Notes From The Margin

December 21, 2007

Owen Arthur Rolls The Dice….

Owen Arthur announced the general elections today as January 15th 2008 with nomination day being December 31st. Signalling the start of what must surely be one of the shortest campaigns in local political history. Both opposition parties have been quick to condemn the announcement coming before Christmas while saying that they are ready to go to the electorate.

NFTM tries not to get into the political scene however I’m sure that we will get into commenting now and again over the coming two weeks. We had quite honestly figured that the bell would have been rung later down in the year, however the election date is the sole prerogative of the PM and given the harsh criticism of the date by the opposition, it would appear that he has execised his choice to give tactical advantage to his party.

I’m sure over the next couple of weeks we’ll hear about:

The teifing and corruption is terrible!

What corruption?

We are united behind our leader!

They are a house in disarray!

So and so is a dis and dat

and all the other things that pass for intellectual discourse in a political campaign.

However, the fact remains that both parties come from the same ideological position (we’ve talked about this before in our post “Prime Minister Owen Arthur, and the Opposition Democratic Labour Party led by David Thompson, who was once the Minister of Finance, are virtual ideological twins”)

So whoever wins don’t expect much to change (both good and bad)



  1. Don’t fool yourself Marginal, there will be great change when the DLP gets in. Just wait and see.

    Of course the biggest change will be seeing the backs of these BLP CROOKS.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 21, 2007 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  2. You’ll pardon me if I don’t hold my breath 😉

    (on changes from either party that is)

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — December 21, 2007 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  3. Marginal,

    It has started already.

    Adrian Loveridge and his BFP blog are this morning telling Bajans that ONE and FIVE are really the same.

    According to them, “over the past five years” is the same thing as “in 2007”.

    Seasons greetings to you.


    Comment by B F P E — December 22, 2007 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  4. Not at all.

    But if you lose 67,517 airline seats in the first nine months of 2007 and you boast that Barbados has attracted 15 new airlines ‘over the last four or five years’ and we now have only a total of 13 airlines serving the country, how can you possible claim tourism is on the up and up?

    ‘90,000’ long stay visitors for the CWC Final Week.
    ‘75,000 cruise ship passengers’
    ‘700 yachts’

    Down to Brass Tacks Sunday 25th March 2007

    and what are we now told ‘during the period which coincided with Cricket World Cup (CWC) when 42.575 visitors travelled to the island’.

    Comment by Adrian Loveridge — December 22, 2007 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  5. Marginal your BLP boys will get a thrashing this time around. We tired of the BLP. I am so happy they called the elections, this is the best Christmas present they could give to Barbados, I will now get my chance at Owen Arthur. I will beat him with many stripes.

    He insulted Bajans in favour of Guyanese when we finish with him he can go and live in Guyana.

    Comment by Anonymous — December 23, 2007 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  6. And here we go…..

    As I said, what passess for intellectual political conversation these days.

    Adrian, BFPE – Noel Lynch is prone to fits of hyperbole (World Cup being possibly the most acute case) I’m not going to defend him there, BFPE have fun trying.

    Our various brave anonymous snipers, maybe you will win, maybe you won’t that’s what makes the silly season so interesting.

    Adrian, you’ve given me an idea for an article it may take me some time as I’m currently out of the island. Thanks much.


    Comment by notesfromthemargin — December 23, 2007 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

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