“Your Man Comes In Here And Insults Me…”
One day not so long ago, a little birdie was flying low over a grand plantation home in the middle of a lush green Barbados field. As she flew past the huge rock at the gate and then up the long tree-lined drive to the stables on the right, birdie overheard one side of a phone conversation. A man was raising his voice in anger and the little birdie saw how upset he was. What the little birdie overheard went something like this…
“… OF COURSE we’re going to contribute to your campaign and more than ever. Things have been going well for the country and us. I appreciate what you and the government do for everyone and we want to see everything remain as it is.
What vexes me is when your man comes in here and insults me by asking for something a few days before the deal is to be announced. It insults me. It insults you. Everyone. Can’t have it!”
Little birdie flew on – disturbed at how the man was upsetting the nearby horses, but it wasn’t until she read the papers later that week that she understood the context of the conversation.
Steps To A Sweetheart Of A Deal That Makes Everyone Happy!
Step #5472: C.O.W. Williams and friends wish to develop Apes Hill golf club and housing project. They need approvals and then money, but first and foremost they need the support of the one man who controls the final yes or no on the project: Prime Minister Owen Arthur. No use even thinking about such a major project without bouncing the idea off the PM first.
Everybody knows that – even lowly American waterpark developers.
Step #5473: A casual chat with Prime Minister Owen Arthur – perhaps after dinner at a third person’s home. Something informal with not too too many people around. PM listens and says, “That sounds like a fine idea that would have long term benefits for the country.”
Nothing more need be said. Scotch & soda all around. Make that a double for the PM, would you? Never mind the soda.
Step #5474: Initiate formal application process.
Step #5475: Contribute to BLP Election Campaign Fund
Step #5476: Receive Government contracts for construction work unrelated to Apes Hill project – sometimes with a bid, and often without.
Step #5477: Contribute to BLP Election Campaign Fund
Step #5478: Continue Apes Hill planning and preparations.
Step #5479: Contribute to BLP “SPECIAL” Election Campaign Fund
Step #5480: Receive Government contracts for construction work unrelated to Apes Hill project – sometimes with a bid, and often without.
Step #5481: Contribute to BLP Election Campaign Fund
Step #5482: Meet casually with officials (read “golfing friends”) of the Barbados National Bank Inc. (BNB Finance & Trust Corporation) to discuss Apes Hill project financing. Nod and a wink, with someone saying “We should all cover our asses here. Why don’t you hire Ernst & Young as advisors to assist you in locating financing? If they happen to direct you to a bank substantially owned by the Government of Barbados – like our bank – then we’ll all be covered. Looks much better than if we set up things ourselves.”
Scotch and soda all around.
Step #5482: Hire Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services.
Step #5483: Contribute to BLP “SPECIAL” Election Campaign Fund
Step #5484: Have Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services formally approach Barbados National Bank Inc. for financing assistance.
Step #5485: Contribute to BLP Election Campaign Fund
Step #5486: Government part-owned Barbados National Bank Inc. approves financing.
Step #5487: Hire Politician’s relative or friend as a “special consultant”.
Step #5488: Contribute to BLP “SPECIAL” Election Campaign Fund
Step #5489: Big Financing Announcement In The Nation News (See Below)
Step #5490: Receive Government contracts for construction work unrelated to Apes Hill project – sometimes with a bid, and often without.
Step #5491: Don’t worry about all the “contributions” and “consulting fees” because Barbados has no laws concerning transparency or accountability of money given to politicians, their relatives or political parties.
Step #5492: Start thinking about another new project while Apes Hill proceeds as planned.
Step #5493 – See Step #5473 and start the process all over again for the next project!
BNB Sign Million-Dollar Project Deal
The Nation News
APES HILL DEVELOPMENT SRL recently signed a US$34.7 million (BDS$68.14m) syndicated loan facility with BNB Finance & Trust Corporation.
The Ernst & Young Real Estate Advisory Services Team acted as exclusive financial advisor to the borrower.
The financing package, completed in March, provided 100 per cent of the funds needed to develop Phase 1 of the Apes Hill Club, including the Golf Course and development of 170 lots for sale.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNB, Robert Le Hunte, recently presented a plaque commemorating the loan to Sir Charles Williams, chairman of C.O. Williams Construction andGerald Barton, chairman and CEO of Landmark Land Co., the two shareholders of the project…
… continue reading this article at The Nation News (link here)