BLP can’t win without Arthur, warns former candidate

A former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate is suggesting that the Opposition party needs former Prime Minister Owen Arthur now more than ever.

In fact, following Arthur’s decision to quit the party back in 2014, Hudson Griffith believes that the Mia Mottley-led BLP does not stand a chance of winning the next election, constitutionally due by the middle of next year.

“[They are] only fooling themselves into believing that victory at the next general election is inevitable, having severed ties with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur,” said Griffith, in an impassioned address to a United Progressive Party  (UPP) meeting in Shorey Village, St Andrew last weekend.

Insisting that he was baffled by his former party’s confidence of winning the next poll, the twice unsuccesful St John candidate argued that Arthur’s controversial departure, which came at the height of his dissatisfaction with Mottley’s leadership style, had left a major void that was yet to be filled.

Arthur, who was elected to the House of Assembly in 1984, served as Prime Minister during one of the more prosperous periods of the country’s economic history from 1994 to 2008.

But Griffith, who recently quit the BLP in less than amicable circumstances and has since pledged his allegiance to the UPP, contended that Arthur was much more than just a good Prime Minister and was responsible for “rescuing the BLP”.

“I can’t see how the Barbados Labour Party is expecting to be returned to Government in 2018. What have they done? They don’t have Owen Arthur, who rescued and rebuilt the BLP in 1994 when they only had three people in Parliament.

“Wunna remember when they get beat to three blind mice? It was Owen Arthur, Henry Forde and David Simmons and it was Arthur who rebuilt the Barbados Labour Party. So I am wondering why the Barbados Labour Party is thinking that they are capable of winning,” Griffith stressed.

He further suggested that the birth of the UPP, who includes several BLP defectors, including leader Lynette Eastmond, was partly as a result of Arthur’s departure.

The former BLP candidate for St John also charged that there were fundamental issues with Mottley’s leadership.

“You feel that the UPP just start for the sake of starting? I never plan for this. Lynette Eastmond never plan to start the UPP,” he told the small gathering of UPP supporters.

Griffith, who has also accused the current BLP hierarchy of “humiliating and betraying” him after turning in the party’s best showing in St John in the 2013 general election, acknowledged that there were still some good people within that party and he suggested that they had a duty to expose the goings on in the BLP if they wished to see the 79-year-old party return to its former glory.

He specifically called on Member of Parliament for St Andrew George Payne, who is also the BLP chairman, to stand up and be counted.

“The MP [Member of Parliament] for St Andrew is a good man, I have nothing against him but he is keeping some secrets in a Pandora’s box. We need to kick down that bloody box and break that lock and let we see what skeletons jump out of the Barbados Labour Party,” said Griffith.

91 Responses to BLP can’t win without Arthur, warns former candidate

  1. Jeffrey Quimby
    Jeffrey Quimby December 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    He is a Jack Ass

  2. Sean King
    Sean King December 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Hudson Griffith do you stand a chance of ever winning a seat,your a waste get out of politics.

    • Frank Taylor
      Frank Taylor December 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      Reality is, with his 2013 showing — and as fate has turned recently, he stood the best chance as turning St.John as a BLP candidate this time around.
      Instead, he decided to fall on his own sword and is blaming everyone else for bringing swords to the battlefield.

  3. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield December 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    You need to speak about what is to be done. Stop the decisive behavior and trash talk. Stay away from it

  4. Corey Worrell
    Corey Worrell December 12, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Mr. Griffith, your statement makes no sense at all. Under Mr. Owen Arthur’s leadership, the BLP lost the 2008 and 2013 general elections. If he was the leader then, please explain to me on what basis did you come to your conclusion that the BLP need Mr. Arthur in order to win?

    Simple logic shows your conclusion makes absolutely no sense at all.

  5. Frank Taylor
    Frank Taylor December 12, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Note to Self: 2013 Election — BLP lost — Owen Arthur, Leader.

    • Andre Kyte
      Andre Kyte December 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm


    • Frank Taylor
      Frank Taylor December 12, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Yes, but 2008 was predictable. The 2013 election was one that the BLP could and should have won.

  6. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Utter rubbish. Arthur had 3 election losses between 2008 & 2013 & your candidature ended in failure on 2 of those 3 occassions. The BLP is bigger than Arthur & after he crosses the Jordan, the party will still be alive & well. As for the BLP’s chances of winning there are as good as they have ever been in the party’s history & that without Arthur. Meanwhile, your chances are 1,000,000 to 1

    • Frank Taylor
      Frank Taylor December 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

      In fact, the BLP under Mia Mottley, has corrected the candidate mistakes that Mr. Arthur made in the 2013 election.
      As seasoned a political mind as Mr. Arthur is, he chose loyalist in exchange for winners — as a result, he got neither.

    • Juel Grif
      Juel Grif December 12, 2017 at 11:11 pm


    • Ryan R A Charles
      Ryan R A Charles December 12, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Actually its two.

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd December 13, 2017 at 5:33 am


    • Deborah King
      Deborah King December 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

      love it BLP BLP BLP GOT IT.

  7. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf December 12, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Dis is de cow heel soup man? TF..

  8. Mark Adamson December 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Let us face it!!!

    Mottley is the WORST BLP Leader EVER.

    The BLP is also the WORST Opposition EVER in the post-independence history of Barbados.

    Too, neither has any vision for this country and its future development, nor does any one of them have a cosmology and blueprint that can be used by any local social movements and organizations to assist in the further growth and development of this country.

    • Me December 12, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      Hush. Stuart has vision? The DLP has vision? Mia all the way.

    • hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 6:55 am

      @ Mark Anderson; the DLP had 10 long years to correct the wrongs as they said they would have done. Can you name any of the things they have accomplished to better the country? they have driven the country to the brink of disaster with no stopping in sight. Compare these DEMS with the previous ones and tell me where you would rate them before attacking the BLP leadership. What is the winning record against the loses that you disgruntled losers have?

    • harry turnover December 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

      You therefore should form ya own party.Wonder though how many people would allow you to lead them.
      From the picture I saw of you,not even a stray dog gine want you to lead him/her…..they would all prefer to walk by themselves… in front of course.

  9. Sean King
    Sean King December 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Mr Griffith your in the right party, a party with a bunch of looses and rejects that will never be elected. You stick with the #UPP.

  10. Ashley Waithe
    Ashley Waithe December 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    seems to me like owen is the reason they lost

  11. Sherlock Holmes. December 12, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Politics the ultimate game of thrones.

  12. Wahid Oldgirliegirl
    Wahid Oldgirliegirl December 12, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Stupes i changing my name griffith though

  13. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace December 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    you go home,you mean the UPP can’t win with or without Arthur.

  14. Ann Thomas December 12, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Dear Barbados Today, why do you keep wasting precious colunn space on a genuine case of sour grapes?

    This has truly got to be a beam me up Scottie moment. Has he forgotten who lead the BLP in 2013? The people of St. John did not take him seriously then and are not likely to do so in 2018. Statements like this and the one about his performance in the last election are ample evidence why. He needs to check the records and see that the best performer for the BLP in St. John was Patricia Thornton.

    This is so sad it cannot even pass as comlc relief.

  15. Nicole Lucas
    Nicole Lucas December 12, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    They didn’t win with him twice just saying

  16. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 12, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Stupid talk

  17. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe December 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

    A woman scored …

    • harry turnover December 13, 2017 at 7:10 am

      WHA ???..he in that league too ?..he’s an inside one or he out in de open ?

  18. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott December 13, 2017 at 12:08 am

    He sound so stupid saying so… stupseeee

  19. Katrina Sobers
    Katrina Sobers December 13, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Ha ha ha omc don’t make me choke now night

  20. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers December 13, 2017 at 12:20 am

    The UPP is so hung up on the BLP…them sure eating gooseberries over there hahaha

  21. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 13, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Mr Griffith I think that you should be focusing on your self. Tell the people what you is going to do to get us out of this mess we are in.Mr Arthur time expired since 2008. He made a big mistake by coming back in 2013. Mr Arthur is like a race horse that expired. No body want you any more. He need to go and cool him self and enjoy life.

  22. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn December 13, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Mr Arthur is the one who caused the BLP to loose in 2013. If you don’t know I will remind you. The young people want a change. You have a lot of dead people around you. Plus your self. Your party have no kind of solutions for Barbados at this time. No one ain’t trust you.

    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham December 13, 2017 at 6:48 am

      How did he cause them to loose ? He campaigned against other members of the party he put out those Paro ads against himself ? Change is necessary in life parliament needs some lay persons all these doctors attorneys we have seen what they can do . A more diversified party is needed we just going from left to right all is the same LP.

    • Angus Benn
      Angus Benn December 13, 2017 at 7:59 am

      The way how he treated miss mottley at the time .By removing her as the opposition leader. The people get vex with him and voted for the DLP.

    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham December 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

      How he treat her fill me in .

  23. Citizen December 13, 2017 at 12:38 am

    The UPP candidates along with Barbados today believe they can frame an Owen Arthur return….how sad.

  24. Irma Corbin
    Irma Corbin December 13, 2017 at 12:48 am

    A bunch a joby dat is de word u looking fa.

  25. Yvonne Ross
    Yvonne Ross December 13, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Don’t pay the ass no mind

  26. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry December 13, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Come back Owen

  27. Daisy Suzanne King
    Daisy Suzanne King December 13, 2017 at 2:27 am

    This man is delusional. The BLP lost the last election BECAUSE of Arthur. All Aboard this time Mia Amor Mottley for PM. BLP ,a better life for our people all the time. Sour grapes.Like all the rest of parties. Can’t remember their names.

  28. Mansa Musa
    Mansa Musa December 13, 2017 at 3:02 am

    I know it will come to this

  29. archy perch December 13, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Hudson, you don’t need to call on George Payne to stand up and be counted, because George is waiting like a wolf in sheep clothing to be selected as Prime Minister by Parliamentary vote, should the corrupt BLP be successful at the polls next year. George was part of group of five that pulled the rug from under Mia beforeas party leader. That group was Dale Marshall; Roger Toppin; Gline Clarke; Kerrie Symmonds and I think Trevor Prescod. Never mind the hugging and kissingup you see going on now between George and Mia, IT IS ALL SHOW. Judas is known for the kiss…Georgie is known for his cunning slick skills. Keep your eyes on short Georgie Porgie.

    • hcalndre December 13, 2017 at 7:09 am

      @archy perch; Ok, name the “Eager Eleven” now and remember the statement that the PM made when he returned to the island. I believe he told them that to get rich should be their goal and all them decide to get on board and sink the ship.

  30. Santini More
    Santini More December 13, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Actually kind sir I think you may have that totally ‘ass about face’. Perhaps you failed to notice who headed the BLP in the last two election losses.

  31. Roger Fitzgerald
    Roger Fitzgerald December 13, 2017 at 3:53 am

    Dis man is so sad keep ur money Griffith ur a waste

  32. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood December 13, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Cuddear you in the right party a whole set of rejects

  33. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith December 13, 2017 at 4:39 am

    Who was leader in 2008 and 2013

  34. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 13, 2017 at 5:01 am

    What a silly statement! The BLP just lost two elections with Arthur. Oops! Sorry Corey! You already said it.

    • Corey Worrell
      Corey Worrell December 13, 2017 at 5:59 am

      nothing wrong with saying it again. There are people who are blocked from my page so they would benefit from seeing your comment.

  35. archy perch December 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Everyone is touting Mia to be the Prime Minister, but forgetting that George Payne has ambitions also. He was part of the Group of Five that ousted her sometime back as political leader remember.Keep your eyes open folks. Judas and his kiss less we forget.

  36. Kayvonne Clarke
    Kayvonne Clarke December 13, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I wonder what he knows that we dont

  37. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy December 13, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Wake up Sleeping Beauty…

  38. Mario Andrew Williams
    Mario Andrew Williams December 13, 2017 at 6:01 am


  39. Tracy Mason
    Tracy Mason December 13, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Stupes..he had his time..

  40. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece December 13, 2017 at 6:11 am

    If the BLP can’t win the next election without Mr Arthur why you Mr Griffith wanted to represent St John under the BLP when Mia is the leader? Go have a seat you sound silly

  41. Tanya Jordan
    Tanya Jordan December 13, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Sore loser. Sour grapes

  42. Kym Reigns
    Kym Reigns December 13, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Oh hush! With that asinine statement I won’t bother to vote for u all anymore.

  43. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell December 13, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Man nun uh de parties can’t win without ME. …haha haha hahaha

  44. Rishona Graham
    Rishona Graham December 13, 2017 at 6:46 am

    In the last elections were there not BLP canvassing against BLP? Asking for a friend .

  45. MARIA Holder December 13, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Oh, so in your opinion, Mr Arthur is Jesus

  46. harry turnover December 13, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Hudson Griffith ,so are you saying that since you had an improved performance last time that if you were to run on a BLP ticket next year you would have won under MIA with NO ARTHUR and with you most likely backing the BEES to win
    ….but now that you have been let loose you are saying that “[They are] only fooling themselves into believing that victory at the next general election is inevitable, having severed ties with former Prime Minister Owen Arthur,”
    Hudson Griffith,so all along you were telling yourself that with you running on a BLP ticket UNDER MIA they didn’t have a chance without Arthur ?
    Maybe your HYPOCRITICAL NATURE became evident to all and sundry in the BLP.
    A classic case of SOUR GRAPES though.
    Mr.Griffith you need to grow sound like a lil boy…go on a diet of breast milk and growena and make sure ya burp when ya done otherwise the SH8 that ya talking now will REGURGITATE AGAIN.

  47. Saga Boy December 13, 2017 at 7:12 am

    One thing for sure is that these new parties have the BLP running scared. Mia has too much baggage. The third parties may be the deciding factor.

  48. Cheryl Barrow
    Cheryl Barrow December 13, 2017 at 7:30 am

    You sound so foolish u is a real idiot I thought you had sence

  49. Nathaniel Samuels December 13, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I am an Arthur fan but I have moved on. As far as I remember, Arthur led the party in the last two elections and we all know that result of those. Does he want it to be a third loss?
    Actually, I believe that if Arthur had not returned last time, the BLP would have won.
    As far as Mr. Griffith is concerned, he had two bites at the cherry and did not win. He needs to get on with his own plan to win the seat, come up with ideas how he will move this country forward and stop discussing the BLP.
    Just get on with your business and leave the BLP alone.

  50. Marsha Padmore
    Marsha Padmore December 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

    y these former blp members so bitter…? I know they sense victory and they not in the line-up..tsk tsk

  51. Lorna Watson Deukett
    Lorna Watson Deukett December 13, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Boy Dem sour grapes weighing down your belly and got yuh spouting bare crap. Shut up and sit down do. Steupse.

  52. Angela December 13, 2017 at 8:26 am

    All party politics is about is rivalry between persons. We need solutions to enable social and economic development. I wish the writers above could have provided some of these

    • roger headley December 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Have you?

  53. Reese Ward
    Reese Ward December 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Ok so if the bees get in will the tax be lowered will the roads be fix properly will we have a goverment that can come out and help the people and not only when elections is coming and will them tell the truth and lead the country the right way and please send out my tax return along with the people tax return to

  54. roger headley December 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Was it a strategy of Ms. Mottley’s to get Mr. Arthur to leave the party? Was it a faux pas on her part? Since your party is going to win the next general election why not focus on that and leave the other parties to their own doing

  55. colleta December 13, 2017 at 8:47 am

    People need to stop predicting and just wait until the day of counting is over to learn who will be victorious.

    • hcalndre December 14, 2017 at 3:41 am

      @colleta; where in the world of politics and elections that you ever seen or heard that the people, the print media, the television stations, the analysts, reporters, that don`t give their take and predictions on an election, so why is Barbados to be any different? because you say so, wake up this 2017 not 1720.

  56. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 13, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Release the skeletons please.

  57. Leroy December 13, 2017 at 9:17 am

    That is only if you underestimate Mia’s ability.

    Politics make idiots of many people.

  58. andy g December 13, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Mr Griffith going to surprise lots of you.going to do better than the blp candidate,and if people vote candidate and not party,he will be a winner.ever since the last election he is being seen in st john often. He is known better now PLS note: Alabama is to the republican as st.john is to the dlp.after twenty five years republican lost that senate seat to the democrats. dem 50% rep 48% other 2%.small margin,but a 20% john we watching you.

  59. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside December 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Suck out,,,,,,uncle tom

  60. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith December 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

    All in the name of being a Mia hater #sad but true

  61. Alicia Holder
    Alicia Holder December 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Just wanted to be in the paper and on social media, because it makes him famous for a few seconds.

  62. Nikki Bayley
    Nikki Bayley December 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Without Who???? Steupes

  63. Kay Henry
    Kay Henry December 13, 2017 at 10:08 am

    This man is delusional if the country refuse Mr Arthur twice and the BLP lost now that the dead weight gone victory is ours (ALL ABOARD)

  64. Bill Sisnett
    Bill Sisnett December 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

    This man is a “Johnson”

  65. Ashley Griffith
    Ashley Griffith December 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Gingerly have a seat please…Utter rubbish!!!

  66. jrsmith December 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    This is no real issue all political has been suffer from the same dementia …
    Couple things which should worry our bajan people …….
    The threatening idea of a coalition government …….
    What if this said government win the up coming elections ..
    What will happen if they win, how then would you remove them from office ……………………………
    My take ,we need in Barbados a small piece of legislation which namely so would be the (Accountability Act) 2017 , which would automatically give the voters the right to use the same votes , which put our (MPs ) in office to have them remove if they are not working on the peoples behalf….
    We need to stop struggling and putting up with politicians who does nothing for our country……………………………

    • harry turnover December 13, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      They will say going to the IMF will be their last resort like the lay offs but this time the dilly dallying will be shorter cause by then the economy would have hit with the force of a category 5 hurricane with its eye passing right through Bridgetown.

  67. Bajan boy December 15, 2017 at 9:18 am



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