The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) says it won’t be sidetracked by the internal rumblings of the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) following the resignation earlier today of Owen Arthur.
DLP general secretary Donville Inniss said the party was not rejoicing or concerned about the exit of the man many regarded as the BLP’s intellectual powerhouse.
He is not expecting all BLP members to rally behind Mottley as a result.
“The resignation of Owen Arthur from the Barbados Labour Party must not be equated to the resignation of the Owen Arthur faction from the Barbados Labour Party. There are people who remain deeply in the bosom of the Barbados Labour Party in Parliament and outside of Parliament who have never and will never take comfort in Ms Mottley’s leadership of that institution no matter what Ms Mottley does. So don’t, for one minute, fool yourself that Owen Arthur’s departure means that Ms Mottley will have clear sailing. As a matter of fact I think she would have a little bit of a tougher time in the short tun,” he told Barbados TODAY.
Inniss sent a message that Government would not be sitting on its laurels in light of the current turmoil.
At the same time, the minister said he was not surprised by Arthur’s resignation given his apparent dissatisfaction with Mottley’s leadership.
He suggested that the issue of the Municipal Solid Waste Tax may have been the “last straw that broke the camel’s back”.
“Clearly Mr Arthur appreciates that there are some issues where you have to put country above party and he appreciates that the Democratic Labour Party Government has to address the issues with solid waste management. While he may have difficulty with the implementation of that particular policy, overall he certainly seems to appreciate that it’s the right thing to do,” Inniss said.
“I guess he’s tired of the charade, tired of the games being played out in his own party and this must have certainly been a matter that he was very tormented about and he has now decided to relieve himself of all the political demons so that he can be free to engage his mind and engage the country as he sees fit.”
This will cause quite a bit of damage to the Barbados Labour Party and I suspect there may be others in the Barbados Labour Party, may not be parliamentarians, who will follow suit and I live it to them to deal with their matters while we get on with managing the affairs of the country,” Inniss added.