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By Sanka Price | Mon, January 14, 2013 - 6:00 AM

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been outmanoeuvred by the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and is being forced to call a general election, three political scientists say.

And they contend that the longer Stuart waits to act, the worse it could be for his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.

The three – Peter Wickham, Dr George Belle and Tennyson Joseph – were responding yesterday to the BLP’s announcement over the weekend that it was boycotting Parliament in protest against Stuart’s delay in calling the general election as the five-year mandate given at the January 15, 2008 poll expires.

“The Prime Minister has unfortunately played right into their hands by creating this last-minute situation where the Barbados Labour Party has a moral imperative,” said political pollster Wickham.


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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 9 months ago
However, the cunning wolf eats the fox. Remember that there are a few wolves around. In fact, many of us do not see out-foxing or out-smarting of any kind. What we are wondering is if this is a show of desperation for power. LB.

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 1 year, 9 months ago
With all due respect Mr. Wickham, who has given the BLP this "moral imperative"? The BLP themselves or your polls? It would seem to me that if indeed a delay by the Prime Minister in calling elections would be to the detriment of the DLP then shouldn't the BLP want a further delay which, according to you, could only bode well for the BLP? If that is the case, then why should the BLP boycott Parliament now in order to force an election that must be constitutionally called within a few months anyway? Certainly, if a few months, according to you, can inure to the benefit of the BLP then why not take it? Contrary to your analysis, it would seem to me that the BLP has found it necessary to boycott Parliament as they are now seeing the DLP successfully concluding several "old BLP matters" as well as fulfilling promises on their own initiatives. If you know a man is going to bowl you out for a duck every time you play him in cricket then you go and tell he play you in football.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
I do not believe that PM Stuart is convinced he is being "outfoxed" one bit.

Stuart is confident that his approach is politically sound and the entire electorate is on board with him.

He is unfazed by the Opposition's boycott and could care less if they returned to Parliament.

Nothing bothers the man - nothing.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 9 months ago
I beg to disagree with the scientist. These are unprecedented times nothing like it has ever been seen before.Sure the odds are against Stuart but listening to everything that was coming out of America you would have thought Romney would have walked away with the presidency.It ain't over until all the votes have been counted.As a betting man I already have wagers on either outcome.I have Stuart to be a long shot but long-shots do come in.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 9 months ago
This guy is talking nonsense!

The BLP didn't outfox Stuart.
Stuart himself, aided and abetted by father TIME has brought things to its present juncture.

TIME is running out, a decision Stuart and the Dems made!
It has nothing whatsoever to do with the BLP.

In fact they (BLP) might end up outfoxing themselves, if they think they had anything to do with the timing of this.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 9 months ago
You are correct, Carl Harper, that 'nothing bothers the man'. Not even loss of election. If that happens, he will take it in stride and continue to live. He's been around a long time and his pension is secure. Besides he'd leave at the top. I doubt he will even miss a heartbeat for the best of the rest of them.As for the state of affairs of this land? He's not missing any sleep and like his comrade Sandy 'ain't getting ulcers.'

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