Thompson Government Leaks Report Of Corrupt Activities Under Former BLP Government – But Refuses To Adopt Integrity Rules Itself

“MORE THAN $300 000 in contracts were awarded to a senior employee of a certain Government department…” … from Nation News story Money Probe

Gather round friends, and we’ll tell you about some smoke and mirrors taking place right now under chief magician and Barbados Prime Minister, David Thompson.

According to the Nation News, “sources” have leaked details about an audit surrounding some government projects handled through an unknown Ministry under the past BLP Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley government. It is exactly as we’ve been saying here at BFP for the past two years – Government Officials awarded government contracts to themselves or companies in which they had an interest. Some work was probably done, and for other contracts no trace of any work or results can be found.

Of course the current David Thompson Government members will wag their fingers at the old BLP administration and strut around like a bunch of smirking school children taking pleasure that the teacher caught out someone else and not them

David Thompson & The DLP Lied About Adopting A Ministerial Code

The problem facing the current government and law enforcement as they try to piece together what happened is that there are no rules prohibiting government employees from awarding lucrative contracts to themselves, family members or friends.

During the election, Prime Minister Thompson said that his government would adopt a Ministerial Code immediately upon forming a government – and in fact the DLP’s proposed Ministerial Code would have prohibited such conflicts of interest as government officials awarding contracts to themselves.

Except that David Thompson lied and his government did not adopt the Ministerial Code.

He also promised ITAL – Integrity, Transparency, Accountability Legislation in 100 days.

That was a lie too.

So the members of the current government shouldn’t be so smug about catching a few minor officials engaging in corrupt activities that might not even be prohibited in law.

Voters should be asking themselves why Thompson and his DLP Government don’t want to implement rules that will criminalize and prohibit corrupt behavior.

Same old, same old ’bout these hills…

Here piggy, piggy, piggy! Soooooooeeeeee! Come and get it!

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64 responses to “Thompson Government Leaks Report Of Corrupt Activities Under Former BLP Government – But Refuses To Adopt Integrity Rules Itself

  1. Fool me once

    $300,000

    Goodness, gracious, mercy me that’s a lotta money. Can we know what it was for? Or is it just telling us the government is still out of control.

    Owen and his gang were making off with more $ than that each and every day. What Thompy gonna do now?

  2. Barbados the Beautiful

    Its now official

    BLP- Banditry & Looting Party

    DLP- Dastardly Larceny Party

    David Thompson’s quick abandonment of the promises that got him elected are all we need to know. Word is his party members are threatening to revolt if he introduces ITAL. Folks like Lowe, Sinckler, Carrington want their share of the fatted calf after all they have done for the party.

    David Thompson is too experienced in this game not to know that his underlings need to be reined in by ITAL and instead he has done nothing. Will that be his legacy, more trough feeding, or is he the leader he says he is?

  3. Don’t be so harsh on Thommo, give him the chance he deserves. I think time will show he is right on cue.

  4. Tell me about the the working arrangement between a staff member of the NCF that supplies services to all the events in Barbados while working for the Gov’t and his working partnership with mottley as a business partner in his operation, I seem to have heard the company was something like DB PRODUCTIONS???
    I personally am very happy to see that finally we are having some forward movement with regard to exposing the corruption that was the blp past Gov’t.

    The most recent case is yet another example of the trickle down effect by that I mean the effect that those throughout the various levels of Gov’t witnessed gross corruption from the PM and his cronies and no attempt to censure or charge any of them so people like this guy decided to cash in and be part of the program of blp corruption.

    Well done arthur and company your dishonesty did not stop at you and your ministers it filtered all the way donw to ones behind the desk in Gov’t offices, what a sad statement.

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    BFP says,

    The saddest statement is that the dishonest DLP refused to adopt any rules so that they are free to do the same thing. It is all legal, you know!

  5. very concerned

    Barbados the Beautiful

    “Folks like Lowe, Sinckler, Carrington want their share of the fatted calf after all they have done for the party.”

    tell us this isn’t the same Dr. Denis Lowe that heavily promoted the “Charter for Change” which included ITAL?

  6. Thistle

    I agree with you, Matallie.

  7. BAFBFP

    The US dollar is plummeting against the true international standard of worth, Gold. It is dragging all of the other currencies down with it as the Euro is gearing up to be the next world reserve currency.
    So many really big issues to talk about and you are still focussed on local politics.

  8. justice

    BFP, how could it be legal to steal? There is a tort called misfeasance in public office (look it up) which would cover these wrongs, but it is a lack of investigation and enforcement which allow these people to get away. We shall see where this investigation goes.

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    BFP says.. TORT???????

    Civil suit???????

    Why, sure…. go ahead and sue, by all means.

    But there is no prohibition right now against a government official awarding a contract to themselves, or a friend or a relative. And that is what ITAL will prohibit… which is why the DLP Thompson government has not adopted ITAL and their promised Ministerial Code.

    Stealing is stealing, of course. But giving a fat contract to yourself as a government official… It be all OK!

  9. Hants

    BFP says

    “there are no rules prohibiting government employees from awarding lucrative contracts to themselves, family members or friends.”

    Do some research BFP. The above is simply not true.

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    BFP says,

    Please quote the exact Barbados law that prohibits a government official from awarding a contract to a family member.

    Thanks…

    … and we’ll see you much later!
    Thanks!

  10. BFP relax, rtelax I know it is a talking point for you but rest assured it will be attended to.

    In the meanwhile why not switch your attention to the valiant efforts of this neew Gov’t to halt the corruption and dishonesty that existed under the previous Gov’t, but guess that is not as sensational and reader catching as some other headlines, but if we were honest with ourselves we would state that much has been done in the very short time that the DLP has been in office, the Launch last evening was a noted moment in the affairs of Barbados but not a squeek on that front, you were bold enogh to state that the DLP seemed to be prepared to let the previous Gov’t get away with the scams etc , we saw for the entire week where the paper showed that the scam at HARDWOOD HOUSING and URBAN DEVEOPMENT COMMISSION are under a Forensic investigation, and as recently as yesterday we see the exposure of the blp Dr and his girlfriend and his fraud against the people.

    Lets us face facts there is lot to be done and a lot is being done in the name of restoring honesty to this island, it has started with DAVID THOMPSON and the DLP, give the Gov’t a breakand room to operate, after all you gave the blp 14 to rape us, give the DLP some time to correct the wrongs of 14 years of corruption and neglect.

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    BFP says,

    “Talking Point” ??????

    Thompson and the DLP promised – in writing – to immediately adopt a Ministerial Code upon being elected.

    They lied.

    Thompson and the DLP promised – in writing – to implement ITAL within 100 days.

    They lied.

    You may cast this away as a “talking point”, but we had our suspicions that he was lying during the election and said so… but we decided to give him a chance to prove himself a liar.

    Thompson has proven that he lied.

    What’s your problem with that? We accept it.

  11. The previous admistration was CORRUPT VERY CORRUPT no question about it, sadly those working in other gov’t departments saw the Ministers stealing and nothing was happening to them, so they in turn followed suit, there is widespread stealing within some areas of Gov’t and it needs to be addressed, ask Booza King, Pan African affairs commission chairman, Urban Development, one that I will not discuss too much at this time but one that has defrauded us the taxpayers by in excess of a million dollars, DANOS 3S, V ECO PRISON , VECO OIL STORAGE FACILITY, Owen Arthur, Hallam Nicholls, Glyne Bannister, Noeless Lynch, Glyne Clarke.

    AS I mentioned in my posting above that there was another one to be revealed at a later date and remarkably it appears in the Nation of today’s date the name has been left blank but but the Dr will get all the medication he needs to fix his problems in due course.

    I find it most amazing that when all the calls were being made by all and sundry about if the DLP were going to address this corruption there was a lot being said but now that there is a clear cut plant in action to deal with this corruption at every level be it at the level of PM, Deputy PM, AG, or the Hallam Nicholls and Glyne Bannister’s of this island THEY WILL ALL GET THEIR TIME IN COURT.

    I commend the DLP for taking the bull by the horns and addressing the matter of rampant CORRUPTION in the blp former Gov’t and I sincerely hope that they do what is required and send those that have stolen from us, to the Court System to be charged found guilty and sentenced to prison time.

  12. So the members of the current government shouldn’t be so smug about catching a few minor officials engaging in corrupt activities that might not even be prohibited in law.

    ARE you really serious BFP ?

    I assumed you were more mature than to make a statement such as this what a shame that to get a point over you are prepared to distort the truth.

    Do you really and honestly believe that this Gov’t would attempt to charge people if they could not be found guilty in a court of law, give me a break that is silly.

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    BFP says,

    As we said, theft is theft – but you will not be charging any government official for the offense of awarding a government contract to themselves or their relatives or friends.

    … because that is not illegal, although it is illegal under the ITAL that your DLP government refuses to adopt.

  13. iWatchya

    BAFBFP:

    That is a very good statement. So, why aren’t we hearing what the government’s plans are to address such situations??

    What about the rising costs of oil and rampant inflation?

    It seems to me that these “wild boys and girls” are looking to steel from us poor bajans (again) and then bid us farewell when it all collapses.

    Two of the GOB ministers were both in financial trouble prior to elections… who is paying their bills now?

    It is my understanding that they are firing and terminating contracts, so that they can just put in their cronies to feed at the trough.

    Has anyone heard what Hartley Henry’s position is and how much is his salary?

    What about the other consultants that I hear are being brought on board? What are their salaries?

    Are we laying off five men / women to pay one person the same amount of “saved” GOB salary expenditure?

    People need to open their eyes a bit more. Thompy ain’t a savior, we need to reign in polititions and get them to run the country with the honour and truthfulness that we need.

  14. iWatchya

    WIV:

    Corruption is rampant within the civil service and at the ministerial level.

    Legislation needs to be tightened up and BOTH groups should be reprimanded once they break the rules set out.

    If you were in the private sector and were caught stealing from or double dealing your employer, you would be terminated out right. Most of the time those cases are not tried in court because arrangements are made with the individual or the employer just does not want the headache of going through the whole legal process.

    Are you saying that is alright to steal once you are a low level worker? I grew up with norms and a conscience… I would hope that society is not that corrupt now.

  15. Hants

    “BFP says,

    Please quote the exact Barbados law that prohibits a government official from awarding a contract to a family member.”

    Can’t help yuh BFP. I am not a lawyer.

    Can you BFP state for a fact that there are no conflict of interest rules in Barbados?

    Can the Minister of Transport start up his own Bus company and give the company a contract to transport passengers?

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    BFP says,

    Hi Hants,

    Yes absolutely… and many government officials, both elected and appointed, have had interests in companies which have received government contracts. There is no prohibition in Barbados law against this and this is what we have been campaigning for over the past 2 years.

    That is the difference between your ITAL laws in Canada and in Barbados.

    In Canada there is a straight prohibition of a government official awarding a contract to an entity where he/she has an interest or even a POTENTIAL conflict of interest. (ie: awarding a contract to your “wife’s” company)

    Here in Barbados it is legal and is done all the time… but folks are starting to wake up to what conflicts of interest and ITAL are all about.

    Do you get it now, Hants? The difference between Canada and Barbados law?

  16. I never suggest anything as such that it was ok once it was low level, stealing at any level is wrong and should be addressed.

    What I said was that the stealing within Gov’t was fuelled from the top where those lower down the order seemed to believe that if the PM would not be caught so neither would they.

  17. iWatchya

    WIV:

    Thank you for clarifying that for me.

    That means it has been going on for generations.

    I remember certain old folkes reminiscing that “nuff people in we village get raise up pun de hospital food”.

    Recently I heard about the massive amount of theft in the school meals department. Certain individuals stealing the good cuts of chicken, beef, etc, etc.
    One lady was said to be selling eggs…. and owns not a fowl…

    I remember I was passing a building site and saw a gentleman attending his construction crew, while on goverment hours.

    It is rampant and has been in place since before we were independent.

  18. Thistle

    Now, WIV, I think you know I’m with you – if not ALL the way, well most of it – but I really think you’re concentrating too heavily on what the other lot did and the crimes they committed, and yes, they should be punished (you really think that will happen??), and not on what is happening here and NOW, in the PRESENT. Unlike BFP, I do not think David Thompson told a deliberate lie about ITAL, but I think his biggest mistake was the “100 day promise”. If he had just said, yes, we will introduce ITAL … full stop, then people would be more willing to wait. But when you make a promise and attach a time limit to it, you should damn well keep that promise, and that has not happened, so you can’t blame people for becoming agitated.

  19. Hants

    BFP says

    “Do you get it now, Hants? The difference between Canada and Barbados law.”

    Under Canadian Law, the Minister puts his company in a “blind trust” controlled by other family members and can still benefit from “Government” contracts.

    Anyway BFP your position is reasonable.

    Government ministers and Civil servants should not be in a position to benefit from Government contracts.

    ITAL is vital but you will have to wait.

    I paid bds$2.80 per litre for premium Gas in Toronto this morning. Last week in Barbados I enjoyed a break at $2.62.

    BFP how about starting a “topic” discussing the cost of living?

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    BFP says,

    Hi Hants,

    I think we understand each other. Am I correct that in your city, if the guy who controls the awarding of contracts for say, cleaning supplies for the city, awarded the contract to a company owned by his wife, there would be hell to pay?

    Happens here all the time and there is nothing against it. We even had a situation where a government department purchased paper at three times the street price from a company owned by the government official’s brother. No bids, no tenders. Nada. Just phoned up his own brother and said “send me 1000 packages and charge me what you like”. Happens all the time on Bim!

  20. passin thru

    never mind the 100 days. Thompson say he would adopt the Ministerial code IMMEDIATELY when he was elected.

    Why didn’t he do it?

    He is a LIAR. He said all that just to get elected.

  21. Tony Hall

    The investigations will continue and more persons will be exposed. Give the Gov’t a chance. If at the end and we do not see any satisfactory results then we can complain. BFP, keep talking about ITAL and see where it is going to get you. There are more important things that the gov’t has to worry about, i.e controlling the skyrocketting cost of living and keeping crime down..

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    BFP says…

    Ah yes… here we go from the government apologist. “There are more important things than integrity.”

    Let me tell you sir… there is nothing more important than integrity because lack of it is the foundation that everything and all your skyrocketing costs are built upon.

    Why do you think that we had cost overruns of 100, 200, 300 percent on major projects under the last government? The lack of rules corrupts everything from the top on down.

    We were promised that, unlike the last bunch of thieves, there would be rules for government officials (elected and appointed) under Thompson.

    He lied. Simple as that.

    The DLP is no different than the last bunch. Don’t you understand that the vast majority of people who enter politics and public service do so with the best of intentions? Don’t you understand that without rules there are few who can withstand the temptation?

    Even Mr. Lowe who talked “Charter for Change” and ITAL for years has now shut his mouth and is enjoying his new perks, thank you very much.

    No conflict of interest rules, no rules against awarding government contracts to friends and relatives – or even your own company! Same as the last bunch.

    So doan give me this garbage about there are more important things to be done.

    That is the same old horse manure that Arthur and Mottley spread for the last 15 years and the same that the DLP government spread before them!

    THOMPSON LIED.

    We get it.

  22. passin thru

    “The DLP is no different than the last bunch. Don’t you understand that the vast majority of people who enter politics and public service do so with the best of intentions? Don’t you understand that without rules there are few who can withstand the temptation?”

    That captures it exactly BFP. ITAL was so important for Thompy to win the election that he committed to a schedule. After the DLP won they don’t want to hear about ITAL.

    ITAL is not important to the DLP anymore. It served it’s purpose.

  23. Jason

    Thompson didn’t lie he really meant to go forward with integrity legislation. His Ministers wouldn’t have any part of it that is why Thompson wasn’t able to put it through.

  24. Partial

    Pardon my ignorance, but really, does the PM need a majority vote from his ministers to pass ITAL. Can’t he say “this is what I want” and give instructions to have it done. If not, what can we as the people who put them there actually DO? All we doing right now is talking, talking. Shouldn’t we be organising a peaceful demonstration, writing letters, something? How about if one of our brainy BFP family draft a letter that we can print and send to Thompy. Somebody please come up with an idea, if not we will still be talking for the next several years. We need to let these people know that we are serious.

  25. South

    We got beat. Thompson and the DLP promised but as soon as they got power they didn’t care about integrity conflict of interest etc etc etc. I almost don’t care about what happened before with teh BLP if we can stop the bleeding from now on. The only way to do that is to have rules and laws about integrity and issuing contracts to relatives, but as soon as we believe the politicians and elect them they forget about putting rules in place that will limit how they can feed at the pig trough.

    I think I hate Thompson more than Arthur for this dishonesty because I believed that Thompson would change things. I really believed in him.

  26. passin thru

    South said ” I really believed in him.” (Thompson)

    Take a number South. You’re not alone.

  27. Straight talk

    We all feel duped by these broken promises, and it is not lessened by the PM saying my cabinet will not come to heel.

    A real leader would confront the obstacle to his major election policy by naming, shaming and deselecting these frauds, and calling an election with candidates who are genuinely signed up to ITAL, not merely paying lip service as an expedience to winning the people’s confidence.

    Barbados voted for change.

    If it is true they are stonewalling on ITAL, they are even worse than the last lot and good riddance to the lot of them.

  28. Hants

    Can we try this for 1 week.

    Focus on the world economic crisis affecting us and discuss solutions to the ever increasing prices of Gas and food.

    After that we can continue attacking the Government on ITAL

    Unless you are all so rich that you don’t care I think the economy should be topic #1 for a week.

    Just checked Air Canada for flight to Barbados next week and the fuel surcharge is Cad$ 170.
    Glad I went last week.

  29. Straight talk

    Been trying that for a year, Hants.

    We’ll be in this state of denial until the lights go out.

    Then we’ll blame the Guyanese.

    This is beyond this government’s, any government’s, control.

    First you laugh, then you get angry, then you blame someone and when all else fails…you act.

    Act now!

  30. BAFBFP

    Kentone having fun wid wunna, and he right (except for the Loveridge thing). But here’s the thing, Black Bajans don’ say R’sshole not since the 70’s at least not the way this guy does, (he ain’ cussing right) so there is a good chance that your man is part of the 3% cultural elete, a grassroots wanna be. But cawbli’ya, ya can’ catch he.

  31. rumboy

    What a disgusting statement Kentone, a disgrace to any form of communication.

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    BFP says,

    We removed “Kentone” post this morning. It is the same crew that has been threatening murder for months in contravention of many laws here in Barbados. Unfortunately the current police will not investigate because – as Doctor Duguid confirmed – many of the threats came from his computer at Parliament.

    So you see, the police will not investigate because members of the BLP political elite are behind the attacks.

  32. BFP

    We removed “Kentone” post this morning. It is the same crew that has been threatening murder for months in contravention of many laws here in Barbados. Unfortunately the current police will not investigate because – as Doctor Duguid confirmed – many of the threats came from his computer at Parliament.

    So you see, the police will not investigate because members of the BLP political elite are behind the attacks.

  33. Wishing in Vain

    Sorry I missed the comments, but nothing surprises me with that group of clowns.

    Let us be real and honest if the computer has been tracked to the one in Parliament, do we really believe that the members of the opposition would set out to destroy its own case or more likely was it not the same action of duguid and his gang to spread vile comments.

    I would suggest that you call Parliament and obtain a video clip showing Duguids seat in Parliament ( this they can do) at the appointed times these threats were made and I am almost 100 percent sure that on each and every time that the message was sent you will find Duguid’s seat to be vacant.

    Not a hard ask and one that will reveal the real culprit in this scam.

  34. rumboy

    Re the ease – lowering of the diesel price is good but cannot understand the removing of whole chicken from the control price. This will not ease the retail price as a very large percentage of chicken consumed comes through Montrose who have their own breeding pens and in turn buy very little from other growers / breeders. Removing the price cap will not encourage them to lower their price to the consumer.

  35. reality check

    “there is a good chance that your man is part of the 3% cultural elete, a grassroots wanna be”

    Are Duiguid and his pals part of the cultural elite?

    By the words used in the threats, one would assume part of the unwashed and uneducated. thugs that governed this country not so long ago.

  36. Gilly

    BFP,

    Something I don’t understand. The article I read on this particular issue said the forensic accounting on this particular issue was instituted by the BLP and NOT the DLP.

    Why are the DLP taking credit for it?

    See excerpt below… Am I missing something?

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    “These are some of the findings of an audit ordered by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur of the books of a Government department involved in a number of multi-million dollars projects in recent years.

    While it could not be ascertained whether the report and its findings were available to the former Barbados Labour Party administration before the January 2008 general election, sources said the report was now “engaging the full attention of the David Thompson Government”.”

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    BFP comments…

    Hello Gilly,

    There were many reports and audits that were ordered and then shelved by the previous BLP government and I guess this is just one more. Did we really expect them to come out with the report prior to the last election? Heck, we’re still waiting for the Hotels & Resorts report!

  37. Gilly

    Full Article for those who may not have seen it.

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/291765929483765.php

    MONEY PROBE
    Published on: 5/25/08.

    MORE THAN $300 000 in contracts were awarded to a senior employee of a certain Government department:

    A specialised piece of equipment was purchased by that same department for use by a contractor who then turned around and billed the department
    for the same equipment.

    Three identical contracts were issued to one individual for the same services between October 2007 and March 2008 for $87 000, $88 000 and $28 000, when at the same time another agency was given a similar contract for $87 000.

    More than $11 000 was paid
    to a company for lab work, but investigators are unable to find the company anywhere in Barbados.

    Local purchase orders
    were being written after goods
    were acquired.

    These are some of the findings of an audit ordered by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur of the books of a Government department involved in a number of multi-million dollars projects in recent years.

    While it could not be ascertained whether the report and its findings were available to the former Barbados Labour Party administration before the January 2008 general election, sources said the report was now “engaging
    the full attention of the David Thompson Government”.

    Information on what was contained in the report leaked into the public domain after a meeting late last month of heads of agencies and departments that fall under the ambit of the Ministry of Family, Youth, Sports and the Environment at its Hincks Street office in The City.

    According to one source, the report recommended further investigation of some questionable spending, explanation of other expenditure, and that some employees be called on to repay money which had been inappropriately expended for their benefit.

    In one instance it was alleged that a sink and related works were completed for almost $7 000, but investigators were unable to locate the sink at any property for which the particular department was responsible.

    No comment

    When contacted, the permanent secretary in that ministry explained that he was not in a position to comment on the status of the report or its contents, since it all related
    to a matter that was still under investigation and in any event was under “confidential cover”.

    He directed all further enquiries to the Office of the Director of Finance and Economic Affairs, explaining that the report would have been ordered by the last Government through that agency and “it would have gone
    to who requested it”.

    Director of Finance Grantley Smith also declined to comment, saying it was a “confidential report” to the Minister of Finance.

    While repeated attempts to get a comment from Arthur were unsuccessful, former Deputy Prime Minister, now Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley said she knew her former boss had ordered a number of audits, but she had not seen the report.

    Similarly, former Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Clyde Mascoll, said he too knew that a number of investigations had been undertaken, but he was not aware of the findings.

    However, a second source who attended the meeting said when the charges were read out, many of the heads were speechless. (CM)

  38. Wishing in Vain

    many more would be even more speechless if you made aware who the person involved in this fraud is??????

  39. Straight talk

    Not like you to be so coy, WIV.

    Who is it?
    and what action will be taken?

  40. I stated on this site sometime ago that this was going to be revealed and may I say how happy I am to see each and every scam exposed by this new DLP Gov’t.

    They are being exposed almost on a daily basis, full marks to The Prime Minister The Hon David Thompson and his team for doing what he said that he would do.

    mootley must be shaking in her boots knowing that the HARDWOOD HOUSING AUDIT is near to hand, and then she still has to address the stealing that she and arthur condoned at URBAN and there will be a FORENSIC AUDIT coming in on that one as well, NSC which in my opinon is in need of a FORENSIC AUDIT and BOOZA KING, and the most recent one at C_____ and the blp Dr.

  41. His Christian name is associated with the roar of a Lion or a little lion and his surname rhymes with rooster.

    Now that I have given all the details away what more do you need of me???

    mottley must be a little shakyshe has some HARDWOOD COMING her way and you and I know she does not like any HARDWOOD at ALL.

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    BFP says,

    Aha… Mr. Tooster it is then! 😉

  42. 174

    WIV,
    It would be good to conserve our coastlines!

  43. HAAAAAAAAAAA, 174 you are swimming in some very turbulent waters indeed maybe a young Lion may put you out of your troubles out you pull him into more troubles, but then again the amount of trouble that he is in anything pales by comparison.

    Remember always stay close to the Coastal shore when swimming.

  44. .8

    The person BFP is LEO bREWSTER.

  45. Thomas Gresham

    I am worried about future corruption in Barbados. Like most things in economic life, there is a “demand” for corruption and “supply”. A country can become less corrupt even if there is no change in the amount of people who wish to pay for favours, if the supply of, or opportunity for, corruption is reduced.

    The supply or opportunity for corruption comes from the amount of licences, and preferences that government’s give out: the power of patronage. Like other countries India has substantially reduced the amount of corruption – which in turn has supported its ascent to being a global power – not by reducing the demand for corruption, but by dismantling the “Licence Raj” where you needed a licence for everything. India cut the supply and the opportunity for corruption.

    I am sure that our new government arrived in office with an anti-corruption zeal. But I am getting worried. No integrity legislation suggests they are no better (but also no worse) than the other lot. But the real problem with diesel subsidies for some but not all, financial preferences for some public sector workers, but not all workers, potential land-use restrictions for Bajans on the East Coast but not for others, is that all these preferences, privileges and exceptions, along with Parish Ambassadors, creates new opportunities for corruption. It raises the supply.

    One of the best weapons against corruption is a free and independent press and so I was a little worried too to see little sign of improvement on that front. A major benefactor not hitherto associated with broadcasting standards became CBC Chair and the owner of the Advocate was awarded with an important post he does not appear immediately suited to. I dont know these people and they may turn out to be honourable men. If not, we will have to rely on BFP to be extra vigilant.

  46. Gort

    Once again I ask: Is there a Code of Ethics for Blog sites?

    Can I see who finances Barbdos Free Press and who pays this piper? If having a code of ethics and integrity legislation for companies, newspapers, blogs is part of the ITAL process I am all for it.

    I truly want to form my own opinion in relation to the stands that BFP takes. They criticise the Chinese, could they be receiving Taiwanese money? Probably.

    They criticise Kingsland and the CJ but does Peter Allard give them money?

    Do the importers/sellers of condoms give BFP kickbacks.

    We need to know these important things.

    BFP, put up or damn well shut up!!

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    BFP says

    For over 2 years the political elites have tried to discover who we are. They threatened us with lawsuits, then imprisonment, then murder.

    None of us receive anything for this other than the satisfaction of tweeking the lion’s tail, but the lion is always a lion.

  47. Gort

    By the way, I precisely heard David Thompson say that the draft legislation is being considered by an Independent Committee headed by an Independent Senator but that issues of corruption in the private sector are relevant too.

    I want to let the Committee know what I think of the DLP draft BEFORE it is passed since I am not an MP.

    Who bribes politicians? It is not only the politicians I want to get at but those who benefit in the private sector. In others words, how would ITAL have dealt with Rodney Wilkinson who is not on any Board? Or a government employee?

    Who bribes BFP to carry such dishonest stories from time to time? I want the legislation to get to the bottom of who influences what in Barbados.

  48. On another score as we have recently seen the revelation of the massive stealing that was allowed to take place ubder the previous blp gov’t, shown up as recently as Sunday where at Coastal Leo Brewster and his girlfriend combined to hit us the taxpayers for in excess of a Million Dollars, now this was information known to arthur prior to the elections and never acted on, now tell me was this a mature , caring of the people it served gov’t ?
    Or one more concerned about the feel good ,look good factor?

    I am eagerly awaiting the Forensic audit on HARDWOOD HOUSING, which from reports reaching me state that a report has already been issued and this very report has endorsed everything the PM has said about that scam MASSCOT and HARDWOOD.

    It reveals that we did allow a major theft of taxpayers monies, and it was done so with full blessing of the blp and more importantly the PM ,DPM and Masscot.

    No wonder mottley is ducking and diving and looking for holes as she is on the verge of taking some HARDWOOD.

    Not only on the subject of HARDWOOD but also to with the theft at COASTAL as they were fully aware and alert to this major theft carried out by Leo Brewster and his girlfriend but willfully said and did nothing to affect their chances of a win in the last elections, when poltics can ride surpreme over good solid honest judgment we will have real issues with the leadership of the time.

  49. Get in the Action

    BFP

    I think a question also needs to be asked about the Video Lottery Terminals now rolling out across this island. Was this not a major campaign issue for Thompson and the DLP. WIV ranted against them – where do they stand now?

    This is casino gambling on its way in every small rumshop.

  50. Licky Lickum

    Gambling is legal in all forms other than in a casino….hypocrisy.

    Drugs are legal (coffee & alcohol) in all forms other than marijuana and cocaine….hypocrisy. Even marijuana legal once you smoke it in your own home apparently. A few years back Ikal Tafari said he like to sit in his tabernacle and meditate during one of his rants bout legalizing marijuana and I never heard of any police search of his home.

    St. Joseph Anglican Church has a picnic every year (on a Sunday I might add) where it allows and condones everything it cries down on the pulpit for the sake of money…..hypocracy.

    Thinking that a new set of politicians preaching ITAL were actually going to implement it….hypocracy.

    I should add that I voted for change. Not the change that was being preached however. I just thought Owen and crew had stolen enough and somebody else should get a chance. I time to come I will vote for change again.

    I am not a hypocrite.

  51. Devil

    Let the truth be known. The more things change the more they become the same. Et tu BFP?

  52. Devil

    What about the video lottery terminals? Are consumers of BFP’s blog guaranteed against the truth?

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    BFP says,

    Whatever do you mean … “Are consumers of BFP’s blog guaranteed against the truth?” ????

    What a weird phrase!

    If you want to see what we have written about gambling on Barbados, search the word in the box at the top and you’ll see several articles.

    You might start here.

  53. Devil

    The truth lies in permanent moderation. Why? Only you can set it free.

  54. Get in the Action

    BFP

    WIV seems very quiet on this Video Lottery Terminal issue. Not so just a few months ago. The VLT guys went underground when Thompson went after them on the platform at Haggat Hall. Now just 5 months later ads are in the paper and terminals in the rum shops. What has changed?

  55. Hollywood

    Do you guys have nothing better to do than sit around and criticize? You’re all really like a bunch of women…if the new Government doesn’t do this fast enough, or hasn’t adopted this or that…or has some differing opinion than yours….geez….give me a break really! Get involve and provide solutions, or shut up and give the new government a chance to get things done. Only a few months ago, you were all talking about just what a mess the BLP had created. Am I now to believe that this “grand mess” that existed should somehow be magically corrected in the 4-5 odd months the new government has been in power?

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    BFP says,

    Why did Thompson not adopt a Ministerial Code as he said he would?

    Oink Oink!!!!

  56. Do any of us know what the arrangements were in place with Owing and Hallam Nicholls and the suppliers of these machines before the elections??

  57. Mea Culpa

    The previous government approved the VLT machines. The reason why the principals were lying low is because David Thompson said they will have to pay the same licence fee as existing operators!

    And that there has to be a level playing field. So they are now testing this administration and I hope this administration strikes back.

    But, essentially, it was a done deal with Owen Arthur and Lynette Eastmond. That facts are there.

    I hope that this does not get moderated out like many other comments! Who pays to keep this BFP site going? Is it someone we can trust in Barbados?

  58. Tell me Why

    I think a question also needs to be asked about the Video Lottery Terminals now rolling out across this island. Was this not a major campaign issue for Thompson and the DLP.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    I heard about these machines during the massive meeting in Haggatt Hall. The public were told that these machines were in a container. But no one knew if the container(s) were in the port or by the purchaser’s compound. Maybe, these machines came in under a legal gaming subhead but were refused after checking. I am asking, who gave the permission to release them and which ministry approved them to be installed around the island? Makes me wonder.

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  60. Juris a Joker

    Here we are a whole year later Matallie.

    How many more years are you willing to give Thompson before you admit that he lied about the integrity legislation etc. ?

  61. Juris a Joker

    Hey, Wishing In Vain. What do you say now? Another year and no ITAL!.

  62. Juris a Joker

    Hey Thistle… a year later. What do you say now?

  63. Hey Tony Hall!

    What you say now?

  64. BFP

    Two years later, still no Integrity Legislation. What a joke.