DLP Strategy Or Rumour Mischief?

We received this anonymous email this morning that may, or may not, be true insofar as claiming to have inside knowledge about what Thompson and the DLP have been advised by consultants.

But never mind whether that part is true or not. What about the accuracy of the overall political assessment?

Here it is…

Horns of a dilemma

David Thompson is being advised by international political strategists [whom he consulted] not to aggressively go after the top job in Barbados at this time.

The reason? He will be inheriting an economic nightmare according to sources close to the IMS. The Honorable Owing Arthur and his administration took a gamble, which has not paid off. The declining U.S. dollar and the emerging powers in Asia…mainly South East Asia was not factored into his {Arthur’s] strategic plan.

Also industrialized nations are seeking higher taxes from companies who are banking in offshore islands. Barbados will here fore see a decline in such monies.

David Thompson is being advised to sit tight for another term after which he will be guaranteed pretty well a landslide.

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35 responses to “DLP Strategy Or Rumour Mischief?

  1. Nonsense. He needs to continue, and use the time in office if successfull to tell all. Barbadians have a lot of questions that the BLP cannot answer, for the answers will put them in the political wilderness for a long time.

    He has started, he needs to tell the entire story about the check that Owen recieved supposedly on behalf of the BLP. These folks want to make hay out of a promise of money to finance the DLP election effort. Let them defend this check.

  2. Bajanboy

    Yes, that does sound like a hoax. The dollar has been declining for some years now, emerging powers in Asia have been emerging for over a decade, and every year the offshore industry faces some massive threat that forces it to evolve. None of this would have been a surprise to Owen.

  3. concerned

    Interesting! I received this same information just this weekend from elsewhere.

    The source also said that there are promises already made which only O$A and the gangsters can and must honour. They are the ones who have to bear the consequences one way or the other.

    Power at any cost?? I wonder.

  4. Jerome Hinds

    Another BLP propaganda generated nonsense which has the HALLMARKS of that political JUDAS Royalrumble…!

    The ONLY advice the DLP and Daviv Thompson is adhering to at the moment…to continue building their base on the GROUND…for that is the only true FOUNDATION for success…!

    The DLP like the majority of Barbadians support the CWC 2007….however, like a majority of Barbadians the DLP openly expressed concerns about several aspects its planning by this BLP government in the areas of…HIGH SPENDING , TOURIST PROJECTIONS , PRICING etc…!

    THe games have not REACED Barbados yet so there is no need for the DLP to say anything….!

    The DLP has to wait and see if their PREDICTIONS come to past…..!

    The DLP perceived SILENCE is guided by a WAIT & SEE approach…!

    Never the last the DLP is pressing on with its constituency WALK – THROUGHS and opening of branch offices….!

    So does such DLP ACTION indicates as this e-mail CLAIMS above :

    ” not to aggressively go after the top job in Barbados at this time. “

  5. No - Name

    This is totally illogical. If things are so bad the people will certainly not want to continue with Owen….What is David Thompson to do…abdicate his responsibilty?

    After Elections, Mr.Thompson should lock up Owen, Lynch et al and get on with the people’s business!

  6. BK

    Agreed!

    For David to sit out now would sound his death knell. This is obviously rumor which is being propagated here.

  7. ?

    It’s all about gambling and guessing. You win some and you lose some. We will have wait to see which turn out to be the winners. Surely not the taxpayers.

  8. I would dare the email writer to tell us who these politcal consultants are. I would personally contact them for comment.

    Jerome i agree with you: The DLP needs to continue their groundwork, this is where elections are won.

    I believe that DLP is quietly gaining momemtum from their ‘Walk abouts’ and this CWC debacle can only further alienate the BLP. You can always tell when the BLP is in trouble; Owen usually disappears from public view. The King can do no wrong. 😀

  9. Jerome Hinds

    The DLP task after winning the next election is like that in any public establishment…!

    1. You apply for a job because it becomes vacant as a result of it last holder LEAVING…!

    **** Regardless of what is left behind…you the new holder must CLEAN it up because in your APPLICATION / INTERVIEW for the job you said you can….!

    2. You apply for a job of washing dishes in a restaurant because you like to see things CLEAN…!

    **** Regardless of how DIRTY / UNPLEASANT what is left behind…you the dish washer must CLEAN up because in your APPLICATION / INTERVIEW for the job you said you can….!

    The DLP has pledged to ” MAKE A CHANGE ” so whatever they find when they assume OFFICE , with the help of God and Barbadians they have to get working.

    No ” IF ‘s ” No ” BUT’s “….!

  10. John

    … and if DT holds back, we are left with DC!!

    Lord have mercy. At least DD won’t be in the mix with DC, thanks for small mercies.

    DLP, say it ain’t so!! … and if it is, tell us loud and clear. We’ll figure out what to do, a Bajan is a resourceful creature.

    We may get some independents coming forward who are untainted by what has gone before and know what to do!!

  11. vortex

    David Thompson has the ability and confidence to pull this country through any crisis. Many of us forget that he was the one who left the economy to Owen Arthur in 1994. Richie Haynes said Owen had the best wicket any Minister of Finance had to bat on.

    There have been many criticisms of him but his loyalty, intelligence and ability are beyond dispute. That advice is definitely to be ignored.

  12. True Native

    Vortex: I think you are right. David Thompson is a young man who has had to suffer personal and political insults for many years and he has remained steadfast. He may have disappointed some when he resigned as President of the DLP a few years ago, but when you’re being stabbed in the back by your OWN PEOPLE, and you discover that the very one you elevated is in cahoots with the enemy, it is a very bitter pill to swallow. He is back again in the harness and in my opinion is going from strength to strength.

  13. TRUE NATIVE:

    Very well said, David Thompson is truly going from strength to strength and watch it all, he has not reached his maximum. He is a giant of a politican.

  14. Kem

    The propaganda machinery of the BLP is in full swing and it is obvious it will go to almost any length to achieve their objective, including insulting the intelligence of Barbadians with this most illogical and naive attempt.

  15. Navigator says..

    ..Steady as she goes, Capt.

    Let things continue as normal, in this buildup towards elections coming soon to a theatre near you!

    If they don’t already know it, the general electorate needs to be informed that if/WHEN there is a change of Government, then the Truth will out!
    – And it is going to be a very unpleasant Truth,too!

    So let’s not hear any vindictive moaning, grumbling and finger-pointing when David T is forced to enact draconian taxation measures to pay for BLP BS!
    I’m not talking about us few in here, I’m talking about informing the general electorate, people in de Pine, in de Orleans, dah kinda body.. who en’t got computer (not fuh checking BFP,at any rate).

    So,steady as she goes: no change in course.
    May the best team win, and whuh happen HAPPEN.
    ALL how is Bare Sh*** coming our way, so band up yuh belly from NOW!

  16. Citizen First

    This “advice” is one of the most cynical and opportunistic pieces of advice that I have ever heard. I believe (probably naively) that the ultimate objective of being a politician is public service. (OK don’t all scream at me about the many scamps who are politicians!).

    The DLP is (or should be) offering itself for the good of this country regardless of the difficulties or the personal consequences. If it is going to sit out the next five years because it is going to be difficult and then hope to win when the trouble is over would expose them to be just another bunch of self serving crooks.

    Just to be clear, I think that the DLP is a patriotic group of persons who are prepared to face the enormous challenge of governing Barbados in the immeadiate future. In fact if (a big if…) the dire predictions are true, the DLP is better poised to level with the people, explain what the problems are and to administer the bitter medicine required to correct the problems. The public would find it incredulous to hear from the BLP that things are now so bad (after telling us that things were so good) and that they could be trusted to make the neccessary corrections.

  17. True native
    David Thompson was never stabbed in the back, coming out of the St Thomas by- election his political strategists advised hin not to lead the party into the upcoming election, He lied about the support he was getting in the st Thomas by -election and if there was any back stabbing the party was the one that get stabbed by Thompson.

  18. TryEnWait

    the DLP is actively preparing behind the scenes,doan worry.
    Just because you’re not hearing stuff from them doesn’t mean they’re idle or uncaring okay?

    Maybe they have intentionally agreed to keep quiet, and not let most of their psychic energy out thru their mouths, but rather in some more productive manner ..maybe thru their hands(doing stuff,instead of yappin!)

    At times like this, in Gossipy Barbados, very often the right thing to do is to shut yuh mout! Let the rabble(us) talk dey talk and discuss their theories and dubious suggestions.
    When the time is right, the DLP will burst on the Barbados World and the fun will begin.

    Wunnuh too impatient!

  19. Citizen First

    oops .. should be “immediate future” don’t know where that extra ‘a’ came from!

  20. Jerome Hinds

    motherb
    April 9th, 2007 at 5:29 pm
    True native
    David Thompson was never stabbed in the back, coming out of the St Thomas by- election his political strategists advised hin not to lead the party into the upcoming election, He lied about the support he was getting in the st Thomas by -election and if there was any back stabbing the party was the one that get stabbed by Thompson.
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    motherb,

    Since you just FLY out of your B Hive….Tell Bajans….who is the person that STABBED Bajans by STATING…..

    1. No money was borrowed to secure the services of Carnival Destiny…..?

    2. 90,000 tourists will be in BIM during the last week of CWC 2007….?

    3. On 10 Cruise Ships with about 2,600 passengers EACH…..75,000 cruise ship passengers would be in BIM during the last week of CWC 2007…?

    4. The Hilton would be SOLD once the RIGHT price is OFFERED…?

    Come on motherb, tell Bajans who did the STABBING on these SERIOUS….ISSUES….!

  21. John

    “Please doan worry, bout a ting …..”

    “… cos evry little ting goin be awright”

    A bit difficult at the moment to keep Bob’s refrain in mind, particularly when it is being made by supporters of one or the other party who by their own admissions, are abject failures!!

    Since 1961 and up to 2007, 46 years, the Dees have had the wheel for 15+8 = 23years. They have constantly claimed to have rescued Barbados from the Bees.

    The Bees have been at the wheel for the other 23 years and they have constantly claimed to have rescued Barbados from the Dees.

    Now elections are nearly here 46 years later and Barbados needs rescuing again.

    Partly every body knows that!! We don’t need to be told.

    These parties are either made up of comedians who are making sport or else both have destroyed Barbados …. repeatedly, ….. since it is in constant need of rescuing.

    Simple logic.

    Time for Barbadians to tell both parties to take a hike ……….. but practically speaking we won’t.

    Not too many choices!!

    It is like being asked if you would like chicken for the inflight meal and being told you have two choices, yes or no. (Not original, borrowed it from anothe blog on Word Press but can’t remember which one).

    Maybe we need to increase the options ourselves.

    Look at CWC, they are now begging us to come and bring our food!! … so there is hope yet.

    Things change.

  22. Lollipop

    Motherb like she ain’t only hatching tiefing stinging bees, she hatching lies too. Looka, wheel and come again wid yuh BLP propaganda, bo.

  23. True Native

    It is claimed that there is little or no difference between the DLP and the BLP. But there is a big difference. The DLP, unfortunately, wash their dirty linen in public for all and sundry to see. The BLP never do this. I don’t know if the DLP see it as “transparency”, perhaps they do. In my book, it is disloyal to snarl at each other in public. Thrash out your problems at your General Council/Executive meetings, please. But I wish they would stop doing it. They appear to have settled down now that Thompy is back at the head, but I am begging them to remain united at this critical time, and indeed, at all times.

  24. Jerome Hinds

    motherb,

    Since you just FLY out of your B Hive….Tell Bajans….who is the person that STABBED Bajans by STATING…..

    1. No money was borrowed to secure the services of Carnival Destiny…..?

    2. 90,000 tourists will be in BIM during the last week of CWC 2007….?

    3. Only 10 Cruise Ships with about 2,600 passengers EACH….. YET…..75,000 cruise ship passengers would be in BIM during the last week of CWC 2007…?

    4. The Hilton would be SOLD once the RIGHT price is OFFERED…?

    Come on motherb, tell Bajans who did the STABBING on these SERIOUS….ISSUES….!
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    motherb,

    Strange enough you seem to have returned to your B HIVE without giving Bajans the answers to the QUESTIONS above…..!

    Your INTEGRITY on the LINE…..!

    Then again your PARTY CHIEF…..says INTEGRITY is a non – ISSUE for his PARTY & PARTY…..faithful……!

    Wuhloss…..!

  25. Any serious political party along with its consultants does not enter into an election to lose. Lack of success is a consequence in many instances of the vagaries of the electorate in a vibrant democracy.

    The Democratic Labour Party has always stepped up to the plate.

    The party recognises the challenges, which it will have to face in righting the economic, social and governance issues in Barbados are several, but that it can do the job.

    The Democratic Labour Party believes that the people of Barbados will with focused leadership, rise to the occasion to ensure that our country is able to weather any difficult storms/upheavels, which will come our way as a result of Arthur’s and the BLP mismanagement as well as changes in the global political economy. We see Barbadians as a resilient people who above anything else generally love their country and will be willing to work to ensure that the country prospers.

    The missive sent to the Barbados Free Press is meant to distract the people of Barbados and focus doubts in the minds of all persons who are campaigning for a change in Government. Do not be distracted by the BLP naked propaganda.

    They have a well oiled propaganda machine, headed by very high priced consultants, who instruct them how to beguile Barbadians. On this occasion their machinations must not be allowed to work. People stay focus on your mission. Your country deserves a better, more transparent form of governance.

  26. Jerome Hinds

    dlpbarbados,

    That is the kind of assurance Barbadians need from an alternative government in waiting.

    Do not mind the BLP SPIN & LIES a.k.a propaganda machinery, remain focussed on removing them from office at the earliest opportunity.

    Rational persons on this BFP reading what is purported as being an e-mail recognises it for what it is worth…..the product of a DESPERATE BLP mind….!

    dlpbarbados, keep the ISSUES and possible SOLUTIONS in the forefront of your interaction with the ELECTORATE….!

    Once you do that the ELECTORATE would do their part……even the e-mail sender ABOVE….!

  27. young one

    you ppl are so full of bs… BLP doin alot of shite and the after readin the email it appears to me that the DLP don’t want the mess that the BLP has made. case in point:

    Mr. Thompson is sayin he is goin to take VAT off of this and that… cool

    Mr. St. Clair (sp) is sayin when we (the DLP) get in office, we’ll give the Teachers, Police, Nurses… a rise in pay…. nice

    Mr. Estwick is sayin the country is in so much dept. but wait how the hell you goin to do what Mr. Thompson & Mr. St. Clair saying?

    it’s time bajans open up them eyes and see if we do, we damn and if we don’t we still damn.

    this like game ain’t gettin us anywhere… i like Mr. Thompson. i like Mr. Athur. you ppl need to get a grip…

    i maybe young but i so glad that may eyes ain’t wide shut…

  28. No - Name

    DLP,
    I hope there is a plan of action to ensure that the call for the resignation of Lynch, Owen and Mia does not die after CWC.
    This must be on the front burner. Owen has to be confronted about the $750,000; Lynch for his incompetence and Mia for her role in the late introduction of visa that created some of CWC problems.

    And you have to stop all de talk and provide the public with hard evidence of corruption…

    If you can’t then stop all the talk.

  29. Patrick Porter

    That is trash and I got it straight from the horses mouth. David plans an aggresive platform and I don’t know where this came from. All things will be revealed in due time. Everything in its time and place. The BLP spin doctors are really working overtime

  30. Jerome Hinds

    young one

    April 10th, 2007 at 12:38 am

    you ppl are so full of bs… BLP doin alot of shite and the after readin the email it appears to me that the DLP don’t want the mess that the BLP has made. case in point:

    Mr. Thompson is sayin he is goin to take VAT off of this and that… cool

    Mr. St. Clair (sp) is sayin when we (the DLP) get in office, we’ll give the Teachers, Police, Nurses… a rise in pay…. nice

    Mr. Estwick is sayin the country is in so much dept. but wait how the hell you goin to do what Mr. Thompson & Mr. St. Clair saying?

    it’s time bajans open up them eyes and see if we do, we damn and if we don’t we still damn.

    this like game ain’t gettin us anywhere… i like Mr. Thompson. i like Mr. Athur. you ppl need to get a grip…

    i maybe young but i so glad that may eyes ain’t wide shut…
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    young one,

    Owen Arthur says the country DEBT is so high under his LEADERSHIP…..!

    What does Owen Arthur PROMISE :

    1. Not to BORROW any more money for the next 5 YEARS….!

    2. INCREASE the REVERSE tax credit LIMIT….!

    3. Build more houses for the HOMELESS….!

    But WHAT he is not telling BAJANS…..is that he and his government AFTER 13 years has MISSPENT , TIEF & LIE so much that they now have to pay attention to the PEOPLES business….!

    All the DLP is saying once the misplaced PRIORITIES and broken PROMISES by this BLP government are overcome then the money can be FOUND to do the PEOPLES business…..!

    The TEACHERS , POLICEMEN , NURSES and BARBADADIANS on the whole deserve this COMMITMENT from the DLP…..!

    young one, your are OLD enough to UNDERSTAND this…..!

  31. Dear Young One,

    We are pleased whenever young people pay some interest in the politics of Barbados. Your participation in the blog of the Barbados Free Press is indeed quite refreshing. We would want to engage you nevertheless in some of the commentary which you have posted.
    ____________________________________________
    Mr. Thompson is saying he is going to take VAT off of this and that… cool.
    ____________________________________________
    We have detected your skepticism relative to the removal of the Value Added Tax (VAT) on a few items. One of which is electricity bills for private consumers. You should realise that VAT is an extremely dynamic tax and as such, more and more vat is collected as a result of the dynamic nature of the market place. The Barbados Labour Party collected over a Billion dollars more in VAT than was estimated and spent all of it in badly conceived and executed projects.

    Please look again at the pledges make again by the Democratic Labour Party in relation to VAT and all the initial policy proposals. You can find those proposals and the entire speech on the DLP website. http://www.dlpbarbados.org

    ____________________________________________

  32. Linchh

    The statement from the DLP correctly makes the point that no serious political party enters a general election with the expectation or intention of losing. There is no doubt that the economic situation is likely to be difficult in the years ahead because the reckless policy of heavy debt accumulation pursued by the Owen Arthur administration will precipitate a debt service crisis. Arthur has said that he does not intend any new external borrowing for the next 5 years, but he might well have said that he does expect the international financial markets to provide access to Barbados on favourable terms. In fact Barbados’ soverign debt rating has recently been down graded.

    The nonsense that passes for a National Strategic Plan that the BLP Government foisted on the citizens of Barbados provides no basis for confidence that Owen Arthur and his minions will be able to deal with the adversities that can be expected to affect Barbados when the expected slow-down in the world economy reaches our shores. Tourism, our major engine of growth needs a major overhaul, and can be expected to fare very badly. As a consequence there is likely to be a major downturn in our economy which has been too dependent on unsustainably high levels of government expenditure.

    Let us hope that a DLP Government will be able to harness the knowledge and skill of those individuals who developed the framework for the post-1994 recovery. Although Arthur has chosen to sideline them, they still have the interest of Barbados at heart, and are willing to assist in a recovery programme, if properly called upon.

  33. The consultants who advised Mr. Thompson not to run in the next election must have read my comments two weeks ago.

    However, I did go on to say that David Thompson should not attempt to form the next government unless he’s willing to come clean with the Barbadian people and let them know that there will have to be sacrifices made to stop the bleeding….he cannot promise a rose garden without thorns. Furthermore, Mr. Thompson must present Bajans with a clear vision for the future, a plan to work that vision and a strong commitment from the DLP members to implement the changes that will be necessary for success. Then let the Barbadians make their choice. At least they will mark the X on the ballot armed with the knowledge that there will be rough times ahead and Mr. Thompson will also know that they’re prepared to go for the longhaul if they elect him to be the next government.

  34. Sorry Jerome
    I was in George Street checking out some news about a $100.oo fund raiser in St Joseph that was held by your St Andrew Candidate of which Rouse could not attend because he is banned from coming on that property which is owned by a DLP member.

    At least the price for the Hilton has to be right. Can’t say the same for Almond Bay. Ask Thompson about that.

  35. Patrick Porter

    motherb

    I worked in the St. Joseph constituency in the late 60’S and early 70’s, when it was a BLP stronghold and nothing but nothing could get them out. However I have spoken to ruite a few of my old friends from there and they have told me that they are not happy with the BLP as they make all sorts of promises and don’t keep them. Furthernoe the people of Bathsheba, don’t like the idea of all the tourist activity there and they will vote against the Government for it. The Bathsheba people are fed up with this Government and are going to put them out. The Almond Beach was a disaster and David did the right thing in getting rid of it at any price. Not like the GEMS disaster. I know I worked in the Hotel field, so don’t tell me about hotels and the selling of them.
    When are you going to ask your party to dump GEMS and better yet when can we see the audited accounts?You talk about Almond Beach well I am talking about GEMS, answers please