Submitted by Austin
The people of Barbados spoke loud and clear in the last election for change they could touch and feel. Their vote came after hearing all the right things as detailed in the DLP manifesto. What was lost in the excitement of the historic moment was an analysis of whether the promises could actually be fulfilled. At this point the answer appears to be “no”.
As a political observer who has been DLP leaning, the logical question that comes to mind is whether “today” the people’s choice of a DLP administration to bring about desired chance was a good choice. While I do not agree with the overall big business leaning approach to governance of the BLP, at least we saw government movement on a number of fronts, some good and some bad. Movement we are not seeing today from the DLP at all.
I’m not a political strategist but if the BLP can tame or replace it’s Opposition Leader, take on a visible people first oriented campaign versus big business, demonstrate compassion for the average Bajan family, and insert new blood in it’s ranks that are not simply lawyers but folks who have a range of talents… They stand a chance in the next election.
Now the question of BLP leadership will be a problem that will be difficult for them to overcome. The current opposition leader is simply not it, and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has too much baggage, which leaves that question of who could lead unanswered.
Question: BU if the general election was tomorrow as a blogosphere poll, what party would you vote for and why? At the end of the day the answer to this question is all our politicos really care about. For tracking purposes please state the party and why.