The man who has the distinction of beating a former and a prospective Prime Minister several years apart and in the same constituency has quit elective politics.
Noel Anderson Barney Lynch, a former Barbados Labour Party Member of Parliament for St Michael South broke the news to Barbados TODAY that he would no longer be involved in active politics and would instead focus his attention on reviving Barbados’ cricket as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA).
“I done wid that. I finish with elective politics at this time. Yuh never know wuh gine happen in life, but at this time I ain’t interested in elective politics.
“I just took over the position as Chief Executive Officer of the BCA. Yeh man, I ain’t interested in nuh politics, I gone beyond that now,” Lynch, who served as Minister of Tourism and International Transport from 2000 to 2008, told Barbados TODAY.
Lynch was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1999 by beating former Prime Minister Lloyd Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd) and retained the seat in 2003 by defeating Freundel Stuart. Stuart had his revenge five years later in 2008 and became Prime Minister in 2010 following the death of Prime Minister David Thompson.
Even while insisting that his attention was on Barbados’ cricket, Lynch did not hesitate to tackle the vexing issue of the regional carrier, LIAT, an entity which businessman Robert Pitcher recommended the former Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization should head.
Asked if he would accept an offer to lead the troubled airline, Lynch was non-committal, although he said he had strong feelings about how the airline could become efficient and profitable.
“I have deep thoughts of LIAT. I really feel that LIAT is not as bad as people think it is or claim it is in terms of its functioning . . . and I also feel that the right Chief Executive Officer and the right team should really fix LIAT. And when I say fix I mean that can make LIAT a break-even entity, an efficient and an effective carrier,” said the past President of the Caribbean Association of Hotel Association Executives.
He advised that regional governments could create an efficient air transport system by putting “their heads together and their monies together and make it work.
“You can’t be benefiting by LIAT and don’t be putting anything at all into the mix in relation to how it operates. It cannot work. I can’t be giving you four and five landings a day and contributing to your economic development and you telling me that only two or three countries bearing the burden. I am not in that,” he said.
Now that he has quit elective politics, the former national sprint champion said his immediate challenge was to ensure cricket was once again given “the pride of place it deserves” and that the sport continued to contribute to the country’s socio-economic development.
He added that cricket had been good to Barbados and the rest of the region and suggested that the stagnation of regional economies began with the fall of West Indies cricket.
“The demise of a lot of our economies in the region came at a time when cricket was at its lowest ebb.
A lot of the confidence that come for people to become entrepreneurial to invest in their own countries, for other people to look at them as see them as a place to invest, that became natural marketing people for your country, is all wrapped up in the issues of winning and beating and being on top and feeling confident; and cricket does a lot for the psyche of Caribbean people,” Lynch pointed out.
His last attempt at elective politics was in 2013 when he was again beaten by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.