Arthur/Mottley ‘feud’ concerns Sir Richard

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is more united today than it was two years ago.

This assurance from BLP stalwart Sir Richard Cheltenham, with the current BLP leader Mia Mottley and her predecessor Owen Arthur, who quit the party back in 2014, seemingly at cross purposes.

Reacting to the latest criticisms levelled this week by Arthur against Mottley for seemingly upholding the country’s unions in what he termed “disrespect” for the very office she aspires to hold, Sir Richard pointed out that with Arthur’s departure from the BLP it was now a more united political force which he is confident will win the next general election.

“The point is that there is total unity in the ranks of the Barbados Labour Party. That was not so two years ago, but that is so now,” Sir Richard told Barbados TODAY in an exclusive interview in which he acknowledged that “a week is a long time in politics and we could be six months to  nine months away from the next election.

“A lot could happen between now and then, but I doubt however, that anything will cause a reversal of the people’s seeming rigid determination to get rid of Stuart and his administration. But we will wait and see,” he said.

Owen Arthur and Mia Mottley

At the same time, he acknowledged the obvious political tensions between Mottley and Arthur, who he said at one point “did a lot to promote Mia Mottley, but for some reason there seems to have developed a fracture in their relationship.

“I know that she continues to reach out, but Arthur seems to have some very rigid views about here.

“I don’t know that they are any longer balanced views,” he told Barbados TODAY while seemingly coming down on Mottley’s side in the current controversy.

However, disagreement or no disagreement, Sir Richard doubted there was anything the former Prime Minister could do at this stage to affect Mottley’s standing in the eyes of the Barbadian electorate, on the heels of a recent public opinion poll which showed that the current Opposition Leader was the number one choice for prime minister.

“From all that I know of and I have seen, I dont think that will affect her standing,” he said.

As for Arthur, Cheltenham noted that the current independent Member of Parliament for St Peter had already indicated that he would be bowing out of competitive politics when the curfrent parliamentary term comes to an end.

However, he acknowledged that Arthur still had “a right, and indeed he has a lot of good sense and experience when he is speaking on the Barbados economy and I don’t know that he should stop speaking about that, but in terms of individuals and Ms Mottley herself, I think that his continuing adverse comments on Mia is perhaps to be seen as unfortunate.”

Asked if the BLP was holding out hope of the two mending fences, Sir Richard said: “Always, it is a good thing that when people have differences, that they should resolve them in a brotherly and Christian sort of way . . . but time may be the only healer there, but it is interesting to note that in all of this, Ms Mottley never attacks him.

“That is very significant. I think the press overlooked that. This man is always attacking this lady, but this lady has nothing adverse to say about him.”

23 Responses to Arthur/Mottley ‘feud’ concerns Sir Richard

  1. Saga Boy July 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    So Sir Richard is trying to annul what Arthur said about Mia. He does not usually speak on these matters in public. He speaks of unity but does George Payne and Kerry Simmons agree with him? If they are more united why have George Payne not dropped the charges against Edmond Hinckson? If they are more united why did Mia treat with Maria Agard in the manner in which she did? If they are more united why did she toss out Gill and why does Lynette Eastmind have nothing to do with her and why did Lovell campaign against Sandra Husbands when she was seeking nomination? I put it to Sir Johnny Cheltenham that is getting old and senile.

    • Milli Watt July 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      my word saga my word……… gone loooowwwww

  2. joan worrell July 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    @ Saga Boy

    Why you don’t behave youself. You know that you speaking to a big able Knight? Why you don’t put you shirt tail inside you pants and stop talking like a saga boy? Wuh loss, them questions are going to gie he belly hurt. lol

  3. Greengiant July 13, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    We have lost all the political jonnys, the tudor jonny is keeping quiet these days so I really don’t know where this other jonny come from so suddenly.

    Saga Boy has asked all the questions that I wanted to ask Sir. Jonny, and it don’t take a jonny to reply.

  4. Bajan boy July 14, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Three who enjoying the fatted and three who speak so iliterate on every topic trying to counter the most brilliant legal brain. Stupseeeee.. Arthur should realize by now he has passed his used by date and that Babados loves Mia Amor Mottley and mothing he can say or do will stop her. In fact the more he picks at her the more she is loved as bajans have seen him for what he is worth. Even the polls showed that

    • Milli Watt July 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      de Johnny is a what…..the most brilliant legal brain and I can’t find a book, journal entry, weekly column or anything to reflect his beliefs on the law but he is what stupse

  5. The Negrocrat July 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

    So wunna calling the man Sir. Jonny now.

  6. Breadfruit. July 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

    So true Sir.
    Let Owen keep attacking her.
    He and his alleged thousands of supporters (joan) dat hate her gut will not bring her down. de moh duh try the moh she rises.

  7. Breadfruit. July 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    @ Bajan Boy

    100% correct.

    @ Saga Boy and D other yard fowls dat scratching

    George Payne already tell owen to go rest heself and to lef Mia alone, dat de party united behind she. So agree or not – Owen right hand man in de party tell he dat “we going wid mia”.

    Joan in gine gine bring up dat article cause dem corns will stick in she throat.

    All de othe kite yuh talking bout lynette, gill and agard is just kite.
    All dem not in de party now so how can their be affecting it unity.

    Jonnie compairing today wid two year ago and winnuh flying kite bout people who outta d party long time ago.


  8. Cavil Best July 14, 2017 at 9:15 am

    So what is his name, not Sir Jonnie Cheltenham? Let him answer those questions that Saga Boy asked we would all like to know. Saga Boy a word to the wise never underestimate any Jonnie, their are silent and deadly!

  9. Patrick July 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    He never liked Owen, the son of a shopkeeper, remember Owen had to fire him.
    Let him line up to the GG, a lot more persons are lining up for that position.

  10. Breadfruit. July 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

    @ Patrick
    Owen fired him (not only him)

    And “we” de people fired Owen not once but TWICE!!!

    “We now going wid Mia”

    “Like it or lump it”

  11. joan Worrell July 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

    The snob once asked Sir Louis Tull how he expected to be General Secretary of the great party when he was the son of
    wharf worker.

  12. Gearbox1964 July 14, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Well my approach to voting is always based on how I feel the last 5 years was managed by the incumbent party. I have no time for all fluff, all the promises, or the personal feuds between politicians. The one thing than I am sure about at this time is that I won’t be voting DLP…it will be one of the other parties…now I have to hurt my head to decide which of the other parties. lol

  13. straight talk July 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Mia Mottley never never attack Owen, In all thee times that owen was criticising her she never respond. I can remember this starting from that time owen invited the media for a press conference in his office at the UWI, and all now owen still attacking Mia but I am glad that she never answered him.

  14. Breadfruit. July 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Straight Talk
    De media may not report but my peeps are not blind

    @ gearbox

    No need to hurt ur head!

    which other of the others parties are ready? BLP

    Which of the other parties have the experience of running a country in either good times or bad BLP

    Owen was PM and minister of finance but who was there wid he for dem 14 yrs? Mia, Clarke, payne, marshall etc. wha ah saying here is these are experienced ministers. which other party can top that?

    If any of the other parties lose it leader who is the deputy that is able to take up the leadership?
    Any of the other parties got any one as qualified or prepared as dale marshal?

    Remember how DEM lost duh way and messed up de country after duh lost Thompson?

    BLP allll de way.

    We gine wid MIA

    all de others and DEM aint ready, prepared, or experienced enuff to put bim future in duh hand rite now.

    BLP any bajan that worth duh salts can clearly see that its the Bees that need to be in power.

  15. Milli Watt July 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    wait Johnny want to be GG….hmmmmmmm that is why he resurrect his carcass after all this time. I now understand

  16. Gearbox1964 July 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm


    Sometimes new thinking, new ideas, and new energy have great value as well…sometimes. I am one who is a bit weary of the same old…same old. Anyway…I’ll make that decision when the day arrives. UP DE TING!!…RING DE BELL!! lol

  17. Breadfruit. July 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    @ gearbox

    Yuh want “new”, Bees got “new” too.

    Santia, hinkson etc.

    Best prepared
    most experienced
    best leadership structure
    best old heads – tried and tested
    best new incomers

    Don’t fuh get dem did bringing new till duh lost david.
    all like now we still duh get new. DE new tinking and new ideas was/is a home grown solution dat lead to where we at now. scratching we tails.



  18. Lorenzo July 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Don,t worry biscuits the few dimwit Dems on here everyday trying to hog and mainly distract people like Greengiant,Joan Worrell ,cavil Best and Patrick none of whom are known for any excellence in any field except yardfowlism trying to be critical of a man of Sir Richard,s pedigree is laughable.If you add the intellect of all ten of them or so,i don,t believe they reach half that of Sir Richard so ignore the DLP Sheep.

  19. John king July 14, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I agree with Sir Rich and I say that.

    He may have raised her up to aid and to secure his political mountain. he may have encourage her to calm the parliamentary seas, so he may have became strong leaning and learning on her legal shoulders and now there is ridicule for her.

    But she uttered not a single rude word about him, Because a word to a wise man is wisdom whether rude or not and has some powerful effect. And she cannot be in contempt of her faith by the utterance of foolishness and no one believes in what may be said about her and others are trying to annul what is said about her.

    Good to say her political life is great

    Her life is hers and his is his and you do what you do she
    does not complain about you

    A good specimen of a true woman

  20. Julian Weekes July 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Let them talk,Mia keep your eyes on the ball.


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