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DLP COLUMN: Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!!


BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

DLP COLUMN: Lights!!! Camera!!! Action!!!

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Last weekend’s meeting of the Barbados Labour Party’s branch of the St Michael North East, on the spacious lawns of Tyrol Cot, reminded Barbadians of a scene in the upcoming America drama series of Dallas.
This is one of the many scenes were JR Ewing and Sue Ellen pretend to be the loving couple in public. JR Ewing, the abusive hubby, and Sue Ellen, the faithful sidekick waiting for the call to ask, how high to jump?
How many times have Barbadians seen the kiss and make up public charade? This new political embrace all in the name of the party’s image is just getting extremely worn.
It was not too long ago, September 19, 2011, to be precise, that Mia scripted that now famous letter to her party’s hierarchy withdrawing from the race of chairman.
Mia wrote: “ . . .You may well ask whether internal victory at all costs for certain interests is worth jeopardizing the image and appeal of our great party in the eyes of the wider electorate at this volatile and uncertain juncture of our Nation’s history and within sight of a general election. The most powerful way I can register my strongest opposition to this undemocratic and unconstitutional cutting of members’ rights and tinkering with our constitution is to withdraw from the contest for the post of chairman. To remain would be to legitimize behaviour that is foreign to this party . . . .”
Let’s not forget Owen’s own castigation of Mia from on top the hill. In the birth month of Mia in 2009, Owen spewed political venom in the direction of his former boss by publicly flogging her and questioning her suitability to lead.
Owen said: “The BLP has a challenge and we have a situation where there’s not a contest for leadership within the party, but there is a problem in the wider Barbados society, where there is unacceptance and unacceptability of the present leader of the party.
“. . . The challenge facing Ms Mottley and the party is not within the parliamentary group. The challenge is to have a leader who enjoys wide acceptance and acceptability in the wider society, and wide acceptance in the parliamentary party.”
Of course, this has nothing to do with the betrayal by the male club and the attempt by Arthur to get rid of the likes of Cynthia Forde from the halls of Parliament. Owen has been clear in his mission. This relentless journey of anti-Mia has been put on pause once again. The crystal ball of Owen has been cleaned and he is asking for a second coming.
His vision, though blurred, is wrapped around the belief that the voters of Barbados are gluttons for punishment and abuse that they would surrender their freedoms to an indifferent and selfish group of election hopefuls.
The civil servants are well aware of how they were treated under the Arthur regime. The policemen of Barbados will not forget that they are not special. The nurses of Barbados will never forget the disdain they were served up. The teachers will not forget the unanswered cries of their ranks. The soldiers of the BDF will not forget the years of dismissal on the issue of their pensions.
However, Arthur wants Barbados to forget that his entry into politics was authored by a dramatic display of an appeal for a higher pay day.
He got it . . . he tasted it  . . . he became addicted to it and now he wants more.
• Douglas Leopold Phillips is a pseudonym for the Democratic Labour Party.

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