Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has commented on an inflammatory photograph making the rounds on social media and featuring two Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representatives, amid active campaigning for the 2018 general elections.
“I have seen it and regard it as further evidence of a party that has lost its way and has lost its soul,” said Arthur, who had uttered pretty much the same words when he quit the Mia Mottley-led BLP back in July, 2014.
In roundly condemning the image as “sick”, the former BLP leader, who served as prime minister from 1994 to 2008, told Barbados TODAY he was particularly concerned about the slur made against women.
The development comes against the backdrop of promises by the island’s political leaders that they intend keep the 2018 general election campaign clean and that they will be taking the moral high ground in the lead up to the poll, which is constitutionally due by June.
However, the controversial photograph features Opposition Member of Parliament for St Michael South East Santia Bradshaw and Opposition candidate for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams posing at a recent BLP political meeting with Greg and Steven Williams – the sons of former BLP Senator and ex-Cabinet minister John Williams – who are both wearing T-shirts with a clear message to the electorate to vote out the incumbent Democratic Labour Party, who were described as “liars, thieves and whores”.
The T-shirt also carries an image of a bull on a toilet seat in support of the message to “vote dem out”.