Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

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The house where the Barbados Minister of Public Works sleeps every night is built upon land that was originally expropriated by the Government of Barbados for “Public Housing”.

According to a BFP source, once the privately-owned land was seized by the government, the building lot then “somehow” passed from public ownership and into private hands again – through a magical process that is not altogether unknown in Barbados.

And now the Minister of Public Works for Barbados has a place to lay his weary head every night after his long days of selfless dedication to the common good.

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Neighbours say that the Honourable Gline A. Clarke J.P., M.P., Barbados Minister of Public Works, has lived in the house since it was built, and that he can often be seen in the evening sitting on the front steps – surveying his domain while enjoying a cup of tea.

The house itself is a modern 2-storey design and like many of the nearby homes is still in need of final outside finishing and landscaping.

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Minister Clarke’s polished Mercedes sedan is one of two autos that are parked at the home each night, and, (again according to the neighbours) the lady of the home leaves each morning slightly after the Minister and usually returns before he arrives home – so the Minister’s Mercedes is seldom in the garage. (A pity as such a magnificent automobile should be more protected from the hot sun.)

The Reader’s Digest Version

1. Privately owned land is expropriated by the Government of Barbados for “Public Housing”. (Under what circumstances, who made the decision and how much was actually paid to the landowners by the government is a whole other matter.)

2. Part of the expropriated land – a choice building lot – is then “somehow” transferred from public ownership to a private owner.

3. Government Minister of Public Works, the Honourable Gline Clarke, J.P., M.P. moves into a newly-built home on the now privately-owned choice building lot.

4. No Integrity Legislation exists in Barbados. As a result, powerful Government Ministers like Mr. Clarke do not have to declare their assets or explain how it is that, as a Member of the Cabinet that approves the expropriation of privately-owned lands, a Minister of Government comes to live upon a choice building lot that was forceably taken from an owner – using the full power of the Government.

Dear Minister Clarke…

Dear Minister Clarke,

This article was written using information provided by your fellow citizens. If any of the information contained in this article is incorrect, we want to hear about it from you.

We will publish, unedited, any response received from you, and we will ensure that your response stays at the top of the article and this blog so that you can speak directly to the same citizens of Barbados and visitors from around the world who read the original Barbados Free Press article.

We await your response, Mr. Minister.

Marcus, Robert, Shona, Cliverton (and Auntie Moses)

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229 responses to “Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land

  1. Passin Thru

    Holy @#%%$# !!!!!

    You guys must be sure of this.

    Holy @#%%$# !!!!!

  2. I look forward to a response as well. Great article.

  3. Harvard Girl

    Wow and double wow!

    And this is not illegal in Barbados?

  4. West Side Davie

    Great article. Cat thrown into the pigeons.

  5. PC Broomes

    Wait, that look like the said very dark red Mercedes wid one tail light burning that pass me like a jet the other day coming down St. Barnabas.

    It turn up Hanson Hill cross all the traffic in the roundabout. It must be did going home.

    … but I can’t mek out the number wid my magnifying glass.

  6. ross

    Corruption at its height.

    Now to see what the PM will do about this.

  7. ross

    No wonder they treating the old lady who owned the land so bad.

    Good work BFP!

  8. honeybee

    Biscoe, I told you there was more in this mortar than the pestle. And more to come too.

  9. Anonymous

    Talking about expropriation, I heard a story at the Hilton on Sunday night about an old lady who is destitute because the government took her land, $2 million worth, and has not paid for it for many years.

    Close friends of the old lady help to support her.

    We will get as much information as we can and forward to BFP.

    Enough is enough.

  10. rocket man

    Talking about expropriation, I heard a story at the Hilton on Sunday night about an old lady who is destitute because the government took her land, $2 million worth, and has not paid for it for many years.

    Close friends of the old lady help to support her.

    We will get as much information as we can and forward to BFP.

    Enough is enough.

  11. Jason

    I think I know the answer already but can anyone tell me why this major story is being broken by a blog and not the Barbados newspapers or radio and television broadcasters? Barbados is small place and everybody must already know about Mr. Clarke. BFP have been hinting at this for months but none of the Barbados news media dared to cover a story that everybody already was talking about!

    Good for you Barbados Free Press. Shame on the Nation, Advocate, CBC and VOB!

  12. Jane

    The question now is, will the Barbados media and press carry this story now that the BFP has broken it?

  13. BFP

    Hello Jane

    We would expect that any good journalist worth his fish would be heading to search the Land Titles today, ‘an maybe camp outside the home to interview the Minister and the neighbours.

    In the UK or the USA, the television lorries would have been on scene before dawn this very morning to catch a sleepy-eyed Minister of Public Works getting into his Mercedes and driving off to work.

    Will the matter be raised in Parliament? Will other members of Government raise the matter in their morning meeting? Will the Prime Minister act?

    Stay tuned…

    … because Mr. Clarke isn’t the only one who is associated with this kind of mischief!

  14. Frustrated Stringer

    Thank you BFP

  15. What will it take for a Code of Conduct and Members Register of Interests like that have in the UK to be implimented in Barbados? More than a change of government I suspect.

  16. Jane

    I extend an invitation to the BFP to visit (with your camera) one of the previous surviving elderly owners of this land to see how she lives. She is still a shareholder in the company which owns another 1,000 acres. Perhaps Biscoe would like to visit too.

    The human suffering for two elderly sisters over the past 25 years is horrifying, particularly the mental torture they have been forced to endure. One sister is now deceased.

  17. Jason

    Sound like they are waiting for the old lady to die.

  18. Frustrated Stringer

    Where is the Minister’s response to this article? Has he sent an email or made a comment?

    Calling Mr. Clarke!

    Hello Mr. Clarke!

    Mr. Minister, are you there?

  19. Jason

    Where exactly is this house? What street?

  20. Islandgirl

    where be de good doctr. doctr dugiud be here? What say good doctr.

  21. honeybee

    Jason, pass the Shell gas station on Mapp Hill heading up the hill and take the first right after the gas station. Drive until you see the house on your right. The area is Lower Burneys. Do a search on the Nation website for Lower Burenys and you will see what the land was supposed to be used for.

  22. rightvwrong

    Mr Duguid may have been muffled by his superiors —so much for free speech—then again maybe they are all figuring out how to spin this one?

  23. BFP

    As of 3pm, we see lots of viewers from government offices reading this article, but so far, no official response or communication to the Barbados Free Press.

    Perhaps somebody could give Mr. Clarke’s office a call for us?

    Thanks Many!

  24. BFP

    AND BY THE WAY…

    As of 3pm, this is our 3rd best day ever in terms of visitor traffic – and the day isn’t done yet!

    Hmmmmm….. seems to be some interest in this story!

    Cliverton

  25. ross

    This is not a matter for Dr. Duguid, this is the responsibility of the Chairman of the National Housing Corporation at the time of the transaction.

  26. Anonymous

    Calling Richard Lynch!!! Mr. Lynch where you are?

  27. Anonymous

    And by the way, Mr. Lynch, are you still on the board of the Barbados Agricultural Credit Trust Limited????

  28. rightvwrong

    No its a problem for the whole party in power—most of them know what is going on and choose to turn a bind eye—thats how the corruption continues unabated and this is when all politicians are tested by having to take a position and not hide their heads in the sand by saying it is someone else’s problem–my prediction–continued silence!!!

  29. Yeap, worldwide we are all waiting..

  30. ross

    Well, BFP has certainly tried their best and done their part. No fault there. thanks.

  31. honeybee

    “Banana republic is a pejorative term for a small, often Latin American or Caribbean country, which is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture, and ruled by a small, wealthy and corrupt clique”.

    Sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it?

  32. Anonymous

    Anybody have any information on the 3 lots in another area which Minister Liz Thompson bought from NHC and has 3 nice houses on?

    I am sure readers would love to hear about it.

  33. Pat

    Wow and wow again. What has Barbados’ politicians come too. This story is too strange to be fiction. Lord have his mercy. How much more of this thieving is going on that the public does not know about? To imagine that the government is involved in this, and in the Kingsland affair is mind boggling to say the least.

  34. John

    There has to be a logical explanation.

    We are not paying our MP’s peanuts precisely we are told to prevent temptation.

    All of them just got raises equivalent to a years pay for many people.

    They have pensions guaranteed after 8 or 10 years.

    Minister Clarke is driving a Mercedes, I mean for heavens sake, the man cannot be lacking for resources.

    I know we have problems but it just cannot be like how it is made out to be.

  35. Islandgirl

    Maybe de minister can explain to all. Even he pay cash for de land he never must live on de land de govmment take.

  36. Bajan George

    This is surreal, and I share John’s distress, as there is possibly a betrayal of public trust.

    This has to get clean, and soon. Silence won’t do it. Half-explanations and condescending “we know what’s best for de people” attitudes can’t be allowed to fly.

    Leadership, please, that is what we need.

    BG

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  38. Fran

    We just get screwed left, right and centre. The letter preceeding L.P makes no difference. You have any idea how many years poor people waiting to get a spot and dem and duh cronies and others got more than de one piece duh seh is all one can get from NHC? God in dead. De preachers/prophets talking bout disasters but if dese screwed folk bout hey start tuh behave like a cork wid a corkscrew in it, look out, trubble in de place. Is wuh de oppzishun doing just blowing hot air? I neva hear dem wid dis.
    All uh we waiting wid bated breath Mr. Ministers and wunna at NHC

  39. Fran

    Another ting, how come he fancy car get lef out de planning? He din plan fuh 2 cars or will more land be handed over for multi-garage? Per “Royal Palm” detective “very contrary”.

  40. ILLUMINATOR

    Fffyaaaahhhh ,looka trouble .I am sure a suitable spin to this apparent mess will be coming out soon. To be honest i don’t know who the Prime Minister was trying to fool when he said the other day that Barbados doesn’t need any integrity legislation . What a joke . The truth this type of hand in the cookie jar thing has been going on for years from both parties . Sheer greed , getting ‘big money’ and still want more .

    Its about time these kind of things or at least made a wee bit more difficult to pull off by having some transparency up in those high echelons . Telling us how to spend our money ( avoid bashments ) , turning around and licking out tax payers dollars left right and centre with minimal discussion and then on top of that teefing too . The treasury or whats left of it seems to have BLP money and not tax payer money written on it . The sad thing is that the other party would probably do the same thing if given the chance too .

    The whole system like it just want changing drastically to a more involved one where the people making decisions are little less far removed from the results of those decisions . In other words politicians need to remember that they are there to serve the needs of the people who put them there and not for their own selfish gain .

    Whatever happened to a little of’ a government of the people , by the people , for the people’. Maybe that was always a whole set of hot air. I think we really need alot more of this stuff getting out , not people’s personal business but of gross misconduct of people in power abusing their position .If you want private sector salary, you must be prepared for private sector firing too for non-performance and breach of conduct ( or at least mandatory resignation). There will always have somebody helping out a ‘friend ‘ but i think things really getting out of hand now. What next.

  41. missinghome

    Heard about this at the chat site. Same old same old. If the BLP don’t do nothing bout this they deserve all they get.

  42. Hants

    Question. Can Government expropriate land and then sell it to private interest “legally” in Barbados?
    The normal tactic is to refuse development of “Agricultural” land causing the owner (usually a poor ageing farmer) to sell it . Then giving the “new upwardly mobile owner”permission to subdivide into residential lots at huge profit.

  43. West Side Davie

    That is the way it has always been done. Just squeeze the current owner until he quit and why it is such a joke that the old lady owes taxes to government and that is why she lost her land m’be.

    Justice is a joke in B’Bdos

  44. Hants

    No Justice No peace. Words to live by.

  45. Biscoe

    Whaloss you mean a man can’t sleep at he woman no more before BFP spying bout pun he. How long was de car sleeping at this address?

  46. Anonymous

    Gline Clarke built the house!

  47. ….Well i have sent a request to the Minister for a reply. The allegation concerning the land is very serious and I would want to see an explanation for this. What is the concern about the mercedes? he shouldn’t have one? or did he get this by ill means as well?????

  48. william duguid

    I have made a few enquiries and have been told that this is not his house but belongs to his special female friend where he spends alot of time.

    It even appears that way in the photo as one would expect that if it was his he would have adequate garage space.

  49. Duguid thanks for your input, but that does not change the seriousness of the charge. The allegations contends that there was a deliberate approach to one: disadvantage a previous private owner. two: to do so by the invocation of eminent domain, three: not for the public good, but for the very deliberate purpose “flip” private ownership. This needs to address. The idea and practice of placing ill gotten gains is not a foreign concept to Barbadians.

    several things is of concern to me: Was the previous owner disadvantage in anyway by emminent domain? was emminent domain used, was a fair priced paid for it? did the current owner/s pay the market price for the property?

  50. John

    If Anonymous is right and he built the house it will certainly cause old time Bajans to smile wryly and recall the old adage “You can hide and buy land but you can’t hide and work it”.

    If he did build the house the plausible explanation of spending time at his lady friend seems not so plausible. Maybe the lady’s car is the odd one out.

    Do people nowadays build two garages when building a house? Seems like a waste and not much sense.

    Guess the acid test is to see the conveyances from the original owner to Government, then from the Government to the NHC and then from the NHC to the new owner, whoever that might be.

    Its simple, facts don’t lie. William or Minister Clarke can put the whole issue to rest. Either has the power.

    The new telephone directory has two Gline Clarkes listed, one at Newbury and the other at 1st Avenue Newbury.

    Don’t know if any of the three are the same.

    We need some facts, otherwise peceptions rule.

    For now, it sure looks and quacks like a duck to me.

    Just need to see it walk …… or maybe not.

  51. william duguid

    Adrian

    This as I understand it is one lot of many over 100 lots of Government land which made up part of a housing program where Government put in the roads electricity and water and then sold the lots to middle income earners.

    There was no expropriation for this one lot like the post makes it out to be.

    How government was able to acquire the land I have to investigate. I am however satisfied that there was no wrong doing here.

  52. Anonymous

    Dr. Duguid, how can you be satisfied that there was no wrongdoing before you investigate?

    Please tell us how much the government paid for the land, how much land, how long they took to pay and to whom the land belonged. And, of course, who benefitted from the proceeds.

    We look forward to your response.

  53. william duguid

    Government in Barbados only acquires land legally.
    How the land was acquired will be investigated.
    The NHC is the corporation who the land was vested in and would have been paid for the purchase of the land.

  54. Pat

    Come on Dr. Duguid, answer the mans questions. Answer them honestly or they will come back to haunt you. I, know the ropes, having worked in the Land Registry. I can do my own search you know.

  55. West Side Davie

    Duguid says

    “This as I understand it is one lot of many over 100 lots of Government land which made up part of a housing program where Government put in the roads electricity and water and then sold the lots to middle income earners”

    AND OUT OF ALL THE CITIZENS OF BARBADOS WHO WOULD LOVE SUCH A GIFT – A MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT ENDS UP LIVING ON ONE OF THE AVAILABLE 100 CHOICE LOTS AND YOU SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

    Thank you Doctor Duguid for confirming the corruption of your government.

  56. West Side Davie

    Doctor,

    Denying “change of use” for agricultural land to the original owner – then seizing for unpaid taxes – then allowing “change of use” to housing is also expropriation. More like underhanded theft.

    Are you sure this didn’t happen here?

    Post all documents relating to this land for the last 25 years and we will see!

    Simply put… your second-hand assurance that everything is OK – and also seeing nothing wrong with a Minister of Government getting his hands on one of a limited number of offered lots is disgusting. Says everything.

  57. West Side Davie

    Dr. Duguid Say…

    “I have made a few enquiries and have been told that this is not his house but belongs to his special female friend where he spends alot of time.”

    And where did she get the money to buy the land and build such a good home with no mortgage?

    He live there! He live there! Every night for more than a year!

    Lies lies lies!

  58. Crusty

    Do you know that the land transfer records are public knowledge?
    Anyone can ask to see the records, you just have to ask at the
    Land Registry.

    I checked out all the deeds for my piece of the rock before I bought it.

    How about if one or a few of the complainers here make that effort?

  59. Jason

    Calm down West Side

    The doctor may be jumping too soon to the defense of a friend, but unless the doctor knows the whole story he is not telling lies. But he should be more careful because his credibility is at risk when he defends a situation that looks so bad.

    Does anyone know where Gline Clarke lives if not at this house?

    Didn’t BFP say that the neighbours said he was living in the house from the beginning?

    Doctor Duguid should be more reserved as he might get bitten very badly in this situation.

  60. West Side Davie

    The “good doctro” say “Government put in the roads electricity and water and then sold the lots to middle income earners.”

    Yes the Minister of Public Works put in roads electricity and water and now he live there!

    So much corruption. It does look and talk and walk like the duck fu shur.

  61. Adrian

    Crusty you make a good point. BFP made the charge that the land the house is built on was expropiated, and has not brought any proof thus far. It is not for Duguid to bring any proof he did not make the charge.

  62. Biscoe

    Davie

    You like you know something the rest of us don’t know. How you know the lady ain’t got no mortgage and how you know where she get the money to build the house.

    I going tell you this though, if I was a Minister of Government and I was going to tief a piece of land, or even sell it to myself it would not not be in Lower Burney. Anybody saw the Advocate today? Anybody knows what the land was like before the Goverment put in the infrastructure. Well it had a hole that was filled in with garbage and construction fill on the eastern end and the rest was a bowl-like depression that used to flood with the runoff from Hanson in the east and the ridge where the Fort George Resevoir is in the south. So I am not surprised that the current residents are complaining about water coming to the surface.

    And I sure I could afford to finish painting the outside.

  63. Anonymous

    Crusty, no transfer record for this lot when I checked.

    “Do you know that the land transfer records are public knowledge? Anyone can ask to see the records, you just have to ask at the Land Registry”.

    Not all transfer records are public but theya re supposed to be.

    BFP more information please.

  64. BFP

    Yes Adrian, it is for the Minister of Public Works to respond to these allegations – not to hide behind Dr. Duguid with his second-hand pronouncements that everything is ok.

    Minister Clarke should have enough courage and integrity to respond himself – to explain how it is that he lives with his “special lady” in a home with no mortgage, in a prime government housing project that his Ministry was largely responsible for.

    His “special lady” must be very special to have paid cash for the home.

    The Minister should also fully reveal the history of the land and the home that was built upon it.

    And the Minister should explain just when, how and under what circumstances that he personally directed the building of the home.

    And he should think twice about all the time he has lived at the home before he answers.

    Minister Clarke knows that the photos appearing in the article were taken almost a year ago, and he must wonder what other photos might exist, and how long the research for this article has been going on.

    But the Minister shouldn’t be too worried because it is highly unlikely that he would be charged with any criminal offense.

    After 12 years of the BLP Government’s refusal to establish Integrity Legislation and conflict of interest standards, or to codify such behaviour as a crime, the Minister cannot be said to be breaking any laws…

    … except God’s laws, of course.

  65. honeybee

    Adrian, the notice of “acquisition” was published. It is a known fact that the government took the land.

    The land is adjacent to the Fort George Heights development.

    Some of the land was used for the public good to relocate the people from Church Village. Some of the land was used for other purposes. It is the other purposes that cry out for investigation.

    Biscoe, are you saying that the government relocated people on land you describe as
    “it had a hole that was filled in with garbage and construction fill on the eastern end and the rest was a bowl-like depression that used to flood with the runoff from Hanson in the east and the ridge where the Fort George Resevoir is in the south”

    and now you say “the current residents are complaining about water coming to the surface” what will happen to these people in a flood?

    You should go and look at the land before you say such serious things.

    Lord have mercy!

  66. BFP

    HoneyBee!!! Shhhhhhhh!!!!!

    Doan heat the pan too quickly!!!! Let the oil get hot gradually so the frogs won’t jump out before it get too hot an they get cooked.

    Let Minister Clarke and Doctor Duguid dig their hole much deeper 🙂

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, folks!

    Cliverton

  67. Frustrated Stringer

    BFP said this:

    “Minister Clarke knows that the photos appearing in the article were taken almost a year ago, and he must wonder what other photos might exist, and how long the research for this article has been going on.”

    Oh baby! This sounds like BFP let this stew cook for a long long time and nobody knew. Oh Baby!

  68. ross

    Biscoe,

    Hanson, Fort George? The location of this land sounds very like the area where the proposed 90 hole golf course development is to be located.

    You know anything about this?

  69. Biscoe

    HoneyBee

    Did you read the Advocate today or not? That is what was reported there. And I do pass that way from time to time, although not as far east as the road in from the tire shop. But I will go and have a good drive around.

    And what are the other purposes you refer to? Government acquires lots all across the country as part of its sites and services programme. They did a similar thing a ston’e throw away in Haggatt Hall east of TriMart. These lots were sold to people who then built their own homes. Is this any different? Except that Gline Clarke sleeps in one of the houses?

    Who owns the lot? Who owns the house? If you know fess up. Why the big secret? If the Minister owns the house and the land we want to know?

  70. Frustrated Stringer

    Biscoe is giving the “nothing wrong here” defense for Mr. Clarke. It is otherwise known as the “we are a banana republic so it doesn’t matter” defense.

  71. honeybee

    People are talking and I like to say my piece too.

    My relative (doing law) gave me enough information for me to make my own determination. I do not trust too many people these days, I like to see the evidence for myself then I can talk what I know.

  72. honeybee

    Biscoe, Crusty says that “the land transfer records are public knowledge”.

  73. John

    Was Minister Clarke the minister of housing and did his ministry oversee the acquisition of the land? Maybe he wasn’t and maybe it didn’t.

    Was the land supposedly to relocate poor people from Church Village? Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t.

    Is the former minister of housing living on land his government acquired for housing poor people? Maybe he is or maybe he isn’t.

    Is he poor? Maybe, maybe not.

    Minister Clarke is now the minister of Transport and Works overseeing among other things the flyovers and other government projects in which countless millions of our money and assets are invoved.

    He needs to say something and set the record straight. He is responsible to us for too much to allow his reputation to be sullied as it is. Maybes won’t cut it for a guy in his position.

    The simple truth will put all the stir that has been created to bed and show up us ignoremuses as just a bunch of doubting, trouble making, Thomases. Excuses and plausible explanations won’t do.

    If the simple truth won’t fix it, and he will know, he needs to do the simple thing and just go.

    It’s real easy.

    Happens all over the world.

  74. John

    What are the definitions of minister and ministry?

  75. Biscoe

    Frustrated Stringer

    You got a good name though. Frustrated is right. I hope if the man tells what John refers to as the simple truth and it don’t suit somebody’s agenda that we ain’t going hear how he expose the lady to public ridicule. That the whole island know who she sleeping with at night or somesuch.

    HoneyBee I ain’t got no time to go down to the Land Registry, so if you find out who owns the lot let me know hear.

    Take care you all ain’t looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

  76. John

    Biscoe

    Of course he can choose to protect the lady’s reputation by not telling the simple truth or keeping silent.

    That is an honourable choice to make.

    But then there is a sequel to the honourable choice which behoves an honourable man to follow. Silence won’t cut it, not if honour is involved, and telling other than the simple truth makes any claim to honour ridiculous.

    There are consequences associated with any choice a human makes.

    Happens all over the world.

    Look up the definitions of Minister and ministry. Google the words dictionary minister.

    I was both amazed and dumbfounded when I did. One definition I found for a minister was that a minister was a priest with no sexual urges!!

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  78. william duguid

    Fellow Bloggers,

    I hope that with this simple submission I will be able to put this issue to rest. I have spoken to Minister Clarke about this matter and he has informed me of a few facts.

    1. The land at 37 Lower Burney is owned by a private citizen and not Minister Clarke.

    2. There is currently a mortgage on the property held at Barbados Mortgage Finance.

    3. The owner is Minster Clarke’s special friend and he does spend alot of time there.

    4. This land was bought by the crown to do two things re site people from the City ( Murphy Pasture) and sell to other people seeking to purchase land.

    5. There are over 200 lots in this area which the Government has developed for sale by putting in the infrastructure some time ago.

    Clearly from this information there is no wrong doing here.

  79. West Side Davie

    Dear Doctor Duguid,

    You say, and then I say:

    1. The land at 37 Lower Burney is owned by a private citizen and not Minister Clarke.

    * Is Minister Clarke saying that he was not involved at all in the building of the home – walking the site, planning and talking with the builder?

    * Is the Minister saying that his “special relationship” with the “registered owner” of the home did not pre-date the purchase of the land or the building of the home?

    * Does the Private Citizen mention the Minister in her will? Does the Minister mention the “Private Citizen” in his will, or has he otherwise made provision for her care in the event of his untimely passing?

    * Do the Minister and the “Private Citizen” have any joint bank accounts, credit cards or joint financial interests in any way?

    * Is the Minister saying that his “special relationship” with the “registered owner” of the home and the fact that he lives full time at the home does not make this woman his defacto wife? Is he saying that his relationship with this woman is less than a long-term monogamous relationship? Is he arguing that his relationship with this woman is such that there is no conflict of interest – either apparent or real?

    (Think of it this way, Mr. Minister. If this was all about a one night stand, nobody would care about how the woman came to own the home. If she was your married wife, everybody would agree that there was an apparent and an actual conflict of interest.

    So where on the scale does this “special relationship” fall, Mr. Minister? Closer to one night stand, or closer to wife? The answer indicates the extent of the conflict of interest)

    * Can the Cabinet Minister and Dr. Duguid not see that all the circumstances create an apparent conflict of interest by a Cabinet Minister – that brings the honour of the Minister, the Cabinet, and the Government into disrepute?

    2. There is currently a mortgage on the property held at Barbados Mortgage Finance.

    * Is the Minister saying that the mortgage on the “property” was also used to build the home? Did the mortgage always exist, or was it put onto the property subsequent to the “registered owner” taking possession of the land and/or home?

    * Is the Minister saying that absolutely none of his money was used at any time to purchase the lot, or in building and furnishing the home?

    * Is the Minister saying that he has never paid for capital expenses of any type for this property and home?

    * Is the Minister saying that he never transfered funds to the “registered owner” of the home to be used to pay property taxes, services or other expenses associated with the upkeep of the home?

    * Is the Minister saying that he did not guarantee the mortgage on the land?

    * Is the Minister saying that his name does not appear on any construction plans, notes, invoice or instructions?

    * Is Minister Clarke saying that his defacto wife had, and has, independent of her relationship with a Member of Cabinet, sufficient assets and income to purchase the land and build the home on her own?

    3. The owner is Minster Clarke’s special friend and he does spend alot of time there.

    * Is the Minister denying that he lives full time at this home? Is he denying that every day for the past year he woke up and drove to work from this home?

    4. This land was bought by the crown to do two things re site people from the City ( Murphy Pasture) and sell to other people seeking to purchase land.

    * Is the Minister denying that the sale of this property was compelled by his very government? (The word “purchased” is a weasel word to avoid the issue.)

    5. There are over 200 lots in this area which the Government has developed for sale by putting in the infrastructure some time ago.

    * What a coincidence! Lots are “purchased” by the government of which the Minister is a Member of Cabinet. And, viola – a short time later, the Minister lives in a home built on one of the choice lots.

    And this is just one story on one day concerning one member of the Government of Barbados.

    No wonder Prime Minister Owen Arthur does not support Integrity Legislation!

  80. RRRicky

    Good questions by WS Davie. What are the answers Mr. Clarke?

  81. John

    William

    I know that over a 100 could also be over 200 but I think the jump from your earlier submission of over 100 lots to your most recent submission of over 200 lots seems rather a large discrepancy.

    Two hundred lots assuming 8000 square feet (about 1/5 of an acre) is about 40 acres. One hundred lots at 8000 square foot per lot is 20 acres.

    Two hundred lots at 8000 square feet/lot at $5.00 per square foot is $8 million. One hundred lots at 8000 square feet at $5.00 per square foot is $4 Million.

    What is the market value of land in that area?

    Is it greater than or less than $5.00 per square foot?

    What is the total area of the development?

    Exactly how many lots are there?

    What are lot sizes like, largest and smallest?

    What size is the lot on which the house under question resides?

    How are more than 200 lots fitting on the area which floods and has a bowl like depression?

    Is Government creating a problem for itself, and the residents with flooding?

    To what extent, if any, is Government subsidising the purchase of the land by the public?

    Is Government selling land to the puplic at market value?

    Did the folk from Murphy Pasture pay for their land or are they renting the houses?

    What were the original owners paid by Government for the legal acquisition/expropriation of the 40/20 acres?

    To what extent, if any, did they subsidise Government’s acquisition of the land?

    Guess I could go on but seems like it is time for some simple factual statements to be made.

    What is the truth?

  82. BK

    Why the song and dance? These shinnanagins have been going on in BIM since Adam was a lad and all your musing will not change it. We all know how things get done in BIM; whether at NHC, Urban, Fund Access, getting a gun permit it all the same chit. Any chit goes in BIM and anyone who cares to buck the establishment is chop down like sugar cane wid a cutlus. Do you all know how many Ministers in government own property.,houses on their 15K per month salries?

    chuspe, when there is the next storm in a teacup gimme ah shout.

  83. RRRicky

    Is de woman a one nighter or is she a almost wife?

    Any childrens?

    How long they be living together?

    Mr Clarke quit hidin behind a woman and come out like a man to answer. You been done caught, so you have to explain to the people of Barbados.

    An then maybe the people let you off, or maybe you gotta take your medicine.

    Explain truthfully

  84. Hants

    Interesting debate. The big loser in all this is probably the person from whom the land was expropriated.

    The Minister has now had adequate time to cover his tracks if nescessary.

    Also how do we know that the special friend is not independently wealthy and has paid for everything and the Minister is her “Boy Toy”?

    As long as there is no criminal wrong doing, this issue will be relegated to the “gossip category”.

    On the lighter side I think that “special friend” could become a “new” phrase in Bajan terminology like the word “Negrocrat”.

    William can we have a clearer definition of “special friend”.

  85. There is a clear differance between legal and moral behaviour. Whether the minister conduct is legal is a matter than can be decided by a court. Legal behaviour however is not always moral. When elected to a public office care should be taken no only to avoid corruption but to avoid the perception of corruption or unfair practice. Some might even argue then the latter is more important that the former.

  86. BK

    Andrew in the absence of integrity legislation and a passive Bajan electorate the Minister’s action now becomes mute.

  87. Alex

    Only bout hey, can things like this happen and politicians get way with it.

    Y’all forget that the boss man, buy land at West Terrace from the NHC for $2.50 per sq ft?

    For the benefit of all, the DLP did promise in their 2003 manifesto to introduce integrity legislation.

  88. Well for better or worse we live in a democary. If the people don’t care you have two choices: attempt to change the people’s opinion, or give up. Well I should have said two, legal, choices.

  89. passin thru

    What is “conflict of interest”? With no definition THEY can do anything they want to do and this is a situation where Gline has done wrong but maybe no law broken.

    How much did the government pay for the lot and how much was it sold to the “special friend” for? Did the owner of the lot actually recieve any money?

    questions, questions, questions

  90. We have all the reasons, as recorded above, why we have to change tis government.

  91. akabozzik

    These politicians sound like they don’t know right from wrong. They think it is all ok so long as the house is in the girlfriend’s name!

    They don’t even know they did wrong. Or maybe they know but they know there is no law against this bad behaviour because they refuse to make a law like this.

  92. Hants

    If these allegations are true, Mr. Clarke is guilty of stupidity.

    Why could he not buy a lot in a different location even if he had to pay a few more dollars for it.

    Surely he is paid enough to afford a house and land without creating a problem for himself.

    If he was using his influence to buy a lot in Sandy Lane or Fort George Heights I would understand but this is obviously not the case.

    According to the Brains at the BLP Blog, Barbados is more prosperous than ever so why would this Minister put himself in this position.

    I am waiting to hear the true story.

    William put up a good effort in his defence but it was not good enough.

  93. Andre

    CHANGE THIS GOVERNMENT.

    Keep on doing sh!te in Barbados and unfairing poor people.

  94. Anonymous

    Tireless efforts are being made to allay any suspicians that corruption may be rampant in Barbados.

    How many stories like this one do we need to hear before something is done about passing legislation?

    The fox is the one guarding the henhouse so legislation is unlikely.

  95. Anonymous

    Changing government is no solution. The DLP did not pass legislation either. Ant the PEP is too silent.

    Is the leader of the opposition a B or a D? I have not heard him say one thing that would indicate he is anything other than neutral and nothing will change for the better in a one party state.

  96. Jason

    Where is Dr. Duguid?

    Does he think that his “answers” have been accepted by the people of Barbados?

  97. akabozzik

    Never mind Duguid what about Minister Gline Clarke? What he gots to say bout all this?

    I give the answer 4 him

    Nothin he gots to say an that say it all

  98. Velzo

    Anonymous, what do you want the Leader of the Opposition to say? He told the country many years that the PM bought land from NHC at West Terrace a reduced value … wait for it … not for a special lady but for himself. The government’s valuer valued it. He was not supposed to fence it in – check the covenants – since it would improve the value of his property. Has he observed the covenants?

    What happened? Owen Arthur put him in court. Got an injunction. The Court of Apperal overturned it. And then the PM abandoned the case. He silenced the LOP for that election. But you can’t hide the land.

    BFP: go and take a shot… see for yourself. How then, can Owen Arthur knock Gline Clarke? That’s like the blind leading the blind.

    What do you want from the LOP???

  99. Velzo

    No wonder integrity legislation is not Owen’s priority. He plans to leave office poor – with the NHC lot overlooking the West Coast, the RDC house his special lady got and a bag full of cookies!

  100. ross

    Velzo, more people need to follow your example and let the people know what is going on and put the evidence in front of the people. The local press and media are not doing it.

    I did not know that the PM had done the same or worse. How can any of the ministers respect a PM who is corrupt? And we are supposed to respect them while they are teifing from poor people so and rubbing our faces in it?

    All the same, what can anybody in Barbados do about it? Nothing, except wait for the international fall out. It will come sooner than later. Unfortunately, as always in the case, the little person is the one who will feel it the worse.

  101. John

    Here are some definitions of the word “minister” taken from the site below. there are many others depending on how it is used but I found these four to be enlightening.

    a. A person acting under the authority of another; one who carries out executive duties as the agent or representative of a superior. Obs.

    b. A servant, an attendant; a person who waits upon or ministers to the wants of another. Obs.

    c. An officer entrusted with the administration of the law, or attached to a court of justice. Obs.

    d. A person or officer subordinate to another; an underling. Obs.

    http://ling.man.ac.uk/More/PhilSoc/Phil%20Soc%20website/OED%20minister,%20n.htm

  102. Anonymous

    I was thinking about Ministers salaries.

    The idea behind having them large is to prevent temptation.

    But what has come out from the above discussion and elsewhere on BFP is that:

    He drives a Mercedes but the car possibly only has one tail light burning.

    He lives in a house located on land possibly acquired by him as minister of housing but the house is unpainted.

    He has possibly two households to maintain.

    When he is Los Angeles, or was it Los Vegas, he has nites out with the boys.

    These symptons seem to indicate he is having difficulty making ends meet on his salary.

    Maybe he needs an increase or he is living beyond his means.

  103. Hants

    BFP this post has over 100 comments. Is this another record?

  104. They got so much things to say right now
    They got so much things to say

    I’ll never forget no way they crucified Jesus Christ
    I will never forget no way they stole Marcus Garvey for rights
    I will never forget no way they turn their back on Paul Bogle
    SO DON’T YOU FORGET NO WAY
    WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU STAND IN THE STRUGGLE

    So much things to say … … rumour about
    They got so much .. … without humour
    THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, YEAH

    So Much Things to Say, EXODUS, Bob Marley

  105. La

    What I find funny about this thing is that some people here act suprised by this. Barbados will forever be this way untill all of the land has been sold to people abroad, coupled with the fact that the Guyanese population will soon eqaul the locals housing will become very limited shortly. I personal care very little for what Gline Clarke has to say, he is no differant than that of his co workers. The all cheat, lie and steal, this is the nature of the government.

    What is more pressing is the fact that the youths of today see these things happening daily. This is why we don’t vote, nothing changes it stays the same. We have very few options either you become a corrupt police officer and act as tho we are God or if you have the stomach run for office. Now i know the corrupt police officer bit has many thinking but I too have a blog I’ll post my pictures soon.

  106. ross

    Lynette, I do not understand what your are trying to say. Am I dense or does anybody else have the same problem?

  107. I with you on that Ross… to me it looks like what someone might do when they wanted to say something but don’t what to be challened on it, so they say it in such a way that they can not be challeneged on it.

  108. Jane

    That person may very well NOT be Lynette Eastmond, just so you guys know.

  109. Jane

    Yes, Jane. It could be someone like us because I am also Jane but not the Jane above and we very likely will not have the same views.

    Whoever Lynette is, I am in the same boat as Ross. I do not understand what she/he is tallking about either.

  110. West Side Davie

    BFP can you tell if Lynette is the real Lynette?

  111. Robert

    We need to support the Thompson’s call for Integrity legislation. This was a pledge in the party’s (DLP) manifesto, so there is no jumping on the bandwagon.

    The Barbados Labour Party has cultivated a culture of curruption in this country and it is time that Barbadians deal with them and their pack of corrupt cronies.

    Add the NHC building at Warrens to the heap of monumental waste: a building with an original price tag of $34 million will now end up costing the taxpayers over $100 million.

    Not a head will roll! Only bout hey!

  112. BFP

    Note folks… the above Robert is not BFP Robert.

    Nevermind that we might agree with what he wrote.

    Robert

  113. Robert Dee

    Thanks BFP! I will add Dee to my name from here on to avoid confusion.

    At page 65 of the Democratic Labour Party’s 2003 manifesto, titled “A Fair Share for All”, the party pledged the following:

    1)Introduce Integrity and anti-corruption legislation that would require Ministers of Government, Chairpersons of Statutory Boards and Chairpersons of Private companies in which government has at least a 40% ownership, to disclose their assets to an Intergrity Commission set up by the Govenor General.

    It went further and pledged to introduce Freedom of Information legislation and to review the laws of defamation to give greater freedom to the press and the populace to hold public figures more accountable.

    This sounds like a party with a Leader worthy of our support. Thompson did not have to test the wind.He has been consistent.

  114. JG

    Exellent, Robert Dee! Now you talking.

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  116. Velzo

    Thanks Robert Dee. I know the Dems are a bit slow with their reactions to things but the truth must be told. There is a long history of calls by Thompson since 1994 for integrity legislation etc. He has my full backing.

  117. Anonymous

    What can I say that man Gline Clarke is real nuff slime.

  118. cat eyes

    I do not know how many of you are aware that Noel Lynch bought a plantation in St. Andrew off a Minister’s salary (before the increase) and a wife’s salary as an employee of BNB, although I do believe she was a “consultant” when he bought the plantation.
    How many people on Lynch’s salary can buy plantations worth BDS$3m?
    This government is making no sport with the people of Barbados.
    How many of the legal work for the NHC was done by George Walton Payne’s offices when he was a minister? Were there no legal offices free of government ministerial contacts that could have done that conveyance work? Guess not.
    Has anyone investigated the relationship between George Walton Payne and Barrack Construction, the construction firm which has just won the multi-million dollar settlement? Payne was the Minister who gave Barrack the contract. Payne was also Barrack’s lawyer up until 2004.
    Only in Barbados can a contractor who did not come up to the hirer’s expectation sue the hirer for more money than the contractor got out of the job.
    Grief is, it is the taxpayers money that these people are lining their pockets with.
    A businessman once said that Bajans could care less about corruption once they are working. What Bajans do not realise is that the taxes deducted from their payslips is lining the pockets of the politicians who boast about the high employment. The more people working, the more money available to skim.
    It is nauseating.

  119. Tony

    This story is pathetic if true. I find Barbadians are too laid back when it comes to these matters. I also find that the major press is either intimidated by the politicians, and/or they like to kiss up too much. I really hope this matter does not die because I believe there are too many conficts of interest concerning persons involved in government.

  120. erkel

    Gline Clarke must go. I voted for him. Would you believe it? I can hardly believe it now. I have no home and he has two, or three, or four. On the backs of taxpayers.

  121. Robert Dee

    Fellow bloggers;

    We have made some impact on the national mainstream press. David Ellis of Starcom is finally asking questions.

  122. passin thru

    Robert Dee, where do I find David Ellis article?

  123. Joe Grind

    “I do not know how many of you are aware that Noel Lynch bought a plantation in St. Andrew off a Minister’s salary (before the increase) and a wife’s salary as an employee of BNB, although I do believe she was a “consultant” when he bought the plantation.”

    — As a personal friend of the Lynches, I really have to ask, how is this your business? Do you know how he came by the money? Could it not have been a loan? No? He paid it all in cash didn’t he? Stupse.. GIVE IT A REST!

  124. ross

    Well Joe Grind when integrity legislation is passed guessing where ministers got the money to complete transactions like this will be a thing of the past we will no longer have to guess. The gossip and inuendo will also be a thing of the past.

    What a wonderful thought. I would think that every minister will jump at the opportunity to be transparent.

  125. Biscoe

    Cat Eyes

    I don’t know where you get your information from, but the property that Noel Lynch bought was advertised by Hannah Properties as a 3 bedroom bungalow sitting on five acres for $750k. I saw the ad at the time and viewed the property. The owner was selling as a consequence of a divorce settlement.

    This is a far cry from a $3m plantation and seriously calls into question your veracity and credibility.

    Now we see how dangerous unsubstantiated “facts” on blogs like this can be.

  126. West Side Davie

    At least with blogs, we can fact check and verify or deny. With newspapers it is what it is or more commonly not even mentioned like the glyne Clarke scandal going on right now. nothin in the papers

  127. Joe Grind

    Now we see how dangerous unsubstantiated “facts” on blogs like this can be.

    – Thank you, Biscoe. People come and see an anonymous post spewing that garbage, and leave thinking the worst things about the people who the post was about.

  128. Biscoe

    Happy to bring the facts to my fellow bloggers. It is the emotionalism, negativity and ever so slightly hidden agendas that I find so repugnant.

    I believe it was this type of behaviour that Mia Mottley was talking about when she spoke about the relevance of Parliament to a modern society and the danger of bloggers being able to post the most outrageous things without no responsibility to the truth. Nowhere in her speech did I see her call for blogs to be banned. But in true fear mongering the style the blogs have interpreted this to mean that the government wants to ban blogs.

    I welcome constructive discussion. BFP was right to ask questions about Glyne Clarke apparently living on an NHC lot. Up to now there has been no factual information as to who owns the land or the house – only a lot of vicious innuendo.

    When I look at what has appeared on BFP so far perhaps he is guilty of fast tracking an application for someone he is romantically involved with. Name one Minister of Government, CEO in the private sector, parish priest in charge of the church’s cementary or ordinary citizen who has not done something similar for a friend. This is life folks everywhere in the world.

    It does not mean the man is a thief. He may be guilty of poor judgement, but this is hardly a crime. I mean, did he take up the state’s land and give it to his lover? Was he wrong to help her oversee the building of the house? Is he to be condemned for having a relationship outside of marriage?

    I have to ask the question again “Will the introduction of integrity legislation mean the end of corruption in Barbados?” I am not against such legislation, but how will I, an ordinary citizen know if the declarations are truthful in the first place. Perhaps someone who knows exactly how such legislation works could enlighten us and bring real meaning to the discussion.

  129. Anonymous

    Here here, Biscoe!

  130. cat eyes

    Now, when a friend is defending a friend, emotionalism comes in. PLEASE CHECK your facts Biscoe and Joe Grind. It was Weeks’ at Gregg Farm’s property and I can even tell you why he got divorced. I have my facts. Noel Lynch aint spend no $750k!!!!As tacky as it may be to you, some of us can report on “friends” just as you can defend them. We “friends” are now fed up to our gizzards with the bravadoccio, open ostentation and yap yap yapping about “what I got” when we know it was not made from the “normal” and “acceptable” representation -of- the- people job. Just go and do your digging, dispassionately and come back. You know, if Noel had a profession on the side, probably some people would buy the self righteous grand-standing you are currently engaging in defence of your “friend”. Mia and Liz are both lawyers, and come from families with money and when folks are ready, they make them snort; especially Liz, when they know she has a practice. Why must your “friend” be untouchable? He aint got no practice (that is publishable) and he aint got no family with money. And I find youre question regarding “How is it my business” exceedingly offensive. How dare you! You lot would love this island to become a banana republic, wouldn’t you. Let me tell you now: It is my business, my responsiblity to question the actions of my representatives. That is the beauty of a democracy. And when I question and get answers, I will continue to share them.
    As his “friend” can you tell me why they call him *********? Even the calypsonians made reference to that name for him this season, but I have not been able to find out why. But I will.
    Obviously you all (Biscoe and Joe Grind) have no problem with the actions of George Walton Payne, the St. Andrew representative and the information re the conveyances etc.

  131. Joe Grind

    I think I know where you going with that Noel reasoning and boy… that’s fairly tacky. Leave out the ” “, in friend coz it ain nothing like what I strooongly believe you’re insinuating. More slander, Cat? When will it stop man? If you have irrefutable proof then you should have no problem emailing it to BFP for them to publish. After all, truth can’t be libel – not in any jurisdiction and certainly not in Barbados! Email it, break it to the Bajan public, and “expose” Noel and his alleged $3m plantation, etc. etc.

  132. Jane Goddard

    The recent Panday story is a good example of how integrity legislation works.

    For a better understanding of where we need to focus our attention see
    Transparency International TI, National Integrity Systems Questionnaire, Caribbean Composite Study 2004 – see Barbados is on page 76

    http://www.transparency.org/content/download/1640/8341/file/carib_compos_q.pdf

  133. cat eyes

    Touchy, touchy! I honestly was in no way implying you were that type of friend. I am sincerely sorry. But now you mention it, it does seem that way, especially if you are ultra-sensitive about such matters. Really sorry. I do not know you. I do know your friend though. Believe it. In the case of Gregg Farm, I have nothing more to prove. If you doubt me, check for yourself; I think I told you so already. As a bona fide buddy of the gentleman, he must have mentioned in your presence how “offset he does feel” when his savings account goes below $250,000. That statement was made before the parliamentarians received their increases. For God’s sake, unless he won the lotto, saved, bought no groceries, inherited money and paid no bills, how does his savings get there on his salary? He is a public figure, and we have the right to ask. Especially when he shows off so much. He aint moving easy and quiet like some of the rest. Even Gline tries to be out of the radar , although in this instance he has not been too successful. Why is the exposure and querying of Noel such anathema to you?

  134. Joe Grind

    Hmm.. Cat, but for other people’s eyes, I would tell you email me so we could talk. Interesting how much you seem to know.

  135. BFP

    Well, well, well…

    And still no answer about how much capital the Minister has invested in his “special friend’s” house – and all the other questions.

    Even Biscoe sees nothing wrong with Gline Clarke being “guilty of fast tracking an application for someone he is romantically involved with…” and goes on to say “This is life folks everywhere in the world.”

    No… it is very much NOT life everywhere in the world – only in Banana republics where there is no conflict of interest legislation and the population has been conditioned to shut up and take the corruption by the elites.

    But things are changing… and in a future time any Minister who “fast-tracks” something for his defacto wife and then moves into the home will be held accountable by more than a citizen’s blog.

    Your political career is very much over Minister. You and your party just haven’t yet realized how much of an issue that integrity is going to be next time around.

  136. Biscoe

    My, my Cat. You are in a catty mood tonight. No wonder you know why Mr. Weekes got divorced. Well guess what. We aren’t even remotely interested.

    For the record I am no friend of Noel Lynch, but all you can counter the facts with is that Noel ain’t spend $750k, he brags about his bank account and he is a show off. Please you are talking to adults here.

    Since when is a five acre lot a plantation Cat. Ask questions by all means, but please don’t expect us to swallow your empty ‘ad hominem’ attacks. Almost sounds personal Cat and you do seem to know a lot of Noel’s conversations. Are these first hand accounts or hearsay?

  137. Biscoe

    The TI questionnaire really does not tell me anything about how integrity legislation works Jane.

    But check this out. Think this approach would make Bim corruption free.

    http://www.stlucia.gov.lc/primeminister/conversations/2005/conversation_may_30_2005.htm

  138. anonymous

    You want transparency?
    Was the new A…..bed candidate not implicated in a drug scandal.
    Drug money being used to finance political candidates.

    This is a dangerous precedent in the DLP

  139. BK

    If Gline Clarke used his position to fast track his “friend’s” application that that would be unethical behaviour. A behaviour though which we in the Caribbean have come to accept.

  140. Jane Goddard

    Excellent, many thanks, Biscoe.

  141. Jane Goddard

    No, nothing can make anywhere corruption free but anything done will be better than nothing in trying to control corruption in Barbados. Simple things like a free press and protection for wistleblowers may be a good start.

    Perhaps easier access to accurate information could help too.

  142. cat eyes

    No way Joe! Can’t tell all. Then people start traces on you based on what you know and have said. There is a Trini lady who calls the radio programmes here who is very analytical about the issues.She never attacks person. She is fiercely protective of her identity. David Ellis keeps trying to draw her out; the Labour Party contributors try all types of tactics from attacks to coercion, and last week a very nasty letter was printed in the Nation headlined: Outsider Get Off The Radio! I felt so sorry for her. Anyway, do you know that a Minister in this current government has started to aggressively track her? He is head of a Ministry in shambles, yet he has time to be asking and searching to find out who she is. Next will come the victimisation, once he has identified who she is.
    So Joe, I may go in gutter if I feel passionately enough about an issue because members of this corrupt bunch are not averse to doing so when they have to. But I meant no harm to you. I reread the submission I made here last night and had a good LOL. Sorry.
    There is a plethora of information online regarding integrity in public life, and some excellent models any government serious about enacting it can follow. It just takes the will. This bunch – Noel, Gline, Oh When et al do not have it. Why should they? Remember Oh When in 1994 crying to parliament that his role as an opposition member was financially untenable? Emotional and believable when you checked what he was forced to live on (even though it was lots more than the average citizen.) He was helped out by a private sector company, Rayside, with a job. Rayside was later “helped out” by the Government.
    In ten years, however, our PM was able to acquire considerable real estate and a Lexus SUV. Revealation of his assets and Noel’s prior to holding office and their assets today would either mess them up or shut me up.
    We then would not have reason to engage in what we are engaging in now.

  143. cat eyes

    Oops! I forget the $2m divorce settlement and the house Mullins, Biscoe.

  144. cat eyes

    Oops! I forget the $2m divorce settlement and the house at Mullins, Biscoe.

  145. Robert Dee

    This BLP bunch has taken “corruption” to new heights in Barbados. It is now part of the culture and the media is playing an enabling role by not exposing it.

    Owen is now lamenting about “morals” and “values”, but in this any-thing-goes society he and his cronies are the role models.

  146. Anonymous

    #
    Jane Goddard
    September 14th, 2006 at 11:27 am

    No, nothing can make anywhere corruption free but anything done will be better than nothing in trying to control corruption in Barbados. Simple things like a free press and protection for wistleblowers may be a good start.

    Perhaps easier access to accurate information could help too.

    So who will be responsible for enacting whistleblowing legislation? It is easy to shout out that we want these N.American approaches to be implemented but we must be mindful that what we do must be culturally relevant. Barbados and the islands are small and smeer campaigns even if the truth comes out many careers will effectively destroyed. Integrity legislation will always be resisted by politicians in BIM because they see the under the table benefits and compensation for the wealth many of them “sacrifice” to serve in public life. Of course we say that we modrl our system of government after Wesmister of which an important tenet is the willingness of the MP to serve the people first and anything else after.

    Oh well I suppose that we have to live and hope.

  147. Robert Dee

    I believe what cat eyes is trying to demonstrate here is that it is not only Gline! But Noel, Owen, Farley, kerry and the list goes on.

    Clyde Mascoll when he was a DEM talked about the number of plantation houses these fellows were buying up. It is not inuendo. It is fact.

    Under good Integrity Legislation they would have to account. If they are above board, I say more power to them, but we have a right to ask questions.

  148. Jane Goddard

    Anonymous, I do not think this is as complicated as you might think. A free press might go a long way towards protecting “whistleblowers”. My understanding of a whistleblower is that he/she is somebody who spills the beans or tells.

    Perhaps the journalists at the Nation, Adovocate etc. already have the evidence for their stories.

    Look at how many bloggers (“whistleblowers in the making”) appear to have contributed to the BFP blogsite already.

    I hope that BFP would not report without evidence and I hope they will report with it. It is also their responsibility to guard the identities of the “whistleblowers”.

  149. Velzo

    Biscoe/Joe Grind, I am a personal friend too. Lynchie has made it clear that the property is now worth $3 million because of the improvements he made… cash. He even said it in the House and I heard it on the radio.

    But I like your definition of helping a friend. What would you say if Lynchie arranged sweetheart deals/consultancies with government with companies or even World Cup related companies for which his wife was working? Do you want details? Or will you ask him yourself? Just to save time…

  150. Robert Dee

    Velzo, tell Biscoe and Joe about the concessions at the airport. How one company get about ten (10).

  151. cat eyes

    Velzo, obviously Biscoe does not live here. His Enid Blyton narrative about Hannah’s sale is so cute. But I am glad you have come forward, whoever you are because obviously we move in the same circles. We know the big mouth show off spends our money. If Biscoe lived here he would be incensed that he is spending his too.
    Check and see who the front men are for some of the airport concession, eg. X of Consumers Guarantee Insurance, a personal friend of the PM who was at the wedding (he got an invite and the cabinet did not). Anyway, if you do some research you will find a GEMS name coming up in the background for the for one of the restaurant apps. This government is about family and friends. The interlocking relationships, mainly based on money, wheeling and dealing would blow your mind. This administration will NEVER, EVER introduce integrity legislation. They would shut down this site first.
    Jane, journalists can research the truth. It may be printed, it may not. But what the government does then is file a suit citing any list of trivialities under law which prevent you from touching the subject again until it has gone to court and if it is settled out of court, you cannot touch it again either. The laws of defamation would curl your hair (if its not already curly.) So in many instances they – the media houses – don’t bother.
    There are some Ministers who have lined their pockets with threats, and out of court settlements as well. They have many of he angles covered.
    For example, you could use fair comment defence, but in your fair comment you could have made me look bad in the eyes of right thinking persons.

  152. John

    Cat Eyes

    If Gregg Farm is the plantation of which you speak, it buts and bounds on Apes Hill!!

    Guess if people were to know about pending permissions for the change of use of Apes Hill to Golf Course then it would be reasonable to buy and watch your investment appreciate. In the real world it could be called insider trading and people go to jail for it. Here, it is a different story.

    Don’t worry though, the damage that those permissions have done to the sustainability of Barbados in the long term where potable water is concerned is huge and sooner or later, somebody will have to pay.

  153. Joe Grind

    “The sustainability of Barbados in the long term where potable water is concerned is huge.”

    I agree that this deserves an expose; the damning of all that water and all the other nonsense that is being done in Apes Hill…

  154. ross

    You all blowing my mind. I thought I knew things but this is ridiculous. How much further these people going go?

  155. ross

    Cat Eyes if all I am reading is true, you are right, we will never see integrity legislation by Bee or Dee. Now that people are talking, I have my 2 cents to add.

    When David Thompson was minister of finance he signed an agreement with an overseas investor to develop land which he knew was being bought by senior politicians on both sides, including a deputy PM. The land was being bought as agricultural land and was to have been resold with golf course permissions to the developer for the politicians to make a killing.

    And that is not all

    at the time the minister of transport & works was one of the purchasers and the government had acquired land on the highway for the resiting of the transport board headquarters. The money was to be paid by the government to the company when it bacame the property of the minister of transport among others.

    Thompson did not make any fuss then. Is he the same person now or has he been to Damascus recently?

  156. Anonymous

    Ross, you forgot the part about what senior position one of the shareholders of the company now holds in the judiciary.

    You also forgot to mention what happened to the money the government was to pay for the land it took.

    And of course you forgot to mention that the PM and Joe Edghill fought over the same land that government has not put the Transport Board headquarters on yet but has made plans for something else to go there.

    You may think this is stale news but you will soon see that it is in fact very fresh.

  157. cat eyes

    Oh shoot! I never made the connection between Gregg Farm and Apes Hill! The twists and turns cuffuffling my head. Reading these submissions will soon be bad for my blood pressure…

  158. Hants

    The validity of this topic is that the public has the right to know about the assets of Government Ministers.
    If Ministers want privacy, do not become politicians.
    It should be the public’s right to know what these Ministers own and how they came by it.
    Nobody is compelled to become a politician and if the do they have to be open and honest with the public.

  159. trueblue

    Ross, your facts are wrong. The Cabinet of Barbados agreed to the concessions and they were laid in the House. Only the Minister of FInance can grant them.

    They followed the same concessions given to Westmoreland and all similar developments. The Income Tax Act is the basis for the signing of the agreement because its the only way the concessions can be granted.

    The DLP Minister involved declared an interest in the matter. So too, to his credit, did the opposition member now Chief Justice in the debate in the House. I remember it all. It was publicly ventilated.

    What are you saying about Thompy? Just say it and lets get the facts straight.

    Was an interest declared in Barrack? Or by Mrs. Liz Thompson-McDowald?

    Have you ever checked who owns the apartments opposite the Ernst & Young Building? Who gave the T&CP permission?

    At least in 1994 the interests were declared and known. The public judged and the judgement was fierce.

    What next?

  160. ross

    “The DLP Minister involved declared an interest in the matter. So too, to his credit, did the opposition member now Chief Justice in the debate in the House. I remember it all. It was publicly ventilated.”

    “The Cabinet of Barbados agreed to the concessions and they were laid in the House.”

    trueblue, I am shocked at your response. You say that the leaders of both the BLP and DLP have encouraged their members to use private land to make money for themselves with the knowledge and encouragement of the Cabinet and the House. They were all in it together. And this is acceptable to you?

    I suppose you will now tell me that the people BLP/DLP who devised this corrupt scheme walked away from it and Mr. Thompson’s hands are clean.

    My facts are accurate. You have confirmed them.

    Barrack appears to be more of the same but without media coverage who knows? Does it really matter anyway if both parties condone it?

    God help us!

  161. Jane

    ross & trueblue, you should ask your sources for details about the private lands which the government acquired in relation to the same matter you now debate. Let us know who the government paid for the acquisitions.

    Gline Clarke’s “special friend” lives on acquired lands which formed part of the same project that was encouraged by both political parties back in 1994.

    I hope that you will let the BFP readers know your findings.

  162. t. jay

    There is alot more to this story than needs investigating hope you will BFP.

  163. felix b

    Perhaps the surveyor David A.P. Trotman and the attorney Nigel A. Whitehall might be able to help unravel the puzzle.

  164. powa

    This is corruption in all its glory here in (corrupt) Barbados… How can these guys sleep at nights? These various forms of corruption in the Island, need weeding out of the system.

    But then again, who’s going to do the weeding out? You guess who!…

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  166. Vision

    This is news to me…. was land available for sale? And if so… its a possibility that someone got a string our 2 pull to get approval for the lot …. thing about it .. review the NHC policy for selling houses and land.

  167. CIF

    Outside of this house…….. where do u want the Minsiter to sleep?.. on the streets?

    The man is with his 1st, 2nd, 3rd……………………..9th … i lost count sorry you all………….Queen in his castle.

  168. missinghome

    CIF What do you mean?

    That Gline Clarke has all sorts of women and this is just one so its ok? That he has no other place to sleep so its ok?

    The man has power, real power, and was part of the government that forced the sale of the land. Now he lives at the house. Nevermind that he put the house in his woman name and hide behind his woman skirts!

  169. ross

    BFP you should start a new competition – Readers guess how close to the proposed new highway that Gline Clarke is encouraging is the house his Merc sleeps at?

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  174. Dizzy Bajan

    Barbados Free Press needs to find a way to get the message out to the average man on the street. I find that the problem with this forum is that it is not known by a large percentage of the Barbadian community.

    Please suggest how we can spread the word BFP…

  175. Anon

    So true Dizzy Bajan.

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  179. Jerome Hinds

    Commenting elsewhere on this BFP site ( 20 Dec 2006 ) the Harold Hoyte retirement accolades, a quote from Lynette Eastmond is repeated below,

    She was responding to questions from fellow bloggers about:

    1. Political morality from Ministers in Government……!!!

    i.e Glyne Clarke land appropiriation fiasco……!!!

    i.e Owen F&B policy……!!!

    i.e Was Lynette’s constituency office really

    furbished by the RDC for the benefit an indigent

    person in the comunity…..!!!

    Well Senator Eastmond’s response……which is reproduced below……CLEARLY….demonstrates that SHE cares little about Integrity Legislation….!!!

    She contends that Divine Intervention and CONSCIENCE is the ANSWER when she states…
    ” There is no need for me to raise any argument in defence of any adults. We make peace with our God when we choose and often when he chooses ”

    So we KNOW why…….,

    1. Lynette Eastmond AIN’T touch the RDC issue..!!

    2. Why Gline Clarke DON’T care what is said about his house/land deal…!!!

    3. Why Owen continues to see his mission of
    F & B as his perpetual LEGACY to bajans…..(particularly the WOMEN..!!)

    4. Why Jeffrey Bostic….SEES no wrong in the Bridgetown…..BOSS TRICK…!!

    The BEES have it……!!!

    —————————————————————–

    Lynette Eastmond
    February 9th, 2007 at 5:12 pm
    Ladies and Gentlemen

    With respect to the issue that was raised earlier concerning children born out of wedlock. Please be assured that my intervention was not in defence of adults.

    My intervention was with respect to the children whom as I pointed out have no control of the circumstances of their birth. I did not think that they should be held up to scrutiny on the world wide web. I can not imagine that there would be anyone on this board who thinks otherwise.

    There is no need for me to raise any argument in defence of any adults. We make peace with our God when we choose and often when he chooses.

    http://www.lynetteeastmond.com

  180. hard ears

    cuh dear Jerome Hinds, all Ms. Eastmond saying is that du cud tief for as long as du like long as du dont get stop or catch. Dem cud repent when dem ready.

    Anybody cud understand that she only talking for she ownself she ent interest in how the res tiefing cause God wud deal wif dem Heself.

  181. Jerome Hinds

    hard ears you have summed it up soooo……correctly…..!!!

    They plan to TIEF til’ thy KINGDOM come….!!!!

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  183. Martsie

    Clearly Barbadians are now getting information but I am concerned that many are not getting common sense. These comments are interesting enough to make so called bright bajans aware. My greatest concern is what will they do about it… now that they know.

    Permit me to stir the pot that has begun to boil. do you remember the BLP when they were i opposition they accused PM Sandiford of receiving $100,000 dollars in a settlement for sugar workers…? Therefore what is the hee haw about with PM Arthur getting $750,000 dollars? what is wrong with MP Clarke constructing a house on special land? What is wrong with a lousy e-mail that is not accurate as it relates to MP Lynch’s money in the bank?

    Or am mimicking David Ellis and playing devil’s advocate?

    Suppose the people of Barbados decides not to vote unless MP’s publicly declare their current wealth…! Can someone publish the salaries for PM and MPs between 1994 – 2007 then we will calculated on average their spending given the high cost of living through the years. From this we will see if their accumulated cash (wealth) and properties could possibly have come from these salaries? I happen to remember MP “Billy” Miller saying in house of assembly that she and other MP’s were underpaid… do you? Bajans have short and convenient memories and many of them were taught how to be crabs -in-the-barrel and so that’s the only behaviour they know. How can we pursue CSME and have great difficulty in granting a TV license to Starcom people?

    MP’s have been using the floor of parliament to attack citizens whether pro D or private professionals and so my view is that many a truth is done in jest… Mash-up and buy-back, what a song? Take an example… Mash up the DLP and Clyde Mascoll and buy back Mascoll. Clearly if according to MP Billy Miller he was “Mallet” wid teet he was on the verge of the Mash-up process. The PM, O. Arthur said that he would have Mascoll’s house, in St. Peter pushed down since he did additional construction without Town Planning permission… hee haw… more mash more buy back. Ah gone…. Mottley and Edutech Money…? Bite me vampire bite me …good song. Payne and de place in Warrens? Ah gone….

    ****************

    Editor’s Note…

    This comment was posted five times on the same post, so we deleted four. We also broke one huge paragraph into smaller sections and corrected a spelling error.

    Clive

  184. Ryan

    it is absolutely reidiculous that the BLPkeeps getting away with their criminalistic ways. this land should be stripped away from that minister and placed back in the hands of the rightful owners. afterwards he should be made to disclose the rest of his personal assets.

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  186. Tudor

    Any party who declares that they will insitute transparency laws etc within 180 days of being elected will get my vote. failing that I will not vote in this upcoming election, or again.

    *******************

    Comment by BFP Cliverton

    Not good enough Tudor. They have all had years to design and implement conflict of interest rules if they cared.

    DLP or BLP could declare Integrity rules and conflict of interest guidelines tomorrow for their own members.

    Let them do so. Promises we have had since 1976… WHY do you continue to believe the promises mean anything?

  187. SOUTHERN FARMERS AND THE FAILINGS OF SHELL TO ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE FOR 13 YEARS OF LOSSES...

    This is a letter to Shell Antilles & Guianas Ltd reagrding the plight of SOUTHERN FARMERS…

    SOUTHERN FARMERS
    Gibbons
    Christ church
    Barbados

    Attn: Managing Director
    SHELL ANTILLES & GUIANAS LTD
    P. O. Box 846E
    Bridgetown
    Barbados

    Dear Sir

    This letter is part of the continued uncompromising state of affairs which still beats heavily between your company and us as no negotiated settlement, amelioration or consensus appears in sight.

    This letter is another attempt at gaining compliance from Shell regarding the proposed drilling of several bore holes at specific geographical sites around the environmentally damaged and impacted areas within the 186 acre radius from Oistin’s to Gibbons that have been grossly neglected by Shell and the government of Barbados.

    Up to this moment in time, Shell has been less than transparent in its dealings with SOUTHERN FARMERS. But this has been a global practice of a multinational corporation whose predatory behaviour has been nothing short of diabolical. Shell has continued on its pathway of doing everything possible to try to vindicate itself although it has admitted liability in this case over a 13 year old underground oil leak.

    We the farmers, have been grossly disaffected by [13] years of wrangling, face-saving and duplicity on the part of corporate lawyers and dodgy corporate executives who have been participatorial in this process resulting in us having to take the actions we are about to undertake to resolve this dilemma.

    Firstly, we are demanding that any analysis of the underground water or geology through a series of bore holes be handled not only with the highest degree of health and safety due to possible incidences of bio-terror but that there must be a “tri-party” assessment of the analytical process where the government’s scientists, Shell’s people and our own independent scientists be allowed full access to measure and ascertain the full affects of what this leakage has caused to our underground infrastructure and to the limestone geology of Barbados.

    The contemptible paradox which has continued unabated for the last [13] years still shows the level of blatant callousness and scant disregard Shell shows toward those countries, groups and persons which come up against them seeking compensation for crimes against the environment, not to mention, crimes against the human person. Now in a further escalation, they want to bore holes around the affected areas without due consultation or dialogue with SOUTHERN FARMERS. This is unacceptable practice.

    Shell has a long documented history of insidious pollution issues around the world. The impact on the Caribbean but notably here in Barbados has not come into the international limelight as yet. However, we are taking step to change that situation immediately.

    We have asked FRIENDS OF THE EARTH to assist us with analytical work as our independent advisors. Additional we know that Shell has in the past used their high-paid teams of international lawyers to halt, stall and even pervert due process and so we have undertaken to up the ante in this regards and are willing to file an injunction in the High Court in Barbados and if needs be move the jurisdiction internationally to halt the process of bore holes being drilled without our preconditions being met.

    Shell must recognize that serious dialogue is needed in this case and that information dissemination is critical to the process of open and transparent dealings. The malicious tactics of the past and even the current malevolence must stop.

    We will be mandating the government to allow the ERM (Environmental Resource Management) to come in to do the research needed so a fair and balanced scientific risk assessment can be done.

    The government has a serious responsibility to its citizens who are for all intents and purposes, is “the government” by the people for the people. The government cannot allow multinational corporations like Shell to ride roughshod over the rights of citizens in any countries regardless of their contribution to the economic fabric of that society.

    We are therefore demanding a speedy and expeditious resolution to this entire process immediately. Shell has shown its reluctance in the past to observe the just tenets of due process, however, we the farmers shall not in anyway be obfuscating our responsibility to what we know is right and just.

    Thank you for your acknowledgement of this letter and we look forward expectantly to a prompt resolution forthwith.

    Yours sincerely

    SOUTHERN FARMERS

  188. Terence M. Blackett

    THE PLIGHT OF SOUTHERN FARMERS vs
    SHELL ANTILLES & GUIANAS LTD OVER 13 YEARS OF STALLING AND REFUSING TO PAY ADEQUATE COMPENSATION

    This letter is part of the continued UNFAIR and UNJUST state of affairs which still beats heavily between your company and us as no negotiated settlement, amelioration or consensus appears in sight.

    This letter is another attempt at gaining compliance from Shell regarding the proposed drilling of several bore holes at specific geographical sites around the environmentally damaged and impacted areas within the 186 acre radius from Oistin’s to Gibbons.

    Up to this moment in time Shell has been less than transparent in its dealings with Southern Farmers. But this has been a global practice of a multinational corporation whose predatory behaviour has been nothing short of diabolical. Shell has continued on its pathway of doing everything possible to try to vindicate itself although it has admitted liability in this case.

    We the farmers, have been grossly disaffected by [13] years of wrangling, face-saving and duplicity on the part of corporate lawyers and dodgy corporate executives who have been participatorial in this process resulting in us having to take the actions we are about to undertake to resolve this dilemma.

    Firstly, we are demanding that any analysis of the underground water or geology through a series of bore holes be handled not only with the highest degree of health and safety due to possible incidences of bio-terror but that there must be a “tri-party” assessment of the analytical process where the government’s scientists, Shell’s people and our own independent scientists be allowed full access to measure and ascertain the full affects of what this leakage has caused to our underground infrastructure.

    The contemptible paradox which has continued unabated for the last [13] years still shows the level of blatant callousness and scant disregard Shell shows toward those countries, groups and persons which come up against them seeking compensation for crimes against the environment, not to mention, crimes against the human person. Now in a further escalation, they want to bore holes around the affected areas without due consultation or dialogue with Southern Farmers. This is unacceptable practice.

    Shell has a long documented history of insidious pollution issues around the world. The impact on the Caribbean but notably here in Barbados has not come into the international limelight as yet. However, we are taking step to change that situation immediately.

    We have asked FRIENDS OF THE EARTH to assist us with analytical work as our independent advisors. Additional we know that Shell has in the past used their high-paid teams of international lawyers to halt, stall and even pervert due process and so we have undertaken to up the ante in this regards and are willing to file an injunction in the High Court in Barbados to halt the process of bore holes being drilled without our preconditions being met.

    Shell must recognize that serious dialogue is needed in this case and that information dissemination is critical to the process of open and transparent dealings. The malicious tactics of the past and even the current malevolence must stop.

    We will be mandating the government to allow the ERM (Environmental Resource Management) to come in to do the research needed so a fair and balanced scientific risk assessment can be done. The government has a serious responsibility to its citizens who are for all intents and purposes, is “the government” for the people, by the people. The government cannot allow multinational corporations like Shell to ride roughshod over the rights of citizens in any countries regardless of their contribution to the economic fabric of that society.

    We are therefore demanding a speedy and expeditious resolution to this entire process immediately. Shell has shown its reluctance in the past to observe the just tenets of due process, however, we the farmers shall not in anyway be obfuscating our responsibility to what we know is right and just.

    Thank you for your acknowledgement of this letter and we look forward expectantly to a prompt response forthwith.

    SOUTHERN FARMERS

  189. Terence M. Blackett

    Do you have grounds for a lawsuit against Shell? Have you, your firm or family been cheated or injured by Shell?

    Posted by Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com at February 9th, 2007

    If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you may find this article by John Donovan to be of interest…

    The first difficulty faced by potential litigants considering suing Shell, is finding a law firm with the required resources which does not have a conflict of interest and is willing to confront an opponent quite literally prepared to stop at nothing.

    In this connection we may be able to assist by providing introductions at law firms with a track record of winning cases against Shell, who may in some cases, be willing to work on a contingency fee basis.

    The owners of this website have been participants in countless proceedings with Shell stretching back to 1993. We are currently involved in proceedings brought by EIGHT companies within the Royal Dutch Shell Group. A High Court hearing took place on 8 February 2007. The next is scheduled for 7 August.

    Consequently, we know most Shell litigation moves including the use of:

    * Unscrupulous solicitors e.g. Kendall Freeman
    * Undercover “activity”
    * Witness intimidation
    * Threats
    * Jurisdiction ploys
    * Burying evidence
    * Tampering with evidence
    * Holding back discovery documents
    * Manipulating the news media
    * Hiding information about the litigation from Shell shareholders
    * Dragging out litigation to drain the resources of a weaker opponent

    Basically nothing is too low for Shell.

    Knowing that other parties have had the same problems dealing with Shell can help psychologically and also possibly strengthen a case by providing what is known as “similar fact evidence”. This perhaps explains why one of Shell’s first actions in responding to a case is to ask that the case be sealed, preventing the court documents and documents relating to discovery from reaching the public domain. Even where a case has been sealed, the initial petition is by definition in the public domain, since it was lodged with the court before the case was sealed. Shell does not want news of litigation to circulate in case it reaches the ears of another potential or actual litigant who might be able to supply or benefit from acquiring similar fact evidence.

    It has therefore been suggested that we act as a repository of threatened or actual legal proceedings against Shell. This would enable us to compare cases to check for relevance to litigation already in our files and notify relevant parties accordingly, putting them into direct contact if both sides agree. In the event of a pattern of Shell conduct being revealed, perhaps even involving the same Shell individuals, it might enable the cases to proceed more expeditiously and potentially even persuade Shell to settle out of court rather than allowing predatory conduct to be exposed in open court.

    Consequently, if you have a legal grievance against Shell you are invited to report it to us. If legal documents are already in the public domain we will, with your permission, publish them. If the information is confidential we will only share it with another party with a similar grievance if you give us clearance to do so.

    There are a number of options available to convey information depending on the degree of confidentiality involved.

    It can be sent directly to me at: john@shellnews.net

    Or you can use a more secure form of transmission e.g.

    http://www.anonymousspeech.com

    The information will then be relayed to me at my email address.

    Alternatively check out http://wikileaks.org/

    You will shortly be able to post information and documents on this new facility designed to protect anonymity of documents. It is expected to become operational within a matter of weeks. If this service is used, you would need to tip me off to check the wikileaks.org website by perhaps posting a message on our Live Chat box e.g. “It might be worth a visit to wikileaks.org? “

    For information about the wikileaks.org service check out the Time Magazine link below.

    http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1581189,00.html

    Our own experiences with Shell: At the beginning of our legal battles with Shell we knew nothing about such shady tactics but were well aware of the daunting challenge of taking on a multinational goliath which has an army of in-house lawyers supported by unlimited financial resources and a ruthless unscrupulous management. We thought we were on our own in having to threaten litigation after a Shell manager stole our intellectual property. Then in a meeting I had with a Shell Chairman, he let it slip that other firms were also threatening to launch legal proceedings on the same basis about the same Shell national manager. In other words, the Shell manager in question had been accused of stealing ideas from other parties who, like us, had disclosed information on a confidential basis believing they could trust Shell. The then Shell Chairman, Dr Chris Fay, claimed that he could not agree to settle our claim because it would set a precedent. This was a major concern in view of the fact that other potential litigants were pressing Shell. Royal Dutch Shell did later did settle for £200,000 – approximately $400,000.

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  193. First Time Guest

    I am hearing about this for the first time. My daughter brought home one of your advertisements. I cannot believe that Down To Brass Tacks did not mention this story. Someone must have said something but I never heard about it til today. I heard of free press before never saw it but I will be back.

  194. BLP Government Supporter

    First Time Guest,

    Here’s a BIG CLUE… BFP are LIARS.

    Plain and simple.

  195. Independent

    First Time Guest

    Spread the word, so that many more can decide which lies to believe.

    Lies according to the BFP

    Or lies according to the BLP

  196. Hants

    True.

    Owen Arthur said in the house of assembly that he received a cheque for $750,000 which he put in his personal bank account.

    The manager of 3s said that the flyover project is going to cost 300% more $180 millionUS.

    BFP has widespread readership and will continue to bring real issues to Bajans.

    The printed versions are going to bring more people online.

    Watch the ride.

  197. ha ha

    love it they are rats vote them out for ever not three blind mice but no blind mice

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  203. rohan

    All I can say is “wow”! This was an interesting read. Hopefully all the facts will come out soon.

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  205. I SPY

    Barbados is lovly but the constant cover up of bad behavor of some of our lawyers and the wicked things they do to people led me to diclose some stories that are going . linsie Bollen of Eagle Pointe fame has a new one caled “Jus Linsie Inc”. The “INC” is; INC-LUDING Graftan Mashal and some chinese people. Let me know how true this is so that you can get more.

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  209. onlyme

    Get Tyler Perry quick , we got a movie to make.

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  215. Syn

    They would all have to burn – the houses – I’ll leave the politicians to the Lord

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  225. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    99% of the time the land belong to Violet Beckles of Barbados , This minister is is not the only one All of them seem to be doing the same thing,
    The owners are in Barbados and They day is upon them all…

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