Some residents in the St Peter constituency represented by former prime minister Owen Arthur have mixed views about his decision to break away from the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).
But they share similar sentiments about the man who represented them for over 43 years – he will be missed.
Dorothy Hutchinson of Gays, St Peter said she was saddened by his decision.
“I feel bad to know that he has resigned from the party this soon. I feel he should have held out a bit longer but life still has to go on,” she told a Barbados TODAY team that visited the area.
Hutchinson added that she would prefer to see tourism executive Colin Jordan – who is believed to have been Arthur’s choice as successor in the constituency – fill the MP’s shoes and fly the BLP flag in the next election.
Juanita Pinder echoed similar sentiments, saying that Jordan was the best man to follow in Arthur’s footsteps.
With regards to Arthur leaving, she said that everyone was entitled to their own decisions.
“Every man to his destiny. He would have to know what he is doing. He is gone but someone else will do it,” she said.
Former West Indies cricketer Pedro Collins said he was surprised by Arthur’s decision to say goodbye to the opposition party.
“When I heard the news I was a bit taken aback because I thought Owen was the person to be at the helm and run things in Barbados and try to get things back in shape, so I was very surprised when I heard,” he said.
Nita Headley, a vendor who plies her trade in Speightstown, told Barbados TODAY that the country should not be upset with Arthur because it was God’s plan.
“One man can’t reign forever. If the gentleman says it’s time he resigns, that is just that. I have nothing against him, this is just God’s doing,” she said.
Another resident, who requested anonymity, said he believed Arthur had done the right thing.
“I think he is probably tired of politics. He had enough time there, now he has some time to relax and get himself in the right frame of mind, but I personally believe he had enough of politics. But it will be hard to see him go,” he said. (DB)