Current Poll Puts Democratic Labour Party In The Lead

Are BFP’s Readers Seeing & Hearing What We Are?

Tuesday’s general election could end in a stalemate, but is more likely to result in victory for the Opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

The DLP enjoys a five-point lead over the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) as the party voters prefer – 35.3 per cent to 30.1 per cent, which is statistically insignificant in this poll which boasts of a plus/minus 5 per cent margin of error.

The likelihood of a DLP victory, however, is based on a swing projection generated by CADRES…

… from The Nation News article “Nail Biter” – linked below

We aren’t about to proclaim a victory in hand for David Thompson and the DLP, but we do see, hear and feel a sense of “It Is Possible” on the streets.

People are cautiously optimistic – still guarding their comments because, well… wouldn’t want to SAY they are supporting the Dems this time around… but when they walk into the polling station they will be voting DEM.

One of the biggest silent indicators is The Nation News.

Have you noticed, folks? The Nation, while still openly supporting the government has backed off a little bit on the anti-Thompson rhetoric. They even put Thompson on the front and Arthur on the back once.

Yup… the editors of the Nation sense it too…

David Thompson is looking more and more like Prime Minister Thompson in a few days.

You think the election is exciting? Just wait until the week after a DLP government takes the reins.

David over at Barbados Underground has some thoughts on what needs to be done to get rid of certain corrupt activities in the awarding of licenses – and that’s only a small part of the clean-up. (See BU’s Forensic Audit Required At Chief Licensing Department In The Pine)

Further Reading

The Nation News: Nail Biter

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22 responses to “Current Poll Puts Democratic Labour Party In The Lead

  1. reality check

    the forensic audit will have to be by an independent internationally proven “take no prisoners” pitbull auditor.

    The local auditing firms in many cases even associated with International firms have proven to be tools of the government and have proven themselves to be anything but impartial and easily silenced or worse part of the corruption. Like many of the lawyers some of them are part of the systemic rot that paralyzes Barbados and peoples rights.

    Ethical accounting rules on good corporate governance such as Sarbane Oxley have no place in Barbados accounting practice otherwise most of the BLP leaders would already be in jail.

  2. Hants

    Mia Mottley “does not believe in the methodology of Peter Wickham.”

    Sorry Ms.Mottley but the BLP had no problem with Peter Wickham’s methodology when his Cadres polls were showing you in the lead.

    Peter Wickham has credibility. The BLP does not.

  3. TheTruthTheWholeTruth

    TRANSCRIPT OF DAVID THOMPSON’S BOMBSHELL SPEECH AT BUSSA

    I have invited Barbadians here tonight to emphasize my worry and disgust at the direction in which our country is headed. The Barbados Labour Party has given us every reason to vote them out of office and, after tonight, it would be preposterous for this country to say that notwithstanding the myriad reasons and the mounting evidence of corruption, squander mania and mal-administration, that it is still “moving with Owen.”

    I wish first to address the lame excuse of those who say “I agree we need change, but the Dems ain’t ready yet”. What are you looking for? What are you waiting for?

    We must stop the contradiction and the intellectual dishonesty in this country. The DLP is today far more prepared, equipped and ready to assume the reins of government than was the Barbados Labour Party of 1976 and more so of 2003.

    In 1976, the BLP did not even have a leader. There was still infighting over whether Bree had been un-faired, whether Henry Forde was the natural leader of the Under Forty’s Group or whether Tom Adams, the son of Grantley Adams, was deserving of this mantle. In 1976 Tom Adams said he wanted a larger Opposition and you went out and gave him the government.

    The DLP administration of that day did not lie, cheat or steal but you said it was time for them to go and you voted in an untried and unproven BLP.

    In 1994, I would be the first to admit that the DLP gave the voters of Barbados good reason to vote them out of office, but you, the electorate, never batted an eyelid. You voted into office a party made up of a drunken captain and a band of unknown, inexperienced and incompetent sailors. In 1994 Owen Arthur had never sat in a Cabinet before…but you made him Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of this country. Half of his Cabinet had never even sat in the Parliament of Barbados before. But you voted them into office, because you recognized and determined the need for change.

    You did not put the BLP under the microscope then, but some armchair critics in Barbados are persisting with this BLP nonsense of the DLP not ready to govern.

    There is no party in Barbados more divided than the Barbados Labour Party. It is not in George Street that leaders are being body slammed and police are being called in to part fights. I did not name any ‘just-come’ member my Co-leader. Nobody on this side has made clear that they will not serve in my Cabinet if I do not name them sole Deputy Prime Minister.

    The fighting is going on over there…but there are those who wish to persist with this nonsense of the Democratic Labour Party not being ready to govern.

    Let us examine for a moment the team and the state of readiness of the DLP. Our team was selected, ratified and presented to the people of this country over 15 months ago. The credentials of our members are second to none that was presented by any party for the past 25 years.

    I am a Parliamentarian of some 20 years standing with more than 4 years of Cabinet experience, including serving between 1992 and 1994 as Minister of Finance. Owen Arthur was nowhere near as qualified to lead Barbados in 1994.

    This DLP team of 2008 comprises personal and professional successes. There is not a single member of this team of candidates that has not made a success of his or her life or chosen career path. None is tonight in the job market. None is seeking to enter politics as a way of guaranteeing his or herself a decent salary. In 1993 Owen Arthur cried on national television that he could not get a job and he could not make ends meet. He said he could not live in Barbados, because he was less than a man in his own house.

    Tonight, many rate him among the 10 top wealthiest men in Barbados…and certainly, the wealthiest leader in the Caribbean.

    I allude to his wealth, because we are in the middle of a general election campaign and Owen Arthur appear to like general election campaigns. He has the temerity tonight to be engaging the Democratic Labour Party on the issue of campaign financing. When you look across this country you can see and sense that the Democratic Labour Party is running a high impact, visual campaign.

    We have been able to attract certain funds and we have put those funds to good use. People who have given me money can see clearly what I have done with that money.

    I use this opportunity once again to reiterate that this Democratic Labour Party has not received a single cent in funding from either China or Taiwan. Furthermore, we have not discussed the issue of diplomatic relations with China, Taiwan or any country…for that matter. I hope that his puts an end to this nonsensical issue once and for all.

    But the same cannot be said of the Barbados Labour Party in this election and certainly not in the last general election. There are candidates of the BLP who are crying out for lack of funding. Some say they cannot even afford a public address system to advertise meetings. Yet, I am aware that the BLP has collected significantly more money than has the DLP. Most of the persons who have contributed to our campaign have made clear that they have also contributed to the campaign of the BLP…but looking around Barbados and on their campaign in particular, you cannot see or imagine where that money has gone.

    I know where the contributions of 2003 went! I even know how those contributions were masterminded.

    (Document 1) breakdown of cheques
    (Document 2) $400,000.00 Bowie Cross
    (Document 3) Bowie Cross Bill
    (Document 4) $40,000.00 Friends of St. Michael NW
    (Document 5) Rommell Marshall’s signature
    (Document 6) $200,000.00 to BLP
    (Document 7) Authorisation for $200,000.00
    (Document 8) $40,000.00 Friends of Ch. Ch. East
    (Document 9) Farley’s signature
    (Document 10) $75,000.00 Owen Arthur
    (Document 11) Signature of OA

    On a personal level, Owen Arthur has sought to portray every single candidate of the Democratic Labour Party and other leading persons associated with this party as a rogue, a vagabond and a thief. As far as Owen Arthur is concerned, if Our Lord and Saviour were to return tonight, he alone would go to heaven and all others, including the full slate of candidates of the Democratic Labour Party, would go directly to hell.

    The DLP has cited numerous examples in recent years of questionable financial dealings on the part of this government. We have all heard of the more than $750 million in cost overruns racked up by this government. Those of us close enough to Owen Arthur can draw the connection between his perceived astronomical increase in wealth and the procurement policies of this government.

    It is not well known that 90 per cent of the major procurement of this government is undertaken by a single company…more to the point, a single individual. Almost every piece of heavy-duty equipment, every large vehicle, almost every major acquisition of this government is channeled to and through an individual who was one of the few known faces at Owen Arthur’s wedding.

    Owen Arthur did not invite any of his Ministers and even some of his relatives to his wedding, but he invited Hallam Nicholls and you must ask yourself if there is any coincidence with the fact that Hallam Nicholls and associate companies have been at the receiving end of a significant amount of governmental contracts to import items for and on behalf of this government.

    I would believe that Hallam Nicholls, a frighteningly close friend of Owen Arthur, has benefited directly from in excess of $30 million of government procurement business over the last decade. Yet, you wonder why so many small businessmen have gone out of business. They have gone out of business because 90 per cent of the procurement business has been gobbled up by a single individual, who happens to be the bosom-pal of the Prime Minister.

    The name Hallam Nicholls was also mentioned by the late Johnny Cochrane as we flew on a flight from the Caribbean to Miami a few years ago. Johnnie Cochrane was a major shareholder and director in the now defunct Eastern Caribbean Lottery. That lottery was forced upon the Barbados Cricket Association by senior members of this Barbados Labour Party government.

    Johnnie Cochrane, in recalling his business exploits and experiences in the Caribbean, recalled how he was introduced to other Caribbean countries and Caribbean leaders and found it a pleasure doing business elsewhere.

    But, he said to me, he had never encountered such shrewd negotiators as Barbadians. Cochrane spoke of a near six-hour meeting that took place in a hotel room in Washington where the failure of his company to agree to a demanded commission on all ticket sales in Barbados, would have led to the East Caribbean Lottery not being granted a license to set up business in Barbados.

    In other words, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am saying tonight that someone in Barbados benefited to the tune of 4.25 per cent or, in practical terms, eight cents from every ticket bought by Barbadians during the time that the East Caribbean lottery was operating in Barbados.

    I am saying further tonight that it is known to the person who has benefited that at least one member of this party is in possession of that information and that is why that person is the target of abuse on a nightly basis from the platform of the Barbados Labour Party.

    All I would say at this point is that East Caribbean Lottery was started first in Antigua and Barbuda and many of the meetings of directors of that company took place in Antigua and Barbuda and someone close to this party was in on many of the meetings that took place, including those at restaurants in and around King’s Casino.

    Tonight, therefore, I am calling on Owen Arthur to state whether he or any individual or organization to which he is associated, benefited in any material way from the operation of East Caribbean Lotteries in Barbados?

    Furthermore, I call on Owen Arthur to state whether licenses have been granted for the successor company to East Caribbean Lotteries to operate in excess of 400 for-profit video game machines at venues across Barbados and whether these machines are already in Barbados and are about to be installed?

    I want to know who are the local affiliates of the company and whether any of them is Hallam Nicholls or his offspring acting for or on behalf of any public official?

    While the Barbados Labour Party on one side of their mouth criticize gambling, I want them to tell the country about the 4.25 per cent commission that was made a standing order to the secret account of a high flying official of the Barbados Labour Party.

    But tonight, my focus is not only on the appropriation and misappropriation of private funds. Even though persons in public life should not be demanding commissions or other favors in return for favorable consideration of applications and requests, I recognize that private money is private money and you cannot tell a private individual or entity what to do with or how to spend their money. But that equation changes when it comes to the management of public funds.

    We have spoken in recent years about the inordinate spending of money. Persons have asked for a breakdown of cost overruns and tonight I will share some of these, before I move to what I consider the scandal of the century.

    The projected cost of the Gems project was $130 million – the estimated final cost is $390 million. Greenland Landfill was projected at $30 million – the estimated final cost now stands at $90 million. The Government building at Warrens was projected to cost $50 million, the estimated final cost is more like $120 million. Beach bathroom facilities at Silver Sands were put at $80, 000.

    That project ended up costing $400 000. Cricket World Cup was projected at $130 million, it ended up costing $420 million. The new prison was projected at $120 million Barbados dollars, it ended up costing $120 million United States dollars. In addition to these you had the cutting down of a tree for $11, 000 and lobbying to secure a fishing agreement with Trinidad costing in excess of $12 million, with still no license in place to prevent our fishermen from being arrested.

    But tonight, I have invited you here to Bussa Roundabout to join me in taking a look down this section of the ABC Highway. Here you will see visible evidence of work being carried out by the two Barbadian firms of CO Williams and Rayside Concrete Works.

    I want tonight to slow my pace so that you can listen and understand clearly what I am saying.

    Barbadians have been given dribs and drabs, in recent times, about what is commonly referred to as “The ABC Highway Road Widening and Flyovers Project” but precious little information has been shared by the government of Barbados on exactly what is going, as it unfold before your eyes. Tonight…I want you to stand up straight and listen to what I have to say.

    As is the case in Parliament, I wish to make the primary source of my information to you tonight…a document of this meeting. In my hands is a copy of the most recent submission of the technical people in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport concerning the expansion of the ABC Highway. It’s a document entitled Barbados Road Network Infrastructure Improvement Project. (Document Number 12)

    It’s a report on construction costs assessment of Section II Steel overpass Bridges. I wish tonight to make this a document of this meeting and to make clear that it is from this document that I have drawn a significant amount of the info that I will share with you tonight. I also leaned very heavily on a cadre of professional patriots who simply could take no more abuse by the political directorate of this country. Tonight – I salute those professionals who have made the compilation of this investigative report possible!

    Back in 2005, local civil engineering consulting firms were asked to submit proposals for the engagement of services with respect to road widening of the ABC Highway.

    Proposals were submitted to the Ministry of Public Works and were in the process of being evaluated, when, even before the selection of a consultant was ratified by Cabinet, a “mystery” firm called 3S was brought into the picture through local connections.

    3S, of which very little was and still is known, merely presented a graphic presentation of a flyover scheme and all normal and accepted procedures went through the window. This video or graphic presentation was never properly scrutinized by engineers in the Ministry of Public Works. Nevertheless, the government soon announced that it was entering into a BOLT (Build, Operate, Lease, Transfer) agreement to have EIGHT flyovers constructed before the final of Cricket World Cup. The proposals that were invited for road widening by local consultants were suddenly abandoned.

    Government and 3S appeared to have been motoring along their merry way with their newly minted agreement, when suddenly someone whispered that there needed to be the semblance of transparency. So in January 2006, Public Works wrote to several local consulting firms requesting a “BOLT” proposal for road widening and flyovers.

    A BOLT proposal would normally require more than three months to prepare. It requires the consultant to locate financiers who would be willing to inject more than $100 million into a project of that magnitude. Many other considerations are necessary for the proposal, such as repayment schedules, how the lease would be operated and agreement of contractors to participate in the team effort.

    Amazingly, the period for response was only about one month, on the pretext that the work would be expected to be complete for the World Cup – what a lame excuse!!!

    The Democratic labour Party does not know if any of the local consultants was able to respond with a proposal, but soon thereafter, and without any explanations to the consultants, it was announced that 3S was engaged by the government to undertake a BOLT arrangement.

    Imagine government agreeing to millions of dollars in expenditure, without any drawings that could properly be used for evaluation. In other words, a man comes and tells you he will build you a house and you sign the contract for him to start without any architectural or engineering drawings. You don’t even know his capabilities because you have not seen any work that he has done. Yet you give him the go ahead to start work!

    This normally would raise eyebrows, but in the Cabinet of Owen Arthur, there is one encyclopedia and 16 copybooks. The matter is taken to Cabinet and is rubber-stamped by the dummies that Arthur has sitting around that table.

    Events further revealed that before any work could commence, such time had elapsed that it was impossible for any meaningful, albeit partial, completion to be realized before Cricket World Cup.

    THERE WAS THEREFORE NO NEED TO START THE PROJECT BEFORE COST COULD BE EVALUATED AND WITHOUT ADEQUATE DRAWINGS, SPECIFICATIONS AND BILL OF QUANTITIES.

    ALSO, THERE WAS NOW TIME FOR PROPER CONTRACTS TO BE ENTERED INTO!

    Nevertheless, the Owen Arthur administration disregarded its duty for due diligence. Due diligence means an examination of the bona fides of the company. This should always be part of the legal governmental framework.

    The public of Barbados was not apprised of what was going on, but in July of 2006, 3S started the construction based on road widening in the sum of BDS$40, 232, 432 and eight flyovers for BDS$$79, 517, 659…which gave an overall sum of $119, 750 000.

    Please note that work started and no contract was signed. Please note also that there were no construction drawings that were to be submitted by 3S, so that work could be properly supervised by Public Works. In layman’s language, the Government gave 3S a signed, blank cheque to start work on the road with no clear drawings of what needed to be done.

    The Democratic Labour Party understands that senior engineers with the Public Works Ministry were appalled. Things were in turmoil and the minister was advised that it was the wrong way to go about this project.

    Advice by competent engineers both in the public and private sectors was for the most part ignored and it was the executive arm of government that got the work off the ground.

    Now, cast your memory back and recall that when work started on the widening, the public did not see any equipment with the labels 3S. Instead, it saw only COW Williams and Rayside Equipment. The question that one is therefore forced to ask is whether the government could not have engaged directly with local contractors?

    The supervisors from Public Works were unfairly expected to supervise the construction without approved contract prices and no adequate drawings. Work was just determined on the side by the contractors. IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, SOMEONE WOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO JAIL FOR THIS. THIS WAS AND STILL IS A MOST APPALING SITUATION!!!

    Mysteriously, no one was hearing about flyovers except every now and then when Gline Clarke had nothing else to talk about he would mention the subject.

    The absence of working drawings, specifications and bills of quantities and a signed contract has given 3S a complete opening to do as it likes, both in terms of the physical work and in terms of how much will be charged for the works.

    This whole project started merely with an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding). You imagine a project at its initial estimate of $119,000,000.00 could start without any specifications, Bill of Quantities, working drawings or contract? But that is not the worst! That is not the worst example of the fine leadership that Owen Arthur is offering this country.

    From an original understanding – not a contract – of a figure of $119, 750 000 in November 2005, Cabinet on 6th May, 2006, just prior to World Cup, when he was considering calling the election, agreed that construction would begin on 24th July, 2006 at a new price of $143, 614, 460.23 for road widening and 8 flyovers.

    Just understand that in less than six months the figure went up by $25 million and still there were no specifications, working drawings and bill of quantities to determine the basis for the increase. But Cabinet, made up of one encyclopedia and 16 copy- books, approved the increase.

    The flyovers were always the primary focus and, all of a sudden, Public Works only saw Rayside and COW Williams working on the road widening. 3S, without a contract, is allowed to make adjustments to its price for the road widening.

    Out of the figures I quoted for the combination of road widening and flyovers, the portion for road widening started at $40,232,432.00 jumped to $70,231,220.23 by cabinet decision of May 6th, 2006 and amazingly has now jumped at December 2007 to a staggering $117,000,000.00 for widening only.

    This is an increase of an astronomical $46,768,780.77 on the May, 2006 revised cost and a more than $75 million increase on the original price. And note: up to December 2007 when general elections were called, there was still no binding contract in place.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have engineers as members of the Democratic Labour Party and I have spoken to them as well as other private sector engineers. They all unanimously agreed that the Road Widening of the ABC Highway does not involve house relocations, setting back of fences, repairs to houses, Also, the shaping of the road is already determined. In other words, the road widening is a simpler operation than say Highway 2A.

    Yet, this road widening involves some five kilometers. In all fairness they are adding two lanes, so technically the total length would be 10 kilometres. Therefore you the taxpayers are being asked to pay $11.7 million dollars for each kilometer of road that is merely being added to an existing road.

    To better understand the royal rip off and bare-faced thiefing that is taking place, you must consider the following:

    In Barbados today a highway is being widened at a cost of $11.7 million per kilometer. The same companies working on this job are being paid no more than $2 million a kilometer in neighboring Caribbean islands.

    There is no country in the region paying more than $2 million for a kilometer of straight road, but the Barbados Government, under the astute leadership of Owen Arthur is paying $11.7 million a kilometer. And for this, he must be honored, revered and returned to office?

    I invite you tonight to compare this extravagant price to Highway 6 – Searles to Six Roads – a six kilometer stretch of road, that included extensive house relocation and set backs. Highway 6 was completed at a cost of $20 million, which translates to $3.6 million per kilometer.

    Compare this also to Highway 2A – which involved very deep cuttings due to hard rock, soil conditions and several major bridges. Also many house acquisitions and relocations. Highway 2A was a total of $60 million which is $7.5 million per kilometer.

    The road widening should therefore not be expected to cost more than $4 million per kilometer – but we are talking of government and governance under the great economist – King Owen Arthur. Do you see why certain business people in Barbados are saying we need Owen now more than ever before?

    I am saying tonight that before general elections on Tuesday, Owen Arthur must explain to the people of Barbados the exorbitant costs and the bungled manner in which this Highway Widening programme has been pursued.

    THIS IS A RIDICULOUS AND SCANDALOUS SITUATION THAT DEMANDS ANSWERS BEFORE TUESDAY.

    Do you know that it is only recently that drawings marked for construction were submitted for the road widening? This is some 12 months after construction was started and the contract period is only 22 months. That means that you only have working drawings for the last 10 months of such a vital project. For the first 12 months they were merely winging it.

    The engineers in Public Works identified several instances of wastage and ridiculous charges but were told by the political leadership to butt out.

    Preliminaries, which are for office accommodation, various types of insurances, mobilization of plant, usually are around 10 per cent of the contract sum.

    However, if the contract figure rises, the percentage for preliminaries usually drops. If it is 10 per cent for a $50 million project, it doesn’t mean you require any larger office for a $100 million project.

    We however understand that 3S is charging a whopping 35 per cent of construction cost as preliminaries.

    THAT IS PREPOSTEROUS!! NEVER BEFORE HEARD OF IN MODERN, CIVILISED SOCIETY!! BUT AGAIN, ONLY IN BARBADOS, UNDER KING ARTHUR, DO SUCH THINGS TAKE PLACE!

    Because they have engaged two local contractors, they cannot add on preliminaries willy-nilly. If there were a contract prior to construction start this would never have happened.

    If you think it was total madness with the road widening, just listen to this with respect to the flyovers. Flyovers were regarded, by the Government, as the answer to alleviation of traffic congestion. They were to be completed before the World Cup. And yet, up to now have not started.

    Now, the initial component for the flyovers by Cabinet decision of May 6th was $73, 383, 240. This was for eight flyovers. My engineers have advised that the cost for the flyovers should be easily determined once working drawings are submitted. The superstructure consisting of steel and concrete can be accurately calculated. Prices of steel are almost fixed worldwide at any given time and so only the profit margins may vary. The labour component is usually identifiable – such as say $1,000 per ton or the going rate at time of estimate. Some small variation may take place in completing the erection.

    Therefore, how in hell’s name that a figure of $73, 383, 240 could be agreed (note agreed to and not contracted) by Government on May 6th, 2006 for, I stress EIGHT (8) FLYOVERS, and then the number of needed flyovers is revised downwards to six and in December 2007, 3S is requesting a sum of $145, 022, 162. 42 for – I stress – SIX (6) FLYOVERS?

    I am calling on the voters of Barbados to demand a full explanation of this raw abuse of power and naked rape of the treasury of Barbados before a vote is cast on Tuesday morning.

    This revelation tonight explains why Owen Arthur did not want to debate me on financial management and governance. It explains why this election was called three days before Christmas and why they wanted to short circuit public debate and discussion.

    It explains why newspaper columns critical of the government were cancelled and why certain key public officers were sent on leave.

    I am saying to Barbados tonight that this rot has got to stop. If you put this corrupt group of bastards back in office, there will be nothing left for your children and your grand children.

    This is the most thiefing and corrupt government in the history of the Caribbean. They make the Bird Government in Antigua look like a class of Sunday School teachers.

    The cost overruns, already incurred and anticipated on this ABC Road widening and flyover project, will carry the value of cost overruns by this government in less than 10 years to well over the one billion dollar mark. (Document Number 13 and 14)

    The combined total of widening and flyovers at the start of the project was $119,750,000. Today, less than two years later and with more than half of the work still to be done, we are told that to complete that project the bill to taxpayers of this country will now move from $120 million to a whopping, a staggering $262, 022, 162. 42. If this is not highway robbery…tell me what is??

    The most scandalous aspect of all of this is the option of a BOLT agreement is normally preferred when a country is seeking to import external funds. Again, on the strange paradoxes of King Arthur’s arrangement is that, not surprisingly, this money could not be raised by 3S in the international market. And do you know where in the final analysis and with the full approval of government the money was sourced? The Barbados National Bank.

    Do you know essentially whose money is deposited in BNB? Both public and private sector money? Your money!

    So, in other words, King Arthur – the great economist and great leader of this country – flew around the world and came back with a company called 3S, flew back around the world looking for money and came back borrowing money from himself!
    The danger in all this is that if this project is not completed, or if there is anything structurally wrong with this project because of the absence of specifications, it is the taxpayer of Barbados who will be left holding the bag. The only risk as of now being carried by 3S is the ability of its officials to make a safe trip to the Airport and get out of Barbados.

    When this is added to other overruns chalked up in the last 15 months and that figure is added to the $750 million that we had already calculated and which, to date, the Government has not denied – because it can’t – you realize that a total of not less than one billion dollars of hard-earned taxpayers money has gone through the eddoes and that those who are responsible are asking you to put them back in there again.

    Do you know how many houses could have been built with $1 billion? Do you know the number of schools, police and fire stations that could have been repaired? Do you know that with that cash in hand we could have removed the VAT from all food items in this country? Do you know that that would have brought down you food bill and the overall cost of living by a considerable percentage?

    Yet, many of you are saying you are not sure whether you are going to vote? Not voting in this election is almost treasonous. IF YOU HAVE A VOTE, YOU NEED TO USE IT NOW…MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

    I am saying tonight that the Democratic labour Party is ready to rescue this country from the hands of Owen Arthur, Clyde Mascoll, Mia Mottley and that bunch. I am saying tonight that this project in particular will be fully investigated through the medium of a Commission of Inquiry.

    I am saying tonight that this election is henceforth about whether we want to get back that $1 billion stolen from the public’s purse or whether we want to give the perpetrators of that crime a further opportunity to steal another $1 billion.

    I am saying this election is, among other things, about whether we are going to investigate the naked rape of the treasury of Barbados by this bunch of political interlopers or whether we shall sweep all this under the carpet and put them back in there to start stealing afresh.

    The time for nick-picking is over. This is your country. You are either going to save it or let it slide to total destruction. This economy cannot afford such reckless spending.

    This country cannot afford such squandermania and mismanagement. I am saying tonight before God and Man…we need the DEMS again. Voters of Barbados you need to vote now…more than ever!

  4. Observing

    So de Taiwan thing clearly ain’t catch on and prove Owen ta be a liar. Now they’re trying to use dollar devaluation in today’s nation to scare us. Sigh. Desperation is the most obvious of all emotions.

  5. Tony

    I was watching Caribvision here in New York last night when to my amazement I heard Mia Mottley saying that she did not agree with the methodology Peter Wickham used in his poll. Is she for real? I felt that was an insult to my intelligence and that of any right thinking Barbadian. In 1999 and 2003 when Wickham used the same methodology and predicted that the BLP would win those elections she had no problem. Give me a break!!!!

  6. Anonymous

    Reality Check pst @2:55 p.m.

    The guy you are looking for is Bob Lindquist – a Canadian forensic auditor – He bad,bad,bad.

  7. anon (Really The Nation News - Ha!)

    BFP wrote:
    “The Nation, while still openly supporting the government has backed off a little bit on the anti-Thompson rhetor”
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    I was curious as to what BFP would say about this particular story.

    I notice that you guys are quick to say that the newspaper is a government Lap dog when they bring a story that paints the government in a positive light, however you ignore the stories that criticise the government or that say something positive about the opposition.

    The newspaper features columns written by Blp supporters as well as Dlp supporters.

    It is ironic that the DLP claims that the nation is pro-government and the BLP claims that the nation is pro-opposition.

    So i guess my question is: Why do you say that the nation openly supports the government?

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    BFP Replies

    Hi Nation News, how are you?

    You must be feeling a little sick that you tied yourself to the government of the day and abandoned your duty to the public.

    Here’s what we told you the last time you asked us a similar question…

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    The Ronja Juman court documents are online now.

    Print the story or shut up, Nation News.

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    The time before that, Nation News, we told you…

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    BFP Comments…

    PLease! Spare us the BS!

    Fraud allegations involving the government, government projects, big-ups, government “letters of comfort” issued and a hostile takeover of a bank and not a whisper by any reporter or anyone!

    Please spare us the bulls**t

  8. Anonymous

    Saw it myself Tony and asked same questions. When Wickham poll showed Arthur leadership at 50% plus and arrogant Arthur chuckled and said he rolled with the punches Wickham’s poll was legitimate for BLP. Now Thompson leadership rank shot to within a whisker of Arthur the PM and Mottley adamant polls wrong.

    When is Belle poll coming? Sunday is my guess. You can be sure Belle the communist pimp and Arthur running dog will have Arthur and BLP winning. Mia and Owen will endorse that poll. Tuesday is the poll with real meaning. I fervently wish Barbadians chase way the BLP.

  9. Jerome Hinds

    Ian Boxill was forced by the BLP to change his latest poll results which showed 22 seats for the DEMS and 8 seats for the BEES !

    Anyone who doubts this…..ask Ian Boxill cousin in St. John or his brother that worships at St. Luke’s Anglican church.

    That is why the BEES now boast of a SWING back to the gov’t !

    But BAJANS recognise BLP……..PROPAGANDA & DESPERATION !

    Tyrone Barker DISMISSES Peter Wickham poll……but agrees with Peter Wickham finding which says…..Owen Arthur scores higher than David Thompson in POPULARITY !

    You hear……..LIE !

    That is………LIE !!!!!

  10. Johnnie Too Bad

    Mia, I would say that your slip showing, but that would lower the tone of my comment and would be most inappropriate. You have shown yourself to be unsuited to lead the BLP and maybe, just maybe you have provided all the ammo to destroy you. I know you to be more focussed than that, I know you to be sharp when you need to be. Why would you want to dispute the Cadres poll? When it is a clear vote or intention to vote on that anancy poorboy and his leadership and economic skills.
    I have told you for years that you are tactically challenged as a politician, you timing sucks, your ability to pick the moment of optimum profit leaves a great deal to be desired. After all the times that OSA has humiliated you including this co-leader prank. Now is the time to be seen and not heard, let the people eat OSA and when he loses he will not say it was your comment over the latest polls that turned people away from the party. Now is the time to be seen and not heard,let not OSA carry you into the abyss with him. Think about it.
    With two days to go OSA is not only desperate, but I was given to understand that the other night, he told two other drinking partners that this is his toughest election yet and anything could happen, whereupon the next day both men reserved a booking for Miami and New York. Like they say, rats do and are always one step ahead. The game is up and we are coming to get you Owen.Our team of auditors are going to be all over you like a fly on do-do. Believe me OSA you ain’t seen nothing yet, we mean to get back the people’s money from you and everyone of your cronies.
    Johnnietoobad.

  11. DLP AHEAD; BLP BEHAVES LIKE SORE LOSERS

    BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS (JAN. 12, 2008) — The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is behaving like a bunch of sore losers.

    Facing the prospect of defeat after almost 14 years in power, Owen Arthur and his discredited regime are running scared. They are showing their true colours for the world to see.

    An opinion poll published Friday by the Weekend Nation tipped the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to win next Tuesday’s general election. The poll was done by Peter Wickham, the same pollster who accurately predicted wins for the BLP in the 1994, 1999 and 2003 general elections.

    Now that its political fortunes have changed, the BLP is questioning the methodology of the poll and trying to smear Wickham’s reputation. The problem with the BLP is that they fooled themselves about invincibility for so long, it’s now hard to accept the real possibility of defeat.

    It so happens that anyone who delivers a favourable report about the BLP, is their friend. However, the minute the report is unfavourable, you become an enemy. Childish behaviour! The BLP will be brought low on Tuesday. Pride and arrogance always come before a fall.

    Some 35% of respondents in the Wickham poll declared support for the DLP, 5% more than for the BLP. With a projected swing of almost 10% against the BLP, Wickham is tipping the DLP to capture at least 20 of the 30 seats in the House of Assembly to form Barbados’ next government.

    Field interviews for the poll were done last weekend. Wickham pointed out that since then, the DLP’s popularity had most likely risen further after the party made shocking revelations of BLP financial mismanagement and corruption at a massive public meeting last Wednesday night. Thousands attended.

    The real shocker for the BLP, however, is DLP leader David Thompson’s rapidly rising popularity. It is a stinging slap in the face of the BLP which went to great lengths to tear down Thompson’s image as a leader.

    Despite it all, in the space of just three months, Thompson’s national rating has shot up from 29% to 41% — just seven percentage points behind Arthur whose rating fell during the same three month period.

    There is a growing groundswell for change in Barbados. Observers are saying it would take a miracle at this eleventh-hour to save the skin of the discredited and desperate BLP which has now resorted to the most outrageous tactics on the campaign trail.

  12. Seekandfind

    ???? People if Mr. O. S Arthur and party wins the Election in 2008 and Ms Mottley wins she SEAT and assumes the post of Deputy.,,, If something were to happen to the leader and he could no longer carry on his duties… would you want Ms Mottley to assume the PM post?

  13. Bajanboy

    I hope that withing the fist 30 days of assuming office, the DLP identifies those companies and individuals in need of investigation and brings in forensic accountants and scotland yard to independently investigate the parties identified.

  14. reality check

    “People if Mr. O. S Arthur and party wins the Election in 2008”

    Barbados cannot afford this assumption to be real,
    not financially, not environmentally, not legally, not culturally and not morally. This includes Owen, Mia and most of the others in the BLP.

    The consequences are too dire to contemplate.

    Get out and vote!!!

  15. lilnubia

    If that speech by David Thompson don’t have you guys thinking about the current government of Barbados and their dishonesty, nothing will. I am a Barbadian living abroad and I believe that it is time for change. Don’t buy into the bullshit that th BLP has been feeding you anymore, and this is coming from someone who has only been recently paying attention to politics. Oh and that Clyde Mascoll dude, I pray that he loses his seat. He is an opportunist.

  16. Get In The Action

    Independent voters have always determined the course of our elections. Those who are not impressed with either camp decide what is best for our country, hold their noses and place their X.

    In 1994 the BLP brought solid fiscal management back to our country, after the decimation by the Dems. Now it is clear that they have lost their way. And despite the fact that I am not sold on Thompson there can be only one decision that is good for the health of our democracy.

    If Thompson does win, his first 100 days in office will tell us all if he’s the real deal or not. Will he investigate the ABC over-runs with a pappy show commission of inquiry or something with more teeth . What will he do with the Gems properties, the money invested will never be recovered. Will he accept back the yardfowls who left under the politics of inclusion who will flock back looking for their share of “the fatted calf”. Will he fill all of the boards of government corporations with his own group of Dem yardfowls or with better qualified independent thinkers. Will he actually enact the promised integrity legislation within the first 100 days.

    Yep, the first 100 days will say a lot about the next 5 years.

  17. Let us compare the two political campaigns todate.

    The DLP have had the blp on the back foot from the outset of this election, theDLP’S campaign has been well thought out and has dealt with the issues facing the people and it is one that has been thought thru by ordinary citizens and the people of this island, on the other hand the blp has been run on replies to the DLP and fear Tactics and hype but most amazingly it is not a campaign that was created by local minds with locals in their thoughts this campaign has been the brain child of one ROY BOYKE who is from TRINIDAD and he the CLOWN JEVAN from RED ADVERTISING my only comment to this is this is a sad display of your professional skills to the two of you.

    However keep the work up it is helping the success of the DLP by leaps and bounds so congrats to you both.

  18. Justice

    What is interesting is the fact that nothing has still been heard about the Ronja Juman matter from either camps amidst all this campaigning? Has anyone forwarded Ronja Juman’s matter to Mr. Thompson or even Mr. Arthur for comment?Also should the DLP win elections could we expect to see them deal with such blatant abuse of power used against bajan citizens at the hands of BLP’s government officials?

  19. Ken Norville

    These BLP-ites, despite our boast of a high level of literacy, are still of the view that Barbadians are foolish. It wasn’t too long ago that Owen Arthur told the police when they asked for better pay and conditions of work that they weren’t special. Now in this election campaign he has the gall to tell them that his party intends to increase the entry level salary of police officers. Police officers, their families and their families must now show him how special they are when they fo to the polls on Tuesday. Vote for better pay and condittions of work.

  20. Johnnie Too Bad

    Over and over again we continue to hear about the lack of good economists in my party. OSA and Malik wid teet are touted around with the governor of the Central Bank as brilliant, although it is hard to say brilliant at what. With such good economists why is our economy in the state it is in. Next thing, the BLP-ites and the Nation does spit up in the air and let it fall back in their face. Were Mia to be leader of the BLP tomorrow in case OSA had overdosed on C-thru, just how much skills would she have that would be different to Davie boy? Of course the yardfowls making these statements don’t often see or think beyond their noses.
    But my friends we have arrived at a place we have wanted to be for a year now and nothing is going to save OSA and his cronies come Tuesday
    Arthur marched his army of fools up to the mountain top and in the words of one writer they were blown away in this mother of all elections by the biblical David. Yes remember how David took out the giant with nothing but a sling-shot. Well the DLP is going to do it with nothing but an X. So my friends get out there and vote. Vote to retake our country, vote for Barbados, let the world see that we are not afraid of OWEN, vote for the DLP.
    Johnnietoobad.

  21. anon

    Hi Nation News, how are you?

    You must be feeling a little sick that you tied yourself to the government of the day and abandoned your duty to the public
    —————————————–
    intersting response. If I defend the nation newspaper it means that I am an employee? I guess if i defended the DLP you would brand me a “DLP Agent” or if I defended the government you would have acused me of being a “BLP agent”.

    Are you suggesting that the only views that aren’t biased on this website are the ones that criticise the government, or the nation newspaper or some other person you have a vendetta against.

    I don’t work at the nation. I am just someone that doesn’t share your view.

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