Barbados Nation News: “Owen Arthur Declares War On DLP Government”


When Owen Declares War… Windmills Tremble!

Click on the image for a high-resolution copy suitable for framing. This may be Shona’s best work yet… matched only by a certain image of the Chief Justice that we promised not to print again until April.

Further Reading: The Nation News – Warpath!

A special thanks to BFP reader Sentinel who suggested this cartoon at the bottom of their wonderful poem Owen On Dee Warpath

Kudos also to BFP reader Hants who reminded Shona to be more accurate in future cartoons involving former Prime Minister Arthur. You can read Hants’ memo to Shona here.


Filed under Barbados, Cartoons, Politics

44 responses to “Barbados Nation News: “Owen Arthur Declares War On DLP Government”

  1. Peed My Pants

    Thankyou Shona!

  2. akabozik

    I must print a dozen for work tomorrow. A masterpiece like this must be shared with the world!

  3. Hants

    I like the attention to detail in the right hand.

  4. John

    I note that the panel which decided the recently concluded Court of Appeal action to resolve Rommel Marshall’s (BLP) request for a recount did not contain the Chief Justice.

    It may be because of former party affiliations and if it was due to this, Owen Arthur’s appointment back in 2001 comes into the limelight once more.

  5. BFP

    Hants, we have updated the article to gratefully acknowledge your role in creating this cartoon.

    This is truly collaborative art at its finest.

  6. Time will Tell


    I am happy to declare that my sources in the new DLP admin has just informed me that the new PM has started private discussions for the sale of ICB (INSURANCE CORPORATION OF BARBADOS) to CLICO HOLDINGS.

    Well my friends, this is WONDERFUL news.

    Transparency at it’s best!

    “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job,”
    George Bush 09/2005

    Who’s laughing now ?

  7. Time will Tell

    This evenings lesson is taken from,
    Matt 24:38-39

    38 “For as in this place which were called Bridgetown they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that David entered the ark,
    39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of this CLICO be.


  8. Sundowner

    Well, I needed cheering up today, and you sure did that, thankyou Shona!

  9. Thistle

    Well done, Shona – truly a classic! I’m sending it to all my e-mail buddies.

  10. West Side Davie

    I laughed until the tears came. Thanks Shona. I think your art will be seen in many fine workplaces tomorrow morning. Hants is correct that the cheap rum makes the cartoon far more credible.


  11. who play the sanch panza role?

  12. just asking

    Sanch panza?

    Gotta be Mia Mottley. Poor mule though!

  13. Donald Duck, Esq

    Time Will Tell

    You are so out of touch. The government sold its controlling interest in the Insurance Corporation of Barbados more than 2 years ago. It is now controlled by a Bermudan group.

  14. maubytime

    Brilliant! Thanks for the laugh.

  15. Jason

    I can see what’s coming if the DLP forgets about the 100 day promises. No mercy, Shona! None.

  16. Leviticus

    Time Will Tell is crazy… Owen Arthur sold ICB to Bermudians years ago! What a malicious and dangerous untruth about David Thompson negotiating with Clico to sell it!

  17. Banned

    OA does not drink ESA Field. He is a Mount Gay man. So much for detail..!

  18. ElDorado

    I hear that he had switched to ElDorado 10 year from Guyana… in private….. maybe!.
    Got to drink “local” with the locals… “Buy Bajan”!

  19. John

    March 6, 2008 at 5:29 am
    OA does not drink ESA Field. He is a Mount Gay man. So much for detail..!

    March 6, 2008 at 11:46 am
    I hear that he had switched to ElDorado 10 year from Guyana… in private….. maybe!.
    Got to drink “local” with the locals… “Buy Bajan”!

    … all part of the rebranding strategy.

  20. justice

    TWT, you are being mischievous. As others have pointed out, the Barbados government does not have a controlling interest in ICB. How then can they sell it?

  21. Tony Hall

    I am glad that the ICB issue has been clarified. TWT is obviously out of touch or trying to be mischievous. I believe he is out of touch.

  22. Banned

    It’s not the sale of ICB, it could very well be a political union between TnT and Bds, a scenario that I am very much in favour of. Let’s face it, Manning needs more non-Indian voters to support his troops and Thompson could find a myriad of uses for the abundance of petro-dollars that could be dispensed of. Incidentally TnT has space galore that is also ripe for development and new ideas. The fanfare reception a couple weeks ago should not be forgotten.

  23. Anonymous

    And after the rape of the foreign reserves we’ll be the Guyana of Trinidad?

  24. rumboy

    If you want to drink local then it has to be ESAF as Mount Gay really is not ‘local’ anymore and for that matter neither is Cockspur.

  25. Cooligan


    I think that you should warn “Time will tell” and ask for an apology. people who willfully spout inaccuracies which are disproved should face some censure especially if they seem to be espousing these lies with a deliberate agenda. Do not allow agents provocateur to destabalise and undermine confidence in the content quality and accuracy of your blog.

  26. Cooligan

    every comment that i make goes under moderation. please explain if it is because i am on a watch list or just routine. i think the content of my last post was pretty mild.


    BFP says,

    Hi Cooligan… the fact that this post was not moderated and the last one was grabbed by the filter tells you that it was not you that was automatically moderated, but the content of your post. In this case, we have put “Time will tell” under moderation all the time, so any post referring to that name will be held for approval.

  27. Hants

    BFP..has been calling for Integrity Legislation, Accountability and Transparency from day one.

    A few days ago, I heard a Brasstacks moderator using the same words for the first time in my recollection.

    I guess now Owen gone,the mainstream media “en frighten nuh moh.”

    Also, I am beginning to understand why BFP is holding the DLP to the 100 day promise.

    It is patently obvious that the majority of Barbadians were not aware of the large number of consultants employed by the BLP Government.

    Trust me. It will not happen again under this DLP Administration.


    BFP says…

    Hi Hants,

    A small point… we will not “trust” government ever again. We will “trust but verify” all that is said and done by our new government – but such verification is impossible without legally-mandated freedom of information…. which, judging by some of the recent statements from the government, is no longer a priority (now that they have been elected).

    The clock is ticking…

  28. Jerome Hinds

    I was always convinced that there was something alarmingly SINISTER in Owen Arthur’s Politics and that of Hugo Chavez….!

    Chavez declares WAR on Columbia…..!

    Owen declares he is on the WARPATH for rational thinking BAJANS….!

  29. John

    March 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Trust me. It will not happen again under this DLP Administration.

    “Trust me”, two of the last words uttered by O$A before the result of Jan 15th!!

  30. crossroads

    ” drink “local” with the locals… “Buy Bajan”!”

    Speaking of buy bajan, can anyone say what has happened to the “bajan fuh real” or whatever the slogan is that replaced “100% bajan” campaign. I have heard nothing of this once popular and needed campaign. However I do belive that the new slogan is cheap

  31. Banned

    March 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm
    And after the rape of the foreign reserves we’ll be the Guyana of Trinidad?

    What would be the real value of the Barbados dollar if the 2-1 pegging to the US$ was finally dropped?

  32. Hants

    BFP says…”A small point… we will not “trust” you or anyone else ever again.”

    What have I done? I have trusted you with my email address and you still “doan truss muh”.

    Not nice BFP ,but considering the problems under the previous Guvment ,I awnstan.


    BFP says,

    Hi Hants… That was badly phrased we didn’t mean that you had done anything to break our trust, and in fact we trust you a whole lot more than a number of folks. What we meant was we as a people shouldn’t be trusting government without being able to see and verify raw data for ourselves and all that.

    let us go back and fix that because it reads all wrong like you are personally not trusted.

    I guess when you said “trust me” you set off Cliverton who is a little younger than some of us and may – repeat “may” have been talking to the demon rum that evening EVEN THOUGH HE SAID HE WOULD BE A GOOD BOY UNTIL THE WEEKEND.


  33. De Original

    “I am happy to declare that my sources in the new DLP admin has just informed me that the new PM has started private discussions for the sale of ICB (INSURANCE CORPORATION OF BARBADOS) to CLICO HOLDINGS.”

    BFP I think that information such as the above given by Time will Tell. Have proven that this individual is a down right liar and provider of misinformation which i dont think should be allowed on the site. He definitely is a canidate for moderation. It is clear he is a person of no Integrity. I have noticed that he have not responded to the diservce he have visited on this blog. The following link would serve to inform those who did not know or who did not bother to research the truth about ICBL which is a subsidary of BF&M a Bermudian Insurance Company.

  34. Anon-a-million

    I would like Banned to declare his way to make Barbados stable and strong.

    BFP maybe a thread about the Trinidadian affect on, not just Barbados, but Caricom? If all our currency is taken to Trinidad, converted to TT dollars, which then become US dollars, what then will happen?

    BFP, what about the foreign ownership of the monopolised supermarkets and businesses? Do Bajans have it in them to start investment clunbs, food importation co-ops, and such-like. This is very important for progress in Barbados, and to make cost-effectiveness important to the owners/distributors of goods.

    These are very current and relevant issues in my small opinion. Maybe we can devote some time to what we are about to face?


    anonymous the 1,000,000

  35. John

    Plantations Ltd., Barbados Shipping and Trading and Goddard Enterprises have their beginnings in the second decade of the 20th century.

    All three survived past 50 years in the hands of Barbadians.

    Plantations was dismembered by Trinidadian interests. It could only have happened if the shareholders were willing to sell to Trinidadian interests.

    We have recently watched Barbados Shipping and Trading go from BS&T to TS&T.

    It would be interesting to know what the shareholder makeup of Goddards is at the moment and just what is the Trinidadian interest in this “Barbadian” company.

    The difference between Goddards and the other two is that Goddards is diversified with interests all over the region and into South America.

    The shareholders of BS&T and Plantations were not forced to sell their shares. One day they woke up and sold them for what they consdered to be a good price.

    I wonder if Barbadian Shareholders are just not interested in investing in Barbadian comapnies limited to operations in Barbados and if so why?

    Where has the capital the selling shareholders of BS&T been re-invested?

    Do these former shareholders know something about Barbados none of us have figured out as yet? If so, they are years ahead of us.

    It would be very interesting to know about the share ownership in Goddards.

    If it remains largely Bajan, then something is making Barbadian shareholders invest other than in companies which are limited in their activities to Barbados.

    … even the Barbados Government sold off its shares in Barbadian Companies. Wonder why this lack of interest in investing in Barbados?

    Suspect we will get the answer sooner than later.

  36. Jerome Hinds


    I had my suspicions when you publish the photo above with Owen clutching his baby blue……E.S.A.F rum bottle !

    I have just been reliably informed that while consuming the contents of the same bottle as shown above , Owen Arthur while soaking it up in John Moore’s bar this evening……..declared to all those present……..that he is going to the Governor General’s residence tommorow (saturday 9th March , 2009 )……………… be sworn in as PRIME MINISTER of BARBADOS !

    He stated….that PM David Thompson told CARICOM leaders that Owen Arthur should be HONOURED !

    My source revealed that OWEN was……SOBER !

  37. Anon-a-million

    Dear John
    One can only concur. One does not imagine the other 260,000 citizens who did not have the cash to own shares going to move anywhere. One might concur and say that, by and large, we are here living as residents and patriots only to see good come of our actions in Barbados. Most cannot do anything more but to make a stand right here in our homeland.

    I ( to go to the first person) speak about getting groups of individuals to come together, to bring their own imported food at a lower cost, sharing expenses like freight and duties. If we the captive market can do no better we can talk with our initiatives?

    But if we are viewed as done for by the wealthy ones, who sell the captive market down the river without a paddle then what about reducing taxation on land in return for planting food? Maybe a policy of higher taxation on agricultural, idle land would and could come first? To induce some production in this respect? Maybe this sounds a bit Errol Barrow for some?

    No doubt this is very provocative to persons who own large amounts of land, and await its subdivision. This type of talk does not make one popular, but I’m sure you will either concur; or correct me please?

  38. Pat

    Anon-a- million:

    There are no duties per se on food. About $20 for admin costs (stamps per barrel). Crates for large amounts would vary. Depending on who is on duty, most people pay nothing for food. Dont dress up when you go to get the goods. The poorer you look the less you pay. My cousin has been getting me to buy and ship her food for two years now. The last shipment was for three households. The containers were numbered and I told them which was for whom. It was shipped to one person. It cost $45 for the broker and less than that to get the food out the port.

    Your idea is a good one. I would pursue it. You cannot lose.

  39. Citizen First

    De Original

    re: the Insurance Corporation Of Barbados

    while Time may tell may possibly be a mischief maker, I have to note that the Bermudian company in control of the ICB has only 51.7% of the shareholding. Do you know who owns the other 48.3%?

  40. John

    When Barbados produced 200,000 tons of sugar in the late 50’s and 60’s, it was not only the large landowners who contributed but also the smallholders.

    My guess is that prior to independence, smallholders controlled about 50% of the productive land in Barbados.

    I always used to hear Trevor Rudder speak about the importance of the smallholder where sugar production was concerned and only appreciate it as I look at past photos and see the acreages controlled by these smallholders.

    As sugar factories have closed, the smallholders went out of production. I believe it is due mainly to transportation costs.

    Think what must have happened to agricultural production in the Scotland District when Joes River Factory and Haggatts went out of production and a small holder in say Babylon was expected to get his canes to Andrews or Heymans for grinding.

    It is amazing to look at photos from the 1950’s on the west coast and see cane production occurring right up to the water’s edge in small lots …… or at Eagle Hall and Bank Hall and see the backyard of each house planted in cane, or at Atlantic Shores and see the same signature of the smallholder in Barbados.

    I think the smallholder and the large landowner depended on each other when agriculture flourished.

    People look at the large landowners now because the small holders have largely disappeared, their acre or half acre or whatever now covered in concrete.

    I have my doubts that any policy will get us back to anything near self sufficiency in food.

    Haynesley Benn is making noises about 120 4-H clubs but I think we need to experience real hardship for people to return to the land in anything like the numbers that used to farm.

    Under those conditions, ie serious hardship, some of the ideas you put forward are viable.

    Everything in Barbados has been reduced to dollars and cents and we have become a dog eat dog society.

    We rely on imports entirely and must take the consequences of our own actions.

    Please note that the capital invested in BS&T remains invested in it, just that it has changed hands.

    Neal and Massey is large enough to take a hit if BS&T has problems, but the local shareholders may not be in the same position and would naturally want to diversify their holding and protect what they have.

    That is the point I am trying to make, the change in ownership signals to me the acceptance of Barbadian shareholders that there are rough days ahead for the country and they want to protect their investments.

    Government’s sell off of our interest in local assets also confirms my feeling.

    CSME seems to me just a philosophical tool to justify the sale of assets to outside interests.

    I think we have failed to assure the sustainability of our country as we knew it and the time to pay the piper has arrived.

    CSME just is the convenient way of saying we are spreading the opportunity for investment throughout the Caribbean.

    It sounds better than admitting we have screwed up.

    It is a time for concern.

    We who are not shareholders are consumers and create the demand for the situation that has arisen. We are responsible for the dog eat dog society.

    Besides bearing this responsibility, we are as you describe us, “living as residents and patriots only to see good come of our actions in Barbados. Most cannot do anything more but to make a stand right here in our homeland.”

    I agree that we do have the means to effect a change in our hands.

    What stand will we make?

  41. eureka

    I recently downloaded this story from another site and thought I would share it with you folks:


    A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said,
    ‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.’
    The Lord led the holy man to two doors.
    He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.
    The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.
    The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.
    The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’

    They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
    The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’
    ‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’

  42. eureka

    BFP, I too find myself under moderation very often; is this a truly free press, if when you comment on certain issues; such as world affairs pertaining to israel and america, your posts never see the light of day?

    I think you had better change the name from Barbados Free Press, to Barbados Moderation Press.

  43. Eureka-
    In fairness to the BFP team, perhaps :


    would give bloggers an idea what to expect.

    One has to learn and respect which subjects are VERBOTEN!

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