A circus atmosphere with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as the ringleader, has “led to the recent establishment of a political party for sex workers”, political scientist Peter Wickham has charged.
Wickham today said the announcement this week by adult entertainment consultant Charles Spice Lewis that he was about to launch the Political Prostitutes Party (PPP) – made up of people in the sex industry – to contest the 2018 general election was all part of a mockery being made of the electoral process.
And he placed responsibility squarely at the feet of Stuart, whom he said has sunk the process of choosing this country’s leaders into the “realm of the absurd” by his refusal to name an election date even after the automatic dissolution of Parliament on March 6.
“We have gotten into the realm of the absurd and I think the fact that we are having this conversation is evidence that we have stepped into that realm a long time ago,” the pollster told Barbados TODAY this morning.
“We are already in an historic period where we are going now on a month that Parliament has been dissolved and the Prime Minister has not indicated when the election is going to be called and that is the most absurd thing. So this matter of a prostitutes party is all consistent with the circus that we are now,” he stressed.
The issue of prostitution and politics has become a major talking point here since Natalie Natlee Harewood, then a well-known prostitute, announced last month that she would challenge for The City seat in the next election, due by early June.
Lewis was named as campaign manager for Harewood, who, a week after her stunning announcement, disclosed she was quitting the sex selling trade to pursue her political ambitions.
The two have since parted company, with Harewood posting an angry message on social media yesterday, denouncing Lewis for conceiving the PPP, which he said was inspired by the public reaction to Harewood’s run for office.
However, Lewis is not being taken seriously, not just by Wickham, but also by Dr George Belle, himself a political scientist, who often dismisses third parties.
“I don’t think anybody should make a serious comment on that, so I am not going to do that. I have already spoken to the issue of third parties and I am not going into anything that anybody comes out with on the spur of the moment. If they want to be taken seriously then let them establish the party first and only then I may consider commenting on them. There is no point just going down the road talking foolishness,” Belle said.
In confirming the establishment of the PPP, Lewis yesterday told Barbados TODAY he had been receiving quite some interest from potential candidates interested in representing the interest of “the prostitutes, strippers, you name it”.
“I have already received a number of messages from individuals who are interested in becoming candidates. I now have to conduct interviews but I am looking for people with certain qualifications. Certainly they have to come from the adult entertainment industry, whether a former prostitute, stripper, exotic dancer, webcam performer, that is the number one criteria,” he said.