Barbadian Party politics seems not unlike a Bordello of Favours: Neville Clarke’s view on the apparent hotbed of intrigue
Based on their current behaviour, some members and supporters of the Barbados Labour Party appear to be suffering from an acute case of “cold turkey” brought on by party’s defeat in the 2008 general election. It must be remembered that the accumulation of capital can become an addiction. Karl Marx spoke about the “senseless accumulation of capital” under the capitalist system.
Having had their appetite for financial gains whetted by the spoils of office during three terms in office, some members and supporters now seem to be overly anxious to regain control of the levers of power. Every powerbroker in the party is now attempting to position their candidates to win a head count in the event the BLP wins the next general election.
Unfortunately, their machinations are now being played out in the St James North constituency where the incumbent, Rawle Eastmond, may be asked to face a nomination process if he expects to be the BLP’s candidate in the next general election. This development is unheard of in local party politics.
It is felt that if such a nomination is held Eastmond could be replaced by a candidate who is sponsored by one of the powerbrokers in the party. At present it is believed that there are no fewer than three factions in the party.
Having faithfully served his party for over 30 years and his constituency for the past 20 years , it would be unconscionable to ask him to step aside if he has expressed a desire to run again. Any action taken against Eastmond should be seen as an attempt to undermine the democratic process at the constituency and party level.
It is an indisputable fact that over the years Eastmond has been seen to be one of the most erudite parliamentarians to grace that august Chamber.
Meanwhile, within the Democratic Labour Party schemes and manoeuvres have won over principle. At least three candidates in the DLP nominations were beaten at the constituency grass roots level and have been able somehow to be chosen as electoral candidates for the next general election.
Finally, how Hal Martin, Austin Husbands and Taan Abed would feel knowing that they have been ousted in circumstances that defy logic and principle?