‘Ungrateful Bees’

DLP accuses BLP of disrespecting owen Arthur

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is dismissing as “so much garbage”, accusations that it disrespected former Prime Minister Owen Arthur during his farewell speech in Parliament last week.

The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) last night complained that it was left to the Government side to pay homage to the Member of Parliament for St Peter, even though he was the longest serving Prime Minister in a BLP administration and had given more than 30 years of service to the party.

Speaking at a joint meeting of DLP branches in the Christ Church constituencies, both Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister and Transport and Works Michael Lashley tore into the opposition party for not properly recognizing Arthur in the House when he said goodbye.

However, Member of Parliament for St Joseph Dale Marshall, who served in Arthur’s Cabinet from 2003 to 2007, dismissed the argument as a none issue.

Chris Sinckler and Michael Lashley

“I am not responding to that. This is so much garbage that I am not going comment on it. Let them find something else to talk about this week,” Marshall told Barbados TODAY.

Arthur, who led Barbados through economic prosperity from 1994 to 2008, announced last week that he was attending his last sitting of Parliament after 35 years as a legislator.

“Today I will be making my last speech ever . . . . I am retiring,” Arthur told Barbados TODAY as he prepared to climb the steep steps of Parliament to participate in the debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure 2018-2019.

Arthur resigned from the BLP July 2014, a year-and-a-half after losing his second straight election, claiming the party had lost its soul under Mia Mottley as political leader.

He had stood down as BLP leader in 2008 following the party’s defeat in the general election that year only to return in October 2010, and stepped aside again following the 2013 defeat, in favour of Mottley.

But a major fault line had developed in the relationship between the two, which became even more evident after the former leader quit the party.

Lashley said the BLP parliamentarians were ungrateful for failing to pay tribute to Arthur following his contribution to the debate.

“Only last week we saw how the Barbados Labour Party treated their former leader, who made some of them ministers, who gave his final speech and not one of them came back in there and paid tribute to their former leader. Not one of them came back and say ‘we thank you former Prime Minister for giving us the opportunity to serve in your cabinet and that you made us men and women’. How ungrateful can you be?”  Lashley said, while arguing that Arthur had rebranded the BLP from a party for aristocrats to one which related to the working class.

“There were many in that party who said that a poor man who was the son of a shopkeeper could [not] become Prime Minister of Barbados. He was too poor until they recognized that they could use this man to connect with the working class and this is how they treat a man that put his life out for the party,” Lashley added.

Meantime, Sinckler supported Lashley’s position, warning that Barbadians could expect more of the same ingratitude if they elect the BLP to office in the next general election, constitutionally due by the middle of this year.

“It was disrespectful and insidious from the BLP and it then took our Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to get up and give commendation to Arthur in his final speech. That is the quality of character that you are talking about this side [DLP] and the quality of political scallywags on the other side.

“I am not surprised because they had an annual conference and they had a booklet celebrating leaders of the BLP and left out Owen Arthur, the longest leader of the BLP. Could you imagine that? Now if they would treat him like that and he led them to the stars for 15 years and won three elections and got some of them elected that couldn’t get elected any other way, how do you think they would treat ordinary Barbadians?” Sinckler questioned.

27 Responses to ‘Ungrateful Bees’

  1. Alex Alleyne February 19, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Let’s face it , from listening to debates in the past the most disrespectful person to former Prime Minister Owen Arthur will have to be the present Prime Mister Freundel Stuart.

    • Kevin February 20, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Oh please. You are really pushing it. It would have to Sinckler, not Frenduel.

      • straight talk February 20, 2018 at 10:49 am

        Most of them were very disrespectful especially Chris Sinkler they would often say he haven’t done anything in the country for 14 years but when he left the party and cuss Mai in public there have been a sudden change and he became the best thing after slice bread for the DLP because Mia is their target.

  2. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 1:41 am

    All these Ministers do is talk a lot o Pupp.

    No real creative ideas or Solutions.
    Its like asking a 5ft tall point Guard to play forward and try to block King James (Lebron)
    Or asking Shannon Gabriel to open batting or a Kraigg Brathwaite to bowl at 90 mph/- 145 k

    Time for a change.

    Lets find people who can do the job. Every complaint or accusation from them is really a plea from them for help and a message that they are sending to you not to vote for them. They actualy want you to NOT vote for them . They begging you. You have to listen


  3. Nathaniel Samuels February 20, 2018 at 2:42 am

    And what of your treatment to Sir Lloyd? You still need to respond to his question. How did we get here again? Answer Sir Lloyd then we can discuss Owen Seymour.
    What you have to do is give an account of the ten years you were in office and what state you have plunged this country into. That is down grade. Down, down, down.
    With the BLP we will go up, up, up.

  4. Tony Webster February 20, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Lawd…de onliest t’ing DEM ent yet do, is to run dung Broad Street nekked and bawlin’. Time…and twine…and patience too, Lawd.

  5. Berestford Leon Phillips February 20, 2018 at 6:12 am

    The BLP never wanted Owen Arthur in the first place, been a shop keeper son, Tom Adams preferred Clyde Griffith or general secretary of the NUPW, O’Brien Trotman in St.Peter
    But it was the people in St.Peter who wanted Owen not BLP

    Owen Arthur re branded the BLP from a party for aristocrats, Rich people, White People and Slave Drivers to one which related to the working class and many, many hated him for that, Now Owen gone the Private Sector led by a Plantation Owner fighting hard from the front Line to make BLP the party is was before Owen Arthur was leader saying a Shop Keeper son come and change up we Party.
    BLP has not only lost its Soul, but lost its Morals, decency and
    respectability for real, real woman.

    • straight talk February 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm


      This is what I call raw sewage, you int had none else to do but talk sh!t ?

      • Berestford Leon Phillips February 20, 2018 at 7:19 pm

        @ not so straight talk, Check the Facts, check the Genesis, the Truth is out there
        Who did Owen Arthur come up against in BLP to vote off to contest St. Peter. Tom Adams right hand man just in case you were not Hatch as yet.

        Who is at the Front from Private sector leading the BLP charge open yuh eyes Yuh Educated but have no common sense plus yuh blind in one eye and can’t see out thee other one too good

        Yuh left school too early only went for lunch Yard duck.

      • Berestford Leon Phillips February 20, 2018 at 7:40 pm

        In my own case, when I was leader of this party, George Payne made it clear that he did not support me, and O’Brien Trotman said he done with politics,
        but it did not stop me from embracing them as part of the family of the BLP,” Mr Arthur said.

        In the same vein, Mr Symmonds told the meeting: “We have to end this climate of distrust and fear of Labour Party people inside the Labour Party. The time has come to stop peeping under ourselves, to stop peeping behind BLP people, but to unleash the wealth that this BLP has, so that the BLP can reposition and ready itself to assume the reins of Government.”


        And for those who were still in any doubt over a recent
        move to have the party discipline Mr Arthur, Mr Symmonds made known his position on the development: “The most asinine of conditions” to think of even bringing “disciplinary measures and threats of expulsion against somebody who took the party from years of Oppostion, took the Government for nearly two decades and transformed the country into the leading island in the Eastern Caribbean”.

        After all of that, there can be no more denying the existence of a rift in the BLP.

  6. Buun February 20, 2018 at 6:22 am

    You two fellows think politics is all about talk and taxing. Go and fix the jobby jobs you guys did as DEMs and tell it to the Devil!

  7. harry turnover February 20, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Sinckler..what the RH you telling me ? big man YOU are the one who was the MOST DISRESPECTFUL to Arthur years before he lost in 2008 and soon after you became the mechanical MOF ESPECIALLY in your final replies to his replies after EVERY BUDGET.
    YOU used to attacked the man with VENOM like he did you something…go back and listen to them.
    You in got nutten else to talk bout ? wuuna DISRESPECTED BARBADIANS for 10 friggin years.
    Wunna DISRESPECTED Arthur when wunna said that he is the cause of the problems that Barbados face today
    Wunna shoulda praise Arthur for the BILLIONS in Foreign Reserves he left for you all in 2008 as well as the policies that were implemented then that are keeping Bdos afloat now and not wait to praise him now he leaving.

  8. Samuel Clemens February 20, 2018 at 7:45 am

    I hope Owen S. writes his autobiography. He is the last link to those great leaders of our past and perhaps through his words the younger generations will learn about what we have lost with this current crop of miscreants.

    I’m not saying that our leaders of the past were perfect men and women but they truly embodied that most Bajan of spirits which is to constantly strive to be better. This lot seems to think that the work is over once they are elected and not realize that winning the election was the easy part.

    Anyways, I for one would love to learn more about our political history and what made our little island great. Perhaps them some of our current poloiticians will be inspired to be better.

  9. hcalndre February 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Well the MOFailure accused the BLP for not praising Mr. Arthur after he made his final exit so they had to do it. Mr. Arthur walk out on his party and accused them as a party that lost its soul, I don`t think that you should abandoned your team that you led for 15 years that way was appropriate. Owen would have gone down as one of the greatest leaders Barbados ever had if he had just go like a real leader. After the fat head MOFailure said that the BLP disrespected Mr. Arthur, up comes a yard fowl pick up the crumbs and took it to VOB and the host did an excellent job by not falling into the yard fowl path by not uttering one word. After this election the sorry DLP losers going to say that the “Eager 11” had the right idea to get rid of the leader.

  10. Greengiant February 20, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I would love to see that booklet celebrating the B L P leaders minus the name or picture of Arthur.

    Fighting during debates, and even campaigns is understandable from politicians, but not to recognize a long standing member of the House of Assembly during their farewell contribution to the chamber after three decades of service is the lowest of parliamentary disrespect there can be.

    If it is true that the opposition boycotted that final contribution, as I didn’t hear any reply from any member of the opposition. This is total and unacceptable parliamentary disrespect unheard of in this country from either side of the floor of parliament.

    You all who support your parties unconditionally need to learn when it’s time to stand up for something, and stop accepting any and every thing.

  11. petra February 20, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    he caused it on himself. trying to destroy a party that made him who he is today. he has lost his way

    • Ras February 20, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      BLP has Lost it’s way and Soul now that they have Plantation Owners, Sodomites and Babylonians at the fore front.
      This is not the BLP I knew with Grantley Adams, Tom Adams, Owen Arthur, Bree St.John look good see what’s going on the Slave Masters and thee Un Godly in charge now.

      • hcalndre February 21, 2018 at 5:34 am

        @Ras; are you a rasta or a rascal? is not Salassie I your god, which one do you refer to?

  12. Victor February 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Agreed Greengiant regarding mergers. However the BWA and Water Resources need merging.

  13. Atman February 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I hope that none of those Dees come round my RH place this election time…worst yet if I got two rums in my head.

  14. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I had a dream

    I saw a Big Black Slug eating a brown cockroach and watched by a pitbull wearing a collar and being welcomed to yard of a Big House.

    Gó figure !

    But the Big Black Slug had had fur balls for lunch

    The dream
    What does it mean ?

    • Ras February 20, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      @ Luther that was Mama Mia eating Maria and been watched by George Payne and been welcomed to Duguid house

      Of course Fur Balls was for Lunch that is Obvious

  15. luther thorne February 20, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I have another interpretation that would shock you

    Concentrate on

  16. Adrian Shorey February 20, 2018 at 8:31 pm


  17. Saga Boy February 20, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Luther the big black slug was Big fat Mama Mia eating (dentist) Maria Agard and watched by pit bull George Payne who still wants Edmond Hinckson’s throat. A pack of ill disciplined unstable Bull like People.

  18. Saga Boy February 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Luther when you on hunger strikes one sees slugs and cockroaches etc. I would suggest that you start eating again otherwise you will begin to hallucinate and believe that the BLP will win next elections. No wonder you talk such gibberage.

  19. Cecil P February 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    come on now that’s what politics is all about. they all cut from the same cloth .they would cuss each other out in parliament @ the end of the day there the best of friends talking and laughing @ y’all fools it’s time y’all figure it out by now it’s like that .please don’t let them fool u


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