Daily Archives: December 8, 2008

As Others See Us – A Scotsman Documents Barbados

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Garry Wynters has no agenda. He is a Scotsman now living in Barbados who is blogging his impressions and photos of our country on his two blogs: The Barbados Blog and Barbados Photo Blog.

Wynters’ outstanding photography and posts filled with dry-humour and spot-on observations are worth your time.

We don’t always agree with his opinions, but Garry often makes us think.

Try his latest…

Another Driving Lesson For the Good Folks Of Barbados

Beauty Spot’s Tarnished By Litter Bugs

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Barbados Lottery: Millions Of Dollars Flowing with No Transparency, No Rules

Like many other smaller jurisdictions Barbados contracted with an outside firm to run official lotteries. How much “commission” is paid to “outside consultants” by the Barbados government or by the outside lottery company is not only totally unregulated – it is highly secret because if the Barbados public knew who was getting a cut of their lottery money…

…Well, we can’t allow that, can we?

Nor are we allowed to know how much the outside lottery firm has contributed as “political campaign donations” to the BLP or the DLP. One wonders if any of the outside lottery firm’s “campaign donations” were ever “accidentally” deposited to Prime Minister Arthur’s personal bank account as other “campaign donations” were!

We all hoped that a new Prime Minister would shed some light on the secret cash transactions of the Barbados Lottery, but alas, that didn’t happen. Nor will it.

David Thompson and the DLP promised ITAL (integrity, transparency and accountability legislation). David Thompson promised accountability for all the monies unethically taken from Barbados over the years by the corrupt BLP government.

None of what Thompson and DLP promised has happened – and only a fool would think it will.

You see, Thompson and his friends now have the keys to the vault and they are not about to spoil the corrupt system that they now benefit from! Transparency and rules would limit the DLP’s portion of the lottery profits.

From their first day in office last January, Thompson and the DLP could have declared that the DLP and its members would not accept “campaign contributions” from entities that do business with the government. Thompson and the DLP could have, on their first day in government, prohibited government officials from awarding contracts to companies in which they or their immediate family members had an interest.

But Thompson and the DLP did not do that. Instead, we are in the middle of a two year “consulting” period on Freedom of Information legislation. Perhaps in another year or two, the DLP will start a “consulting” period on whether or not government officials should be able to award contracts to themselves, and whether the DLP should accept “campaign contributions” from companies that are awarded government contracts.

Disgusting. Disgraceful. Dishonest.

Welcome to your new DLP Government, folks!

Can You Name The People Who Run The Barbados Lotteries?

A few searches online show that Black Entertainment Television creator and recently appointed honourary Barbados Consul Robert Johnson used to own GTech, the company that runs the Barbados Lottery. GTech purchased the original lottery company Leeward Islands Lottery Holding Company in 2004.

The government of Owen Arthur signed an EIGHTEEN YEAR AGREEMENT with GTech.

What kind of a government signs an 18 year lottery agreement? A CORRUPT Barbados Government! (GTech press release here)

The government of David Thompson won’t be looking into that because the DLP gets the juice now.

And to further complicate matters, GTech was acquired by an Italian privately-owned company!

Nope… Millions of our dollars, Zero transparency and No Rules.

Welcome to Barbados, folks!

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