for political office should have a resume of solid community or social work and should already be known for this.
    These mostly unknown persons are suddenly qualified to run for office just because there is an election and they want a seat in Parliament.
    They certainly have the legal right to do so but where is the body of work to support It?
    We have to stop being impressed by professional and other lame marks of so- called status and look at service.
    That is what deserves my vote.

  10. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow January 17, 2018 at 1:57 am

    They just look bogus to me…but..never judge the book by the cover…haha

    • MARIA Holder January 17, 2018 at 5:15 am

      I with you, Earl lolll

  11. The Negrocrat January 17, 2018 at 3:20 am

    The UPP should be given a chance. Lynette has worked hard for this country and she has helped many in the creative sector.

    • Renaldo January 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      so based on Lynette helping people in the creative sector we should place the fate of a nation in her hands? helping people in the creative sector cannot seriously be compared to running an entire country.

  12. Mark Eversley
    Mark Eversley January 17, 2018 at 3:49 am

    Coming now to finish lick the stuffing out of bajans

  13. Bajan boy January 17, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Even if the four of them join now And bring In the empty one Solutions Barbados the five of them together cannot make half of a good party and that too is an insult to the fraction. Ask Kerry Sommons…

  14. David Brathwaite January 17, 2018 at 7:49 am

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    I was too young to vote in 1976, but I was keenly aware of politics since I was seven or eight years old. In that election, there was a massively unpopular DLP administration and the response was a plethora on third parties. I remember a UPP, a PPP and several others. I think there were about seven in all.

    They succeeded in syphoning off some votes, but the result was still a landslide victory for the opposition: 17 seats to 7. The landslide would have been even greater had they not diluted the strength of the opposition at the time.

    I believe the impact of this crop of third-party retenders will be the same in 2018; they will save the skin of some government MPs that really should be put out to pasture.

  15. Renaldo January 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    so based on Lynette helping people in the creative sector we should place the fate of a nation in her hands? helping people in the creative sector cannot seriously be compared to running an entire country.

  16. milli watt January 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm


  17. Greengiant January 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    What a combination / union. Neil and Lynroy. Somebody please pray for them both.


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