Why Barbados needs Independent Candidates or a viable 3rd Party
“If More is against Spain, he must be with the King because there is no third alternative…” Robert Bolt – Man for All Seasons
I always loved this play, he was neither for nor against but as Sir Thomas More chose a path which neither side could comprehend, Sir Thomas paid the ultimate price and would not surrender his principles to the bitter end… This is as equally appropriate for Barbados at its latest political crossroads… This is not the first time I examined Barbados’ paucity in providing a third political dynamic for the benefit of choice for we, the people.
Bajan Reporter can waste a lot of time here lamenting the the loss of the National Democratic Party founded by Dr Richie Haynes after splitting with then Erskine Sandiford in the late 80s – where Trevor Prescod, Nalita Gajadhar, Joseph Goddard and Rommel Marshall were all erstwhile members but the only effective one was Randall Rouse in St Joseph who did not lose his deposit since he always got at least 1,000 votes and gave both DEM’s & BLP a great gallop for their money.
The People’s Empowerment Party does not even scrape up 500 votes between all four of their candidates when the bell rings, yet this election there are 2 Independents and one new quasi-religious political endeavour where the representative is their Chairman, full-stop!
SOMASS-FREEDEM remain long-winded in Barbados Underground and they sporadically litter traffic poles with rhetoric so flowery I am sure Freundel Stuart is probably a fan!
This video was borrowed from Barbados Underground, please do not get me wrong – by no means are the DLP any set of benighted heroes who were vaingloriously maligned, there are new cartoons out which sum up much of their inertia which has destroyed what was once a proud Barbados;-
This is an ongoing series which follows the format of old silent movies – so no coarse language & the worst scene is a horse emitting its surplus – those ancient films depicted where there are perils, which seem boundless;-
This episode has blended the tragedy of Don Quixote with some of the music for gavottes or quadrilles that would be at home in Game Of Thrones, we can only wonder which “dashing hero” will arrive to save the day?
Are Barbadians so poor-rakey in allowing only 2 camps to decide their fate financially and law-wise? Can no one step forward? I know there are many who will ask why don’t I, but having seen and known how vicious and evil both sides are, there’s strength in numbers… What if a Coalition of Independent candidates stepped up and pooled their resources to make a difference?
Thousands of years ago, a Greek named Xenophon wrote the Anabasis where Persians killed the generals of a Greek battalion – instead of lamenting the loss of leadership, the soldiers came to learn to be generals themselves – at the urging of Xenophon they became an army of generals and fought their way home; can we the people of Barbados not do the same?