“Walking away from BLP…”
UPDATED: September 20, 2011
Dear Barbados Free Press,
I’m walking away from the BLP because I am disgusted with how the party is treating Mia Mottley. I’m not going to the DLP, I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to sit out the next election. When they call I’m busy and I will be missed because I’ve worked every campaign since 1988.
(The above was originally left as a comment on this post – which we will pin to the top for a few days. Scroll down for newer items.)
Press excluded & empty chairs at some recent BLP meetings
If an election is called tomorrow, the Barbados Labour Party would be firing on about half cylinders because a huge portion of its membership, and many women, will not take a part in any election activities while Owen Arthur and his “gang” are still at the helm. Party insiders tell BFP that there is a desire by many to take revenge over last October’s coup by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that saw then BLP leader Mia Mottley summarily ejected.
“Let Owen get beaten to a pulp in the next election, then Mia can return to rescue the party,” said one long time BLP voter who was not a particular Mottley supporter prior to her ouster.
It seems that the way in which Mottley was cast aside has increased her support.
Oh very yes – revenge is a plate best served cold. Mia might take a long time to prepare the meal, but it will be served upon Owen’s table.
Give me money, that’s what I want…
Internal party politics is not the only thing holding back the BLP: the party is desperately short of funds to the extent that some insiders are quietly talking about asking Mr. Arthur to personally fund a portion of the upcoming election campaign. For some reason folks think Mr. Arthur is capable of “giving back” to the party as one source told this blogger. A recent attempt by Owen Arthur to blame Mia Mottley for the shortage of funds fell flat with many pointing the finger at Arthur for failing to put reserves in place during the fat years. (The phrase “spending like a drunken sailor” comes to mind.)
According to BFP’s multiple sources, even if BLP political contributions doubled over the next few months it would hardly make a dent in the party’s financial crisis. It also means that if an election was called in the next few months, the BLP would be placed into a position that it hasn’t been in almost 15 years: having to borrow money to fund an election!!!
And… don’t forget that borrowing for an election is one thing if a political party is in power or can smell victory. It’s quite another thing for the BLP to borrow if there is a real chance that an election won’t topple the DLP. “There is no certainty of victory, in fact there is much uncertainty” said one BLP insider.
Meanwhile, there was the smell of ‘fixed’ internal happenings at the recent BLP Christ Church West Central nomination meeting. Ian Bourne has those details in the Bajan Reporter story Deighton Griffith Secondary Media Lock-out: Shocking Nomination Procedure.
The Devil’s Advocate published his two pennies worth at The Bajan Reporter too. Check out Owen’s Bluff: “Call Elections” But BLP Not Ready!