Some Advice For The DLP Blog…

Folks, we at Barbados Free Press are hardly experts at blogging or media (Cliverton aside – he’s really eddumacated now. Got hisself a dagree ‘an everything! Smart boy, that Cliverton! 🙂 ) …

… but we think that the Democratic Labour Party blog should really take a second look at how they present their leader. Accepting that many readers will only look at the title and the picture, the DLP Blog should be conscious of the fact that many folks see the photo, read the title and then stop there.

Why does it matter?

Have a look… 😉

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41 Comments

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41 responses to “Some Advice For The DLP Blog…

  1. Jerome Hinds

    Well unlike Owen Arthur……he has a SOBER look !

    Prime Ministerial air about him…….I hear you say ?

  2. D'Arts

    Someone actually visits their site?

  3. Justasking

    D’Arts
    May 12th, 2007 at 5:26 am
    Someone actually visits their site?
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    No! DLP or BLP. If they have releases or statements they should send them to BFP.

  4. Mark3

    Look behind the eyes of each one, and then make comments. How can you pick out a tief from an ID line- by the jewellry?

  5. Andrew Brathwaite

    Excellent Point BFP.

    It makes one wonder whether this party receives or listen to advice. In addition, I was hoping that the statement “stop beating its chest about profits from the just concluded event” (re CWC) was misquoted or/and quoted out of context.

    It was a gross error for any opposition figure to suggest or connect in the public’s mind profits. I do not believe (could be wrong) that this assertion has been made by any government official to date.

    It was also a gross error to chastise government on beating its chest on profits (different from revenue which was the term used by government) from CWC instead of exposing in the strongest possible way that references by Lynch, Mascoll and company to $24M in revenue was irresponsible and a misrepresentation of the true picture as many items of cost would clearly have to be considered as well.

    On the issue of the image of the DLP and what it allows to be projected into the public domain, how many of you can remember this front page story in the nation on Mach 19th, 2006.

    DLP: It is less painful to listen and act now than to say I ‘shoulda’ or ‘coulda’ on the morning after the general election.

  6. herefordian

    Is it just me or does David Thompson look like a member of the BNP?

  7. Mark3

    David Thompson looks a lot like…….David Thompson.
    We loved what you showed at the budget. More of that David, as you are able!

  8. True Native

    Wonder what you look like. Oh yes, I forgot. Some Hereford cattle were imported recently. Perhaps you were one of them.

  9. Hants

    The DLP needs to do nothing more than be honest.

    They have the good fortune of fighting a government that feeds them ammunition.

    1. $750000 cheque given to the PM.

    2. Clyde Mascoll. Before or after he became a BLP.Truth or LIES?

    3. Minister Lynch.

    Jerome Hinds can complete the list.

  10. Stealth Bomber

    David surely is singing the tune Clico penned. But why am i not surprised ? As Minister of Finance, he was Choir Director.

  11. John

    Mark3
    May 12th, 2007 at 2:43 pm
    Look behind the eyes of each one, and then make comments. How can you pick out a tief from an ID line- by the jewellry?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wonder if all those bracelets are for real or just because he is suffering from arthuritis?

    Always heard copper bracelets helped to ease the pain of this particular affliction.

  12. sam

    he looks a little pale to pink, and someone thinks he looks sober. Hants thinks all they have to do is be honest it is sad to say but i do not think they know how.

  13. Stealth Bomber

    Jerome Hinds,

    I would advise you and your goonsquad to stop worrywing about Mascoll, Lynch and the successes of the CWC and worry about these things :

    -The Key player who is going to betray the st john dictator
    -How you’re going to deal with the Sealy Scandal &
    – The unveiling of the plot of the DLP on the civil service before elections.. Kamakaze coming next…

  14. reality check

    stealth bomber–bombs of flatulence

    the only thing you appear to be dropping from the bomber is something that should go down the sewer and there is certainly nothing stealthy in your approach. I hope you are on the payroll.

    while it is true the DLP has not diffentiated itself in the slightest about key issues that relate to honesty, integrity, freedom of information and other such matters, the present crowd is so devoid of any moral and ethical standards that the public has no choice but to hold ts nose and give them power.

  15. Stealth Bomber

    Reality Check

    Not too sure which reality you’re living in but the facts are there. The people of this country continue to have a deepening mistrust for David Thompson and his pups.

    It is clear however that all the DLP wants is power, at any cost. If the Dems beleive that bajans are so foolish to make the mistake st lucians and bahamians have made, they have another thing coming… for within one week of both elections, the citizens were complaining and saying they made a huge mistake,,, but unfortunately they will have to wait atleast 5 years to correct it. they were allpromised unrealistic policies, which the administrations then came and said they weren’t /aren’t and never will be feasible. sounds like thompon’s excuse for a b udget reply. Bajans aren’t so politically nieve, for they detest the fact that Thompson will change the constitutionally due elections from 5 years to 7 years… TALK ABOUT POWER HUNGER..

    But i guess thirteen years in the dessert is surely a long time.. but with Sleepy Smith as governor general, i am sure he won’t have any qualms about the process either..

    Everything out of the Dems camp is power, power, power.. that’s all it’s about. and when they have it, nothing but massive unemployment, high crime, depression and political and economic distruction.

    But i guess being ranked as the best small state in the world means nothing to the Dems. they’re more caught up in trying to get their leader to stay out of the drug holes in Barbados.

    Families first ? I guess part of the Dems’ manifesto will be DRUG HOLES A PLENTY – A FAIR SHARE FOR ALL.. FOLLOW OUR LEADER’S EXAMPLE. It’s a pitty Thompson complained that police were searched at CWC when he himself was searched and caught… at a recent fete.. certainly he can’t take back those cell phone pics which were taken… but doan worry, the public will be duely enlightened.

  16. laughing barbadian

    stealth bomber

    ur a waste of space stop spouting garbage u r now starting to sond like lynch, mascoll and the the rest of those idiots in the blp who seem to have no freaking brains ,,,hope to god the barbadian people use the sense and vote them out come elections

  17. Jerome Hinds

    DLP,

    Use the technology further to get your message out.

    Take note of the JLP example !

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070713/news/news1.html

  18. Jerome Hinds

    DLP,

    I trust that you have followed the sequence of events in Jamaica i.e the systematic way the JLP was able to bring the key issues to the Jamaican electorate.

    One year ago the JLP was trailing the the PNP including it’s leadership…….but through constant articulation of policy initiatives the JLP eventually gained the upperhand.

    Even though in March during our Budget debate you outlined some of your proposals…….it is my view that you need to do more to have these policy initiatives resonate with the unwavering among us.

    I earlier suggested in addition to political meetings….why not have a few town hall meetings where the public can get an opportunuity to quiz you on your plans ?

    Why not have one or two business/breakfast meetings for the benefit of persons in Industry and Business community ?

    Why not have a presentation for the benefit of BCC & UWI students ?

    Despite what you have done this far leading up to the declaration of the election campaign season you need to do more ?

    You have to get your message into the pysche of all Barbadians !

    This lame duck BLP administration has given you more than enough fodder for your cannons……however do not let this cause you to shoot yourself in the foot !

  19. Jerome Hinds

    Team DLP,

    Stay in the field as long as Owen Arthur continues to Tweedle his thumb…..on the calling of an election date !

    Golding and the JLP were in the field since 2006 !

    The BLP archcriminals and sympathisers like Albert Brandford and others…..keeping trying to distract you by saying that you are in the field too early !

    But how can one prepare for a serious match on the same day ?

    We say no…….follow the JLP example…..as long as the BLP delay the date you attack and offer workable and realistic policy initiatives.

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070906/news/news2.html

    Target the uncommited voters while retaining your hard core support base !

    The challenege is not insurmountable….but success will not come without hardwork and sacrifice !

    The choice is yours !

  20. Wishing in Vain

    The DLP has to sell the gospel of honesty and sincerity, and vow to get this island back on track.
    Making their politicians accountable to the people during their period of service in office.
    If they cannot achieve this now in view of the actions of the present administration, we have a problem, maybe the general public enjoy being robbed and raped should this be the case they will return the blp to office, what a sad day that would be for the honest ones of this island.

  21. BFP

    Hi Wishing In Vain

    We know that you, like the rest of us here at BFP are longing for honesty, transparency and accountability in the people and the system itself.

    But we have had enough of “sales” jobs, thank you.

    The DLP’s words mean no more than the BLP’s words. Both have promised integrity legislation when in government. HA!

    Actions only count now.

    The DLP could have discussed, implemented and published conflict of interest, financial disclosure and elections financing rules for their own members years ago. They could have put forward their own legislation – rejected or not.

    They chose not to do all those things, and unless the reason is they have been working hard at them for the past year and they are ready now, any “promise” to do so only when elected is useless.

    Nope, we don’t buy the DLP “selling the gospel of honesty and sincerity”

    A sales job is what we don’t need.

  22. Wishing in Vain

    Why do we not opt to stick with the blp as a safe bet at least we know that they will steal at least $ 500 million per year no questions asked?

  23. Wishing in Vain

    An extract from the conference speech given by Mr David Thompson.
    I am yet to hear or see one given by Owing Arthur but then again under the present conditions it would be a wasted exercise as we are quite clear about their corruption.

    I have with me a team of individuals all of whom I believe to be persons of integrity and ability. They span a range of business and professional activities. Many have given outstanding public service. They can stand on their own two feet.

    I am confident that they will join with me in a new era of public accountability and will sign on before the election result to a code of conduct for persons holding public office including a declaration of assets, support for new integrity and public accountability laws, the strengthening of the Public Accounts Committee and an overhaul of the public tendering system.

    I go further. The House of Assembly itself – which is open to public scrutiny and whose debates are broadcast – must consider and debate all major ministerial decisions arising out of appeals relating to town and country planning applications that affect large tracts of land, policy directions to Statutory Boards by Ministers and certain appointments made to posts that carry significant constitutional significance.

  24. Jerome Hinds

    Wishing in Vain…..I do believe that the BFP staff did NOT heard David Thompson’s commitment ( on Integrity Legislation ) coming out of the DLP Annual Conference !

    I have said before….and we all know it…… political parties get elected on what they promised to do after getting the vote !

    The JLP was the latest example !

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20070905T230000-0500_127061_OBS__DON_T_TURN_AWAY_STUDENTS_.asp

    What we in the DLP will not do…..is to follow the BLP and break every PROMISE made after winning the 1994 General Election……EXAMPLES ??? :

    * Supplementaries would be a thing of the past !

    ### Nearly 100 passed through Parliament
    since then !

    * Affordable Housing for ALL Barbadians !

    ### Hundreds of SQUATTER settlements
    have sprung up in Barbados since then !

    * Prudent fiscal policy !

    ### Over $ 750 Million in Cost Over – runs !

    * The QEH would become a flagship Health
    Institution !

    ### Today the QEH is FLAGGING…even its staff has lost faith in it !

    And certainly we in the BLP would not PROMISE like our friends in the BFP…….then fail to produce the Money – Laundering story !

    This is serious politics !

  25. Jerome Hinds

    And certainly we in the BLP would not PROMISE like our friends in the BFP…….then fail to produce the Money – Laundering story !

    This is serious politics !
    ***********************************************

    Correction, the above sentence should begin:
    ” And certainly we in the DLP would not promise…..”

    Seemed to be blighted by Asscoll !

  26. Jason

    I agree with BFP that words are without value. The DLP could have DONE something by now. Wahtcha got?

    one speech. big deal

  27. Jerome Hinds

    Jason
    September 6th, 2007 at 8:51 pm
    I agree with BFP that words are without value. The DLP could have DONE something by now. Wahtcha got?

    one speech. big deal

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

    So Jason…..you do not think the BLP should have passed such legislation already ?

    After 13 years of BLP RULE….incidentally today 6th September is the anniversary of their 1994 victory at the polls….and 13 years of scandulous projects !

    Come on Jason, call on the Blighted Labour Party (BLP ) members to clean up their act !

  28. Wishing in Vain

    the call is ok but we have had a party in power for nealy 15 years and never attempted or ever discussed Integrity Legislation for obvious reasons as it is clear to see now, and on the other hand the party that states it will be implemented before elections are called continues to be called on to do something, give me a break give them the chance to deal with matters, they will do what they have to do in their time frame not by the timeframe of the press, BU, BFP or VOB.
    More importantly why do we not call for an inquiry into the misuse of funds and the abuse of power by the PM et al in awarding these slack worthless contracts?

  29. Idealist

    WIV:

    The original estimates given by government ministers are laughably worthless, the contracts themselves are worth millions.

  30. BFP

    BFP has been calling upon the government and hammering the government over integrity issues since our first article in January 2006.

    The DLP has remained silent since that time. Not one word on a Minister of Government who lives on expropriated land. Not one challenge to the government to bring integrity legislation before the people.

    Nada. Zip. Nothing from the DLP.

    They are just waiting for their time at the trough.

    Wishing In Vain… your problem is you fail to realise that it is not people that are the issue, it is a system that rewards corruption.

    If a DLP government elected on Monday are all honest (and that I doubt, they are only human), by Friday they will be as corrupt as the BLP.

    Without rules, who can stand the temptation?

    LET THEM INTRODUCE THEIR RULES NOW.

    The BLP are a lost cause – crooks all.

    How long will you defend your DLP after they are elected and have failed to introduce integrity legislation?

    A month? A year? Five Years?

    How long will you give them Wishing In Vain?

  31. Hants

    BFP I beg to differ. The BLP Government has had a majority Government in Barbados for 13 years and has not passed integrity legislation.

    The DLP is not the Government. When they win the next election then you can call on them to implement Integrity legislation as stated by David Thompson.
    “I have with me a team of individuals all of whom I believe to be persons of integrity and ability. They span a range of business and professional activities. Many have given outstanding public service. They can stand on their own two feet.

    I am confident that they will join with me in a new era of public accountability and will sign on before the election result to a code of conduct for persons holding public office including a declaration of assets, support for new integrity and public accountability laws, the strengthening of the Public Accounts Committee and an overhaul of the public tendering system.”

    Since this blog is perused by Duguid,Eastmond and other BLP operatives, they are well aware of your request for Integrity Legislation.

  32. Hants

    I have noticed that the BLP continually refers to Barbados in 1991, 1992.

    I invite you all to read some of the articles about the recession in North America 1990 to 1992 and explain how little Barbados survived that period without devaluing the dollar.

  33. BFP

    Hi Hants

    We’ll have to agree to disagree then.

    We too have heard the rumours about asset declaration by DLP candidates and the discussions – and we also know that it is very much a 50-50 split right now.

    Half the party leaders want integrity legislation and the other half says “oink oink, No Way!”

    Hardly cause for celebration even if Thompson tries to do something.

    Nope… means nothing until it happens, and then they had better mean it because we will ridicule and expose them if they try to sell us some window dressing.

  34. Jerome Hinds

    Nope… means nothing until it happens, and then they had better mean it because we will ridicule and expose them if they try to sell us some window dressing.
    *****************************************
    BFP,

    On the subject of window dressing…….you guys fuh REAL ?

    Was this what the promised Money – Laundering story was about……WINDOW DRESSING ?

    Oink ! Oink ! Oink !

  35. Jerome Hinds

    Hants,

    Good points about the 1991 – 1993 period and the Global Recession .

    The DEMS miraculously saved Barbados…..yes it was tough .

    Ask any mother……..to explain how tough it is betwwen Labour pains and child birth !

    Surely, it must be about sacrifice in order to experience GAINS !

  36. Straight talk

    Whoever wins the next election is gonna face paying off all these BOLT contracts as well as current expenditure.

    The Prison, Hall of Justice, Coast Guard Station, Desalination Plant and Flyovers are all projects deceptively endorsed by these BLP charlatans but it is our children and grandchildren who will be paying for their folly and corruption for years to come.

    What will they think of the “Father of first world Barbados”?

  37. Huh??

    BFP: You really have some (bitter!) gall. Pot calling the kettle black. WHERE IS THE MONEY LAUNDERING ARTICLE??

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

    BFP Comments

    IF your argument is that neither the DLP nor the BLP should be held accountable because this blog promised but has not delivered the money laundering story, well… I guess that if we do produce the money laundering story that is the national test and standard…

    Huh?

  38. Hants

    Jerome Hinds It seems to me that the DLP Government during the 91,92 recession saved Barbados from the ravages of a devalued Barbados dollar but I am not an economist so doan mind me.

    Anyhow I prefer to talk about more pressing issues like 300% cost overruns and what happen to the $750,000………..

  39. Hants

    Required reading in the Advocate Letters section are 2 attacks on David Thompson written by Henderson N Bovell.

    Is this an indication of how afraid the BLP is of losing the election?

  40. Thistle

    Henderson Bovell could EVER be considered “required reading”??

  41. Jerome Hinds

    Jerome Hinds

    September 6th, 2007 at 12:32 am

    DLP,

    I trust that you have followed the sequence of events in Jamaica i.e the systematic way the JLP was able to bring the key issues to the Jamaican electorate.

    One year ago the JLP was trailing the the PNP including it’s leadership…….but through constant articulation of policy initiatives the JLP eventually gained the upperhand.

    Even though in March during our Budget debate you outlined some of your proposals…….it is my view that you need to do more to have these policy initiatives resonate with the unwavering among us.

    I earlier suggested in addition to political meetings….why not have a few town hall meetings where the public can get an opportunuity to quiz you on your plans ?

    Why not have one or two business/breakfast meetings for the benefit of persons in Industry and Business community ?

    Why not have a presentation for the benefit of BCC & UWI students ?

    Despite what you have done this far leading up to the declaration of the election campaign season you need to do more ?

    You have to get your message into the pysche of all Barbadians !

    This lame duck BLP administration has given you more than enough fodder for your cannons……however do not let this cause you to shoot yourself in the foot !

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

    Team DLP,

    I take this opportunity to commend you on the successful hosting of your Town Hall meeting on the critical subject of Education.

    No doubt that those of us who were there had a refereshing time being able to get a peek into your policy initiatives on this subject as well as to share our views / concerns.

    Kudos and we look forward to more .