Owen’s puppets

Thompson: UPP is Arthur’s way of getting at Mia

Former Minister of Energy Elizabeth Thompson is pointing an accusing finger at her ex boss by implying that he was behind the island’s newest political party as a means to get at Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley.

Thompson, who served as Minister of Energy and Environment in the Owen Arthur-led BLP administration, Friday launched a broadside at Arthur and Lynette Eastmond, who yesterday launched the United Progressive Party (UPP), mere weeks after reportedly stating she was a member of the BLP and was not involved in any other political movement.

Eastmond, who contested and lost the last three general elections on a BLP ticket, was introduced as the chairman of the new party, something that Thompson did not allow to go unnoticed in a lengthy Facebook post.

“I found the fact that the person who led the interview was described as chairman and not party leader, most interesting,” she wrote.

“It will be interesting to see who they attract and what their platform is. This group [is] united by dislike of the leader of the BLP and sharing common bonds in their inability to win seats or nominations.”

The former minister led a stout defence of Mottley, with whom she served in the Arthur Cabinet, suggesting that the current BLP leader had survived Arthur’s every attempt to get rid of her.

Having failed, Thompson said it had become obvious from Arthur’s recent utterances that he had resorted to forming a party of disgruntled BLP politicians as his latest effort to humiliate Mottley.

“ OSA [Owen Seymour Arthur] did not manage to get rid of MAM [Mia Amor Mottley] by abusing her publicly; he did not accomplish it by not going to Parliament; he did not accomplish it by being silent on important national issues; he did not accomplish it by threatening to leave and then actually leaving the BLP.

“So when in recent weeks, almost coinciding with talk of the new party, he was again engaging in serious national discourse in a way that we know he is fully capable of doing . . . finally, he has revealed his latest hand, or should I say, his instrument. If this is the new game, then the UPP is the United Puppets Party . . . or the United Political Puppets.”

This notwithstanding, Thompson held out hope that Mottley and Arthur would put their differences aside and “unite for the sake of the country”.

She said they did not have to be friends, they “just have to work together for the greater cause of country and citizen”.

Otherwise, she said, the UPP would be an asset to the incumbent Democratic Labour Party, which is currently struggling to maintain Barbadians’ faith in its ability to govern.

“If I were FS [Freundel Stuart, the Prime Minister], even if I was contemplating an early election, I would sit back, give the UPP time to pull BLP supporters, give them time to raise finance and candidates, wait for the Old BLP and the New BLP to start cannibalizing each other and their leaders,” she said, even while insisting that the country needed “strong, visionary, competent people, united to take the country forward and utilizing skills, intellect and experience”.

Source: (KB)

14 Responses to Owen’s puppets

  1. Tony Webster February 11, 2017 at 1:00 am

    PHEW! Lord, let me count the ways I love thee, for thine art perfect and without deceit or treachery (or even the possibility of such). We cud now have a “first”: a “Bajan-Mexican stand-off”??

    All bets off? All bets on?? Shutes…Vote Webby for P.M. ( Perfect Man). I promise I will “T.M.B.” (Try My Best). Scout’s honour.

  2. Sherene Drakes-Seales
    Sherene Drakes-Seales February 11, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Ms Thompson, I’ve always had utmost respect for you. Your stance and position on this matter however is very interesting. I’m inclined to ask you ; Exactly what is it about MAM that OSA and company is seeing or that they’re aware of, why they are so bent on not wanting her to be PM?
    Why should a man who served Three consecutive terms as PM and who won the respect and admiration of the entire Caribbean be so bent on destroying a woman who served in his cabinet all three of those terms?. What does he know that he’s trying his best without exposing to explain?. What is it that he knows about MAM that is resting so heavily on his bosom?
    What secrets has he been privy to?
    Is it pure malice on his part? Was the treatment metted out to Dr Agard indicative of things to come? This is a man who has said time and time again that this is a Barbados in which his Children and grand children must grow! I’m really trying to fit the pieces together here. Some thing just is not adding up. Say what you want to say about him you can call him many things, but no one! Absolutely no one can accuse him of putting party before country.

  3. observer February 11, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Lynette Eastmond you are not political material.You on a platform like you speaking to execs in a board room. You lack the common touch and àre too stuck up. Observing you over the years you are a pathetic politician. You do not mix with ordinary folks so do not go knocking on their doors.Arthur must be real hard up if he put you in the front line cause you just don’t have it and will never get it. Find something else to do with your time.

  4. marva February 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Sometimes it is best to remain silent. I think Liz missed that class. she underlined the disunity as being extremely deep in the BLP by her utterances. Without her exposure I would have thought the new party was made up of people who didn’t win seats and we’re therefore unhappy because their party wisely didn’t did not allow them to contest again. but she told us that it is deeper than that. she expose that the BLP is no longer fit to run because of fault lines so deep that on can expect an inter quake os seismic proportions that would put pale to the Valdivia earthquake that measured 9.5. That party is in shambles; the DLP is incapable of finding the right police for our current troubles; and the two new parties comprise losers or people that can be described as merely butting bout. so let us have a requiem mass for another so-call Caricom MDCs which is following the path set by the others such as Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad…
    I don’t have to paint the picture of the effects of socio-economic malaise … we see them in our MDCs, vicious crimes, incest, violence against everyone most pronounced against women and children; the decline of the middle class, the latter breeding more significantly the loss of hope.
    and where can we run… in the days of Jamaica and Guyana’s decline some Caricom states were strong enough to host others nationals; north American and European borders were easier to pass through than now. we will have to run to the rock for rescue and you know what the song says about that.

  5. Boolee Popo February 11, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Glynn Murray will be running in St Geoge North..
    and..he will lost his deposit

  6. Miche February 11, 2017 at 8:52 am

    It is better to remain silent ,and be thought a fool, than to speak,thereby removing all doubt;;;;,,,The B.L.P,,in using lizzy to send this subliminal request to delay the election,,is in actual fact trying to buy time ,,to get their disgruntled,and divided and in-fighting group together,,,,They are like the deciples before the upperroom experience,,,,,Lord,,( Mia ) who shall sit on your right hand ) DAle,,Glyne,,Poor Georgie De Pain, or de teacher from St Thomas) election now would find then unprepared and really short of a worthy team…….

  7. mervin kellman February 11, 2017 at 11:24 am

    @ Miche. Perhaps you should have followed your own tidings.

  8. Peter February 11, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Sherene, Here’s why. Owen CANNOT give up. He is addicted to that kind of situation where his arrogant and character assisin behavior prevails. He is a trouble maker. He is giving DEMs more seasoning and Thyme for their soup. I am predicting that after this coming elections, the parliamentary floor will be well worn from crossings. Liz Thompso0n is perfectly correct in her measure of things. I won’t be surprised if Dale is air marked to become the new leader that is after the dust has settled with the busy crossings. My prediction also is that Richard Sealy will be the new leader of the DEMs and that will upset Dennis, Chris, Lowe, both o’dem Lashleys and and Donville who is a well disguised undercover BEE Tony Web, boy Phil ask me to tell you not to get into politricks because you ain’t and never could BEE one o’ DEM

  9. Kevin February 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Why you all want Liz Thompson to remain silent and not speak the truth of the internal squabbles within the BLP? All the Judases that kick the current leader of the BLP to the curb prior to the 2013 elections are still within the busoms of the BLP.

  10. Carson C Cadogan February 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    There is fear and trembling within the Barbados Labour Party regarding the UPP.

    Bajans would rather see Lynette Eastmond as PM than MIA AMOR MOTTLEY.

  11. sunshinecanada February 11, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Carson, U,R A Big joker,

  12. BaJan boy February 12, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Owen continues to destroy his own legacy and looks rather indecent each time he goes after the young lady. Some of these arrogant ignorant men who seem to think they cannot be managed by a woman but have daughters who they expect to lead at sometime. Only last week we heard Owen loike BOBO saying that we need to cut Government spending and should start by sending home people from the Postal service. Next day another aricle by the same person saying Government was correct in reinstating the 10% . Is he so hungry?? We know he is vicious as he was the same man who said David Thompson would never be PM under his watch we know the result. We know that when Sinkler wanted to make him a consultant Frundel said as he did not want Freundel as PM either. Owen seems to think he is the person in Barbados fit to be PM and we saw how he undermined Clyde Mascoll after promising to take him to St. Peter after he retires but we the rest. Owen is just not decent,sincere and seems quite envious and lonely. Liz is correc and we all know he is behind these losers. Wasn’t he the man who cut up the constituencies to give Lynette a chance to Parliament ??? The result she lost all the BLP support and did so one each occasion worst. Maria another lately come yuh was given a sure seat and disrespected. Not to speak about the boy Callender who is such a joker he left a party in power to follow David Thompson who only cared about the Clico dollars…Mia has served this country well and Barbados was ready for her since last election when Owen come back and forced her out to the anger of Barbados and hence the election. Mia is a happy Guly intelligent visionary who has the development of this country deep in her belly and will serve us well. May God grant her the privilege.

  13. Ernesta February 13, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Sherene Drakes-Seales, you are on to something. I remember when OSA fired the said Liz that he refused to be as detailed as persons wanted him to be. As a matter of fact he said it was one thing to fire a person, but another thing to destroy them. That speaks to something about the character of OSA – no saint but credit must be given where due.

  14. F.A.Rudder February 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    It’s about time that all Barbadians wake up and understand that the old way of politicking is gone . We are in the smart phone Information technology days and only clean and vibrant politics will be served to the people. Financial principals could be looked up in an instant; International institutions on economics could be reached at a flash; so please Barbadians if you want to stay abreast with good guidance please acknowledge these factors for the good of the land.


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