Karel McIntosh Talks About 3rd Party Politics In The Recent T&T Election

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An End To Tribal Politics?

Perhaps I wasn’t paying attention as I should have, but I didn’t realise that although the new C.O.P. party didn’t take a single seat in the recent T&T elections, they took 25% of the popular vote.

Our old friend Karel McIntosh at Caribbean Public Relations Blog has the story and some thoughts about what the C.O.P. 25% could mean the next time around.

Well worth your time, and especially if you think that a 3rd party might have a role to play in Bajan politics in the future.

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6 responses to “Karel McIntosh Talks About 3rd Party Politics In The Recent T&T Election

  1. third party?

    A third party might split the vote and cause some real interesting dynamics?

    Then again, everyone is so fed up with the whole lot of them, they might just desert both parties like rats deserting sinking rotten ships and truly bring in a group of honest poilticians?

    This would not include the likes of the PEP.

  2. Anonymous

    Winston Dookeran is in Barbados, he is staying at the Accra Beach Hotel.

  3. Paradox

    There is no doubt ‘a third party can truely play a role today in Bajan politics’.

    Any good government must have a decent opposition.Where is the opposition in Barbados,have we got one? Why is the ruling government don’t give a damn about the real issues which affects us ? It is purely the weakness of the next party.The DLP is so weak and helpless, it’s only a matter of time before death is announced and a burial performed.(DOCTOR is waiting to sign the death certificate).
    True Bajans are disappointed the issues which effect them are not being addressed adequately.

    The two party state have been riding in their comfort zone for far too long,dwelling in the knowledge that if one doesn’t vote for one party he would vote for the other. There are members in both parties who would jump at the chance to join a party which is committed to the good of the people of Barbados. What we have are two parties which care about themselves,friends and families. They are often too keen on jumping on the backs of individuals to make a name for themselves. The issues which are of the upmost importance are not being addressed.

    Come on you folks out there, ‘make a difference now’.Throw down the gauntlet, hammer home the issues; make your/our dream come true.

    We have little time.We need a candidate in every constituency.This should wake up the dead and the dying. A difference is all that is needed.

  4. Lady Anon

    Didn’t the splinter party from the DLP, the NDP, cause problems in the election which caused the BLP to rise to power in the 1990s?

  5. Adrian Hinds

    Paradox says: The two party state have been riding in their comfort zone for far too long,dwelling in the knowledge that if one doesn’t vote for one party he would vote for the other. There are members in both parties who would jump at the chance to join a party which is committed to the good of the people of Barbados.

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    am Paradox do you fully embrace these words above? Do you appreciate the significant defect in our system of governance to which you would want to apply the solution of a third party?

    As long as a governing party maintains the loyalty of its members even if it enjoys a majority of one or two, the opposition will be ineffective. As long as we have a sub-committee of parliament i.e. the cabinet being so large rendering parliament impotent to contain it, an opposition will be ineffective. What has always given an opposition an once of usefulness is a citizenry exercising sufficient skepticism to keep abreast of the actions of the governing party, where upon the appointed time they can then be included in the democratic process in that fleeting moment when they enter the stifling confines of a voting booth to remove the high rollers from office, but in the absence of an engage citizenry we have corn beef and biscuit politics where votes are bought and sold. Unless a third party is willing to demonstrate during the election season that they have money to spend thereby continuing the belief that the government is there to literally PROVIDE for the masses then that party doesn’t have a chance to sit in parliament as anybody’s representative

  6. Paradox

    A.H,
    Yes I do. Please give credit to the young voters of today.They are less prepared to vote partisan politics. The biscuit and corn beef politics is a thing of the past to most.
    Take a look at the Westminister system; it has 3 parties and the third party does very well at local and reginal level. The two major parties perhaps psychologically, would not like to come third. In Barbados, one is more inclined to debate the issues and implement policies which are dare to people’s heart. The real issues are not adequately addressed because of the impotence of the lone opposition.
    There is no better time than now to start building that third party.