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Condemned! Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is calling for leaders to speak out on comments made by Minister Chris Sinckler. (FP)

By Maria Bradshaw | Tue, February 12, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has called on the National Organization of Women (NOW) and church leaders to speak out against what he termed a “nasty onslaught” by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler on June Fowler, chairman of the Barbados Investors and Policyholders Alliance (BIPA).

Speaking Sunday night at a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) public meeting at Savannah Road, Bush Hall, St Michael, Arthur read from what he indicated was a transcript of Sinckler’s speech at Clevedale, Black Rock, St Michael, last Friday.

He called the attack on Fowler “the purest political sewage that has ever infested a political platform in Barbados”.

Pointing out that Fowler had only tried to correct a mistake which she perceived Sinckler had made when he spoke about the CLICO situation last week, Arthur lamented: “A decent Barbadian woman, just seeking to correct a mistake that Chris Sinckler put in the public domain and she is subject to abuse on a scale that churns and sickens the stomach."

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Posted by Tony Webster 1 year, 8 months ago
Mr. Arthur is right on the money: To anyone who knows her, Mrs. June Fowler is a most admirable, wonderful Bajan lady, in every aspect. She bears herself in a manner totally foreign to any opposing politician: with honesty; dignity; great courage; and her cause is just. One must also trust that, should she in a little while , have to deal with other people of a different political stripe, these attributes will continue to be afforded the respect they are due. Right on, lady!

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 8 months ago
I am amazed that the said organization and Church leaders have chosen to remain silent.

How can anyone not see how dangerous it is for the Minister to so abuse a private citizen who is simply trying to secure her interests and those of the other policy holders.

It is a sad day when the National Organization of Women (NOW) can bury its head in the sand on this issue because of its political affiliation.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 8 months ago
Civic society in Barbados, including newspaper editorials and columnist, is a joke and cannot be taken seriously for its failure to immediately condemn and repudiate these comments made by Mr. Sinckler. If he were a candidate in the United States election his candidacy would be toast- for making statements like this, but we in Barbados are so bias that we no longer know where to draw the line. Attacking fellow politicians may be militated against but when members of the public are vilified and degraded as Mrs. Fowler was, this is sickening to the core.

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