Retired school principal Jeff Broomes will not be carrying the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) banner in the next general election.
In fact, don’t expect him to represent the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) either, since Broomes is today making it clear that he has no interest whatsoever in running for any political party.
“I have no interest in elective politics,” he told Barbados TODAY, amid rumours that he would be the one carrying the DLP’s banner in the northern constituency of St Peter in the next election.
However, Broomes said while it was true that some DLP members had informally broached the idea of him being the ruling party’s candidate, he had not been formally approached by the Freundel Stuart-led party.
“I have never received any official request to run [but] I was approached by members of the party and asked if I will be willing to run in St Peter,” he told Barbados TODAY, while making it clear that he had no interest in throwing his hat into the political arena.
“I have no interest in elective politics. That is not my lifestyle. That’s not who I am. I like the life I live,” said the former principal of the Alexandra School, who retired last May after a colourful career in which he frequently found himself at odds with the Ministry of Education and had become the subject of a commission of inquiry into his leadership of the St Peter learning institution between 2010 and 2012. This led to his transfer to Parkinson Memorial ahead of his retirement.
Speculation has been rife over Broomes’ next move after he delivered the DLP’s lunchtime lecture on August 25 this year. But while making it clear that he was prepared to speak to any organization or group that thought he had a valid contribution to make, Broomes pointed out that that he had previously addressed two BLP branch meetings and one similar gathering of DLP supporters.
He also stated that he would always give service to Barbados whenever he could, while stressing that “I do not need to be in the position of an elected politician to do that”.
However, Broomes acknowledged that in the past he did have an interest in serving at a national level, albeit in cricket.
“At one time I had an interest in running for a position on the board of directors of the Barbados Cricket Association, but my wife, daughter and sister felt that my calling was in the area of the education of the island’s youth and I gave in to their suggestion,” he explained, while insisting that “I am definitely not interested in elective politics”.
So far the Opposition BLP has confirmed that tourism consultant Colin Jordan will carry its banner in St Peter with apostle Lynroy Scantlebury also announcing plans to contest the seat which is currently held by independent member Owen Arthur, who has represented the constituency in Parliament since 1984.
With the ruling party yet to choose its representative for the northern riding, the DLP’s General Secretary George Pilgrim explained to Barbados TODAY that persons who have an interest in contesting a seat usually write to the party.
However, he made it clear that Broomes had not done that. In fact, Pilgrim said attorney-at-law Dave Cumberbatch was the only person who had written the party expressing an interest in being its St Peter representative.
Elections are constitutionally due here by the middle of next year.