BLP appeals to Barbadians to elect a woman PM

Give Barbados its first female Prime Minister!

This was the naked appeal made today by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to eligible voters, with an election due to take place here in less than 90 days.

While noting that women in Barbados had made significant strides over the years and that the island recently appointed its second female Governor General and its first woman Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the BLP said “unlike Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Dominica, Barbados is yet to have its first female prime minister.

“The forthcoming general election presents an historic opportunity for us to break this remaining glass ceiling and finally be on par with our CARICOM neighbours,” it said in a statement released by its chairman George Payne on the eve of International Women’s Day, which is being commemorated this year under the theme #PressforProgress.

While making no mention of the fact that the appointments of both female Governors General, as well as that of a woman DPP, were all made by Democratic Labour Party (DLP) governments, with two of those appointments taking place this year, Payne credited the 1976-81 Tom Adams-led BLP administration in particular, for its establishment of the landmark National Commission on the Status of Women, saying it served as a catalyst for the advancement of women’s rights.

“As a result, many qualified women today are in positions of leadership and influence across all sectors and at all levels of our society, joining hands with our men to make an invaluable contribution to national development,” he said.

While noting that his party had given Barbados its first female Member of Parliament, as well as its first Deputy Prime Minister, Payne also suggested that BLP’s record was “unmatched” in terms of promoting opportunities for the advancement of women, adding that “it is not surprising that its political leadership today is in the capable hands of a woman”.

And while proudly saluting Mia Mottley as his leader, the BLP spokesman promised that if the party forms the next Government, it would institute “family-friendly policies to ease the squeeze on women”.

“As we look forward in great humility to constituting the next Government of Barbados following the forthcoming general election, Team BLP is particularly mindful that women, as the head of most households on the island, have borne the brunt of the pressure resulting from the punishing economic measures resulting from the mismanagement of the outgoing DLP administration.

“An immediate priority for the new BLP administration will be the introduction of family-friendly policies to ease the squeeze on our women. These policies will also bring relief to our children and also our men,” Payne said.

54 Responses to BLP appeals to Barbadians to elect a woman PM

  1. Saga Boy March 7, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    George should be ashamed after publicly saying that Miavcant lead him anyway. He should be further ashamed that after supporting Maria and promising to get her back in the party he has done absolutely nothing. He was among others who wanted Mia out and now he pretending.

    • Berestford Leon Phillips March 8, 2018 at 1:05 am

      Wait, Wait, WAIT, this is the same George Jefferson who is a member of the Gang of Five who went to the Governor General and made it clear they don’t want MIA to lead them and OUST Mia from being the BLP leader
      One of the Gang of five members said he would never be led by a women like Mia, and now Georgie come here talking about Give Barbados its first female Prime Minister in thee same person them get the rid of from being BLP leader

      Well well Georgie I thought you wanted to be Prime Minister and as a Cawmere boy you would of got a lot of support, but I don’t know what the Gang of five planning
      I wish wunna luck
      By the way Georgie you and Edmund mek up yet?

    • Adrian Hinds March 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      he BLP is filled with a sick bunch of people. People got upset with the mere mention of the GG’s gender as having anything to do with her selection for the position – She is qualified and that is all they cried. Now they want Barbadians to vote – not on the merits of the two persons presenting themselves to be their respective representative to Parliament; no, we must first determine which of the two vying for the post is align in the same political party as Mia Mottley and vote for that person because we must have a woman as Prime Minister. The political class must still perceived the rest of us as stupid, in modern Barbados. Anyone who votes for George Payne to represent them in parliament can only do so absent any reference of his dismal record as a parliamentary representative. If Mia had any respect for the people of St.Andrew she would not be asking them to vote for George Payne so that she could become Barbados first female PM.

      • Berestford Leon Phillips March 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

        This is the second bite of the cherry for Mottley since her removal by Payne, Marshall, Toppin, Clarke and Duguid – the so-called Gang of 5 – which paved the way for the return of Owen Arthur.

        In the wake of all that has happened the disaffected members of the ‘Gang of 5” like dem want to rally behind Mottley, and in the process send a message to the world that old wounds are in an advanced state of healing.

        To some it seems that there is a bloc within the BLP parliamentary group who have sworn a pact to do all in their power to pervert Mottley from the path of ever becoming prime minister of Barbados.

        If there is a compelling reason by those in the BLP concerning Mottley becoming prime minister, the time has come to take the public into its confidence? If they don’t it will become a protracted issue which will have to be addressed at the next general election .
        Why force Mottley to have to carry the spectre cast by this matter like an albatross on her back, And to intensify the distrust enter Kerri Symmonds stage left.

      • Born Anarchist March 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

        Now first let me say that I lived in the constituency George Payne represents and he has my vote and I will tell you why. They are people who do things because others see, take pictures when donating to charity etc, stand up in parliament and talk forever just for so then there is Payne. He looks out for his constituents and yes you cant help everybody but in helping some the others benefit e.g. he may give a man a job may not be your relative but may purchase from your relative grocery store. He’s never given me personally but I’ve seen everything he has done and continues to do and benefited vicariously. Let me also say he doesn’t only come around election time and he knows his constituents. He doesn’t pass without shouting you either by your name or parents name or family name. He doesn’t pass you on the road daily to then come ask for your vote. If you to the bottom of Holetown and he pass he does stop. He is very approachable and if he can he helps whether it is just pointing you in the right direction or not. Problem with people is that they forget fast or when they don’t get they vex. They want fast cash, once he got a Ministry he people does get jobs, roads, housing, tuition you name it.

  2. Spectre March 7, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Keep gender out of the election campaign or the BLP is certain to be among the losers after the votes are counted. What happened to the days or meritocracy? Parties need to stick to promoting their policies and engaging with the electorate – spare all the mudslinging. Attempting to use the gender of the candidate as a tool of persuasion will backfire like it did in the US.

  3. David Brathwaite March 8, 2018 at 12:07 am

    This is the most cowardly and disingenuous piece of editorializing masquerading as reporting that I have ever seen.

    It’s a simple story that does not need all the sneering commentary. If the editor has problems with it, she can write an editorial, but to pollute the article as she has, is wholly inappropriate.

    The editor would do well to remember how political bias previously affected her career.

  4. Keen Observer March 8, 2018 at 5:23 am

    The BLP is sounding desperate. If you George Payne wants to look at gender lets’s do it. How many females are in prison/ A lot of the drug money in directly end up in the hands of women. There may not be a woman at the very but the thrust is that women are dominating management positions across Barbados. It would be interesting to know who own the most cars and big houses in Barbados today. The point is that Mia is going to elected because she is a woman. The BLP had the opportunity to give Dame Billie Miller the leadership of the Party and they did not. Finally we have a Female Governor General and DPP.

    • Ric March 10, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      Keen Observer, you would do well to remember that you should keep your mouth shut if you have nothing of substance to say. Pray tell what does the complement of women at HMP Dodds; or the profits from illegal drugs going to women have to do with a woman becoming the Prime Minister of Barbados? Absolutely nothing!! You DLP lovers and sympathizers would proffer any argument no matter how stupid to try to convince people not to vote for Mia Mottley. But the BLP is not faring any better, because they do the same albeit for opposite reasons; proffer any and all nonsensical arguments for Ms Mottley to be elected Prime Minister. My advice to the BLP, because the DLP has shown that they have no affinity for good advice, is to stop promulgating that Ms Mottley should be elected as the Prime Minister of Barbados because she’s a woman and will be the first female to hold that position and espouse that she is the best person for the job period! That is a belief that I hold along with the majority of Barbadians, but if you continue to beleaguer the fact that she is a woman, you will turn off people who are independent voters and do not care whether the person who is the best choice is a woman or man. After the elections, and she emerges victorious, then you let the world know that it is historic. Remember Dominica and more recent, Trinidad and Tobago? During the their elections it was not about the history that would’ve been created, but about the failings of the current Prime Minister, and their ability to not only correct the mistakes made, but to do a better job. That’s why there was a PM Eugenia Charles and a PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

  5. Committed Bajan March 8, 2018 at 5:53 am

    This is nonsense utter nonsense
    Barbadians should elect who they feel can best lead them out of this hole that they are in
    Not just elect a woman
    I question the motive of this man and his ridiculous appeal
    I do hope that the opposition leader knows who her friends are

    • Jennifer March 8, 2018 at 6:20 am

      This is the sort of numbskulls and blockheads we go and elect……

  6. Ralph W Talma March 8, 2018 at 6:04 am

    1. There is nothing wrong with the statement of Mr Payne on this International Day for Women. He is praising his Leader and that is what loyal party members should do. However, iis up to the people whether they believe him or not.
    2. Having said that I hope the BLP does enough at the election to form the next Government, with Ms motley as it Leader.

  7. Roverp March 8, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Nothing wrong in having a WOMAN Prime Minister!!! A man gave us over twenty downgrades. Women in BIM has the better thinking at the moment!!1

    • Ryan Joseph March 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm


  8. Roverp March 8, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Women in BIM have the better thinking at the moment!!

  9. Sheron Inniss March 8, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Merit alone, integrity and such like. As many positive qualities and policies that will take Barbados forward. Woman, man or…..

    • Jennifer March 8, 2018 at 6:42 am

      well said

  10. luther thorne March 8, 2018 at 6:40 am

    The fact of the matter is that Freundel Stuart and the DLP have failed and do not deserve a 3rd TERM

    3rd Terms are not given
    3rds Terms are earned.

    Can U imagine another 5 years with this DLP Crowd ?
    Time is up
    Elections PAST DUE
    Somebody must be penalized by a big defeat at the polls

    Off Topic
    Could someone say anything about Harold Hoyte ?
    How is he ?
    One of my.favourite people/ had a big influence on me growing up

  11. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Elect MIA AMOR MOTTLEY to be PM for the sake of electing a woman. Makes no sense at all.

    Especially this particular woman. And I am using the term “”woman”” loosely.

    Overnight Barbados would turn into the Sodom and Gomorrah of the Caribbean.

    • Mark Rosmar March 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Not necessarily. Where is the logic in that argument?

  12. chris hill March 8, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Cant stand the yard fowls commenting on George not wanting mia etc. the eager 11 went headstrong to the GG, (causing the man to run) to get rid of freundel. it is high time for the intelligence of Mia Amor Mottley and to speak frankly time for great leadership after 10 years of mismanagement and downfall of our society.

  13. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 7:01 am

    “””…..intelligence of Mia Amor Mottley”””

    A former American Ambassador to Barbados referred to Mia as being “””…not very bright”””dont tell me that you have forgotten that already.

    • harry turnover March 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

      Stuart not only bright but he real SMART too …ask Andrew or Gaston or even the gang of 11 of which it was said that you were one and the MOST VOCAL willing to open the batting of that team of 11…….you forgot that Michael ?
      Look wha Mara do to wunna DESPITE MANY EFFORTS to persuade her not to and that that BEFORE was better than AFTER if they failed
      What is the latest on de udder one ? you got nuff talk fa Mia ?why ya doan tell people that balang balang balang IS the BIG PROBLEM in George Street

    • Mark Rosmar March 8, 2018 at 7:43 am

      Who was that ambassador, Einstein? Given the time I could find an ambassador who would say the exact opposite. If Mia a former AG and current QC isn’t bright, then Barbados should be full of intellectuals

      • Berestford Leon Phillips March 9, 2018 at 12:44 am

        @ Mark Rosmar ask Peter Wick ham he knows the Ambassador very well he was there
        Mark you did not read the WikiLeaks files on Mia

        WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organisation that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources

        • Mark Rosmar March 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm

          I read it. Have I missed something? I’m not sure about Peter Wickam but Mia Mottley has to produce a manifesto.

  14. harry turnover March 8, 2018 at 7:12 am

    ….and they are off AGAIN…..the DEM yard fowls doing the dog this morning forgetting that if Stuart can LEAD ..ANYBODY CAN
    One yard fowl talking bout Payne in a GANG of 5 obviously forgetting that there was a GANG OF 11 trying their best to disturb AN ALREADY ELECTED PRIME MINISTER,,,,man wunna in got na RH shame at all…and DEM din went back and SUPPORTED Stuart like nutten happened ???
    ……and since when does a gang of 5 equate to more than a gang of 11..wha kind of RH new maths wunna doing an on extension new English wunna doing ?
    Get off the friggin shelves….wunna time up…..wunna gone past the best buy date…people are NOT going to BUY into ANYTHING that wunna gine bring now…SHAME ON WUNNA FOR OFFERING EXPIRED PRODUCTS TO THE PUBLIC…..wunna should be CHARGED for DELIBERATELY offering EXPIRED CANDIDATES.h

  15. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Oh, by the way , the former American Ambassador was a Female.

  16. anderson March 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

    i agree theres nothing wrong with payne statement for the past years men rule this land and we never had a difference in our lives mottley has a brilliant mind going forward and ideas and a team for the times so this goverment put us in a hole

  17. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 7:53 am

    “””…. has a brilliant mind “””

    “” brilliant”” in what way, pray tell!

    Under her stewardship, Glendairy prison burned down, just as an example.

  18. Ralph W Talma March 8, 2018 at 8:06 am

    @Carson C Cadogan. By the way Sir, I believe your note of 6.47am is treading extremely close to being defamatory by virtue of its implications. Do be careful.

  19. sticks and stones March 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Joker!joker !George Payne you cuss the woman in one breath stating that she not good enough to lead you and now in the other breath asking the bajan electorate to let Mia lead them
    What a bold faced loser

  20. Nelly March 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Gender should not be a deciding factor. Only whether or not the person is qualified. I hate when people use gender or race ie so and so would be the first female/black/Asian etc. Is the person fit for the job? This is nonsense.

  21. Samantha Best March 8, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Is this the same George Payne who advised UWI students who were already registered and attending UWI not to pay the increased fees?? Who promised that anyone needing representation in this matter to come to him and he will provide free legal advice and representation if the matter had to go to court?

    He should hush! His morning words and evening words don’t add up. He is not to be taken seriously. He needs to step down and tell us more about the Barack ‘contract’

  22. wolsley Grannum March 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

    How the agouti loss it’s tail. There is a traitor on board, examine the horns

  23. milli watt March 8, 2018 at 8:50 am

    no not you georgie porgie …… after all you had to say about mama mia. say it ain’t so georgie porgie

  24. Greengiant March 8, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Is this all the chairman of the Barbados Labour Party can place on the table?

    Asking Barbadians to give the country it’s first female PM, for historic purposes? What was the contribution to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Dominica by their females?

    Simply because we’ve had two female Governor Generals, and now a female Director of Public Prosecution means that we should elect a female Prime Minister? Is this the only reason the people of Barbados should elect the B L P?

    Come on George, as party leader you need to get on the platforms, join your blind mice and tell them the people of this country are waiting to hear the method, the timing, and the skill set of the resources you have to return this country to some stability. That’s what matters now, your party announced the campaign started sometime ago (first time an opposition announced the start of a campaign), but so far with all the spot meetings, the rent a crowd ( busing supporters from all over the island to create a crowd for the media), the name calling and the castigating of the government’s failings, you all are yet to present any solutions for our economic, and social reforms.

    We are still holding our breath to hear these policies so we the knowing can evaluate them. We are still waiting to exhale George, and sadly, “nothing from nothing leaves nothing”.

  25. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Barbados would become the laughing stock of the Caribbean.

    No one with good Christian morals will vote for MIA or her political party.

    • Ras March 9, 2018 at 8:17 am

      All the Sodomites out in full force looking for the return of Sodom and Gomorrah
      Well I hope Jah see at least ten straight people and spare Barbados from the Fire and Brimstone along with the Earthquakes

  26. archy perch March 8, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    As Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission Mia should also have tried who really was the financial backer of the Barach robbery. She should really has followed the money trail. Barbados would like to know George Payne.

  27. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    “”””….the claimant(Pain) further accused Mottley of treacherous and disloyal conduct in assisting Irene Sandiford-Garner , his Democratic Labour Party opponent in the constituency of St. Andrew, in her campaign leading up to the 2013 General Elections. He specifically accused Mottley of putting one of her vehicles at the disposal of Irene Sandiford-Garner for use during the campaign.””

  28. David Brathwaite March 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    This is how a proper news organisation carries a story of a political party celebrating its women candidates and leader on international women’s day:

    The Barbados Today article is truly disgraceful and an insult to all Barbadian women and men on this day reserved for the celebration of the often unsung contribution of women.

    • Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      You are taking nonsense.

      There is absolutely nothing wrong or even remotely disgraceful about Barbados Today article.

      What is disgraceful is MIA AMOR MOTTLEY ‘s reluctance to produce her Legal Education Certificate and her Law degree for all to see.

  29. archy perch March 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    It is known that Mia was really campaigning against Owen in the last poll, because she wanted to be leader. She figured that should he have won in 2013, he chances would have gone abegging.

  30. sticks and stones March 8, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    The only thing disgraceful about the article isPayne pathetic endorsement of Mia after publicly vilifying her and to think that he would try to manipulate the voting public intelligence on International Women’s Day.
    He needs to hide his face in shame. That is if he has any

  31. Julia March 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Mia you will over come, let them talk no stopping you.

  32. Julian March 8, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Mia you will over come, let them talk no stopping you.

  33. Carson C. Cadogan March 8, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    “”the claimant still further accused Mottley of assisting the Democratic Labour Party in the said campaign against at least one other BLP candidate, Dale Marshall, and of generally acting against the interest of the BLP in the lead-up to the said General Elections.””

    Now he wants us to vote for the said same person for PM.

    Theses people really think that we are idiots!!!

  34. Cecil Brooks March 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    So George,
    explain to B’DOS : So we must vote for who ever the BLP has as it’s candidates in all 30 constituencies, that is the only sure way that you will get your wish, or for sure you need 15 BLP candidates to win plus Mia Mottley. So George please name the BLP candidates you do not want to win in this election. George you request is so stupid and idiotic, and I do not understand why we should be reading this nonsenses in the news. This paper should be telling Barbadian how one becomes Prime Minister in Barbados. Once again when you vote in your constituencies your are not voting for a Prime Minister, all your vote counts for is an elected member to our house of assembly, our system of government say the 30 elected members select one person from that elected group to become Prime Minister. Please George stop playing with the emotions of our people and allow them to vote, responsible.

  35. Lorenzo March 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    My ,my the usual Dem yardfowls cussin Mr Payne and Ms Mottley over a simple endorsement of his leader.News flash Sticks and Stones,GreenGiant ,CCC,Saga Boy ,Archy Perch and Keen Observer that,s what members of a party do.What has become of the Eager 11 ,I assume they are still around ,are they endorsing the PM?Ms Mottley giving you all sleepness nights and all ya frightened for Ms Mottley,that is why your leader procrastinating about the Elections,as he knows what is to come but he has to call it.Should Ms motley win the first order of business should be a forensic Audit of most of these Ministries.i believe that scares you all most.On another note heard a Dem J/A calling for journalist to do their jobs with Four Seasons and wanted to know the role of the Opposition in this matter .The Moderator rightly told him that the journalist had done their job by highlighting it in the Paper and what was needed was for the Min of Finance and Tourism to clear the air and the caller dilly dally but those two are the ones he needs to question but these Dems are so desperate that they wish to shield the DLP and blame anyone else they can.That caller is a typical Dem J/A.

  36. Adrian Hinds March 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    he BLP is filled with a sick bunch of people. People got upset with the mere mention of the GG’s gender as having anything to do with her selection for the position – She is qualified and that is all they cried. Now they want Barbadians to vote – not on the merits of the two persons presenting themselves to be their respective representative to Parliament; no, we must first determine which of the two vying for the post is align in the same political party as Mia Mottley and vote for that person because we must have a woman as Prime Minister. The political class must still perceived the rest of us as stupid, in modern Barbados. Anyone who votes for George Payne to represent them in parliament can only do so absent any reference of his dismal record as a parliamentary representative. If Mia had any respect for the people of St.Andrew she would not be asking them to vote for George Payne so that she could become Barbados first female PM.

  37. Mark Adamson March 8, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    “Give Barbados its first female prime minister!!”

    If truly made by Georgie Porgie, such a statement is an extremely foolish and backward one.

    Let me message though that I love women, I admire very progressive women, and that I really want for a woman to become a prime minister of Barbados.

    But that such a woman (or man too) must have to satisfy the following five fundamental criteria in order to qualify to be any prime minister of any government of Barbados:

    1) The person must have been a serious practitioner of sound Christian or any other religious and family values, must have had an unflinching belief that the Almighty have foreordained that marriage can only be between a male and female, and have a strong belief in the Almighty being the ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY SOVEREIGN in our human lives and affairs.

    2) The person must have been of exemplary moral and spiritual standing in society and must be capable of leading many others by example of their own moral and spiritual conduct.

    3) The person must have been possessing and displaying very admirable and endearing leadership principles and qualities in an organizational context.

    4) The person must have had a vision, a cosmology, a blueprint made up of a set of explicitly clear, consistent, coherent, integrated, far-reaching, forward-looking ideas, policies and strategies, that can be used by any social movements or organizations in the further growth and development of Barbados.

    5) The person must have had a serious intellectual, social and political track record in promoting and advancing the causes of
    the poor, the marginalized, and any other oppressed sectors in this
    country, against politically oligarchic, racist, fascist and imperialist wrong doers and their designs, actions and omissions.

    A serious analysis of the moral, intellectual and political behaviours of Mottley shows that she is NOT morally, intellectually and politically suitable for the prime ministership of the government of this country – because she is a woman – but because she has been FAILING MASSIVELY in those 5 areas.

  38. Pat Clarke March 10, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Carson C. Cadogan
    March 8, 2018 at 7:01 am

    “””…..intelligence of Mia Amor Mottley”””

    A former American Ambassador to Barbados referred to Mia as being “””…not very bright”””dont tell me that you have forgotten that already.

    Mr. Cadogan,
    The Ambassador, whoever he or she was or is, could not have been bright either because everybody knows that Mia is one of the brightest human beings in this country. If your entire Government had half the brains Mia has we would not be waddling in do do today.

  39. Mar mar March 10, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Remember she still have to get a majority of her elected ppl to go to the GG .Hope t his is not a trick by him to then pull the carpet from under her feet he may be looking at …… … her support.


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