We recently cruised over to the political blogsone evening when were were bored to see what was being posted there. We’re not regular visitors to either of the political party blogs (you already know the general scope of what they are going to say so you can generally spend your time more usefully elsewhere) . The DLP blog hasn’t been updated since January 13th, and there seems to have been a small update to the party website about the recent double taxation agreement. However what caught our eye was the ending to the following article:on the BLP blog.
Surely this new administration can not be taken seriously.
NO OTHER NEW PROGRAMS AS PROMISED IN THEIR MANIFESTO
NO NEW PROGRAMS TO RAISE MONEY TO PAY FOR ANY NEW PROGRAMS
THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION HAS A LONG WAY TO GO
It’s the last line in particular that caught our eye. We had a strong sense of deja vu going back to the BLP first term in office. They had been elected tenuously much like the current government and the mindset amongst DLP supporters (and the party) ran something along the lines of….
“This is just some mistake by the part of the voters, we will reclaim the government that is rightfully ours in five years, after all Barbados is DLP country, we are the party of Errol Barrow. This is a temporary abberation that will correct itself.”
Basically they felt at the time that they were the default choice of government, that no one could do a better job than them and that they were “rightfully entitled” to the government that the BLP interloper had gotten from them just because they had made a few mistakes. This mindset left them with two seats in the house of assembly.
Voters do not make mistakes, they make decisions, acting as if the DLP government is some form of misfunction of democracy will almost certainly guarantee that the voters will decide against you the next time they have to choose.