What is the meaning of a political MANIFESTO?

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Dear Barbados Free Press,

I was recently taken to task by a DLP stalwart, who has run for office unsuccessfully at least twice (2003 and 2008), by questioning the intention of a manifesto put out by any political party.

I brought up the fact, that in the 2008 DLP manifeto stated a total 8 tourism objectives – None of which have been implemented.

His verbatim response was ‘I am not going to nitpick re unfulfilled DLP manifesto promises’. He went on to say that manifestos were simply ‘proposals’.

The Wikipedia definition is ‘A manifesto is a written public declaration of the intentions, motives or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group or political party’.

Which is the correct definition and what do the voting public expect from a manifesto?

Bearing in mind the upcoming general election, I think its a question that has to be discussed.

Thank You

Adrian Loveridge



Filed under Barbados, Politics

17 responses to “What is the meaning of a political MANIFESTO?

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    A manifesto is a political gimmick intended to fool the ignorant into believing that a basket of goodies and rewards awaits you if vote for that political party whilst orchestrating a careful negative assault on the other party, solely intended on making the gullible and naive believe that their policies and proposals are idiotic and unrealistic and there’s the perfect solution for the woes and wants that allude you due to hardships impose on the ruling party.

  2. No comment from DLP idiots like Carson

  3. 174

    A manifesto is an itemized recitation of lies designed for the gullible by the unprincipled for the sole purpose of attaining political office.

  4. LOOK

    Governor Romney (United States) for 18 months announced a manifesto [a proposal]. He (Romney) proposed a $5 trillion tax cut, on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for the military, said he was going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions. He had been asked over 100 times how you would close those deductions and loopholes, and couldn’t answer.

    Arthur said “economy is a mess right now, we will fix it’. He, however, does not offer Bajans a manifesto [a proposal, program or plan] how he could or would do so in light of FACT that the government owes a large debt to Contractor Al Barrack via a court ordered judgment.

    On 08/31/2006 United States FBI and IRS Officials raided the offices of several prominent members of the Alaskian Legislation. The investigation involved allegation of illegal gifts to lawmakers from the VECO Corporation home based in Alaska. One of them, Senator Ted Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 29, 2008 on seven counts of alleging that Stevens received from VECO hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts that he did not declare on his US Senate financial disclosure forms. Stevens was convicted on all seven of these charges on October 28, 2008. All convictions were later vacated. Another, Don Young was under federal investigation for possibly taking bribes, illegal gratuities or unreported gifts from the VECO Corporation. Between 1996 and 2006, Young received $157,000 from VECO employees and its political action committee. Also, the Alaska State House of Representatives Pete Kott, Bruce Weyhrauch and Vic Kohring were all charged with federal crimes as part of the investigation into VECO.

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall gave to VECO a government contract WITHOUT TENDER. VECO built the prison at Dodds in St. Philip but had no record of building prisons. Certainly, VECO gave to them, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall something for such generosity. Those three vagobonds, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall in the United States also would have been persecuted and convicted for taking bribes, illegal gratuities and gifts from VECO. Those three vagobonds [Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall] walk around Barbados with no shame, why not Leroy Parris.

  5. Rastaman

    @LOOK: Because two wrongs do not make a right except maybe in Barbados

  6. LOOK

    @ Rastaman

    Right on the spot, two wrongs don’t make a right except. . . . in Barbados. Barbados, according to the United Nations has lots of thefts. The offenders are those of nobality [those that attain honorable title (s)], not just ordinary Bajans.

    The Al Barrack matter is ugly but serious, extremely. Regardless of his [partnership] with Dale Marshall and George Payne, Al Barack has the last laugh. Al Barack has in his possession a court ordered judgment. Bajans must pay. George Pain though is slated for ten million and Dale Marshall two million.

    All should be residents of Dodds in St. Philip. Period: Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Dale Marshall, Gline Clark, George Pain, Leroy Parris and so many others. It’s a wonderful life in Barbados. Corrupt lawyers and politicians are not persecuted or convicted.

  7. 60

    Two wrongs in Barbados make a “my turn to do two wrongs”…its called elections!

  8. LOOK

    The BLP throughout the year embarked upon numerous issues, any and everything they could think of to sink the DLP ship. Arthur just months ago reported to Midweek Nation that REDjet might still be flying if government has honored its commitment to the collapsed airlines. Arthur, apparently did not consider FACT that Bajans owe REDjet nothing – but indeed owe Barrack – millions. Barrack has a court ordered judgment; REDjet does not. Mia Mottley fusses to the Nation News (July 2012) that government owes more than $100 million to the University of West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus and called for an “urgent” permanent solution to the mounting debt problem. Laugh. Go ahead and laugh. Laugh, laugh, laugh. Government at moment owes Al Barrack $77 million, a mounting debt problem that occurred because Arthur was into folly with Julie Price, had hit upon one of his drinking binges and or was sleeping. Barrack wants to get paid. Barrack has in his possession a court ordered judgment, Bajans must pay.

    Clyde Mascoll at a September 2012 meeting (Grantley Adams School) said the [DLP] government is flat broke, so broke that if it was a private company, it would be declared insolvent and be forced to file bankruptcy. Agree, Barbados is flat broke, “ALL IN THE RED” Barbados, before 2008 incidentally was not financially sound. Proof of this is three S&P downgrades.

    Both CLICO and Al Barrack are political issues and in the face of both the BLP and DLP. Both, CLICO and Al Barrack however, positions the BLP on the losing end of the stick. Arthur and the BLP gave birth to Al Barrack, cannot deny it. Thompson and the DLP in 2008 accepted the Al Barrack problem without choice. Al Barrack in 2008 became Thompson’s problem but was FIRST Arthur’s problem. Also, don’t forget the Supervisor of Insurance in 2006 issued a Cease and Decease Order against CLICO. The Cease and Decease Order came before Arthur and they, the BLP, simply did nothing. Arthur like Thompson stepped down in CLICO mud. Arthur took CLICO money, just a lot less than Thompson. The BLP did nothing, absolutely nothing to resolve the Al Barrack mess that has ballooned quite so large. Never-the-less, Barrack has in his possession a court ordered judgment. Bajans must pay.

    Arthur and the BLP know how to put on a good clown show and get good laughs, REALLY! The S&P on July 17th downgraded Barbados to junk bond status. This was major news due to Arthur and the BLP. Immediately after announcement of the S&P downgrade Arthur went about ranting and raving “Call the election!!! Let us get this behind us [the election] and let all the fundamental decisions that must be made about the countries future be made in a period of calm and seriousness rather than in a period of electoral frenzy”. He, Arthur is a national embarrassment, REALLY! Arthur, during a budget debate could not remember that he actually chaired the meetings of Cabinet discussing the VECO matter. He said he wished he was there. But when told by both Minister Sinckler and the Prime Minister – ‘no Owen, you were there,’ he then said that he said something else. When pressed again, he again said something completely different and also said that he never said what he said on the two previous occasions the entire country heard him say it. Owen had apparently had hit upon a drinking binge and or was sleep.

    Winston Roach [Barbados] [Purchasing Officer – Barbados Water Authority] should be careful, extremely what he feeds into the internet. He says ‘persons in my family have much influence and credibility”, not cousin Owen Arthur. Also, the Barbados Water Authority should focus on his frequent traveling (Brooklyn, New York & Montreal Quebec, Canada), should wonder what he [Winston Roach] has or is purchasing in these two areas but Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler in September 2012 ordered a special audit at the Barbados Water Authority and discovering just what’s going on at the Barbados Water Authority House. Don’t forget, the Barbados Water Authority in 2009 was near bankruptcy. Thompson and the DLP inherited the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) problems totaling thirteen years from Arthur and the BLP.

  9. Neco Ifill

    Forget a manifesto! More importantly, how many of those faces will we see in Parliament!?

  10. Neco Ifill

    Edit: After the next election, of course :p

  11. Confusion, confusion, confusion!!!!

  12. Anonymous158

    Better them than those other monkeys.

  13. Distant voice

    and finally as the world descends into economic chaos and eventual war…..the water drains out of the pool of filth to reveal all the ugly garbage that was hiding there all the time.

  14. 7

    All politicians are monkeys.

  15. tedd

    did not a DLP politician say some years ago that a manifesto is not a social contract

  16. Well Well

    Love the definitions, but the same template will be used for the coming February, 2013??? elections and unfortuately will achieve the very same results. Fool the populace and enrich themselves.