Thursday’s loss by the Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) in Grenada after clean sweeps in two previous elections, should be a lesson to the Mia Amor Mottley administration that the rising cost of living and other exogenous shocks could alter public perception about even the strongest of administrations.
This is according to veteran political scientist Peter Wickham, who contends that while the next poll in Barbados is a maximum four years away, should cost of living woes persist for that period, it could very well be a concern for voters.
Barbados and Grenada have a unique political history in that both the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the NNP secured clean sweeps in back-to-back elections recently.
However, Wickham said that even such an overwhelming mandate from the people can be overridden if an opposing party is able to convince the public that the ruling party is not managing these crises effectively. (CLM)
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