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Crisis of leadership

Mia Mottley speaking with Sir Fred Gollop and other party supporters.

It was like the Gospel According to Freundel Stuart when Opposition Leader Owen Arthur started his address at his party’s faithful yesterday.

Pointing to what he described as “the most profound disaster that has entrenched itself in Barbados of late — the crisis of leadership”, Arthur said:

“We have been informed by an authority that is beyond challenge — The Eager Eleven of the DLP — that inertia exists, like a black hole, at the centre of this DLP administration.

“I do believe that the situation may be a bit worse than that. The Eager Eleven got it wrong.

“Inertia refers to a situation when somebody is awake, but is inactive. Freundel has however confirmed that he has been sound and fast asleep.

“I know he delights in giving us the benefit of his vast knowledge of biblical quotations. I recommend that he adds to his repertoire. He can, for instance, turn for guidance to Proverbs 6 verse 10: ‘How long wilt thou sleep, O Sluggard?’

“And he should be moved by Proverbs 6 verse 6: ‘Go to the ant, thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise.’

“Or better still, as a leader of people, he may want to refer to and be instructed by the example that is described in Psalm 121 verse 3 and 4: ‘He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.’

“For good measure, Freundel the sleeper may feel that all is not lost. He may still qualify to earn some foreign exchange for Barbados by winning contracts to do advertisements for either Slumberest or Posturepedic — the maker of fine mattresses.” (RRM)

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