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!