BLP’s Dr. Duguid Comments About Blogging And DLP Leader Thompson’s 1994 Election-Eve Land Concessions

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Dr. William Duguid, the Secretary General of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), is a frequent visitor and commenter at Barbados Free Press, and was instumental in the creation of the BLP’s own blog (link here). His willingness to engage in unstructured discussions in the new world of the internet and call-in radio programmes is not only an indication of his modern thinking and political acumen – it is a testament to his personal integrity and genuine sense of duty to his fellow citizens.

Politics in any forum is a rough and tumble business, and like others who are successful in the game, Dr. Duguid has a thick enough skin and is able to give as well as he takes it in a debate. And, as we have said before – give the Doctor and the BLP Blog credit for leaving some very harsh reader comments posted online. They don’t answer every criticism, but at least they have the courage and integrity to leave the negative comments up as well as the positive ones.

A Reader Comment That Barbados Free Press & Dr. Duguid Disagreed With

“Littleboy56@caribsurf.com” is a reader of both the BLP Blog and Barbados Free Press. Yesterday he/she posted news on the BLP Blog (see comment here) and a few minutes later at BFP (see comment here), that the DLP Headquarters had been broken into. This person also commented that they hoped it was not a “Watergate” situation and speculated whether or not the break-in had anything to do with Dr. Duguid’s comments at BLP Blog that he was working on something that would discredit Opposition Leader David Thompson.

We at Barbados Free Press immediately published an article BFP Reader Reports: DLP Headquarters Broken Into On Weekend, wherein we totally dismissed Littleboy’s comments regarding Dr. Duguid.

As we said in our post…

IF somebody said to me that Dr. William Duguid, Secretary General of the Barbados Labour Party, knew of or was in any way associated with a plot to break into the headquarters of the Opposition DLP, I would say “Not a chance”.

In all seriousness, Dr. Duguid is far too good a man to even tolerate talk of such nonsense at BLP. So, no matter what comes up about this break-in, there is no way that Dr. Duguid has anything to do with it. Knowing him, I don’t buy into the idea even one tiny bit. Period.

Several other readers at both the BLP Blog and Barbados Free Press entered into a bit of name-calling against Dr. Duguid, and now the Doctor has posted a response at BFP wherein he quite correctly points out that he is one of the few public figures to participate in online discussions while using his real name.

We think that the good doctor has a point…

Dr. Duguid Replies To Reader Comments

Quite interesting comments. I was referring to a new post which shows not only the concessions given to Sandy Lane but also the allegation of similar concessions given to Clico on 14 pieces of land on the eve of the 1994 election by Thompson. Waiting on the original documents before we go public with all of the information.

If people continue to twist and spin every little comment on the blog it truly does not encourage me to make regular comments. I am one of the few public figures brave enough to put my full name with my comments rather than hide behind a pseudonym to then get ridiculed by other bloggers not brave enough to put their real names I find grossly inconsiderate to say the least.

Read Dr. Duguid’s reply in context (link here)

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18 responses to “BLP’s Dr. Duguid Comments About Blogging And DLP Leader Thompson’s 1994 Election-Eve Land Concessions

  1. John

    “In all seriousness, Dr. Duguid is far too good a man to even tolerate talk of such nonsense at BLP. So, no matter what comes up about this break-in, there is no way that Dr. Duguid has anything to do with it. Knowing him, I don’t buy into the idea even one tiny bit. Period.”

    This is what reputation does for you.

    By your fruits you are known.

    Anyone can get this kind of reputation by just being straightforward, upfront and more importantly consistent.

    People mistake reputation sometimes for nepotism, racism, favoritism almost everything negative you can think of but never twig that it is earned because they never worked to earn it.

    Until he does something (and I don’t think he will)to demonstrate otherwise, I would go along with BFP in its assessment of William.

    Even if he does, I would still give him the benefit of the doubt if there is no proof.

    William, we are watching you!! Politics is a nasty game but it does not have to be!

  2. Anonymous-

    There’s no absence of hypocrisy here. You published a story by a little boy even though you claim that you do not believe the doctor would be part of anything like that. Why? For sensationalism? The story that you published, with or without your superficial defense, would give anyone grounds to speculate that the Doctor was involved in some way in the DLP incident. If you do not believe it to be true, then why publish it in such a sensational manner?

  3. BFP

    Nice to see you in such a good mood so early, Anon….

    Once reader Littleboy’s comments were made on both the BLP Blog and BFP, both the break-in at the DLP HQ and the Doctor’s previous statement about “working on something to discredit Thompson” were in the public realm – as well as Littleboy’s speculation that Dr. Duguid’s working to discredit Thompson was somehow connected with the break-in.

    That makes it news, anon. As well, we wanted to voice our opinion about Dr. Duguid’s character and the idiocy of speculation that he would ever be part of such an act.

    The article supported Dr. Duguid…

    … but you BLP diplomats overseas have no concept of free speech or open discussion. You thrive on controlling information – which is why you are so outraged that those damn ordinary citizens should dare to say anything outside of their own kitchen.

    You are like some prehistoric lizard on the verge of extinction – the last of its generation looking in vain for your disappearing friends. The world has changed and you don’t even know it.

  4. ross

    And we marching too. The farmers from Wilcox and the students from UWI. Bajans are waking up, hear. Sometimes we just need a little encouragement and a different perspective from outside.

  5. Velzo

    What would Duguid publish that would be so sensational? The Sandy Lane concessions in relation to property tax were nothing spectacular because all Thompson did was reduce the property transfer tax on vendors of the Sandy Lane units. Owen Arthur then brought a law – an amendment to the Property Transfer Tax Act – to remove the tax entirely in 1999!

    On 23rd December 2003, Clyde Mascoll chided Owen Arthur for this wrong-headed policy. “He said Government’s dictum that land could not find its highest value in agriculture and its changing of the Property Transfer Tax had brought greater strain to that sector.

    “While they were saying they are going to offer protection to manufacturers and the agriculture sector, they were actually allowing the undermining of the process by, in 1999, facilitating the purchase of local land by changing the Property Transfer Tax,” he said.

    This change, Mascoll noted, allowed foreigners to purchase land at the same price as locals.”

    All of that in the Nation.

    So what is Duguid on about? At least with the Dems we would have gotten half the property transfer tax but with the Bees we get none! And, of course, they had already facilitated the sale of the land by changing the water zone fron Zone One to Zone Two giving David Shorey et al $9 million in capital gains on land at Sandy Lane.

    What say you Willie?

  6. Jane

    Willie seems to have gone underground again.

  7. Velzo

    Wee, Willie? Where are you???

  8. John

    What is the tax on a capital gain in Barbados?

  9. Rumplestilskin

    There is no capital gains tax in Barbados. Only if you can be assessed as ‘trading’ in properties (e.g. building and selling or buying and selling repeatedly) will you have to pay such tax.

    There IS stamp duty on sale/ purchase, I do not know the current percentage of the sale price.

  10. John

    So Daivd Shorey et al apart from the stamp duty and transfer tax, once they themselves or the company being used to purchase the land were not in the habit of trading in land, would have no tax liabilty for the windfall profit.

    So if they used a company and it was breaking even and suddenly got this windfall, instead of paying 35% (what is Corporation Tax now?) on the $9 million they would pay nothing to Government as it was a Capital Gain.

  11. Rumplestilskin

    Thats sounds right. I cannot remember the current corp tax rate. Its been reduced gradually.

    But correct, unless they have been assessed as trading, there would be no corp or gains tax.

  12. ross

    Must have a fairy godmother!

  13. ross

    So what became of Willie Duguid while I was away?

  14. John

    …. nah, more like a godfather like Don Vito, … on second thoughts, too short to be called a godfather, I’ll stay with the Tinkerbell image.

  15. Velzo

    Duguid, we are calling you! Where could you possibly be?

    You must live up to the standards you profess. Don’t let Trevor Prescod’s comments about your and Abed’s “type” being involved in politics frighten you. Come out and defend your position.

    Where is the bombshell?

  16. william duguid

    See the full thing with original document on BLP Blog.

    This is what Thompson was up to just right after the 1994 election was called when he was the Minister of Finance. You the voters must ask yourselves if he was acting in your interest or in his own interest when he bestowed these numerous concessions. He knew the writing was on the wall. He knew his party was going to lose and yet he was busy granting hefty concessions to a private entity after having presided over pay cuts, short weeks and thousands of Barbadians being laid off, losing their homes and furniture and appliances as hundreds of people had their property repossessed.

    Velzo’s Comment

    What would Duguid publish that would be so sensational? He is a political mouse.

    The Sandy Lane concessions in relation to property tax were nothing spectacular because all Thompson did was reduce the property transfer tax on vendors of the Sandy Lane units. Owen Arthur then brought a law – an amendment to the Property Transfer Tax Act – to remove the tax entirely in 1999!

    Poor Velzo could not be more wrong or misinformed on this issue. Clearly that is not all that Thompson did.

    Waived property tranfer tax not reduced.

    Waived withholding tax on interest ie what the banks deduct from interest on your money.

    Waived import duties on all imports.

    Waived all corporate taxes For TEN YEARS.

    Waiver of duty on Vehicles.

    Waiver on duties on management fees.

    He is famous for secret deals. Well this must be one of the most lucritive secret deals for him which is no longer a secret.

    He must be instantly nominated for a piggy at the trough award by Barbados Free Press.

    Worst of all Barbadians at that time lost confidence in themselves. That confidence has been restored by the Barbados Labour Party. These are the facts in black and white. You be the judge.

  17. Waiveme Toonuh

    WHAPAX!!! wha ya say, bredda Dave? William, wunna got up de storm shutters yet, muh boy? Dum say yuh living in glass house!

  18. ross

    We thought this was going to be a big story. Guess Willie has not found the original documents on the Clico deal yet or perhaps he has. Tell us, Willie, what happened? What you found? Found any glass windows yet?

    “I was referring to a new post which shows not only the concessions given to Sandy Lane but also the allegation of similar concessions given to Clico on 14 pieces of land on the eve of the 1994 election by Thompson. Waiting on the original documents before we go public with all of the information.”