Submitted by Yardbroom
A word of explanation to this title is necessary for the benefit of non-Barbadians. A fly-stick is a “trap” set by young boys in Barbados to ensnare wild birds, it is not a good practice, should not be condoned and can never be justified but in this scenario it serves the purpose. The Ground-dove (Columbina-passerina) is a small bird with a gentle nature whose velvet-smooth feathers, beautiful colouring and sharp reflexes makes it a joy to behold in its natural habitat. To wish harm to a Ground-dove is akin to one who sets out to kill a mocking bird.
Owen Arthur – The Master Tactician – with a velvet glove smoothness and a deft touch of which only he is capable, has given Mia Mottley the opportunity – we are told – to reply to Chris Sinckler in the Estimates Debate. When the surprise of this manoeuvre left the faces of political commentators and the head scratching subsided. The question asked was why? To have been so daringly bold and to think beyond the expected, with the agility of mind to play a stroke of genius is why I gave Owen Arthur the title The Master Tactician some years ago. Perhaps now at last those followers of politics in Barbados will get a deeper understanding of what I meant.
You have to make an offer in your own interest, yet so attractive that the person to whom it is made thinks it is a wonderful opportunity….pure genius.
How should Mia Mottley play this one. She is clever that is beyond doubt and has a feel for the common touch. She should play it from the “heart” and connect with the electorate, be statesman-like and hold her ground. The Nation expects and Mia can deliver.
Rarely has so much rested on the words of a Barbados politician. Many will be watching as victory will surely come to the one who plays the best hand. As for Owen Arthur he is in the ring but there is no need for him to lace up his gloves.