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Saturday, January 19, 2008

What I know of David Thompson...Barbados' New Prime Minister

It doesn't seem too long ago that I was seeing David Thompson walking the corridors of Combermere School.These were the times of Devere 'bumpy 'Moore and Charlie Pilgrim...I don't think I ever had occasion to even utter a word to Thompson in those days but I use to utter some words about him to myself.Things like whether he ever leaves the school or what is it that is keeping him so busy.....

Usually I would leave school early.As soon as the bell goes so would I but on those occasions when for some reason or another I would be at school late Thompson would still be about. No matter how early you got to school Thompson would be there before. I use to wonder if he ever did leave the school.....

Actually I remembered Mascoll too...and unlike Thompson he was into sports,and if I can remember correctly he threw the Javelin and Discuss and was a member of the same set as I was...set F....I was amazed that he didn't even know me when he was canvassing in St.James South and even more amazed when he shook my hand about three different times on the same night at the Combermere Grand Reunion...but that,I suppose is Clyde Mascoll...

I can remember a school political debate featuring David Thompson and Sam Soyer....that had the youngsters talking for days after and here I am years after still talking about it ......it was after that I suspected that the youngsters believed that we had witnessed the birth of two new politicians....

I remember when on the television programme 'understanding' when a young school boy named David Thompson was 'rinsing out' Hutson Linton(he ran against Errol barrow) my father turned to me and asked 'who is this youngster?'...of course I had to let him know ...you haven't seem Soyer yet.Yeah..they were both good but Thompson had the antics,the mannerisms and the biting comments of a ....dare I say..Tom Adams....I wondered about that because it was obvious that he was an admirer of Barrow but he must have spent a lot of time watching Tom....

Sam Soyer never went into politics and the last I heard he was teaching literature at Queens College .....and you know what became of Thompson...

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