Arthur not joining the Dems
He is currently sitting alone as an Independent in the House of Assembly.
And St Peter MP Owen Arthur says he was quite contented for things to remain that way.
“I heard Mr Haynesley Benn venting about how I was always a Dem. That is just foolishness,” said Arthur in dismissing the suggestion.
He also shot back at his former political opponent, saying Benn, who is the current Consul General to Canada, needs to stop “venting” and “begin to behave like a diplomat”.
In light of his decision to quit the Barbados Labour Party last month, Arthur also sought to make it clear that he was neither up for sale nor looking to the Government for any work.
“That is nonsense! I am not now going to suddenly go out to become a consultant to a political institution, I am not doing that. I am not looking for work from the Democratic Labour Party. I am not going to do anything that would suggest that my present situation is because I’m looking for things from the Government. I am not going to do that,” he stressed.
In fact, he made a point of saying that he was neither a “trophy” nor an item to be purchased.
“I really don’t like to be in those positions,” he said.
Arthur also made it clear that he was not involved in any talks with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart about crossing the floor. In fairness to the Prime Minister he said no such overtures had even been made.
However, the St Peter MP said he was looking forward to serving out his time as an Independent in the House of Assembly.
“I will be in a position to speak on the floor of parliament, and speaking without the constraints a partisan whip I can more clearly say things I feel are in the interest of the country, unconcerned by if they are going to affect the party or not. Very often there is a limit to how far you can go because if some things are needed to be said that are politically unpopular, you don’t say them in politics.
“My position will be that I will say things in parliament that if the Government wants to act on it, they can act on it. . . . but I am not about to enter any commercial or any other similar arrangement with the Government where I am going to become a consultant to the Government, I am not going to do that,” he stressed.