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DE MARKET VENDOR: Observations from the 2013 election

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DE MARKET VENDOR: Observations from the 2013 election

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Like many people in Bubbadus I was predicting a Barbados Labour Party victory based pun de CADRES polls.
But, like many, dem predictions get lick up last week and against all de projections de Dems scrape through by 16 to 14; but a win is a win so congrats to de winners.
A lotta things I woulda like to say during de campaign but Market Vendor don’t want to get curse. ’Cause if Chris Sinckler call June Fowler a bald pooch cat, imagine what he woulda call de Vendor iffing I did cross swords wid he!
Politics is a rough, nasty game, don’t mind all de talk ’bout running decent campaigns.
Here are some observations and questions from de 2013 election:
• Why Freundel Stuart didn’t call elections right after he bury David Thompson and why call it so late and in Lent, days after Valentine’s when red is the Opposition’s colour? I don’t tink it woulda been a close election then.
• If CLICO was a burning issue and 35 000 policyholders upset, why go into a campaign widout some sort of solution?
• Would I be photographed wid Leroy Parris at my meeting in a jovial mood, drinking wid me? I woulda tell him: “Roy, buddy, you is muh friend, ah not gine abandon you in dese times (he did say dat, didn’t he?) but stand home, don’t come round my meetings. I don’t want to fight wid one hand tied behind my back.”
• How could a Government give itself a FM broadcast licence during an election campaign? Didn’t they know dat was against the law and all political broadcasting during an election season is regulated by de Electoral and Boundaries Commission and dat the broadcasting of political meetings is not allowed?  
• How come not a word from de commission, not even a cease and desist letter? At least de NATION newspaper write an editorial ’bout it on the Sunday before de election. Thank de Lord fuh independent media.
• Why didn’t de NATION publish the second CADRES poll last week when everybody wanted to know wha’ dat poll predict?
• And Noel Lynch, why you went reopening issues ’bout a Deputy Prime Minister? Surely dat was a matter fuh Owen Arthur, not you?
• Wha’ really happen in St Philip South? Any truth to de rumours all over de place ’bout votes getting buy and garrison-type control over certain areas pun Election Day?
• Why if I wear red I belong to de Bees and yellow I belong to de Dems? Why I can’t wear my clothes widout some fool branding me?
• Why privatization is a bad word? Wunnah want to tek my hard-earned dollars to support incompetent Government-run corporations when de private sector can do de job, save millions of dollars and employ more people?
Didn’t both of wunnah privatize nuff companies? Let me remind wunnah dat Heywoods (Almond), de Cement Plant, Savannah Hotel, Bubbadus National Bank, Bubbadus External Telecommunications all get sell and dat nuff successful ventures ’bout here got in private sector/Government partnerships?
Politicians t’ink we foolish but de message clear: perform or yuh gone through de eddoes!
I, Market Vendor, gone fuh now; you have a blessed and a wonderful day, yuh hear?