In terms of shear naked hypocrisy and bravado, can any living or dead Bajan politician equal former Prime Minister Owen Arthur?
It is easy to picture Owen as a 6 year old boy getting caught walking out of the local shop with stolen sweets in his pocket. Caught red handed, with the evidence sticking out of his pants he would utter in the most surprised and innocent voice, “Not me, Sir. Somebody must have put them there.”
Other than hypocrisy and bravado how else can we explain the apparent disconnected reality of Owen Arthur now criticizing Prime Minister Stuart and the DLP for not declaring their assets and for hidden campaign spending? After 14 years as Prime Minister when he did not introduce integrity legislation, conflicts of interest rules, freedom of information laws or elections spending laws Owen Arthur now points the finger at the DLP. That takes style!
After 14 years of Owen having his friends act to ‘source’ government purchases, after 14 years of mega-projects issued without open tenders and increasing our national debt by a billion dollars with no appreciable benefits or assets gained, Mr. Arthur is criticizing the DLP?
Pot, meet kettle…
Please read the following article at The Nation, but as usual we have to print it here in full as that paper has been known to change and delete news to suit agendas.
Arthur questions Sinckler’s assets
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not set an election date because his ministers are yet to declare their assets to Parliament, Opposition Leader Owen Arthur has charged.
The former Prime Minister also urged Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler to declare his assets and sources, saying the minister was spending heavily in his constituency and he wanted to know where “all this bounty” came from.
Arthur was speaking at the opening of the St James Central Constituency Office of the Barbados Labour Party in Hoyte’s Village Saturday.
“Mia Mottley and I, without there being any need, went to Parliament and said this is what I have, this is what I own and what I owe,” Arthur said, explaining that he and the former Opposition Leader had long declared their assets. (GA)