Disappointed by Owen

If the DLP government has proven that it is good at anything, it has to be that it is good at playing political games, doing almost exclusively what is politically expedient, and that without a doubt, for them, it will always be party first.

The DLP is without a doubt the worst government of recent time, in terms of managing the economic and social affairs of the state and its people.  Principally because its members seem to spend most of their time concentrating on ways in which to hold on to power, even though it is glaringly obvious, for the sake of power itself.

I have always had major respect for the economic prowess of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur. It is because of his abilities that I want to believe that the step he now takes is without the obvious malice that he holds for the Leader of the Opposition, and simply out of love for country.

God and all the angels know that the DLP needs the help, since they have proven for eight long and arduous years that they cannot get the job done.  To be honest, I really want to continue to see the former prime minister as a statesman and patriot of our fine nation.

But I will say this. The DLP is shameless. In 2015, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, on seeing the economic and accompanying social devastation of the country, suggested that a Council of Eminent Persons be convened. The idea seemed, of course, that this bipartisan team would pool ideas designed to bring about much needed economic change.

Instead, Mr Stuart, in his usual, egotistical manner, dismissed Owen as having no special insights and having no magic potion. Owen, in fact, declined Mia’s suggestion; a suggestion that on the eve of an election in Barbados, when the bottom has all but fallen out the proverbial boat, when the task of turning around the country has become much more difficult, Owen has risen.

I struggle with his decision because of the obvious politics at play, and because of my inherent love of country, which indeed compels me to want whatever is best for Barbados. However, to my mind, even if Owen is able to help the DLP to turn around the country, it has never been clearer that he nor the DLP is no longer what is best for the country. We have a situation where he, instead heeding Mia’s call to assist as a part of a task force, when it best could have helped the country, waited until it was politically expedient for him to join the DLP’s ranks.

This once great man has fallen more than a few notches in my eyes.

Source: Debra Ifill (Mrs)

33 Responses to Disappointed by Owen

  1. Santini More
    Santini More March 3, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Well said.

  2. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson March 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Owen say’s this not a political move it’s for the sake of his beloved country! But he is on a committee that is going to give ideas to the DLP so how can it not be political??? Would he do the same if the BLP was in power and Ms Motley asked the same as Sinckler has done????

  3. Kirk Fedee
    Kirk Fedee March 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Well said

  4. Tessa Trotman
    Tessa Trotman March 3, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Well said

  5. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle March 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Here Here

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne March 3, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I am so glad that Owen Seymour Arthur made a “boo-boo” on Dems because they should have known better since being in office for 9 years and almost 2 months now. Too much predictions for this Bajan economy can wreck this island severely.

  7. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne March 3, 2017 at 11:21 am

    All not well ,please select the right person for the job .

  8. Maureen Fields March 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Well said!

  9. Sunil Brome
    Sunil Brome March 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Before I start, I am not naive to the political ins and outs. That being said. The gentleman who said he would be giving the DLP ideas. He would be giving the Government of Barbados ideas. The government of Barbados happens to be led by the DLP. Secondly I would find it insane that someone would want to propel the DLP to a win again. So what would Arthur gain if it were so political move. For now we should take the move at face value and hope that he can shed some light the the areas the DLP are clearly in the dark to. I want to believe at the end of the day that this is more of a patriotic move and not political one. Siding with the DLP in any other capacity is insanity at its highest.

    • Gavin Dawson
      Gavin Dawson March 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Sunil Brome, yes we will have to wait and see, yes he would be giving the Govt ideas and the Govt of the day is the DLP same difference, i noticed that you did not mention or reply to ‘Would he do the same if Ms Motley” or the BLP. I agree with you hopefully this is a patriotic move and not political one, but the feeling between Ms Motley & Mr Arthur are not what you could call friendly. This is where my suspicion is aroused along with others with the same mind. Questions will be asked and answers will be given by this non political team? But Like every thing else people with power can tell a lie and prove it.”The proof of the pudding will be in the eating” but hopefully for the sake of Barbados common sense will prevail& personalities do not enter the arena.

    • Sunil Brome
      Sunil Brome March 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Would he do it for Mia is something left to be seen. She is likely to win. If the post becomes available and does take it he will be there when she does.

  10. Adrian Hinds March 3, 2017 at 11:53 am

    What right did Mia Mottley had to call for a task force? The government of the day had no interest in any help from Mia Mottley, Owen Arthur , a Task force , or an eminent persons group. What utter nonsense is this that Mia Mottley had some lawful legal power to put in place some group to help the government of the day which did not ask for such help? and who is Mia Mottley to volunteer persons to some group without their permission? You all have to be kidding right???? Who does Mia Mottley think she is; better yet who do you all hold her to be? chuspe!

  11. alexis watts March 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you Mr Arthur it is not for politics it is for your country the BLP only want to see the complete collapse of the ecomomy what sense would that make after all Barbados belong to we

  12. BaJan boy March 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Adrian Hinds sadly our educational system produced a few like you. Had they gone with Mia’s suggestion 4 years ago and made intelligent decisions which you would not have understood any way we won’t be here today. Mia is ten times smarter than Freundel,Chris and Donville together and has been a highly successful Minister and Paliamentary representative. She is respected internationally and a true visionary. Wish you would get a chance to speak with her at some time to hear hear hear depth and vision for a new Barbados. She will transform our country and bring it back to respectability on the world stage from where these goons have dragged it.

  13. Rechelle March 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I really do not understand what Owen is doing or trying to achieve….I’m at a lost.

  14. Lee R March 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    In all fairness to Mr. Arthur, if it is for love of country I will applaud his efforts. However, I believe it is coming a little too late and time may have honestly ran out. Let’s see how this plays out from here.

  15. sticks and stones March 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    What ideas? if asking the govt to shut the country down to pay financial institutions are great ideas. Then we all can go to fla and buy swamp land

  16. sunshinecanada March 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    well said bajan boy, thanks, Mia and Owen going to work DEM

  17. Carson C Cadogan March 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm


  18. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony March 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    who cares fix the mess!!!!!!!!!!

    • Barker Antony
      Barker Antony March 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      seems we got time to concentrate on horse crap!!!!!

  19. Otis Skeete
    Otis Skeete March 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    If he decides to help the DLP that means he giving them an oppotunity to run another term.

  20. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty March 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I often wonder what it is going to take for some Barbadians to realize that in times of national crisis, it is within our collective-interest to abandon party politics, and rally behind an objective geared towards the better-good of our the nation? This effort is analogous to a family experiencing crisis, and is able to put all differences aside, and be about the business at hand.

  21. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love March 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Stop the bashin at times …help out how/where u can sir …it should be about country not politics on either side …u had your terms as commander and chief …Go enjoy life do some philanthropy work etc- around the island like Jimmy Carter did in the usa ..

  22. Heath Hazell
    Heath Hazell March 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Well said.

  23. Keep it real March 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    The Prince is in play…watch it and if you have eyes to read the unseen …you will see that Arthur is on his way to being the next PM of Barbados.

  24. Adrian March 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Mr Arthur said that he will be doing it for his country, why should we not believe him?
    Somehow some persons believe that Mia should be the only politician that should be political but politics is what politicians do. By the way Mr Arthur is one of the best politicians Barbados has, and Mia will soon be aware of that.

  25. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Why all the fuss? PM Stuart’s ego will not suffer him to elect a political opponent to advise his DLP. I heard this jackass PM today alluding to the fact that it was time to deal with the dwindling foreign reserves & runaway fiscal deficit. True to form, he has now awaken from slumber after the fact, now that we have fallen over the cliff.

  26. Politicians are the forefront for satan March 3, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    All politricians are the same equally wicked and covetous have no respect for none blp dlp or ndp all are egotistical asshole who only care about themselves.they don’t have time care what happens to poor people because it does not affect them in any way.

  27. ejd March 3, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    I just had the chance to listen to Owen’s Brasstacks intervention. I picked up on something that I have not heard articulated by any posters to date. Owen said it was rather late for the DLP to be seeking advice (his, I believe). He also said that the DLP’s economic policies would have to be in place already since the Estimates debate is around the corner. He added that the only thing he could advise on now would be the implementation of their policies. WOW! This makes the whole thing a fat joke. It suggests that Chris is seeking to make a fool of Owen. No need for the lot of long den.

  28. A1 Ecotruth March 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    At one point the BLP thought Owen Arthur was the best leader the nation has ever had. Many DLP members thought the same but were embarrassed to admit. Since 2008, this is the third attempt by the DLP to get Arthur’s input. Not to mention the attempts by the BLP to force Arthur to lead an Eminent Person’s Group which the current Prime minister wrongly said was not necessary.
    One can only infer that Barbadians on both sides of the isle have been making the wrong electoral choices since 2008.

  29. A1 Ecotruth March 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Now we should all be happy the economic champion, Owen Arthur, will offer constructive alternatives in the interest of our nation.

  30. Paul Bishop March 3, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Owen Seymour Arthur we love you. In my view you are a true stateman and one of my heroes. You have alway practiced politics of inclusion which showed me you are genuine from the heart. I believe you are a man who love your country just as i do and want to guide it in the right direction. Mr Arthur i thank you , forget the partisan politics and play your part . Ignore the negative influences around you . God bless .


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