Privileged Prince Of Government Runs Out Of Studio
Was He Embarrassed Because He Is Guilty… or Outraged Because He Is An Unaccountable Elite?
Thousands of listeners of the Down To Brass Tacks radio show were stunned yesterday as Barbados Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch ran out of the studio after being asked on air to comment about his personal wealth and Integrity Legislation. The emailed question from a listener and comments by moderator David Ellis abruptly ended the Minister’s participation as he angrily ripped off his headphones, stood up and left the studio.
Spoilt Brat Minister Lynch Refused To Sit In Same Room With Hotelier Adrian Loveridge
Barbadians had been eagerly anticipating the show after Barbados Free Press announced last week that the StarCom Radio Network had caved to demands from Minister Lynch that hotel owner and tourism pundit Adrian Loveridge be excluded from the popular Sunday radio show. After BFP’s revelation, an embarrassed broadcaster and Minister Lynch ended up including Mr. Loveridge for part of the show, but Mr. Loveridge was forced to sit in a separate studio when Minister Lynch refused to be in the same room with Mr. Loveridge. (See BFP’s Barbados Minister Of Tourism Dictates To Cowardly StarCom Network…“)
Howls Of Laughter From Grape Hall To Bridgetown
Throughout the broadcast, Mr. Loveridge was calm, polite and respectful to Minister Lynch even while launching factual broadside after broadside and asking many relevant questions that were ignored or twisted by the Minister. In contrast, the Tourism Minister came across both as an abusive bully and a spoiled petulant child. He was often flustered and lost for words when asked simple questions on subjects that he didn’t want to speak about, and was caught telling so many “big ones” that howls of laughter could be heard throughout Grape Hall where this writer listened to the radio.
Minister Lynch’s mendacity on the Cricket World Cup cruise ship fiasco and his inability to answer even simple questions on the GEMS Hotels scandal left the radio audience wondering if their Minister of Tourism is capable of even the basics of running any ministry, let alone a ministry that is so important to our economy.
Readers of Barbados Free Press posted comments about the show while it was in progress and like everyone were shocked at the Minister’s frightened retreat from the studio. Comments streamed in from Barbados and around the world as thousands of Bajans living overseas regularly enjoy Brasstacks via the internet.
Integrity Legislation From This Government? You Gotta Be Kidding!
But it was when Minister Lynch stormed from the studio over his personal wealth and integrity legislation that drove listeners wild… that and the Minister invoking the race card by making statements to the effect that he was only being asked to account for his wealth because he is black.
Barbados Free Press can assure Minister Lynch that your fellow black citizens who form 95% of the population aren’t asking you about your millions because you are black. We are asking because we want to know how it is that a man who has done nothing but hold appointed and elected government positions could have your wealth. Simple question Mr. Minister – but apparently one that is very difficult for you and your peers.
Comments From BFP Readers After Minister Lynch Ran Out Of The Studio…
“David Ellis ask a hot one… Now Lynch gone!! Walked out!! WOW!!”
“… so what happens when as an MP he gets to speak on integrity legislation?”
“See, if we had the integrity legislation, there would be no issue with the assets of the Minister, but without the legislation we are forced to asked difficult questions about the minister’s wealth.”
“Did they end the show because the Minister walked off like a spoilt little boy? What a loser he is!!”
“Congratulations Mr. Ellis for standing your ground and particularly for raising Integrity Legislation. Unfortunately just the mention of Integrity Legislation seems to have chased Minister Lynch out of the studio. This in itself speaks volumes.”
It is now left to be seen how many Ministers of Government will play the race card and run from the mention of Integrity Legislation the way Mr. Lynch has today.
This was a stunning conclusion to the show.
David Ellis shocked me with that question. Brasstacks ratings will be up next week. Once again the black vs white thing raises its ugly head as the Minister is forced to use it in defence of his character as he was sucker punched by Ellis.
You see what happens when these ministers are not given the ‘lollipop questions’ they are used to?
If you can’t take the heat, then stay out of the kitchen.
It was clear that lynch was getting cockier and cockier by the minute, not expecting to get that ‘ellis beamer’. Boy he could not even duck,weave – nothing – the ball hit him straight in the box – and then he do an owen – he started sweating and run to hell outa de place.
We need Integrity Legislation NOW!
(1) We have a PM admitting to receiving cheques made out to him personally and depositing them in his personal bank account.
(2) We have a Minister hastily leaving a radio studio at the mention of Integrity Legislation when he is asked about his sudden windfall of assets.