Challenge to Arthur

Political scientist wants public statement from Owen

Political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph has challenged former BLP leader Owen Arthur to publicly state what he finds so objectionable about Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley.

The political science lecturer at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies threw out the challenge in a Barbados TODAY interview.

“I think there is strong opposition to the Municipal Solid Waste Tax and that is where Arthur’s judgement comes into question. What I am hearing is not a genuine criticism of the march. What you are seeing is objection for its own sake and that is what I have been saying for a long time. He resigned from the Barbados Labour Party on what grounds? Unless he can give a valid and solid reason that can close the gap between action and the explanation for it, then Arthur appears to be objecting for its own sake,” he asserted.

The political scientist views Arthur’s resignation as part of the resolution of the leadership question in the party, stating “something had to give”.

Owen Arthur
Owen Arthur

He said it’s now up to Mottley to consolidate her position within the BLP.

“Mottley has prevailed insofar as that leadership issue is concerned. We are seeing for the first time the consolidation of Mottley’s leadership. Arthur’s resignation means that Mottley has freed herself of the burden of having a former Prime Minister peeping over her shoulders,” he said, pointing out that Mottley’s leadership hinged on the success of yesterdays march.

“Had the march failed then there would have been a sense that the opposition within the party was so strong that she was unable to get the traction that she should have had so in a sense she overcame that hurdle. She did not fail in staging the march. From the enemies quarters the expectation of a flop did not materialise. The objections became inconsequential. They were not enough to frustrate the success of the march. Owen’s isolation was demonstrated yesterday.

Also commenting on the matter, was pollster and political analyst Peter Wickham, who argued that Arthur’s isolation within the BLP was a “self-inflicted wound”, which could result in his “political end game”.

“He has built himself a situation where he is essentially the only member of the BLP side who is unwilling to stand in opposition to a tax that the vast majority of Barbadians seem to stand in opposition to,” Wickham pointed out.

“I found his justification of it, that he introduced a solid waste tax, a very peculiar position to take because I am challenged to understand the association between the environmental levy he imposed and the Municipal Solid Waste Tax, which is now being imposed. I think that it was a bit of political gymnastics to get to a stage where you are saying that [you] am unwilling to support the opposition to the solid waste tax because you supported the introduction of the environmental levy.”

14 Responses to Challenge to Arthur

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    OH NO! NOT this man AGAIN!

  2. Di-sharon Boyce
    Di-sharon Boyce July 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    He did us proud for 15 yrs Fumble and his crew could resign too

  3. Anthony Daniel
    Anthony Daniel July 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I’m a bit confused here, didn’t the great majority of Barbarians see Mr Arthur as an Economic/Political genius at some point? What a difference a few days make in politics….

  4. Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke
    Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke July 25, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    He realized that he wasn’t getting the attention & his time had passed. So just sit & wait for your knighthood. In the mean time be nice & support those who had supported you!

  5. Elridge Dixon July 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Who are you, Tennyson Joseph, to offer a challenge to Owen Arthur? You cannot even hold a candle to him.

  6. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince July 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    very sad….

  7. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily July 26, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Good points Dr Tennyson… Arthur is just jealous, he is surprise at the vast support Mia is getting.

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 26, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Mia getting support? From across your heart bra. Both parties need an overhaul.

  9. John Nicholls
    John Nicholls July 26, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Why? For what purpose? To allow you people to continue this ignorance?

  10. Olutoye Walrond July 26, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Very well argued, gentlemen. I, myself, am struggling to connect Arthur’s objection to the tax with the explanations he gave. All the more so because he, himself, has been critical of the tax. How do you criticise something and then oppose those who march against it? Makes absolutely no sense.

    The linkage with the environmental levy completely eludes me. Was this levy in the same proportions as the Solid Waste Tax? Was it No. 20+ in a chain of taxes imposed on Barbadians over a six year period?

    And if he had genuine reservations about the protest why not simply absent yourself, instead of publicly repudiating your own party leader?

    None of it makes sense to me, least of all that having led the party and held the office of Prime Minister for three terms Mr. Arthur would find it so easy to quit.

  11. Hermine Alleyne July 26, 2014 at 7:33 am

    After reading owen’s reason for leaving the party, the only thing that came to mind is he did not want to wear white,because RED was always the party standard, but I did not go to U.W.I. I have follow the BLP for years, this has lost me. Best of luck Mia we need you.

  12. Patrick Blackman July 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Dr Tennyson Joseph needs to get a refund of his tuition for he has learnt nothing…..

  13. Maureen Brathwaite July 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Really at a time like this; sometimes these polititions make me sick with the childishness. Mr Arthur you had your time please let go. It would not be right for an old Principal to dictate to the old Principal how to run the school. Just thank God that he had brought you so far and bow out gracefully.

  14. jacksobers July 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Owen now realize that the people of barbados done with him after two losts


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