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Stuart: Arthur not to be trusted

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Mon, February 18, 2013 - 9:59 AM

PRIME MINISTER Freundel Stuart, in a blistering attack on Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Leader Owen Arthur last night, cast him further as a conspirator against his own party colleagues and a man whom Barbadians should not entrust with prime ministership again.

Stuart addressed hundreds of boisterous party faithful at Hilda Skeene Primary School’s playing field, a last-minute shift of location from Six Roads, St Philip, to avoid a clash with the BLP, which had a mass meeting scheduled for the same location.

Days after Arthur admitted on a platform that his comments to Stuart about taking former Opposition Leader Mia Mottley “off his hands” were actually a joke, Stuart fired back.

This time, the Prime Minister displayed what he said was the handwritten note on a big screen.

Stuart said the note was penned by Arthur and passed on to him through his friend, attorney Hal Gollop. It was evidence of the kind of leadership Arthur would bring back to Bay Street as Prime Minister, Stuart remarked.

Telling the crowd that the handwritten note begging him to take Mottley off Arthur’s hands “for anybody you want to give me in exchange, I am prepared to take from you” was not the only message that Arthur sent to him through Gollop.

“If a man cannot be loyal to his own parliamentary group, someone who was his former Deputy Prime Minister, someone who held the second highest office under the constitution – the office of Attorney General of Barbados, if he can’t be loyal

to them . . . can he be loyal to you?” Stuart asked the responsive yellow shirt-clad crowd.

Stuart, who has risen dramatically as the preferred Prime Minister in a new NATION/CADRES poll, told party faithful they had to reject the political culture fostered by the BLP of “back-stabbing, bad-mouthing, whisper campaigns and cursing people in the middle of the night”.

He said that kind of behaviour was not acceptable, whether it was inside or outside of politics. (GE)

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 8 months ago
Fire in the hole.

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Posted by D. Stoute 1 year, 8 months ago
My heart bleeds for Mia Mottley. This more than capable woman does not deserve this kind of disrespect. Why does she stay?

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
If he could do what he did to Mia of his own party, what would he not do to the electorate who mean nothing more than votes to him?

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Posted by Leonard B 1 year, 8 months ago
It is disheartening to learn that, after the horrible treatment he meted out to Mia,It is rather unfortunate that the people of St. Peter continue to be brainwashed by Arthur's "showy" side. I thought that they were a better grounded people. Shameful behaviour. LB.

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 8 months ago
The first part of the note is deliberately left off. Why is that?

The whole context is about Hal Gollop being an emissary from Freundel to get reassurance from Owen that he would not support the Eager 11's planned no-confidence motion against the PM.

The part of the note that was displayed shows that Owen gave Freundel the assurance that his position still stood, namely that he was not prepared to get involved in the DLP's affairs.

Read against the true context, the Mia comment can be seen for what it was.

So, stop crying false tears for Mia, whom you guys do not support anyway.

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
@D Stoute
Where is she going to go? She is stuck with them whether she likes it or not.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 8 months ago
This note is a fine example of exactly who Arthur is and what he stands for. After telling us that the rift in his party had been mended he stoops to a level that is difficult to believe. My heart goes out to Mia and anyone else who is subject to this machiavellian and narcissistic behaviour. I am always concerned about individuals who strive to succeed at any cost and without regard to those that they trample. May such individuals never ride at the helm of our great nation again. Nigel D.

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Posted by David Brathwaite 1 year, 8 months ago
EN DEE, are you not capable of following a simple chronology?This note was before the settlement between Owen and Mia. That is implied in the note itself. So please get your facts straight before making silly comments.

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Posted by Snow Cone 1 year, 8 months ago
Produce the note in its entirety.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 8 months ago
David Brathwaite: I can grant you the chronology issue as, in my state of utter disgust at seeing that note about Mia, I did not consider the timing of events. However, I stand very disappointed at the fact that Arthur made that comment about Mia in his written communication to PM Stuart. Mia is a stalwart of the party, party leader, an accomplished lawyer and an excellent communicator, among other qualifications. She should have been treated with some degree of respect. If it becomes necessary to ask a leader to step down it can be effected with a "soft landing" and a bit of class. This much we expect from our leaders. Nigel D.

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
@David Brathwaite and Snow Cone

The note shows the most relevant information nothing else need to be added, what difference will it make anyhow
You David are carrying on like some groupie.

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