Prime Minister & Government MPs grinning like Cheshire cats
“So we are back to a situation where now across Barbados we understand that there is not a level of harmony at the top because there is clearly not a meeting of the minds and that doesn’t bode very well in terms of the Barbados Labour Party in the next election,
And all I can say is that I think that (Prime Minister) Freundel Stuart is probably quite happy because it essentially means that any major challenge to him is now essentially going to dissipate because there is no unity.
I think the main concern I have is the fact that it is so unfortunate that an individual who is so overwhelmingly popular nationally, and I would say certainly more popular than Dr. Walcott, has essentially been squeezed out of the race and the rationale behind it is one that I am at a loss to understand,”
Political analyst Peter Wickham talks to Barbados Today: BLP making big mistake.
Meanwhile, the BLP fired this press release back at Mottley…
Barbados Labour Party
111 Roebuck Street, Bridgetown
September 19, 2011
It has been reported that charges of disenfranchising party members have been laid against the Barbados Labour Party through the instituting of changes to its Standing Orders for the Party’s upcoming Annual Conference. Such charges are contained in a letter purportedly signed by Ms Mia Mottley, M.P.
The facts are that under the Party’s Constitution, the Conference Arrangements Committee acts as a Standing Orders Committee and formulated new Standing Orders which have been ratified by the National Executive Committee and these together with the party’s Constitution govern the BLP’s procedures. Continue reading
October 18th is the 1st Anniversary of the plot
Our friend Ian Bourne says that Owen Arthur is “under tremendous pressure to ensure he attracts more people” to public meetings than Mia Mottley did when she was BLP leader.
Unfortunately for Goin wid Owen, folks remember that as Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley attracted THOUSANDS to her meetings. That’s just not the case now with Mr. Arthur who often finds himself talking to more empty chairs than people. Some of his backroom advisors are getting a little nervous and well they should.
“In our opinion, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart doesn’t have to win the next election: he just has to wait for Owen Arthur to lose it.”
Bajan Reporter is thinking much the same thing…
“When Owen Arthur, George Payne, Dale Marshall and Jerome Walcott travelled to the Ermie Bourne Centre at Hillaby St. Andrew, on Sunday, August 28th 2011 for a meeting – they succeeded in doing three things. With the first anniversary approaching, they gave Barbadians another opportunity to see the chief architects of the plan, who ousted Mia Mottley as Barbados’ first female Leader of the Opposition, on October 18th 2010…”
“…What is the BLP’s cause now and what is its message? It simply cannot be that the BLP wants to form the Government! BLP members must not allow themselves to get “accidental false hope” deliberately. Even if the DLP was losing popularity, that would not result in an automatic electoral victory for the BLP.”
Excellent analysis and a worthwhile read at Bajan Reporter’s post: Barbados Labour Party Wrestling With Its Shadow And Bajans Shake Their Head in Utter Disbelief
“You do not have to be a rocket-scientist to realise that Mia Mottley seems to be trying to stamp-out corruption within the BLP but that decision has placed her squarely on a collision course with the old-boys club and the very persons who are responsible for the corruption.”
Can “One man, one vote” stamp-out BLP corruption?
As an independent observer, I think Sunday Sun Columnist Albert Brandford might have got it all wrong this week (see his column: Sunday Sun, June 5, 2011). I now clearly understand why Social Media has ruled Traditional Media, obsolete. Social Media, for the most part, is being driven by young people: a new generation, who have found an innovative way to communicate, which seems to have given them the freedom of expression, they are comfortable with. This is a new generation who are not willing to turn a-blind-eye towards corruption. Mia Mottley therefore seems aware that going into the next election, the BLP will have a major problem! Continue reading
“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.) Continue reading
Leadership battle to resume after election?
Last November, the 72nd annual BLP Conference ended with walkouts and tears as Mottley supporters and other vexed members removed their support from the party over the return of Owen Arthur as ‘leader’.
From September through December, Bajans watched with amusement as the leadership battle showed up on the internet. Eight weeks after Owen Arthur led a coup against Mia Mottley, the BLP website still showed Mottley as leader – with Owen Arthur nowhere to be seen.
A source informed us that Mottley supporters refused to surrender the website passwords to the new leadership. Then, when the Arthur faction finally gained control of the websites in December, they did a tit for tat and the BLP website dumped all mention of Mia Mottley and the MPs who supported her.
Now all is apparently forgiven as the BLP tries to present a unified appearance to voters and its own members. The Nation says…
“Former Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley, will join Owen Arthur, George Payne, Dale Marshall and the rest of her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) colleagues on the election platform in St. John, during the coming week.”
Hmmmmmm. That’s a little ambiguous. Does this mean that Mottley and Arthur will appear together on a stage or merely that everybody will campaign for Hudson Griffith? One thing is for sure: whatever happy face the BLP puts on for the St. John by-election, the Mottley-Arthur punch-up will resume the day after the vote.
After the by-election the fight may be carried on in private with only occasional indications in public, but Mia is only 45 years old and Mr. Arthur is just plain old.
Remember folks, it’s not over until the uh, well… it’s not over until somebody sings!
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!“
How could love go so bad?
by Nevermind Kurt
It all started when her father introduced the young maiden to his business colleague, the CEO of “BLP Solutions Inc.” It wasn’t love at first sight, but soon the couple began to appreciate each others’ strengths and weaknesses as they worked together on small projects.
She wasn’t the prettiest thing he’d ever seen, but she was smart and inspired loyalty in customers, employees and management. At times she could be argumentative, even aggressive – but it was only because she was younger and needed experience. The CEO knew that given time and the humility born of a few failures, she would be a superb senior executive.
He tended to drink more at lunch than she was comfortable with. Some mornings he came to work disheveled and stinking of different perfumes – but everybody in the company loved him anyway and so did she. The CEO might be a rogue and occasionally an embarrassment when he got caught using the company funds for personal expenses, but no one could question his drive or the success that he achieved and shared freely with everyone around him.
Yes, the CEO was a crook who raided shareholder equity regularly, but no one could say he was a selfish crook. Continue reading