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Not Serrao


By RICKY JORDAN | Tue, October 30, 2012 - 12:10 AM

PRIME MINISTER FREUNDEL STUART does not believe that Jimmy Serrao, former chairman of the Electoral & Boundaries Commission,  should serve as campaign manager of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the next general election.

Warning that Serrao would run the risk of having his name dragged through the mud by taking up the position, Stuart said he would not have put Serrao in that position if he were a leader in the BLP.

But Serrao has dismissed this as “a lot of junk”.

At Sunday night’s joint St George North-St Michael North East Democratic Labour Party (DLP) constituency branch meeting at St George Secondary School, Stuart said he had long known Serrao as “a man of unfailing integrity” who would now be in a difficult position where people would watch him to make sure “every I is dotted and every T is crossed”.

“Personally, I would not, if I were in the position of any leader of the BLP, put Mr Serrao in the very difficult position of now having people watching him,” Stuart added.

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Posted by Ervan Small 2 years ago
Am I to believe the PM? He indicated that he had long known Serrao as “a man of unfailing integrity".
I am of the opinion Stuart and the DLP are running scared.

The PM's suggestions are not noncogent, irrelevant and should be dismissed. His words remind me of a ranting, incoherant man who just awoke from a deep sleep.

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Posted by Carl Harper 2 years ago
The DLP should mind their own business and not get into the internal affairs of the BLP.

It is no secret that Serrao is a member of the BLP, and his appointment to head its campaign is legal and does not represent a conflict of interest. He is knowledgeable about the electoral process, a citizen of Barbados, and has every right to play a role in the upcoming elections on behalf of his Party.

Why didn't the PM appoint Hartley Henry to lead the DLP campaign? Henry has demonstrated that he can be the ultimate "kingmaker" - just the person Stuart needs at this time.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years ago
Mr. PM there seem to be some things that you should not comment on, and this seems to be one of them. as far as i know Mr.Serrao has been around for some time now (Played football for Carlton back in the day) as far as i know he is fairly well Educated (Lawyer??) i am not aware of anyone in the Opposition holding on to him and TWISTING hi arm to take this job, i am of the Opinion that he on his own accord agreed to do this job, so he would in my opinion be aware of what the consequences COULD BE. Why are you ASSUMING that the Leader of the BLP is putting Mr.Serrao in any more danger than your Campaign Manager would be in??? as a matter of fact, why are you assuming that he would be watched any different, and who are you assuming would be doing this more thing Personally YOU are not in in the position of any leader of the BLP. YOu are the Leader of the DLP, so why worry about who the BLP are having to run their Campaign, it should be the least of your worries. are you AFRAID of Mr. Serrao???

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Posted by Carl Harper 2 years ago
PM Stuart knows that with a less than favorable popularity rating among Barbadians for leadership, he cannot lead the DLP campaign into the elections. Hence he has turned to the preferred Chris Sinckler for this task.

Stuart realizes that he is less popular than his own Party and therefore cannot headline the campaign, as his coat-tail does not extend beyond his ankles. He must now show that he is not bigger than the Party.

If Stuart really wants to make an impact on the outcome of the elections, he should step down as political leader of the DLP, and hand the reigns over to Sinckler - the people's choice, instead of meddling in the internal affairs of the BLP.

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Posted by Tony Waterman 2 years ago
@ Carl Harper!!! The PM did not Appoint Hartley Henry, because he does not want to be seen as Still Holding on to the COAT TAIL of the Late PM
And you are CORRECT, Mr.Henry is the type of Campaign Manager that would Have Owen Arthur on his Tippy Toes 24/7

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