It is not about Mia, insists Arthur

“I do not hate the Democratic Labour Party.”

This is the response of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur to critics who say he should not even contemplate lending a helping hand to the Freundel Stuart-led governing party at this time.

However, quoting from Irish Poet William Yeats, Arthur today said: “I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere in the skies above.

“Those that I fight I do not hate. Those that I guard I do not love.”

In the same vein, he rejected suggestions that any attempts by him to help the DLP were really his way of destroying the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

However, Arthur said while it may well be true that he no longer loves the BLP for the simple reason that “they have done a lot of unfair, unfortunate and hurtful things to me”, he was not currently motivated by hate.

Still, he continues to lick his open wounds following his bitter 2014 split from the BLP, saying it still pains him every time he recalls the effort that was made to expel him from the party he led for nearly two decades.

“I left them psychologically, because they never would have done that to [founding father] Grantley Adams nor to Bernard St John, nor to Henry Forde nor to Tom Adams. But Mia Mottley sat in a chair and heard people read out charges against me to expel me from the party.

“And what about? Because I would not fall in line behind Mia Mottley,” Arthur revealed, while suggesting that if anyone had to be expelled at that time it should have been Mottley for not supporting her own party’s position on the Barbados Revenue Authority.

“She was a member of the Cabinet that agreed with the Revenue Authority and when it came to the House, the same one that we proposed, she opposed it. I said that having been the author of this I can’t now disown a child and then I gathered that I was to be expelled from the party,” the former BLP leader further revealed.

He also lamented that the BLP had prepared a booklet in 2014 under Mottley’s leadership which Arthur said indicated that he was never a leader of the Barbados Labour Party.

“They have done a lot of unfair, unfortunate and hurtful things to me,” he stressed.

However, the independent Member of Parliament for St Peter said he continued to help his BLP colleagues in whatever way he could, especially on the eve of the Estimates debate, which he said has always been “the biggest debate of the year” for the BLP.

“Under Tom Adams, under Henry Forde, under Bernard St John, we would gather in and consult between the Wednesday and the Saturday morning and then on the weekend we would bring eveyryone together and discuss and prepare ourselves for the Estimates,” Arthur, said, while openly criticizing Mottley’s decision to stage a ‘march of disgust’ on the weekend that is traditionally used in preparation for the Estimates.

“I can’t tell them what to do, but I know what we used to do when the Labour Party was a serious Labour Party,” he said, insisting that he remains open to rendering his advice to the BLP.

He suggested that Mottley was the one who had a problem with him, while revealing that last year she had intervened to stop him from helping members of the party to prepare for the annual financial exercise.

“I’m tired of suffering in silence behind the scenes for foolishness. The Labour Party people know that if they ask for my advice, I would give them my advice. I did it last year. There are at least four members of the Labour Party who went to my house last year and spent the evening before the Estimates at my home, in my study being prepared to participate in the Estimates debate.

“There were a few others who were supposed to come who were told [by Mottley] that they could not come. This year again I am supposed to be doing that. So Chris has asked me for help and I am helping him; the Labour Party people have asked me for help and I am helping them and yet I am trying to destroy the Barbados Labour Party. I’m tired of it. I really, really am tired of it,” stressed Arthur, who said he was concerned about Mottley’s ideas for bringing about growth through disruptive change, based on the advice of Professor Avinash Persaud.

108 Responses to It is not about Mia, insists Arthur

  1. Sophia Als
    Sophia Als March 1, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Every time election draw near, he does pop up and stay talking crap smdh

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    • Peter March 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Both the DLP and Owen Arthur are using each other in a cleverly crafted game of strategy and tactics. The DEMs knows he will join forces with the UPP which is his ulterior motive. Depending on how well the UPP do, George Payne and Dale Marshall will cross the floor. This splits up both the BLP and the UPP which gives the DLP their best chance. However one must not discount the upstarts loke Donville, both Dennis Lowe and Kellman, David Estwick and Sinkler himself, Watch and see. The outside world is watching.

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  2. John Wick
    John Wick March 1, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Dam monkey

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  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 1, 2017 at 1:24 am

    A man gotta do what a man gott2do!

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  4. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis March 1, 2017 at 1:25 am

    its chess not checkers….If he fixes the mess..he is a hero….if it crashes and burns…he is the scapegoat…

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  5. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 1, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Lawd looka Trump and Hillary doe.

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  6. Liv Stewart
    Liv Stewart March 1, 2017 at 1:36 am

    This is about Mia only a fool would think otherwise

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  7. Daniel A Boxill
    Daniel A Boxill March 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Wait, This is the same man that ousted her as leader in the run up to an election who keeps complaining of being unfaired? *confused*

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  8. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea March 1, 2017 at 1:54 am

    OWEN!!!

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  9. Zeus March 1, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Will someone please call the man a LIAR

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  10. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne March 1, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Even at this 11th hour and like all the others who were in vineyard and are paid the same even though they were before those who came at this umpteen time.Good for him to lend his expertise ,but this government still has to go …because they has not shown any ability that they can run the affairs of this great country.The time has come for Barbados to chart another path and it cannot be business as usual,To many in our country has rake the coffers of this nation and serious steps has to be made to have accountability, transparency ,integrity and freedom of information.These has to be the mantra going forward, because without these our country will be lead by those who feel there are no accountability or integrity and that they can do what they like.Serious legislation need to put in place and enforce by such a body to reigned in the wastage and without any proper documentation to see where such is taking place.Barbados need a serious overhaul and it need it now.

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    • Jennifer March 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      @Charles – For a minute I thought you were onto something with your first sentence. Exactly who will you put in place???? Until we UNDERSTAND that the 5% who owns the wealth actually control Barbados we will continue to be doing the LIMBO dance. These people never complain and are not bothered at all about politics. Try to strangulate them and you will see the true character emerge. We are like a cloned people and a made up nation with MANUFACTURED IN BARBADOS written on the outside. DBDBDBDB – it will not matter for the average black person.

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  11. The Negrocrat March 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Is this the same man who I head saying that he would never help the DLP when they run into trouble.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 1, 2017 at 4:23 am

      Yes!! This is two mouth snake.

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    • Gearbox1964 March 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Yeah…de same man who said that politics is a blood sport and refused to be part of any imminent persons group that Mia was trying to establish. He wants us to believe that he suddenly cares more about the economy and the people than politics.

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  12. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 1, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Here we go again! Long Talk. If wunna use the energy personally back stabbing negative views that one got for each other ‘she said and he said’ and challenged it into the the direction what is best for BIM the island won’t be in such a state!

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  13. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 1, 2017 at 4:49 am

    I think that he is losing his mind. You can’t love your party as you said years ago. You will be just wasting your time. Do you think if these ministers of the DLP was handling the economy well , they would want you to work with them. NO because they has failed the people Miserable. That is why they need your help.

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 5:49 am

      So he should sit back and not attempt to help? And when it all crashes say oh well? For whatever reasons his help has been offered many times now does not seem like the time to sleep on anything that could assist.

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

      I don’t think that you were living in Barbados for a while. Or your memory is going. No disrespect. Did you not heard time and time again that the DLP accused Mr Arthur for the high death rate that is plaguing the country. Why would you want to trust a person like that. If a woman horn you, would you trust her again. You tell me.

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    • Roslyn Bolden
      Roslyn Bolden March 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

      Its not about BLP or DLP its what best for all of us

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    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn March 1, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Roslyn Bolden WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE DLP ACCUSED MR ARTHUR FOR PUTTING BARBADOS IN SO MUCH DEATH.

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      • BaJan boy March 1, 2017 at 9:01 am

        Arthur is a lonely self centered man just looking for recognition. He is fully aware that he has become irrelevant and is seeking self elevation to importance. He like his minions Glyne Murray, Lynette,Maria,irrelevant George from St. John and Callender and a few others who personally hate Mia and are trying their best to be stumbling blocks WILL NOT succeed . Their efforts are sisister and Mia’s dignity has shone through like a beacon. He and Freundel have never spoken to each other because the hate is so stron but Frendel think this is the way to help him win a third term but bajans a have seen through both he an Owen and also Chris.. There will be no third term and you want to show bajans that you love your country don’t call in Owen call elections. That will the big difference to our country.

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    • Stacia Greaves
      Stacia Greaves March 1, 2017 at 7:06 am

      At this bout we got to try something new because their way is obviously not working. As long as it help us get out of the mess we in i’m good.

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  14. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan March 1, 2017 at 4:51 am

    Smh it is about trying to destroy mia

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  15. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn March 1, 2017 at 5:02 am

    MR ARTHUR NEED TO SEE A PSYCHOLOGICAL. I THINK THAT HE HAVE A POINT TO PROVE. ONE THING I KNOW FOR SURE. YOU CANNOT CANNOT. STOP MISS MOTLEY FROM BEING THE NEXT PRIME MINISTER. I THINK THAT YOU ARE WICKED PERSON IF YOU TAKE UP THIS JOB. A LOT OF PEOPLE IS GOING TO LOSE RESPECT FOR YOU. IT BETTER THAT THEY TELL YOU COME AND LEAD THE DLP. HOW YOU THINK CLYDE MASCOLL WILL FEEL. YOU TAKE HIM FROM THE DLP WHEN THOMPSON TAKE BACK THE LEATHERSHIP OF THE DLP .NOW YOU LOOKING TO REVENGE MISS MOTLEY. YOU CANNOT MOVE NO MOUNTAIN NOW. THE SHIP ALMOST SINK. YOU WILL BE JUST WASTING YOUR TIME. TO THE END IF THINGS DON’T WORK OUT. YOU IS GOING TO GET MORE BLAME ONCE AGAIN. UNLESS YOU GOING TO SINK THE SHIP DEEPER ,I WILL NOT TRUST YOU.

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  16. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 5:12 am

    I have a question for all you brilliant minds. Does Arthur not have expertise and knowledge in the field of Economics that could be applied and used to try to turn around this current mess we ALL are facing?
    He has not joined the party has not crossed the floor…he has offered his expertise in the form of a non paying consultant position to aide in this mess of an economy we all face. While you all bicker about BLP and DLP the big picture still remains. These people don’t know their heads from their tails so to me they need all the help they can get. Mr. Arthur has been offering assistance for how long now?
    We don’t have the luxury of time so all hands on deck. Sitting on the opposite side waiting for the inevitable does not take us anywhere. Realising we hand chances…well we had plenty chances and did nothing acheives what? When our dollar is devalued. Our economy cannot be sunk any further. What does a man stand to gain at this point beside a last minute attempt to change the economic climate of this country.
    We as Barbadians need to rise up against this separatism…BLP and DLP and see that we all will suffer for the inadequate measures put in place. Barbados cannot afford to wait till next elections to start change, change needs to happen now.

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    • Roslyn Bolden
      Roslyn Bolden March 1, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Best comment i read is this for forum

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    • Colleen Morris
      Colleen Morris March 1, 2017 at 7:01 am

      I agree give people chances to prove

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    • Arthur Collymore
      Arthur Collymore March 1, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Question is, why was his brilliant advice not followed then when it was so generously offered? Are they now prepared to be guided by his advise? Will he say something that he have not already said? Why is he now good enough to advice but was not good enough to lead? Only asking.

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Arthur Collymore if you were actively following you would know it has been a few years now he has been offering his input and being turned down. The DLP have taken on the “I know what I’m doing” approach to no avail. His input is no less warranted now, they have tried everything else and FAILED. How could his advice been followed prior if refused, that is a confusing question.

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Roslyn Bolden thank you

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    • Iteebah Cadogan
      Iteebah Cadogan March 1, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thnk u Arthur Collymore y now he has been offering advice for yearssssss and dem refuse it y nowwww

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Iteebah Cadogan anything they did worked? No! So clearly they need new direction.

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    • Dark Choco
      Dark Choco March 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Well said

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    • harry turnover March 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      So Sunil the advice that Mr.Arthur will give would be some sort of MAGICAL advice not seen or heard anywhere else in the WORLD that would turn around the economy IN LESS THAN A YEAR BEFORE the next elections ?

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  17. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small March 1, 2017 at 5:13 am

    You are damaging the 14 good years you had plus Jamaica blame you for they downfall so go ahead and bring Chris down

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  18. Richelle Nurse
    Richelle Nurse March 1, 2017 at 5:33 am

    At the end of the day its about what is best for the country, which most people seem to forget its not about party or person,, time for action is now not in 2018, by then it may be too late, i for one not a fan of Owen but at this point BOTH parties should be willing to come together to fix it cause if the dollar is devalued Mia still can’t do shit. #thinkaboutthat #miagotbajansfoolish #neversatisfied #countryofcomplainers #actionnow

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  19. Kirk Fedee
    Kirk Fedee March 1, 2017 at 5:42 am

    So Owen is a magician now, he’s the only one in Barbados that turn around this economy???

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 5:53 am

      Is he not qualified to?

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    • Kirk Fedee
      Kirk Fedee March 1, 2017 at 6:07 am

      He qualified to yes but hes still no magician and no one man can fix this economy

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      • harry turnover March 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        Exactly !! for there is no such person as a qualified magician.

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    • Stacia Greaves
      Stacia Greaves March 1, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Their way is not working theres nothing wrong with trying a different approach, yes he is no magician but sad to say we running out of options and this lil island need all the help it can get

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    • Ziggy Blessed
      Ziggy Blessed March 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

      Alas he is and even the DLP believe so it seems

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Magician no…he will be a part of a TEAM trying to induce change.

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      • harry turnover March 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm

        Induce change WHEN ?? before Stuart rings the bell ? he would therefore have to be a MAGICIAN to do such.
        Look,there is NOTHING ANYBODY CAN DO AT THIS STAGE TO TURN AROUND THE ECONOMY IN LESS THAN A YEAR.

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    • Kirk Fedee
      Kirk Fedee March 1, 2017 at 8:52 am

      this TEAM has no authority or power to impliment change but rather to advise, Goverments usually drag their feet when it comes to change #eg public sector reform so im not too optimist ill see anything before elections besides the estimates are due soon which usual sets the tone of the buget

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  20. Puppa Weekes March 1, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Owen it is quite obvious what you are attempting, unfortunately the DLP has wounded too many persons that wouldn’t heal by election time.

    You are really determined to prevent the BLP from being elected but there is really no choice but to remove this highly incompetent party and an unqualified Prime Minister from office.

    The desire of the wounded persons will be greater than any spin and distortions that you could possibly attempt, the DLP is happy with this decision not because of economical concerns but because of a deep desire to retain this sweet intoxicatingly poorly used authority over the masses. But alas you are quite comfortable with being used once you have the opportunity to be an obstacle. Owen you are the opposite of Fruendell, he exposes himself by keeping silent and you my dear bitter gentleman exposes yourself by speaking.

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  21. hcalndre March 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    This is the typical bajan way of doing things, the DLP waited until the patient has no heart beat to call for help. There`s nothing the EMS can do but to get the undertaker, (OWEN). It`s the very same thing when bajans will wait until the hospital say, this foot has to be amputated and then run to the US when it`s too late and you would hear, I thought the Doctors in the US are the best. “Too late shall be the cry.” Arthur is saying that Mia said bad things about him and the DLP said great things of him, I did not hear what Mia said but everyone heard what the DLP said so to get back at Mia he has join hands with DEM, what a traitor is he. The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend. So true.

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  22. jrsmith March 1, 2017 at 6:04 am

    What is Arthur going to do , is he any different we are the second state to Trinidad who cause that mess…
    Our problem ,we have all of these educated educators all just mouthing off making no sense and we are still in a mess , which points to the fact we just cannot find the right people in Barbados to manage our country….
    …………………………………………………………………
    @, Charles ,A, hail , hail, on the button , this crop of politicians realize how they could control the masses of black people , while protecting the 1 % of the establishment , people who dont even bother about politics…
    But our politicians see no one (dare to confront them ) , or ask the (right questions )because (people are so scared of the out come ), as as if the freedom of speech in Barbados carries a penalty… so it just vote for your party dont matter what ….
    …………………………………………………………………..
    I will always remember one bajan lady said no (water no vote)this should be adopted for the failures all across our island ….

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  23. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor March 1, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Owen, you don’t have to explain anything…. You are a Bajan, ya get a job that will pay ya well, do it to d best of your ability…. Ppl will talk, even if u had said no to the job, they would still have run their mouths!

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    • Tristan John
      Tristan John March 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

      That position does NOT pay.

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Non paying job

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor March 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

      It is? Wow! Sooooooo why is it that all of d white mout Bajans got talk fa d man… He’s will be doing his part to lift their economic plight! Ya would feel all a dem live on pelican island! Cause bajans don’t do nain fa free… Hell, we does be getting paid and still do almost nothing!

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  24. Syruppy Kennedy
    Syruppy Kennedy March 1, 2017 at 6:20 am

    i have respect for this man i know you doing for the love of this country but i think you doing it more to destroy mia i think you need put the past behind,but i hope you really doing it to save us from going deeper down

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    • Neelia Williamzz
      Neelia Williamzz March 1, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Yes it sounds kind of personal. .. to me not wanting to genuinely help… but u knw when u wanna get back at someone?

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  25. Marcia Armstrong
    Marcia Armstrong March 1, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Small minds….instead of focusing on him, think about the bigger picture, the economy.

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  26. Carson C Cadogan March 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    This confirms what we always knew, the Barbados Labour Party is full of very vicious people. We need to look no further than the way MARIA AGARD was treated.

    The Barbados Labour Party now has a female ADOLf HITLER at the helm.

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  27. Zeus March 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Why are some of you so bitter with the move of Owen… I thought miss mottley and her current group have the formula for taking Barbados where you all want it to go…. First I heard a political scientist taunting David estwick to cross the floor now Owen getting cuss for making a move….. It begs me to ask this question ….does miss mottley really have leadership qualities Since she became leader she has received some much assistance… Scientists…. Media…… Column writers

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  28. Jane Burnett
    Jane Burnett March 1, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Love u Owen Seymour Arthur I know u always put country first AND I KNOW THAT WITH YR BRAINS AND EXPERTISE ON ECONOMICS U SHOULD BE APPOINTED THE JOB OF CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISOR FOR THIS COUNTRY TO WHICH EVER PARTY IS IN POWER.

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  29. Hypocrisy of Politics March 1, 2017 at 6:46 am

    What I find really funny is the all you people here who hate this man now and claim he is vendictive and hateful to the core, once supported this man in fact most you probably supported him for the grater part of 25 years .. 100%… now he is the worst thing that ever walked the pavements of little Barbados lol…lol politics yes.

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  30. Mariam Makeba
    Mariam Makeba March 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Stop looking at Mr. Arthur and focus on who asked him for help. It tells me clearly he ain’t no wah he doing then or now , and nobody round dem either. It should open bajans eyes wide, wide to the facts , stop looking at it as destroying Miss Mottley. We living here and we ain’t want bout here to get like some ah de rest of Caribbean countries. De question we should ask weselves is when he help he get outta de mess if we gine put Dem in again to do the same S.

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  31. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 1, 2017 at 6:51 am

    OWEN AS LONG AS MIA IS NOT ON THAT SHIP YOU CAN GO DOWN WITH THE DEMS ONCE A DEM ALWAYS A DEM

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  32. Carson C Cadogan March 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

    The moral of the story is:

    You dont cross Powerful people and expect that there will be no blow back.

    Mia ADOLF HITLER Mottley mash the wrong corns. I recall an American Ambassador in 2006 in a memo to the State Department of the United States referred to Mia Mottley as being “NOT TOO BRIGHT”.

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  33. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 1, 2017 at 7:01 am

    OWEN YOU REALLY NEED IT IS THAT TIME AGAIN SO HERE YOU ARE TRYING TO DENY MISS MOTTLEY BUT YOU WILL FAIL YOU UNGRATEFUL GOAT YOU DID NOT KNOW WHEN HANDED HER THE LEADERHIP NOT ONCE BUT TWICE

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:44 am

      How does being on a advisory committee equate to taking the win from Mia. Anybody voting the DLP back in would have to be crazy. His role is, a TEAM of like minds, save our economy.

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  34. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 1, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Is he more brilliant than Dr Frank Alleyne? DEM en listen to he neither. Honestly, Stuart listens to nobody. Ask Dr David Estwick.

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  35. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell March 1, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Yuh hate Mia tho

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  36. Suezette Boyce-Griffith
    Suezette Boyce-Griffith March 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Owen cannot save this country only God can all those hypocrites for dems did is put all the tax payers money in the pockets and now got we in real potter but he owen can try !let see if he becoms dem laughing stock

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    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 1, 2017 at 8:29 am

      Right…sit back do nothing or try to help.

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  37. Patrick Lynton
    Patrick Lynton March 1, 2017 at 7:36 am

    now tell me this 90 days to get it right is this what Mr Arthur said a few days ago, he also said to the goverment more than two years ago to stop printing money, he also tell them to go to the imf as well along with many other things in order to bring back the economy,my question is have they try anyone of them yet, my answer to that is no.what is he going to tell them now,that he has not tell them before that is left to be seen ,and are perpare listen to what he is saying,because the minster of finance is still not going to the imf and he is not going to stop printing money. and let me tell you something this is not about MIA because see was a minster of finance.this same goverment cuss MR Arthur left right and centre.but let us see were this is going to take us.

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  38. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed March 1, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Don’t mind the Shiite hounds Sir …help we; save we….I don’t vote personality…my vote goes to ability

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  39. Mark Adamson March 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    Three things here.

    1) Most of the pro-BLP commenters so far on here had better realize that, with their excessive and negative criticisms, they are being left behind in the search for solutions to many of Barbados’ problems, as more and more Barbadians are come together to help bring about theoretical solutions to many of the serious problems found within the social, political, material and financial structures and processes of this country. So, rather than gutter sniping so often, I hope they can/step forward and match or can/come close to matching Owen Arthur and many others who have been able to – at least – propose theoretical solutions to many of the problems this country currently faces; though, Arthur himself has been responsible for many of these said problems.

    2) Most of these said pro-BLP commenters so far on here had better realize that Mottley and the BLP – for the longest while – has NOT had any vision, cosmology, any blueprint that can be used by any social movements and organizations to help in the further progress and development of this country – our country!! They must go and ask any prominent BLP member and see for themselves.

    3) Most of these same, said pro-BLP commenters so far on here had better realize that more and more people are expressing disaffection and disillusionment with the type of protest leadership of Mottley, and had better understand too that style of leadership is NO substitute for progressive, visionary, and dynamic national leadership – which is wanted now more than ever before in Barbados.

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    • harry turnover March 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Mark Adamson when people go to vote they won’t see any of the rhetoric that you like to spew forth time and time again.
      They are going to see BLP and DLP in the main and vote accordingly .

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  40. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love March 1, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Lookin at the situation in a positive way not negative ….Ask not what your country can do for u …but what u can do for your country ..(JFK) May God bless Barbados the place i love most

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  41. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd March 1, 2017 at 8:12 am
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  42. David Moosa
    David Moosa March 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

    WHY USE THE WORD HATE?????????

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  43. Meakai March 1, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Owen cannot save Barbados, but Mia can and will?

    Some people really just ain’t got nuh shame or sense. We are not all as foolish as wunna think. Mia and her friends are in the same boat as Chris and his friends. Six and half dozen.

    Doubt dat and doubt dat yuh living.

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  44. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave March 1, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Nuff respect to Mr Owen Arthur !? You don’t have to explain nothing to noone . Do what you have to do . The DS see you are the right person for that field .. you are an expert at Economics . The DS acknowledge you are the right person to put in that field . Truly you are an expert on Economics . Mr Arthur don’t have hated in his heart for the D L P nor the D L P have hatred for the B L P . People all its ( POLITICS ) that’s how it works so stressing yourselves out and let the Government do what their have to do because at a the end of the day we cannot change anything . Just got to abide and live along as Nation.

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  45. deworld March 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

    How can Mr Arthur destroy Mia…he only have one vote….And believe me i he had joined the DLP and worked with them as their economic advisor, Barbados would not be in this position now…and the BLP would be undoubtedly be in opposition again whenever elections are called. I am a member of the BLP and most of us are running scared now Owen is helping the DEMS. Imagine a few non entities in our Party proposed to throw him out the party. I want the BLP to take over this Government again. I support Mia, she is my party leader.

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  46. Lee R March 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Mark Adamson, does this government have a vision for Barbados? We have been on the same downward path for 9 years. It’s time we chart a new course. Anything has to be better than this downward trajectory we’re heading in.

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  47. Waiting March 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Of Course Mr. Arthur led us well for some years, LOST, resigned then came back like a bull and LOST AGAIN. He has been sharing his advice with the DLP and they never listened, think they will do so now? Nah! They just want to USE him which to me will be a sad reflection of the man. Mark my word.

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  48. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small March 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The democratic labor party cuss his ass out said he bring the country to this mess ,I would have let them dig there own grave he is a dog and want to spite Mia motley listen the speech of the pit bull on the final night of campaign in 2013 you will what I’m talking about.

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  49. Bajan boy March 1, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Carson Cadogan everybody know by now you sit in cabinet so we don’t expect anything different. When Mia suggested an eminent persons group 4 years ago the same Arthur who was her choice seemed to have figured that she couldn’t ask him and he flatly declined and left the party. He wanted to sound important and found all kinds of excuses to keep the spotlight on him. He is like a child with a lollipop and keeps it in his hand all day because sucking will mean the end. He despite 14 years as PM is still seeking relevance poor chap.

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  50. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens March 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Put Barbados first. Not tribal war.

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  51. Hector Maxwell
    Hector Maxwell March 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Brilliant leader and p.m.

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  52. Lionel Gittens
    Lionel Gittens March 1, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Nearly every country in the Caribbean is in the same situation. Stop thinking party and put your country first.

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  53. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Sharon taylor he id not getting pay for this it free

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  54. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Kirk fedee you arr the dog ok

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  55. bradg March 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Owen is no fool. And there no one in BIM with half his experience as an economist and a leader. If he can help, he should (God knows we need help) he will know if Sinckler and others are genuine and willing to accept and implement his suggestions. If not he will walk away.

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  56. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 9:44 am

    YOU ALL LOOK THE DLP SAY THEY CAN DO BETTER EE WAS ON TOP THEY LIE SO BAD THAT THE SAME MSN THE CUSS NOW THEY NEED HIM REAL BAD BUT I DONT KNOW WHAT HE CAN DO IT TWO LATE THEY LICK OUT THE MONEY
    I DO HOPE THEY CALL THE ELECTION ON SAY THEY ARE SO SORRY FOR TELLING LIE GOD PLEASE HELP BIM

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  57. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade March 1, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Look we lost the election and some if you so call blp did not want mr arthur to be the pm i am telling you so call blp stay home and did not vote why????

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  58. Patrick Dottin March 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    You all people are sick, if he gives advice to the Government is he not doing it in the interest of the country?
    You all people who would want to see a country fail for the BLP to come to power are the ones who will suffer most,most of you live from pay packet to pay packet ,stop talking foolishnes.
    Mascoll was the worse economist according to the BLP, he is now the economic adviser to the opposition leader.

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  59. Phyllis Knight
    Phyllis Knight March 1, 2017 at 10:16 am

    We don’t hate we loves

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  60. Jamar Webster
    Jamar Webster March 1, 2017 at 10:31 am

    its all about the money Dlp or Blp the world is run on greed an power get it in wanna brain

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  61. greg Norville March 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

    for the 2 terms ,no body from the DLP party has visited our home in seaman’s village, I get a small sum of money from the NIS, only
    GOD helps me to spend it( I am deeply concern) about those
    people who don’t get anything, & still have to eat & pay bills, my
    black bagan brothers & sisters to PROUD to take up placards, &
    protest against the great unfairness being done to them(if Owen
    Arthur)can lift us out of the deep pit we are in, then let him do it
    only a FOOL would vote the dlp back in power(may GOD Almighty
    help us.)

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  62. Joan Worrell March 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    The last thing I did last night was to assure ”Lorenzo”, one of the contributors to the Barbados Today ”Comments” section that I was not fish , fowl nor good red herring i.e BBBB, DDD or ZZZZ. i have voted personalities all my life and leave the polling booth with a very clear conscience. Having read the above article and the ensuing comments, I feel sorry for the BLP if the views of the commentators expressed are a reflection of views of the Leadership of the once great Party. Why should Owen Arthur be called a dog for attempting to turn around the economy? I am calling on Miss Mottley and her team of MP’s/candidates to refrain from going down the line of her supporters on this section of the press. They must remember that Owen Arthur was chief architect in forming of the politics of inclusion. It worked for Barbados. He was able to attract every leading economist both BBBB and DDDD to his team of advisors. Didn’t Clyde Mascoll criticize him and his team when he Mascoll was Leader of the Opposition but was happy to be part of the team after he was dethroned? Don’t you realize that by calling Owen a dog that automatically Clyde, Mia’s cheief economic advisor, becomes Owen’s puppy? Stop the slander, smear, character assassination, denigration and vilification of the former Prime Minister of the country just because he continues his politics of inclusion.

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  63. Alonzo March 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    If the Barbados dollar gets devalued will the BLP getting into office restore its value? I think Mr. Arthur could very well assist these guys in repairing certain aspects of the failing strategy of this administration.
    If the dollar devalues will it be a DLP problem or a Barbadian problem?

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  64. sunshinecanada March 1, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks Mariam, you said it right,

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  65. Smh at country March 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    So this is why Mia could not step up to plate on matters relating Customs and Barbados Revenue Authority……….UPP…. it is this country need a serious change….. already this country have lost tremendous revenue since the transfer of the Excise division from customs to BRA……wanna go to be rid of customs so bad but be careful what you wish for….i still waiting for my tax refund on 2013……

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  66. Penny March 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    This man will do everything to destroy her. Karma is coming g owen

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  67. sticks and stones March 1, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    there is more to this “economic adviser” position than meets the eye stay tuned

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  68. Big Brown March 1, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    If its not about Mia, which we all know it is, why even mention her name.

    In comes the knight in shining armor to rescue Barbados so that Bajans can bow down to him once more.

    Plough the ground good Owen so that Mia and the BLP will find the country on a better footing because not even you can save the DEMS from a resounding defeat.

    How pathetic for a man who was once a shining light in the Caribbean. Old politicians never die they just end in disgrace. You should follow your own advice and go play with your grandchildren.

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  69. Loretta Griffith March 1, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hypocrisy of politics, I am glad you realize that this country is full of pretenders, fakers and hypocrites.
    All of a sudden those of us whose integrity is alleged to to be questionable appears most vocal.
    God help Barbados for sending us God’s gift. For sure a foolish man can’t play wise.

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  70. jus me March 2, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Who cries THEIF louder than a ROBBED THEIF??

    AND as its written.
    REVENGE is a dish best enjoyed COLD.

    To he who waits shall come all things!!!

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  71. jus me March 2, 2017 at 9:17 am

    The KING looks to be RECROWNED,

    BUT
    unfortunately for Barbados.
    STILL WITHOUT CLOTHES!!!

    And yet He who is with ONE EYE shall ;lead in the land of the BLIND!!

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  72. Thegooglyeyefly? March 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    My gosh, I read your complaint, and yes it is, not once did you identify any other person besides Ms. Motley.
    If I can recall I was at Silver Rock that illustrious Saturday morning when the famous four elevated you to leadership of the BLP, want me to tell you the barman that serve you and what each of you drank. What is notable is that that great statesman Sir Henry deferred leadership to you and never once got in your way.
    From my recollection they never intervened or interfered with your leadership, what is wrong with a new leader woman or man wanting to craft a new path for themselves. You were given that courtesy, so why would you give others the space to establish themselves?

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  73. Thegooglyeyefly? March 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Every time i hear you complain, its about your relevance, somehow you seem to react like Ms. Motley threaten your relevance.
    And to me your explanation for your accepting this invitation seem to be relevance again, haven’t you not given public advice that was ignored already, who say even though your advice is sought that it will be followed. Relevance again.
    A question to Barbados, in the last 25 years who has everyone identified as natural leaders in this country, they were two clearly identifiable young people, the late David Thompson and Ms. Motley, these people didn’t beg to lead they earn that right.
    And as such has she cast such a huge halo that she has sucked your relevance into a shadow.

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