‘No difference between Arthur and DEM’

Political activist David Comissiong is not at all surprised that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has been approached to head up Government’s Economic Advisory Council, since, in his estimation there is no real difference between Arthur and the Freundel Stuart Government.

“We have now had a consolidation of the right wing, anti-social democracy, pro-privatization, pro-local elite and foreign investor forces in the form of Owen Arthur, Freundel Stuart, Donville Inniss and Chris Sinckler axis,” Comissiong told Barbados TODAY in response to Arthur’s revelation this week that he had been approached to lead the Government’s team of economic advisors and to make recommendations for restoring the ailing economy to a path of economic growth.

However, Comissiong suggested that Arthur should be the last person that the DLP should be turning to for advice on the economy, charging that it was his former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration that had plunged the country into “a crisis of economic, social and cultural decline”.

In this regard, he zeroed in on the vexed issue of privatization, arguing that Arthur and the ruling DLP were already one on this issue.

“The sad truth is that the DLP administration of the late David Thompson and Stuart have really been a continuation of that last disastrous Arthur administration,” the political activist charged.

“While Arthur started the process by privatizing our country’s one and only indigenous bank, the Barbados National Bank, the DLP administration completed the process of selling off the BNB to Trinidadian capitalists,” he added.

He also made reference to the then Arthur administration’s award of the Ionics Fresh Water Ltd contract to businessman Ralph Bizzy Williams, as well as the Stuart administration’s award of “outrageously privileged” contracts to companies associated with businessman Mark Maloney.

Comissiong also argued that Arthur, Stuart and Sinckler were of the same mindset when it came to issues of education, health care and foreign investment.

“[They] really belong together. They all share in common the belief that our state-owned entities must be sold off to private sector capitalists. They believe that our free education must be dismantled, that our people must be made to pay for their health services and that the foreign investor, rather than native Barbadians must be made the linchpin of our national economic development policy,” he said while suggesting that Arthur’s latest move to join forces with the Government should be a clear signal to every member of the Mia Mottley-led BLP that there could be no going back to Arthur after this.

14 Responses to ‘No difference between Arthur and DEM’

  1. BIG SKY March 3, 2017 at 6:11 am

    T hats R ight A rthur I nstitute T he O wen R egime.It saddens me that a man of your class would not bow out of politics gracefully,but continue to make a fool of yourself.

  2. Alex Alleyne March 3, 2017 at 6:37 am

    From the time you got clean bowled by Owen, you became the most disgruntled man in BIM and Keep swiping all over the place . Please go sit in your rocking chair and let BDS be.

  3. Jennifer March 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

    The only people who actually benefit from this politics GAME are the investors/business owners which will be white collar, Asian collar and Chinese collar at the moment. Black people have no “collar” and is usually like that little annoying chihuahua in the corner of the yard barking all the time with nothing much to say or doo, having little of an impact. Just looking for a snack and being all loyal. Small in stature, which one can kick at any time and they run away. They usually have no money and no investment skills or confidence.

    Until we get some Akita’s, German shepherds, and pitbulls in the cage to do some damage then we will remain the majority people doing the majority barking and spending. This is like a race and we are still at the start position with many LAPS gone.

  4. Peter March 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Jennifer. You clearly exemplifies racism in your comment. As a grown woman, you should by now have moved away from small mindedness. In one breath you cuss other races for being successful as you claim off the backs of blacks then in the same breath you call the same blacks crabs in a barrel. If you are an unqualified, unsuccessful failure, we can understand. You are a truly confused individual who seemingly failed in everything you have undertaken. Marriage, children, having good and close friends, professional endeavours, the whole lot. You need to understand we are far gone from the days of slavery although Trump is a rcialist bu who wont last too long.

    • Gearbox1964 March 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Peter, don’t you think it would pay you better voice your own opinion on the contents of the article rather than attack Jennifer for her opinions? Chupse!

  5. Zeus March 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Lol….. What is an unsuccessful failure

  6. Kevin March 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    But Mr Arthur has been approached twice before this, the first time being 2008, and he refused. The question should be why has Mr Arthur changed his mind and now decide to take the offer.

  7. Gearbox1964 March 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Rather than Arthur try to convince the DLP to call elections right now, he has decided to assist the DLP. Isn’t politics a blood sport for you anymore Owen? Has the Unbreakable finally been broken?

  8. BaJan boy March 3, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Owen just makes me want to puke. He is too self centred,lonely,hateful and grudgeful minded. He is surely beyond his use by date and would not take his rightful place in ancient history. Bet Carson Cadogan doesn’t feel good seeing how Sinkler invited him. Can tell you Freundel and Carson surely won’t be having that..

  9. Gearbox1964 March 3, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    As they say…and it continues to be proven…politics make for strange bed fellows.

  10. Gearbox1964 March 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    To be honest wid yuh there is something I fear about Mia being PM, but I know that the current BLP team can do a far better job of managing the economy than the current DLP team.

  11. Tony Webster March 3, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    There are many (professed) similarities between both BLP, and DEM Gorilliphants. But Senor Commissiong, it is cheese, and chalk, when contrasting how the “B”‘s actually implement projects. As for the puerile comparison of how we replaced an ancient Glendairy, in the midst of a cticis, with a State-of-The-Art penal institute …without one escaped convict, and without shredding the tourism industry, with such louts loose all over the country….and in record time too…please, stick to facts, and realities.

    The Lady will have her chance; you will see what a towering intellect; a solid team; inspired leadership; and determination, can achieve.

    March 11th; 4.00pm; , Quens Park. Put in in your pipe…and light up Barbados. God knows we need to be inspired by a some light. PEP welcome too.

  12. Deword March 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    All the woodworms now crawling out the woodwork now the writing is on the wall for the DEMS. This Political grasshopper Commissiong changes his mouth with the wind. He is looking now to get a handout from Mia. How could any person of any sort of intellectual capacity could say that the Arthur administration run down Barbados. Mr. Commissiong what was the unemployment rate under Arthur. Citizens had money in their pockets, and was quarreling about the price of land on the calling programmes. Why Mr Grasshopper, people had money and wanted a piece of land to improve themselves.

    After this government took over the government they have taxed the life out of workers. Workers have less money to spend so government revenue continued to fall year after year.
    If you are supporting Mia because you looking for a handout say so, because all of us believe she will be the next Prime Minister of Barbados. It is people like you and a few others who was under Owen’s tail that now want to stab in the back. Mia David Commissiong will do the to you.

    Go back David and hide in your woodwork.

  13. Loretta Griffith March 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    More and more I am becoming convinced that this country of ours is replete with hypocrites, fakers and pretenders.
    What is so wrong with putting country before self? For me, it shows he is some kind of a statesman.
    Where does loyalty to country come in? After loyalty to God, country should be a close second.
    In this Barbados, everybody wants to tell persons what they should or not do and can hardly take control of their own lives. We have all the answers and everyone else is illiterate.
    Another sad point, is the disdain with which persons are treated.
    Some of us forget we are only somebody behind that desk. When we get from behind that desk we are like any ordinary citizen/person.
    Let’s have some humility and forget being pompous.


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