Perhaps it was the promise, in writing on his election posters, that he would not 'Lie, Cheat or Steal' that did it. Anyway, in yesterday's General Election, the voters of Barbados chose David Thompson, Leader of the Democratic Labour Party to be their new Prime Minister. The Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur, Leader of the Barbados Labour Party has lost his position after 15 years in what I'm told was a landslide. My personal opinion polling amongst taxi drivers and hotel staff was spot on.
I've asked a few people why they think it happened. "Time for a change" is the constant refrain. Is this now the most potent election slogan throughout the world's liberal democracies? It seemed the only logical reason for the recent demise of John Howard in Australia. In the UK, my party was making little progress until we elected David Cameron as our leader. David represented a real change for us. And Gordon Brown was going great guns while he succeeded in portraying himself as 'the change' from Tony Blair. Nick Clegg's recent election campaign was based on the words 'change' and 'new' and almost nothing else.
For those of you who know Barbados, we're staying in the Almond Beach Village in St Peter - which is linked to the Almond Beach Club in St James (I think). I chose it because it has a 9 hole golf course in the grounds. We've played between 15 and 18 holes every morning. The 1st tee is about 50 yards from our room.
Just checked the BBC website to see what's happened back home. Whenever you are a long way off, it seems as nothing whatsoever significant happens. Distance creates perspective.