BLP leadership option

Political scientist says let party membership decide

Leading political scientist Dr Tennyson Joseph believes there is a way out of the current leadership struggle within the opposition Barbados Labour Party.

He suggests that the party membership should decide on who should head the BLP after former leader Owen Arthur said he had lost all confidence in Mia Mottley as leader of the opposition.

…All caribbean political parties should go the route of the…People’s National Party in Jamaica and let the party membership select the leader,” he said.

“Why are we so reluctant to allow the rank and file members, the card-carrying members of a party, to have an open election in selecting the leader periodically or at every annual conference or whenever there is a challenger?”

Joseph is also adamant that Arthur owes the party and country a full explanation.

As a former leader of the party, as a former prime minister, he has to propose concrete mechanisms and structures that will resolve the leadership issues of the BLP not only in the current situation but for the next few decades or years to come,” the political scientist insists.

5 Responses to BLP leadership option

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 20, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Please don’t leave us, Owen. Them detractors ain’t got a thing on you.

  2. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson January 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Really? I don’t believe some of the crap these people come up with. They cant make a decision now, what they gonna do when they all arguing among themselves? Leave them out of it, take some action and get this country back on track

  3. Renny Johnson
    Renny Johnson January 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    This is about right

  4. Clyde January 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Owen, You are finish.
    Hang up your belt and move on.
    Mia and the other party members should let you know this.
    You are not The BLP,you are only (1) one member
    When David Thompson asked you to have a breakfast talk with him and try to set a path forward for Barbados you refused,It took a real man and politician to make this call.
    In accepting,you would have been a Statesman,but you refused.
    I am sure this would have been a great help in preventing some of the economic problems we have today.
    Te BLP will exist without Owen,Kick Him Out.

  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott January 21, 2014 at 12:08 am

    the DLP people cannot decide on Owen or MIA. They are quick to want in on trying. Owen has to remain until next election and MIA has to lead the rule, anyone BLP or DLP wanting a by-election on the BLP side has to be crazy even to suggest it , Stalwart or not!


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