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Call poll

Call poll

By by Sanka Price | Sun, January 27, 2013 - 12:10 AM

THE MAN CREDITED with crafting the Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) 2008 general election victory thinks the party can lose the forthcoming poll, given its present strategy.

Hartley Henry, the regional political consultant/strategist who has successfully advised political parties in 14 countries, told the SUNDAY SUN that Prime Minister Freundel Stuart should immediately call the poll as his delay was making it worse for the DLP.

He contends that Government has created an environment in which it is calling an election that is seen as long overdue, and this in itself will take away from the administration’s above average performance, given the economic circumstances in which it found itself.

“If you are not seeking time to do great things, then seek no time. Politics is about timing,” said Henry.

He said it was imperative the poll was called to ensure the Estimates Of Government’s Revenue And Expenditure could be debated and approved by Parliament by the end of March. This would mean the new Parliament had to open in the first week in March, or by March 10 at the latest.

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Posted by Ian R 1 year, 9 months ago
Mr Price I think you mean call ELECTIONS and not POLL. Dont think calling a poll will help the DLP at this time.

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Posted by Kathryn Daniel 1 year, 9 months ago
Very interesting story. Apparently the Estimates have to be debated and approved by Parliament by the end of March, so the election must be called NOW!!!!

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
It would be a big mistake to think that because Freundel Stuart does not see the former "kingmaker" as adding value to the current campaign, that Hartley Henry has suddenly "fallen in love" with Owen Arthur and the BLP. Any attempt by the DLP to draft him into mix at this late stage would be a further sign of desperation.

Stuart's unwillingness to bring Henry on board is indicative of the deep division within the DLP. More on the split inside the Party will be revealed in the next few weeks. It is already manifesting itself by Stuart's deliberate delay in announcing elections and entering a sixth year of rule from the date of last elections, much to the disenchantment of the Eager 11 and other candidates.

Henry: "Politics is about timing." No one should know that better than Henry when he made a failed bid in 1999 as DLP candidate for the St George South seat, at the height of BLP popularity. He should have known, as a political strategist, that his timing to capture that seat from Louis Tull was way off.

Henry further states in "The Big Interview" in today's Sunday Sun that he has "...seen nothing to suggest that a year from now [things] will not get worse." This is a rather poignant admission by the forgotten strategist, and is certainly not going to help the DLP on elections day, if it is ever called.

He accurately points to the fact that "all the indicators [show] the Government is under some stress" - indicators such as 12% unemployment (and rising), increasing fiscal deficit, borrowing $40 million monthy from NIS to pay salaries, inability or reluctance to pay companies the $49 million owed, decline in tourist arrivals and revenues, no economic growth, no salary increase for public workers in last five years, high cost of living - pain at the gas pump and electricity bills, and much more.

As Bajan folk say, "when yuh own dog bite yuh, yuh well bitten."

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Posted by wayne husbands 1 year, 9 months ago

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 9 months ago
To Ian R:

In this context, a poll is just another term for an election.

That's why we say a country goes to the polls on such and such date, referring to the actual voting.

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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 9 months ago
@Wayne Husbands
Henry is one of your very own. Why attack him for calling it as he sees it?

Leave it to me. That's my role. smile

DLP supporters do the same thing to Peter Wickham when he doesn't say what they want to hear.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 9 months ago
The Prime Minister is vibrantly Campaigning and has been for some time now.Every day he and all his Ministers have CBC to themselves .....

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