Nation News Editorial Again Slams Talk Show Journalist David Ellis And Laments “Opening The Airwaves To The Public”

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Nation News Again Shows True Lapdog Colours

A new editorial by The Nation News laments the fact that those damn Bajan public citizens have access to the open airwaves of talk radio. (link here)

Can’t have the citizens actually talking to each other about integrity and accountability in public! Not according to The Nation News, anyway.

The editorial also talks about “malicious intrusion into the personal lives of politicians” by that enemy of the lapdog journalism, David Ellis of Brass Tacks – and praises Minister of Transport Noel Lynch for running away from the radio audience.

The editorial does not mention the words “conflicts of interest”, “transparency”, “freedom of information”, “integrity legislation” or anything to do with the public’s right to hold elected and appointed officials accountable for how they administer the millions of tax dollars under their control.

Yup – this new attack upon a Bajan journalist also doesn’t mention the three-quarters of a million dollars that the Prime Minister admits he deposited into his personal bank account. (BFP story here)

The Nation News quickly dropped that story without so much as asking the PM about the “campaign donation” cheques he has personally received – but that’s OK…

… Barbados already knows exactly where the loyalties of The Nation News are directed.

The Nation News doesn’t believe that Barbadians should ever ask the following questions of Minister Lynch or any other politician…

Dear Minister Lynch:

1/ How much money and other assets did you have before you entered government service?

2/ How much do you have now?

3/ It is apparent from your lifestyle and visible assets that your net worth is in the millions of dollars… where did you get it?

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38 responses to “Nation News Editorial Again Slams Talk Show Journalist David Ellis And Laments “Opening The Airwaves To The Public”

  1. Is this the some paper where the owner was called a negrocrat by Owing? I think “lap dog” is too kind a name! How about the name “good nigger” or “a browner”?

  2. Rumplestilskin

    What do you thik? With an election in June do you really think that the true raison d’etre of the paper will not surface?

    I was highly amused by the article.

    Personal matters include sexual preferences, problems or lack thereof of children etc.

    But, matters of money and financial status, by its very nature, is a matter for public consideration.

    If the editor of the Nation (or whomever wrote the article – lets not forget who is on the Board) cannot see that then their intellect is sadly lacking.

    I doubt that however and think it more ‘coming to the rescue’ of beseiged party members.

    The paper isn’t good for much other than lining pig pens or chicken coops.

  3. Rumplestilskin

    Above should read ‘personal matters include sexual preferences, problems or lack thereof of family etc. and I agree that these need to be left out of discussions’

  4. Adrian Loveridge

    Even if you get answers, will they be truthful ones?

    ‘Government has not borrowed any US$15 million’

    ‘90,000’ visitors for the CWC final week.

    ‘75,000’ cruise ship passengers.

    ‘Only 500 luxury villa rooms’

  5. paul sealy

    I have realised that it is hopeless BFP,none of these criminals will go to jail…most if not all will leave office millionaires at our expense(tax payers free money) and we will suck salt until the end of time with monopolies running the roost in practically everything on this rock and don’t bother asking questions about anything concerning wealth,sexual preferences,the like….it’s hopeless…cause the DLP ain’t introducing nothing that the BLP won’t…think about it.

  6. John

    Adrian

    There are 500 foreign military personnel coming to boost security.

    These should provide a boost to the numbers!!

  7. No - Name

    A boycott of the nation or a credible alternative is required

  8. T.V.

    Y’all watching tummuch TV!
    Don’t confuse America wid Barbados!

    The former got all de kinda legislation wunnuh so want,
    the latter still languishing in British Victorian times and the legalities,thereof!

    Don’t expeck tummuch of a Coral Rock, 21 x 14 !
    Wunnuh feel dis is America?

  9. T.V.

    There may be 40-50 ppl in here with the cajones to boycott The NATION newspaper
    – don’t think that’ll hurt them,somehow.

    Bajans ‘believe’ in their newspapers,
    after all…someone committed ink to paper.
    They wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

    Barbados needs a lesson in propaganda publishing(Soviet stylee)
    …maybe it’s going on right now, hidden in plain sight,
    compliments of both Ye Advocate, and Ye Nation…

  10. Jupiter

    There was a time back when the Nation editorials were a little more balanced,but in the last 2 or more years – you can almost never find any editorial criticising government policies,gov’t lack of action,pointing out wrong -doing by government – but they had plenty to say every day when the DLP party was in turmoil.

    It seems the only time the Nation newspaper will delve into Politicians action is when they criticising the DLP,but now that party has settled down – they can’t find anything to write.

    I strongly believe there are creative ways any newspaper or media organisation can get around these archaic libel laws,that is if they really wanted to.

    But think on this,we have all the legal luminaries – the QC’s representing the blp party.

    You have Henry Forde who is a big shareholder of the Nation and VOB,you have Johhny chelteham,Louis Tull etc to represent the party in the law courts – and when you go there who you butt upon – but the head honcho himself – David Simmons – the former Attorney General for this same BLP party.

    You all see how Owen sew this whole thing up.

    It will take guts and sheer will power to break down this corrupt wall.

    Now back to the Nation newspaper:

    Look at their attempt at investigative journalism – what they give us is cou – cou and flying fish in the saturday newspaper – which is all about gossip.

    They don’t even have the nerve to come out boldly and ask questions in the public interest,and you buy this rag every day?

  11. Anonymous

    This old saying comes to mind – you can hide and buy land but you cannot hide and work it.

  12. Send links to your friends

    Listen up Barbados

    The politics of inclusion has turned into the reality of monopolism.

    Again, and in another way, they have roped everyone in, and tricked them.

    He who, I will leave nameless, started with vision of helping all, but the vision captured him and he has become a megalomaniac. This could have happened to any innocent man or woman who tastes total power.

    Now we see the poor groaning under oppression, and the media manipulated, and our country plundered, developed without qualm- for absolutely no profit.

    Fear that Barbados, because you can now see powerful manipulations in business and politics; large-scale suppressions starting to take effect!

    You have to tell your friends and get more people onto this blog- not just DLP’s, but especially media people, BLP people, run of the mill day-to-day people. Thinking people.

    Do it now, for the country’s sake.

    “Politicians are like diapers. They should be changed frequently.” Robin Williams

  13. Choices

    I keep my multiple passports safe. Just in case.
    More and more your (quite justified) talk of megalomania leading to a total(benign?) Dictatorship makes me think I should reside elsewhere. Barbados is a very small place, with FAR too many people living on it. Nowhere to run.Nowhere to hide, when things get bad..hmm..
    Politicians are indeed like diapers.
    They should be changed frequently
    and for the same reason.

  14. Hants

    Question to politicians in Barbados.

    Do you think the public has a right to know what your assets and financial liabilities and obligations are?

    Let us start with Dr.Duguid who frequents this blog and is a high ranking member of the ruling party.

    You too Ms. Eastmond. Would you be kind enough to answer the question.

    The other side of the coin is that it may be advantageous to become a politician in Barbados if you want hide your financial dealings.

  15. Send links to your friends

    Choices is a lucky guy- he has passportS plural.

    The poor masses in Barbados don’t even have a single passport. There’s nowhere to run away.

    The porr masses in Barbados groaning at the cash register, at the emergency ward, just deading there.

    While road projects develop with disorganised a prioritisation that seems to include the consideration of the loan shark cut to the OFFSHORE bank account.

    You ain’t going to catch anyone.

    And no one on this blog from the many DLP on it are pushing very strongly for the change of the integrity legislation, or the relevant laws to prevent currency shift, as BFP so rightfully and consistently request?

    Can it be true the DLP only want the power of office to rob, starting even BEFORE they get into office?

    Say it ain’t so DLP.

  16. Inkwell

    “Say it ain’t so DLP”

    “Saying” ain’t enough. We have heard it all before. We have got to see some doing. The DLP must publish and commit to integrity and conflict of interest rules for its members before anybody but the diehards will vote for them. Keep them in opposition until they do. It will only take five more years.

  17. Inkwell

    Come on DLP people, don’t you see how the puppeteer Owen is manipulating you on strings.

    1. He is again dangling integrity and conflict of interest legislation promises before the public, a promise he has no intention of fulfilling, but he is quite confident that you too have no intention of enacting same. The Barbadian public is so fed up of the arrogance and corruption that you will get considerable support if you call his bluff.

    2. You say you are afraid to publish your plans and ideas to further develop Barbados for fear that the BLP will steal them. The electorate will not support you en mass if you do not put forward attractive plans or feel that your talk is only empty words without substance. By stoking this fear, the BLP is making sure that you do not put ANY revolutionary or forward thinking proposals to the public and therefore limiting any gain in public support. Come out from between the rock and the hard place. Don’t fall into his traps as you continue to do. CALL HIS BLUFF.

  18. Hants

    BFP

    3/ It is apparent from your lifestyle and visible assets that your net worth is in the millions of dollars… where did you get it?

    What are the visible assets that are worth millions?

    What is the lifestyle that cost millions?

    Some of us overseas Bajans would like to know so we can judge whether there is truth or just envious gossip.

    Minister Lynch could have created his wealth honestly.
    It is up to him to tell the public how he did it if he chooses but there is no law that says he should.

    Without Laws this becomes a matter of choice.

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

    Comment by Marcus

    “Without Laws this becomes a matter of choice.”

    THAT is the entire story right there Hants. Without laws, it is not illegal for any Minister of Government in charge of millions of dollars of tax money to award contracts to family members and companies that are owned or controlled by the Minister. Immoral, Unethical yes… illegal … no.

    This must change.

    So we will continue to draw attention to those Ministers and members of Government who have unethically profited from their position. We will continue to draw attention to Owen Arthur putting three quarters of a million dollars into his personal bank account for “campaign donations”. We will continue to draw attention to Minister Gline Clarke living on land that his government took from a private owner through power of law.

    This corruption must stop, but it is the system that needs fixing as things will not change until the law is changed.

    You are 100% correct, Hants.

    Marcus

  19. BFP

    Hants said

    “Without Laws this becomes a matter of choice.”

    Marcus replies…

    THAT is the entire story right there Hants. Without laws, it is not illegal for any Minister of Government in charge of millions of dollars of tax money to award contracts to family members and companies that are owned or controlled by the Minister. Immoral, Unethical yes… illegal … no.

    This must change.

    So we will continue to draw attention to those Ministers and members of Government who have unethically profited from their position. We will continue to draw attention to Owen Arthur putting three quarters of a million dollars into his personal bank account for “campaign donations”. We will continue to draw attention to Minister Gline Clarke living on land that his government took from a private owner through power of law.

    This corruption must stop, but it is the system that needs fixing as things will not change until the law is changed.

    You are 100% correct, Hants.

    Marcus

  20. the solution

    the solution to all of this is relatively simple

    we, that care about integrity and accountability as well as environmental issues in our country become a grassroots watchdog organization with memberships in both parties as well as maybe a new party. International organizations would be kept apprised of our registration and voters.

    When the memberships reach only 500 or more members, the new grassroots organization can strongly influence the direction of each party at every Annual General Meeting for the betterment of all Barbadians and a for a positive transparent future. Regular notices would come out about important meetings as well as candidates and their credentials and their position on all important issues.

    This should be a relatively simple process but we will need honest Barbadians who believe in accountability and integrity legislation to step forward from every parish. Yes there will be games played by those who wish to keep their power at all costs but they will be exposed every foot along the way.

    Its time to stop whining and step forward.

  21. just askking

    ….JUPITER

    Glad you raise flying fish and cou cou and pudding and souse gossip in Nation. This blog perfect forum to unravel what gossip writers trying to let readers know. Today flying fish and cou cou reports on”Things falling apart” and states its “the battle of Adam versus Eve”. Anyone knows who or what being talked about here ? I dont. I speculating its about blp power struggle. Assist me peoples.

  22. Herman Wouk.

    Someone said…
    “Question to politicians in Barbados.

    Do you think the public ‘has a right to know’ what your assets and financial liabilities and obligations are?”

    We can think or feel what we like
    but until there is Barbados(not USA)Legislation requiring and forcing Politicians to confess, AND THE ENFORCEMENT TO BACK UP SAID LAW wid licks,
    we can wish and hope and feel and think as much as we like!

    Like the man said, what They’re doing might be immoral, unjust, unethical,
    – but certainly NOT ILLEGAL….they cannot be charged with one single thing, and they know it!
    as in..
    Mek hay while de sun shine, yuh!

    —————–

    Don’tcha love Life in the idyllic Tropix?
    Herman WOUK wrote a book called
    DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL, now required reading for everyone on this blogsite!

  23. Send links to your friends

    It’s a bit pre-civil rights, dated nowadays, pre-flyovers, have forgotten if it is racist, book from an ex-patriot perspective, re trying to run a small hotel on an island, that’s much like Bim used to be in the 50’s or 60’s. 2 stars**.
    Cute, and definitely irrelevant.

  24. John

    just askking

    “This blog perfect forum to unravel what gossip writers trying to let readers know. Today flying fish and cou cou reports on”Things falling apart” and states its “the battle of Adam versus Eve”. Anyone knows who or what being talked about here ? I dont. I speculating its about blp power struggle. Assist me peoples.”

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

    Adam and Eve, sounds like the #1 man and the # 1 woman in the garden of Eden.

    Adam, could be Owen and Eve Mia and the Garden of Eden, Barbados.

    Barbados as the Garden of Eden, could be except for the corruption,

    Owen as Adam, too short, at least in sature, …………

    and then there is the image of the Naked Eve and her fig leaf …….

    Ok, ok so maybe the Nation isn’t so good on imagery!

    We got to go about this another way.

  25. Howard Beil

    Like everything else in Barbados, people will endlessly talk and talk about these important issues, but nothing will actually get done. In my experience with dealing with Bajans, they are not interested in anything resembling controversy. They would rather just not show up then actually make a phone call to tell you they won’t be coming. Until that attitude changes then you can rest assure that nothing will change.

    Don’t just talk about it…..do it. Have some kind of organized demonstrations. Take to the streets and show the powers that be that (in the words of Howard Beil) “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”!!!!!

    Yeah, stuff like that is messy. Some people will probably wind up getting their heads bashed in or spend some time in the big house, but if you “REALLY” want change then that’s what your going to have to do.

    It’s your country. You decide.

  26. No - Name

    Howard Beil
    They marched up and down under the leadership of the Good old Duke of York to bring the Sandiford Administraton down. He now of course is Owen’s friend and buddy.

    They can do it if they want to bring the Owen thiefing Adminostration to their needs.

  27. Shot in the dark

    Roxanne vs =David
    Roxanne vs Roy
    ??

  28. Yardbroom

    It is wise to tailor your method of operation to suit the environment in which you are operating. Systems that operate successfully in England, Canada, America and other parts of the world are not always ideally suitable for Barbados, because the Barbadian mindset is different, as it is governed by Barbados experiences.

    The strategy for change has to appeal to what Barbadians can easily relate to, what can be seen to impact on their lives and place them at a great disadvantage, whilst others who have been elected take advantage of their position, to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary Barbadians.

    Is it right that a selected few can ride around in fancy cars, speeding pass broken down chattel houses, badly in need of repair. Is it fair that people who only a couple of years ago were ordinary citizens, can now be millionaires, with a large land and property portfolio, simply on the basis of having been a government minister. Is it fair that being a government minister should open a route to unlimited riches.

    The ministers who take their cut are not taking money from an anonymous source, they are taking it from the old women, who now past retirement age have to spend all day behind a tray selling items whose total value is no more than a couple dollars to support themselves. During the election no track is too overgrown, or muddy for the same politicians to tread to seek votes, but after the votes have been counted the ordinary folk are often seen as a nuisance.

    We need no more than anger to make our point, the disadvantages are there for all to see, of course it is easy to avert ones eyes to the hidden byways and secluded tracks, but it is the duty of leaders, yes duty, to take care of the disadvantaged, to be statesmen and take care of the affairs of state, that is what you have been elected to do, it does not mean enriching yourself at the expense of ordinary Barbadians.

  29. Adrian Loveridge

    Its a stunning location.

    Nestled 705 feet above sea level with horses in the paddock.
    A new roof, beautifully renovated building and right next door to the new Apes Hill Golf and Country Club, almost giving the impression of having a course on the premises.

    Three men feverishly landscaping the gardens while a C. O. Williams lorry delivers a load of aggregate.

    There could be no doubt that the vast majority of St. Michael South constituents would be very envious of Gregg Farm.

  30. Anonymous

    Yardbroom
    Of all the posts on this site yours are the most poignant and sensible, in my mind.

    You also have seen that corruption in the ruling elite is exessive and must be stopped if we are not going to be destroyed by bankruptcy . You have seen that the ruling elite is lining their pockets to the detriment of the citizen’s taxes.

    But will the goverment just drop into the lap of another who, by the logic of their silence, will (with absolutely no doubt if you read logic into the absence of their words) do exactly the same things?

    Ordinary citizens like you and I must hear from one of them that they WILL do what we want.

    And what we want is clean, honest government.

    Ex-Prime Minister Sandiford made mistakes, but he could never be questioned for his integrity. And despite the harsh medicine, he brought us back from the edge.

    We are there again. Make no mistake. We have spent way over budget and we are taking a bath this year in tourism.

    They both have websites. Let us start to call loudly for address to these things, and more that others will hopefully write:

    1) The loss of foreign exchange due to the registry of property into offshore businesses, which do not have named directors/shareholders. This would prevent transfer unbeknownst to us.
    2) Accountability for e-commerce and sales of local hotel services, to ensure foreign exchange inflow
    3) Prevention of predatorial sales tactics, and loss of foreign exchange, due to intermediary sales companies. This will bring down prices.
    4) Access of information and the independance of the accountant general and all those which would audit public accounts. “Keep govt honest”!
    5) Ability to audit contract awards and disbursals.
    6) Control expenditure of Ministries and hold the Ministers responsible

    And lots more.

    They have sites, mouths. We are awaiting the written words. We sit here and watch them destroy our country for fun and profit. We want to hear where is the integrity and plan?

    Where is the Integrity, and the plan to save us?

    Where is the INTEGRITY, and the plan to save us?

  31. Jupiter

    Adrian loveridge

    You made my day.

    I always wanted to know what that gregg farm property belonging to Noel Lynch looked like.

    It’s interesting that the property is next door to CO Williams golf course – were any favours granted for CO Williams to get what he wanted re the golf course?

    The CO William’s truck delivering aggregate – did the minister get that at a discounted price,did he get it free – hmmm

    I wish this could be published in the newspapers along with a picture so that his constituents could see – what they sending their minister into parliament has gotten for them – the proud boast of a man owning nothing before he entered parliament and almost penniless – and now owning a multimillion dollar property next to a golf course.

    BFP perhaps you could get a picture of noel lynch property and use as footage for your article.

  32. Rumplestilskin

    Ahh. The homes of the new ‘gentry’.

    Yes, old boy ho0w about a cup of tea with your scone?

    Or a whiff of brandy, I say ..rather.

    Absolutely hilarious.

  33. No - Name

    BFP,
    This blog is becoming and is already extgremely popular. I was at a relatively upscale Restaurant on the South Coast ( thought I would stay close to home) last night and I overheard a group of about 5 young people between the ages of 29 and 35 talking at length about Tourism Minister Noel Lynch*. From what I heard they said they were fed up with him and the likes of him.

    Thank you for providing the opportunity of exposing these bunch of thiefs! Long live BFP!

    I

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

    Comment by Robert

    Thanks for the heads up no-name. I find that too. I stopped to buy some coconut water last week and everyone was talking about BFP. It was tough not to smile too much but I pulled it off.

    We refer to Minister Lynch as Minister Lynch around here now, so I changed your post a bit.

    G’night no-name.

    robert

  34. No - Name

    To Tourism Minister Lynch… *

    Is it not a true fact that you have been bragging about building your house out of cash and that you spent over a million dollars?

    One of the persons you try to impress told me so.
    If you answer my question I will tell you which constituency she/he lives in?

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

    Edited by Robert

    No-name… we call Minister Lynch “Minister Lynch” here now by order of Marcus.

    I’ve changed your post again, but the new rule is to delete everything if the commenter doesn’t comply with our standards.

    Thanks!

    Robert

  35. Jerome Hinds

    Edited by Marcus

    New Policy Re Comments

    The bulk of this comment was removed because the writer turned it into a highly innuendo-laced piece speculating on whether or not certain Members of Parliament have sex with their own gender.

    We don’t have the time or the inclination to go through each comment to edit out a word and phrase here and there, so our readers will have to police themselves or the entire comment will be removed… which is a shame because there are many good ideas that are being tossed aside over these sexual innuendos.

    Although we haven’t really been on top of this issue or spoken on this issue before, we are now… because such comments are taking the focus off the stated objectives of this blog. Bajans will talk and gossip – and we let all sorts of things that we don’t personally like slide by in the comments because we don’t want to limit the flow of communication.

    But this theme of highly sexual innuendo is changing the mood of the blog and detracting from our work.

    It will stop.

    Marcus

  36. Adrian Loveridge

    The ruling party knows the value and potential threat of the call-in programmes as they do with the Barbados Free Press.

    Everything will be done over the next few months to silence them and the rare (and brave) journalists who dare ask what may be considered by some, awkward questions.

    In virtually any ‘developed’ country, the point raised by David Ellis would be considered a quite acceptable question to ANYONE in public life.

    It appears that only in Barbados, can public servants choose not to sit with white residents who have valid concerns and ONLY in Barbados can the same Public Servant repeat time after time
    blatant lies about the industry he is supposed to be in charge of!

    1) ‘No Government loan to charter Carnival Destiny’.
    2) ‘80% sold’.
    3) ‘90,000 visitors in the week of the CWC Final’.
    4) ‘75,000 cruise ship passengers’
    5) ‘Only 500 luxy villa rooms’,

    David Ellis and StarCom, have in my opinion introduced a masterstroke by bringing in Pat Hoyos.
    A gentleman not easily intimidated and sufficiently well informed to ask some probing questions.

    I’ll always remember when Mr Hoyos asked Minister Lynch about the nation’s financial status on The People’s Business and the same Minister was some $600 million off the actual factual figure.

    But then we already know from his days at AAA, the BHTA and Ministry of Tourism, that figures are not his strong point.

  37. No - Name

    Adrian Loveridge,
    Seems as though David Ellis may be heading for the law courts. The opening paragraphs read as follows:

    BLP column – Ellis’ blunder
    Published on: 4/5/07.

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men of talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence
    and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

    THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT that the unfortunate act by David Ellis, which took place in the studio of Starcom Network on Sunday’s programme of Brass Tacks will find its rightful place in the law court, thus making the matter subjudice. Paddy will not interfere with the due process of law.

    ________________________________
    Whatever happens we must continue to fight against this group of dishonest BLP Politicians who want to continue rape the treasury and good people of Barbados.

  38. Jerome Hinds

    Fellow BFP contributors,

    After reading the link below , would it be possible in Barbados to have a similar match up with our political heavy weights ?

    Some problems though….?

    1. Would LYNCH appear in the SAME studio with
    his opponent…?

    2. Who gine ask LYNCH the MILLIONAIRE
    question….?

    3. Since BFP often have LYNCH in photos
    appearing with HORNS…who gine hold the
    BULL by the HORNS…?

    Some questions to ponder as Owen gets ready to sound the BELL…!

    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20070413T230000-0500_121692_OBS_PNP__JLP_AGREE_TO_THREE_PUBLIC_DEBATES_.asp