Serious Wiretapping Questions for Owen Arthur

Submitted by David Comissiong, Citizen of Barbados

In the Sunday Sun front page newspaper article of 11th February 2018 titled Not On My Watch, former Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin, publicly confirmed :-

(1) that there are “extra-regional third parties” who provide the Royal Barbados Police Force with the “capability” to tap the telephones of persons in Barbados; that these “extra-regional third parties” are given “authorisation” to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force; and that the tapping of the telephones of persons in Barbados with the assistance of these “extra-regional third parties” has been ongoing since the year 1991– a period of some 27 years;

(2) that former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister David Thompson (deceased), and current Prime Minister Freundel Stuart all knew about this practice of the Royal Barbados Police Force collaborating with “extra-regional third parties” to tap the telephones of Barbadians;

(3) that “it was common practice for all Prime Ministers……. to give authorisation” for the Royal Barbados Police Force to collaborate with these “extra-regional third parties” in the tapping of telephones in Barbados; and

(4) that “all Opposition Leaders over the years had been informed” about the Royal Barbados Police Force’s use of wiretapping technology to tap the phones of Barbadians.

And so, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur could bluster and obfuscate as much as he likes about the Governor General being formally responsible for the efficient administration of the Police Force — sensible and conscious Barbadians are not buying his contention that he and other Barbadian Prime Ministers are not relevant to the issue of foreign entities collaborating with the Royal Barbados Police Force in tapping the telephones of Barbadians.

We are also not buying his pathetic effort to turn himself into a victim by claiming that “it has been represented in the public domain that my phones had been tapped also”.Nor are we interested in his irrelevant sob-story about Darwin Dottin being his best friend at primary school !

Perceptive Barbadians will have noted that in spite of all of his effusions and feverish protestations on the matter, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is yet to deny that foreign entities have been collaborating with the Royal Barbados Police Force in tapping telephones in Barbados.

As a citizen of Barbados I find it to be totally unacceptable that our Government and national Police Force could be joining together with foreign entities to tap the telephones of Barbadians without having established any legal authorisation in the Laws of Barbados for this practice; without establishing any protocols of oversight and accountability in relation to the carrying out of this activity; without in any way informing us–the Barbadian people — about any of this happening; and without providing us with even basic information about the identity of the mysterious foreign entities that are being permitted to invade the privacy of Barbadians.

Who — former Prime Minister Arthur and current Prime Minister Stuart — are these “extra-regional third parties” that are permitted to collaborate with the Royal Barbados Police Force in tapping telephones in our country ?

What are the protocols and regulations under which this practice has been taking place over the past 27 years ? Aren’t we — the citizens of Barbados — entitled to know the criteria by which a decision is made to tap the telephone of a Barbadian citizen? And who makes that decision?

Furthermore, what mechanism of oversight and accountability has been attached to this practice ?Indeed, is there ANY mechanism of oversight and accountability ?

When all is said and done,the reality is that you–Mr Owen Arthur– held the office of Prime Minister of this country for 14 of the 27 years during which this practice of telephone tapping was taking place. And you– Mr Stuart– have held the post of Prime Minister for some 8 of those 27 years.

Do not insult our intelligence with idle and evasive talk about the Governor General or insinuations about current Opposition  Leader Mia Mottley! We need answers to the serious questions that surround this 27 year old practice of engaging with foreign entities to tap the telephones of Barbadians.

 

 

 

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116 Comments on “Serious Wiretapping Questions for Owen Arthur”

  1. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 14, 2018 at 7:30 AM #

    The most stupid, useless AG ever, even their transparent tricks are failing.

    “Shut up, AG!
    Marshall wants Brathwaite to focus on making Barbados safe again

    Added by Colville Mounsey on February 13, 2018.

    Former Attorney General Dale Marshall has challenged Government’s chief legal adviser to “put up or shut up” and to concentrate on “making this country safe again”.

    It was Marshall’s response to a call by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite over the weekend for the Member of Parliament for St Joseph to say “whether or not he had anything to do with the illegal tapping to telephones of ordinary men and women in this country”.

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  2. Pachamama February 14, 2018 at 7:58 AM #

    well Well

    Be careful.

    Is he not an HC old boy

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  3. millertheanunnaki February 14, 2018 at 8:21 AM #

    @ Fractured BLP February 13, 2018 at 9:16 PM #
    “The Great Owen Seymour Arthur has informed Barbadians, today , that he will retire at the end of this Parliamentary term.”

    Oh what feigned adulation!

    Is this is the same “How great thou art” OSA whom you blame incessantly for all the economic problems facing your obviously tired deceitful lying preposterously incompetent administration?

    You must clearly understand that MAM was never the substantive MoF or PM of your fair land (now turning into a wasteland) called Barbados.

    So aiming your political sights to shoot the poor wo(e)man is just an exercise in futile attack just like your deliberately false praise of OSA.

    It was the same OSA on whom you ought to be pinning the blame for the list of fiscal sinkholes which you highlighted just a few days ago like the Greenland costly unused landfill and the Dodds prison without which there would be no room to lock up the many criminals you are about to catch in the dragnet of the upcoming curfews unless you plan to do a Jonesing and crack a few skulls while shooting the same black suffering protestors in the back like the agents hired by your former white plantation massas to keep you restless niggers in apartheid confinement.

    If you are that genuine in your worship of the Bajan god of economic management the divine OSA why not follow his commandments and go to the IMF for your country’s salvation?

    Doesn’t it follow that if there is no viable economy there could be no ‘good’ society?

    The unencumbered forex reserves are about to read “E” in a few weeks.

    When do you intend to take a ‘welcome break’ to offload your lot of tired deceitful lying passengers including the driver and recharge the nation’s battery of investor confidence and refill the tank of consumer transactional activity, the road on which the Bajan economy travels?

    The month of March especially the Ides would be the ideal date to announce, like drowning dirty rats, the abandonment of the ship of State to avoid receiving a ‘forced’ visit from the inevitable IMF doctor. Either that or the Devaluation undertaker by June when the forex reserves tank runs dry.

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  4. millertheanunnaki February 14, 2018 at 8:58 AM #

    @ Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service February 14, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    Shouldn’t this grade ‘A’ sloth of an idiot be providing an answer to the LEC resolution his party’s G S Pretty Polly Pilgrim submitted to him for a response by November 2017?

    Didn’t the same ‘A’ class fool promise to the highest court of the land a report on his investigation into MAM’s eligibility to practise law without an LEC since 2015, albeit allowing her to renew the same licence on the 31st January just gone?

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  5. Bush Tea February 14, 2018 at 9:14 AM #

    LOL @ Miller
    Boss, you getting very acid in your old age..

    Have you come across a lost, big-ass whacker somehow…?
    Or is it that elections are imminent?

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  6. millertheanunnaki February 14, 2018 at 9:59 AM #

    @ Bush Tea February 14, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    BT, you might be surprised to hear that the miller’ mill is grinding to provide the grist for a return of your dear loving party of parasites to bring about the entropic scenario you have predicted as just being around the corner for the brass-bowls Bajans who refuse to heed the warnings from the BBE with the planting of the Devil’s pitchfork a clear sign of the end times of the falsely good life enjoyed over the past 40 years in the worship of the god of excessive materialism.

    It’s time to get back to basics. Any country endowed with the great gift of cultivable land but treats it like an inconvenience is bound to end up on the scarp heap of economic survival.

    Stating all over again it’s going to be rough but absolutely necessary to save the current BB country from calamity.

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  7. Fractured BLP February 14, 2018 at 10:27 AM #

    Miller @ 8:21 a.m on FEBRUARY 14, 2018

    Miller

    Please stop the lying and deceit on this the 1st of Lent

    No one has DEMONIZED……OSA like you & Mia Mottley !

    So vitriolic were you attacks that you forced poor OSA to flee in haste from the said BLP that he lead for ……15 years !!

    An act that is unmatched in any other Caribbean country…..to date !!

    And to imagine that you & Mia Mottley had the temerity to – wire tap – the man damn phones 📱 !!!!

    Rational thinking Barbadians would not hastened to put you all in the corridors of power – for such vulgar behavior !!

    About the Lenten Season…..there will be no General Elections !!

    So all those – weather torn posters – that wunnah foolish BLPITES ……illegally rush to put on the Barbados Light & Power poles……on January 1st , 2018 !!!

    Wunnah could tek them down…..

    General Elections in Barbados 🇧🇧 would be held on Tuesday June 26, 2018 from ….6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

    So you know the date ……now !

    You can decide when to put your posters – legally now

    BLP …….jokers !!!

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  8. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 14, 2018 at 10:36 AM #

    Miller..we been saying on here for years..the attorney general is stupid and very deceitful, he has just been collecting free money from taxpayers for doing absolutely NOTHING for years.

    All of these ministers and senators got that opportunity from the weak Thompson by a fluke, particularly after he died and it dawned on them that they fell into a honey pot filled with stupid yardfowls and gullible taxpayers, so they proceeded to do nothing, because they knew they will get paid anyway, no one would challengr, they did not even pretend to do the bare minimum….they only did what benefitted them and no one else.

    But day runs and night catches up, now they are exposing their own selves in a real comedy act.

    We see on here the failed politicians still challenging people to bring evidemce of corruption, something they themselves would do after committing their crimes against the country and citizens, unfortunately for them they will remain failed politiciand..

    …. this government did the same, challenging everyone to bring evidence that they are corrupt….despite the auditor general’s decades long reports….

    They all have the same poisonous, viperous mindset.

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  9. Tell me Why February 14, 2018 at 10:45 AM #

    DAVID, this is serious!

    Wiretapping is the surreptitious electronic monitoring of telephone, telegraph, cellular, fax or Internet-based communications. Wiretapping is achieved either through the placement of a monitoring device informally known as a bug on the wire or using wireless means which has increased with the introduction of fibre optics. Service providers don’t have to be the third party to effectively monitor someone’s privacy.

    I was listening to various speakers and suddenly, I heard a certain speaker talking about people on social media spewing lies and he confirmed “WE” and I emphasize the word “WE” KNOW ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING IT” That person don’t need help, help is readily available to all and sundry.

    David, this is confirmation that wiretapping is blatant in society and we have to ask the question “WHO IS BEHIND THESE SO-CALL WIRETAPPING”

    Anyway, this is the silly season and maybe I am silly to think outside the box.

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  10. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 14, 2018 at 12:16 PM #

    When you have corrupt governments, ministers, prime ministers, senators, you remove them, you do not keep them to decay the country further, particularly after they have aleady decayed the country’s economy and infrastructures,.

    This corrupt president should have been gone years ago, of course he will fight to stay and they will have to forcefully remove him like Mugabe, they never want to leave.

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/129355/anc-decides-remove-zuma-south-african-president

    ‘JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s ruling party decided on Tuesday to sack Jacob Zuma as head of state, two sources said, after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’.

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  11. Tell me Why February 14, 2018 at 1:06 PM #

    “WE” KNOW ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING IT” That person don’t need help, help is readily available to all and sundry.

    This was stated in Parliament by a figurehead of a Ministry in yesterday’s Estimates Debate.

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  12. Enuff February 14, 2018 at 1:48 PM #

    Fractured
    Why not 2019?🤣🤣. The Dems need more than 3 months!

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  13. Tell me Why February 14, 2018 at 2:03 PM #

    Look for #18 and start from 27 mins.

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  14. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 14, 2018 at 2:33 PM #

    They have even become sickening to watch, let alone listen to, they have nothing to offer, paying them a salary for 10 years produced nothing but decay.

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  15. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 14, 2018 at 5:26 PM #

    South Africans finally got rid of Zuma.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/jacob-zuma-resigns-president-south-africa-latest-anc-party-vote-no-confidence-gupta-family-a8211311.html

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  16. Pachamama February 14, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

    Well Well
    What does that mean?
    The next one, Ramaposa is a criminal billionaire already

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  17. Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service February 14, 2018 at 6:06 PM #

    Pacha…the last week people have been posting to various blogs that Ramphosa already sold out the country…he is just interim until elections in 6 months.

    they are all corrupt, we can only hope.

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  18. Prodigal Son February 14, 2018 at 7:30 PM #

    Oh my dear, David………looks like the Atalky General is reading BU…..he was quoting us in the House today saying that it is being said that instead of buying garbage trucks, they are building up the military…………looks like we are getting to them!

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  19. Prodigal Son February 14, 2018 at 8:08 PM #

    @Enuff, Gabriel

    Well, well, well………..Maria Agard has finally exposed herself for the irritant that she is!

    She is now the leader of business in the House for the UPP………ha, ha, ha…….muh belly!

    Some leader she is…….I knew that she always had a problem with Mia as leader. Now she gets her wish. Do you think she can lead Lynette?

    Wait……..if wonder if she knows that her naked ambition to be auditioning for leadership will be short lived. After the Estimates debate finishes on Friday, the most sittings there will be is a maximum of two…….that is if the lazy dlp members decide to meet.

    Wuhloss……….h, ha, ha!

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  20. Hants February 14, 2018 at 8:14 PM #

    BARBADOS

    “Police have arrested and charged four schoolboys in connection with Monday’s stabbing incident at St Leonard’s Boys’ School which resulted in two 16-year-old boys receiving stab wounds.”

    FLORIDA, USA

    “At least 17 people were killed Wednesday in a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said.”

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  21. David February 14, 2018 at 8:30 PM #

    @Prodigal Girl

    If he is reading let him see the following. If the Chinese donated the trucks to the BDF the information should have been shared when the promised was made, this is what effective communication and transparency is all about. Barbadians should not be left to speculated about the trucks because someone posted to Facebook.

    #101

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  22. Hants February 14, 2018 at 8:42 PM #

    @ David,

    Investigative journalism does not exist in Barbados. All we get is journalistic pablum.

    That is why Government ministers do not have to be accountable and will only speak when there is a crisis.

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  23. Sargeant February 14, 2018 at 9:03 PM #

    @Hants

    Another Valentine’s Day massacre in the Empire of the gun

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  24. Georgie Porgie February 14, 2018 at 9:07 PM #

    not the Empire of the gun Sarge IT IS THE EMPIRE OF SIN—USA IS THE MOST SINFUL NATION IN THE WORLD

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  25. Theophilius GAzerts February 14, 2018 at 9:27 PM #

    God elected Trump and we are still the most sinful?

    I would have gone with Hilary

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  26. Georgie Porgie February 14, 2018 at 9:44 PM #

    I would have gone with Hilary TOO……..AND THIS WOULD HAVE HASTENED THE DEMISE OF THE USA AND BROUGHT IN THE ONE WORLD GUVMENT FASTER LOL

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  27. Sargeant February 14, 2018 at 9:47 PM #

    @Hants

    Another Valentine’s Day massacre in the Empire of the gunned

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  28. Sargeant February 14, 2018 at 9:48 PM #

    Apologies for double post

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  29. Sargeant February 14, 2018 at 9:50 PM #

    Soon the most overworked cliche from the politicians “thoughts and prayers”

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  30. Hants February 14, 2018 at 9:52 PM #

    @ Sargeant,

    Expect private security protecting schools to be a new growth industry making America great again.

    Sorry for the parents of the children who were massacred.

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  31. Hants February 14, 2018 at 9:55 PM #

    @ Sargeant,

    TV stations and news media will profit bigly from this tragedy,

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  32. Gabriel February 14, 2018 at 10:17 PM #

    Prodigal
    I laughed when I heard the woman Agard say she is leader of ‘business’ in the House for the UPP.I would ask what ‘business’ and secondly with this House coming to an end by March 5th what leading and what business can these irritants provide other than being the laughing stock of Barbados.Bunch of nitwits.
    Stuart talking like a drowning man catching at a straw.Only those sucking the treasury nipples dry listening to Stuart.That man is being cussed left right and centre bout buhbaydus.He can really call the election and save Barbados from more downgrades and devaluing peoples’lives.GOOD GOD STUART, GO MAN GO! LEAVE!DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT! May Charles dee Gaulle byline all ‘o wunna rotten Dems.

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  33. Prodigal Son February 14, 2018 at 10:53 PM #

    Gabriel

    I wonder if they are so sure that they are so going to win why the hesitation to call the election?

    I cannot remember another PM who acted the way this PM has behaved as a leader of this country. The man is insufferable.

    The Atalky General tonight said that we are saying that they brought in this equipment to be used in the elections and the PM in the background cross talking……..this must be the most interaction he has had with his minister.

    This week’s sitting has shown up these ministers’ incompetence…….. in the meanwhile after Stinkliar’s 6 hours of bilge………….the reserves continue to plummet! Maybe they want to leave no reserves behind……they are that irresponsible!

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  34. Hal Austin February 15, 2018 at 4:36 AM #

    (1) that there are “extra-regional third parties” who provide the Royal Barbados Police Force with the “capability” to tap the telephones of persons in Barbados; that these “extra-regional third parties” are given “authorisation” to work with the Royal Barbados Police Force; and that the tapping of the telephones of persons in Barbados with the assistance of these “extra-regional third parties” has been ongoing since the year 1991– a period of some 27 years(Quote)

    Does this ‘extra-regional third parties’ mean the US, Canadians, Brits or Chinese, or all? We need plain speaking. What else do they do in Barbados? Is the RSS involved in any of this? Is Barbados now a vassal state? Is this the end of our democracy?

    ;

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  35. Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service February 15, 2018 at 6:47 AM #

    The failed government, the failed corrupt minister has finally given in, there is nothing left of Transport Board for him to destroy with his insurance company partners, how much money is he making from this final assault on the taxpayer funded bus service because he is too incompetent to maintain, manage or bring the bus service into the 21st century .

    At least the good news is, passengers should not suffer anymore because of this minister’s gross incompetence. .

    ……for those who cannot see, the transport board is being privatized in a roundabout way, get rid of this government, vote them all out.

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/02/14/psvs-can-now-operate-from-all-govt-terminals/

    “Relief might finally be in sight for commuters hard hit by a chronic shortage of Government buses.

    Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley announced in Parliament today the expansion of the integration of privately owned public service vehicles (PSVs) and the state owned Transport Board service, which would allow for PSVs to operate from Transport Board terminals across the island.

    Lashley said in an effort to ease the strain on the ageing fleet that causes frequent breakdowns, leaving passengers stranded, Cabinet had given its approval last week to widen the scope of the integration of the private and Government owned passenger services.”

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  36. de pedantic Dribbler February 15, 2018 at 7:03 AM #

    “God elected Trump and we are still the most sinful?”

    And God also ‘created sin in the spectre that is satan so nothing strange there.

    Beyond style, less lies and much less daily turmoil the state of affairs under Clinton would essentially be no different.

    She would also be facing a special prosecutor from he pay-to-play allegations re her less than charitable foundation and who knows what that would find ; her husband would be continually shamed as an abuser if the #metoo had exploded as it has; and Trump on the outside would still be causing the same mayhem in his megaphone media style.

    Sin is sin…let Trump lead the way to his self destruction; the Clintons have already done their monkey climb, more dirty backside expose routine!

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  37. charles skeete February 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM #

    Before Mr Arthur through his own fault ignominously rides off into the sunset after an outstanding performance as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of this country; i would solemnly beseech him to tell us why this the person to whom he entrusted some of the highest responsibilities in the land as Deputy Prime Minister, Attorney General and MInister of Economic affairs should should not now be trusted with the responsibility to lead this country.
    In closing i wish Mr Arthur a long and happy retirement and thank him for his outstanding service

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  38. de pedantic Dribbler February 15, 2018 at 6:12 PM #

    @Charles, don’t you think that if Mr Arthur had hard seed physical evidence to display about the person to whom you refer that it would have been leaked long ago!

    Arthur was the PM for crying out enough already….he could have buried her and then some…..thus he either can show only anecdotal details of her misbehaviour or he has been aced by a more powerful political machine which backs the lady in question.

    In either case she has proven herself as a political gorillifant, so at this stage of the game it’s really ‘shut up’ time for folks like OSA as there has been nothing ‘put up’.

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  39. Hal Austin February 15, 2018 at 6:54 PM #

    charles skeete February 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM #

    Arthur was prime minister and minister of finance for about 728 weeks, during some of the most turbulent times in our post-independence history.
    One long-term good he can do the nation is to write of his experiences during those 700 odd weeks (one page for every week or 400 words) would produce a 300 page book – the first by a leading Barbados politician. Michael Manley could be a good example.
    Given Mr Arthur’s complex views on economics (including the DLP’s financial grooming by China), his role in the moribund Caricom project, the internal war in the BLP, a book would be a good opportunity for him to expand on those ideas. He already has free use of a desk at UWI.

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  40. Sargeant February 15, 2018 at 7:10 PM #

    There are persons here who are unfamiliar with the laws of libel,a refresher would be appropriate

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  41. Kevin February 16, 2018 at 9:20 PM #

    So I guess this issue is not a red herring then?

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