Owen Arthur Falls On Sword – But His Easter Sacrifice Shouldn’t Save BLP Sinners

Former Barbados PM Chooses Easter For His “Mia Culpa”

“I today want without equivocation or without any reservation to accept full and utter responsibility for everything that was done by any officer, by any member of Cabinet, by any public official, during the three terms I was the leader of this country. I accept utter responsibility…”

… former Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur to Barbados Parliament, March 19, 2008. (Nation News story link here)

With a dry guffaw we note that after choosing to interrupt Christmas with an election call where he hoped to catch the DLP unprepared, our former Prime Minister has chosen Easter to offer himself as a dubious sacrifice to atone for the sins of his past government. In this way he hopes to cleanse the record of the Barbados Labour Party that his corrupt leadership rotted from the inside out.

No So Fast, Owen!

As we say ’bout hey, “de fish rot from de head” – and it is the same way with a political party and a government. Leadership means so much to any organisation and yes, Owen S. Arthur provided corrupt leadership to his government and his party.

It wasn’t always that way. When Owen first became Prime Minister, he had good intentions like most folks who go into politics. But after the first term citizens started noticing the changes: a spendthrift attitude and the sense of entitlement seemed to permeate the entire BLP government and civil service.

Million dollar government contracts were bestowed upon friends and relatives like the gifts they were – without public tender. Private lands were expropriated for “important government projects” that were never built… until a few years later the lands were transfered from government into “friendly” private hands again.

So the government corruptly used the power to expropriate land to steal land from one person and transfer it into the hands of another person. That was theft by government – corruption pure and simple.

It is true that all that and more was done under Owen’s “leadership”. It is also true that many in the BLP government were no doubt inspired by the examples he personally set: for instance corruptly depositing “campaign donations” into his private bank account.

Then there is the matter of Hallam Nichols and other friends of Owen Arthur who managed to put their hands into the taxpayers’ pockets by making a percentage of government purchases as “finders fees”. And despite promising to implement integrity legislation two decades ago, the BLP government under Owen S. Arthur made sure that no rules existed that would limit the ability to profit from government office.

Arthur even publicly celebrated his corruption when he donated US$150,000 in after-tax dollars to Cricket Legends of Barbados.

When the boss provides that kind of leadership, is it any wonder that the others follow the example?

At the end there was little that the BLP government purchased at any level that wasn’t inflated by bribes, kickbacks and “facilitation fees”. We’ll be paying for generations for the corruption that happened under Owen S. Arthur’s “leadership”.

So yes, Owen S. Arthur should be taking some of the blame for what went on under his leadership – but he is not the only guilty person in the BLP government.

Each BLP Government Minister Is Responsible For The Corruption Under Their Leadership

When BLP Minister of Housing Gline Clarke built a house for his mistress on land his government expropriated, it was Gline Clarke who was corrupt. When he withdrew “campaign donations” from his personal account at the Scotia Bank and then paid the construction crew in cash on Fridays, it was Gline Clarke who was corrupt.

When other Ministers issued government contracts to friends and relatives, it was the Ministers who were corrupt. When BLP Attorney General Dale Marshall “absolved” VECO Corporation – the corrupt builders of the new Barbados prison – in the face of FBI evidence and failed to act, it was Dale Marshall who was corrupt.

When former Attorney General David Simmons accepted the office of Chief Justice even though he knew that doing so would undermine the credibility of the Office of the Chief Justice and the entire judicial system, it was David Simmons who was corrupt.

When then Attorney-General Mia Mottley got her old friend Richild Springer a lucrative “consulting” position with the government and paid her four times the national yearly income in just two weeks, it was Mottley who was corrupt.

We could go on and on, but you get the point, folks… it wasn’t only Mr. Arthur who was corrupt, and it wasn’t only Mr. Arthur who corruptly profited from his public office. Each and every elected or appointed government official made their own decisions about corrupt activities: to participate, facilitate, to stand by and watch – or to say “NO”. (But not a single person publicly said “no”.)

The Opposition BLP Have No Credibility

The BLP is licking it’s wounds and dreaming of the day when they once again control the treasury, but they have a few problems…

The first problem for the BLP is that the party has a self-appointed, interim co-leader whose ability to be elected Prime Minister down the road is questionable. Mia Mottley has worked hard in her riding and has good local support, but many strong party supporters have doubts about her ability to carry an election as a national leader.

At the very least, the BLP will need a leadership convention soon to legitimize Mottley’s leadership… but that, my friends, might be a messy endeavour. Good for democracy and the party you understand, but very very messy!

The real problem for the BLP Opposition though is that they are the same people who ran what was arguably the most corrupt and wasteful government this country has ever seen.

Owen Arthur can offer himself as the Easter sacrifice to try and take the sins from his corrupt friends who shared the spoils with him in the past government, but I don’t think that the citizens of Barbados will buy into Arthur’s attempt at divinity or the sincerity of his offer.

After all, especially at Easter, we are reminded that before there can be true forgiveness, there must be true repentance.

For Arthur and the rest of his corrupt crones, true repentance must be accompanied by confessions of their secret offshore bank accounts.

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30 responses to “Owen Arthur Falls On Sword – But His Easter Sacrifice Shouldn’t Save BLP Sinners

  1. Jason

    BFP, try this. Search for “Owen Arthur” on Google. I did and the first two results out of 383,000 hits look like this:

    1/ Wikipedia entry for Owen Arthur
    2/ Barbados Free Press article “Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur: His Secret Bank Accounts …”

    Nice going, BFP! Long live Free Press!

  2. Jason

    #4 hit is a Barbados Underground article.

    This is fun. 🙂

  3. Bimbro

    The question now is, will the new govt. do anything about this? I leave it to your conjecture!

  4. Easter Charade

    Does Owen expect now to rise from the dead and get into heaven?

    Sorry sir there is no absolution until you confess all your sins. Then do your penance.

    Putting back all the monies you pilfered would be a good start. Then apologize to each innocent recipient of your drunken tirade phone calls.

    Until then please spare us the b0rn again charade you are trying to sell. You can’t erase history but there is still time to atone for it.

  5. Bimbro

    ‘Easter Charade’, you sound as though you know Arthur, very well!

    Are there any gems of info. which you’d like to impart?

  6. Rumplestilskin

    Usual thought out political ploy.

    Let Arthur take the blame, an attempt to absolve the BLP policy of the past terms?

    Nope. Same financial backers, same BLP ‘elders’, though Owen is one now.

    Thus, same policies. Big business, big developers.

    No change.

    At least give them credit for trying the ‘we have changed’ routine.

    Personally, I would have advised them to wait at least a year for this.

    Then Mia would have launched a big speech about the new direction..blah, blah.

    How it is being done now looks rather desperate.

  7. Thistle

    Owen Arthur has always fancied himself as “Errol Barrow The Second”. (The only thing he did not mimic was a horse-back ride). Remember how the Duffus Report way back in the 1970’s (commissioned by Tom Adams to try to embarrass Mr. Barrow) ended up with the proclamation that “All roads lead to Errol Barrow.” Owing After thought he could get away with a copycat version, but he must have forgotten that the Duffus Report cleared Errol Barrow and the DLP of all wrong-doing. Ain’t gonna happen this time round, Owing.

  8. Adrian Hinds

    A very good article. By the time of the next election all doubt about who Mia Mottley really is will be erase. 😀 no calls to cease and settle will suffice. 😀

  9. 35

    Owen is doing the ‘fall guy’ routine, now he’s no longer the head.
    this leaves the way clear and un-sullied for Mia The Monster who again re-iterated the decidedly-UNdemocratic position that the blp don’t want to see a DLP opposition.
    Wasn’t that nice of her?

    I heard someone say that if Mia ever becomes PM
    they’d be leaving the island to go live elsewhere.
    She’s that bad.

  10. Centipede

    BFP – when are you going to bring out another ‘print edition’ ? ? ?

  11. Adrian Hinds

    35
    March 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm
    Owen is doing the ‘fall guy’ routine, now he’s no longer the head.
    this leaves the way clear and un-sullied for Mia The Monster who again re-iterated the decidedly-UNdemocratic position that the blp don’t want to see a DLP opposition.
    Wasn’t that nice of her?

    I heard someone say that if Mia ever becomes PM
    they’d be leaving the island to go live elsewhere.
    She’s that bad.
    ===============================

    People will way some drastic things to drive home a point, but lack the conviction, and determination to act as stated. Case in point could be a CLOWN and a POPPET who made similar remarks about Thompson becoming the PM. Anybody know if they made good on their promise? ha ha ha ha some so called intelligent people are in fact very dumb. 😀

    Check out de Clown, de Poppet, and their insightful comments.

  12. White Rabbit

    Ho hum, more of same. Everybody has politely forgotten the St. Joseph Hospital and all the rest of the former DLP government indiscretions in the current hoopla over the recent BLP administration. Perhaps the only difference between the two is the degree to which corruption ensued, but the B’s were in for so much longer than the last DLP group. HHHMMMM, perhaps there is a message here. Perhaps the real problem is that following the British Westminster system of government, in which the elected government holds a monopoloy on power, must, in the absence of a true British sense of opposition, lead inevitably to corruption (power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely). ITAL, discussed widely on this blog, cannot work if there is no one to scrutinize and to then have the power to enforce. A corrupt government will simply ignore ITAL, and who, then, can do anything about it? A new constitution is needed in which there are legitimate checks and balances built into the system so that no one person, no one party, no one interest group can hold all power.

  13. fool me once

    White Rabbit has it figured out. Trouble with former DLP govt (Thompy was there, then in opposition) and now former BLP govt (Mia is there now in opposition) is that they only fight about who will divide up the spoils of power and slopping at the trough. Add to that muzzling the press all along and you get Bajans having each pocket robbed backwards and frontwards.

    Give us a free press and BFP and BU are a good start and some politicians who call it like it is stead of all avoiding the subject and maybe just maybe we can save this country from its autonegroaristocrats who think me first before thinking of the people they are suppose to serve.

    All we have now is Thompy leading the DLP hogs and Mia shutting up bout it cause she can’t wait to wade back into the slop.

    Our printer is ready for the next BFP printed version and many more after that.

  14. Easter Charade

    Now what we need is all the former BLP govt ministers falling on their own swords. First off all of you who started as zero money politicians and are now millionaires. Second of all those of your friends who were taking pieces of everything for valueless consulting. Then third them who helped Barbados import from their cronycompanies at inflated prices and pocketing overseas.

    And that is just the start of the list but enough for Easter Sunday.

    For Queen Victoria’s birthday how about we get gifts like audits of those govt guaranteed fiascoes like Gems, Kensington, jail, hospital, flyovers, oil deals, no wrapping paper or ribbons needed just how much we are underwater and who pocketed the friendfees.

  15. Hants

    Adrian Hinds you have just”outed” 2 young bajans who should be forgiven for their attempt to show the ultimate loyalty to their political party.

    I suppose they consider themselves unemployable without the support of BLP.

    A black person boasting of the posession of a British passport will only impress those who know nothing about life in the UK.

    Now I would like Owing to tell us exactly and in detail what his Government,Ministers and operatives did that requires him to take blame.

    He did not even do an OJ and say “If they did it”.
    He said “blame me for what they did.”

    Happy Easter all.

  16. Anon

    Politricksters continually masquerade as folks willing to clean up prior evils, while they hide assests and protect themselves, their families and their cronies financial statements. A certain Barbadian politician, hide away all kind of money in Puerto Rico, when the financial institution where the thief hid his money found out a Barbadian worked there, they had the man swear to secrecy that he would not divulge anything about the crook’s bank account. Some of these thieves own prime US real estate and have been hiding away money for decades. Government Ministers are all members of Barbados’ elite political club, and all of them divert Barbados’ treasury assets to themselves and their cronies. Years ago a rum drinking buddy of a former DLP Deputy Prime Minister who is still alive, came across his atache case filled with 100 dollar bajan bills. Old (PG) was so drunk, that he forgot his atache case. When the man brought his atache back to him PG said to the man “Did you open this briefcase,” the man’s retort was no Mr Deputy Prime Minister.

  17. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    A nice article…….you are back to your old
    ” perceptive self ” !

    If I detect any deviation……then I will recommend you take your long over due SABBATICAL……until 2013 !

    *************

    BFP says,

    Poor Jerome…

    When we criticize the BLP, he cheers, but when we criticize the DLP he wants to shut us down.

    Does he never cheer for only Barbados?

  18. Bimbro

    BFP says,

    Poor Jerome…

    When we criticize the BLP, he cheers, but when we criticize the DLP he wants to shut us down.

    Does he never cheer for only Barbados?

    ********************

    Just shows the calibre of intelligence of some of these people, BFP! Perhaps, he’s only prepared for he and his family/friends to live in Bim under a certain government, but not under another! How silly!

  19. Anon

    Listen folks, don’t believe for a minute that the citizenry has any real power. Point in mind is simply this, we the electorate, the masses only possess power on election day. These polotricksters engage us for a few weeks, and act as if they care, knowing that when the election polls close, they’re going to go back to crookery, fraud and malfeasance. Citizen power is at its apex on the day of election, but vanishes for another five years. Politicians (All) are welfare recipients living off of the generosity of the masses. Many liars (I Mean Lawyers) take up politricks so that they can deceive, steal and bamboozle the poorest people in our society. I don’t look at these political charlatans with any reverence at all. For the most part they’re indecent, dispicable welfare recipients, all of them.

  20. Bimbro

    Anon, so do we dare not hope for better?

  21. Adrian Hinds

    Anon
    March 23, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    Listen folks, don’t believe for a minute that the citizenry has any real power. Point in mind is simply this, we the electorate, the masses only possess power on election day. These polotricksters engage us for a few weeks, and act as if they care, knowing that when the election polls close, they’re going to go back to crookery, fraud and malfeasance. Citizen power is at its apex on the day of election, but vanishes for another five years. Politicians (All) are welfare recipients living off of the generosity of the masses. Many liars (I Mean Lawyers) take up politricks so that they can deceive, steal and bamboozle the poorest people in our society. I don’t look at these political charlatans with any reverence at all. For the most part they’re indecent, dispicable welfare recipients, all of them.
    ==================================

    Thats why we should make election day count FOR US THE PEOPLE.

  22. Adrian Hinds

    Hants
    March 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm
    Adrian Hinds you have just”outed” 2 young bajans who should be forgiven for their attempt to show the ultimate loyalty to their political party.

    I suppose they consider themselves unemployable without the support of BLP.

    A black person boasting of the posession of a British passport will only impress those who know nothing about life in the UK.

    Now I would like Owing to tell us exactly and in detail what his Government,Ministers and operatives did that requires him to take blame.

    He did not even do an OJ and say “If they did it”.
    He said “blame me for what they did.”

    Happy Easter all.
    ==================================

    You can forgive them, I will not. They are in the same age group as me and what makes it so unbelievably stupid is the bragging about education, schools attended and degrees awarded that one of them is known for. I know several people who have not attained a high school education who never the less have exercise sufficient COMMON SENSE and self control not to make such brash statements. 😀

  23. Maat

    What Owen means is;

    I gave the Chief justice his job . Charge me with all the crimes under the sun, if it gets to open court it’ll be amazing, if I get convicted it’ll be a miracle and I’ll still get off on appeal. So blame me for everything.

    What better way to keep all co conspirators from giving up the inside information that could really bring down the entire rotten structure?

    Any complicit civil servants should be removed, either because they received unethical returns or were aware of the unethical activity and did or said nothing.

    Peace

  24. Bimbro

    Hants
    March 23, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    A black person boasting of the posession of a British passport will only impress those who know nothing about life in the UK.

    ***************************

    Hants, please elaborate! I have tried to give Bajans an insight into life in the UK but can’t recall ever seeing a comment from you! How do you see the situation, here? We should n’t wish the Bajans to make this country’s mistakes!

  25. Hants

    Adrian Hinds says to Hants “You can forgive them, I will not.”

    Give them a break Adrian.They have probably benefited directly from the BLP and that is why they spout such extreme views.

    Actually if they choose to back to the UK, they will make a little more space for future returning Bajans like myself.

    Barbados is a great place to live no matter which Government is in power.

    But doan mind me. I living in Canada but my soul is hovering around where my navel string bury in Barbados.

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  27. Bimbro

    Hants, please elaborate! I have tried to give Bajans an insight into life in the UK but can’t recall ever seeing a comment from you! How do you see the situation, here? We should n’t wish the Bajans to make this country’s mistakes!

    *******************************

    Hants, I guess you did n’t notice this, above. That is n’t the way we can progress – blind, or stupid!

  28. Donald Duck, Esq

    Read all about the rising cost of living in the uk. remember , don’t blame the politicians

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=544111&in_page_id=1770&ct=5

  29. Jerome Hinds

    BFP says,

    Poor Jerome…

    When we criticize the BLP, he cheers, but when we criticize the DLP he wants to shut us down.

    Does he never cheer for only Barbados?

    ************************************************

    BFP,

    Then I take it…….you are prepared to take up my offer of a sabbatical !

    I’ll arrange the airline tickets !

    On one CONDITION :

    That there will be restricted access to your computer.

    Now here is something……to cheer about for good old BARBADOS !

    Hip…Hip….HOORAY !

    ***********************

    BFP says,

    Hey Jerome,

    Try offering a ticket to Cleveland Ohio to our “youth branch manager.” 😉

  30. stingin ant

    Confession without accountability is nada.
    So I will only take Athur’s mea culpa seriously is when I see him an orange jump suit being led up Dodds