BLP leadership option
Political scientist says let party membership decide
Leading political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph believes there is a way out of the current leadership struggle within the opposition Barbados Labour Party.
He suggests that the party membership should decide on who should head the BLP after former leader Owen Arthur said he had lost all confidence in Mia Mottley as leader of the opposition.
“…All caribbean political parties should go the route of the…People’s National Party in Jamaica and let the party membership select the leader,” he said.
“Why are we so reluctant to allow the rank and file members, the card-carrying members of a party, to have an open election in selecting the leader periodically or at every annual conference or whenever there is a challenger?”
Joseph is also adamant that Arthur owes the party and country a full explanation.
“As a former leader of the party, as a former prime minister, he has to propose concrete mechanisms and structures that will resolve the leadership issues of the BLP not only in the current situation but for the next few decades or years to come,” the political scientist insists.