The Nation Newspaper Declares Victory For Ruling Party and Current Barbados Prime Minister In Coming 2008 Elections

Hey… why bother with an election now? 

From the Nation News… 

BLP Surge

by ROXANNE GIBBS, Executive Editor

WITH JUST 18 MONTHS to go before a general election must be held, the popularity of the ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) appears to be surging.

In fact, if an election were held today, the BLP would be returned to an unprecedented fourth term with Owen Arthur at the helm.

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) under its leader, David Thompson, while registering a boost in public confidence, is still suffering from a seemingly entrenched public perception among likely voters that it isn’t ready to lead the country.

These are some of the key findings of a public opinion poll conducted for this newspaper by CADRES (Caribbean Development Research Services) in the 30 constituencies of the island last weekend…

… read the rest here.

But Mia Mottley Might Want To Revise Her Outlook On Becoming Prime Minister…

Yup, with a “popularity” rating of about half of what George W. Bush had at his lowest, Mama Mia had better start wondering about whether she can hold onto her seat, let alone become Prime Minister. 

“But if the DLP should be worried about the poll’s result, so too should Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley, whose standing with the public has plummeted, going from a 22 per cent favourable rating a year ago to 15 per cent this year, perhaps an indication that her shift from Attorney- General to Minister of Economic Affairs which took her out of the spotlight, may be hurting her image….” 

 It is a long way to the election folks, and we all know what Winston Churchill (or was it John F. Kennedy?) said about poles being for dogs, but the biggest revelation to come out of this pole just might be a question…

…Is Mia Mottley electable next time around? 

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33 responses to “The Nation Newspaper Declares Victory For Ruling Party and Current Barbados Prime Minister In Coming 2008 Elections

  1. ross

    What was the outcome of Mia’s Toronto visit?

  2. Hey BFP why the need for the sensational but misleading headline ?

    Did the nationnews actually declare anything?

  3. John

    I thought this extract about whether Clyde Mascoll did the right thing in crossing the floor was pretty revealing

    “Did he do the wise thing in crossing from the DLP to the BLP?

    When polled, 32 per cent said yes; 27 per cent said he had made a mistake and 41 per cent declined to answer. ”

    A possible take on these statistics is that there are alot of people in Barbados who don’t give a damn.

    For those who actually cared enough to answer, it was very much six of one half a dozen of the other.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if Clyde’s days are numbered, but its politics, anything is possible.

    For me he has lost all of the little credibility he had before the walkabout he took.

  4. He had no choice.
    http://hindssight.invisionzone.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=1395&view=findpost&p=22723
    ————————————————————-
    Are the various ministries really run/manage by the politicians and does the activities that really matters the responsibility of the Permanent Secretaries? And are Permanent Secretaries Technocrats?

    According to Dennis Kellman, Clyde Mascoll was a poor politician but a very good technocrat. As a non-partisan politically active taxpaying citizen, who would you vote for out of two candidates one of whom is the consummate politician with a poor track record of accomplishment, and the other technocrat who has made political blunders but has a record of getting things done?

    ————————————————————–
    Here is what Ronald Jones had to say about Permanent Secretaries in response to Mia’s calls for more members of parliament : (I will add the audio clip later)
    ——————————————————-

    Now if Permanent Secretaries are Technocrats, and Mascoll is liken onto a very good Technocrat, am I the only one making a case for him? 😀
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    QUOTE
    Listen to voters, Dems told
    Published on: 9/25/06.

    by TONY BEST

    LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC and be guided by the voters.

    That’s what Opposition parliamentarian Denis Kellman wants the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to do when it comes to the leadership and plans for the next general election, which he feels will be called shortly after the Cricket World Cup final in Barbados in April.

    “If the public wants David Thompson, there’s nothing the party can do about it. It’s not a personal opinion of mine. It has to do with what the public thinks. If the public believes David Thompson is the best person, I have no choice but to support the public,” he said in New York.

    “I will go along with the public because at the end of the day it will be the electorate that would make the change. It would be very wrong for me to go against the electorate.”

    Kellman, who spent a few days in New York while on his way home from Nigeria where he attended a meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, said the DLP must assume much of the blame for the disruption and other problems caused by the friction involving former Opposition Leader Clyde Mascoll, his eventual resignation from the DLP and his presence today in the Owen Arthur Cabinet.

    However, Mascoll’s departure, he insisted, had allowed the party to settle down, although he was quick to say the controversy wasn’t simply of the former leader’s making.

    “I am not blaming Mascoll. The party has to take the blame for everything that occurred with Mascoll as [it was] forewarned from early. Mascoll in my opinion was a technocrat, a very good technocrat, but a very poor politician.

    “I said that as far back as 1994, but the party thought its advice was better than mine.”

    http://www.nationnews.com/life/287115675241032.php

  5. cat eyes

    Politically he is over. My advice to the DLP is to continue to regroup, rebuild and marshall all forces. The amount of persons in all categories who refuse to answer the poll is indeed very significant.

  6. Out There in Bim

    Something seems fishy.

    Does Roxanne Gibb of the Nation really believe that that info from the poll deserves the headline ‘BLP SURGE’.
    Surely with all the don’t know and won’t say the headline should read :’Barbadians uncertain,or, Barbadians not telling”.
    Ihowever find it passing strange :
    A) The timing of the poll
    B)The spin put on particular results
    C) The result of a poll which polled 36 persons out of a constituency of thousands.Can we believe that with all we have been hearing on the ground from the working class,the middle class and even some sections of the business class although they tend to voice their thoughts privately,that the prime minister poularity is increasing and people want the BLP to return.Ha Ha. Let’s all enjoy this lovely joke.
    What has the P.M. done lately to excite the populace to like him more? Encourage and facilitate the sale of precious Barbadian land?

    Refuse to stem the tide of Guyaneese and other immigrants despite the social fall out Barbados is experiencing?

    Or is it his refusal to introduce Integrity legislation and investigate these cost over-runs and questionable deals as well as change the libel laws and introduce Freedom of Information Act?

  7. Anonymous

    Peter Wickham’s polls are to be taken with a dose of salt… and Vaseline.

  8. ross

    Everything is fine with Owen and the helm. All of us are imagining things. Things are real bright in Barbados. Don’t you all read?

    “by TONY BEST

    BARBADOS has earned a spot on the list of the world’s Top 30 nations where economic freedom exists as a whole or is “mostly” a fact of life.

    Praised for its transparency in business transactions, the protection of people’s property rights, the ease with which firms can be established, the high quality of justice, and the efficiency of the nation’s police force, Barbados earned 26th place among more than 150 nations which were assessed for their levels of economic freedom.”

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/bar/archive/2006/September/25/26484.xml&start=0&numPer=20&keyword=25+september+2006&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2006&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

  9. Andrew

    Three things have to be taken into consideration before Roxanne Gibbs or anybody else forecast victory for the BLP.
    1) the poll was taken before the Barracks
    scandal broke.
    11) It was also taken before this present series of DLP meetings.
    111) It was Churchill who said that a week is a very long time in politics – so what the electorate said last week is not necessarily what the will say next week.
    Seems as though Arthur is more cautious than Ms Gibbs – he is talking about ‘rolling with the punches’

  10. Andrew

    Three things have to be taken into consideration before Roxanne Gibbs or anybody else forecast victory for the BLP.

    1) the poll was taken before the Barracks
    scandal broke.

    11) It was also taken before this present series of DLP meetings.

    111) It was Churchill who said that a week is a very long time in politics – ( what the electorate said last week is not necessarily what the will say next week.)

    iv) This was before Arthur spoke about selling the family silver to pay debts.

    Seems as though Arthur is more cautious than Ms Gibbs – he is talking about ‘rolling with the punches’

  11. Cat eyes is the DLP really regrouping? what does that mean? have they fully address to problems that led to the Sandi no confidense vote? have they address to misinterpretations of their rule Book? Have they delt with the Taitt, Thompy, and Sandi Factions? Well Dennis “tell it like it is” Kellman seem to be signing his very consistent tune.
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    QUOTE
    Listen to voters, Dems told
    Published on: 9/25/06.

    by TONY BEST

    LISTEN TO THE PUBLIC and be guided by the voters.

    That’s what Opposition parliamentarian Denis Kellman wants the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to do when it comes to the leadership and plans for the next general election, which he feels will be called shortly after the Cricket World Cup final in Barbados in April.

    “If the public wants David Thompson, there’s nothing the party can do about it. It’s not a personal opinion of mine. It has to do with what the public thinks. If the public believes David Thompson is the best person, I have no choice but to support the public,” he said in New York.

    “I will go along with the public because at the end of the day it will be the electorate that would make the change. It would be very wrong for me to go against the electorate.”

    Kellman, who spent a few days in New York while on his way home from Nigeria where he attended a meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, said the DLP must assume much of the blame for the disruption and other problems caused by the friction involving former Opposition Leader Clyde Mascoll, his eventual resignation from the DLP and his presence today in the Owen Arthur Cabinet.

    However, Mascoll’s departure, he insisted, had allowed the party to settle down, although he was quick to say the controversy wasn’t simply of the former leader’s making.

    “I am not blaming Mascoll. The party has to take the blame for everything that occurred with Mascoll as [it was] forewarned from early. Mascoll in my opinion was a technocrat, a very good technocrat, but a very poor politician.

    “I said that as far back as 1994, but the party thought its advice was better than mine.”
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    http://hindssight.invisionzone.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=1395&view=findpost&p=22723

  12. Royalrumble

    The problem with the DLP is thompy and until the party can face that reality it shall sit in opposition. Working class Barbadians or put another way “Barrow Dems” will not support him. Anyone who is willing to take the time to analyse his track record will have to conclude that his only claim to fame in the DLP is his ability to buy support in the party with the millions he has earned from his sweet land deals and his fair skin. Armed with these two weapons he has been destroying the party that Barrow built. The Dems can never rebuild under thompy. It is wishful thinking.

  13. Royalrumble

    Cat eyes you say the Mascoll is over but have you seen the poll results done at the constituency level. Just in case you have not seen the results well I have them and I will share the results of St. Michael North West with you.

    Results of Party Support

    BLP – 54.3% DLP – 11.4% Uncertain – 34.3%

    Cat eyes even if you gave the DLP all the uncertain voters and that is impossible, they will still be beaten. In what way then do you suppose Mascoll is over. I contend that if a few straggling dems feels that Mascoll has lost his credility but his constituents feel otherwise then what the heck. Who cares about the views of a few disgruntled dems.

    This poll has confirmed that it was Mascoll’s effort that was bringing the DLP back to political life and not the thompy. The Barbadian public do not trust him and will never trust him. They have certainly not forgotten his big white lie in Queens Park about the IMF Secret Deal. How can an electorate ever believe in a man who started his political career with such a monumental lie. Indeed, how could any serious politician invite thousands of grown women and men to a meeting under the disguise that he has something of important to share with them and then fails to deliver ? In my opinion and it appears to be shared by the electorate of Barbados, Thompy is a waste of time. A political nomad.

  14. Green!

    Alas..by election time, the road system will be much improved..nay, sparkling!..
    Kensington Oval’s BigUp Stadium will be on the front cover of The Manifesto(guess which one),
    QEH issues will be addressed(not until after Cricket,2007)and well underway,
    and the Bees should indeed be back in, but not with such a big margin.

    All is well.

    I shall be voting for change,
    if I can bring myself to vote for an Arab,
    but whuh..this is life in neo-Africa
    and yuh learns tuh roll wid de punches!

  15. John

    Royalrumble

    You have clearly pointed out the flaw of the party system with your statistics.

    It doesn’t get any clearer than you have made it.

    Thanks, I don’t think I could have done it any better than that.

    Go figure!!

  16. Taan is dMan?

    I suspect voter apathy will show, this time around.
    Turn out will be low.
    My wife (a staunch DLP-ite) says that
    for the first time since she was 18,
    she’s NOT voting.
    Why?
    Bcoz Taan Abed is not it.

    William boy..
    you are SAFE, yuh heer?

  17. William Duguid

    Thank you for the support.
    I will continue to do my best for the constituents of Christ Church West and wider Barbados when called upon to do so.

  18. Disposable Arts

    Honestly, i can’t really picture the DLP running this country… bah i hate politics.

  19. cat eyes

    Touche, John! When was the poll taken Royal Rumble? If you were to walk St. Stephen’s Hill or go door to door in Deacons the responses would give the lie to your numbers game.Your references to Thompson’s money and fair skin are so spitefully jealous it is almost tangible. You talk about the man supporting the party with his millions. Why is the auditorium in such a state then? The compound of the DLP should be in tip top shape and the party should be like the Bees – never at a loss for money for ads and glitz and show when they have to make a statement. That is clearly not the case. You were bailed out by some of the man’s personal money, and should be counting yourself lucky, not snapping and snarling at your benefactors. You and the other ex-Dem received salaries from the negrocrats you cuss now to keep your heads above water. That’s how you know so much.Talk about biting the hand that (fed) you. You need to go keep the company of the floundering mini dictator you have in Roebuck Street and hope to hell Mia does not gain more ground.

  20. cat eyes

    Adrian, you are smart enough to know that using anything Denis Kellman says to bolster your arguments will add no intellectual rigour to your contributions. Tony Best’s taking advantage of the nuisance maverick does not boost Best’s ratings either.

  21. Rumplestilskin

    A week is indeed a long time in politics…in any part of life.

    Reality is, elections will probably be called for July 2007, the earliest time after CWC, as Common Entrance takes place right after. Thus June/ July, most likely July.

    That is indeed a long time. A LOT can happen.

    The other reality is whether the DLP can bring the ‘real’ issues to the fore coherently, with a well-grounded but charismatic approach…?

    Those two things will decide the election.

    Previously DLP approaches focused on rubbish such as JAWS (and Mascoll is supposed to be a good candidate???), whereas they just have to focus on issues such as land availability to locals, food prices (inflation…while the goodly CB Governor is talking about low inflation….nonsense),
    botching of major projects such as Greenland, unexplainable and AS YET UNACCOUNTED FOR expenditures on other projects such as GEMS, a failing manufacture/ export sector and a failing Hotel sector.

    Those are the issues to be addressed. The METHOD and style of delivery, which have been lacking thus far, needs to be raised (aka the level that Mia ,…the Queen of Debate, reaches).

    If the DLP approach the delivery as it can be approached, then it will be a very interesting election indeed.

  22. cat eyes

    The Royal Rumble reference to David Thompson’s fair skin is offensive. Typical of his style though. Next time I want to refer to Noel do I speak about his Black skin? Or Willie’s complexion? I had to come back and make reference to the colour issue because I find it peurile and brainless. I would hope discussions on this site will not continue along that vein. Colour is out for me.

  23. Rumplestilskin

    The PM’s defence re criticism of the major projects is a nice sidestep.

    The criticism is as to HOW the projects are implemented/ thought out, rather than JUST the projects per se.

    For example, IF the public had been given a full explanation of GEMS together with FULL AND PROPER accounting of the expenditures (audited), would it be such a problem? It might be judged to be not astute, but it would not be quite such a strange and unacceptable mystery.

    IF the Government had listened or explained why they did not listen to engineers and laypeople who knew the Greenland area…..would it be such a problem 10 years on?

    IF the Government could explain the rationale for being willing to spend upwards of $140million on flyovers (again despite warnings from engineers)…would it be such a problem?

    IF the Government had put forward a Land Use Policy, explaining what land would be used for Hotel & Recreation, what land for acceptable Luxury Unit Infrastructure, what land for Industrial Developement and what land for indigeneous Barbadian residences….would it be such a problem? I think not.

    We all know that this country is in desperate need of foreign exhange…that elementary Dear Watson.

    What IS in question is the decision as to what major projects take place and HOW these are implemented.

    By the way….

    How much foreign exchange will the over $140 million investment in flyovers generate???????

  24. Robert Dee

    Royalrumble why don’t you tell the readers that the poll also shows Taan Abed beating Duguid, Prescod losing, kerrie losing and other data too outrageous to be taken seriously.

    Stop trying to mislead the public. The survey was not designed as a constituency poll.

  25. Royalrumble since you left bartel you like you can’t find anything proper to do. Your wife supports the BLP and you cannot say a word in your house. I agree with cateyes, leave colour out of it and keep out of the DLP headquarters. Leave Thompy alone ’cause you can’t do a thing with him.

  26. Green!

    Contrarily, I CAN see the DLP running Barbados!
    They may not look like much as they squabble openly(rather than behind closed dors like…)
    but have you ever heard the phrase about ‘having Greatness THRUST UPON YOU’?

    I’d imagine that if they ‘Gotlucky’ and WON,
    that after the shock/trauma wore off,
    they get their act together and take the country in a different direction(bad?good?)- and run Barbados in a manner
    not appreciably better or worse than the current Mottley Crue!

  27. Royalrumble

    Cat eyes I have repeatedly asked you and the other thompy lackies to tell me how thompy has ever help me. It this the same thompy who conspired with a so-called big boy and well placed legal luminary to stop me from eating in this country?

    If thompy bluntly refused to help the young man who sped around Barbados transporting he and his family, that he now boast so much about, to pay the speeding tickets he got then how on earth would he help me. The thompy I know is not generous. Any man who can treat people the way he treated Mascoll, Stuart, Kellman, Estwick, Commisiong, Taitt, Sandiford and whole host of other party faithfuls could never be generous or greatful.

    You would do well to stop trying to make thompy out to be who he can never be. That he has only moved a percentage point (from 28% to 29%) in poll with respect to who Barbadians favoured as Prime Minister is a reflection of how they strongly feel about him and they are right in they assessment of him. He is bad news for Barbados.

    Cat eyes can you tell us why if Mascoll was so bad a person as you and thompy’s other henchmen would have us believe, why then did 62% of the Dems polled felt that he should not have left the Party? You know if there is one thing that this poll has confirmed is that the DLP is definately not ready to lead themselves nor this country. I get the impression that if this poll was showing an overwhelming support for the DLP then maybe you all would take it seriously

  28. Rumplestilskin

    Bear in mind that the majority of elections are lost, NOT won!!!!!

  29. Yes, Taan is de Man

    Taan Abed represents new life in Christ Church West. The others had it over 30 years and nothing was done….so Taan you is DE Man for Christ Church West.

  30. keimabug

    what does fair skin have to do with anything?
    After all these years and all the important issues we are still looking at a persons skin.Mascoll has no leadership skills,he belongs in the camp that he is in right now.He then has a nerve to talk about identity, values and morals.Ha, what a laugh.David Thompson is the reason that he is not (safe)as Arthur tells him.At this point all of the Bees should worry.

  31. keimabug

    vote DLP.

  32. I agree with keimabug vote DLP morning, evening and nite. Can’t stop David Thompson and the DLP this time, don’t cay wha da do!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Velzo

    Royalrumble/Sylvan Greenidge: We all know who you are. What do you expect of someone who is the PM’s press aide and paid to speak other people’s minds? The young man is a well-suited brainless wonder and as empty as a rusty tot according to the CJ!

    Ask Sir Henry Forde Q.C., Sir David Simmons Q.C. about him. They know him well.

    And if you want information closer to home and as personal about Thompy as he wants to get, ask his family – the Greenidges etc. – about their land in St. Philip.