According to a Caribbean360 report, Arthur vehemently expressed his opposition to the wife of the late Prime Minister of Barbados being given the chance to become a part of the Government of Barbados.
“I do not believe that there has been a greater affront to the Barbadian democracy and to Barbadian womanhood than the affront that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is putting before the people of this parish and…of this country”.
“There is no Barbadian woman, who could be the wife of a St. Lucian politician, that could dare run in St. Lucia on the grounds that she is running to be the queen of St. Lucia and if it cannot happen there, why can it happen here? It is an insult and an affront to democracy. Why is it that that which is totally unacceptable to everybody else in the Caribbean, must now be foisted upon us?” asked Arthur, in reference to St. Lucian-born Mara Thompson, the DLP candidate, who will contest the St. John by-election against Hudson Griffith on 20th January.
His concern, he said, is that should Mrs. Thompson win, she will not only be able to affect the lives of residents in St. John as their Member of Parliament, but will “write laws and deal with taxes which can affect the people” in the other parishes.
“I would expect that if anybody wants to go an sit in our Parliament to do things that can affect the people that I have had the honour to represent, I do not want to hear who their husband was, I want to hear…what it is that they intend to do that can affect the people in Black Bess in St. Peter. This is what this election should be about,” he demanded before the almost 1 000 strong crowd of supporters at a meeting held on Monday 10th January.
MiyVue.com understands that Arthur then challenged the DLP to conduct their St. John campaign on the strength of their party’s achievements, policies and programmes rather than “seeking to use David Thompson’s death to the maximum for political effect”.
Deputy Leader Dale Marshall opined that the “first claim to the seat” should be for a Barbadian-born candidate, explaining that if the first claim on health care and other resources is for Barbadians, then the “first claim to a seat in Parliament should be to a Barbadian boy or girl”.
Similarly, Clyde Mascoll in his first appearance on the BLP campaign platform for the upcoming by-election, simply stated that the DLP was embracing a politics of inheritance, while Senator Kerrie Symmonds excited the engaged and vocal audience when he said:” We do not need a refined political bloodline, a new particular specie of politician…to pass a seat from father to mother and then unto daughter”.