In July 2014, one month after the general elections, the newly appointed Culture Minister Paul “Chet” Greene made the controversial decision to bar Steve Ibis Freeland and Bruce “Supa diamond” Barthley from hosting the Party Monarch finals.
The two had been the power voices behind the United Progressive Party re-election bid, but once the UPP lost, their decade-long hosting of carnival’s biggest competition would come to an end.
Greene said then that behaviour on the campaign trail fell below the standards of national festivals.
He also said their deportment and conduct left much to be desired and even pointed to defamation cases that they allegedly had before the courts.
Three and a half years later, Ibis and Chet appeared to have buried the hatchet. The TV personality appeared on an ABLP platform in Bolans.
Wearing red, Ibis said Greene was “his good friend” and Greene embracing Freeland, welcomed him “back to the fold of labour.”
Supa Diamond has maintained his affiliation with the UPP, appearing as MC at their campaign launch.
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