Barbados Tourism Minister Actually Accuses Someone Else Of Lying – Former Airport Chairman Colin Brewer. We Say… Let’s See All The Documents!

Takes One To Know One, I Guess!

According to prevaricator extraordinaire and Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch, former Grantley Adams International Airport board chairman Colin Brewer is “lying” if he says that Government was aware of the introduction of trolleys at the airport. (Nation News article here)

It should be a simple argument to settle. One would think that either the GAIA Authority or Colin Brewer himself would have some written record of the trolleys issue – especially as how it was important enough to cause all sorts of labour problems at the airport. Surely there would have been some written discussion or memos between the GAIA and government?

Except, as we all know…

Keeping Proper Records Is Not How Things Are Done In Barbados

Paper or electronic business records are kept to a minimum by government and government agencies because records make for accountability. Without records, it is difficult to assess just what happen or to assign liability or blame. So, following the government’s lead, agencies like the GAIA keep minimal records.

Heck, the government even put over a hundred million dollars into the Kensington Oval without any written agreement as to who would own the stadium after the expenditures. If that isn’t leadership of the wrong kind, then I don’t know what you call it.

Corruption has taken over the government infrastructure from top to bottom. That’s a function of leadership, you know. A textbook top-down-by-example lesson.

Airport Concessions Scandal Was Just More Of The Same

When the top leadership of a country is so determined to make a piece out of everything they touch that they won’t even approve a free AIDS clinic or a free National Park without their personal cut, that sets an example for the rest of the government workers.

Take the rumours that Airport Authority Chairman Colin Brewer owns some of the terminal concessions at the airport. That Colin Brewer opened up the bids for concessions, read them all and then submitted his company’s bid as “the lowest bid” (naturally!). Such an even would be an obvious conflict of interest and totally unethical.

But, of course, not prohibited by law in Barbados!

So if Colin Brewer observed the Prime Minister and all his cronies continually engaged in unethical behaviour… if Brewer saw that the Owen Arthur government deliberately failed to instituted conflict of interest regulations and integrity laws for over a decade – what conclusion could he or anyone else arrive at other than such corrupt (but not illegal) activities and their profits go with his position of authority?

So What’s The Story, Mr. Brewer and Mr. Prime Minister?

Was Colin Brewer fired for conflict of interest as the rumours are saying? Did he, does he own any shares in any airport concession? Do any other connected persons own any shares in any airport concession?

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an answer, folks!

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27 responses to “Barbados Tourism Minister Actually Accuses Someone Else Of Lying – Former Airport Chairman Colin Brewer. We Say… Let’s See All The Documents!

  1. trust but verify

    Flynch calling Brewer a liar is priceless. I still laughing. BFp you are correct to request documents to verify bigger fraud of those two. Better yet contact Roger Forde, former GAIA board member. He had well publicised spat with Brewer over trolleys. He must be bursting to tell his story. Lynch accuse someone of lying. Thats rich peoples.

  2. Wishing in Vain

    Well, well, well what a level we have reached when Lynch can refer to someone as a liar, we have reached a new low.
    When the accused can play in the same league as Lynch he is doing well as we have all witnessed that Lynch has no equal when lying is the issue.
    Do we remember his 90,000 vistors for CWC, or the 700 yachts visting or the 45,000 visitors on the 35 cruise ships or the sham of the lease of the Destiny for US $ 15 million.
    He is a compulsive liar with no limit to his fantasy, when will M M finally awake from his slumber ?
    He can be very foul mouthed as well as was displayed at CWC earlier this year when he was confronted by someone he used more four lettered words than you can think of.
    Just simply a piece of garbage that should be disposed of.

  3. Anonymous

    have the financial statements of GAIA Inc. for any fiscal year been laid in Parliament yet?Or is the Director of Finance still “sick’?

  4. tender process

    very interesting reading

    so is that how they tender in Barbados?

    Did Colin Brewer get a piece of the action?

    Come on Colin lets hear from you?

    If its true, Owen must have been very mad at you—stealing his action.

  5. BFP

    Anonymous asked…

    “have the financial statements of GAIA Inc. for any fiscal year been laid in Parliament yet?Or is the Director of Finance still “sick’?”

    BFP Replies

    I believe that the official reason for the non-production of financial records is “the dog ate my homework”.

    Thank you.

  6. Wishing in Vain

    One thing is for certain with this gov’t no one gets sent to prison for keeping or lack of keeping accounts, from the PM back down.
    Like Gems / Jaws like GAIA and shortly the Oval no accounts being made public does this not beg the question why is this slackness allowed to take place and who is the one allowing it to happen surely the minister of finance must be held accountable.

  7. BEN MARTINEZ

    COLIN BREWER WAS OVERHEARD TELLING FRIENDS HE GOT GEORGE PAYNE , RONALD TOPPIN FIRED AND ANY MINISTER THAT CROSSES HIS WAY WILL SUFFER THE SAME FATE .HE TOLD NOEL LYNCH THE SAME . IT WAS JUST NOEL FRIEND ROGER FORDE THAT SPOKE OUT SO THE PRIME MINISTER DIPLOMATICIALLY TOLD BOTH TO RESIGN

  8. friends?

    Does Colin Brewer actually have “friends”?

  9. No-name

    Ben,
    Is this the same Ben, a member of the BLP who did such a good job in Miami?

    So how come Noel is allowed to continue with all the fowl ups?

  10. littleboy

    Colin Brewer and Tony Hoyos operate the Plantation Gargen Theatre.
    St Peter Development Council host a fund-raising dinner reception at Plantation every year, at a cost of $100.00 per plate.
    Owen Arthur uses St Peter Development Council to raise funds for his election campaign and to make donations to “worthy causes”.
    The cost of dinner is underwritten by Plantation and other businesses.
    Do you expect Brewer will be castigated by Owen ?
    I doubt.
    Owen knows the old adage about “biting the hand that feeds you”.

  11. No-name

    Littleboy,
    Who else is involved in this St.Peter Dev’p Council/ Is it an NGO? Is it an offshore company? Is the man who owns the Northern Lumber Company a member?

  12. littleboy

    NN
    The St Peter Dev Council is just a fund raising and largesse dispensing organization.
    It has no members per se.I do know that for years Julie Price, now Julie Arthur was a SOLE signatory on the current account at BNB Speightstown.
    The balance is in the 6 figure range.
    Hans Rausin, Deryck Smith, and Martin Arbib and of course Bjorn Bjerkhamn and Bernie Weatherhead are frequent donors to the “Council”.

  13. J. Payne

    I think the answer might lay in trying to look out how many overseas trips Lynch has gone on…. If you’re passing thru the airport you’d probably see the carts…. This I think was debated during the last election, whether or not the red caps would be a thing of the past….

  14. WANT TO KNOW

    COLLIN IS CURRUPT LIKE ANY BODY ELSE

  15. Wishing in Vain

    littleboy
    It has no members per se.I do know that for years Julie Price, now Julie Arthur was a SOLE signatory on the current account at BNB Speightstown.
    The balance is in the 6 figure range.
    Hans Rausin, Deryck Smith, and Martin Arbib and of course Bjorn Bjerkhamn and Bernie Weatherhead are frequent donors to the “Council”.
    It appears you are very uptodate with activities in the north,but surely these funds are really the belongings of the BLP and not Owings personal monies ?
    Or is this like the cheque that Owing deposited to his personal bank account ?

  16. farmer

    I am surprised that Mr Brewer would allow Min Lynch to call him a liar in Parliment and let him get away with it

  17. J. Payne

    Correcting my statement…..

    I think the answer might lay in trying to look *at* how many overseas trips Lynch has gone on…

    My reasoning is, if you are passing thru the airport you’d probably see the carts…

    This “carts” issue, I think was debated during the last elections, in the context of whether or not the red caps would be a thing of the past when put up against competition from their carts that you just pay a small fee for….

  18. J. Payne

    against competition from *these–* carts that you just pay a small fee for…….

    Oye’ my head hurting me, I goin’ home.

  19. Wishing in Vain

    I am surprised that Mr Brewer would allow Min Lynch to call him a liar in Parliment and let him get away with it
    The idiot Lynch is protected in Parliment he would not try that crap anywhere else for fear of being sued the thief.

  20. littleboy

    My friends worked with Owen’s campaign some time ago.
    He cussed some of them and like the old saying goes;”hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”. So the info was leaked. However, unlike Owen $ Arthur we never bothered to reveal it in Parliament like he always attempts to do, but if he pushes too hard he shall feel the fury!!!

  21. Rumplestilskin

    I think what is said in Parliament is subject to Parliamentary privilege, thus there is not much that Brewer can do about what is said there.

    If on the other hand it was said outside Parliament, that is another matter.

    In any case, Brewer is probably not too concerned, as most business-people with whom he deals would recognise this for what it is, a lot of hot air.

  22. Adrian Loveridge

    Rumple..

    Yes and No!

    Is this really the way to foster the co-operation and expertise of private sector tourism players?

    Documents clearly show that trolleys were in the plan, but it was the implementation.
    Order them, have them delivered, wheel them out into the arrivals hall and then think about discussing it with the Red Caps?

    Mind you, this was the same Chairman and board that ordered four buses that were proven to be totally unsuitable (anyone could have told them) and then when they discovered the obvious, order another four!

    I would understand if none of the board knew anything about tourism, but the then Chairman was also a CEO of an airport handling company.

    Do you think if it was their money, they would be more careful?

  23. WANT TO KNOW

    WAS DAVID EDWARDS NOT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD THAT GOT A CONTRACT TO DO SOME CONSTRUCTION WORK NOW HE IS CHAIRMAN WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN

  24. Rick

    Colin Is so shady and evil and anyone who would trust him to have any involvement in BS&T needs to know Hoyos and him have some business interests at the airport they got for next to nothing and Ron Toppin was right and lynch to blast that evil man in Parliment..

    to trust him would be a ill fate all will come to see

  25. Wishing in Vain

    Colin Brewer and Pat Hoyos should be ashamed of themselves for the corruption that they and Lynch have pulled off together.
    I hardly think that the $ 34 million quoted for the airbridges was an honest quotation it very likely had kickbacks in play for them and Lynch it leaves me to simply ask how much less the airport should have costed us if it was built honestly minus the kickback plan.
    The operation of the Irish duty free shops is another disgrace when they are so many struggling people here trying to make an honest living.

  26. Seeker of truth

    Hoyos and brewer operate a ponzi scheme can’t Bajans see this , soon they will face international charges.
    Does anyone not think it odd Santia is in business with the con man embezzler Ruel and also Tonys woman when she isn’t with every Tom , Dick and Harry, She speaks of God but knows she lives in a glass house that is about to shatter.
    Think of Mike Pemberton fallen from grace, also think of Bernie Madoff and Alan Stanford.Hoyos and Brewer the masks are coming off enjoy your feasts while you can soon you will be found out and labeled the criminals you truly both are.

  27. Barbados is in a Recession

    Roger Forde exposed Colins schemes. As did Ron Toppin.,
    Many people on this island can’t stand the pompous man. They only tolerate him and hope he has a fatal car crash!