New Barbadian Web-Magazine, The Bajan Reporter, probes late Prime Minister’s son, Rawdon Adams, further on viability of a third political party in Barbados

You will recall earlier this month, there was a lecture from Rawdon Adams, a portion of which can be seen in our Video Gallery (That portion is on CLICO, not what we’re dealing with here). What I managed to do is send a message to Mr Adams concerning the future of a third political party with this Web Magazine considering the current status quo as SS/DD – Same Story/Different Day.

"Both parties are, essentially, social democratic by reason of the very same homogeneity of the country."

"Both parties are, essentially, social democratic by reason of the very same homogeneity of the country."

He made a call for Transparency – it’s only natural to ponder if he should see Barbados ever having Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information acts?

There is one are where Rawdon and myself are in full accord – there’s no main difference between DLP & BLP, however, if I were insane enough to run for Office, I would seek to do something neither side is willing to allow… To create 2 other TV stations, and have 3 services – one for Bees, one for Dems and a third genuine Independent (either overseas or Regional entity) yet I think any PM who took this initiative may find it his last deed? But the area which Rawdon chose to examine is why he feels a third party cannot work… Here’s what he wrote to me (with his express permission);-

The underlying reason a third party would struggle is the very narrowness of our cultural experience I made a reference to in the lecture. There are simply not that many differing interests, in my view, to support another political party with a philosophically different agenda. Both parties are, essentially, social democratic by reason of the very same homogeneity of the country. Is that a bad thing? We lament the sameness but in many ways I cast a look at societies with many differing interests – particularly those with religious or racial divides – and conclude our system, for all its overlapping politics, is not a particular problem.

The parties compete on talent, competence and ideas – but not, in my view, ideology. Marketing and its associated attempts to characterise one or the other as a party of ‘big business‘ or the ‘small black man‘ (for example) are broadly false.

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