Listeners to radio and especially CBC TV viewers to the recent budget debate waited expectantly for what is the perennial salvo which Prime Minister Arthur would shoot across what has become the worn bow of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) ship. All and sundry must agree that the DLP vessel has been trying to negotiate stormy waters in recent years but in recent months – with the return of David Thompson as leader of the party – calmer waters have soothed the nerves of the DLP passengers on board, certainly those who have remained. Some would argue that the nation has welcomed the tranquility of the political landscape which has been visited on us in these times. After all, a strong democracy requires a minimum of two parties to represent that much needed balance.
Since Arthur has been performing in the role as Minister of Finance the public has become use to his sharp tongue. The current DLP leader it seems to us at BU has always been the beneficiary of the scathing attacks. Over the years it has appeared to the casual observers and the political pundits alike that David Thompson and the DLP appear hapless and helpless in the face of the annual onslaughts.
Newsflash: Dateline Bridgetown
History was created during the wrap-up to the 2007 budget debate when all of Barbados witnessed David Thompson the one to initiate the attack. During the heated and sometimes muscular exchanges the public witnessed Prime Minister Arthur wiping beads of sweat from his brow as he sought to battle a rejuvenated leader of the opposition. The publics consternation was made even more so when PM Arthur took his seat before his time had expired to wrap-up the debate. This unprecedented move has provided fodder for discussion across the country on what may have prompted Arthur’s behaviour. The consensus among all who witnessed the exchanges is that Arthur was hit for six during the encounter and obvious to all is that Arthur conceded because there is something to hide . What is it that exposed PM Arthur’s raw nerves to use the Bajan vernacular? What is it that David said that rocked the Goliath named King Arthur who has walked like a colossus on the rock for the last 13 years?
BU had reason to attend a function recently and while in the company of some fairly influential and aristocratic individuals we “overheard” some information on what we have concluded has the potential to bring the government to its knees. It all has to do with that “cheque contribution” to which David Thompson alluded in the heated exchange. BU has been advised that we should tread cautiously at this point. We will adjourn this report by informing the world that David has King Arthur by the proverbial nuts and any wrong move may cause David to squeeze.
If, and BU believes when this happens it will not be advisable for anyone to be within close earshot of King Arthur when he starts to squeal.