LAUNCH OF 80th ANNIVERSARY OF ANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF BLP STARTLED BY SPECTRE OF OWEN ARTHUR

There’s an old tune which says memories may be good or bad but they’re something you’ve always ever had – yet it seems the now ruling Barbados Labour Party may be trying to forget some memories quicker than others…

In late October 2010, while David Thompson was deathly ill – Owen Arthur ousted Mia Mottley as Opposition Leader of the BLP with the help of the so-called ‘Gang Of Five‘ – Ronald Toppin, Glyne Clarke, Dale Marshall and George Payne (in this period, they held their seats by very narrow margins) and Arthur sought to keep a tight rein on the Annual General Conference at the time.

Ms Mottley – before becoming Prime Minister – vowed to change these rules of the AGC, she was seeking “One Man, One Vote” rather than one delegate, one vote since she suspected at the time she had the popular vote over the delegate’s choices. Not unlike what occurred with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the United States in 2016…

When BajanReporter.com recalled this stipulation, it was at the BLP’s Roebuck St headquarters this weekend when we confronted the BLP’s 80th Annual General Conference’s Chair Kurt Haynes on this dormant aspect of BLP history and his response was sharp and to the point regarding the eight year old proposal; –

Meanwhile, in 2018 many of that Gang Of Five have since realigned their allegiance, while the 80th Annual General Conference is to be held at the Lodge School in St John next weekend where 30 delegates will cast their votes instead of the erstwhile moot of One Man? One Vote! Davidson Ishmael is in charge of the AGC’s magazine and he says this publication is compliant with the 21st Century; –

Kurt Haynes also revealed Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips would be the regional Keynote for the 28th at the Lodge School in St John while Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley would be the feature address – he also looked at what was to happen just before the big weekend next week;

The BLP’s executive has been returned unopposed except for 2nd Vice Chair which is being sought after by Mr Haynes himself against MP for St Lucy, Peter Phillips (not to be confused with the guest for Sun. 28th).

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