Time to strategize
Arthur warns BLP to stick to its proven traditional approaches
Put together a competent team of experienced and youthful politicians, or risk losing the next general election.
Former Barbados Labour Party leader Owen Arthur sounded that warning to the BLP over the weekend as he urged the Opposition party not to abandon approaches that had been been proven to work.
Addressing scores of supporters at the Alma Parris Memorial Secondary School in St Peter, Arthur said that Barbadians were facing a crisis due to the Government’s ineptitude and policy failures, and that confidence could only be restored by competent leadership.
“The Barbados Labour Party must do two things: put together a group of candidates who can inspire in the minds of the people the confidence that the team is competent . . . and the next thing, of course, is that everything that was done in the past was not wrong nor bad and let us sit down as we think about the future, try to find what is best of the new and what is best of the past that we can carry forward with us into the future.
“If the Barbados Labour Party is not true to its heritage of competence in the management of our economic affairs, the party will fail because what will face this party when it becomes the next Government is the most overwhelmingly difficult economic exercise that has ever faced any Government of Barbados.
“What we have to do is to start to huddle in places within the Barbados Labour Party and to put our heads together and to start to go back to this manifesto and say what of it we can keep and start to put down on paper the things that will make the difference for the future,” he said.