New Poll says Owen Arthur’s corrupt Barbados Labour Party will form next government

Bajans are gluttons for punishment, it’s true. In the 2007 – 2008 election campaign the DLP – Democratic Labour Party put across an effective message that they would clean up corrupt Barbados politics through Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation that BFP called ‘ITAL’. After almost 15 years of proven BLP corruption that even extended to then Prime Minister Owen Arthur getting caught putting a $75,000 ‘campaign donation’ into his personal bank account, the public was ripe to respond to DLP promises to change the systemic conditions that bred corruption.

So the public voted and the DLP became the government with a strong majority mandate to put their promises in place.

Unfortunately though, the DLP lied. No Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information or corruption trials happened.

Now, according to the latest Cadres poll, the DLP are about to lose the election. The DLP will lose for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that Prime Minister Stuart and his boys lied about their intent to introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws.

And Bajans agree that while the BLP and Owen Arthur are corrupt beyond measure, they form a better corrupt government than the corrupt DLP.

Welcome to island politics where the choice is always between two corrupt gangs – because that’s the way the system is set up and neither of the gangs is about to change anything!

Cartoon courtesy of The Nation

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35 responses to “New Poll says Owen Arthur’s corrupt Barbados Labour Party will form next government

  1. ONE MAN, ONE VOTE WASTED

    That’s some choice we have this time around: one bunch a crooks or de other.

    I will vote for whomever is the independent or small party candidate. In that way I take legitimacy away from the big corrupt parties.

  2. CHANGES

    THE ONE THING THAT IS GOING TO COST THE DLP TO LOSE IS THE LIES THEIR TOLD ,ONE THEIR SAY LIGHT IS GOING TO BE LOWER ,NOW BAJAN LIKE FREE THING , EVEN SO THE LIGHT WAS ALREADY LOW SO THEIR WENT FOR THAT ,TWO THE WATER IS GOING TO BE LOWER AND THEIR WENT FOR THAT TOO ,THREE THE BOTTLE GAS AND CAR GAS IS GOING TO BE LOWER AND THEIR ALSO WENT FOR THAT TOO ,NOW THEIR RAISE THE THING POOR PEOPLE USED RIGHT DOWN TO THE MAN IN THE ROAD AND THEIR WANT 5 MORE YEAR THEIR BETTER THINK AGAIN ,ALL THE PEOPLE WHO CROSS OVER AND VOTE DLP IS GOING BOOK TO THE COO THIS IS WHY ERROL BARROW SEND US TO SCHOOL TO THINK AND KNOW GOOD FROM BAD BLESS HIS SOUL, AND YOU KNOW WHAT BAJAN HATE PEOPLE THAT TELL LIES DO NOT TELL US NO LIES AND WE OF TODAY DO NOT VOTE PARTIES ,WE VOTE FOR WHO IS GOING TO TO GAVE US SOMETHING ,WHEN YOU FOOL AROUND OUT GOES YOU FOR FIVE YEAR WE DO NOT FORGAVE ONLY AFTER YOU ARE OUT FOR FIVE YEAR , THIS YEAR THEIR DID NOT GAVE US ONE THING AND WANT 5 YEAR

  3. GlenWick

    Ok in another 5 years we are also going to be pissed off with the other guys. People Wake Up.

  4. Just want to know

    This whole world of politics and politicians are corrupt, even the person or persons that wrote this are corrupt,because if you see something that’s not right, and turn a blind eye, what does that say about you. Jesus was the only person that was wholesome without sin, and what did they do to Him, Crucify Him, so let us chose some one that can get us out of the mess we are in, don’t you think?

  5. GlenWick

    2 Party State = 1 Party State = Communism.

  6. KingPinJim

    You say corrupt.. but the blasted clowns in charge right now ain’t doing nothing but twiddling them damn thumbs – KICK THEM OUT!

  7. Anonymous

    Vote fuh me. Ah go teef jess enuff to have ah small plane to fill wid wunnah money. An ah go leave allyuh uh big able wickah tuh run tings bowt heh. Vote fuh me!

  8. LOOK

    Owen Arthur is a corrupt politician. This is public knowledge, but he’s also incompetent and a drunk. So, if Bajans want and accept Owen Arthur again, they will again accept all three: corruption, incompetence and a drunk.

  9. Inkwell

    I made the following comment on July 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm on BFP. Seems apt now.

    Don’t worry, people. We going punish the DLP for its lying and hypocrisy in 2013 by voting them out and re-electing the BLP. Har har har. Ain’t it hilarious? Laughing shouldn’t hurt so much.

    Pre election, Inkwell was pooh poohed when he said…”keep the DLP in opposition until they make positive steps toward declaration of assets for people seeking public office, FOI and integrity legislation….it would only take five more years.” He said enduring five more years of the BLP was a small price to pay for the assurance of accountability of future Governments.

    Opportunity missed. BFP and the electorate ignored the big picture in its eagerness to get rid of the last lot and now what do we have? …a different set of pigs at the trough…attaining in one and a half years the level of arrogance and refusal of transparency and accountability it took the last lot ten years to achieve….with nothing we can do about it except gripe…still no integrity legislation, no transparency, no freedom of info, no accountability. Pigs brought to a fine market…oops, trough.

    BFP owes Barbados big for its naivety and gullibility ’cause they helped get us in this mess.

  10. LOOK

    Seems to me things are just going around in circles. The DLP before approaching and winning the 2008 general election made a lot of promises. The BLP in Barbados had enjoyed fourteen years of government rule. Bajans in 2008 voted to dismanle the BLP government. They allowed entrance of a new government that promised cake and ice cream, lots of it. The new DLP government promised “change” but nothing changed. The new DLP govenment promised it would implement a Ministerial Code of Conduct IMMEDIATELY upon forming a government and would introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information within the first 100 days. This was a public announcement. None of what the DLP promised ever came to life. Those promises were not kept.

    The BLP upon approaching the 2013 general election has made a lot of promises. Opposition Spokesperson, Mia Mottley in her reply to government 2012 – 2013 budget outlined a number of measures the new Barbados Labor Party (BLP) government would IMMEDIATELY put in place. We shall see.

    Now, now the BLP issued a public announcement that “it has a proud and enviable record of keeping promises”. We shall see. Arthur and the BLP are now the FIX IT folks. They will fix things. They will fix CLICO. They will fix it. They will fix the national debt. They will fix it. They will fix the economy. They will fix it. Well, we shall see.

  11. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    There will win it back because of Fruendel Stuart. The truth is when the BLP was in power, regardless of the amount money all of them hoard over the years, the country was not doing too badly. This government made too many promises and did not keep them. I really do not like Owen and that tiefing bunch, but right now I want a prime minister who deals with matters not one with the type of behaviour like Fruendel Stuart. So Fruendel you doing a good job handing the government back to that crooked lot.

  12. Morlock

    Physics conundrum – if there is a swing, shouldn’t Owen be down and Freundel up? That is what happens when a shift in weight at a seesaw right?

  13. Cutter Cain

    Man, frig all seesaws – let’s vote IAN BOURNE ;)

  14. 19663011

    Not voting for any honky, my vote goes to Kammie Holder!

  15. 2

    There are no honkys or black people in the Caribbean…ALL are unable to pass a DNA test proving to be 100% caucasian, indian or black…ALL mixup, we are technicolor, and all you see the is shade showing.

  16. Morlock

    I’ll vote for Ian any day, not the racist scum who uses Bim’s independence as a “name”

  17. Watcher

    Perhaps the biggest act of mistrust and financial devistation for the country is Clico and it is yet to be resolved. Many small people are being hurt but the bigups are doing just fine. Who was the Clico lawyer and facilitator? That alone should be enough to rid the country of the Party corrupted and connected to Clico forever.

  18. LOOK

    Regardless of FACT, Arthur and the BLP over the years hoarded pounds of money, regardless of FACT that Arthur is a drunk, corrupt and incompetent, Bajans apparently like (ed) it.

  19. 89

    What about the crooked & corrupt minister that was caught in the USA with a million dollars in his case, anybody talking about that?

  20. just want to know

    What about the corrupt minister that was caught in USA with one million dollars in his case, anyone talking about that?

  21. Doug's Dad

    The sad thing is that the ‘people’ seem so accustomed to the corruptness of the State and the associated departments that no matter how much BFP bang on about it sadly there will be little chance of any significant change in the foreseeable future – only those politically aware and with a social conscience who have not, and are not likely to profit directly from corruption are likely to make much noise.
    I despair about just how bad it will become.

  22. LOOK

    Corruption we know is everywhere and in every place. Some countries, big and small fight it, some don’t. Some countries, big and small accept and or tolerate it, some don’t. The US fights it, Barbados does not. The US does not tolerate it, Barbados does. These individuals are all proof that the US fights corruption and will not tolerate it: Monica Conyers, Rod Blagojevich, Italia Federici, Kevin Ring, Barbara Rose Collins, Nicholas Mavroules, Albert Buslamante, Samuel B. Kent, David Safavian, J. Steven Giles, Richard Tonry, Mario Biaggi, etc.

    On 08/31/2006 Officials of the FBI and IRS raided the offices of several prominent members of the Alaskian Legislation. The investigation involved allegation of illegal gifts to lawmakers from the VECO Corporation home based in Alaska. One of them, Senator Ted Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 29, 2008 on seven counts of alleging that Stevens received from VECO hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts that he did not declare on his US Senate financial disclosure forms. Stevens was convicted on all seven of these charges on October 28, 2008. All convictions were later vacated. Another, Don Young was under federal investigation for possibly taking bribes, illegal gratuities or unreported gifts from the VECO Corporation. Between 1996 and 2006, Young received $157,000 from VECO employees and its political action committee. Also, the Alaska State House of Representatives Pete Kott, Bruce Weyhrauch and Vic Kohring were all charged with federal crimes as part of the investigation into VECO.

    Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall gave to VECO a government contract WITHOUT TENDER and VECO had no record of building prisons. Certainly, VECO gave to them, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall something for such generosity. Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and Dale Marshall in the United States also would have been charged and convicted possibly for taking bribes, illegal gratuties and gifts from VECO. Arthur should be at Dodds in St. Philip with brother Richard. Mia Mottley, Dale Marshall and possibly other BLP members should be residents at Dodds in St. Philip.

  23. just want to know

    What about D. T. & his minions with CLICO, shouldn’t they be at Dodds, Oh Oh I forgot D. T. is dead but his legacy is still alive, and his corrupt politicians are still holding on to L. P. who should be in Dodds a long time ago. There are so many Barbadians who are suffering because their life savings was in Clico. Leroy Parris living a charmed life, while everyone else sucking salt.

  24. Yes D.T is dead but we can move his grave to Dodds. Also we can make the silent representative of St John account for some of the millions left to her by D.T.

  25. 2

    Was it Barrow who said a donkey from the DLP could run for and win the St John seat? Its happened, at least the donkey has the good sense to shut her braying mouth.

  26. rastaman

    Might not happen again though?

  27. LOOK

    David Thompson in the United States would have been convicted and alike Charles Manson denied parole of any kind. Bajans did not deserve David Thompson and don’t deserve Owen Arthur

    There is and has been much political corruption in Barbados; all of the following have contributed: David Thompson, Leroy Parris, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley, Dale Marshall, Gline Clark and maybe Winston Roach, employee of the Barbados Water Authority, cousin of Owen Arthur.

  28. REAL AND REALITY

    Just Want TO Know (writer)

    A lot of Barbarians (still living) are suffering from the CLICO disaster. The Codringer family of five (all dead) suffered at the hands of someone’s greed and incompetence. Their home at Arch Cot Britton Hill you know collapsed in a cave beneath it. No building on that land should have been allowed because it was caved. The attorney general at that time (Dale Marshall) blames no one. No one is responsible, it could have happened to anyone. Disagree. Bullshit!!! Dale couldn’t and wouldn’t ruffle feathers of those he was and is linked, Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley. The Mottley family purchased the Arch Cot Land and within six months got planning permission use when the previous owner couldn’t. This occurred under the BLP government with Owen Arthur at the helm. Greed and corruption is not acceptable. Premediated murder is also not acceptable.

  29. LOOK

    Bajans could do better than Stuart but without Arthur. He, Arthur is a Barbados embarrassment. Seen it and heard it with my own natural senses, a drunk man speaking before a crowd of people.

  30. 197

    The BLP is far more likely to turn Barbados around vs the dlp. These are our options so not much to debate. I know Barbados isnt an easy place to live at the moment and I for one and am voting BLP because i want a change for the future. I dont think we can dispute that a change is very much needed. As i say, not much to debate as the BLP is the only other option and very clearly the better option. I am actually shocked this recent poll doesnt show more of a percentage divide, thats odd. Given the facts and the current state of the country i can only wonder why it is not BLP 80% and DLP 20%. I am voting for Barbados and the future and that can only be via the BLP option at this stage. Fact.

  31. LOOK

    The S&P recently downgraded Barbados to junk bond status. The S&P downgrade was immediately MAJOR NEWS due to Arthur and the BLP. Don’t forget FACT that the S&P during a better economic climate had downgraded Barbados three times before 2008. Arthur and the S&P surely have not forgotten that Richard Francis, an S&P associate in 2005 interviewed with the Daily Nation from his Wall Street office and stated that the [Barbados] deficit of ten per cent was “much too high” and the debt level of between 43 and 50 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), although less than a half of Jamaica’s and is even smaller than St Kitts-Nevis’, was unacceptable and should be reduced if the island were to maintain its high credit rating. Francis, further stated that the S&P worried about the Barbados deficit which he said should jump even more. Barbados credit rating before the 2008 general election won by David Thompson and the DLP was sliding down hill.

    Clyde Mascoll at a September 2012 meeting (Grantley Adams School) said the [DLP] government is flat broke, so broke that if it was a private company, it would be declared insolvent and be forced to file bankruptcy. Agree, the DLP government is flat broke. They inherited a like position from the BLP government. The DLP since 2008 has stood in the face of a lot of BLP mess, cleaned up some, what it could. The BLP before leaving office in
    2008 was not financially sound. Proof of this is three S&P downgrades.

    Don’t forget the BLP has a proud and enviable record of keeping promises. Don’t forget Opposition Spokesperson, Mia Mottley in her reply to government 2012 – 2013 budget outlined a number of measures the new Barbados Labor Party (BLP) government would IMMEDIATELY put in place.
    Don’t forget that the light of greed and corruption shines on both parties, the BLP and DLP but idiocy without doubt weighs more on the BLP than the DLP. This is NOT DEBATABLE. Owen Arthur and the BLP gave birth to Al Barrack. Those deaths at Arch Cot, Britton Hill occurred during the BLP government with Arthur at the helm. Ohhhhhhh here is yet another BLP embarrassment, that Nigerian Water Heater Project.

  32. Bystander

    I am voting for Mia Mottley and Donville Inniss to lead this country. They are both bright young folks (under age 50); have been in politics for more than half of their life

  33. Bystander

    Actually Mottley and Inniss are both committed Bajans who are intelligent and competent enough to lead this island. I have seen them both leading Ministries through difficult times, making tough decisions, standing up for what they believe in and not afraid to challenge the status quo. they have also been both subject to visious attacks from within and outside of their Parties. They would be a good team and can really transform this society and economy. Mia for PM and Donville for Finance Ministry.

  34. 21

    Mia and Pornville ??????

  35. LOOK

    Mia alike all BLP members is a puppet for ventriloquist, Owen Arthur and he Arthur is a drunk, inept and corrupt.

    Hopefully, he Owen takes medication for his dementia and or alzheimer’s disease. Owen, during a budget debate could not remember that he actually chaired the meetings of Cabinet discussing the VECO matter. He said he wished he was there. But when told by both Minister Sinckler and the Prime Minister – ‘no Owen, you were there,’ he then said that he said something else. When pressed again, he again said something completely different and also said that he never said what he said on the two previous occasions the entire country heard him say it. Laugh. Go ahead and laugh. Laugh, laugh, laugh.

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