Prime Minister’s Brother To Protest 1 Vote Nomination Loss

Newcomer Peter Phillips Wins By One Vote Over Richard Arthur

By some accounts, the little brother of Prime Minister Owen Arthur was supposed to be a shoe-in for the Barbados Labour Party nomination in St. Lucy – but he lost by one vote to a political neophyte.

We can’t blame business owner and BLP candidate Richard Arthur or anyone for asking for a recount over one vote, especially considering that one of the ballots apparently had a voter’s name written on the back.

This Is A Healthy Sign For The BLP

No matter who now wins the St. Lucy BLP nomination after the recount, the fact that the PM’s brother didn’t walk right in can only be seen as healthy for the BLP.

Some may see this as a sign that the PM’s influence is on the wane, but we don’t. We simply see the democratic process in play, with half the electorate rejecting another Arthur family member – probably because he is the Prime Minister’s brother. Not even considering that Richard Arthur was thoroughly trounced (3 to 2) last election by the DLP incumbent Denis Kellman.

Even the most steady BLP supporters also recognize that the consolidation of power in one family base or other group is seldom healthy for a democracy.

richard-arthur-blp-barbados.jpg

But About Those Family Ties…

In a transparent and accountable democratic system, both Richard Arthur and his brother, Prime Minister Owen Arthur, would have to declare any conflicts of interest and account for their assets and income streams.

There would also be checks and balances associated with say, the awarding of government contracts without tender to family members.

The one question that is on our minds is this… Has Richard Arthur’s business ever been awarded a contract without tender by a government agency or a government-funded entity?

It is a valid question and an important one that the public should have the legal right to ask – and that elected officials and candidates should have a legal obligation to answer.

As for the two brothers, Richard and Arthur – they aren’t talking.

Story Links

The Nation News – Protest As One Vote Gives Banker BLP Nod For St. Lucy

Election 2003 Candidate Profiles – Richard Arthur

photo: Richard Arthur from above website link.

25 Comments

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25 responses to “Prime Minister’s Brother To Protest 1 Vote Nomination Loss

  1. Littleboy56@caribsurf.com

    Much ado about nothing!
    Richard originally withdrew so that Young “Rainbird” Phillips could contest the seat unopposed.
    Remember the Pizza Man Doc fiasco. Doc withdrew “without pressure” to allow Richard to run.
    All PR (Pure Rubbish?).

  2. John

    How come only 51 people voted in a packed school hall.

    I am sure the MLP could get better participation from its members.

  3. Royalrumble

    Who remembers the Cola Syrup scandal in Barbados couple years ago? And who was it that said the issue was more about raising campaign funds than about contracts? Who is it that now stands alongside David Thompson as his Marketing Manager?

  4. BFP

    There is a bible passage… something about “all have sinned and fallen short…”

    As we have often said, both DLP and BLP politicians have been Piggies At The Trough. If we want to end this, we must have laws… integrity and conflict of interest legislation.

    BLP and Owen Arthur have publically stated “no” to this legislation.

    DLP and Thompson have publically and recently again stated “yes” to this legislation.

    We have to start somewhere, and it is WE the people who must push it… because all the piggies are too busy chewing away.

    BLP and Arthur’s sins are more recent and 12 years of them too – and still they refuse to implement integrity legislation. They defend their Minister who lives on expropriated land and refuse to be held accountable.

    So… only one choice to reform the system this time around. Hold your nose and vote DLP.

    Robert (my opinion and not speaking for the Barbados Free Press)

  5. josephine

    Royalrumble please tell us more do not stop there tell us all call some names we the people want to know

  6. Red

    The problem with democracy in Barbados is that people do not have a true dissenting voice at the voting polls.

    In order for people to be able to express their displeasure for the existing parties and politicians, electoral reform is required and needs one of two alternatives:

    1) “None of the Above” to appear on the constituency ballot (currently used in some US states)

    or

    2) If there is low electoral turnout (some countries use 35%), then the results are nullified

    In such situations, the Head of State and the Judicial Branch will assist with the governing of the country should a goverment be incapable of forming.

  7. reality check

    wonderful choices Red!!!

    none of the above or a corrupted judicial sysytem or head of state?

    throw them all out!!!

  8. Hants

    BFP have you visited the BLP blog recently? They are really demonstrating “free speech” over there.

    At the rate they are going MIA will have to shut them down.

  9. Anonymous-

    I have a serious question. Are you all happy people? Are you content with your life? It seems to me like every waking moment is spent hating the Government. Perhaps professional help or therapy can help with this. This is really not very normal.

  10. John

    Anonymouse

    We are having a ball, … drunk with happiness!!

    It is the politicos who actually take themselves seriously and make themselves miserable every waking moment.

    Look at this recent St. Lucy debacle.

  11. John

    Do you realise that 51 people in St. Lucy got to have their say on a representative and of these, half feel he is rubbish and won’t support him!!

    The MLP can do better.

  12. Anonymous-

    Which constituency you running for in the MLP, John?

  13. John

    Culpepper Island

  14. Velzo

    I feel David Thompson is safer choice with Neville Rowe doing his marketing than Barbadians are with Rodney Wilkinson, David Shorey and Hallam Nicholls around Government Headquarters!

  15. Troubled

    Anonymouse –

    “Anonymous-
    November 14th, 2006 at 5:32 pm
    I have a serious question. Are you all happy people? Are you content with your life? It seems to me like every waking moment is spent hating the Government. Perhaps professional help or therapy can help with this. This is really not very normal.”

    – you are the one obsesed with responding and attacking every single time – maybe you are the one to seek professional help!

  16. ross

    Oh loss, Velzo. I thought these people especially David Shorey had gone underground.

    “I feel David Thompson is safer choice with Neville Rowe doing his marketing than Barbadians are with Rodney Wilkinson, David Shorey and Hallam Nicholls around Government Headquarters!”

  17. Wayne

    Ross, why is Richard Cox left out of the team?

  18. ross

    Who is Richard Cox? Is he part of Gems or is he a bag man for some senior person? What is his claim to fame?

  19. Wayne

    He is a part of the Kingsland crew along with David Shorey

  20. Hants

    “Overseas” Bajans need info on the abovementioned operatives. I don’t know who they are and what significant contribution they are making in Barbados.

  21. ross

    Got it, Wayne.
    I seem to remember reading something about David Shorey and Kingsland in a Nation newspaper a while ago.
    I will look and see if I can find it.

  22. Jupiter

    Wayne and Ross

    Is this Richard Cox the same one at CBC – ie the head of news & current affairs?

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