Solutions Barbados dismisses fears of election violence

Political newcomer Solutions Barbados has dismissed concerns that the imminent general election campaign could descend into violence, pouring scorn on a warning yesterday by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler that things could get out of hand.

Speaking in Parliament on the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2017, introduced by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart “to ensure that specified provisions of the Act are applicable to the rules, regulations and orders made in accordance with the Act”, Sinckler said there were people here who used social media to abuse others.

And noting that the election was due shortly, he warned that, “violence will rear its ugly head in the coming campaign”.

However, Grenville Phillips II, political leader of Solutions Barbados, said this morning that the abuse to which Sinckler referred was nothing new.

In fact, Phillips suggested, the two main political parties, the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), were like two peas in the same pod, and enjoyed throwing insults at each other.

“All this rhetoric is mild. This is how it normally is because at the end of the day they may be from different houses but that they are from same school. The Barbados Labour Party and the Democratic Labour Party are all the same and they are accustomed to talking to each other like that. They call it the cut and thrust of politics. This is normal,” Phillips told Barbados TODAY.

In his presentation yesterday, Sinckler qualified his statement by saying that any election violence would happen only “if the people who are responsible for leading these political parties . . . do not make it abundantly clear to their supporters  . . . that there is a line beyond which they should not cross”.

“I know what I am talking about,” he affirmed.

But in an apparent bid to absolve his party of violent tendencies, and even as he stated that the violence could be provoked by “people on both ends of the spectrum . . . if you do not control them”, the Member of Parliament for St Michael North West also asserted that he was confident that his own leader would not allow such lack of control within the DLP.

However, Phillips today brushed off this assertion, charging that neither of the two main parties would dare advise the “yard fowls protecting their territory” to stop this practice.

And while seeking to make it clear that Solutions Barbados would not engage in “that foolishness”, he said the DLP and the BLP would have little difficulty destroying the reputation of newcomers like him.

“Neither the BLP nor DLP will go and talk to their supporters and tell them stop this foolishness because these yard fowls will do anything for them because they are receiving spillage from the trough when the politicians feed. So some of the yard fowls are very extreme and they will destroy the professional reputation of someone like me and think nothing of it. I have a 25-year professional reputation and these yard fowls will think nothing to destroy it,” Phillips said.

The political neophyte also sought to separate his party from the others, insisting that Solutions Barbados would be held to a much higher standard.

“I treasure my professional reputation too much to waste it by going into the gutter by calling politicians names. You are not going to hear me on any platform doing that foolishness and I will hold the members of this party accountable, he stressed.

9 Responses to Solutions Barbados dismisses fears of election violence

  1. David Brathwaite February 8, 2018 at 12:56 am

    His description of the politicians and the diehard supporters of the main parties sounds pretty insulting as well. . “Receiving spillage from the trough when the politicians feed” is a pretty disgusting metaphor to apply to Bajans.

    Of course diehard partisans (yard fowls) often go too far, but so has Mr. Phillips, while trying to portray himself and his party as “holy innocents.”

    He ought to be ashamed of himself and apologize; but we know what to expect.

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  2. Roverp February 8, 2018 at 6:24 am

    The creation of FEAR is a TACTIC used by some.

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  3. Sheron Inniss February 8, 2018 at 6:41 am

    Jesus was criticized for calling a spade a spade. Mr G only describing what the Bs and Ds do.

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    • David Brathwaite February 8, 2018 at 10:24 am

      No, he is not just describing what they do. He is doing it too!

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  4. Buun February 8, 2018 at 7:37 am

    I wonder if we can figure our way out of a wet water bag without looking at other countries?

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  5. Buun February 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I wonder if we can figure our way out of a wet paper water bag without looking at other countries?

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  6. Bajan patriot February 8, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Mr. Phillips Call it for what it is. Call them Mr.Phillips. we are taking the high ground with you. Barbarians will send a shock wave across the country with the results come election night. We will have new moral leadership. Give them hell sir. Fight hard. Tell the people the truth.

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  7. jennifer February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Good one. Hahahahahahahaha. Look out for the hit dogs barking.

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  8. luther thorne February 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Grenville talks good talk.
    I might yet endorse SOLUTIONS
    If Grenville can guarantee the people of Barbados that he can walk the walk, Solutions might yet do something.

    I AM BEGINNING TO WARM TO SOLUTIONS BARBADOS

    B – U -T
    SOLUTIONS BARBADOS must win at least 11 seats first and then command 16 .
    MONUMENTAL TASK
    HERCULEAN
    SOLUTIONS BARBADOS running 25 candidates. They cannot achieve that target in 2018.

    Where are the seats SOLUTIONS BARBADOS will win ?
    I do not see them.
    ST. JOHN ?
    ST.LUCY ?
    Kellman and Thompson were the only 2 DLP house members after the 26 to 2 debacle and the two of them had issues to put it mildly

    My main concern is SOLUTIONS BARBADOS after the Elections when they would have left 25 X $250 in the treasury having all lost their deposits.

    Mind you I am willing to support any Government that operates properly. However if that do all of things SOLUTIONS BARBADOS

    Which cons

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