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Resign now!

Joseph believes Mia’s leadership has been compromised

If political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph could advise Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, he would tell her to step down as head of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

Joseph, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, tells Barbados TODAY that Mottley is yet to be fully accepted as leader, a year and a half after the BLP lost the national poll to the Freundel Stuart-led Democratic Labour Party.

Even as former Prime Minister Owen Arthur and St James Central MP Kerrie Symmonds last night dismissed any ideas that there were factions in the BLP, Joseph said that compounding Mottley’s problems was the fact that her role was constantly being compromised by her predecessor.

“If you are the head of an organization and every day you come to work you have difficulty with people following you, then you have to make  a decision. You cannot lead that way,” he insisted.

“If I were in her place, I would not stay on as leader of the party. I would have happily recognized that the opposition to me is unrelenting and I am unable to carry the party forward in that way. I would have stepped down and allowed the party to make a decision on its leadership, but I would also continue in a very ordinary profile in the party and remember there is another election to come.”

Joseph added: “If you have a former Prime Minister in your ranks who is asserting desire for leadership, then that is a complex issue. It diminishes you as a leader. However, if Arthur dies tomorrow, Mottley would emerge as the leader of the party and the entire island would agree with it. Even persons in her ranks who are expressing dissent now would agree that she is the leader.”

The political scientist pointed out what he views as shortcomings in Mottley’s leadership, including her failure to organize mass protests following the recent triple-notch downgrade of the country’s bond rating by international ratings agency, Moody’s Investor Services.

He said that lack of action by the country’s Opposition, as well as that of other groups in response to the downgrade, clearly shows that Barbadian society is facing an institutional crisis.

“The trade unions have not taken to the streets. All of the institutions which we assume are institutions of mass action have been compromised, including the political parties. What Bobby Clarke’s march [last Friday] demonstrated is that the statement made by the unions that people do not want to strike shows their compromised nature. Why have they not done it?” Joseph challenged.

“Mia Mottley engaged in mass action with the town hall meetings, but even then she was criticized from within the party. At one time I recognized that she did not know what to do. People even from within her party were saying she was power hungry. There is a point where a leader needs a mass movement behind them.

“There was a point where she was saying that some other people should say something. When there was the downgrade she said I am waiting to hear what other people have to say. That was the sign of a leader tired of being out front with nobody at her back.”

Speaking at a BLP St Joseph constituency branch meeting at the Grantley Adams Memorial School last night, Symmonds, addressing concerns about unity in the party, said: “We have to end this climate of distrust and fear of Labour Party people inside the Labour Party. The time has come to stop peeping under ourselves, to stop peeping behind BLP people, but to unleash the wealth that this BLP has so that the BLP can reposition and ready itself to assume      the reins of Government.”

Meanwhile, Mottley was not the only political leader criticized by Joseph.

The university lecturer also issued damning condemnation of the entire crop of institutional leaders, describing some of them as very weak.

Joseph zeroed in on the leadership of Prime Minister Stuart, saying it was a classic example of someone “enjoying power for its own sake”.

“All around you are negatives; things that people used to enjoy they no longer enjoy and taxation is going up. On the broad macroeconomic level there is decline. Today, what are you achieving as a Prime Minister? That is where the question comes in, beyond the Machiavellian discussion of holding onto power at all cost. Is it a case where the balance of forces are so limited that he has no room to manoeuvre and is therefore compromised?” the academic added.

Joseph said that from as far back as when he assumed the leadership of the DLP following the death of David Thompson, Stuart should have asserted himself by reshuffling his Cabinet.

“It was the expected thing on becoming the Prime Minister. A leader who is unable to take a specific action then comes across as  a weak leader and now with the economic crisis he has tied his hands even further,” he added.


23 Responses to Resign now!

  1. Bobby Brown
    Bobby Brown June 24, 2014 at 12:17 am

    watch them come out

  2. David E Hall
    David E Hall June 24, 2014 at 12:30 am

    A very interesting perspective as expressed by Dr Joseph. I can see the basis of his articulation. And while I am tempted to agree I am not sure that her resignation will reduce the acrimony since both personalities seem to have their individual factions. However, On a whole, I think the party needs to quickly address the leadership issue and get on with the business of positioning itself for the leadership of the country.

    • Regina Worrell
      Regina Worrell June 24, 2014 at 12:37 am


    • Les Carr
      Les Carr June 24, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Whose report would you believe?

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne June 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

      I strongly agree with you, David. When I first saw the picture on the front page I just shook my head ’cause I couldn’t believe what I saw. It had me thinking if any animosity between Mia and Owen starting to show up again making this present Government to eat, drink and be merry all along ’til their bellies can’t take it no more. SMDH

    • David E Hall
      David E Hall June 24, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Exactly Ryan, the disunity in the ranks of the BLP only serves to embolden an already arrogant and overconfident, though illiterate, DLP.

  3. John Herbert
    John Herbert June 24, 2014 at 5:22 am

    “If you are the head of an organization and every day you come to work you have difficulty with people following you, then you have to make a decision. You cannot lead that way,” he insisted.

  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock June 24, 2014 at 6:14 am

    The only, that I agree with is about freundel, otherwise the rest is is a whole heap of trash, why should she resigned, where, would she show the metal an the will an true grit, if as you’ve alluded to walk away that’s not the issue of the country you should be looking at bringing some good ideas to the people an country, not being a match maker, it the people like you that helps to corrupt the minds of others who can’t think for themselves, I once said that the UWI needs closing down. Just shut it down.

  5. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock June 24, 2014 at 6:27 am

    All, these, selfish bright brains does is have an opinion that’s not positive for the development of our country, but the media, would run with the bull, of the people, what have any of these people ever done for Barbados besides looking after their own interest

  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock June 24, 2014 at 6:28 am

    All of these bright brains, what are they doing for the country

  7. Jus Breezy
    Jus Breezy June 24, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Anjanette Samuel ya boy look real different now ya

  8. Bentley Williams
    Bentley Williams June 24, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Oh boy some of ya’ll are laughable, a total waste. Last week Hartley Henry and Peter Wickham were described as geniuses. Hartley a King Maker… today UWI want closing down and Dr. Tennyson Joseph should face the electorate in his own country. #MovementOfCitizensConcernedOnlyAboutThemselves

  9. Hosea Greenidge June 24, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I agree with Mr. Joseph. Mia’s leadership is always going to be questioned when you han the Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur runnning off at the month before Mia can have a chance to say something. He needs to let her lead the party, and stop undermining her.

  10. Carib Digita
    Carib Digita June 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    So he wants to put up who? Owen again? Owen lost twice in a row.

  11. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer June 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Go help your country with how to get its economy in full gear. Kenny Anthony need the help. Your country has the big beam in its eye, and you want to take the mope out of ours. We don’t need your dam sarcastic criticism. You are not speaking in good faith !

  12. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer June 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Get Tennyson out of here as quickly as possible. Who T. Joseph think he is ? BLP and DLP is still one people ! Barbados has its internal differences with each other. Tennyson you gone to far alien

  13. Jane Johnson
    Jane Johnson June 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Why should Mia resign?

  14. Olutoye Walrond June 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Well, clearly some of us like to shoot the messenger. Tennyson Joseph expresses HIS opinion and suddenly he’s an alien, “get him out”; he wants Barbados to become like his country. Well, the last time I checked St. Lucia was doing much better than Barbados, so I applaude him for wanting us to be like them.

    The narrow-mindedness of my people is sometimes mind boggling.
    In a free society everyone has the right to express an opinion. We don’t have to agree with them.

  15. jr smith June 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Mia is going to be our first woman Priminister, There isnt anyone around at the moment, who have the balls to challenge her.
    The Dems is a non starter, the only person , The late Mr.David Thomo’s wife.
    The Dems problems, too many drivers, none knowing how to start the engine.


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