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Arthur quits BLP

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur today handed in his letter of resignation to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party with immediate effect.

Arthur has called it quits from the party he led for over 15 years after recent public disagreements with his successor Mia Mottley.

However, the St Peter representative has made it clear that he is not giving up on active politics.


He arrived at BLP Headquarters on Roebuck Street at 11:10 a.m. to hand in his resignation.

He told Barbados TODAY the party has lost its way and its soul and is in danger of becoming a “megalomania” party.

He intends to continue serving his constituents as an independent member of the House of Assembly.

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52 Responses to Arthur quits BLP

  1. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill July 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

    thanks Owen all the best in your endeavors

  2. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean July 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Tired of this posturing. Mia is the leader of the party give her that respect and let she get on with the people’s business. Mr Arthur had his time. Thanks very much for your service sir but it’s time to let Mia take control with respect.

    • Charles Mitchell
      Charles Mitchell July 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      I have to totally agree with you, i have the most respect for owen arthur but this constant back and forth was becoming too distracting for the BLP, Owen Arthur will always be my favourite politician as he has guided barbados through some turbulent waters in the past, something the DLP is struggling to do at present, rest now SIR Owen Arthur you have nothing to prove, you have done it all..

    • Katrina Welch-Blenman
      Katrina Welch-Blenman July 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      and this is breaking news? wow!

  3. Gotzone Arambarri Foster
    Gotzone Arambarri Foster July 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    So much better off without you…thanks for resigning.

  4. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown July 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    In the words of Popsicle Dah don’t bother me.

  5. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia July 25, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    At last we will have some peace

  6. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry July 25, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I still believe he is the perfect person now to hold the reigns. He will always have my respect.

  7. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin July 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Hip hip hooray we thank you for your time but the people have a say …

  8. Shawn Hall
    Shawn Hall July 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Time wl spent we must move on

  9. Carl Pickford
    Carl Pickford July 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    The whole place is falling apart

  10. Patrick Blackman July 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I have said several times of the past few weeks that Mia was a fool and lack basic management skills and I was ridiculed by some in this paper, now the might Owen has confirmed what I had said all along. This was not a partisan attack on Mia is was an analysis of her naive thinking and weak skills. Now lets see what all the labour party members will have to say now that Owne has publily confirm her stupidity. Are you still now going to blame the dems (Frundie is also a fool). We have to stop this partisan stuff and look at the real facts and possible effects on things by the actions of these elected officials regardless of the party, that the only way this country can get out this mess. Trying to incite people to do silly things is not the way. Thanks Owen for clearing the air on this now we can move forward with some hope that things can change.

    • Olutoye Walrond July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Mr. Blackman you are speaking as though Mr. Arthur’s resignation has revealed the wisdom of God on this matter. It has done no such thing. All it has done is show the extent to which Mr. Arthur’s obsession with power would drive his actions.

      Where are the examples of Ms. Mottley’s naivete and weak skills? Quite a large section of the Barbadian people have a completely different view.
      Can someone perceived to be weak and naive draw the crowd that attended yesterday’s march.

      • dayo July 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        his days and time are over, he is just power drunk, why can’t he recognise Mia as the leader and show support, respect and backing to her 100% with sincerity and openness but rather he prefer to be the headline in the news giving Mia trouble. infact i wonder how politics is played here, how can he become Independent when he was voted for, i it not the faithful supporters of BLP that voted him into seat in St. Peters. If he is quitting BLP then Mia need to appoint another MP for St Peter under the BLP. you can’t just be an Independent just so no no no no.

      • Alicia July 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

        What i will say, is that there’s a lot more going on than what person’s just see in the paper and the media.

        Everything that glitters isn’t gold. Not even with Mia. There are countless examples outside of the public eye where she has showed she doesn’t have one ounce of etiquette or people skills.

        People and parties while do what they have to and say what they have, to get what they want.

        Didn’t the DLP do that in their campaign

  11. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder July 25, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Ooo so tell me this y would the Ex prim leave at this time what does that say to Barbadians???only when is sweet them want some when it bitter them is run,run along after the fun is done u know y u on the run….

  12. Paul Alister Comissiong
    Paul Alister Comissiong July 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    About time.

  13. Amanda Broomes
    Amanda Broomes July 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm


  14. Matie Siew
    Matie Siew July 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    good job take care may god bless you and your family. and its time for someone to the job now,.

  15. Derick Medford
    Derick Medford July 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Not so fast Mr Arthur the people of ST Peter voted for you as a member of the BLP not an independent candidate .

  16. Charles Jong
    Charles Jong July 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Praise the lord.

  17. Virginia Foster-Denny
    Virginia Foster-Denny July 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Ryan Henry so why did he made Mia the head of the opposition??? I can answer that but fb is not the place for it…….

  18. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Thank, you sir for the valueable contributions that you’ve made it your tenure, you would always be the best pm Barbados ever had, I wish you well in your retirement, I thank you!

  19. Julianne Springer
    Julianne Springer July 25, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    ‘megalomania’ party

    obsession with the exercise of power, especially in the domination of others.
    synonyms: delusions of grandeur, folie de grandeur, thirst/lust for power; More
    self-importance, egotism, conceit, conceitedness
    “he’s blinded by his own megalomania and quest for historic recognition at any cost”
    delusion about one’s own power or importance (typically as a symptom of manic or paranoid disorder).

  20. Yvette Johnson
    Yvette Johnson July 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    In the 21st century – the more things change the more they remain the same. The disrespect for women leaders, the failure to diversify the economy and this business of “Bajans smarter” than everybody else is coming home to roost! The youth must be groomed for leadership. Good first step!

  21. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry July 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Virginia foster-Denny its just a preference, not taking away from Ms. Mottley because I honestly feel she is the better between the 2 leaders that exist now and a lot of what she says makes sense to me. In relation to Mr. Arthur he has proven himself already and his style of leadership I admire because in my opinion I saw his patriotism in his decisions made while in office don’t mind I had opposition to lots of them but the economy was vibrant, very vibrant. That is what I respect him for his work as an economist and as a bajan. Ms. Mottley has to prove herself now and I do believe she will live up to it, intelligence and patriotism is strong in her so she should do well as leader.

  22. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Ease the squeeze sorry to see you go. Owen Arthur down to earth politician, the best Finance Minister and he served St Peter well. We had great pleasure meeting you in the UK during your role as PM. We wish you all the best in your retirement!

  23. Victor Benn July 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I am not surprised. Arthur is a three term prime minister and recently he is being treated as though he is the boy in the yard. He is expected to fall in line with what ever the current leadership does without any comments. I do not get the impression that his opinion is sought and his view seems not to be of any importance. He is being treated with a level of disrespect he not accustomed to so I was wondering How much was he going to take. He is still not and old man so I am not surprised.

  24. smash July 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Dont be so fast youngsters. He’s gonna be back when elections are in the air!

  25. Kakkoii Desu
    Kakkoii Desu July 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    It’s about time!

  26. Rosemary Holder
    Rosemary Holder July 25, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Sad day in history for Barbados

  27. Andrew Walker July 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    As far back as I can remember, st.peter have always vote BLP, so what happens now, just wait and see. What a shame, too many politicians think that they are more important than those assure their election.

  28. Andrew Walker
    Andrew Walker July 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Politicians must always remember, it’s the people who can make or break them. I remember back in the day Barbados, politicians were caring people, or at least they pretended they did, now all we hear and see from them is me, me, St.Peter, you are in the spot light. You have always voted BLP, now what? You are all independents?

  29. Don Morris July 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Have you ever wondered how one can go from being a well-respected statesman both at home and abroad to a petulant child in the twinkling of an eye? Ask Owen Arthur; he just did! Don’t get me wrong I have always had the greatest respect and admiration for the gentleman; I believe history should record him as one of the greatest Prime Ministers Barbados ever had — and we haven’t had many of those. But his latest tantrum shows that he’s seems to think he is indispensable. And it cannot be a coincidence that it was announced the day after the successful march against government’s Solid Waste Tax. Quite frankly I think he’s hurt that so many Barbados Labour Party politicians supported Mia in Thursday’s march, including Kerry Simmonds and George Payne, especially given Kerry’s tirade on VOB’s Brasstacks last Sunday. He expected Mia to fall flat on her face, but since he was proven wrong, he couldn’t take it so he resigned from the party.
    Mr. Arthur’s behaviour is typical of Barbadian leaders or potential leaders: Let’s not forget what happened in 1976 when The Barbados Labour Party under Tom Adams won the election; Errol Barrow couldn’t see himself as an Opposition Leader so he handed that task to Frederick Smith (now Sir Frederick) and David Thompson followed suit when he failed to unseat Owen Arthur and the BLP in a general election; he turned over the post of Opposition leader to Clyde Mascoll but seeing the wind of change leading up to 2008, frustrated Clyde Mascoll to the point that he crossed the floor and joined the BLP. Now there’s another wind of change blowing, in fact it was there even for the 2013 election, but he merely missed taking the reins of government, so it seems Mr. Arthur is trying to get back at the helm even though he would probably protest that he isn’t but with his actions who would believe him?
    What else can one think when after the 2013 election Mr. Arthur did indicate that it was possibly the last time he would contest a seat in the House of Assembly. Now we are hearing him say on this occasion that he is not done with active politics.
    So what is he going to do now as an Independent in parliament? How is he going to face all those BLP MPs whom he worked with so hard over the years to build Barbados? I am no political scientist but I believe that the decent thing Mr. Arthur should do is resign from Parliament, and let the people of St. Peter chose a representative in a bye-election, which he can also contest as an Independent since he’s not done with active politics. I have no doubt that Arthur’s charisma and charm formed part of the reason why the people of St. Peter first elected him to parliament, but I think his running for the Barbados Labour Party also had a great deal to do with it. So it’s not fair to the people of St. Peter to just resign from the BLP and sit as an independent.

  30. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms July 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Only him what about the entire DLP posse ?

  31. Alicia July 25, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    There’s a lot more than meets the eye with Owen and Mia’s situation.

    Don’t be so hasty and fast to think that all will be well now because of his absence.

  32. Tony Webster July 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    To reduce the obvious to an adsurbity: a nation needs a leader…exactly as the converse holds true. Equally obvious, and equally true: a nation is greater than any one man. Or any woman!

    We all owe Mr. Owen Arthur a deep debt for many of our national achievements; for demonstrating the heights we are capable of scaling; and for steering us around many a dangerous shoal , that less able men, might have wrecked the S.S. Barbados upon. Thank you Sir!

    However, I too, was walking yesterday- as I had promised in my little BT blog. I walked…for BARBADOS! The moving finger writes, and having written…moves on. There is indeed a season for everything. We must go forward, together. May God Bless Barbados…and allow us Bajans to recognise that as our future well-being is now clearly at stake, it is our duty to put country above self, and to go forward in unity of purpose.

  33. Dayo Popoola
    Dayo Popoola July 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    his days and time are over, he is just power drunk, why can’t he recognise Mia as the leader and show support, respect and backing to her 100% with sincerity and openness but rather he prefer to be the headline in the news giving Mia trouble. infact i wonder how politics is played here, how can he become Independent when he was voted for, i it not the faithful supporters of BLP that voted him into seat in St. Peters. If he is quitting BLP then Mia need to appoint another MP for St Peter under the BLP. you can’t just be an Independent just so no no no no.

  34. Maxine Deane
    Maxine Deane July 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Dats till election time cum around again …..stupsssssse I going wid Mia

  35. Amanda Broomes
    Amanda Broomes July 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    You guys want help that voting for blp open your eyes people each time we put in the dlp them does get the blame for what happening in this island when it is the blp fault that we this way

  36. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders July 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I liked and respected his as a prime minister in his rein but we all have to move forward and he had realised that the right thing to do is step down and let someone else take his place ,I think Mia Mötley will do just as well if not better

  37. winlew July 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks Owen for your time with us. Go join the DLP if that’s your desire

  38. Virginia Foster-Denny
    Virginia Foster-Denny July 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Now I get you Ryan Henry you had me confused……smiling

  39. David E Hall
    David E Hall July 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I believe History will absolve Mr. Arthur as the best PM Barbados has had to date. Undoubtedly he is a man of tremendous intelligence; enviable wit ;( not dry humor); amazing economic management skills, an independent thinker, and without question one of the most brilliant minds the region has ever produced. Ironically this amazing capacity may have itself prevented Mr. Arthur from adopting a position of obedient follower as we in the region have some to expect of those who enter partisan politics. In this regard it is easy to see why Mr. Arthur has chosen to adopt a system /method of politics more amenable to places like North America, Europe or other places in the developed world where independents are accorded the opportunity and inherit the right to make meaningful political and social contributions to the development of society by voting conscience more so rather than party. Contrary to what other have postulated I believe that Mr. Arthur’s legacy will forever remain intact. In many ways Owen Arthur never seems afraid of the unknown and so, I do not expect him to fazed in the least by potential challenges to his decision. Also if the DLP think that a man of such principle who would resign the BLP to assist in the rubber-stamping of their miserable policies then they are more naive than ought to be possible upon the earth. Rather, the fact that one as illustrious as Mr. Arthur has shown that he is willing to step to the sidelines and still articulate his views may signal to other MP’s that even if it’s not popular, conscience does matter. (I hope Mr. Eswick is listening) However in spite of all that I have said I believe that Mr. Arthur’s move augments well for the current leadership of the BLP. I believe Ms. Mottley has been trying hard to carry out the Job as she sees it and the fact that she inherited a part with a colossus such as Mr. Arthur (under her charge) could never have been easy. I am not so naive to believe that with Mr. Arthur out of the way, so to speak, that the path for her is now clear of all other challenges; neither do I believe that she takes any joy whatsoever in Mr. Arthur’s leaving. I believe that she has shown great respect and considerable restraint during the disintegrating relationship with Mr. Arthur and I trust that she will continue to do so. The fight as leader against an incompetent, sly, uncaring and virtually ruthless government is already a tough task. Today therefore is a day that bold Barbadians became stronger as we demonstrated to the world that we are bold robust and strong and not afraid to take unpopular decisions and be bold enough to own up to them , if only we the people had a government as wise as we are.

  40. David Hall July 25, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Mr. Arthur has done a phenomenal job in leading Barbados when he was PM. Unfortunately, this government has not listened to a single idea he has shared otherwise we will not now be in such a mess. It is good therefore that he will remain in parliament so that the country can continue to benefit from his wisdom. His resignation form the BLP will not in anyway increase the competence of the PM nor his blundering Finance minister.

  41. Jackie Alleyne July 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Unity for the “Good of All” !! If we continue to adopt this policy then we can only expect things to go right. A system cannot sustain itself when a few benefit off the backs of many, Kharma is alive and showing up in Barbados, now the many are starting to rise.

  42. s.m July 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    i think that this is going to backfire on mia.

  43. Antonio Cozier
    Antonio Cozier July 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    who cares, its mia turn

  44. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley July 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    The Future is looking brighter! Now kick butt and get the job done properly.

    Heads up, I heard about a case where a spiritual hit women made a visit to Barbados to make sure that they win and take over. They say man to man is so unjust. Some females are also just as unjust and will do anything possible to go down in history.

  45. Glenda Ifill July 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

    History will record Mr. Arthur and one of our greatest Prime Ministers. We should thank him for his sterling contribution and wish him well. This is not the time to be emotional and political. I see him as being selfless instead of selfish by putting country before self. How many of his critics if they were in the same position would calmly walk away? He that is without sin cast the first stone.

  46. jr smith July 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

    We are at a cross roads in bimshire, as a dems, I cannot see anyone in the political order of merit to win over the Honourable Lady, she stands out above anyone else in politics in barbados.
    We must look at the political landscape, look over the horizon and
    see the political clout women are carrying.
    We have to start prepearing for the future of a woman priminister for barbados and the first woman president in them they states of the USA.
    Just look at the march,thats effort from the people by the people,
    thats what bajans think of her.

  47. Patrick Blackman July 26, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I have never liked Mr. Arthur personally, but his point was valid with respect to the tax. The BLP put the environmental levy in place, was she not aware of this when she opened her mouth? The DLP just reintroduced the tax that was always there. It shows her lack of understanding. The USA has always said that “she often speaks on matters she knows very little of” and they were right. Then her brilliant idea was to put it on water… how stupid can you be. The problem is that bajans voted base on personalities not on the policies set out by these parties. Mia, they will see you for what you are very soon.


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