First, a letter from Adrian Loveridge published today at Caribbean Net News…
Is Barbados in danger of becoming a single party state?
During at meeting at Alexandra School at his nomination, candidate for St Peter and current Prime Minister of Barbados stated, “I’m motivated in a special way by the determination never to see the DLP (opposition party) hold the reigns of office in this country.”
Owen Arthur added his “Government’s hard work over three terms including the lifting of foreign reserves to over BDS$2 billion.”
He said, “Such success should not be left in the hands of a party that was now more deeply divided than ever.”
Whether the average Barbadian voter is ready for a single party state is another issue and with just over two weeks before the general election is due to be held we shall all know the answer very shortly.
(Original online at Caribbean Net News Link Here)
And now the Prime Minister’s reply to such criticism (now that the BLP have taken down the video of Owen Arthur’s comments)
What was that old saying about “Walks like a duck…” ?
I’m No Tyrant Says Arthur
PRIME MINISTER Owen Arthur yesterday declared he was not a dictator or a tyrant.
“I am not now going to be at my age and station what I’ve never been and I know who I am and I have certain principles and values. The only thing I don’t want ever to be is a tyrant or a dictator,” Arthur said.
He told reporters after his nomination at Roland Edwards Primary School, Battaleys, St Peter yesterday, that “some people are interpreting statements” he “might have made” at his nomination meeting at Alexandra School, St Peter, on December 16, “to what they assume are dictatorial tendencies”.
Saying this General Election was a “very serious” one, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate noted that during the campaign the BLP would treat people with respect.
“We are going to be asking for another term of office not only on the strength of performance but on the calibre of the vision that we will be expressing for the country’s future and for the manner in which we represent to the country the challenges that the country faces and the response that we propose to put in place,” Arthur added.
“This new version of the Democratic Labour Party is not Errol Barrow, it is Hartley Henry and the Barbados political agenda regrettably is being now filled not with serious discourse or substantive issues nor willingness on the part of Opposition to want to take the Barbados public and ask for political support on the basis of the seriousness of their vision,” Arthur added.
“When I spoke, I spoke perhaps with a sense of disgust and disappointment that this is what our politics is being brought to and I had no intention whatsoever to destroy the Democratic Labour Party as an institution but to call the whole country to a higher purpose.
… read the article online at the Nation News (link here)