Nation News Article About Political Blogging And Websites Ignores Barbados’ Most Popular Political Blog

With over 100,000 visitors a month and still growing strong, Barbados Free Press is the most popular politically-focused website in the country – maybe even in the entire Caribbean. Our readers include the Prime Minister, Members of Government and politicians of all stripes. Dr. Duguid, Member of Parliament and Secretary General of the governing BLP, credits Barbados Free Press with being the catalyst that caused his party to start the BLP Blog.

Barbados Free Press is in the Top 100 most popular blogs out of over 700,000 WordPress blogs worldwide, and we are consistently featured in the first and second page of Google Search Engine returns on pretty well any subject involving Barbados… usually ahead of The Nation News and the Barbados Advocate newspapers and the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s news website.

Despite all this, the country’s largest newspaper has never seen fit to remark about BFP – the website that has taken Barbados politics on the internet to an entirely new level and inspired both major political parties to ramp-up their internet offerings.

The Nation News has just published an article by Carol Martindale exploring the internet political activities of the two major parties. A Political Web They Weave features interviews with BLP’s Dr. William Duguid and DLP’s Ronald Jones, and is actually a well written and interesting article…

…Even if it totally ignores Barbados’ most popular politically-focused website. Just not newsworthy, I guess! 😉

Here’s a few excerpts from The Nation News…

A Political Web They Weave!

POLITICS IN BARBADOS has gone hi-tech.

From blogs to live videos of mass meetings, web cams and digital manifestos, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) plan to rev up their electioneering with the help of the Internet.

With speculation rife that elections are set for this year, both political parties will be taking their messages, party news and events online given the widespread access to computers in Barbados.

General secretary of the BLP, Dr William Duguid, and DLP Member of Parliament Ronald Jones said they wouldn’t be relying solely on traditional media, the political platforms or mass meetings to reach voters.

Already both parties have revamped interactive websites up and running, maximising the mass reach offered by the Net, as well as the cheap costs.

Duguid, who also manages the party’s website, told the SUNDAY SUN one of the attractions of online politics was that it was cheap.

“When you have to get your message out to the masses in the broadcast or print media, for example, like if you have to print leaflets, it is expensive.

“Whereas you can have things on a blog, you can change it daily, and get your information out to people, and it is very, very cheap.

“There is a lot of information technology and the use of information technology will continue to improve how people canvass, get their message out to constituents,” he said.

Meantine, Jones, who is responsible for coordinating the DLP website… said with more people having access to the Internet, they would be using that medium to help spread their message.

Both politicians also said they got to deal with issues on their websites which the mainstream media did not highlight.

Jones, MP for Christ Church East Central… said very shortly all 30 DLP candidates would be online with their profiles. In the BLP camp four candidates already have theirs posted.

Both parties also disclosed plans to place their respective manifestos online, which would supplement the hard copies to be circulated.

Duguid said no effort would be spared next elections to use the technology.

“The Internet is going to play a greater and greater part in politics all over the world and Barbados is no exception. There is a lot of potential in information technology and electioneering in the modern day,” he said.

… read the full article at The Nation News (link here)

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39 responses to “Nation News Article About Political Blogging And Websites Ignores Barbados’ Most Popular Political Blog

  1. Commie

    BFP you are so right…read Sun story after breakfast…was surprised reporter did not mention BFP…granted her focus ‘political blogs.’…nevertheless BFP by far most popular barbados blog politcal or otherwise at home or abroad

  2. Hants

    The Nation Newspaper is not going to publicise BFP.
    BFP has done what mainstream media has failed to do.
    Give Barbados a “relatively free” press.

    As elections get closer this web site will be bombarded with hits from all the political operatives and mainstream media reporters.

    BFP rules.

  3. Headz

    Don’t let it bother you, BFP.
    The Nation may have good reason not to call wunnuh name!
    Let it ride.

  4. jose marti

    Don’t worry about it BFP . .

    The Nation never gets the story right!

  5. Rumplestilskin

    Promote the competition?

    Nevah.

    Notice how now there is apparently a plan to renovate the Hospital?

    Evidence that the ideas that this press puts forward are being recognised.

    Albeit rather late. Better late than never, or better late, before the election date (June?) declared?

    Ho, ho.

  6. Jerome Hinds

    $ 500 million too…late…!!!

    After all…intelligent Barbadian voters are no…Johnny Come Lately……!!!

  7. Mike

    Well done BFP you have provided an avenue for everyday people to vent their feelings about corrupt politicians and more thank you very much and please do waver from this course.

  8. William Duguid

    I am also quite surprised that they did not mention BFP. I certainly gave you guys alot of credit for the excellent work you are doing during the interview. It would appear that there is no intent to mention you at any time by this section of the press.

  9. BK

    Based on my discussions with the senior people at Starcom it appears that mainstream media have little regard for the Internet medium. Their problem is that much can be said in in an unfettered way i.e. cannot be crossed checked. Do you believe these guys?

  10. Jupiter

    BK

    Which senior people at Starcom are you talking about?

    If you listen to David Ellis he refers constantly to BFP whether directly or by implication – when he talks about new trends in media.

    Dennis Johnson on the other hand pooh poohs BFP and always respond that you can’t readily believe what is said on this site whenever a caller to the call – in show mentions something they read on BFP.

    Dennis Johnson sounds like someone trying desperately to protect his turf.

    The criticisms of the BLP probably hurt too much – who knows?

    Cause if he really spend time on this site he will realise that not only are BFP team members almost always right ,so too are the contributors.

    This is the first place I check before I read the local news.

    As a matter of fact Albert Brandford even acknowledge that he tunes into BFP.

    In addition the Nation newspaper from time to time picks up stories carried by BFP.

    Seems like sour grapes to me at Starcom.

  11. Anonymous

    BK

    Which senior people at Starcom are you talking about?

    If you listen to David Ellis he refers constantly to BFP whether directly or by implication – when he talks about new trends in media.

    Dennis Johnson on the other hand pooh poohs BFP and always respond that you can’t readily believe what is said on this site whenever a caller to the call – in show mentions something they read on BFP.

    Dennis Johnson sounds like someone trying desperately to protect his turf.

    The criticisms of the BLP probably hurt too much – who knows?

    Cause if he really spend time on this site he will realise that not only are BFP team members almost always right ,so too are the contributors.

    This is the first place I check before I read the local news.

    As a matter of fact Albert Brandford even acknowledge that he tunes into BFP.

    In addition the Nation newspaper from time to time picks up stories carried by BFP.

    Seems like sour grapes to me at Starcom.

  12. Jupiter

    Sorry BFP

    I thought that the post was snatched and I clicked twice.

    Somehow Anonymous came up under the second click.

  13. Cally

    Jupiter a gremlin comliments Denis Johnson like it virus up your post, lol. Read somewhere Denis Johnson died. Must be another johnson,lol. The johnson at VOB is overrated, by himself of course. Were he to possess the intellect and quality of the posters I read on BFP his puny credibility would grow.

  14. Hants

    BFP at least William Duguid has the guts to compliment you.

    William is obviously wired to the net and must see how blogs are becoming mainstream in North America.

    Any smart politician would monitor BFP because a lot of real truths are discussed on this site. We can write things on this blog that even though true and not libelous would not be allowed on Brasstacks or in the local newspapers.

    This blog is helpful to the BLP because it gives them opportunity to do damage control.
    For example, Cove Bay Proposal is taken of the BTIC website.

    The spin will be that “the matter was drawn to the attention of the chief town planner and he acted immediately to correct the problem.

    William, I look forward to you as a formidable member of the BLP opposition after the next election. ( prehaps wishful thinking on my part but sometimes wishes do come true)

  15. Wishing in Vain

    As for your comments regading Dennis Johnson if he would listen a bit more and not be so taken with his own voice and self importance he would be a good moderator but he irks me with his style and stupity.
    William Duguid it must be a source of information for you on this site, can you please forward to Lynch, Mia, Glyne, Jerome, Owing, Liz, et al the disgust and fustration you party has caused this nation not to mention the level of the corruption that you all have committed in you period of wielding of power in this country.
    Anything you can tell us on the Owen ership of these 1000 new slots or the $ 8.5 mill in Air conditioning systems ordered for use in the courts in 2008 or 2009 not to mention if or when the hospital ones will ever get used?
    Never mind politicans are not know for replying to such questions.

  16. Mr. Confused

    Hello Folks,

    When you look at the gentleman in the blue shirt and hat in the photo in the news link below:

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/288192786802041.php

    Is he the Principal Training Officer of the Government of Barbados Training Administration Division, who only last week lost his court case against this BLP government ?

    In the picture he appears to be sitting pretty cool in DEM court !!!

    After the court result would he now “switch” to BEE cool in the BEE court ?

    He is DEM SMART…OOOPS..that should be DAMN smart !!!

  17. Hants-
    My hat off to you for well justified remarks about the importance of BFP to the community, also to Hon Duguid for having the grace to compliment BFP.

    As for “damage control” per Cove Bay by T&CP, there is plenty more to be done, starting with Greenland Garbage Dump.

    If BLP uses BFP and its bloggers’ contributions to good effect for the nation’s betterment, more power to them (metaphorically- not 4 more years!)

  18. BFP-
    How do like the idea of trying to place an ad in the Nation saying, roughly,

    “For those people with access to the Internet who have not yet found us, dial in to -“WWW.barbadosfreepress.com”

    for “What You Always Wanted to Know About Barbados (but were afraid to ask).”

    Many of us, I am sure, would be prepared to send $10 for such a fund c/o Peach and Quiet, Inch Marlowe, Chch.

    But don’t take any bets they will accept it! 🙂

    *****************************

    Comment by Cliverton

    That is certainly an interesting and worthwhile idea naive. BFP and its readers would win either way, whether The Nation refused or not.

    The only concern I have is that Mr. Loveridge’s contribution to BFP to date has been nothing more than sending us the same letters to the editors that he sends to The Nation and all other media outlets. The difference is that we might or might not print a few more of his letters than other venues, but they have their opportunity the same as us. We certainly don’t print all his letters and sometimes the other media prints his letters when we don’t.

    What you are proposing for Mr. Loveridge now is that he accept money for BFP and pay an advert for BFP, and I’m not sure if that would be somehow crossing some sort of invisible line for him or his business. It is one thing to send letters to all media, its another to handle finance for a website where he has no idea who runs it or what they may say tomorrow or the day after the advert goes in the paper.

    Hmmmm…. I wonder if Senator Eastmond would forward the cash to The Nation? I know she values freedom of the press, but it might be asking a bit much, don’t you think? 😉

    The idea of an advert is not bad though. Maybe we can find a way to have readers send money directly to The Nation and document it somehow. Perhaps send a delivery assured envelope with the wording and right amount of cash to a specific person at The Nation and document the process. We might even be in a position to see the envelope opened you know! 😉

    Any other ideas, folks?

  19. Adrian Loveridge

    Thanks NAIVE, but don’t need the money.
    Just a transparent, accountable Government that listens.

    Maybe there is a ray of hope with Senator Eastmond and Dr Duguid.

    We ALL have to keep asking the questions until we get answers.
    Including the following raised by an informed source in the UK who states:

    ‘I can report that the (Carnival) Destiny is only 45% full, not only (is the) BTA is loosing money from the orginal contract but they have to pay US$50 per day, per bed as part of the contract for not filling them’.

    and

    ‘These guys are so desperate now they (are) selling their excess stock on the bucket market for US$50 per night further jeopardising the hotels in the area’.

    Any response Minister Lynch?

  20. Wishing in Vain

    This is absolutely amazing is it not? Where we will have empty hotel rooms and a cruise ship that we the taxpayers have paid for sitting around and be only 45 % full thanks to the most worthless minister of tourism Barney Lynch not to mention Mia’s role in this fiasco with her gem of an idea of Visas in place with less than 3 months to the start of the matches that in itself was a stroke of genius.

  21. paul sealy

    they can’t mention you BFP….doing that would make people buy more cpu’s and really get to checking you guy’s out..but..at least they hint on stories that they see here first then bring them out as watered down bilge….can’t drop it like you guys for nothing..lol…..keep up the good work

  22. Jupiter Says:
    February 26th, 2007 at 12:10 am
    BK

    Which senior people at Starcom are you talking about?
    If you listen to David Ellis he refers constantly to BFP whether directly or by implication – when he talks about new trends in media.
    Dennis Johnson on the other hand pooh poohs BFP and always respond that you can’t readily believe what is said on this site whenever a caller to the call – in show mentions something they read on BFP.

    Dennis Johnson sounds like someone trying desperately to protect his turf.
    ————————————————–
    Good question for BK. I email these two gentlemen all the time. It is my way of contributing to the discussions on the talkshows, and they are always gracious in responding. I know for a fact that David Ellis sees the events on this site as encouraging, he firmly believes in dialog of all kinds. Dennis Johnson from what i have gathered shares a similar opinion of the BFP as i do, which is he is happy that Barbadians are finding the time and avenue to make their voices heard, but is not sure that the driving force behind BFP isn’t partisan in nature. 😀

    So maybe they are telling me one thing and telling this BK person something else. 😀
    …..Starcome truly believe that they have to work withing the confines of their license, and I think what has transpired with Miss Ram, and is furthered solidified by the approach and attention that BFP pays to ananimity, and most of all what we as Barbadians knows to be a national passtime for the landed gentry, that of engaging, in libel threats, victimizations for unfavourable comments, makes their approach neccessary and real.

  23. BFP (Cliverton) and Adrian Loveridge-

    Sorry I should have been more explicit. I certainly didn’t think Adrian L. needed the money; I am sure his fine hotel prospers nicely. But we know nobody is more trustworthy than him.

    What I had in mind was that Peach and Quiet is the only address we have for a blog contributor, so far as I know (except Sen Lynette’s campaign HQ). If we were to contribute to an ad where else would we send the money? It would be held there safely for collection by a representaive of BFP (suitably identified so no Tom, Dick or Harry claimed it).

    A money order in favour of The Nation could be bought for the proposed ad. A messenger would take the text of the ad and payment to The Nation. All rather John Le Carre, but anonymity would be preserved.

    It’s good for a try.

  24. BK

    A trait of the Barbadian society is its love for being politically correct. The ability to get the truth from a Barbadian will be shaded by how the relationship is defined.

    Did I say that right? ooop I was being politically correct : – )

  25. Jupiter

    Adrian

    See what I mean?

    Why didn’t Dennis Johnson just stop at :”being happy that bajans are finding the time and avenue to make their voices heard?”

    What’s this big ‘concern’ that the BFP isn’t partisan in nature?

    Isn’t he also concerned about the Advocate and Nation newspapers being bias in favour of the BLP?

    More and more as you listen to Dennis Johnson – he seems to be losing his ‘objectivity’ and sounding more like a card carrying member of the BLP.

    When he is moderating he seems to get all uptight if criticism is directed at the government,and he always tries to put a spin on sometimes the most obvious facts – and ask the callers outlandish questions – which completely throw them off their original focus.

    This site ask questions of both parties,but since the BLP is in power surely the spotlight should be on them?

    I think you answer seals it for me.

  26. Kelly

    Thank God for men with integrity like Dennis Johnson who will not attempt to use the medium which he controls/manages simply as a vehicle to spew untruths, deceptions, lies and propaganda.

    The Barbados Free Press would do well to take note.

    To be professional in one’s approach to the way a person carries out his or her job, represents the best of that it means to be Barbadian.

    *************************

    NEW COMMENT BY CLIVERTON

    Ha ha ha ha

    The post by “Rufus” showing support for “Sharon” is actually posted by “Sharon” of the same IP address

    Sharon = Rufus = Kelly

    Amazing how those accusing us of hiding an agenda stoop to posting false support for their own posts!

    ha ha ha ha

  27. BK

    Kelly

    We all have our viewpoints which are flavoured in some way. At the end of the day the success of this blog over time will be linked to any reputation which it acquired over time based on the quality of the exchanges between posters. I have listened to the call-in since the days of Frank Pardo and all the mods have had their shades of opinions. The moderators dustbin is littered with mods who did not live up to expectation. Having said this Barbadians are looking for non traditional channels to air their views because of the ancient slander/libel laws which exist. Blogs and other Internet fora provides an excellent avenue to do so. Like anything there will be downsides.

    We should work together so that the objective is achieved i.e. mainstream and new aged media working side by side. What is wrong with mainstream media releasing news to a Blog like this because it is position to deliver it in a more uncensored way?

  28. justice

    I think Dennis Johnson is a psuedo-intellectual joker. Tell him that “the grass is green” and he’ll ask you what is grass. Give him your definition and ask for his and he will tell you he does not know but that your definition is wrong. He might be be a man of integrity, but he stinks as a moderator.

  29. kelly 2

    wait kelly, denis johnson is barbadian? justice i would drop psuedo intellecual from your description of johnson. what is this boy’s academic/ work background anyway? i believe he is very much a blp sleeper.

  30. Cyber-reality

    I hardly think that the few dozen of us who comment in here are ‘mainstream’, when it comes to voting.
    Please don’t fool yourself. We have little or no sway on the intelligent online people of voting age on this island, far less The Masses of Asses who don’t have computers or online facilities, far less who don’t log in to this site.

    It’s kinda like The White Vote in Barbados:
    at less than 5?% of the population, who CARES how the whites vote? It simply isn’t going to swing an election one way or the other!
    (and I’m white!)

    We The High Minded try our best to spin things, but we are having little effect at grass roots level, where PERCEPTIONS, not logic, rule the day on Voting Day!

    Does anyone have figures on what percentage of computerised Bajans..
    1. have internet access,
    2. give a damn about next election results,
    3. check BFP with any regularity other than for its sheer entertainment value?

    We are the high minded few, and I would LOVE to think we are having an effect, but I seriously doubt it.
    Maybe in ten years time, when ppl take internet seriously as the global intellect entity it is becoming(but has not yet become)
    – then we might be swaying things one way or another.

    Don’t mean to be pouring cold water on you guys, but just asking you to be real about the effect we’re having (or not having as the case may be).
    Sorry.

  31. bullcow

    One hundred thousand hits a month and Mia and BLP working feverishly to close down BFP. Lynette and Duguid monitor every word printed here. Dont know if above answers any of your concerns cyber….

  32. Jupiter

    Don’t forget the P.M. also reads BFP every day.

    Also other M.P.s,civil servants,nation journalists,starcom,overseas missions etc etc

    I smile when I see how feverishly these BLP sympathisers try to discredit BFP,yet can’t keep away from reading and posting on it.

  33. Wishing in Vain

    Cyber you are mistaken when you suggest that the white population standing at only 5 % makes no difference to the voting this is totally not so because when the bag man or Owing makes the call to the various white leaders in the business houses in and around Bridgetown like
    Kyffin Simpson, Richard Carter, Barry Blades,
    C O Williams, Bizzy Williams, David Seale and others of that ilk, and the money starts flowing into the party and it buys the Corned beef and biscuits and the odd Grantley being slipped in here and there these same people impact on the outcome of the elections more than just by the 5% of the votes that they have to place they influence the out come in a much more meaninful way their money speaks volumes for the reelection bid.

  34. BK

    kelly 2
    February 26th, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    wait kelly, denis johnson is barbadian? justice i would drop psuedo intellecual from your description of johnson. what is this boy’s academic/ work background anyway? i believe he is very much a blp sleeper.
    =======================================

    Kelly2 what does his background got to do with it? People like Denis Johnson will always attract criticism because of their iconoclastic positions. We need people like DJ who represent a refreshing viewpoint from the well trodden views of his colleagues.

  35. Jupiter

    Kelly

    Now I understand your support kelly = sharon = rufus – for Dennis Johnson.

    Same ole clothes.

  36. Wishing in Vain

    February 27th, 2007 at 7:19 pm
    Folks did any of you see todays Nation newspaper where there is a front page story about the arrival of the Scotish cricket team much to my utter disgust here we have in a peaceful fun loving place like Barbados we are now being potrayed as gun bearing louts on high alert for a terrorist attack at our airport, could this not have been enforced more discretely and with a less in your face approach after all we all know that the gov’t can afford to buy guns they do not need to advertise that on the front page of the daily paper.
    To hell with the fun in the sea and the sun approach to tourism now welcome to Barbados where as you walk outside the airport your security will be taken care of by the armed guards standing outside the doorway they are there to prevent any bombs, snipers or groggist attacking you.
    This picture is a sad reflection as to where the cricket world cup organisers have stooped to carry out the wishes of the ones in dark suits.

  37. paul sealy

    Wishing in Vain.. Cyber-reality refers to us as the “masses of asses” why would he think we knew where the corn beef and biscuits were coming from??..do your thing BFP…..

  38. Most of us sit anonomously and reflect positively or negatively on Dennis Johnson’s seeming inability to mention BFP. However, we are not constrained by the odious libel laws that have been utilized by both political parties to maintain control. I like Dennis Johnson. We need to rethink those tools and systems that have guaranteed the success and power of the political elite. Dennis Johnson is not the problem. BFP serves its purpose on the internet. Please don’t destroy a good thing!

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