Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur Refuses To Debate In The House Of Assembly

Owen Arthur, Leader of the Opposition seen driving an Audi SUV in recent days

Those who followed the debate in the Lower House (highest court in the land) this week gleaned that Leader of the Opposition Owen Arthur was missing from the debate, AGAIN. The practice of visiting for a brief period to be marked present has been perfected by Arthur during this term as Opposition Leader. The job of leading important debates has been routinely entrusted to former leader of the opposition Mia Mottley. Another observation has been the low-key involvement of Deputy Leader of the Opposition Dale Marshall.

To question Arthur’s lack of participation in debates in the Lower House will probably provoke the predictable partisan howls. If we accept that Arthur was busy preparing for his sojourn in New York, his attendance record in parliament and early departure on many other occasions are a matter of record. Arthur’s willingness to ‘diss’ the ‘poorakey’ Lower House has to be regarded as gross disrespect of the highest court in the land. How many Barbadian workers are able to arbitrarily decide their hours of work?

It is instructive that there are a few Barbadians who remember that the role of the Opposition Leader is recognized in the Constitution of Barbados.

BU holds the view that if Arthur believes the Lower House is ‘poorakey’, it does not remove the obligation on his part to participate or the satisfy an expectation by Barbadian taxpayers that our former Prime Minister should lend his considerable experience to the debates. Generations of Barbadians should not be robbed of the experience when Hansard is reviewed and be disappointed to find Arthur’s non participation in many of the debates post-2008.

Barbadians may recall that in the previous parliament when member for St. Andrew – to his credit he attended sittings regularly of the Lower House – BUT refused to contribute to debates for many years. The reason, he felt constrained to pout because of a disagreement with then Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Why have we as a nation – including the media – not called Arthur to account for withholding his services to parliament? What are the rules of parliament which we assume accommodate Arthur’s non performance? Why are we giving Arthur a free pass?

An irony which has resulted from Arthur’s non performance in the debates is to observe Mia Mottley – displaced by the Gang of five – leading the important debates for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).  There is even the promise she will reply to the Budget next month. What are we missing here? Mottley is good enough to lead important debates on behalf of the BLP but NOT good enough to lead the party? Bear in mind a recent CADRES poll places her less than 5% behind a former Prime Minister in Arthur.

The games that politicians play at the expense of taxpayers.

  • @ NationBLPnewspaper | June 5, 2012 at 7:15 PM | …………

    Don’t you get tired writing the same crap over and over? I mean all the time so???

    Do your know why no one takes the tantrums you throw against the Nation seriously?? Because you refuse to see that the Advocate and CBC are WORSE than the Nation. They allow very, very little in their forum on the BLP, CBCTV is so biased that hardly anyone watches the local part of it. It is two to one, what are you constantly complaining about? Get a life!

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  • look yardbirds of the BLP how wunna leader had to be shamed into showing up fuh work and wunna want he to be the leader of this great country and then when he shows up trying to play magical chairs tipping around the issues of cutting social programs and EDUCATION FUNDING!Wait oSA think we foolish ! but i was so glad when chris called he up on the tricks de man needs a good tongue lashing fuh trute. i see he find a new word one he steal from the DLP innovative expect the DLP is talking about helping our natural resources which is people. While he OSA is being innovative in cutting the social programs for the needy and those who cannot afford a good education very innovative indeed a new found word which by OSA interpretation means to decapitate.

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  • @ Prodigal

    who are you to tell national how many times he should state his comments. fuh as many times u and the others blp operatives have stink up the blog wid wunna temper tantrums about DT is neaseuating

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    A serious examination of how a once fearless Nation newspaper has been reduced to a political rag sheet to push a partisan agenda will never be condemed by the rank political yardfowl whose tunnell vision only recognises party and not country.

    The standard for journalism should not be a government owned station which if the government changes tommorrow will simply replace DLP supporters with BLP supporters. We must aim higher but sadly, for some the world revolves only on their narrow political axis and so they replace discussion with the childish rant “CBC does do it too”.
    Hopefully like the biblical story of the prodigal son, they will one day recognise their folly and choose a different way.

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  • @ Blogger 2012
    I decided to pull an OSA rather than listen to the likes of you talk ad nauseum about corruption whilst somehow conveniently sidestepping the FACT that your party’s chief purveyor of the corruption claim last election was found wanting in the recent CLICO audit, or why the Cabinet was reshuffled the first time, Rihanna concert etc etc. I prefer to talk about what your party has/has not accomplished and future plans; but I guess faced with a report card riddled with Fs, like 2008, there is no proud track record to run on so allegations, innuendo and lies would dominate the PR going into the next election too.

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  • old onion bags

    Look where the stnk asd btch gone ? I gennin for er..lying dg asr…frkn mamegrebo…tmmrw wehor

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  • @ NationBLPnewspaper
    How convenient!! Journalism is journalism whether in a public or private entity. By the way, you forgot how the Nation was blacklisted by the DLP in the early days of this term? Stupse…man stop trying to insult BU.

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  • NationBLPnewspaper

    Why do you believe in your words the Nation was blacklisted (in your words)? Come on and wise up.
    We had a poll early in the DLP administration showing David Thompson as the preferred leader of Barbados and a call was made to the Nation Editor by the BLP and for the first time a Cadres Poll was not a front page story.
    That was part of the Hartley Henry / Carol Martindale scenario.
    I repeat there is no one at the Nation newspaper that will criticise Owen Arthur – not Ezra Alleyne, not Peter Symmonds,not Pat Hoyos, not Sanka Price, not Albert Brandford, not Harry Russell, not Tennyson Joseph and certainly not Kaymar Jordan.
    That is not by accident people, that is by design.

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  • I will ask one more time, Where is Mara Thompson? i haven’t heard a word about her for a while, not even in parliament, not even on CBC TV8 news any night like all the rest.

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  • @Enuff
    @Enuff
    It is a pity that you and all blp sympathisers can only sing one tune and continue to stick like one of those rp records. It has been proven that we have managed the economy well in light of the global recession. We have done better than a lot of those Euopean coutries, compare our unemployment rate with them and see how we stacked up. Then again, i dont expect you to appreciate what we have achieved, we have stamped out rampant corruption, your party has perpuated the art of thiefery. And those off balance sheet finacials we had to bring them into play to see the true picture your lied thi efing governmen had hidden. we have almost clear off the debt accumulated by the BNOCL, among other things. So i expected you to do an owen, as the heat is too much for you and others. Have a good night until i return to torment you.

    Nationblpnewspaper

    I will help you to send him back into hibernation. any how continue to destroy his illogice got to take a rest, have to be on my by 3.00 a.m.

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  • the next balance

    We had a poll early in the DLP administration showing David Thompson as the preferred leader of Barbados and a call was made to the Nation Editor by the BLP and for the first time a Cadres Poll was not a front page story

    True forgot about that the Nation could do with a bit of balance dont expect it to happen though their editorial policy is locked on villifying poor Fruendel while OSA the absentee Parliamentarian gets a free pass.

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  • I’ll keep asking , Where is Mara Thompson? is she in Barbados? why are we not hearing from her like we hear the other candidates?

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  • Mara was at Parlament alert and awake more than can be said for Forde while your drunken leader was speaking she found he and his speech so interesting it forced her to sleep.

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  • And Blogger resorts to claims of corruption when cornered. You can never torment me, a party that had as its leader a money launderer? Pray tell what was the true reason for the payment of the $3.3m to Thompson & Associates and the other cheques written to DAVID THOMPSON?

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  • is this you?
    I thought you said Mara was awake, yet you finish by saying she was asleep while drunking Arthur was speaking. Why should she be asleep when a drunkard is speakin, it was customary for her to listen and converse with one.
    I’ve note heard her making a speech recently or is it that CBC is highlighting those candidates that are marginal? Then why highlight Kellman?. Intersted is the fact that they are highlighting the P.M every night, is this the only time he can speak to the nation, since once elections are called he has to fight for his own seat and can’t help any other candidate?

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  • Imagine the only two DLP candidates who can truly go out and help their fellow candidates, are Mara Thompson and Denis Kellman.

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  • Peter Symmonds surely you can read simple English can’t you or you BLP blind and dumb?

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  • Desperation seems to be taking over apologists of the present Government. The more you fire wild shots, the electorate will be taking stock of the misses and give you a failing grade at the polls.

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  • “what i think is funny is that i think the BLP wants to talk about the economy of Barbados and stay away from the corruption talk because clearly that does not serve them but on the other hand you have the DLP who want to stay away from talking about the economy and talk about corruption”
    the dlp won the last election on the corruption of the blp. at this point in time, the dlp should not be talking about corruption, they should be in the last stages of providing the appropriate evidence to prove the blp’s culpability.

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  • Continue the discussion HERE please.

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