Notes From The Margin

March 9, 2008

David Thompson Praises Owen Arthur- BFP Criticises David Thompson….Coincidence?


It was bound to happen sooner or later, BFP turned savage on David Thompson. (Just after Mr. Thompson praised his predecessor)  It would seem that BFP is discovering that politicians are politicians. (Particularly in Barbados)

The whole tale in three parts….

Nation News – Well Done!

BFP: Barbados Cabinet Ministers Free To Accept “Gifts” From Persons Wanting Government Approvals Or Contracts

(Note The BFP  article is published same day as the Nation Article)

Our take on the matter…(Published in June LAST YEAR) “Prime Minister Owen Arthur, and the Opposition Democratic Labour Party led by David Thompson, who was once the Minister of Finance, are virtual ideological twins”

What makes Barbados fortunate is that both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Arthur are quite good as politicians go, and while they may both talk left their actions are decidedly centrist. But anyone expecting fundamental change from either party is likely to be disappointed.



  1. I was reading what BFP had to say….however, one of the things about Caribbean politics that makes it laughable is that we do not direct our own affairs. We can vote for “change” all the hell we want…..there is NO CHANGE coming! The world system dictates that regions such as ours will forever be on the periphery and forever exploited… nothing new is going to take place…..not a thing! Sorry to be so pessimistic….but honestly, no matter which politician takes charge of which territory….we aren’t moving forward…..

    Comment by Jamaican Girl 2007 — March 9, 2008 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

  2. Girl I agree with you. I was thinking about our situation in the Caribbean where we never seem to do anything that would ruffle any feathers and how we tend to respond after some prodding or the other from ‘over n away.’ I thought of this because of the situation in Haiti. I mean Haiti is a part of Caricom however slight and I ain’t hearing anything about us and them.
    I read somewhere that the problems in the Haitian ports are the cause of the unavailability of some foodstuff but I figure that if that was the case then the Haitians should be able to send their customs inpectors to the point of packing the containers and use some special seal so that the containers on reaching Haiti would be bonafide and could go through the red tape at a rapid speed. Instead we have foodstuff going to waste and people eating dirt. People who are a part of Caricom, however slight.
    And then I thought if the world decries it then and only then will the Caribbean add its voice. I do not see whay we have to wait on permission form the ‘over n away ‘ countries.
    We should be leaders in our own corner of the world. Hope springs eternal.

    Comment by Sam Gamgee — March 11, 2008 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  3. “I do not see why we have to wait on permission from the ‘over n away ‘ countries.

    Comment by Sam Gamgee — March 11, 2008 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

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