The women have spoken: Is the BLP now a male chauvinist party in Bajan women’s eyes?

I am in possession of an anonymous remail which was sent via Italy, this is obviously from a DEM trying to deepen the schism between the factions within the Barbados Labour Party – I am printing as there’s valuable advice for all sides involved (Plus I see that both Underground & BFP are carrying the item in question);-

Something would have to be seriously wrong, when 2 ½ years after a general election and with the BLP being led by the very man who said that there is “a clamour for him” and he even alleging that the DLP is “incompetent” – yet in a By-election, the BLP under his leadership, is unable to get the support it did, a mere 2 ½ years ago? What could have so turned off even BLP supporters? Is St. John not part of Barbados? Clearly not, especially since it is obvious (given the By-election results) that the alleged “clamour” does not extend to that parish. But are there other factors at work here?

What, pray tell – could have caused the DLP to get a 5% swing towards it and how could Owen Arthur lead the BLP into a By-election and get substantially fewer votes than in a general election held a mere 2 ½ years later, even despite the fact that on the very morning of the election, a report surfaced that some 200 persons who worked on sugar plantations in that same constituency, had lost their jobs?

“Women are the ones who primarily work on sugar plantation and yet – it would seem that even they voted against an Owen Arthur led BLP. Is the image of the Barbados Labour Party, now – that of a political institution that is anti-women?”

That would be a very bad thing and if women actually feel that way, unless the BLP urgently changes its image, it will lose badly in the up-coming general election, despite however bad the economy is. If Barbadian women now feel this way about the BLP in its current form, this could hardly be good news for people who won a seat at the last general election by fewer than 130 votes.

The question remains, how could a BLP led by Owen Arthur, get fewer votes in a By-election (a mere 2 ½ years after a general election) and in circumstances where Arthur, himself, stated that since the DLP came to office, some 10,300 persons lost their jobs nationally? Am I to believe that people are suffering and living in fear but would prefer to turn to a DLP that is inflicting the pain on them? Uh, Hello; what a problem they have!

Despite alleging that the people of St. John are backward, it would seem that the By-election result was a referendum on the five men who ousted Mia Mottley, as Barbados’ first female Leader of the Opposition.

No doubt, the female vote in their respective constituencies (the five) will follow the St. John precedent. That five have now been reminded, that it is actually the “PEOPLE” who have the power.

As I understand it, a number of Branches of the BLP tabled a Resolution at it last Annual Conference, which sought to give the people the right to choose (one man one vote). In the spirit of democracy and good governance, now seems like a good time for the BLP to hold a Special Conference to discuss that matter.

I am not calling on Owen Arthur to resign (that is entirely a BLP matter) but someone must be prepared to listen to the women! After all, how can you change the country without first changing the party?

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  1. I would be wary of trying to project a St. John result on to a national scale in in the same way I would with St. Peter


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