Daily Archives: October 14, 2012

38% of Barbados voters reject both DLP and BLP – would vote for an Independent candidate

UPDATED: February 7, 2013

How many independent candidates are running? That’s a tough call because the old media isn’t mentioning independent candidates – sometimes not at all. The CBC doesn’t even include Taan Abed in its candidate list. There are apparently seven independent candidates but their names are difficult to find, if you can at all.

The fix is in folks: and your Bajan news media is part of the problem.

Here’s a little article from October 2012 where Bajans indicated that independents could do very well in the current election.

What do you think?

Original article…

“I’d vote for anybody but a DLP or BLP candidate”

A recent online poll conducted by Barbados Free Press shows that 38 percent of voters reject both the DLP Democratic Labour Party and the BLP Barbados Labour Party and would vote for an independent candidate if given the opportunity.

This is a stunning revelation in a country where the few independent candidates on the ballot traditionally receive only a handful of votes and are not a factor in determining the outcome. Voters seem to be fed up with both of the old parties, citing corruption, greed and incompetence in comments left at the poll.

“If BFP’s poll is accurate at all, it shows a high dissatisfaction with both DLP and BLP.”

“I’d vote for anybody but DLP or BLP.”

“It could be said that Barbados voters elect no one: they only unelect the last government.”

“A dead cat as a candidate would win in Grape Hall.”

“To vote for either party means you all will eat @#$%. Just how much @#$% can you stand before you walk away? Hold you nose and you can eat even more.”

“Anyone but DLP and BLP.”

“Goin wid Owen no more! Not goin with Stuart either.”

“Bajans did not deserve David Thompson and don’t deserve Owen Arthur.”

Readers comments on the poll in BFP’s Obviously sober Owen Arthur presents a good case. Would you vote BLP?

Independent candidate Taan Abed could win in Christ Church West    Continue reading


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Dealing with Barbados Tourism Authority’s claims of success – versus the reality of our crisis and denial

Barbados Tourism Authority’s claims of success ring hollow

by Adrian Loveridge, small hotel owner

Of course it’s the easy option to continue burying our heads in the sand and pretending that we really don’t have a serious problem with our tourism industry. The alternative is to address the fundamental issues and shape solutions to the overtly obvious challenges.

Everyone in the private sector is acutely aware of the current situation because they work it and live it everyday. Yet in other, circles there seems to be a climate of malaise and denial. Earlier this year a number of publications carried a statement attributed to the current chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority during a press conference at the Hilton, quoting as saying that ‘the BTA had spent over BDS$250,000 promoting the annual Crop Over Festival which he said has been a major success’.

As ‘has’ is in the past tense, after studying the long stay visitor arrival figures for July and August, this heady prediction appears woefully optimistic and grossly inaccurate.

“Not a single one of the current government’s eight stated tourism objectives has been successfully implemented, including producing a tourism masterplan, re-structuring of the BTA or targeting the Caricom market more effectively.”

Based on the provisional figures issued by the Barbados Statistical Service, July shows a decline of 18.1 per cent from the USA, 8.3 per cent  Canada, 5.5 per cent UK, 10.2 per cent Trinidad and a staggering 20.0 per cent from Other Caricom. Overall a 12 per cent fall over the same period in 2011.

August got even worse. USA down 12.8 per cent, Canada 2.4 per cent, UK 17.8 per cent, Other Caricom 16.0 per cent. While Trinidad and Tobago showed a growth of 4 per cent, across all markets there was a decline of 13.6 per cent when compared with last year.

When eventually released, it is difficult to imagine the figures for September are  going to fare any better, with October and November traditionally being two of the most challenging months of the year.

Where’s the Rihanna Tourism Campaign?

There also appears to be no news of the promised ‘fully integrated advertising campaign’ in ‘which Rihanna will be doing for her country that will be spread across social media and new media’ and scheduled ‘to be launched in September’. It is almost incomprehensible why this major investment of taxpayer monies has been held such a secret and not shared with the industry that generates the cash to fund it.

Hopefully it will create a greater return on investment than the quarter of million dollars put into promoting Crop Over this year. Continue reading


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