Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur
The resignation of Owen Arthur from from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) should make Barbadians pause for several reasons. The incapacity of a former Prime Minister of fourteen years to carve out an effective role to serve his political party in the twilight of his career leaves a sour taste. If our leaders are unable to find ways to resolve conflict to the greater good of country what message does it send to the general population?
BU hesitates to join those who believe that with the exit of Arthur it leaves a clear path to unchallenged leadership for Mia Mottley. The decision by Arthur to resign from the party BUT continue to sit in parliament as an independent may yet prove to be a bane for Mottley. Unshackled from the political party that made him, he has created the opportunity to demonstrate in his post-resignation contributions to parliament why he believes the BLP has drifted from its course. For him not to record for the benefit of Hansard and to share his knowledge as a former prime minister with the people of Barbados will be a cheat on his legacy, a porakey parliament notwithstanding.
BU is of the view Arthur sincerely believes Mottley is not made of the stuff required to be a prime minister. He has stated it publicly at a press conference held at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in 2009. And many of his statements since has demonstrated he has not shifted his position. When Mottley was selected as opposition leader after the last general election was Arthur present in the room?
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
The following is a statement issued by the leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party Mia Mottley. The action by Mia Mottley may prove to be a defining moment for her in the battle of public perception over BLP leadership. If she is able to rally her troops on Thursday, it will go a long way to prove she is the preferred leader.
The implementation of the Muni Tax, for whatever reason, has provoked Barbadians from all spheres to rally against it. The good thing is that it has brought focus to bear on the vexing issue of solid waste management. Barbadians must try to separate political rhetoric and naked political opportunism from the real issue read Kerri Symmonds.
Thanks #Barbados for coming out to our mass meeting last Sunday to show your support. http://bit.ly/1p7hDKx
I SHALL NOW DO MY DUTY. I propose to take that first step. I have prayed on it. I shall walk. I shall walk on Thursday at midday from Parliament to Government Headquarters on Bay Street.
Leader of the BLP Mia Mottley (l) Former Leader of the BLP Owen Arthur (r)
At a time Barbadians are crying out for leadership the official Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has pursued a strategy to retreat into political obscurity. In the same way many believe the government is responsible for rolling out policies that are heavily influenced by the dictates of international lending and credit rating agencies so too the behaviour of the BLP is being dictated by a high level of factionalism.
In is not uncommon for political parties while in opposition to engage in internal squabbling. Unfortunately this is an aged old process which serves as a crucible for the best of the best to emerge. Our democracy was tested in the Thompson versus Mascoll years and history seems destine to be repeated with the Mottley versus Arthur saga now playing out.
Mia Mottley has had to suffer the ignominy of being rejected by parliamentary colleagues. We all remember the so named Gang of 5 who anticipated an easy win at the polls with Thompson’s death imminent and in the Prior Park Accord recalled Arthur to keep out Mottley. What cursory study reveals is that there is an influential element in the BLP who come hell or high water will fight against Mottley becoming prime minister of Barbados. What makes a mockery of our party system is the political gimmicks which an unsuspecting electorate must endure as narrow and selfish interest play out within political parties. The irony is that Arthur has suffered two devastating defeats and yet the message is still not clear to the Arthur faction.
Press Statement re: Moody’s Downgrade by Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Mia Amor Mottley Q.C., M.P.
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
Barbadians need urgently to sit up and take stock.
We cannot expect to continue to do the same things over and over and get different results. Yesterday’s further downgrade by Moody’s by a staggering 3 notches must jolt us into our true reality.
We were warned that increasing our overall debt, especially our reliance on short-term debt, will lead to a further downgrade. Yet the Government continues recklessly to do so. Two weeks ago we increased the Local Loans Limit to $4 billion and now today we are increasing the limit under the Special Loans Act by $1 billion to $2.5 billion.
We were warned that continued Central Bank financing of our fiscal deficit will put pressure on our exchange rate. Yet the Central Bank continues to do so.
We were warned that increasing our fiscal deficit and missing our targets for fiscal consolidation will lead to a further downgrade. Yet the Government continues unashamedly to do so.
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Trevor Prescod – BLP M.P.
It seems as if Trevor Precod is hell bent on reducing further – if that is really possible – his already less than impressive political career. At a time when Prescod as the oldest Member of Parliament both on the BLP and DLP benches should be focusing on creating some kind of achievements record, no matter how thin in content, he has caused the public to give another and harder look at how he has been operating.
First of all, it is now patently clear that Trevor “Bum Best” Prescod has an in-built sense of inferiority that compels him to adopt servile positions to persons he considers his intellectual and or social superior. We well remember how he has hero-worshipped Don Blackman to the point where he has imitated Blackman’s style and subject of speaking to the point where Prescod unnecessarily uses big words and long and confusing sentences, full of abandoned socialist jargon, when pontificating on obscure and out-dated topics of little concern to the public. All in an effort to sound like Don Blackman reincarnated, even though Prescod’s alter ego has long ago become a discredited political maverick.
People are now sure that untrustworthy as Don Blackman has become, he would nevertheless find revolting the fact that Prescod has now switched the object of his lap dog tendencies from one who paraded himself as a champion of the “masses” from Licorish Village and the Ivy and elsewhere, to the descendant of the “classes” from Sandy Lane and other areas of residence for Barbados’ social elite.
PRESS STATEMENT RE: REFERRAL OF NCC WORKERS by the HON MIA AMOR MOTTLEY Q.C., M.P. – POLITICAL LEADER, BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
I have deliberately kept quiet while the events at the National Conservation Commission (NCC) have been unfolding over the last 3 to 4 weeks. I was of the view that the Government and the Unions should have been allowed to follow political and industrial relations processes to bring justice to the 200 workers being victimized by the NCC.
The Prime Minister’s statements today are a public confession of his failure to use the weight of his office to correct the illegal and unconstitutional actions of the NCC.
I therefore have a duty to speak.
BLP Press Briefing (Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott) – Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party – “I was a doctor before I came into politics and will be one after politics”
The DLP Government has so conspired to fool the people of Barbados that “smoke and mirrors” is their answer to every problem. This is reinforced by personal abuse and charges of citizens being political and unpatriotic hurled at anyone, who so much as raises any concern about Government’s policies. The fact that this despotic approach seems to have worked at every turn has emboldened DLP Ministers and has apparently led to it being adopted by certain public officials. This trend of public officials making political statements in response to legitimate questions and concerns is a step in the wrong direction.
The BLP is saying this must stop especially when it comes to matters of life and death.
Nothing can be more unpatriotic than a Government which by its chosen policies, and its deliberate actions, fails to properly prepare for the Health care of its citizens. The BLP is appalled and outraged by the responses of both the CEO of the QEH, Mr. Dexter James and the Acting Minister of Health Donville Inniss to a simple concern expressed regarding dialysis treatment at the hospital. It is shocking that the CEO of the island’s lone tertiary care health facility, in his attempt to tell Barbadians what is or is not a “political issue”, could shoo off a situation in which dialysis patients could possibly have faced infection as merely “commonplace”.
Submitted be Beresford
Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor of the Central Bank
The tantrum thrown by the Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. DeLisle Worrell is just more clear evidence that the DLP and its political appointees are not serving Barbados. The unbelievable sideshow of issuing a haughty ban on a media house is a distraction from the much more serious issues of the Worrell’s unfitness to hold the position he occupies. The focus must be on his twists and turns, much like Chris Sinckler’s, which only cause confusion and derail confidence.
Cocooned by a large salary and perks, his construing that all is well while every fact and figure announced by Worrell himself point starkly to the contrary and isolates him as totally unconnected with reality. This condition is not associated with the top floor of the Tom Adams Financial Centre but another place in a certain well-known street in another part of St. Michael. This is buttressed by his history of foolish statements and reports on developments in Barbados pulled from thin air.
At no time, but in Barbados’ most critical period, should a Government serious about reversing the slide to the precipice abide the knots and the long string of clowning from Worrell?
The following Press Release issued by the Barbados Labour Party
Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor of the Central Bank
The Barbados Labour Party is outraged by this act of rash and dictatorial behavior on the part of the Governor of the Central Bank. Any restructuring of the Central Bank must start with this Governor.
However, we recognize that for any meaningful action to take place in Barbados it MUST involve the collective voices and energy of those other special interest groups and individuals to whom society also looks for guidance and whom we know can apply the necessary pressure.
The Barbados Labour Party remains ready to provide leadership on this and other matters. But as we have been saying for the last nine months, we wait to see from where else will the voices of outrage emerge. We want to hear what the private sector and the Chamber of Commerce, the trade union movement, the academics, the Church and the rest of civil society have to say on this latest matter, for this is not an isolated event.
It is the latest indication of a Governorship that has gone wrong. This type of reckless behavior will inevitably negatively affect their fortune and the prospects for early economic turn around. The Government is not capable of doing on its own and, as we now see, it is getting bad and confusing advice from its principal economic advisers.
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Dennis Clarke, NUPW General Secretary (l) Walter Maloney, President (r) …NUPW praised fulsomely by the Prime Minister …
Un-godly. Ungracious. Unfair. Frightening.
Mia Mottley’s unapologetic and piercing summing up of the political anarchy, system disorder and personal degradation engulfing Barbadians, especially in the public sector, as Government continues its job cuts could not be more appropriate.
Not lost was the symbolism of her comments and the stance of the BLP, marking the Party’s 76th anniversary as its founding as Barbados first political organisation, which fell on Monday, the date set for the DLP to conclude its ravishing of the public sector.
History will record that as the DLP razed the economic base and social planks of the country, and betrayal after betrayal led the people to the abyss, and appeasers and DLP cliques forged alliances to excuse the violent abuse of country and citizens, the BLP spoke clearly to the whittling away of economic gains, conventions and laws; exposed Government’s sand-based prescriptions, contradictions and sheer nonsense, and stood unequivocally with those being stripped of their businesses, their jobs, the services and compensation which they are due on the back of massive tax impositions and their dignity.