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BLP focus on Arthur criticised

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BLP focus on Arthur criticised

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THE BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY (BLP) may have made a major mistake in focusing on leader Owen Arthur in its election campaign and leaving Mia Mottley on the sidelines.
That was one of the suggestions made by political commentators on Starcom Network as the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) moved toward an eventual 16-14 victory in Thurday’s elections.
Political scientist Peter Wickham said the BLP would now have to address the leadership issue sooner rather than later.
“If he is unable to get to 16 seats [Thursday], I think it would be difficult for Mr Arthur to make a case to continue beyond this point as leader of the Barbados Labour Party, so certainly the leadership of the BLP comes into question,” he said.
Editor emeritus at the NATION, Harold Hoyte, agreed with moderator David Ellis, who questioned why the BLP, for the third consecutive time, mounted a campaign revolving around Arthur.  (DP)