Former Prime Minister Not Fading Away As Mottley Hoped – Owen Arthur Giving Public Lecture Tonight
It is normal for political parties to go through some turmoil after losing power as different people and groups try to take their shot at leadership. Usually the defeated leader will resign and start looking at travel brochures, an “interim” leader will be appointed and when things settle down a leadership convention will be called where a new leader will be selected and receive the full “public” backing of the party.
Sometimes the “interim” leader will be seeking the permanent position, but often the interim leader will announce that they will not be seeking permanent leadership. This is the smart move as it frees the party to go through the public process of selecting a new leader without being seen to be rejecting or weakening the current “interim” leader. It also allows the party to give the appearance of having a clean break with the past administration. Even if some of the old guard are brought back into leadership they become part of the “rebirth” of the party.
One thing that NEVER happens publicly though, is for the old leader to attempt to retain influence and power in the party – once again we mean publicly. Such activity is usually the kiss of death to a party’s public image and credibility. You also NEVER see the old leader still trying to maintain a high public profile – especially as the just-defeated party struggles to regroup.
How Many “Co-Leaders” Can A Party Have? Welcome To The BLP!
As we reported in our March 3, 2008 article Owen Arthur Thinks It Still Means Something When He Speaks, the former Prime Minister recently attended at the Nation Newspaper and declared that he is now “back on the warpath”. Of course the newspaper jumped on board and Arthur received far more prominent media coverage and exposure than was given to BLP Opposition Leader Mia Mottley during the time period.
It appears that Arthur was not content with the damage he did to Mia Mottley during the election when he summarily crowned Clyde Mascoll as “co-leader”.
Now we see that Owen Arthur has a major presentation set for tonight at Cave Hill Campus where, we suppose, he will be putting forth the BLP position (or is that Arthur’s position?) on Caribbean-Euro relations.
And where is Mia Mottley, the so-called “leader” (or is that “co-leader”) of the Barbados Labour Party? Maybe she’ll attend Arthur’s speech and learn what her party’s policy is on the issue!
Thanks to Ian Bourne at Bajan Reporter for posting about Owen Arthur’s lecture tonight. You can find the details at Ian’s blog (link here)
The Chair-Throwing Slug-Fest That Saw Mia Mottley “Chosen” As BLP Leader
We all heard or read the rumours of the purported punch-up that resulted in Mia Mottley being somehow “declared” Leader of the Opposition. In our opinion, whatever happened set back the BLP about a year or more and left the party with a lame-duck leader. Couple that with a former Primer Minister who doesn’t want to give up the spotlight and you can see why Mia is going to have trouble presenting herself as a credible leader to re-build the BLP.
The BLP is going to need a leadership convention sooner or later, but by that time Mia Mottley will probably have been stabbed in the back a dozen times or more.
Like we said, the smart thing for both the BLP and Mottley would have been to go with an interim leader who is not interested in a permanent position. That would have been the smart move.
Instead, according to Wishing in Vain and a number of other sources, the following is how the BLP “selected” Mia Mottley as party leader.
This story has been around the net, emails and the rum shops enough that the BLP would do well to address it.
But hey… when a small group of elites “select” the party leader in secret behind a closed door, people talk. Amazing that even after being thoroughly smashed in the election, the BLP still didn’t know that transparency gives credibility to process.
So here is what folks have heard about how the BLP “selected” Mia Mottley as their leader…
Wishing in Vain
Well, well,well what am I hearing today that all is not well within the Opposition camp it was reported to me today that they met on Friday evening at Roebuck Street to select a Leader of the Opposition and George Payne nominated Dale Marshall as Leader and he was supported by Hammy Lashley, Rawle Eastmond, Owing Arthur and Glyne Clarke, this brought the place into an uproar with both of mottley’s parents exploded into heated scenes with mottleys mother being loud and most abusive to Owing and those who supported the Payne / Marshall combination, reports reaching me state the mottley’s were not willing in any way to accept this position for their daughter and responded with loud abuse and vile words.
They were reported to have fought like cats and dogs (Roebuck Street seems to be fighting venue of choice here recently the second fight to have broken out there in as many weeks) to the point that the meeting was abandoned and a new meeting called for yesterday, during the period much discussion took place and mottley’s mother finally had her way and the mottley’s clan and will to control the purse strings of this island will be attached but will have to wait a number of years before they get to do so…
Even in Opposition the BLP are fighting thank god they are not in office!!!!
What a sad day we have reached when in pursuit of power and wealth they resort to this kind of display in the publics eye.
Jan 20, 1:48 PM