The perfect revenge? Rumours of Taan Abed as an independent candidate

DLP Decision Time: Snap election call… or wait for the economy to get worse?

Our on-again, off-again sometimes friend Ian Bourne thinks he smells an election in the wind. He says the BLP are in disarray – which is true enough – but is that alone enough to ensure a DLP victory?

We’re not so sure that the DLP Stuart government can count on any tea leaves, chicken entrails or polls to be accurate. Everything is unsettled these days. Diehard Bees and Dees aren’t so diehard anymore.

And yes – it’s still the Stuart government, not the Sinckler government… or is it?

Taan Abed wildcard?

Former DLP diehard Taan Abed won an overwhelming victory (86 to 5!) over lawyer Verla DePeiza  in the contest to be the DLP candidate for Christ Church West. Then the party executive turfed him without a public explanation.

Abed declared “no hard feelings” and his continuing true love loyalty to the Democratic Labour Party and the Prime Minister. (Freundel Stuart is still the PM, isn’t he? Bajans don’t hear much from him so we’re sometimes not sure.)  😉

Anyway, Taan Abed stopped singing the DLP tune a few weeks ago when he resigned in disgust from the party and fired the expected broadsides.

Now we’re hearing rumours or maybe even “informed speculation with whispers” that Mr. Abed has been seriously approached to run as an independent candidate in Christ Church West. Our friend One Who Knows says that while Taan didn’t say yes, he didn’t say “no” either. The email we received claims that Taan told the four backers he’d “Think about it.”

Game Changer

Our take: Taan Abed running as an independent would be a game-changer. He has incredible support at the constituency level and would pick up huge numbers of “secret” votes on election day. By that we mean that many Dees would support the official candidate openly (because you don’t want to burn that bridge publicly) but when it came time to vote, Abed would be their secret act of punishment against the DLP political elites.

Abed wouldn’t have to win to make an impact. He wouldn’t even need to really campaign – just enough for a little show. All he’d have to do would be to put his name into play and he’d take enough votes from the Dees to torpedo any hopes in CCW.

Would Taan Abed really do such a thing?

Nope. Never. No way. Couldn’t happen.

At least, that’s what Owen Arthur said when somebody asked him about it over the weekend. But the old fox had the strangest little grin on when he gave his reply.

It’s probably nothing…


Filed under Barbados, Politics

14 responses to “The perfect revenge? Rumours of Taan Abed as an independent candidate

  1. False assumption

    “has incredible support at the constituency level and would pick up huge numbers of “secret” votes on election day”

    The election process is flawed and all parties will have to watch every single ballot, when they are deposited and all the way through until the votes are counted.

    Police should at no time have complete control over the process.

    Get your cell phones ready and count each person going through who voted and watch the count every step of the way.

    Take your eye off the ball and seats can change in an hour including politicians buying votes

    Abed should win hands down but only in a fair fight

    Let more independents throw their hats in the ring

  2. The Watcher

    Who’s gonna vote for this cat? Dressmakers?
    Barbados seems to belong to everyone except bred, born and navel-string towing Bajans who can trace their roots back 5,6,7,8 generations. Guess we’d like to gentrify the place and hand it over to Trini’s, Jammies and whom-so-ever will come a-calling with “pretty, nice hair”
    Tann didn’t get the nod! So what! Is he entitled to it?
    He or none of them ent getting my vote! Its bad enough to get the shaft from your own, but I’m about to be a Xenophobe in this instance and say that we is fah we UNMISTAKEABLY!
    Sorry Tann( NOT!) Tey crying somewhere else!

  3. what will they think of next

    Owen wants to play Tan against Mia.

  4. Undertaker

    Elections will NOT be ealy I see elections being in either October 2012, Thompson’s death; or January 2013 for Barrow, The DLP is working on sympathy so they will stick close to those 2 dates. Also when you are not too sure of a victory or at least by a big majority and in your 1st term you carry it as close to the finishing line as possibe to hope for the best. Of course when the government workers get a raise next yr, VAT off electricity bills, allowances back, ease for the poor etc, then you call elections and deal with the fallout from the IMP and standard and poors later. Every party puts winning an election before the economic situation, so why would we expect anything less to happen next yr?
    Both parties have a chance at winning, but it is really the DLP’s election to lose, it is how they handle the next months that will matter. Also they have lost a lot (big lot) of loyal supporters. On the BLP side Mia is revamping her image as a 21st century politician, one who says what matters (bullshit for the electorate) but perception is reality so if the people like her who can keep her down time is on her side. It is in her advantage for the BLP to lose under Owen since it will be his last election any how, when your are 62/63 your time is limited in the political arena. Mia I believe will run the BLP again and maybe be PM.

  5. When BLP had Town Halls on new constituency boundaries that was Sept 2007 – Elections were called Dec that year and in Jan 2008 he was moving out of Bay St claiming he done with House as Opp Leader.

    Sept 2011 there are moves to open Constituency Camera Centres for current ID’s and culling of dead or overseas Bajans from Voter Lists, this as Finance Minister decrees 4 months at 1% growth is good for Barbados? I say either January 2012 or by May next year.

  6. 464-5644/B3-5c

    I’m so disgusted with the current state of affairs in this W.African tin-pot country
    that I may either not-vote-at-all -or deliberately spoil my vote!

  7. 198

    If they were going to put in Depeiza why call a vote in the first place? Whats that ya say about democracy?

  8. Newbie

    Does anyone really believe that elections at a constituency level are fair, COME ON!!!, I don’t believe that elections are run fairly at any level in Barbados or most other countries. Fairy tale election promises and alleged vote buying must play a large part in how many voters decide to vote. I personally cannot see why I should vote for either of these two parties as each party has publicly accused the other of corruption. If an Independent did win a seat how much of an impact on Government can the person really make? I would be happy if Government run offices simply did what they are put in place to do. SERVE THE PEOPLE OF BARBADOS. I think that Mr Abed and Miss Mottley should join forces and form their own political party, I would be tempted to vote for their party just to stick 2 fingers up at the established parties.

  9. Well done, Newbie!

    Newbie has the right slant on this…

    A new Mia and Taan team would be somewhat the same third party scenario as when Richie wasted millions on the NDP.
    Prob. wudn’t work, but make a nice attempt.
    Would Barbados be ready, this time around?

    I think Barbados is simply not sophisticated enough yet
    to escape the two-party-politrix mindset so popular globally.
    (in fact v.few countries seem capable of escaping that mindset)

    I fear for Greek Democracy style governance and politics, worldwide.
    Recent “Occupy X-City: happenings are symptomatic of a general dislike and disgruntlement(new word,America!) by the masses of thinking people
    who realize that greed/corruption in most white Western countries is now complete and entrenched.
    This can only get worse, and end in tears, too!
    Dog eat dog world – it come to dat!

  10. Anonymous

    Who the hell is Taan lol

  11. Junior

    u live in a cave or what!

  12. 155

    The Watcher sounds like a white man trying to be a black man…

    You can trace your ancestry 8 generations ago? To what village in Ghana?? That “cat” has done more for CCW that half the clowns in office and he isn’t a navel string bajan but his children is so give the man the credit he deserves.

    And to answer your stupified question:
    “Is he entitled to it?” Yes!..that is usually what happens when you win 86 to 5.

    I personally don’t think being independant will bring anyone any satisfaction but from seeing him out here I do not see how him being independant would harm him anyway…he has been running a solo ship for the last 5 years. What is 5 years more?

  13. Pingback: Time to vote Independent: BLP ripping itself apart, DLP divided | Barbados Free Press

  14. Pingback: Taan Abed declares: Independent candidate Christ Church West. | Barbados Free Press