Notes From The Margin

January 10, 2008

Politicians, It’s One Week Before Elections, Do You Know Where Your Vote Is?

With one week left to go before elections, Barbados is in the grips of one of the most intense election campaigns in recent memory. The two parties’ campaigns appear to be evenly matched, and evenly funded, and to a certain extent evenly supported. We on the Margin have been watching the silly season unfold in all its glory, and we have to admit we are unable to predict a winner at this stage.

Yes, if you listen to Waiting In Vain and Royal Rumble and the other party hacks that inhabit the blogosphere, they all predict a resounding victory for their particular party. But having spent the last week talking to many people, we think that both parties are “Whistling past the graveyard”. For as much bluster as either side makes we’re not sure that either of them has captured the hearts of the electorate.  Barbadians are looking at both parties with a skeptical eye and the hard truth is that this election could go either way.

What we have noted that this campaign has been more about accusations and counter accusations rather than issues. We would like to see some serious discussion about both parties’ visions for the next five years. While we wish that we could say that we thought we would get such reasoned debate in the next next week, we really don’t think so. We think that this next week will get wilder and dirtier with each passing day.

We on the margin would urge Barbadians,  think long and hard about both parties before you go into the polling booth. Whoever you choose is entirely up to you, but be sure to participate, be sure to cast your x. Be sure to treat that decision with the seriousness it deserves.  Hopefully we will all be better off for your doing so.



  1. […] is in the grips of one of the most intense election campaigns in recent memory,” says Notes From The Margin, while Living in Barbados thinks “the issues are as usual getting mixed up with nonsensical […]

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  2. I never heard that term “whistling past the graveyard ” before. What does it mean? That every body frighten ?

    Comment by Anonymous — January 11, 2008 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  3. Marginal, we all voting for DLP.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 11, 2008 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  4. Anonymous 1.I’m still waiting to see what happens on Tuesday. Whatever happens the two parties are so similar it won’t affect me much either way.

    Anonymous 2. Whistling past the graveyard means putting on a brave face.

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — January 12, 2008 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  5. Thanks M.

    Comment by Anonymous — January 12, 2008 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Marginal:

    Both parties have run effective campaigns, and both parties have offered attractive incentive manifesto promises.

    Both have put forward reasonable arguments of why they should lead the next government. On the one hand, we have the Rt Hon Owen Arther, who has done a remarkable job of managing the country during challenging times, and who suggests that we should trust him and his party to continue. On the other, we have a party that has been in opposition for the past three terms and who believe that it is now their turn at the helm, since they cannot be expected to remain in opposition for perpetuity.

    Regardless of what happens tomorrow, I believe that there is general agreement that Barbados should be the winner.


    Comment by Researching — January 14, 2008 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  7. Marginal, remember that I told you that we will voting for DLP?

    A new beginning.

    Comment by A Family Saturday Gone Sour — January 16, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

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