Barbados Labour Party’s internal war continues

Owen Arthur faction declares war: Mia Mottley ejected from BLP website

Will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart call an election with the BLP in chaos?

When Owen Arthur and his pals deposed then-Opposition Leader Mia Mottley last October, did they think the BLP could heal itself and come together in time for a snap election call? If so, it looks like they miscalculated.

As we pointed out during a recent series of articles, it isn’t smooth sailing at the BLP. For two months after Owen Arthur took back the leadership, Mia’s people refused to surrender the passwords to the party’s website and blogs. We’ve heard rumours about some bank accounts too!

What’s happening now?

Ian Bourne is reporting that the Owen Arthur faction of the BLP has now gained control of the domain name for the Barbados Labour Party and they have thrown up a very amateurish website with no mention of Mia Mottley! Tit for tat, I guess.

The BLP blog is likewise looking like the work of an 11 year old with a “Websites for Dummies” book in one hand and Snickers bar in the other.

With chaos and war still raging within the Barbados Labour Party, will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart smell blood in the water and strike now?

The Bajan Reporter has some thoughts in a new story: MIA: Missing In Action? New Barbados Labour Party website does not acknowledge existence of St Michael North East MP

Photoshop by Shona: When Owen declares war, windmills tremble!

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26 responses to “Barbados Labour Party’s internal war continues

  1. Johnny Postle

    Well there is no surprise there. The BLP are all about power and prestige with very little servitude for certain segments of its indigenous population. I reallly do not care much for their rantings and ravings or the so called intelligence that many bajans believe they posess. If they were as intelligent as they claim or people claimed, they would not have lost the election nor would they not have oust Mia Mottley at this juncture in their politicas. The last thing they need right now is a great divide.

    I really do not care much for Mia but she is the future of Barbados politics having youth on her side and fresh young ideas as her backing (leaving out the lifestyle thingsie). She has represented Barbados well but as per usual with the BLP she is in the deep doo doo when it comes to allegations of a corruptive nature.

    The current oppostion leader was once focus and good for the development of Barbados but lost his way when he took a turn down the gold miners path. I really do not know what more he and that Payne in the ass can do for Barbados except to continue in lavish living. I would suggest that the infamous 5 bow out of politics, hangup their hats and let the party pursue young blood as the new look BLP of the future. Too much negativity surrounds this party and many bajans do not hold them in high esteem as before.

  2. As the above said no surprise have you ever seen pigs at feeding time , no protocol .

  3. 84

    “Will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart call an election
    with the BLP in chaos?”
    What on earth FOR? -they simply don’t need to!

    The Dems are going to get back in for a second term ANYWAY.
    There has never been a one-term Gov’t. in Barbados
    and likely never will,
    unless that political party is doing a seriously-awful job!
    (Anyone who thinks the Dems are doing that,
    lives in his own little Barbados cocoon where we are somehow miraculously exempt from global economic conditions).

    The Dems will call an election in due course
    when their term nears completion..and not before
    How so? Because all is well. Steady as she goes.

  4. what will they think of next

    Don’t worry BFP.
    “The women of Barbados will deal with Barbados Labour Party when the right time comes. The Barbados Labour Party has no respect for Barbadian women.”
    They are going to feel it at the polls, the women of Barbados are going to make sure that happens.

  5. 84

    Not only the girl-power factor –but the gay-power factor too!
    so all-how dey gone thru the eddoes!
    LOL at blood-thirsty blp – tryin to jump which gun??

  6. Responder

    There has to be more to this. These men cannot be so stupid to do something like this. CAN’T believe it.

  7. Weston

    “Will Prime Minister Freundal Stuart call an election
    with the BLP in chaos?”

    Based on his incredibly low profile since he took office, I cannot imagine the PM taking such a reckless decision.

  8. 118

    g00d ridance to bad rubbish i glad Mia gone get she completly out we party i say then we can move foward in a proper manner

  9. Jenny M

    If Mia and her people are sabotaging the BLP I think they are on dangerous ground. This is nothing to make sport about. And by the way the current web site does not have the fancy look of the last one…and give the impression of a party in transition. But this may be superficial. I guess they wanted to have something up to share information. I believe this is an interim move.
    Don’t be cock sure that the Bees can’t win next time. Seats matter they just need 7 more. I can see 7 that they can regain even now.

  10. 242

    Politicians have the nasty habit of thinking that when they ignore a person that the person is diminished. It merely means that the persons will not get political publicity. If a person has inherent worth and ability that person can continue to strive outside of the political limelight and eventually make it back into the political limelight.
    Nothing last forever and the same people who are now siding with Arthur to shut out Mia will one day be siding with Mia and telling her how useless Owen was. Such is the nature of the political animals.

  11. 242

    My problem with Mia, is that she seems to have had connections to projects such as the ABC Highway, the Prison , Crab Hill Police Station, Cable and Wire negotiations and the list goes on.
    While, Owen was pretending to be the greatest economist and” pro-ject ” analyst in the world it seems that Mia and the others were just doing their thing.
    All that was left for Owen to say was “Blame it all on me”

  12. Responder

    So tell me people, who the hell do we vote for. There is no third party or one that makes a difference, and we seem to be divided between B’s and D’s, what good it is doing the majority of us, can’t help you. Anybody interested in forming a credible third party? anybody?

  13. 125

    I do not care about a persons sexual behaviour, drinking, gambling habits etc.As long as such things do not get in the way of going a good job- example not being able to put in enough effort on the job.

    Most of us have one or more problems. The same person who is having problems with Mia’s sexuality is probably telling lies on their neighbours or work mates to get some advantage or stealing the church money.

    Al I want is a leader who can analyze complex information , make wise decisions and inspire the rest of us to be the best that we can be.

  14. Oil Man

    Is it not true that we have four political parties in Barbados? That question is for the person who made the rallying call for the formation of a third party. As far as I know, there are two other parties in addition to the BLP and the DLP. Why do we pretend that the PEP and the PDC do not exist?

  15. Responder

    Oil Man let me apologize for my error. Let me ask you a question too. Have these two parties made any significant impact on the political landscape of Barbados to actually worth considering?.

  16. Jack Bowman

    Oil Man asks:
    “Is it not true that we have four political parties in Barbados? That question is for the person who made the rallying call for the formation of a third party. As far as I know, there are two other parties in addition to the BLP and the DLP. Why do we pretend that the PEP and the PDC do not exist?”

    @ Oil Man

    I don’t think anyone “pretends” that the PEP and the PDC don’t exist.

    I know virtually nothing about the PEP and I have no comment about the party. As regards the leaders of the PDC, I suspect that most people (i) have never heard of them; or (ii) have heard of them and have concluded that they are idiots.

    What’s really admirable about the PDC is that they make no secret of their idiocy. Quite the contrary. They EMBRACE their idiocy. They are overt idiots. They are no longer in the closet. They have come out, to their parents, to all their friends, to everyone on the entire planet with an internet connection, as proud and unapologetic idiots. This is commendable, inasmuch as those of us who are not idiots can continue to ignore them while still finding their thoughts to be a welcome source of light relief in otherwise stressful days.

    Where you’re wrong, Oil Man, is in neglecting to note the fifth political party in Barbados. The Bowman Labour Party (BoLP) merits some respect. The party’s website is coming soon.

    That BoLP campaign platform in full:

    - The lion will lie down with the lamb.
    - World hunger to stop by next Tuesday (possibly Thursday, if it rains. Could be Friday).
    - The Licensing Authority is to be abolished by the weekend and everybody over the age of 18 gets a flying car.

  17. Responder

    Jack Bowman you have my vote

  18. Liberal

    This article is sooo amusing.Do you expect with the keadership change that the website could have been left as it was?Prior to this you were saying that it still showed Mia as political leader.Find some serious news to focus on and leave out this childish crap.All you are doing is showing how power crazed her faction is (was).That they feel an entitlement.To those who feel that the women of Barbados will mass against the BLP,don’t hold your breath;maybe all those of that same orientation will,but not the real women of Barbados.

  19. BFP

    Hi Liberal,

    Hey… if the BLP wants to change leaders and leave the old one up on the official website for months – then change the website to eliminate her altogether when she’s still a BLP MP, that’s news. The BLP couldn’t even repossess the website’s password and now the Arthur faction is going tit for tat. If that isn’t a party in disarray I don’t know what you’d call it.

    Next you’ll be telling us that the internet doesn’t matter, but it mattered enough to you to comment on this issue.

  20. BFP

    @ Jack Bowman,

    Damn, you are excellent Jack. Had us in tears and George is so excited he’s gone off the wagon. He lasted 4 days this time, which isn’t a record but longer than usual.

    Just as well cause he is one cantankerous old fart unless he’s had his shot for the day.

    Thanks!

  21. Sentinel

    Jack Bowman @ “The Bowman Labour Party (BoLP) merits some respect. The party’s website is coming soon.”

    ……………………
    Who is in “Labour”? Bowman “expects” every man to do his duty! This leaves us “pregnant” and “expecting” tremendous news about the “birth” of “BOLP”.Bowman Only Labouring and Pregnant.

    Are you related to Clyde Mascoll? His nickname was “Bowman” during his Primary School and early Secondary school days; before he became Malik Wif Teet. .

  22. jovahni cheeseman

    Ms. Mottley needs to take the lead role. Resign and get a new political party started. People love you and will back you, regardless of whatever issues are there. Secondly the only chance Mr. Arthur has of winning back the government is because of the death of the P.M. He has done nothing to help me for them 14 years he bragged about.
    Then this present Government is slowly following in his footsteps only helping people of connections and close friends. It is horrifying and Mr. Thompson will surely turn in his grave.

    Remeber this a leader cannot be foisted on a nation, he has to be loved genuinely by the people in order to survive. Help people more readily and speedily then you can be seen as a true leader. Getting sick and tired of this Government but you have to pay for your mistakes.

  23. Oil Man

    Whether or not you think a political party is made up of stupid people or not does not nullify the fact that it is a political party and that it exists. Whether or not a political party makes a great impact at a given time does not nullify its status as a political party. Try to keep focussed on the issue and not get taken over by political partisanship. Both the PEP and the PDC had candidiates who ran in the last election. This in my view is indeed evidence that these two entities are political parties. Political parties seek to represent citizens of a given constituency and indeed country. Both the PDC and PEP seek to do this. If these two political parties are not seen as a threat, why is it obvious that the detractors are trying their upmost best to discredit these two institutions? We should be glad that we live in a vibrant democracy. We should laud the fact that young people in this country are willing to get into the political ring and wrestle with opposing political views. Stop crying down the young people in this country who are clearly trying to be positive in their endeavour to improve the lives of those who live in Barbados. Shame on you, Jack Bowman and Responder.

  24. Johnny Postle

    The ground is fertile enough for a third political party outside the PEP and the PDC to spring up and take root. But if Mia should embark on such an endeavour will it take away the stain associated with her so called alleged involvement with money making activities?

    It is no secret that when you talk about politics in Barbados you cannot overlook the fact that nearly all the politicians from histories page are affluent and prospering. And you cannot help wonder if on their current salaries they were able to acheive some of the luxuries they possess.

    The mere fact that they continue to ‘himm and hoy’ with transparency legislation and declaration of assets will tell you that they got a lot to hide- and I am talking from the BLP to the DLP – past, present and future prospects. So who do we vote for if we know that the apples in each party’s barrell are just shiny on the outside but bad on the inside. Who????

  25. Jack Bowman

    @ Oil Man

    We could try to take this sentence-by-sentence, but to do so would mean I’d be tapping on this keyboard for much more time than I have available. Let’s take just a few of your sentences and see how it goes.

    First things first. You say: “Shame on you, Jack Bowman and Responder.”

    I’ve thought about this, thought about what I wrote, and I’ve decided that I don’t feel any shame at all. Zero shame. Neither do I feel any guilt, dishonor or embarrassment. Absolutely none. Of course, I can’t speak for Mr. Responder.

    “Whether or not you think a political party is made up of stupid people or not does not nullify the fact that it is a political party and that it exists.”

    That’s undeniably true (but you don’t really need the second “or not”. One “or not” is almost always enough in a simple English sentence).

    “Whether or not a political party makes a great impact at a given time does not nullify its status as a political party.”

    Undeniably true.

    “Both the PEP and the PDC had candidiates [sic] who ran in the last election. This in my view is indeed evidence that these two entities are political parties.

    You get no argument from me on that point, Oil Man. Your statement is definitely true.

    “Political parties seek to represent citizens of a given constituency and indeed country.”

    Irrefutable. Completely true.

    “Both the PDC and PEP seek to do this.”

    I sense our thinking might be diverging at this point.

    “We should be glad that we live in a vibrant democracy. We should laud the fact that young people in this country are willing to get into the political ring and wrestle with opposing political views.”

    In all sincerity: two finely wrought sentences expressing views that no reasonable person could even begin to challenge. Irrefutable.

    “If these two political parties are not seen as a threat, why is it obvious that the detractors are trying their upmost best to discredit these two institutions?”

    This is where you lose me. First, who are “the detractors”. Second, who sees them as a “threat”

    I want to be clear about this. As I’ve said before on this blog, I know virtually nothing about the PEP and I have no comment to make about the party. You say, Oil Man: “Try to keep focussed on the issue and not get taken over by political partisanship.”

    Political partisanship in Barbados is like trying to make a decision between Argentina’s Boca Juniors and the River Plate, between Benfica and Porto, between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, between Liverpool and Everton, between Arsenal and Chelsea. They all do EXACTLY the same thing: kick a ball around a field for ninety minutes for a large amount of money.

    Just as with political parties in Barbados, the programmatic difference is precisely ZERO. You support Chelsea because your dad did. You support Benfica because supporting Benfica is part of your heritage (and incidentally, you kneel to Baby Jesus because your mother didn’t kneel to Allah. You believe in a particular invisible guy-in-the-sky because most people around you believed in the same invisible guy-in-the-sky).

    I have no political partisanship, but I can see an idiot when he appears on my horizon. I am not trying to “detract” from the PDC or its programme. I am simply saying that the PDC’s programme is idiotic, an idiocy born of idiots.

    Now “Kammie”, of course, who seems to have come a surprisingly long way without being able to put together a written form of the most basic narrative sentence in his mother tongue, would call me “nit-picking”. But my long experience has been that clarity of writing is always a reliable index of clarity of thought. And writers for the PDC can’t write. When they try to write, they sound idiotic.

    In all, Oil Man, I don’t deny that the PDC exists as a political party. But I offer you a wager. If the PDC gets a single candidate elected to any national elective position in the next ten years, I will buy you a car. I won’t buy you a Lamborghini, but I’ll buy you a good, brand-new, Toyota Corolla. You have my word. My word is my bond.

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