Submitted by William Skinner
“Mia Motley is being politically slaughtered by Owen Arthur because he is teaching her the age old truth”
As we continue to grapple with the floundering of the Democratic Labour Party and the blundering of the Barbados Labour Party, the collision of hypocrisy with reality stares us in the face. The inescapable truths are now haunting the apologists and desperate assortment of political henchmen and women, who never put Barbados before George or Roebuck Streets.
Mia Motley is being politically slaughtered by Owen Arthur because he is teaching her the age old truth: you cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hound. Arthur is bitter because he is confronting the harsh reality that his so-called economic management has in reality left the country no better off than he found it. He did not transform the society; he merely managed it competently and that is no great legacy to leave. Transformation is what both Grantley Adams and Errol Barrow achieved. Arthur will never and can never be seriously elevated to such heights. To put it mildly: Arthur became a ruthless self centered politician and conned the unsuspecting into believing that there was something called inclusion when in fact we all know it was nothing more than seduction and the opportunistic machinations of a frustrated group of young DLP politicians , who just did not want David Thompson to become Prime Minister of Barbados. He also easily seduced most of the rising talent that had emerged from within the ranks of the National Democratic Party.
Having squandered the chance to reclaim the government in 2013, Arthur on the night of the election made it known that he honestly believed that his chance for a second bite at the pie of power was sabotaged from within the ranks of his own party.
Submitted by Pachamama
Leader of the BLP Mia Mottley (l) Former Leader of the BLP Owen Arthur (r)
The Mighty Sparrow tells a story about a lion which was mastered by a donkey. In this epic, the lion (MAM), despite his loud growl, role as dominate polygamist, sharp teeth, body built for combat and a propensity to instil fear was made to submit and be the mate of a mere donkey (OSA). Well, unlike OSA, the donkey is well known to be mild mannered, a carrier of huge burdens and in possession of a certain physical attribute that some fear. Fear of the expectation of a certain amount of joy and or pain that donkeys by their very nature are said to be able to inflict.
The recent broadside which Owen Seymour Arthur (OSA) inflicted on the prime ministerial ambitions of MAM continues to complicate political calculations in Barbados. Certainly, OSA seems intent on keeping his promise to his friends that he will never leave the BLP to MAM. In stating that the proposed divestment of state assets was the right policy for a beleaguered DLP administration. An administration beset by mounting internal disquiet and clueless about a direction for the country. Still, it was OSA who was to again deliver a life jacket to a feckless Fruendel Stuart regime.
Submitted by Beresford
This Friday will be a watershed for Barbados.
The vote on the Estimates will determine whether hypocrisy will continue to subvert conscience and the DLP Government renews its hijacking of the economy and lives of Barbadians, or there will be a summoning of integrity, national and social responsibility in support of the proof of what the BLP has said about the economy – that the DLP is unfit to rectify the massacre of the country’s fundamentals – supported by no less than senior Cabinet Minister David Estwick.
It is clear from the Estimates that, regardless of the last ditch statement from the usually rambunctious Ronald Jones which merely served to reinforce the efficacy of Estwick’s stance, that the DLP has steadfastly ignored Estwick’s prosecution of its economic policies as complete failures.
The only dignified path left for Estwick, who up to the time of writing, has not spoken in the Estimates, is to have the courage of his convictions and stand for his principles in the full knowledge that truth is his amour and, when called to do his duty, he rightly put country before party or self.
It is also evident from the vicious personal attacks and nasty slurs on one hand, and the excursions into everything from self-taught historic diatribes and creepy sermonising, in a surreal performance that reinforces a dogged detachment from the realities of Barbados and is mind-boggling in its tenacity, the DLP Government is exultant to be adrift and has absolutely no intention of changing course.
Submitted by Douglas
Mia Mottley, Leader of the Opposition
Barbados’ social and economic livelihood is currently under threat from infestation by an insidious phage which is more devastating than Ebola, SARS or Chikungunya. This deadly pathogen is M.I.A. – Megalomaniacal Insidious Amoeba. MIA must go!
The MIA phage had tried to over run and corrupt Barbados in the period 2008 to 2010 but its growth was quickly halted by a swift and effective political decapitation which rendered the the amoeba innocuous. However, an unprecedented turn of events in 2013 created the right environment for the Megalomaniacal Insidious Amoeba to spawn and again spread its tentacles into dangerous territory. To those who provide this amoeba with a power source it is time to rein it in. Barbados can no longer bare the damage which this political creature is creating. If left untapped the path of destruction which would be left will be irreparable. MIA must go!
Chris Sinckler, Minister of Finance (l) David Estwick, Minister of Agriculture (r)
It has come as no surprise to independent observers that the Barbados government has to labour to govern as a result of its 2-seat margin. Prime Minister Stuart finds himself in a position where making decisions is heavily influenced by the political considerations. Now that the E11 faction has been effectively quelled and its whip – Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler – had to publicly throw himself at the mercy of the Prime Minister in the Big Interview with the Nation newspaper, an interview which will stain his legacy and perhaps has ended his political ambition to be Prime Minister of Barbados.
AND Perennial discontent Minister David Estwick made known his recent dissatisfaction in January that he will speak out on economic issues (words to this effect). Two weeks later he was reluctantly given an audience with the Prime Minister and cabinet to present a proposal of a lifeline deal sponsored by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). To be expected there was loud clamour in the public space about the workability of Estwick’s UAE deal. It has been three weeks since Estwick presented to the Cabinet of Barbados and it has been three weeks the public, including local media, has gone silent. Yet again the politicians have been able to ‘’manipulate’ the voice of the people by remaining silent. And off we go to the next topic the planned construction at Lower Greys.
Submitted by Douglas
‘she, after being part of the planning committee, has decided to ‘boycott’ the 375th anniversary’
A few weeks ago in the article titled ‘Its Friday Mia!’, her bluff was called regarding the change of strategy from attacking The Minister of Finance to the Prime Minister. As usual, nothing happened.
In that article as well it was predicted that there will eventually be a political obituary entitled ‘The Self Destruction of Mia Mottley’. The Freundel Stuart administration in protecting Barbadians from the self aggrandizing megalomaniac BLP members have created many a political duppy and Ms. Mottley seems adamant that she wants to join this group. The irony is that like Ceaser, she has to fear that by the Ides of March she too might become politically irrelevant.
Regarding leadership, Mia has failed dramatically. As the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, she, after being part of the planning committee, has decided to ‘boycott’ the 375th anniversary of the Parliament of Barbados, which is one of the oldest Parliaments in the entire Commonwealth. Imagine the embarrassing implications this has for the Barbados Labour Party, that their leader would boycott a grand international occasion that involves the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Prince Edward that helps the image of the country just to try to divert attention unto herself and claim she is doing it for Barbadians. So the question is, does anyone care if she goes?
Submitted by Beresford
Hon. Denis Kellman M.P, Kellmoronic”, “broadcast on TV last Monday night – that temporary workers have been cut off so they can be made permanent…”
As more forceful condemnations come with greater frequency convicting Freundel Stuart and his DLP of gross negligence and persistent dereliction of duty in serving country first, the not unexpected responses of what is now widely regarded as a band of nincompoops are more fabrications, braying attempts at blaming and shifting responsibility to the BLP, and virulent attacks on our leader Mia Mottley.
Having humiliated themselves by lying and demolishing Barbados’ economy. The DLP with Stuart in the lead, as they scramble at every straw to maintain power and their pensions, are now tarnishing the image of office by becoming bottom feeders scraping up every piece of garbage and throwing it in desperate attempts to defend what cannot be defended and stick their slime (stink with incompetence) on someone else.
The DLP is so topsy-turvy and misled for so long, what was a small cut is now an affliction of festering sores. They are now asking for faith, patience and kindness – having been given all three for six years and ruthlessly destroying them.
How else can anyone on Earth or Mars explain, even by his own sublimely ignorant standards, the “Kellmoronic”, broadcast on TV last Monday night – that temporary workers have been cut off so they can be made permanent and that it is unfair to have people working temporary. Better to not have them working at all!!
This is the madness now endemic in the Barbados.
The Unions like to say, ‘where there is no vision the people perish!’ Perhaps then, it is because of ‘the ageing process’ or even ‘failing eyesight’ that they seem unable to read the signs and take appropriate evasive action, despite the visible early warning indicators, which are blinding the rest of the country.
This could very well be the end of the line for trade unions as we knew them. However, there is hope!The more you listen-to and read Caswell Franklin’s contribution on behalf of labour, you cannot help nodding your head in approval that he embodies the trade union leader of the future: “sound academic and common sense judgment;” fresh; knowledgeable; energetic and committed to the cause of workers. In recent times, union leaders have selected a shortcut to a destination, which is not in the workers’ or the national interest and therefore – a path, which clearly does not make sense to workers.
‘Declining membership and influence,’ is never in any union’s interest, given the very interpretation of the word: “union.” This shows that the crisis, which was triggered by the failed-DLP-Government, is spreading.
Submitted by Charles Knighton
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has created a Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness
An open letter to the DLP and BLP who both bear responsibility for the parlous state of Barbados today.
What is good governance? What criteria should we use to assess the stewardship and policies undertaken by our elected leaders?
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, a wealthy Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist, established the Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2006 to be awarded each year to a democratically elected African head of state that governs well, raises living standards and leaves office voluntarily at the end of his or her term. The prize, which includes a large cash award, was created to support good governance and august leadership in Africa.
Regrettably, the prize has not been awarded in four of the last five years, as the foundation has been unable to identify a leader meeting its good governance criteria.
The foundation’s good governance criteria is measured on a wide-ranging index that assesses a leader’s ability to offer the citizenry the benefits of safety and security, political freedoms and participation, rule of law, transparency, accountability, human rights and sustainable economic opportunity. This emphasizes the question of how do we evaluate the governance of our leaders?
A few days ago, I wrote an article in which I stated that ‘if the IMF’s Report was made available to Barbadians before Minister Estwick’s presentation to Cabinet, then this already ‘irrelevant DLP’ would become ‘obsolete’. But even before the Cabinet met, the IMF sent a strong message that it will not be entertaining any further proposal from this DLP Government. Talk about brush-off! The message was crystal clear: talk all you like but the IMF will not hear you! What could be ‘eminent’ about any Cabinet that is slapped-down like that?
My fellow Barbadians, you gave the DLP this country to manage for five years (whatever reason you may have had) but within the first year, the DLP has caused tremendous pain and suffering and on-top of that – it has virtually sub-let Barbados to the IMF. Clearly, that is not what you had in mind! You need to take-back your country from the DLP and put in the hand of people who are disciplined; know what to do to get Barbados out of this DLP-mess, people who are not allergic to the “truth” and who you know you can trust.
In contrast, obviously condemned by the IMF Report, ‘a weak; desperate; dangerous and exposed DLP Government’ – now tells the country: “blame us” essentially passing ‘a justified vote of no confidence in itself’ but only to soften-up and distract Barbadians! Not good enough! How could telling Barbadians, six (6) years late, what Mia Mottley and the BLP were warning them about all along, ever be considered: ‘breaking news?’