Speaking Of King Arthur – He’s Paying HOW MUCH For A Hotel Room? !!!!!!!!!!!

How Much Is Owen’s Hotel Charge?

Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur is in New York City and will be addressing the United Nations today, on Monday, September 24, 2007.

Sources say that the bill for Strongman Owen Arthur’s hotel suite is US$15,000 per night.

Yup… that’s right folks. Fifteen thousand U.S. dollars per night.

Detailed expense accounts for all elected members should be available to citizens. It is our money.

Mr. Prime Minister: Publish your expense accounts on line to be seen by all citizens or SHUT UP about transparency and responsible government.

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45 responses to “Speaking Of King Arthur – He’s Paying HOW MUCH For A Hotel Room? !!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Hants

    Is this where he is staying?

    1. Presidential Suite, The Plaza
    Location: New York, New York
    Luxury Trademark: A wine cellar, library and hotel staff at disposal
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    Guests who are rolling in the dough can check into……. Now, one night’s stay is a cool $15,000, and the Plaza is still heralded as the city’s most elite hotel. The two-level Presidential Suite occupies the entire 18th floor of the hotel; plus, guests have access to a rooftop area. Within the 7,800-square-foot space, there are two living rooms, a parlor and a library. That’s in addition to six bedrooms and seven — yes, seven — bathrooms. The suite also has a private wine cellar, four balconies and a staff of maids, a butler and chauffeur with a Rolls Royce. For those quick snacks, there’s even a private chef on call at any hour of the day.

    And we thought Sandy Lane was expensive.

  2. Pogo

    Is his speech about how tough things are for his people back home and all the good things his government is doing to save money now that the IMF has told him the country is almost bankrupt?

    Maybe Owen downgraded from the U$30,000 suite he usually gets.

  3. Roger Rabbitt

    Are you sure that the figure of 15 US grand per night is correct?
    What the $&@*! happening here? And to think that I can’t get back a few hundred measly dollars from my income tax? And this is coming to the end of September.
    BTW, how many nights will King Asssser be in NY? Did he take 42 ppl with him? After all, Mia took 21 to China and she is only deputy, so the king should have the lion share.
    Talk bout wastin’ we money? Suppose dat he did king of Swaziland or some other place instead of only a prime minister of a banana place like Bim. Dey wudda ha to fin’ a room at no less dan 75 gran a night.
    Wow! Ma, looka we. Firs Wurl, boozie.
    Some body need to remind Owen to call elexshuns wen he cum back hay.
    Oh shoot! I forget dat he caan call no elexshun. He got to fine some body to replace Glyne Clarke an’ Rommel Marshall.

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    BFP Comments

    Are we sure about the $15k?

    Our source has provided us with information before, and so far so good. Whether US$15k per night or US$150 at the Holiday Inn Express in Jersey, Barbados citizens have a right to know the amount, the details and the surrounding circumstances for any government expense.

    Last I heard, the Divine Right of Kings was pretty much dead except in countries where despots have power.

    On the US$15,000 per night, yes – we believe that figure is correct.

  4. Roger Rabbitt

    Hants
    The wine cellar would be of tremendous interest to the PM. He then has enough space (all 7,800 sq ft) to do de dog when he get drunk.

  5. PiedPiper

    BFP if your information is accurate, I am disgusted beyond measure. Who in hell does Owen Arthur think he is…….some Emir from Saudi Arabia…..a country rich beyond our wildest dreams?
    It almost seems as though he is deliberately rubbing s#@& in the faces of the hard working citizens of Barbados, either that or he is so drunk on power that he thinks he is beyond reproach.
    The man needs a good wake up call or a good kick in the ass……not sure which.

  6. BFP states:”Mr. Prime Minister: Publish your expense accounts on line to be seen by all citizens or SHUT UP about transparency and responsible government”.

    Very powerful and earthshaking stuff, indeed. One of the most potentially devastating statements that we have seen on this BLOGSITE so far for the day. This is strong enough to make the man tremble in his boots in New York. This is use of the politics of language in a most effective and unvarnished way.

    That aside, we remember on some previous occasions, Mr. Owen Arthur addressing a couple of BLP annual conferences, and with some very conservative media personnel in attendance, being very theatrically livid about certain kinds of BLP supporters wanting to do work for the government vis-a-vis the UDC and other government agencies, but NOT performing up to mark and therefore appearing to fleece the Treasury, and suggesting that this WILL NOT be tolerated by him and the government. Also, we remember correctly Mr. Arthur dealing with the issue of perceived corruption in the government on a few occassions in the past, and his declaring that if a whiff of corruption in governmental business was observed by him, and, probably by extension, the government of Barbados that this would be dealt with seriously by him and the government.

    We also remember vividly the time in the earlier 2000s when allegations of financial improprieties involving the UDC were flying around the country at rapid and mind-blowing rates, and how a certain media practitioner’s name was being connected therewith, and how a certain big man in government was involved in doing business with the UDC when it was totally wrong for him to do so, and to be truthful this was around the same time when Mr. Obrien Trotman was sent on leave by the then Minister, we recall. We also recall how soon thereafter Mr. Arthur ordered Mr. Trotman back to work, and then how Mr. Arthur consequently went on to stupidly and wretchedly give the same scandal-ridden UDC, for the then upcoming financial year, an increased budget allocation.

    Verily, we thought, and still think, that Mr. Arthur was a damn political mule for doing such. Even before such above described events, we in PDC would NEVER have honestly believed that Mr. Owen Arthur would ever have been that serious about transparency and accountability in Government!!

  7. Anonymous

    I stayed in the Times Square Marriott a few years ago when in NYC for a conference. At that time the room was an outrageous US$1100 for a nothing little cheapest room.

    I would not have stayed there except that I was a guest of a supplier. A small suite was US$5000 a night as I recall. This was 6 or 8 years ago. Depending where the PM stays and how large his suite is I find the $15,000 to be very believeable for a first calss operation.

    We shouldn’t have to guess though should we?

  8. reality check

    nobody but nobody pays rack rate if they have connections with organizations such as the UN or otherwise in New York.

    Companies and governments that are responsible, get special rates and negotiate prices provided they diligently do so in advance. This shows respect for where the money comes from. Its called accountability. Money does not grow on VAT trees, it comes from the sweat of hard working Barbadians.

    Any internet search will show that a 5 star hotel rack rate is a maximum of $2,000 US or so.

    To pay $15,000.00 or anything above a four star hotel
    rate for a nation where the per capita earnings are under $10,000 US is the heighth of immorality.

    Now that Idi Amin is gone perhaps Owen could convert to Islam and get sanctuary in Saudia Arabia.

    Mugabe will have to go first but Owen will not be far behind.

  9. Jerome Hinds

    Well the BFP should not be surprised by this information or this BLP government non – disclosure of the information !

    Is this not what happens when you HOUND the political opposition about Integrity & Transparency legislation……..while you grumble about the Political CRASSNESS of the
    government in POWER !

    Such action on the part of BFP is called……Turning a BLIND eye to where the problem really exists !

    And Owen Arthur and his cronies understand this !

  10. Anonymous X

    BFP,
    You should design an appropriate flier and encourage bloggers to distribute them all over the island.

    This is Scandalous and depressing……
    Imangine I can’t even afford to go to the new TGI and Owen blowing the sort of money I spend in 5 years for groceries in one night. I know who I voting for next elections!!

  11. Anon...

    Let’s get real here– the Plaza is not open 1st of all, 2nd of all I think only the Mandarin Oriental approaches these rates. Please stop exaggerating…

  12. Anonymous

    Make sure this information is on your next printed edition. This is information the nation and Barbados Advocate will never publish.

  13. 2 Cents

    You all have no idea of the vast amount of money that is wasted by entities such as the BTA, BIDC etc, the PM’s hotel bill are just the tip of the iceberg

  14. Hants

    Anon… says “Let’s get real here– the Plaza is not open 1st of all.’

    did you not understand that I asked a question.
    “Is this where he is staying?”

    Besides there are several hotels in New York with suites costing more than $15,000US per night.

    BFP has not said where the PM is staying.

    The point is that our economy must be in “great “shape to justify spending $30,000 barbados dollars per night for hotel accomodation.

  15. Wishing in Vain

    I am truely stunned by these statements, these people must be drunk with power.

  16. reality check

    Jerome

    How you continue to defend a party (DLP ) which won’t put its principles forth, clearly and succinctly, such as transparency and accountability just amazes anyone reading.

    These principles are not suprise election goodies, they are essentials for any party living in a democratic and accountable world that gives a damn about those they work for and those that pay the bills. Stop defending the indefensible. Its no wonder the BFP is lambasting both parties.

    David Thompson needs to sing these principles from the top of St Michaels loud and clear with no equivocation and present us with his first 100 days in office, if elected.

  17. Wishing in Vain

    He is not staying at either the Mandarin Oriental in New York City or The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
    I thought that he may have been complimentary at Four Seasons for the favours he has extended to them in the Paradise project but having called both hotels the receptionist said that they had no guess by that name then I almost tried to see if he may have checked in under an assumed name and the only thing that came to mind is Mr ESAF See Thru but passed on that.
    Anyone can track him and give us his hotel and room number it would be greatly appreciated as we maybe able to contact him and talk to him easier in New York than we could in Barbados.

  18. Boyce Voice.com

    Now I guess we know why the calypsonians could not get a bigger increase in prize mney during crop Over, it was being used for a more worthy cause

  19. Perceived Corruption

    “Money does not grow on VAT trees,
    it comes from the sweat of hard working Barbadians.”

    I fear the blp attitude is that yes money does grow on VAT trees.

    Revenue beyond our wildest dreams has to be spent somehow…why not live it up a little on the back of the idiot taxpayer who shall vote us in yet again?!

    Frankly, if the blp get in again, I’m joining them
    to get back some of the taxes I get soaked for!
    I’m not stupid!
    Even if the good times last for only a next 5 years before the revolution necessary to get them out,
    – it’ll be worth it!
    Five years of bliss, while I stash it away somewhere? and I’m laughing!!

  20. D'Arts

    Whats the sense of being PM if you can’t stay in a luxurious room ?

  21. D'Arts

    Comment moderation sucks also…

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    BFP Comments

    Yes, D’Arts, comment moderation does suck, but it is unfortunately necessary because the government is doing its best to stop free speech. Were we to go back to the old way, the government agents would again ruin all conversation. That is the way it is when the thugs are in power.

  22. Adrian Hinds

    Wishing in Vain
    September 24th, 2007 at 6:46 am
    He is not staying at either the Mandarin Oriental in New York City or The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
    I thought that he may have been complimentary at Four Seasons for the favours he has extended to them in the Paradise project but having called both hotels the receptionist said that they had no guess by that name then I almost tried to see if he may have checked in under an assumed name and the only thing that came to mind is Mr ESAF See Thru but passed on that.
    Anyone can track him and give us his hotel and room number it would be greatly appreciated as we maybe able to contact him and talk to him easier in New York than we could in Barbados.
    —————————————————————–
    Not so fast. All visiting Heads of State to US are accorded secret service protection, these guys don’t play around when it comes to protecting their assignment. Be reminded of Roy Morris efforts a couple years ago, when he tried to follow Owen to Miami, he was stop and question by SS agents.

  23. Wishing in Vain

    Maybe he is paying this out of ill gotten funds just like Lynch and the others in his cabinet have amassed their illegal m0nies.
    Surely we the taxpayers are not being held liable for this madness of a hotel bill.

  24. just obererving

    These allegations are not true. All lies, lies.

  25. just obererving

    Let truth prevail! Stop the lies, lies, lies,

  26. Yes Let The PM Show The True Invoices

    By all means, just obererving, let the Prime Minister’s office release the invoices for this UN conference. All expenses, air, hotel, all meals.

    Yes, the government should be accountable.

  27. akabozik

    In places with a freedom of information act the politicians are careful not to overspend because their bills and expenses are public knowledge.

    That is the way it should be. If the public pays for the hotel room, the public has a right to know how much they paid.

    Come on, Owen. Show your expenses! It is our money you are spending.

  28. Suckerrrrrrrr...

    “Maybe he is paying this out of ill gotten funds..”

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!

  29. Whisper

    Did anyone living in the USA try calling
    The Plaza Hotel Presidential Suite
    768 Fifth Ave.
    New York, N.Y.
    Phone: (212) 759-3000
    $15,000 per night?

    It is classified one of the world’s most expensive hotels.

  30. LOL

    No Adrial L (whisper) did you

  31. Kelly

    Barbados Free Press would do and/ or say anything to embarrass the Barbados Labour Party.

    Owen Arthur is a small man and an Economist by profession and has the interest of Barbados and Barbadians at heart, hence, why he has given a mandate that ministers are not to travel first class at the expense of the people of Barbados.

    Nevertheless, with the hours his has to put in, and the personal sacrifices he has to make, he can enjoy the luxuries of any hotel any where is the world.

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    BFP Comments

    Thank You for the comment, Mr. Prime Minister! 😉

  32. only me

    i agree totally kelly

  33. passin thru

    BFP isn’t embarrassing the BLP party or the Prime Minister. King Arthur and the BLP party are embarrassing themselves with all the corruption and secrecy. Why can’t we see how much of our tax money the government spent for Owen to attend?

    I agree with akabozik. If the public pays for the hotel room, the public has a right to know how much they paid.

  34. only me

    pftt he deserves the best

  35. Lady Anon

    The stories I could tell, but I won’t. I wish that Kelly and the likes would take the blinders off and see the real Barbados and the suffering of the remaining 250,000.

    Ok, the PM indicated that Ministers should not travel first class at the expense of the Bajan public. But he DID NOT say to reserve a reasonable hotel room, nor did he say to travel only when absolutely necessary, nor did he say to attend conferences and gatherings that benefit Barbados and Barbadians.

    I think it is the things that he DID NOT say that are of more importance. A minister who chooses not to travel first class but travels economy 15+ times a year…sheesh, I would rather he/she travels first class only once!

  36. Pat

    Phone and check, eh? It is standard government policy, for reasons of security, that no hotel give out room numbers or tranfer calls to visiting heads of state. Not even those for Ahmedjinejad of Iran. All phone calls are on secure private lines or cells. We do the same north of the border.

  37. Bush Tea

    So ‘only me’, maybe that is why they are spending so much at Dodds?

  38. first class

    all ministers fly first class. kelly is lying plain and simple. top civil servants and heads of statutory boards fly first class too.

  39. Nuff-Sa..d....i

    Well I am not sure how to start a new topic on here, so this is the closest I have found to what I want to comment on. When will we be rid of the fat cats. There was a time when the size of the cabinet was much talked about. Nobody brothers with that much now, and rightly so. The cabinet is however now the largest we have ever had but what is more relavent today is the size of government. When the World bank or IMF can comment on the need for an increase in the VAT rate from 15% to 17.5% and attribute this to that the fact the government debt is too high and that and increase will enable them to decrease it over time by increasing revenue, this begs the question of how is our money being spend. How essential are some of the new government agencies lined up along ministry which previously performed the same roles? UDC, Rural Development, Pan African Commission, A list of special advisors on everything from culture to proverty alleviation and ambassadors and envoys that seem only to act on the day that they have appointed. Welcome to the new republic. Is this presidential structure within a parliamentry system? What are we getting for being so heavily taxed? Can we afford as taxpayer to carry all these fat cats on our backs?

  40. only me

    bush tea i have never yet been in dodds i dont even know exactly where it is i live on the west coast of this island and spend most of my time on the west

  41. only me

    and futher more wat was spent at dodds was spent i really dont care it does not affect me

  42. citizen

    i hope when the DLP comes into power, the persons writing these blogs also does them on the DLP. History has shown us that no government or prime minister does anything different. They all incur debt, have great expenses and waste money. We are still paying for St Joseph hospital and many other of the DLP mishaps. More money has to be spent to correct the past party’s mistakes.

  43. K.O.S

    Interesting comment citizen. Whenever too many critical points are made on the ruling party it is amazing how past projects handled more than 10 years ago come back into focus for the BLP choir on this forum in an attempt to derail any progress made by the DLP.
    I am trying to view the comments on these blogs from both sides however it is clear to any blind man that the Arthur BLP has handled more money than any of their successors and all statements on mismanagement of funds/cost overruns have been nothing other than empty rhetoric. Food for thought.
    Bajans in general are often too passive and will only react when they realize through high taxation and unbearable prices the island will resemble Jamaica’s troubled economy, where those who have are loaded $$ and the vast majority are struggling to make ends meet.
    Thank goodness for these blogs as they allow freedom of speech, and differing opinions. Something is missing from the watered down media houses at work in Barbados.
    “Creative journalism to keep those in power B/D/C in check”

  44. Fuh Re Al

    I agree with you K.O.S. When ever anything negative is said about the current ruling party, the ‘spin doctors’ creep out from their lairs and speak about what the former government had done, over ten years ago. You will hear them say things like. ‘Don’t matter who in power things don’t change.’ Hey I am not no passive punk to sit back and give no stuck up political party a fourth term to run this country into the ground. Hell no. I will exercise my freedom to vote and my freedom the speak.
    Keep up the good work BFP, we did want sumting like dis fuh ah long time now so the average person can relate wid. Thank you.

  45. Anonymous

    JULY 26 MOVEMENT (BARBADOS)
    P.O. Box 1051 Bridgetown, Barbados
    Tel: 246 425 0550 or 246 266 6003
    Email: bmbarbados@caribsurf.com

    4th October 2007

    News Editor

    Press Release

    The July 26 Movement (Barbados), Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association, Cuban Five Justice Committee (Barbados) and all progressive forces in Barbados demand that the Government of the United States of America start the immediate process for the extradition of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for the killing of 73 persons on board of a Cuban Airline on the 6th October 1976 in Barbados.

    Our Movement see the release of Cuban origin Luis Posada Cariles as the USA support for terrorist act against the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba.

    The July 26 Movement (Barbados) see the verdict reached by Federal Court Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas, to set free Posada Carriles, as a move to accommodate and support terrorist who have carried out terrorist act against the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba.

    The July 26 Movement calls on the United Nations (General Assembly) to declare October 6 as a Day of Solidarity with the Republic of Cuba. We also call on United Nations to condemn the Government of the United States of America for all of the terrorist action against Cuba, carried out by groups in the USA.

    Our Movement will never forget the pain and suffering the people of Barbados felt on October, 6 1976. We will join the Cuban Barbadian Friendship Association on Saturday 6th October 2007 at 4:30 pm by the Cuban Monument, Paynes Bay, St. James to offer our solidarity to the Government and People of Cuba.
    Our Movement will continue to remain in solidarity with the Cuban people against all terrorist acts against the Government and People of the Republic of Cuba.

    David McD Denny
    President