No saviour

Not even Arthur can save ‘dem’, says Belle

Political scientist Dr George Belle has ridiculed the thought of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur joining Government’s economics team, falling just short of saying such a move would be a total waste of time.

Belle reacted with incredulity to a report in Barbados TODAY that Arthur had been asked to replace former university lecturer in economics Sir Frank Alleyne as Chairman of the Freundel Stuart administration’s advisory council on economic affairs.

He suggested that with the economy in a shambles, not even Arthur could save the administration at this late stage; and he stressed that Stuart needed to return to the polls.

“The Government’s policies have failed and they are continuing to fail. The way to resolve the situation where the Government has already a weak majority and where its policies are totally inadequate, then the best thing for the Government to do is to return to the electorate to try to see if it can get a strong mandate from the people of Barbados,” Belle said.

He repeated several times that the administration needed political advice, not someone to teach it how to run the economy and that any suggestions that the Member of Parliament for St Peter offered would simply “compound failure”.

“I am not saying what they want to do, I am saying that is the political advice anyone including Arthur should be giving to the Freundel Stuart administration,” Belle said of his recommendation that only an election would do. “There is no need for Arthur to be giving the Government any economic advice at this time. Economic advice to do what? To compound failure?”

In yesterday’s edition of Barbados TODAY, Arthur confirmed that an approach had indeed been made to him to take over as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

“I have been approached, but as far as I am aware, there has not been any formal decision of the Government on the matter,” he said.

However, the independent parliamentarian made it clear he was not about to cross the floor and join the Democratic Labour Party Government even though he acknowledged that his role of economic advisor would require him to work closely with the administration.

He further confirmed that he had also been approached earlier by Senator Darcy Boyce to work with Government on the Caribbean Commission on the Economy.

Arthur had rejected an earlier suggestion made by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley for him to form part of “an eminent persons group” on the economy.

If Arthur accepts the appointment, it will come at a time when Governor of the Central Bank Dr Delisle Worrell has announced in his third quarterly report that the economy was performing well below one per cent growth annually.          

8 Responses to No saviour

  1. Kim Marshall November 4, 2015 at 8:52 am

    I do not want former Prime Minister Owen Arthur to save Dem! .
    I want the persons elected, Bee or Dee, to realize that their decisions, good and bad, affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people; not any one person or only the persons supporting that party.
    Mature people are capable of admitting that what they thought would work is not working; are able to take advice from others and be open to try something else.
    We can no longer have years of sub 1% growth and this be ok for the people of Barbados. The home grown plan, as it is called, is taking too long to work or is not working and so get over yourself and let us try something else!
    Admitting you made a mistake and asking for help does not make you weak as this is not about you. Asking for help may allow the country to be stronger than it currently is economically and this is all that matters.
    If Mr. Arthur, or anyone that has a track record for stimulating economic growth is willing to assist; be mature enough to listen so the country can return to growth and ALL people in Barbados may be allowed to benefit from what that growth will bring.

  2. Alex Alleyne November 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    This move will be very interesting . The removal of Alleyne must fit in with the removal of Sinckler .
    What more can we ask for but to hear the back and forth between the master and the pupil……..Arthur vs Mascoll.
    Next we will hear that they are going to import one from T&T.

  3. Wayne Dread November 4, 2015 at 10:05 am

    One can easily see the motive of the writer, how can and will an election solve this? This appears to be a attempt to quell the possibility of Mr.Arthurs vote benefiting the current administration in Parliament. As the leader of the opposition single minded selecting her candidates without the consideration of the constituents, Why don’t these undercover advisors address these matters,? The weak majority is looking like a sweet majority as secure candidates are forced to walk the plank eg.Agard and Arthur, both these candidates are in a sound position to retain their seats regardless of Party Affiliation, what the writer failed to express is the fear of which way they will vote in Parliament.

  4. jrsmith November 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Barbados cannot make an economic recovery, on tourism alone, neither can they do so on business activity in Barbados. we don’t have that level of business
    To me the infrastructure , is the only gate way ,to get the economy moving in the right direction. upgrading , building , adding and a clean up programme for the island, getting people back to work , that’s the target. they spending power. the government needs to find at lease 5000 jobs. with others been added as like a cottage industry spinoff.

    This is my opinion , considering 3000 workers suppose to have left the public sector and various figures from the private. this would be a start.

    My idea , the English businessman , has confidence in Barbados to want to raise 1 billion US ,to help. take the money, The UK is suppose to be recovering they are still in debt. The worlds always biggest debtor the US is 26 trillion dollars in debt, which will never be paid back, …

  5. dave November 4, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Wayne Dread ! your response is typical of the type of responses that come from jokers. Everytime we try to fix a problem; you point to some other foolishness. Women argue this way and women seem to have a lot of influence in this society so you have fallen in line. Deal with the argument -and not the tick for tack crap -Wayne Dread !! Barbadians have grown stupid backward and ignorant . Voting for the DLP in 2008 was a big mistake . To return the DLP to power in 2013 was dowright —stupid !!!! It would not have happen in times past. The DLP after 1991- 94 should not seen political office in 30 years. If this 30 year span had been effected , we would have purged the country of these jokers in the DLP. Freundull Stuart is a Prime Minister though ?

  6. Sanky November 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Politics of inclusion.

  7. Bajan boy November 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I agree with George Belle they need to call an election. Arthur can join Dem and carry long Maria and both can run fuh Dem or run from Dem cause none of Dem don’t like neither..

  8. Tony Webster November 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    The political temperature start to climb…and dese is earf tremors, fuh sure.


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