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Arthur ‘has no time for the masses’

Minister of International Transport and International Business George Hutson (left), MP for St John, Mara Thompson, and Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Lands, Patrick Todd, were among those who attended the joint Democratic Labour Party meeting at Foundation School on Sunday night. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

Tue, November 06, 2012 - 12:08 AM

OPPOSITION LEADER Owen Arthur has been accused of being a politician who has little interest in the masses.

The charge was laid by the ruling Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) main economic spokesman Chris Sinckler, who said Arthur was interested only in “classes but not the masses”.

Sinckler accused Arthur of not being in Parliament to debate almost every piece of social legislation introduced over the past four and a half years.

These included the workers’ rights legislation, the National Youth Policy and the recently passed financial assistance for women who are not receiving support from delinquent fathers.  Sinckler also said Arthur missed the minimum wage debate. (GE)


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Posted by Carl Harper 1 year, 11 months ago
Sinckler reminds me of a drowning man clutching at a straw - any straw - to save himself, and fighting to save his political life.

But more importantly, the upcoming elections will represent the most defining moment in the history of Barbados. If the DLP loses, they could be in the political wilderness again for the next 15 years and many persons under age 45 would not have ever experienced excellent DLP leadership, since they would only know about Errol Barrow via the history books.

It is highly likely that the world economies will improve over the next four years whether or not Obama gets a second term in the USA. As the USA goes, so too does the rest of the world.

Republican-controlled businesses will decide it is time to return to profitability, after conspiring with the Republicans in Congress to do everything possible to make Obama a one-term president.

Companies will once again start hiring and discontinue holding back on the US economy. They will no longer be concerned about an Obama presidency since he will be leaving Office next four years. With Romney at the helm, he will benefit from the support of corporate America as his policies will be favorable to their bottom line.

Such a boost to the US economy will no doubt have spillover benefits for Barbados. As Americans have more money to spend, they are likely to start traveling again to tourist destinations. Bajans living in the USA will resume filling our local banks with remittances and shoring up our foreign reserves.

The leaders of both political parties know that the stakes are high and the winner takes the spoils. None more so than the DLP who seem desparate to take Office during a period of global economic upturn, but have not shown the requisite economic management skills between 1991-94 or during the past five years when the going got tough.

With performance resumé so dismal, the DLP cannot be trusted to prudently lead Barbados for another five years when the economic environment improves.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 11 months ago
Nonsense! My Arthur by his years of human service and astute servant leadership has demonstrated in an unequivocal manner that he is a true servant of the people. Can Mr. Sinckler tell us how many times and how many ministers have acted as Prime Minister during the last four years especially on Tuesdays when the PM has had to be out the island. Are you suggesting the Pm don’t have an interest in several of these bills either? Please don’t make an issue of ministers missing sittings of parliament because during this current term more government ministers have travelled and at such higher cost and they too miss several of these debates. Additionally I listen to the debates on the air on Tuesdays and I am flabbergasted by the sheer rhetoric that is spewed by several government ministers, and I am younger than Owen. Yet I have the option to turn off the radio. I can’t imagine having to sit through that jargon weekly. Please!

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 11 months ago
you are so wrong, he has no time for poor-rakey politics, he was born a heavy weight learn nothing from nobody so no one feeding of him,selfish man he is.I agree with him, take it with you .

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Posted by Cheryl Thompson 1 year, 11 months ago
I am not surprised. I was picked up from the airport recently, and Owen got off a plane. He walked straight out of the departure lounge, never acknowledged anyone around him, acted like he was wearing blinders like a horse... kept his eyes straight, moved towards the parking lot, and out of the airport without even so much of a glance, smile, or a word to the people around him. His aloofness and arrogance was embarrassing! (And this guy wants to be our next prime minister? Chris Sinckler also came out of the airport lounge and it was like night versus day. I am not a Chris Sinckler fan, but I was impressed with how he took the time to stop and talk to people, shook their hands, and had warm conversations with them. Owen Arthur does not deserve to lead Barbados again. Not with that kind of attitude. Who the heck does he think he is?

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 11 months ago
OSA is a power-hungry, frustrated old man
now past his Best by: date

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Posted by Bajan Fishermen 1 year, 11 months ago
Cheryl Thompson's comment is petty. So Mr. Arthur is to because he came off the same plane as you, have to go to each and every person in the airport?
Your comments are quite childish Ms. Thompson. Try next time to separate the trees from the forest.

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