Time to set the record straight, Ms Mottley?

There are at least two striking similarities between former British prime minister Harold Wilson and our own Freundel Stuart worthy of mention.

Firstly, it was the sudden death of Hugh Gaitskellin in 1963 that ushered Mr Wilson into political leadership, just as David Thompson’s death would have created the opportunity for Mr Stuart to rise to the helm.

Labour would win the next election with a slim majority, like our own Mr Stuart, Mr Wilson would become the country’s prime minister. It was however in the lead up to the 1964 election that he supposedly coined the famous phrase, ‘A week is a long time in politics’, no doubt reflecting his own surprise over the unexpected political turn of events.

Fast forward to Monday, February 27, 2017 and the announcement that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur had been approached to take on the role of chief advisor to the ruling Democratic Labour Party Government.

Had we not been the ones who broke the story, and were we not 100 per cent certain of its veracity, given the quality of our sources, than maybe we too would have reacted liking a “doubting Wickham”, who suggested that Barbados TODAY had added ‘two plus two’ and arrived at six.

But as fate would have it, Mr Arthur would step forward on that same day to set the record straight, so that even if the goodly political scientist still does not have any faith in Mr Arthur’s economic policies, he could rest easier that at least the information he is being fed by us has been fact checked.

Equally so, our goodly Minister of Commerce Donville Inniss, who was quick to haul us over the coals on Tuesday morning for “irresponsible” reporting “which others take and run with as gospel”.

We could only conclude, as Mr Arthur has since suggested, that he was not among the trusted cohorts who the Minister of Finance had spoken to ahead of time. But that is never an excuse for anyone, least of all a progressive minister with leadership ambitions, to be seemingly behaving like a Donald Trump.

For if there was anyone who should have been outraged by Mr Arthur’s comments this week, it really should have been Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, who he accused of all manner of evil – from ‘masterminding’ his expulsion from the Barbados Labour Party back in 2014 to ‘orchestrating’ her own party’s political defeat in the last poll.

We believe that these charges by Mr Arthur are serious enough to warrant a public response by Ms Mottley, even if her political advisors may want to suggest otherwise.

However, all we have been able to get so far is a no comment from our Opposition Leader, while seemingly out-of-control BLP yardfowls parade in the dark, levelling one foolish threat or another.

If Mr Arthur lied to us, well come out and tell us so. And even if he did not, the country is owed an explanation as to why we were all made to believe all along that he was the political villain, who was bent on revenge and motivated by hate and not the hapless victim of a tragic political love story in which the behaviour of the protagonist degenerated to the level of madness seen in Shakespeare’s King Lear.

In the same way that Ms Mottley has been relentless in recent months in her calls for Mr Stuart to ‘come clean’ and to level with the people of Barbados on everything from water to garbage to sewage, we urge that she too would always strive to keep us in her confidence, and on this occasion submit herself, as Mr Arthur has done, to full and frank questioning – and not on the side of the road after ‘rubbing shoulders or in any ‘press conference’ where the microphone is being tossed repeatedly back and forth to VOB’s studio’s either.

It’s time for Ms Mottley to have a serious sit down with the Press to help us understand as well why her party feels it is more important right now to march in disgust than to focus on its response to this year’s Estimates.

Given today’s latest downgrade by Standard & Poor’s, which makes us a ‘CCC’, does election come before economy, or economy before elections?

We the voice of the concerned electorate want to know.

After all,  Ms Mottley is for all intents and purposes our ‘prime minister in waiting’ and never once would we want to have it said, as David Comissiong said of Mr Arthur last evening that ‘Ms Mottley is just like DEM too’.

7 Responses to Time to set the record straight, Ms Mottley?

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 4, 2017 at 12:03 am

    You could not have said it any better. I will continue to say that this woman has so much potential, a good grasp of what good leadership can do, but a topsy fill of personal aspirations and indifference that makes her a highly controversial and suspicious individual, who could easily turn into a piss poor representative of the people.

  2. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore March 4, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Miss Mottley have no record to set straight in regards the outcome of the last election. The DLP won, the BLP lost. Miss Mottley was not the object of the DLP attacks, Arthur was. Who’s to blame for his defeat in 2008? In any contest the vanquish should not look to scapegoat his defeat but as leader assume the responsibility for the result. Mia have nothing to explain.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine March 4, 2017 at 4:37 am

      For the first time in my venom against Mia Mottley, I have to say that she is doing the right thing in keeping silent on this issue. She must guard against her indifferent despicable self, and lean more towards her collective wisdom and great intellect to think through on these new attacks from Arthur. Owen Arthur’s intention is destroy Mia Motley’s chances of becoming first female Prime Minister. Arthur knows more about Mia’s dark side since he felt its effects. The two holds secrets for each other but Arthur has slowly been letting a few of hers out of his bag. Mia will soon do the same or keep them for another time. If Mia is as intelligent as we all have her class up to be, knowing that she can be ruthless when she leans to the dark side, she would do well to remain silent and focus on her rubbing shoulder campaign strategy and formulate her plans on restructuring the economy after DLP demit office. If I was her, I would not create any manifesto of promises and what she plan to do, leading up to the elections. I would focus on presenting truths, disclosing facts, and speaking on making government operations transparent, accountable and information easily accessible. This should be her number one priority, since making promises and pledges in the current turbulence is all old school and deceptive.

  3. Frank White March 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    As far as I see it, Ms. Mottley has nothing at all to prove but to keep it together and charge herself up for when elections are called. Time and time again people often focus on the individual rather than what the individual can do for the Black community. Forget the detractors…

  4. Zeus March 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    The prime minister in the chair is criticized for remaining silent but the prime minister in waiting is advised to remain silent …..lol….I agree with the article ….I posted a comment asking someone to call the former pm a liar but BT refused to publish my comment but preferred to do the same in the above article ……The higher the monkey climbs

  5. Mark Adamson March 5, 2017 at 5:23 am

    The WORST BLP leader EVER does not have to respond to anything that has been true about her.

    The WORST Opposition Leader EVER does not have to respond to anything that is true about her.

    Why does she??

    Indeed, it is enough that those persons who are able to sense the truth about her realize that she is absolutely politically unfit to become any prime minister of any government of this country.

    By now, most politically minded people – in Barbados – must realize that it is true that she does NOT have any vision, cosmology or blueprint that can be used by any social movements and organizations to help further grow and develop Barbados, even as the country rumbles on to becoming a virtual failed governmental system in the next 3 1/2 to 8 1/2 years.

  6. Zeus March 5, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Let me try again BT…..miss mottley does not have to say anything she was a minister before her track record is there for everyone to see …..edutech …failure …..burnt prison ….failure….intention to legalize homosexuality …..she has not now appeared on the scene so those persons that talk about brilliance please show me the money


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