“Down to Brass Tacks will discuss the need for greater integrity, accountability and transparency in government. Appearing for the government will be Donville Inniss and for the opposition Dale Marshall. Also appearing will be Frank Da Silva. Sunday, 11:00 am to 1:15pm.” …email from a BFP reader
“VECO Didn’t Bribe Anyone In Barbados – Only In Alaska” – BLP’s Dale Marshall To Talk About Integrity In Government… !!!
Will DLP MP Donville Inniss Explain Why David Thompson Lied About Adopting A Ministerial Code? Don’t Hold Your Breath!
Has Brass Tacks Become A Comedy Programme?
This is hilarious: Dale Marshall and Donville Inniss are going to talk about integrity in government.
Marshall was Attorney General for what can arguably be called the most corrupt government administration that Barbados has ever known – and was in charge of at least two cover-ups that are documented.
Donville Inniss represents a lying Prime Minister and a DLP party that deceitfully promised to adopt a Ministerial Code of Conduct from day one. That was a lie, as was the pledge to be transparent and ethical – as evidenced by the Prime Minister’s unethical use of a business jet owned by a company that does business with the government.
These two guys are going to talk to Barbados about the need for integrity in government?
Dale Marshall And The VECO Cover-up
Alaska’s VECO Corporation – builder of the Barbados Oil Terminal and the new prison at Dodds – consistently engaged in bribery of public officials and politicians wherever it operated. As we have seen in various trials coming out of the FBI investigation into VECO’s operations in the United States, bribery and corruption was a standard mode of business operation for this corrupt organisation.
We know from media reports that seized business records and hundreds of hours of secret recordings made by the FBI contain many references to VECO’s projects in Barbados – but when Barbados Free Press broke the story in Barbados both the Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley government and the Barbados news media ignored the existence of the FBI investigation and VECO’s corruption for weeks.
It was only after being forced by embarrassment that the BLP Government decided to send in then Attorney General Dale Marshall to “handle” the situation and engage in a cover-up. The one instruction that Dale Marshall had was to make sure that there would be no inquiry into the hundred-million-dollars of cost overruns at Dodds Prison.
After meeting with VECO executives for thirty minutes, Dale Marshall announced to the world that the executives had told him that everything was fine. Here is what that deceitful scoundrel Marshall told his fellow Bajans about the hundred-million-dollar cost overrun by a corrupt VECO…
“But I am satisfied that the company’s relationship with Barbados and the work they are doing for the Government of Barbados has at all times been entirely above board, and at no time is there any hint of a scandal in relation to the contracting of that company for the work on the prison or other work that they have previously done for the Barbados Government,” …(Nation News story link here)
Those VECO guys must have been pretty fast talkers… don’t you think?
I’ll bet the conversation went something like this…
Marshall: “Good morning gentlemen.”
VECO Executives: “You really don’t want to talk about how much money we gave to the BLP and individual government officials, do you? You really don’t want to talk about how many of the sub-contractors on the jail and the oil terminal have connections with members of your government, do you?”
Marshall: “Thank-you gentlemen for your full co-operation in our intensive vetting of this situation. I am satisfied that the corrupt activities of your CEO in bribing Alaska politicians have nothing to do with Barbados as we are all so honest down here. I shall so inform the public.”
Expect Zero Hard-Hitting Questions From Brass Tacks Radio Hosts
Ever since David Ellis was forced to apologize for daring to ask then-Tourism Minister Noel Lynch how he became an instant millionaire on a government salary, listeners to Brass Tacks radio have heard a mere ghost of what had been the premier political talk show in the country. The cowardly management decided that free speech wasn’t worth it, and the entire station has been slinking around like a neutered dog ever since.
Here are a few questions for Dodging Dale Marshall. See how many the cowering lapdogs of the Barbados news media ask…
Answer These Questions Publicly, Dodging Dale…
1/ How much money did VECO give to the BLP or to party members “campaign donations” in the last 12 years?
2/ Did any of those “campaign donations” find their way into the personal bank accounts of any BLP members?
3/ What gifts were received from VECO by government members or their relatives?
4/ How many subcontractors at the jail project and the oil terminal project are related to or otherwise associated with members of the Barbados Government?
5/ Does or did VECO employ any political lobbyists in Barbados and are any of them related in any way to members of government?
6/ Does or did VECO employ any consultants in Barbados and are any of them related in any way to members of government?
Bajans have been promised ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation – for 39 years. Neither the BLP nor the DLP have any credibility left on this subject.
Not one damned bit of credibility.
As for my family, we’re not going to listen to Brass Tacks today because we don’t have time to waste on the weekend – and this show would surely be a waste of our time.
These political and media elites don’t get it: The words of DLP and BLP politicians simply don’t matter anymore on matters of ITAL. Their actions say everything. No words are necessary.
Time for a new political party with ITAL as a foundation.
Further Reading At BFP…
VECO Scandal: FBI Looking At How Oil Services Company Won Contracts For Arctic Research Despite Having No Experience In The Field… We Ask How VECO Got The Barbados Jail Contract With No Jail-Building Experience