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TALK BACK – Bee power play's the thing

NATANGA SMITH, natangasmith@nationnews.com

Added 18 October 2010


Whew! What a week it was! Between Barrack and the Bees, it was busy in Barbados. And our Nationnews online readers didn’t miss a beat. The Bees were buzzing from last Sunday over the issue of leadership. Some want back Owen Arthur; others want to stick with Mia Mottley. Political pundits weren’t the only ones weighing in on this issue. Our readers were just as vocal – with mixed views. One lamented: “It is a burning shame that Arthur appears unable to control his desire for power. The people spoke in an election and rejected him. Leadership was passed to Mia, and Arthur has ever since made it clear that he wants to be in charge again. Fifteen years of power is not enough for him?” Another, who admitted upfront not being a fan of Mottley, said: “One thing I must say is that I have found her to be a sound intellectual. Having said this, it must be a rough time for her. “Imagine the party that she has served from the time she could remember herself in politics, the same party when Mr Arthur decided he no longer wanted to lead it and handed to her, no longer wants her as leader.” On the Nation’s Facebook page dialogue was heated. One reader fully backing the return of Arthur at this time said: “Remember Owen led Barbados in an economic boom. We are currently in a recession.” Another thought his return to the reins of the BLP would be a fitting birthday gift. “Owen Seymour Arthur will be refreshed to lead again with his birthday on October 17.” Readers were also vocal on the issue of Al Barrack, of Barrack Construction, who painted himself white, invoking race into the issue of the non-payment of the $65 million owed to him. Some questioned this move. “He has no basis for his argument unless he can show me a white contractor that the Government owes $65 million to and was paid,” said one. “I want to see some names. If he’s bold enough to bring in race, he can call names.” Some readers also believed Barrack needed to “get real” and understand that the entire country, the world even, was in a recession. Further afield there was reason to rejoice. Many commented on the riveting rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, which had us all, along with the rest of the world biting our nails, praying for a happy ending to the story that started back in August and was not expected to end so soon. “Give God praise!” written by one reader, sums up what most felt. And, prompted by a letter penned by Prime Minister David Thompson to his constituents in St John, online readers continued this week to send out prayers and well-wishes to our ailing leader.


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Instead of an announcement via the Throne Speech, should Barbadians decide via referendum whether the country becomes a republic?