Owen unfit to lead
Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur does not see himself in any other role than that of Prime Minister of Barbados in local politics.
And he aspires to re-assume that role to “get back” at individuals who turned their backs on him in the dying days of his administration in 2007.
So said former government senator, Derek Alleyne, last night while addressing a Democratic Labour Party meeting at Mile-and-a-Quarter, St. Peter.
“He wants to be Prime Minister because he is spiteful, he wants to get back at certain people,” Alleyne claimed.
Alleyne recalled that in 1994 Arthur had publicly complained that politics was a burden to him and threatened to quit elective politics.
The director of the Urban Development Commission argued that while the people of St. Peter were kind to Arthur, he has not been a good representative to them.
He charged that when he assumed the office of Prime Minister, Arthur had claimed that he was caught up in managing the economic affairs of the state and therefore delegated his constituency duties to others.
Alleyne, a former DLP candidate for the constituency of St. Michael West Central, charged that after 28 years in elective politics, Arthur has never identified an heir in the constituency.
He recalled that after his defeat by the late Prime Minister David Thompson in the 2008 general election, he had announced that he was passing on the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party to the youthful, Mia Mottley, but maintained that if Thompson had not died in 2010, Arthur would never have sought the leadership of the BLP again.
He thought that the DLP would have imploded following Thompson’s death, so he pushed Mottley aside and assumed the leadership of the party,” Alleyne said.
He alleged that when Thompson was alive Arthur only attended two sittings of the House of Assembly.
Referring to the treatment meted out to former parliamentary representative for St. James North, Rawle Eastmond, Alleyne said: “I know Eastmond well. On one occasion I sought his assistance for a lady who was experiencing major financial challenges following the tragic death of her partner and Eastmond found a job for her in one of the public markets.
“Eastmond does not have an evil bone in his body, therefore when a man with power treats Eastmond badly he is not fit to represent people.”
Alleyne suggested that based on his approach to representation, Arthur should be “put out to pasture’ and left alone. (NC)