Arthur a ‘political enemy’ of DLP

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has no interest in joining forces with former prime minister Owen Arthur.

Owen Arthur
Owen Arthur

The party’s general secretary Donville Inniss made that clear today as he sought to put to rest rumours that Arthur, who he described as a “political enemy” of the ruling party, could be welcomed into the fold of the DLP.

He told the media at a press conference called to announce plans for the DLP’s 59th annual general conference that no overtures had been made by either Arthur, who resigned from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) last month, or the DLP.

And he stressed that Arthur would not receive any favours even if he sought to become a member of the party led by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

“If Mr Arthur wishes to join the Democratic Labour Party, as his parliamentary representative I’m happy to give him an application form to join the party but he will be treated as any other. He would have to go through a process,” Inniss said.

“Mr Arthur has been a political enemy of this party for many, many years. That does not go away overnight.”

At the same time, Inniss said, the DLP would not dismiss any contribution Arthur might have to make.

“As a party and as a Government we’ve always been willing to listen to [everyone], let all ideas contend and if Mr Arthur wishes to make a constructive contribution to national development, as he has done in the past, the Democratic Labour Party and the Government [are] quite willing to listen and entertain him,” he said.

Several attempts to reach Arthur today were futile.

When he delivered a one-line resignation letter addressed to the party’s general secretary on July 25, the St Peter MP said he was breaking ties with the BLP because he believed that it had lost its way and its soul.

Several political and social commentators have speculated on his political future since he decided to sit as an Independent in the House of Assembly, with suggestions that he could either become a member of the DLP or start his own political party.


7 Responses to Arthur a ‘political enemy’ of DLP

  1. Carie Apple
    Carie Apple August 13, 2014 at 5:03 am


  2. Tony Webster August 13, 2014 at 5:25 am

    The natives…are getting restless! If one could ask Alice-in-the -land-of fighting-fish, “what meanest this”… she might say that this gets curiouser, and curiouser.
    We now tread a path filled with lovely flowers to one side; a beautiful dawn breaking over yon horizon…, and the other side of the path one sees the edge of a gaping chasm. Pray Lord, guide our hearts, as well as our feet; bless the meek and mild, the humble, and those of pure heart. And raise up from amongst us, the strong, the brave, and the righteous, to do Your Works. A child, you say?

  3. Monique Tull
    Monique Tull August 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

    double stupse

  4. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love August 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Its the people who are they worse enemy in Barbados.

  5. junior evans August 13, 2014 at 7:48 am

    This is why Barbados is in the state it is in right now, instead of there politicians work with each other them seeing each other as enemies dam shame them pride and egos going to destroy Barbados, when Canada wanted us to join there union back in the West Indies Federation days we should have joined. If Government really care about the people who put them in office they would have given there self a pay cut first and the Opposition would take one with open arms too. But I really know that Arthur can do a much better job than chris.

  6. Alison Branch
    Alison Branch August 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    call the man Moses- he opens his mouth and the bull rushes

  7. Rickie Nurse August 15, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Let us not kid ourselves, the way how the Westminister system of government is structured, it does not allow for the Opposition to be equal par with the ruling party when it come to governmental decision making and the passing and amendment of laws that governs the country.

    This hogwash that I am hearing knocking about the place that all the parliamentarians should come together and find a common ground on how to get the economy back on solid footing, is nothing more that fairy tail wishes and a mere fallacy.

    The purpose of an opposition is to agitate the ruling party and keep it on it’s toes so to speak, that the ruling party stay with the mandate it promise the people it was capable of fulfilling.

    Any measures that the ruling party makes or attempt to take that appears to be against the peoples better interest, it is the duty of the opposition to bring it to the attention of both the ruling party and the people of the country, let it be crystal clear, the opposition IS NOT PART OF GOVERNMENT. It does not have any power or influential say in the governing of the country.

    As for Donville Inniss and his “fork tongue” speech, pay no attention to what he says, or if you do, take it with a whole lot of salt not a pinch. It is clear that they (DEMS) are not even reading from the same page, when it became know that Mr. Arthur was no longer a BLP member in the House, but rather an independent member, Freundell Stuart as well as Chris Sinckler were the first to openly say that they will be willing to Mr. Arthur work with them in the interest of the country, because he still has a lot to offer.

    All along he was washed up, a political enemy and all sorts of negativeness when he was a BLP member, but as soon as he is no longer a BLP member, he’s the greatest thing since slice bread who they will listen to and take advice from. Give me a break.

    As I have said already, if they need advice or any ideas on how to govern this country, all they have to do is get a copy of the BLP’s manifesto from the last election and copy from it, it is there for all to see and by the way it was written when Mr. Arthur was still leader of the Opposition.


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