Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Election time musings #3

A lot of this is old news because I’ve been so busy.

Opinion #4:In Lil Rick and King Bubba’s jingle for the BLP, Lil Rick sings “Everybody come follow me.” Simple but strong words. Accident or deliberate action? Lil Rick has a huge youth and not so youth (you know what I mean) base. The message therefore could be quite impactful. The issue becomes whether the people who actually FOLLOW Lil Rick will come out and vote. Some will of course but how many I’m not sure. Might take Lil Rick turning up at the house and signing some autographs and drinking some Mackesons and driving them to the polling station. Stereotypical and maybe unfair of me I know but it’s food for thought.

Opinion #5 : This was in the newspapers a while ago and I’d noticed it even before that. The DLP has opted to put the last names of their candidates first on posters: Surname First Name. The rationale is that placing them in this order eliminates confusion in the voting booth. Just a couple things...if that’s the case they should refer to the candidates verbally as Stuart Freundel etc...AND what happened to the comma? Stuart, Freundel is a lot easier on the challenged folks you are trying to target with this. Just suppose you didn’t know any of the candidates in the race, you could easily swear Patrick Todd for instance was really Todd Patrick as he has two first/last names. Just saying... 

Observation #9: The photos on campaign posters are supposed to be the most flattering, taken to enhance some visual quality of the candidate or create an impression. This could be a boyish face, a strong jaw line to inspire charm and leadership material respectively. Well I don’t know what happened with the former Minister of Education but I could only suppose he didn’t like his photos. As soon as the official ones went up, up next to them were some glamour shots against a blue and lilac background. Ain’t want nothing with him boh.

A questionable statement is one I don’t know where to begin with. It either makes NO sense or is such a non-starter I don’t know why the person bothered. So...

Questionable statement #1: The PM was quoted in one of the dailies as saying “St. Michael is a highly literate parish politically – this is not to say that other parishes are not so – but because people come to St. Michael every day, there is a flow of ideas in the parish that exists nowhere else.” O_o So much I could say and yet what do you say really?

Funny but not well publicised quote #1: Dennis Holder, the DLP candidate for St. Joseph. “...part the red sea. I will divide it in half and I will walk through and up the steps of Parliament.” It was funny to me because, well let me just say if he does walk up those steps after the election and not to the visitors’ section, I’ll have to eat my hat.

Observation #10: One of the newspapers carried a ‘talk to the man on the street’ kind of piece. People were interviewed about national issues of importance to them. Two 19 year olds were interviewed. One spoke of real issues, of course I can’t remember what now. The other however put this forward as an important issue to him: do something about the free bus fares because he is paying and can’t get a seat”. You see how life sweet in Barbados??? That is his issue? He wants flogging. Although that also counts as Questionable Statement #2.

Observation #11: Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, running in St. Peter, went to pay his deposit with bodyguards. Ummm, hmmm, ok. Why? I’d like him to say why.

Opinion #6: Much has been said over the years of the need for a third party in Barbadian politics. My two cents worth: for that notion to come near to succeeding, you’d have to have a schism in both parties and the breakaway factions coming together to form that third party. Otherwise I don’t see it happening.

Questionable Statement #3: The BLP ran an ad highlighting faults of the PM if my memory serves me correctly. Anyway, it was directed at the DLP. The ad listed as one of the faults constant references to pagan gods Morpheus and Janus. Please see above for what a questionable statement is. Did they really run that as an ad? Reference to pagan gods from a learned man very much into the classics means what? In fact let me stop. I’m going against my good judgement in trying to rationalise that one.

Opinion #7: The PM made some comments about young people running for the first time for office. Force ripe, not knowing anything about the party, wanting to put something on their CV, all of that was mentioned. This stance annoys me, no matter where it comes from. I agree young people should take the time to learn, do some ground work, gain some experience but that a big hard back person over the age of 30 (arbitrary age) shouldn’t run for political office because they’re not old? So only older people have something to offer? If I ran for the first time at 62 that would be ok? NONSENSE. I’m saying it here, I would do a better job as a politician and/or government minister than half the current batch of candidates and I’m not even 30 yet.

Observation #12: And to end on a light note, the Nation newspaper is encouraging people to vote for “the most ...” politician. One of the categories is the sexiest politician. Let’s just say I’m still laughing from when I read that this morning.

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