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Mia thanks Owen for his service

He is entitled to make decisions that he believes to be in his best interest, said Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley in response to today’s resigation of Barbados Labour Party (BLP) stalwart and former Prime Minister Owen Arthur.

In a one-page statement, Mottley thanked Arthur for his service to the BLP and the country, while expressing the hope that he would continue to work with the party           “in the spirit of national cooperation”.

“Owen Arthur served the Barbados Labour Party and Barbados at a critical time before the end of the last century. He helped to lay the foundation for the Barbados that is and the Barbados that we are struggling to preserve,” she said.

“As Mr Arthur rallies to the end of this parliamentary term and thereafter, we hope that he will continue to make himself available in the service of this country. Even though he will no longer be sitting as a member of this party, we hope that in the spirit of national cooperation he will work with us on issues as he will with others, just as we will work with any member of the Barbadian society towards the restoration of hope.

“As I said in my letter yesterday to Prime Minister [Freundel] Stuart, these are extraordinary times, and extraordinary times require of us courage and extraordinary action. Our traditional politics will not help us navigate these turbulent waters,” said Mottley, who once served as Arthur’s deputy.

Meanwhile, BLP general secretary Senator Dr Jerome Walcott said he was shocked by Arthur’s resignation.

He said it was regrettable since Arthur had made a great contribution to Barbados and the party.

“I regret that it has ended like this,” Walcott said.

“I think the party will certainly regret his not being around in terms of meetings, but having made his decision, we have to respect his decision; and I have no doubt that the party [which] has been around for [76 years] will continue doing its work to bring about a better life for the people of Barbados.”


9 Responses to Mia thanks Owen for his service

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock July 26, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Your troubles, have just begun!

  2. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean July 26, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Please…our country is seriously ill and needs the best care to cure it. This is bigger than any one person. Focus on the tasks at hand. We are depending on you all for inspiration, hope and confidence. For this illness will not go away with the current treatments bring administered. Left to fester much longer and it may render our sweet Barbados terminal. Lead us and we will follow. For the love of country and the common good come together and find the cure

  3. Vishska Bokeesh
    Vishska Bokeesh July 26, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Follow Christ and thy land shall be healed repent bajan repent

  4. Dawn Franklin
    Dawn Franklin July 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Owen like a spoil child that don’t get a cut ass so he don’t know pain or to struggles to get everyday basics he gets let out the house to play with the children in the neighborhood and lost he chance at being captain and decides to tell off the person that is captain now and when he see that everybody on board with the new captain he get vex want attention and take off he clothes in the middle of the field and say he done. Cause he not getting the attention he want.

  5. David E Hall
    David E Hall July 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Thank you Mia! Over the last several months you have been restrained and respectful in your remarks in relation to perceived differences between yourself and Mr Arthur.I encourage you to continue to do so.

  6. Patrick Blackman July 26, 2014 at 11:09 am


  7. Quincy B July 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    A classy lady. Never heard of her calling up journalists in the middle of the night and cursing them. Never seen her drunk on a political platform. Never heard of her being drunk and disorderly in public.

    In fact I have only seen her supporting Owen Arthur when he was Prime Minister, even when the decisions he may have made were unpopular.

    She is a woman of the people for the people and they love her. I pray God’s blessings upon her to remain calm and continue what she knows is right for the people of Barbados.

  8. Nancy F July 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I want to applaud Mia Amor Mottley for the class she continues to show to the people of Barbados. Although Owen continues to try to discredit her in every way, she gives him only respect. Thank you Mia, you are continually in my prayers. Keep up the good work and the struggle for the masses in this country. Owen you can stop the foolishness now. Bow out with the dignity you have left. We thank you for the service you have given to this nation. Time to let go and let our leader do her work.

  9. Nancy F July 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I salute you Mia Mottley for not ever responding to Owen Arthur in a negative way. You are always respectful to him. Keep up the good work you are doing. Owen it is time you stop trying to discredit Mia. She is doing a good work. You have done well in your time Mr. Owen, it is time you stop with your foolishness.. Let the party do their work for the people in this country. We need them more than ever now. Our prayers are continually with you Ms. Mottley and your team. keep your focus


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