Owen Arthur Only Present For 50% Of Barbados Parliament – Should Members Be Paid Based Upon Attendance?

“If (former Prime Minister Owen Arthur) thinks that the debates are poor-rakey, he should attend Parliament more often and join in the debate with a view to raising the bar,” Inniss suggested.

“Since Parliament reconvened a year ago, there have been about 24 sittings. Mr Arthur attended about 50 per cent of those sittings and spoke on three occasions. The people of St Peter in particular, and the people of Barbados in general, need to ask whether he is affording them proper representation. But his track record certainly does not give him the moral authority to comment on anything that transpired in Parliament.”

… from The Nation: Come To House More, Arthur Told

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21 responses to “Owen Arthur Only Present For 50% Of Barbados Parliament – Should Members Be Paid Based Upon Attendance?

  1. reality check

    Owen, President for Life of the New Republic, must be in quite the quandry?

    Does he sit back and clip coupons from the money he siphoned from citizens that is sitting offshore or does he slowly bide his time and get ready at another run for power. Those that benefited from his time in power no doubt view those years as “the Golden Years” and will be championing his return.

    Its a horrible dilemna and only one that Mount Gay, a shrink and time can solve.

    Mia watch your backside.

  2. The Scout

    What a difference a year make, this time last year the sitting members of the DLP were on the outside of Parliament looking in. The reason, they boycotted The House. Most of you were supporting the Dems then, now one BLP is going only 50% of the time, you cry foul. My opinion, it was wrong then and it is wrong NOW. However, all you who supported it then should just shut up, your coat-tails are showing

  3. reality check

    “My opinion, it was wrong then and it is wrong NOW. ”

    Exactly

    keep it up BFP

    attack the behaviour and the corruption regardless of the party

  4. GT

    Owen will return to be the first leader to rule over Barbados for the longest time in history. He will be listed as the Best ever Prime Minister. Owen please come back. Barbados needs you!

  5. Tony Hall

    GT,
    Shut up!! Owen is not coming back. I don’t support Mia but you honestly think she will even give Owen a peephole chance of taking over the leadership of that party again? She will show you what the BLP is good at, that is fighting DIRTY.

  6. JBlunt

    It is truly amazing how the Dems remained silent when Thompson failed to attend Parliament during their term in opposition. He attended Parliament only 20% of any session. But that did not bother a BLP government because the country grew and developed without the presence of Thompson’s or his contributions.

    It is upon closer examination of the DLP’s call for Mr. Arthur to attend Parliament more frequently that one sees the real reason for the call.

    The bleak economic projections in the Cox Report for Barbados for 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the DLP’s inability to manage this economic crisis has led for this call for Mr. Arthur’s presence in Parliament. His involvement in the debates of the House is the only thing that will shed some light to this politically lost DLP administration and save the face of our Parliament.

  7. Adrian Hinds

    Yuh Know, nuh body din miss de shortman when he took his “sabbatical year” pre 2008, and nuh body din missing him now, until he decide to cuss people. Duh don’t miss him in Parliament, and if “squealer” gets her way, he will not be missed from within the BLP.

    ….But the truth is that From Errol Barrow on done to Thompy, Hammie Lah and Owen Arthur, no body likes sitting in the Opposition benches, because the Prime Minister and the Cabinet has all the power and runs Parliament instead of the other way around.

  8. LimeAway

    I agree wid de original shortman from St. Peter.
    Real poor-rakey fuh trute.

  9. GT

    If Thompson could make a comeback, Owen can. Owen is an intelligent, astute and clever individual. Owen still has his power vested in the most vital sectors of the BLP and Barbados as a whole. Long Live Owen…

  10. Jerome Hinds

    Owen Arthur…..cannot return !

    The information about the wealth he stole is just too muchhhh !

    It was only one year ago that my esteemed PM David Thompson dropped the BOMB at Haggatt Hall about those massive cheques Owen POCKETED !

    Can you BELIEVE one year later there is more STOLEN money to hear about ??

    Stay TUNED to very important Press Conference coming up this week !!!

    We gine see if OWEN really POOR – RAKEY…..fuh trute !

  11. Hants

    BFP yuh shudda change de Black Label to ESAF white.

  12. Liability

    Owen drinks ESAF white when he wants to be seen as a “man of the people”.

    In private, man its stricktly single malt good stuff!

  13. Straight talk

    Hey Jerome,

    The information about the wealth he stole is just too lost!

    Where is it?

    It was only one year ago that my esteemed PM David Thompson dropped the BOMB at Haggatt Hall about those massive cheques Owen POCKETED !

    And in the year since where is the DPP’s report.

    Can you BELIEVE one year later there is more STOLEN money to hear about ??

    No I don’t believe one more word, withoutproduced, publicised rock-solid evidence

    Stay TUNED to very important Press Conference coming up this week !!!

    W.I.V.’s year-old empty promises .

    Wild talk don’t cit it any more, these allegations after a year’s invetigation, need acting on.

    If only to give the nod to the integrity you promised.

  14. Hants

    On the comeback trail.

    First Owing now Sylly G /Royalrumble

    http://www.nationnews.com/editorial/369542926742638.php

  15. The Scout

    It is time the DLP start charging somebody with all this stealing that they are talking about. Maybe they realise that some of that money is in their camp too because they are all friends. If the DLP don’t start charging somebody or shut up and hope it goes away, they are going to look real stupid in the eyes of the public or worse still as the same bunch of tiefs as the same DLP

  16. J. Payne

    Yes. If they are a “representative” of their constituency to parliament then what representation are areas getting when their MP is absent?

  17. POOR BOYZ!!

    Man Owen right.. I heard from a good source that its very Poor Rakey!! indeed…you i so disappointed … and thompson aint got no responsibility . We got double cabinet ministers. I declare Thompson “MINISTER OF TRAVEL”..hahahahahahhahahaahahahahhahaa he like big life hahahahahahaha Thompson enjoy it while it last..but for us de poor people of Barbados I have a sayin and listen and read well… “PRESSURE IS BURST PIPE”…..lol…. and ironically I want a PM that is Bajan and NOT ENGLISH!!!!!!

  18. POOR BOYZ!!

    Thompson is a boss as “starting rumours” hahahahahaha a boss i tell ya…..

    b… wonder how much Hartley Henry is being paid…we de poor people of barbados paying he..lets see some transparency./..tell us ….

  19. POOR BOYZ!!

    tony hall—- you lost and clueless to this thing…….

  20. Wuh?

    “It is truly amazing how the Dems remained silent when Thompson failed to attend Parliament during their term in opposition. He attended Parliament only 20% of any session. But that did not bother a BLP government because the country grew and developed without the presence of Thompson’s or his contributions.”

    What a lie! Wunna trying too hard though and got 20 years more of it!

    BTW, Owen and his crowd have had two luncheons at Savannah Hotel to plan his comeback… details shortly.

    Owen is irrelevant!

  21. thehonourable

    We need to put ourselves in people’s shoes sometimes. Mr. Arthur was the best person to lead up to the minute before the election results were announced. When one considers it, he probably should have continued to offer guidance after elections until such time as it was proven that he could no longer perform.

    http://thehonourable.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/the-flaws-of-our-political-system/