Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development Donville Inniss has sent a strong warning to anyone thinking of forming a third political party to challenge the two established ones that it will not be Sunday School.
Inniss told Democratic Labour Party (DLP) supporters at a St Philip South constituency branch meeting last night that there had been suggestions that a third party could emerge because some people were unhappy with both the DLP and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
However, he made it clear it would be no easy road for the new party.
“As I heard today [Sunday] on the radio, if an individual feels he has not gotten what he wanted to get for the last 15 years from either the Barbados Labour Party or the Democratic Labour Party that is the basis on which you form a political party, then you are entitled to do what you want to do. And if you can find individuals of similar thought to join with him [then so be it].
“But if they feel that the sole criteria for entering politics in Barbados is to be a businessman or a businesswoman, well then that is their right to hold that thought. I would say that they would not get out of the gates with that kind of thinking,” Inniss cautioned.
Still, he said both the governing DLP and the Opposition BLP ought to be concerned that people felt so disenfranchised that they were thinking of another option.
He said a recent poll conducted by Systematic Marketing & Research Services Inc proved his point.
The poll found that over 60 per cent of respondents wanted to see the back of the Freundel Stuart administration, but only 34 per cent believed the BLP was ready at this stage to take Barbados forward.
“The poll can’t give comfort to anyone if we are to take the poll seriously; that is including the opposition party. I would also add that this is politics and politics is not a Sunday school and my friend who is the Leader of the Opposition knows that only too well. She has been through a lot and I have cautioned her that there is a lot more that she will go through within the next couple of months because come October there will be a new chairman of the Barbados Labour Party,” the St James South MP said.
Inniss told supporters there was no need to focus on “who will be in any third party, who is behind it, who is financing it and such like”. Instead, he said, if the DLP wanted to remain relevant it should examine itself and its vision in search of deficiencies that needed to be addressed.
“[We need to] ask ourselves given changing circumstances some endogenous, some exogenous, some within our control and some outside our control; what is it that we need to perhaps alter,” the outspoken minister said.