Arthur: Forward as one
STRESSING?that the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) must go forward, leader Owen Arthur says he will not validate any factions by acknowledging or negotiating with them.
Before dozens of the party faithful at the nomination of the St Joseph branch of the party at the Grantley Adams Memorial School last night, Arthur to thunderous applause said the “party must go forward as one”.
Arthur said he was concerned that there were some who wanted to be on the fringe of political and other institutions and wanted to exercise influence within.
“This party cannot be a series of parallel institutions. We are one institution and must function as one institution,” said Arthur, minutes after incumbent Dale Marshall was selected unopposed to be the flag bearer for the party for the third time in St Joseph.
Arthur praised the process which has been criticized in some quarters.
“There is no one who is a candidate in perpetuity. Without this expression of democracy in our party, our party will be poorer. Everyone has to be nominated to be a candidate in this party.
“It is the right thing to do, and any institution that is a political institution and [doesn’t] believe that you have to be renominated over and over again, is an institution that is going to fail,” he said.
The former Prime Minister also said he was concerned about a “dangerous deterioration” in all of the affairs of Barbados, adding that the time had come to restore psyche of the entire nation.
Marshall, 48, the former Attorney General, said he was delighted to be given the chance to serve once more. He said that politics was a lonely business, but over the last eight years he never felt alone, as the people of St Joseph had been walking with him every step of the way. (MK)