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Should BFP remove all David Thompson ‘piggy’ cartoons?

Google search for deceased PM Thompson. Click photo for larger version.

“Google search engine is pulling your pig image of Prime Minister David Thompson in its search mode. The image may have been hacked or intentional, but nevertheless, I do not think that it should remain in its present state. Not sure if you are aware, but a lot of us would appreciate that it is rectified. For me its not about politics or how we feel about a person, but rather its more about respect to a memory of not this prime ministers only but every one of them. Hope you understand.”

Should Barbados Free Press remove cartoons of deceased politicians?

Well folks, what do you think? We haven’t created any new political cartoons of David Thompson since he died because 1/ We have a new Prime Minister in charge of corruption, and 2/ We don’t think we should create disrespectful political cartoons of dead people, at least in the immediate time after their passing.

We are aware though, that had David Thompson lived he would have been savaged in the coming election for the breaking of his election promises regarding integrity and transparency, his corrupt actions relating to the CLICO fraud and many other actions of the DLP piggy government.

Should we remove the David Thompson political cartoons? All of them? Some of them? Just the piggy ones? Just the ones deemed ‘disrespectful’ by our readers?

Should we remove the one about David Thompson’s corrupt relationship with Leroy Parris and his free use of a corporate jet when the Barbados Government provided favours to the corporation?

PM Thompson Says His Use Of CLICO’s Business Jet Is None Of Your Business

What do you think?

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Should Down’s people be killed? Hitler said “Yes”

Hitler, Jews, abortion, God, Neo-Nazis, Racists: “180” has it all

Dear Barbados Free Press

They showed this movie today at adult bible class and it was all people could talk about for the rest of the day. I cannot say that I ‘enjoyed’ the movie, but I couldn’t turn away.

Watch it and you might consider posting a link.

Frederick C.

BFP SAYS: CAUTION – mature theme, horrible images of Holocaust, abortion etc. Made me think though.

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If Marston Gibson loves Barbados, he will refuse the job

If Prime Minister Stuart loves Barbados he will not offer the job to Gibson

A few days ago the Barbados Government news agency announced that a new Chief Justice will be appointed by the first week in August. (See end of this post for the press release) The same press release quoted Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as saying that he never mentioned that New Yorker Marston Gibson is in the running.

That statement by Stuart is accurate – because he was never quoted personally in the press about appointing Gibson as the next Chief Justice.

But Stuart’s statement also communicates a big lie – because back in March, Freundel Stuart himself voted to pass an amendment to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act that was aimed at no other end result than appointing Gibson.

If you don’t understand how a statement can be 100% accurate and still communicate a lie, well then you haven’t been around lawyers all that much. It cannot be argued that our Prime Minister is not a politician in every negative meaning of the word.

So PM Stuart put out a press release to state that he would never politicize or cause controversy over the office of the Chief Justice.

hmmmmmmmmmm. We will see, won’t we?

Prime Minister Stuart also took the time to slap former Chief Justice SIR David Simmons in the face. Twice. Like David Thompson before him, PM Stuart recognizes how unethical it was for the former Attorney General to manoeuvre himself into being appointed to the position of Chief Justice by his old drinking buddy Owen Arthur.

What does the Press Release really mean?

In the press release, the question is unanswered as to whether or not PM Stuart has shelved Marston Gibson as a candidate for the Chief Justice. Simply put, Bajans are unable to decipher whether the PM’s press announcement was to pave the way for Gibson, or communicate that while SIR David Simpson’s was appointment was unethical, the appointment of Gibson would not be.

Why Marston Gibson should not be our next Chief Justice

We have this little problem in Barbados: the rule of law doesn’t exist. Instead of one law being applied impartially to all, we have different laws for different classes. It used to be about race, but now it’s about class and money.

The law is viewed as a tool and a weapon in Barbados – to be wielded by those in power without regard to any principle other than expediency.

Thus when the Constitution of Barbados prohibited foreign troops on Bajan soil and this was inconvenient for Cricket World Cup, the Constitution was changed overnight with no debate and no public notice – to allow foreign troops on Bajan soil.

Thus when is was discovered that the law prohibited an American named Marston Gibson from being appointed as Chief Justice (after his coronation had already been announced), Freundel Stuart was happy to change the law for expediency so that the favoured candidate could be appointed.

The law is an inconvenience for Bajan elites – nothing more

IF Marston Gibson is our new Chief Justice, his appointment will be as tainted as the appointment of David Simmons. The law was changed for one man: Marston Gibson. The law was proved to be worth nothing. It was a minor inconvenience standing in the way of a government that wanted to do what it wanted to do. So, the DLP government changed the law. Tomorrow it will be some other law that stands in the way of what the government in power wants to do, and another law will be changed in the middle of the night with no public debate or societal discourse on why the law is the way it is in the first place.

Marston Gibson should refuse the appointment – if he loves Barbados and the rule of law.

Of course, if Mr. Gibson just wants the big-up job and doesn’t care that his appointment undermines the rule of law and the general respect for the courts – well, welcome back to Barbados, Mr. Gibson. Just remember: we don’t sing the Star Spangled Banner here as our national anthem. And as far a rule of law goes: you take the position and you prove to all Bajans that everything is the same old same old ’bout hey.

A press release from the Barbados Government… Continue reading

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Resume vs Reality: Environment Minister Denis Lowe

Nothing like a little resume padding to get elected or enhance your image!

Caught peeing away his credibility?

We at BFP have a natural sympathy towards Barbados Minister of the Environment Dr. Denis Lowe, as we would have towards anyone who just came back from death’s doorstep. Dr. Lowe is looking better and thinner these days after spending some time in Intensive Care at the QEH and being out of action for many months. We wish him well and we’re happy to see him recovered.

But seeing as the Minister is back and fit enough to resume his duties, perhaps he can make some time to explain to voters the big differences between his stated professional qualifications and career experiences – and an official letter published by The Bajan Reporter.

It seems that Dr. Denis Lowe and the DLP Democratic Labour Party have a little problem with credibility. Well, maybe not such a little problem.

Judge for yourself at the BR story: Denis Lowe’s qualifications & The DLP: At Cross Roads and in Crisis

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MP Lashley – Sex and homosexuality on TV: bad. Fellow government Minister’s internet porn business: No Problem!

SexSearch.com – Health Minister Inniss made money from this business

“We believe that Minister Inniss’ business history makes him unacceptable to represent and lead the people of Barbados.

Minister of Family Stephen Lashley says that too much sexuality and promotion of homosexuality is reaching our young people through home television. Well, before Minister Lashley starts cleaning up the world he might want to take a good look closer to home.

Fellow DLP Member of Parliament and Minister of Health Donville Inniss made a ton of money in the online sex industry, but Minister Lashley doesn’t seem to be concerned about his friend’s vile business history and slimy associates. Whatever we see on television is NOTHING compared with the degradation of women and loss of human dignity that characterizes the shameful business that Minister Inniss chose for himself before being embraced by the DLP as an “ideal candidate”.

We believe that Minister Inniss’ business history makes him unacceptable to represent and lead the people of Barbados.

Further Reading

Caribbean 360: Too much sex on TV, says Minister of Family

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Gline Clarke talks from experience, says Goverment should help folks build a home!

Government Minister Clarke: love nest on expropriated land. Barbados news media let it pass!

Gline Clarke, Member for St. George North, said in Parliament the other day that government should be giving long term land leases and help folks to acquire mortgages to build homes.

Fair enough. On this small island where land is at a premium and Town Planning permissions to build turn scrub land into gold, there has to be some government control and oversight. But without Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information, who will watch over the government people?

So give folks access to land and homes.

But when a Minister of Government like Gline Clarke ends up living on land his government expropriated…

Well, that’s something else, isn’t it?

How about it, Mr. Clarke? In five years you haven’t answered the people of Barbados about how you, as a Minister of Government, ended up living in a home on land that your government expropriated.

Your government never paid for the land after expropriating it, but that’s a pretty common story ’bout hey.

Man, if this was New Jersey or the UK, the news media woulda been all over the story. But this is Barbados.

So the newspapers ignored the story, but the people and the blogs doan forget!

Further Reading

Barbados Advocate: Opposition MP wants government allocate land to the poor.

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Barbados Tourism Authority becoming a Family Affair?

Consolidation of power and influence along family lines?

Dear BFP

Your article about Verla Depeiza being named as a Director of the Barbados Tourism Authority puts a question into my rum-fogged mind.

Can anyone answer my question?

Is Verla Depeiza (photo left) the sister of Francis Depeiza (photo right), the DLP hopeful for St. Michael North in the last election and if so, is being married to Kerry Hall, another Director on the BTA Board not a bit too close for comfort?

Just a question!

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