“Has Owen Arthur become so drunk; power-hungry and confused about what is acceptable that despite being a 3-term Prime Minister he would allow himself to be summoned to George Payne’s house in the dead of the night – just to sign a document, which now makes him a puppet leader?”
BLP Buyer’s remorse? Lack of viable options? Normal cut and thrust politics?
ONCE again Barbados Free Press prints an article about the BLP leadership chaos and Owen Arthur’s silence about the vote-rigging. This could be from the same anonymous author as the last Owen Arthur article, but we have no way of knowing because it’s coming to us through the popular Anonymouse.org Proxy in Germany.
Like everything you read at BFP and elsewhere on the internet, take it with a strong shot of rum ‘an doan believe anything without a sober second thought in the morning!
Who wrote this article? What’s the agenda?
Is it written by a Mottley supporter, or by a famous DLP supporter who’d rather see his party face Mottley and not Arthur in the next election?
We don’t know, but after a tonic and pink gin Robert says that some of the phrases are vaguely reminiscent of someone who’s name begins with “H”. Any other guesses from the Cheapside seats?
Ladies and gentlemen, BFP presents this article by an anonymous author…
No magic and after 14 years – no legacy
Despite the feeble attempt at damage control, even the few Owen Arthur supporters who clamored for his return are now having second thoughts. They too are disappointed having heard his un-inspiring address to the 72nd Annual Conference of the BLP over the last weekend. His dwindling support base now realise that if Owen is to impress anyone (which he didn’t last Sunday) then he has to do much better in his up-coming budget response. As I understand it, the buzz in the hive is that Owen Arthur’s speech to the BLP’s 72nd Annual Conference was like watching a horror moving in slow motion. It is being said that the hive dwellers are wondering if there were on Elm Street since what they heard and saw was really a nightmare.
It is being said that even Owen Arthur’s most loyal soldiers have come to accept what the Governor of the Central Banks said recently about him. Like the rest of the Barbadian society, Owen Arthur’s dwindling support base now realise that he is like the wizard of Oz. To some he might have been a star but he has long fallen from grace.
That cheque that was displayed at Haggatt Hall was the justification for campaign finance reform as well as for a Prevention of Corruption Act.
The bottom line is – Owen Arthur has no magic, plain and simple, and when the public relations was taken from him, the society saw a tired old man who is bitter and who wants to make everyone else as unhappy as he is. He is simply the past of the BLP and so could hardly be the future of Barbados.
Has Owen Arthur become so drunk; power-hungry and confused about what is acceptable that despite being a 3-term Prime Minister he would allow himself to be summoned to George Payne’s house in the dead of the night – just to sign a document, which now makes him a puppet leader?
Is that why he now has to be so silent, despite the overwhelming evidence of electoral fraud and other similar infelicities within the BLP he lead because he dare not anger George Payne and Dale Marshall at whose pleasure he is now Political Leader and Leader of the Opposition?
Can you imagine that the BLP’s Conference was pushed back by two weeks and yet, it was still the most disorganized in the party’s history? And so, it ended as it started. Whereas in the story of the Wizard of Oz – Dorothy was trying to get home to Kansas – the Owen Arthur faction of the BLP is now going down the same “yellow brick road” looking for a way to win the election.
Unfortunately for them, they have now fallen into the ‘rabbit hole.’ The theme of its 72nd Annual Conference required some direction as to where the gang-of-five are taking the BLP and Barbados. But given the weakness of Owen Arthur’s speech, one can only conclude that the BLP under his watch, is charting a direction away from Grantley Adams’ legacy.
It is being said that the high-point of the Conference was the action of George Payne and the suppressive BLP Executive who refused to entertain and motion for change, which will stamp-out corruption while ensuring greater accountability, transparency, and democracy within the BLP. But George Payne, Owen Arthur, Dale Marshall, Gline Clarke, Ronald Toppin, Peter Philips, Jerome Walcott and their accomplices – have signaled their intention to continue to deny 90% of the members of the BLP of any right to vote or have a say in the BLP‘s business. Shouldn’t such a human rights violation be immediately referred to Amnesty International?
That BLP Executive includes the same Dale Marshall, who – a few months ago, was telling Barbadians how undemocratic the Act is, which allows the Minister to appoint 450 persons to serve on constituency councils. And so, it is glaring that the ruling faction of the BLP lacks credibility.
Owen Arthur purports to have the moral authority to talk about discipline but Barbadians want to remind him not to confuse discipline with the cover-up of wrongdoings or him being a serious threat to Grantley Adams’ legacy and by extension – freedom of expression within the BLP. The people of this country are aware that for 2 ½ years Owen Arthur drew a cheque from the Barbados Treasury without working for it and that he only went to Parliament to get his name mark. I am also hearing from BLP supporters and insiders that Owen Arthur only attended three (3) meetings of the Parliamentary Party when Mia Mottley was leader. No one will ever forget that he called a Media Conference at the UWI to cuss Mia Mottley, on the same day he should have been in Parliament.
The Barbados economy does not want fixing, it wants restructuring and according to Clyde Mascoll, it wanted restructuring over seven years ago. This country therefore needs a new politics and a new economic and development model. The answers will not come from Owen Arthur and he knows that. Recognising that fact, he has now made Clyde Mascoll the BLP’s lead spokesman on finance and economic matters, confirming that he: Owen Arthur is really the Barbadian version of the Wizard of Oz: he is just a tired, feeble old man – some say a fallen star who has no magic. A man with no magic and after 14 years – no legacy. His public statement to Mia Mottley that the BLP and Barbados need her is as insulting as his tribute to the late Prime Minister Thompson, was.
And so, if Owen Arthur could not survive on the $3000 he was getting in 1992 when he said that politics for him is a painful exercise and too much of a burden to carry – how is he surviving now on his present pay and given his two new responsibilities, especially when the high cost of living is factored into the equation?
Everyone knows that Owen Arthur’s only interest in politics is to get revenge and to also ensure that the DLP never wins the government again. Therefore, given the electoral fraud within the BLP about which Arthur remains silent, one wonders if that silence means that a BLP government under him, will also tamper with electoral boundaries to ensure what he seems to want as his legacy, that is:- to be the ruler of Barbados for life.