Updated: June 11, 2012
With Owen Arthur and the BLP getting into election mode like sharks circling a wounded fish, we thought it would be appropriate to remind folks about what Owen Arthur thinks about candidates who were born off the island…
“No greater affront…” than electing Mara Thompson
“I do not believe that there has been a greater affront, and affront means insult, to the Barbadian Democracy and to Barbadian womanhood than the affront that the Democratic Labour Party has (mumbling a bit) put in before the people of this parish. I also say the people of this country.
Than bring somebody here to be elected on the grounds that you’re electing a queen. And I am not going to mince my words!
There is no Barbadian woman who could be wife of a solution-politician who could run in Saint Lucia on the grounds that she is runnin to be the queen of St. Lucia!
And if it can’t happen in St. Lucia, why must it happen here?
There is no Barbadian woman married to a Trinidadian man who could dare run in Trinidad at all! (transcript continues here)>>>>
But believe that she could run and tell Trinidadians that she is running to be the queen! It is an insult and an affront to the democracy.
There is no Barbadian woman who could go to Jamaica and tell the Jamaicans that she is the wife of a Barbadian, of a, of a, Jamaican husband and she is running for the Jamaican Parliament because she is a queen.
And it couldn’t happen in Guyana! And I ask you, what is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Where is that that is totally unacceptable to everybody else in the Caribbean must know they forced it upon us and we must accept it as if we are people without pride!”
YouTube video of Owen Arthur speaking to BLP supporters at a campaign rally for Hudson Griffith.