UPDATE: January 10, 2012
Here is a little article we wrote back in August of 2008 where we explained that Prime Minister Thompson will be calling all manner of “special audits” looking into wrong-doing by the past BLP Arthur/Mottley Government – but that no persons will be held responsible due to a gentleman’s agreement between the DLP and BLP.Have a read and tell us – was BFP right on the money or not? Four years later and not one person charged.Prime Minister Thompson and his DLP told us that money flowed into overseas BLP bank accounts. The DLP told us that corruption was rampant. They told us that they would introduce Conflict of Interest rules, Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information.Did the DLP lie to us?
Previous Arthur/Mottley BLP Government Shouldn’t Worry: The Fix Is In!
I think I’ve lost track of the number of “Special”, “Forensic” and “Special Forensic” audits talked about by the David Thompson DLP Government. Thompson and his gang are in their ninth month of governing Barbados and one thing is for sure…
The fix is in. There will be lots of shouting and posturing, but no real action will be taken to hold members of the previous administration to account for their corruption. And there will be no real action taken by the Thompson Government to recover any of the millions of our tax dollars that were given away in overpriced sweetheart government contracts by the Arthur/Mottley administration.
If Prime Minister Thompson and his government were serious about integrity and recovering our misspent tax dollars, we would have seen three serious indicators…
1/ Thompson and his DLP Government would have kept their promise to adopt a Ministerial Code from day one. (Instead, a rebellion by government members who want the DLP to have their turn at feeding at the public trough forced Thompson to cancel his integrity promises.)
2/ Barbados government policy from day one would have been that no government contracts were to be issued to businesses owned by elected or appointed government officials or their immediate family members. (Instead, the Prime Minister himself borrowed a business jet from people who have contracts with the Barbados government – a clear conflict of interest to which the PM’s only answer is silence.)
3/ On day one, the new Barbados government would have immediately moved to secure the paper and electronic business records of the government in all areas – and particularly in major projects over the past 14 years where tens of millions of tax dollars (and probably more) is totally unaccounted for. (This was not done. No use looking for those records now – nine months later! – But that was the Thompson plan all along… don’t force the issue.)
Good god – Mia Mottley, Owen Arthur and the rest of their cabal spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars on major projects like the prison and flyovers where standard business contracts simply do not exist!
So now, nine months into their administration, the Thompson Government has announced a handful of “special” audits here and there – as if anything will come of them. Nothing will come of them because it is all about show and show only. The one thing that the DLP Thompson Government will not do is to seriously investigate wrongdoing by members of the previous BLP government and hold named individuals accountable through criminal or civil action.
This is because Thompson and his government are starting their own feeding frenzy at the public trough, and they do not want a future BLP government to come looking for revenge.
In the end, we are a small island controlled by a handful of elites – who have a gentlemen’s agreement in place that harsh words will be the most lethal weapon allowed on the political playing field. If somebody big goes to jail, it might ruin the whole thing for all the piggies.
For that reason too, don’t expect any serious public release of past accounts.
You want the Barbados government to request the FBI evidence into prison builder VECO’s corrupt acts in Barbados? Not a chance.
You want to know the actual amount of tax money put into the GEMS Hotel fiasco? You want to know which hotels were bought and sold and by whom? You want to know how much David Shorey passed on to government officials in kickbacks and “consulting” contracts?
It is not going to happen on the Thompson government’s watch.
Former Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch shouldn’t worry: no one will ever ask him again just how he became a millionaire in three short years on a government salary!
Same old, same old. Through their inaction and pretended actions, David Thompson and his friends have now truly shown that they are part of the problem.
Ladies and gentlemen: the DLP piggies have arrived at the trough.
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