Barbados Deputy Prime Minister “Guilty Of Dereliction Of Duty” – Jamaica Observer Editorial

We are puzzled by the seeming ignorance of these Caribbean government leaders. For really, it is the Caribbean governments who are hosting the Cricket World Cup.

Therefore, we expect that they would have ensured that the interests of the region and its peoples were protected.

If, as they are now trying to have us believe, they were not fully apprised of the CWC negotiations, they really should not be running the affairs of the region.

For simply put, what Dr Davies, Dr Mitchell and Ms Mottley, who was vice chair of the Caricom security ministers committee, have now told us, is that they are guilty of dereliction of duty.

… Jamaican Observer editorial

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Mia Mottley’s “It’s Not Our Fault” Speech Just So Much Rubbish

The editorial in The Jamaica Observer says everything we’ve wanted to say about the Deputy Prime Minister running for cover during her pathetic little speech last week. Except for the fact that Mottley is our Deputy Prime Minister and head of the CARICOM Security Committee, she sounded like some 9-year old telling the teacher “the dog ate my homework.”

We can’t explain it any better than the editorial writer at The Jamaican Observer, so take the time to read their excellent piece.

The Jamaican Observer: Claiming Ignorance After The Fact

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45 responses to “Barbados Deputy Prime Minister “Guilty Of Dereliction Of Duty” – Jamaica Observer Editorial

  1. Adrian Loveridge

    The Times- London this morning under headline

    ‘Barmy ticket prices too high’

    Announcing that the Barmy Army’s travel company is to be wound-up at the end of this month with massive debts.

    ‘Ordinary people have been effected very badly’.
    ‘From the beginning, I was very sceptical about numbers – the estimate that 100,000 people would visit the Caribbean was wrong’.

    This is a direct quote by Suranjan Cooray, the head of TTA (Travel and Tours Anywhere) the OTA who arranged the Barmy Army’s travel arrangements.

    I have been in email contact with Mr Cooray for months and several times he has expressed his concern that the numbers which had been quoted by all sorts of people were unrealistic and gave the wrong impression.

    ‘90,000’ visitors for the CWC Final Week.

    ‘75,000 cruise ship passengers’

    It seems that Mr Corray was absolutely right and sadly no-one listened to him, least of all ‘our’ Minister of Tourism or Deputy Prime Minister.

    I hope that BFP will post the entire Times article.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    Maybe as in An American Tail, as the mice beleived, ‘there are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese’ we may also believe in far out ideas that sound attractive and appeal to our needs and dreams.

    Reality is somewhat different. Particularly when such ideas are propagated not just by those underprivileged who actually need to believe in such dreams to give hope, but by leaders who should make decisions which have grounding in reality.

  3. Jerome Hinds

    The BLP thought their LIES would have given them bragging rights after the CWC 2007 event !

    What they CLAIMED to be the ” BEST CWC ever !

    TURNED OUT TO BE :

    ” best MESSED – UP CWC ever !

    Thanks to Owen, Mia & Lynch !

    They NOW leave it to ARTHERLY……to BURY….!

    Wuhloss…..!

  4. Peltdown Man

    I have been checking the Barmy Army website on and off since last August. It seemed to me to be a “no-brainer” to use it as a guide as to what might happen. The gist of the blogs was that fans would not be able to afford the Ashes tour and the Caribbean tour one after the other. As time went on, this became more and more certain. The Barmy Army tour company took a beating when, apparently, a sub-contracted tour operator in the Far East absconded with a large amount of cash, leaving many England fans arriving with no accommodation or tickets waiting for them. I honestly never believed that we would get a large number of England fans. But I still believe that Barbados can and will benefit greatly if we give those visitors that do come a really great time.

  5. No - Name

    At the end of CWC a number of persons must be held accountable:
    Stephen Alleyne, the head of the local LOC for his role in importing illegal indian workers in an effort to reduce the labour cost

    Minister Lynch for misleading the people of Barbados

    Minister Mottley for lying to the people of Barbados

    Prime Minister Arthur for his Incompetence in managing the whole CWC in Barbados.

  6. ??

    Is this the same Mr Cooray who promised Sonymax…… another one of his lies…..

  7. Pogo

    Ignorance indeed! This is what happens when you put politicians in charge of negotiating business deals. Except for the part where they check to see how much they get to put in their own pockets they don’t even bother to read the contracts before they sign them.

    Time and time again they do it.

    One day someone will figure out that when you are negotiating with professionals like ICC you must send a team of hardened business people to negotiate and even then doublecheck the fine print. Otherwise you find, too late, that you have agreed to such things as no drinking water in 90 degree heat.

    For Mottley and Lynch to try to now tell us that Bajans wanted it this way insults our intelligence.

  8. Overseas observer

    Hmmm….let us see…

    CWC LOC spends US$400 Million regionally to prepare for ICC CWC… menawhile ICC stand to significantly more than US$550 million from its deal with ESPN STAR Sports, as its global media and production partner for audio-visual rights for its events, including CWC 2007, between 2007 and 2015. The previous deal with Global Cricket Corporation covering 2000-2007 had reaped US$550 million.

    Anyone asking our fearless leaders about revenue sharing? or are they getting their “quiet money” privately…

  9. Poor Mia, everything she touches, is either unfinished, burnt down, unsecured, or the rate of return is way out of whack, as compared to the rate of investment. I dare her to speak of her accomplishments. Well she can always say that the Jamaicans are angry with her for her remarks in parliament where she implied that Jamaica is a Lawless country. 😀

  10. John

    Double O

    .. also referred to as hush money!!

  11. No - Name

    I heard from someone in SVG this morning and they said the people are calling back for their money and are extremely angry with the WICB.All of this has come about in response to the dismal performance of the WI Cricket team. Seems as though many of the people are no longer interested in participating in the remaining matches.

  12. John

    No – Name

    The waning of interest in cricket in the region is a factor never investigated or thought through by anybody and the one which will eventually, I believe, really expose the damage CWC has done to the region.

    We invested hundreds of millions in something which probably has a declining relevance to our region. This is lunacy. Don’t mind the spin off expected for tourism.

    I really hope I am wrong, but if not we are in real trouble.

    The good thing about CWC is that it is a wakeup call ……..

    …….. and hopefully heads will roll.

    As Adrian says, the creme de la creme have their necks out on this one.

    What will happen is still anyone’s guess.

  13. True Native

    Patrick Hoyos just said something on Brass Tacks that has been running through my mind for a while. He suggested that since the premature euphoria over the CWC is now in jeopardy, wouldn’t it make sense for Owing to delay calling elections until, say, February next year, and bring a budget full of goodies? Worth a thought, folks.

  14. John i got laughed at in 1993 when i made statements that WICB, was choking cricket. I got dismissed when i stated that nepotism, cronyism, favouritism, and yardfowlism, was a common occurrence across all activities in Barbados and probably the Caribbean, and that merit base placements was never an accepted practice and where it was applied it was never consistent. I can attest to my own experience in almost every activity that i engaged in Barbados that this was the case. I don’t think that my experience was unique, and in the absence of any succinct explanation for any number of things in Barbados I continue to wonder what role the lack of a meritocratic approach to placements, and positions has in these things.

  15. Kem

    There is no doubt in mind that the CWC financial disaster will affect elections here in Barbados. It was always on the cards that elections would be called in the euphoria to follow the event, however this has not materialized just like all of the other government predictions. So what next for the political strategist in the BLP, I think there is a gulf of decisiveness as to what happens next, I do not think even Owen Arthur is sure now when he is going to call elections. Delay elections give the DLP the opportunity to continue to gain momentum, call them now and face the whip lash to come from the financial disaster from the event. Lose, lose situation for the BLP really; unless of course he does as Mr. Hoyos said and waits until the Budget as I believe it is still called and offer a package of “goodies”. I would expect to see an early Budget to give his “remedies” just enough time to settle, with elections called a few weeks after.

  16. Elections in '08

    “I don’t think even Owen Arthur is sure now, when he is going to call elections.”

    I think you got that right!
    No post-CWC euphoria? no elections.
    By Feb. next year, dum wudda forget,
    and that would be a much better time to do it.

    God help us, for the kaka gets deeper and deeper
    and it shall be deeper by Feb. next,
    unless the GASfield gets discovered offshore to pull the BLP outa the hole – in which case lookah REALmoney NOW to thief… Yeeehaw!

    That is Oweing’s big hope and prayer for a Godsend Pullout, right now.

    Let us pray … *bows head*

  17. John

    When you gotta go, you gotta go.

    No strategy, or high mindedness or deep thought is required.!!

    Just go!!

  18. True Native

    It is doubtful they will find oil offshore because way back in the 1950’s the Independent Exploration Company of Houston, Texas, with their seismic team, searched the ocean up and down off Barbados and found – zilch. Mind you, that doesn’t mean that the little pot of black gold isn’t hiding out down there somewhere, and may yet be found. If that happens, as you said, tiefing can’t done!

  19. John

    … but Adrian, it doesn’t really matter what WICB did or does if the love of the game as an art form is really declining among us.

    In the long run, our love of the game is all that counts. There is no way a population of 5 million could produce the stars it did and for the time it did if love of the game was not involved.

    Lara is a technical genius, the one in a lifetime occurrence. .. but I think he has a blight.

    I don’t think he performs his magic out of love of the game.

    He is just technically very, very good.

    He has a gift, but then all of us do. It is how we use it that counts.

  20. Kem
    April 11th, 2007 at 4:46 pm
    There is no doubt in mind that the CWC financial disaster will affect elections here in Barbados. It was always on the cards that elections would be called in the euphoria to follow the event, however this has not materialized just like all of the other government predictions.
    ————————————————————-
    Kem it was so obvious to me that this was the case. They didn’t even to bother to continue canvassing and holding spot meetings to Match the DLP, for they were sure that CWC 2007 would have delivered them. All their eggs in one basket, the disappearance of Owen, the momentum that the DLP gain from old fashioned district canvassing, has got to be worrisome to them. Do not think it to far fetched as suggested by someone that we here we have struck oil in the near future, or that our Fisher folk will now be allowed into T&T waters, Manning has as much at stake as Owen.

    Where Owen? it is so obvious.

  21. John
    April 11th, 2007 at 5:45 pm
    … but Adrian, it doesn’t really matter what WICB did or does if the love of the game as an art form is really declining among us.
    In the long run, our love of the game is all that counts. There is no way a population of 5 million could produce the stars it did and for the time it did if love of the game was not involved.
    Lara is a technical genius, the one in a lifetime occurrence. .. but I think he has a blight.
    I don’t think he performs his magic out of love of the game.
    He is just technically very, very good.
    He has a gift, but then all of us do. It is how we use it that counts.
    ———————————————————–

    John i am in agreement with you. I was attempting to draw a parallel between what we all see occurring with West Indies cricket, and what has occurred at the Local level in our communities. I lost my love for cricket thru poor attitudes by those in charge, I am not alone, and it is not only in the Caribbean. My experience has been the exact same in North America amongst the immigrants from the islands. The same dismissive attitude toward those who demonstrate hard work commitment and love of game, for those in favoured relationship’s. It the same attitude that saw Hudson Husband using his clout to wave in a band of Indian journalist who ratted him out. The same Attitude that saw the creme DE la creme dismiss and outlawed their own culture from display in CWC in favour of others, who as Pat Hoyos said made our calypso cricket revellers look like church goers.

  22. So do we have a packed stadia at Kensingtion with folks milling around outside hoping to get in?

  23. Jerome Hinds

    Adrian,

    From the looks of it …..after 6 hours of play….the crowd is about 5,000….!

    That is a conservative ESTIMATE…!

    Reading today’s Nation news of 2007 – 04 -11 , I am not sure wherE the ” REPORTED ” 6,000 Barmy Army are to be found….!

    Probably they are stiil being processed at the IMMIGRATION desk at GAIA…!

  24. As Patrick Hoyos intimated, can we refer to the placing of these concrete barriers on public roads without prior police approval as the third occasion that indicates that they is indeed a some persons in Barbados that thinks there are above the LAW?

    How many of us would think it is not necessary to seek permission from the police to set any kind of a barrier on an undisputable public road?

  25. ??

    The question should be who controls the roads the Police or Mrs Bennett-Inniss.

  26. Jerome Hinds

    Adrian,

    The BLP constant disregard for the LAW and DECENCY apparently gives them the belief that they should at ALL times BREAK the Law.

    They now seek to put barriers between themselves and the law – abbiding citizens in Barbados…!

    How else do we explain LYNCH refusal to sit in the same STUDIO as Mr. Adrian Loveridge…?

    A BARRIER…was that…!

  27. Well you have take things reported in the Nationnews with a grain salt. Anyway your number cannot be correct, but before i go into why, what is the racial make up of your ESTIMATED 5,000?

    Bharat Army : I am still not sure which army they are refering too. For all i know this army could be the Indo-guyanese population in Bimshire who have been conveniently named after Bharat Jagdeo 😀

    Anyway if the Bharat Army has sent or is sending 6,000, and the Bharmy Army is reporting that they have 4,000 in Barbados something aint right, and I know my maths is as good as the guy in the shop that told Thompy according to his math he wondered how Owen could end up with Two children in six months that are not twins. 😀

    quote from the Nationnews: “”We see the Barbados matches as the most important for the Barmy Army as England will play three Super 8 matches here. We are ensuring that the carnival atmosphere will pervade Kensington Oval and have brought some of our key personalities, including trumpet player Bill Cooper and our famous Jimmy Saville look-a-like Vic Flowers.”

    ————————-
    At what point was this Carnival spirit used as a Marketing tool to the Bharmy Army? because it appears to me that what was denied or restricted at best for caribbean calypso cricket goers was allowed or not restricted in the least for the Bharmy carnival cricket goers. Javon say it ain so, 😀

  28. ??
    April 11th, 2007 at 7:14 pm
    The question should be who controls the roads the Police or Mrs Bennett-Inniss.
    ———————————————-
    Quote:And last night, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin issued a statement through public relations officer Inspector Barry Hunte, making it clear that the force “did not endorse and was in no way associated with the erection of the barriers”.

    In fact, Dottin stressed the barriers “disrupted their plan for the policing of Cricket World Cup”. The force’s strong position on the matter, he added, was communicated to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which also dissociated itself from the action.

    —————————————-

    Where does Mrs. Bennett Inniss work?

  29. Anonymous

    It’s Ours! – Wednesday 14, July-2004

    Barbados Tourism Authority Chairman, Hudson Husbans was on hand in Jamaica to receive the package.

    BUT… he stepped down in July 2006

    Perhaps he smelt a dead fish…

  30. WHO IS IN CHARGE?

    April 11th, 2007 at 7:14 pm
    The question should be who controls the roads the Police or Mrs Bennett-Inniss.
    ———————————————-
    Quote:And last night, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin issued a statement through public relations officer Inspector Barry Hunte, making it clear that the force “did not endorse and was in no way associated with the erection of the barriers”.

    In fact, Dottin stressed the barriers “disrupted their plan for the policing of Cricket World Cup”. The force’s strong position on the matter, he added, was communicated to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, which also dissociated itself from the action.

    —————————————-

    Where does Mrs. Bennett Inniss work?

    I n response to the above if the Police have nothing to do with it? MPW’had nothing to do with it? then who did? im seeing a power play playing out here the Commissioner keeps on insisting he/the force is the ultimate authority for Law and order agrred.
    Now a really studpid question, who is John Collymore? remember him he is the Security chief, was he the one who first said the Police must be searched?

    Is he the one who after the cones and Crash Barriers were agreed upon indicated to Chris Decaires unknown to both the MPW and the Police that the Jersey Barriers be put in place?

    Wasnt he formerly junior to M r Dottin? its looking quite contrary a flexing of muscles

  31. Bajan-Jamaican

    I was present in Kingston when Barbados awarded WC final and super 8 package.

    Understand me when I tell you Hudson Husbands and Noel Lynch are two biggest blights on Barbados’ traditional impeccable character

  32. No - Name

    Bajan- Jamaican,
    What do you mean? How can you place Husbands and Lynch in the same category?

  33. Overseas observer

    Smart money says HH found a dead rat and ran like hell, hard to believe he is anything other than 100% above board. Smart, entrepreneurial, opportunistic, OK but not without Honesty and Honor …

  34. oooh lord have mercy ^_^

    the calling for heads has already started 🙂

  35. I hope someone took pictures of the crowd at the oval for yesterdays match. Because the Nationnews on April 11th said that 6,000 Bharat army members and 4,000 Bharmy Army member will be in Barbados for the super 8 series. Jerome gave a CONSERVATIVE estimate yesterday that i immediately questioned. CBC tonight gave two estimates. News Anchor Ms. Branch said the crowd was estimated at 10,000. which would mean that if the Nationnews report is to be correct no Barbadians and indeed no West Indians where in attendance, But the CBC reporter Sean Farrell in the same news clip put the total at 10,500. which would suggest that the Nationnews article was indeed correct and that the 500 additional person are of West Indian origin. I will repeat my call for picture evidence of the racial make of the spectators, as the many clips of the crowd shown by CBC was predominantly Caucasian. 😀

  36. John

    The concrete barriers look real pretty and smooth.

    Wonder if they were constructed and paid for out of the WC budget?

    Guess some questions might be:

    Who ordered them?

    How much did they cost?

    Are they rented or purpose built?

    Was there a public tender if they were purpose built?

    Who was contracted to put them in place in the morning…… and then contracted to remove them at night?

    What was the cost of the exercise of putting them there and then removing them?

    ….. and if it is we paid for them, where are they now?

    Sounds like a job for the police …… they just need to find out who ordered the road blocked.

    The evidence (concrete barriers) will be pretty difficult to destroy ….. or hide.

  37. Sorry it was Kent Jerston who reported the total to be 10,500.

  38. pony

    refugee exporting guyana report crowd of 12,000

    we know just a few hardy tourists venture there

  39. Patrick Porter

    My cousin was a geologist and he worked for Shell for many years, all over the world and he told me once that there is no oil anywhere in Barbados or around it of any worth. So the dream to find it and pull Barbados out of the hole is a pipe dream. As for Miss Mottley, I think she is still waiting to take over the BLP and can’t wait until Owing goes his way. But Owing knows that if he goes and puts her in charage the party gone through the eddoes. People are not ready for a Mia type in Barbados

  40. Patrick Porter
    April 12th, 2007 at 12:08 pm
    My cousin was a geologist and he worked for Shell for many years, all over the world and he told me once that there is no oil anywhere in Barbados or around it of any worth. So the dream to find it and pull Barbados out of the hole is a pipe dream. As for Miss Mottley, I think she is still waiting to take over the BLP and can’t wait until Owing goes his way. But Owing knows that if he goes and puts her in charage the party gone through the eddoes. People are not ready for a Mia type in Barbados
    —————————————————–
    Patrick your Geologist cousin could be misleading you, it depends on what he means by “Of ANY WORTH”.

    …….This is not true, there is high propability that oil can be found on our recently recognized intercontinental shelves. True it wouldn’t happen in time to save the BLP before the end of 2008. As for Mia, she is washed up, there is no unifying love for Mia with in the BLP that would she her successfully win the leadership, further to this there isn’t any overreaching respect and love for her amonst the current BLP parliamentary group, who support she would need to become Leader, and finally i do not think that Barbadians will vote for a BLP headed by one of the most morally conflicted individuals in caribbean politics. We Bajans got we pride. 😀

  41. Discoveries

    Can you believe that the vessel Silver Wind that sleeps about 300 persons left Barbados last evening with the the grand total of 14 passengers and the Carnival Destiny is travelling with 300 guest are these part of the 90,000 visitors that we are having to our shores and part of the 75,000 on thew cruise ships?

  42. Breadfruit

    Any more pup about this??

  43. Maat

    From John
    The concrete barriers look real pretty and smooth.
    Wonder if they were constructed and paid for out of the WC budget?
    Guess some questions might be:Who ordered them?
    How much did they cost?Are they rented or purpose built?Was there a public tender if they were purpose built?Who was contracted to put them in place in the morning…… and then contracted to remove them at night?What was the cost of the exercise of putting them there and then removing them?….. and if it is we paid for them, where are they now?Sounds like a job for the police …… they just need to find out who ordered the road blocked.
    The evidence (concrete barriers) will be pretty difficult to destroy ….. or hide.
    ————————————————————–

    A large amount of these concrete barriers are down in Lears at the COW construction quarry. I would imagine they are to be used on the yet to be completed highway, perhaps as barriers for the deep gully near Warrens.

    Peace

  44. Ben Newman

    the barmy army are not being wound up. ttal, the company responsible for arranging the tours for ba are being wound up. The Barmy Army is a massive brand name. However, The barmy army has alot of work to try and heal the damage that has been done.

  45. Elton

    I thought this was gay chat