Arthur’s note


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart tonight revealed to constituents of St. Andrew and St. James a note which he said was evidence that Leader of the Barbados Labour Party Owen Arthur is trying to destroy the political career of Mia Mottley.

Calling Arthur “one of the unhappiest men in Barbadian politics”, Stuart told a large gathering in Orange Hill, St. James how from the time late Prime Minister David Thompson announced his illness and that he was going for tests, the BLP and Arthur smelled blood in the water and began positioning themselves for a disruption of government.

“So he got in with some of his colleagues, Ronald Toppin and Glyne Clarke and Dale Marshall and George Payne. They put their consciences together and you know that in politics when people put their consciences together, the plural of conscience is conspiracy.

“They put their consciences together to oust Mia Mottley because they thought that if David passed from this life, the transition from him to a new leader was going to result in a lot of dislocation in the DLP; the country would call for stability and he would be a figure that they could bring back stability to Barbados.

“What he did not know was that from the week when David announced he was getting some tests done, I pulled the Cabinet together and warned them to be careful what they allowed to go through their ears, that our opponents would feel they were smelling blood and would try to create disgruntlement and disruption in the DLP, and they heeded my word and behaved maturely,” said the Prime Minister.

He said he had also witnessed how Mottley, after Arthur took the reigns of the party, had begun to distance herself from him, noting that Arthur then had to beg her to respond to the Budget laid by Chris Sinckler. When he, Stuart, had joked to Arthur about this development, he claimed Arthur had penned a note to him stating that just like Errol Barrow, the former prime minister did not have to be shadow minister for economic affairs.

The note, Stuart said, was one he had also kept, like the one in which Arthur tried to get rid of Mottley. This latter note, he remarked, was one written by Arthur in the House of Assembly.

“The note that concerned me was the note he wrote to me … [as] he began to feel pressured by the Barbados Labour Party and from the Mia Mottley wheel of that organisation. He came to Parliament one Tuesday morning and the little time he spent there was trying to talk to me. To be frank with you, I am not very good at reading lips and when he is speaking his lips move in such a way that it is very difficult to understand what he is saying…

“So when he was talking and I couldn’t understand because we were across from each other on the floor of the House. I said to him, ‘Look, I can’t understand what you are saying’, at which point he took out his pen, took up a piece of paper in front of him. A sheet of paper is put before every parliamentarian every Tuesday to make notes, and he wrote a note to me which he then called the marshal of the House to deliver to me across the House. It was only after I received this note that I realised what he was trying to tell me.

“The note said that I had sent a message to you by your good friend Hal Gollop …telling you that I am not going to interfere in your party’s affairs. I don’t know why he told me that because he cannot interfere in the Democratic Labour Party’s affairs, and that position stands.

“That is not the only message he has ever sent by Hal Gollop to me. When I first went in office he called Hal Gollop and asked Hal Gollop if he could use his good offices to bring the two of us together because I have never got close to him because I never thought much about him.

“He also said he knew how difficult it was to hold a party together and then he made the remarkable statement in that note, ‘You can help me by taking Mottley and any of yours you want to send to me I will take’. That is the kind of treachery of which he is capable,” said Stuart, as he issued instructions for the mentioned note to be brought up on a big screen in Orange Hill. (LB)

11 Responses to Arthur’s note

  1. Cynthia February 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    There are several ways to view this note. If I am from the BLP I could say that that was then and this is now. Clearly Mia and Owen have mended their fences. If I am from the DLP it would appear that this note is incendiary and treacherous. If I am independent, as I am, I see this as one of the great things about Bajan polititics, that two men on opposite sides of the isle, can trust each other and have an honest exchange and our politicians are accessible by the citizens, check any rum shop on a given day. You would not see this in American politics, because they always have their game faces on and could not display this level of honesty.

  2. Freeagent February 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I think that the politicians should put aside the rhetoric and let the people of Barbados know what will affect them after February 21, 2013.
    They should be telling us how they will stimulate the economy, how they will reduce the high food and electricity bills and how they will handle crime in the country.
    Five years is not very long nowadays.

  3. sistren February 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    really now Fruendel how stupid do you think we the Barbadian public are??? How do we know you didn’t write that note yourself????

  4. Sonia February 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Barbadians need to take note that Frundel has accused all of us as being dope addicts or dealers. This note is a fraud, I believe he wrote it himself or had someone do it. BLP supporters Go to the pools and vote the DEMS OUT.

  5. Clyde Layne February 18, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    It’s funny how these notes,letters ,receipts and cancelled checks always show up on platforms at election time,both BLP and DLP

  6. Kay-rani rosita February 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    “This note is a fraud”

    Can you prove that it is a fraud, oh, but you cannot can you?

  7. Kay-rani rosita February 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    “How do we know you didn’t write that note yourself????”

    How do we know Owen Arthur didn’t write the note himself?

  8. Kay-rani rosita February 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    By the way, Owen Arthur admitted he did say it, but now he says it was a joke, but judging by what he went on to do to Mia Mottley it was no joke!

  9. clement February 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    this note if authentic is a very serious matter how can an ex Prime Minister engage in that debased level of treachery against his former deputy, former leader and current opposition colleague?. Its like Obama going behind Biden’s back and asking Romney to take him. Such action in USA would cause the President to resign or be impeached. For me the note and Stuart’s earlier unchallenged assertion that Arhtur also voiced the same wish disqualifies Arthur from holding the high office of PM ever again.

  10. Jenny Farley February 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Is this what we have come too…a PM stooping so low as to reveal in public what was exchanged in private? I actually thought that Mr Stuart was the bigger and better man…I guess I was wrong because this is not what I thought the better man would do.

  11. Kay-rani rosita February 19, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    “a PM stooping so low as to reveal in public what was exchanged in private?”

    Hold on a second, Jenny, what the Prime Minister did what to expose a hypocrite, to show a devious and treacherous man, who is without integrity. You need to see the other side of him. To know for whom you are voting
    Extreme scenario – had he been a child killer or paedophile, wouldn’t you want to know?


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