Barbados Government Minister Patrick Todd – Outright Lie And No Reporter Had The Courage To Call Him On It

Patrick Todd - Dishonest Barbados Government Minister

Patrick Todd - Dishonest Barbados Government Minister

“We’ve declared assets.”

…Patrick Todd, Minister of State in Education and Human Resources Development lies to Barbados and the world.

Barbados News Media Repeats Sickening Lie From a DLP Government Minister With Not Even A Blink

No, Mr. Todd, DLP Members of Parliament and Ministers in the David Thompson Barbados Government have NOT “declared assets” – as you well know.

You are a damned liar.

As is your Prime Minister and the rest of your DLP crew who promised over a year ago to “declare assets” as a matter of transparency and accountability. And not only did you lie to us about that – it is still legal for government officials like yourself to award juicy government contracts to companies owned or controlled by you or your family members.

Prime Minister Thompson could have changed that with a simple policy order but he has not done so. The reason Thompson won’t change the policy is that the DLP piggies are rolling in the trough and Thompson isn’t going to do anything to make the feast an illegal act.

Well Mr Todd, the Nation News may have a policy of assisting the government to deceive citizens about the total lack of any Integrity, Transparency or Accountability Legislation or policies adopted by the Thompson government, but we at Barbados Free Press assure you that we cannot be bought off by government advertising revenues.

You and your do-nothing “can’t even pass one piece of legislation in a year” government sicken us with your damned lies.

So we’re calling you on this one.

Liar.

Advertisements

65 Comments

Filed under Barbados, Corruption, Crime & Law, Ethics, Freedom Of Information, Freedom Of The Press, Government, News Media, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

65 responses to “Barbados Government Minister Patrick Todd – Outright Lie And No Reporter Had The Courage To Call Him On It

  1. HUH???

    i heard that he said people in govt should come out and declare their sexuality. no joke.. was this just bajan manipulation of a story?

  2. Ras Bash

    iz about time sumbodi realise dat all dem duz do is tell bare lies………

  3. Chicago

    Hants said he would give the government one year and then he would be disgusted if they hadn’t done ITAL.

    Almost time Hants!

  4. Hants

    BFP please rephrase your statement “You and your do-nothing’

    “you and your do nothing” should be replaced with
    “you and your government who has done nothing BFP wants or has told you to.”

    To say the government has done nothing is an unmitigated falsification of veracity.

    I will leave it to others to list what the Government has done.

    **********************

    BFP says,

    Hi Hants!

    Please tell us about one piece of legislation that the government has created and passed that has made life better for us.

    … or, how about this… please tell us about any piece of legislation that the government has created and passed.

    I rest my case.

    Thank you.

  5. Eye95

    I suppose if you ask Todd is he used the Urban Development Commission (UDC) to fix his father’s; uncle’s house – he would also lie.

    If you ask him if that is corruption he would also say no. Perhaps he should change his name to liar liar.

  6. Hants

    @ Chicago

    Why do you people keep directing comments to me?

    I am not a politcian and never will be.
    I am not a member of a political party. I do not live in Barbados at the moment.

    I am simply a DLP,BFP and Barbados supporter so don’t waste your comments on Hants.

  7. Hants

    BFP I noticed that VOB has the story titled “Sexual orientation” and the Nation uses the headline” “Todd calls for sexual declaration.”

    Interesting!
    ***********************

    BFP says,

    Yes, we know. Perhaps he can start by detailing all his sexual encounters or partners for the last year since he was elected. Maybe he would like to take Owen Arthur to task for adultery and having unprotected sex with women not his wife.

    We didn’t think his sexual orientation comments were worth the ink, but as you know on integrity issues that is one of our foundations.

    When he lied and the newspaper let it go we couldn’t remain silent.

    We seriously disagree with the man and his position of no condoms in prisons, but we’ve posted a couple of articles on that already.

  8. I think this is great strategy on the part of Patrick

    Mention declaration and mention assets in the same breath and put some pressure on relevant persons to conform.

    *************************

    BFP says,

    Don’t you start spreading the cow manure too, Asiba! Todd out and out lied. He said they had done it – declared assets – and that is a lie. Don’t try to spin it like it was anything else cause it wasn’t.

  9. reality check

    I can’t imagine why anyone would have to declare their sexual orientation in Barbados except to intimidate a member to stay in line.. This is a small country and these facts cannot be hidden. Everyone soon knows.

    Next to avoid having to declare assets and liabilities, members will be asked by those who wish to intimidate, for their specific anscestry to Arfica whether they are 21 % white, indian or otherwise.

    Its all really quite sad and childlike.

  10. Juris

    Are you sure, BFP, that Todd was saying that he and the other members on his side had declared their assets? What if “we” were used in the sense of “one”, a common but not a royal or literal “we”, referring to the member on the other side who had done so? What if he were now calling on that very person to declare their sexuality without being “unparliamentary”? What if if went…”We(you) have declared our (your) assets, why not let us (you) declare our (your) sexuality? What if you totally misinterpreted this play on words? Did any member on the DLP and the other 8 BLP members declare their assets? Why would Todd then pretend they did? For what purpose? Don’t be so literal in interpretation, BFP!

  11. Hants

    BFP maybe the government has not passed any legislation but to say ” you and your DO NOTHING government” is incorrect.

    They are lots of good things they have done.

    I am surprised that DLP members and associates of ministers are not on this blog defending the DLP and listing their achievements.

    DLP members please get in here and bat. I am 12th man and can only field.

  12. Bajan Bullets

    While I am disappointed and disheartened by the lack of meaningful action from the DLP Administration on ITAL, I am also aware that creating new legislation is by no means the only (nor is it always the best) path for bringing about positive change within any country. Indeed legislation plays an important role, but to discount a government as “do-nothing” based on legislation alone is misleading. Governments have the ability to bring about change and development through collaborative partnerships, social programs, and by simply reorganizing and streamlining the current systems and structures. In fact, if a government is able to make significant improvement even within the constraints of the current legislation then such a government might even be seen as extremely effective.

    Please do not misread this comment as an endorsement of some “introduce no legislation” approach. It is simply highlighting the fact that legislation on its own is not an accurate measuring stick for a government’s effectiveness.

  13. Bajan Bullets

    Furthermore, I am fairly sure that Mr. Todd’s statement “We’ve declared assets” was more of a sarcastic jab at Mia Mottley’s absurd declaration of assets than it was an actual claim of his own action.

    The real question you should be asking is how a Member of Parliament could ask his fellow MPs for a declaration of sexual orientation. If there is anything that speaks to the inaction of the current government it is the fact that such a useless and completely irrelevant request could actually be considered a valuable contribution at a Parliamentary debate. What a waste of precious time when there are far bigger and more important issues to be discussed. Mr. Todd should really put his energies in to making some kind of valuable contribution rather than spouting such absurd and idiotic comments.

  14. @Bajan Bullets…

    Further to your above…

    So “Minister of Parliament” Patrick Todd is a humorist…

    I, personally, appreciate subtle humour…

    But, at some point, the joke needs to be grounded…

    And perhaps the “Nation” didn’t get it either, since his statement was referenced on the front page, and then was given eighteen (18) column inches on 5A of today’s paper…

    (Come here, Big Boy…)

    Humour… It’s such a subjective thing…

  15. Just for the record…

    I have a comment awaiting moderation…

    I thought it was funny… Not all will….

  16. @BFP…

    Please *do* tell me (and us) what word I used *this time* which trigged *this* *particular* moderation…

    You know, for the record, you’re not the only game in town. If you want to keep your “content providers” providing, you might want to work towards allowing them to provide said content without hindering or interference…

  17. Hants

    Chris Halsall says “you’re not the only game in town”. See that BFP.

    de man Chris like he wah-un do a Maaaascoll and cross ova to BU yuh.

    I gine still be hey doh so yuh can discombobulate my provisions as much as yuh want.

    See uh learning from Lickmout Lou but she suh good it gine tex me years to write bajan like she.

    Now unmoderate Mr. Halsall before he lef we out.

  18. Hants

    “We’ve declared assets. Now is the time for us to declare our sexuality,”

    This was directed at one person who is Missing In Action.

    It is actually not relevant in the context to which the Minister referred.

    Who cares who eating bacon.

  19. Straight talk

    What really gets me mad is the fact that our newly elected public servants have to argue, deceive, decry, denounce, deny and finally delay the need for ITAL.

    It is so obvious that we the people are entrusting political wannabees with our public purse and although speechifying their absolute rejection of political corruption they appear so incompetent to draft the legislation that would eliminate the graft, they so willingly exposed, that helped them regain the positions of power elevating them to these same unchecked, unregulated purveyors of largesse.

    Should Denis Lowe have been moved to Drains or Dodds?

    Will we ever know the truth, after he exposed the rot which is UDC in August, was he set up. or was he a dispensable fall guy, we’ll never know because we just pay the guy, we have no right to know how he performs.

    Has Todd short circuited the system to help out his own family?
    I don’t know, you don’t know and neither of us will ever know because there is no Integrity legislation.

    We are probably as much to blame as the MPs.
    When we sidle up to them at the rum shop or attend their surgeries we expect the same preferential treatment they have inherited from our system.

    Maybe we like it so.

  20. Fool me once

    Dr. Lowe said that there was rot in his last ministry housing and he made a forensic audit so where did it go till we see it is all the more lies to protect the piggies now feeding at the trough.

  21. Chicago

    For those saying that Todd’s comment was delivered “in context” and therefore not worthy of BFP critcism:

    1: Show me the record, either video, audio or a transcript of everything he said, accurately taken down for the record.

    (You can’t do it because the public are only presented with selected public records when convenient for the govt. If you disagree then post the entire record here and now or STFU!)

    2: Even if Todd meant only Mia to mek sport, he mocks himself and he govmnet.

  22. Andrew

    I agree with Juris. The ‘We” was a jab at the ass-first attempt by the other side to declare assets.
    Comprehension, as I said before is not being taught in our schools anymore.

  23. akabozik

    I agree that Minister Todd lied and the papers let it pass.

    Here is was Minister Todd said according to the paper. It doesn’t sound like he was mocking Mia or anyone else. He sound serious.

    “We’ve declared assets. Now is the time for us to declare our sexuality. I feel very strongly about this. The people of Barbados need to challenge us and ask us how we feel about homosexuality and if we are heterosexual or homosexual,” the City MP said.

    “We in Parliament must be good role models in this respect. We have to be good examples for the public we serve. It’s not about being ‘dons’. We have to be more responsible,” Todd said.

  24. The Scout

    It would appear Todd put his foot in his mouth BIG TIME. Even if he meant Mia, where is his declaration? He should have declared HIs sexual preference and then challenge the other. Mia declare “a financial document” of sorts and challenged them. I don’t think Todd should try to “lock horns” with Mia because he would come out on the losing end. Even though the DLP has done a little, they have been a lotta talk and not the action that bajans expected. Maybe they expected too much but the DLP promised and set times like”within a 100days”. Very few of those 100 days promises are fulfilled.

  25. Patrick is no fool !
    Patrick knew exactly what he was saying

    Lets not be too superficial

  26. akabozik

    Thompson originally said his CANDIDATES would declare assets to be DLP candidates. That was way before the election was called.

    That idea lasted a long time, didn’t it?

  27. paul sealy

    Democracy is a scam,politicians are liars,that is why some people cannot be politicians,you have to be able to lie and put on the face that best suits the situation at hand,note that these new set of thieves are gunning to get what they can in these four and only four years,that they can’t even update their website,don’t worry BFP Bajans will teach them the lesson that the BLP found out the hard way,enjoy your four years piggies.

  28. The Scout

    The story is told of a Pastor and politician who died and went to heaven. The politician had just a few minutes before got saved in a pentecostal church. Peter showed the Pastor his mansion, then showed the politician his. Even though both like fine the politician’s mansion was top of the line. The pastor told Peter he seems to have made a mistake with the mansions. Peter reply was simple, he told the pastor, most of these mansions belong to pastors and simple people in the church but this mansion was reserved for the FIRST politician to make it to heaven. The moral is”there is little chance for a politician to make it to heaven.” unfortunately the pastors chances are becoming increasing slim too. If you doubt me ask the pastor/rev Atherley. I hope now that he is out he can repent and make himself right with God and get an ordinary mansion because one of those top of the line ones is out of his reach.

  29. DOMINOES

    All that happen is that Patrick dont have any thing to talk about,he is the comedian in parliament.everyone laughs at him.

  30. Hants

    Prehaps Todd should have used this opportunity to show compassion and encourage tolerance of homosexuals.

    It is probably a good thing that “prominent” gay persons in Barbados stay in the closet as the society is overtly homophobic.

    The fight against HIV/Aids has nothing to do with the Gay/s and Lesbian/s in parliament. I am sure they are intelligent enough to practise safe sex.

    The message is the same for the entire world.Practise safe sex!

  31. Eye95

    Since we are talking about the “share folly” of DLP Ministers and selected official, here is something to note.

    Yesterday in the Senate, Ms. Patricia Inniss said that the former BLP Government only built one hundred (100) houses in 14 years.

    Yet, Christopher Sinckler – the DLP’s new Minister of: “Fatted Calf; Slush Funds and Port Barrel Politics – said that the Urban Development Commission (UDC) build eight hundred (800) houses that he cannot find.

    Now clowns! Which is it?

    What version of your “dog poop” and “”smelly skink bombs,” do you want Barbadians to believe?

    One hundred houses or eigh hundred? Or, is this yet another in an apprant never-ending-series or trademark; DLP and Cammie Tudor “big lies.”

    What would Barbadians have to do to stop the DLP from telling lies?

  32. BA/7

    Is Todd’s abhorrence of certain sexual activities limited to same-sex encounters?

    Perhaps he needs to clarify if any specific acts by heterosexuals should also be the subject of a declaration.

    Where are this man’s priorities?

  33. Eye95

    I do not ever recall ever seeing Patrick Todd with a female, neither have I ever heard any rumour that he had or has one.

    Have you ever seen Tood walking and holding a female’s hand? I surely have not!!!

  34. J

    I beg my MP please, please, please do NOT tell me what you do (in anything) in the bedroom.

    I do not want to know the MP’s sexual business.

    In return I promise not to tell him mine.

  35. Hants

    @ J

    The late Canadian Prime minister Pierre Trudeau
    made an appeal for the decriminalization of ‘homosexual acts’ performed in private, telling reporters in this CBC Television clip “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” Trudeau goes on to say “what’s done in private between ADULTS doesn’t concern the Criminal Code.”

    We do not need to know which adults batting,bowling or eating bacon in privacy.

    Now we can move on to more serious issues like the mess at UDC that the minister trying to clean up.

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/306041586210954.php

  36. Eye95

    The Democratic Labour Party and its Ministers tell lies even when it is obvious to an entire population that they are.

    Here goes:

    On page 9 of its 2008 manifes the DLP said it will build 2000 houses per year in it first five-year-term.

    Even if a house is built at a price tag each of one hundred thousand ($100,ooo) – 2000 houses X $100,000 = two hundred million dollars.

    That is more than allocated to all Ministries except Health and Education.

    In five years, the DLP would have to look for two billion dollars to make good on its election promise.

    That two billion has nothing to do with sites and services – such as: to put in roads, water, natural gas, sewage wells and so on.

    Do you want a more glaring lie than saying that you will build 2000 houses this year.

    It will not happen.

    The DLP was elected based on lies, yet Barbadians now seem surprise that Todd told one a few days before Patricia Inniss and Chris Sinckler.

    DLP = Dammed “Lying” Party

  37. Hants

    @ Anonymous

    The houses are sold to people who get mortgages from private banks and credit unions.

    You can figure out the rest.

  38. Eye95

    @ Hants,

    Yes! But there is still the up-front cost of two hundre million ($200,000,000) annually to government. A man will not be able to borrow if he does not have a job! Barbados is not the subprime market in America!

    With a reduction in foreign direct investments (FDI) compunded by a lack of investor confidence and the fact that this DLP government abused its majority in parliament to change the Local Loan Limits and the Special Loan limit,

    And given the potential for significantly reduce revenue (VAT/consumer spending) due to the thousands who are being placed on the breadline – are you not sure Hants – that you are the one missing something.

    You see why this country is in crisis

  39. Eye95

    @ Hants,

    Yes! But there is still the up-front cost of two hundre million ($200,000,000) annually to government. A man will not be able to borrow if he does not have a job! Barbados is not the subprime market in America!

    With a reduction in foreign direct investments (FDI) compunded by a lack of investor confidence and the fact that this DLP government abused its majority in parliament to change the Local Loan Limits and the Special Loan limit,

    And given the potential for significantly reduce revenue (VAT/consumer spending) due to the thousands who are being placed on the breadline – are you not sure Hants – that you are the one missing something.

    You see why this country is in crisis

  40. Tony Hall

    You guys are really wasting your time discussing this. Let us discuss how Barbadians will be able to cushion this ongoing economic crisis.

  41. @Tony Hall: “You guys are really wasting your time discussing this.

    We’re wasting our time discussing that an elected MP lied in Parliament?

    And we’re wasting our time discussing the fact that a member of our “esteemed” “Fourth Estate” published said MP’s comments without critical thought?

    @TH: Let us discuss how Barbadians will be able to cushion this ongoing economic crisis.

    With all due respect, if we can’t trust our Second nor Fourth Estates, then what hope to we have of managing (or, as you say, “cushion[ing]”) anything?

  42. Juris

    Which member of the fourth estate published the MP’s comments without critical thought, Chris? The Nation or BFP?

  43. @Juris… “Which member of the fourth estate published the MP’s comments without critical thought… The Nation or BFP?

    That’s actually a *really* interesting question, now that you ask it…

    Hmmmm….

    But since I don’t consider BFP to be part of the traditional Fourth Estate, I’ll stick with my original answer: The Nation.

    But you do raise a *very interesting* question we should all think about….

  44. Sargeant

    BFP

    What became of your policy to assign a name/number to all posts under “Anonymous”?. If you are going to berate the Gov’t for breaking its promises surely you can keep yours.

    *********************

    BFP says

    We still have our policy but we don’t seem to be giving you the level of fast service that you demand. No problem! Just go to WordPress.com and start your own blog. I takes less than 10 minutes and then you’ll be able to set and enforce your own standards and performance levels.

    Thanks for your kind support for integrity reform – at least the support you and the other DLP supporters showed until the DLP was elected last January.

  45. Knight of the Long Knives

    Hey Chris any idea where I can find info on how to get a rebate from C&W for my line being out of order.

  46. Hey Knight…

    I have reason to believe you’re not the dullest in the drawer…

    Search the contemporary Bajan Blog Sphere… The answers to your question is being discussed (and answered) *right now*…

  47. J

    BFP wrote “We seriously disagree with the man and condoms in prisons”

    I don’t generally agree with you, but on this one we agree.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    **********************

    BFP says,

    Thanks for pointing out that we weren’t clear on our meaning.

    What we meant was “We seriously disagree with the man and his position of no condoms in prisons”

  48. BA/7

    Notice the increasing calls by hardcore DLP supporters to swing every discussion to the economy from whatever else is being discussed.

    Reality is that Barbados is a twig blowing in an economic hurricane and therefore the DLP can’t be blamed for creating the mess or failure to solve it.

    That is why they try to swing every discussion to economics. Their second argument is that economics is so important that is why the DLP can’t do anything else like keep promises.

    Sly people with a sly strategy.

    BFP watch out for these people!

  49. @BA/7: “Notice the increasing calls by hardcore DLP supporters to swing every discussion to the economy from whatever else is being discussed.

    Did anyone else notice that right after he was elected, Thompson visited Bush?

    And immediately upon his return, suddenly “Regional Security” was the top topic of discussion… In the “media”, and in the Ministries…

    (Keep everyone afraid… It’s how it’s done… You’ll win a second term — trust me…)

    Do you actually think this global financial crisis was a mistake?

  50. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    I guess some people just following your lead about that Infamous Money Laundering story ( March 13th 2001) !

    Ha…..Ha…!!!

  51. Jerome Hinds

    2001) ! or was it 2007 ???

    **********************

    BFP says,

    We wrote that story about money laundering (Gline Clarke at the CIBC) and many others, however you have maintained ever since that the DLP government is excused from all promises because an anonymous blog did not come up with the story as quickly as you wanted.

    Suit yourself. (And why not? All the DLP elected members did and they did it on tax money. Clothes on tax money. Think about it, Jerome. It is indefensible.)

  52. Hants

    “BA/7 Says
    “Notice the increasing calls by hardcore DLP supporters to swing every discussion to the economy from whatever else is being discussed.”

    This is a blog. You BLP and NON LP bloggers are free to push your agenda back on track.

    Some of us DLP supporters see the economic crisis as a priority.You are free to ignore it.

    As long as we keep “cussing one nutha” we will keep democracy alive.

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  53. wondering

    The economic crisis that we are faced with has nothing to do with the DLP. However, they asked for the job to steer us through this crisis and they have yet to get moving .The July budget principal position was to raise government revenue to deal with overuns from the BLP and an internal deficit.What they had not factor in was declining economic activity and we are now at the stage where the PM saying that we should be prudent in July and now we should be spending because it will stimulate the economy. So which is it ?
    I am still of the belief (for now)that Thompson means well, but i believe that his government are just lurching with no clear direction and just pandering to populist topics.

  54. 59

    Here is another DLP big lie:

    On Tuesday December 16th 2008, Prime Minister Thompson said in the House of Assembly that his government had already built 700 hundred houses.

    Yet in the Barbados Advocate of December 14th 2008, his Principle Political Advisor said that by this time next year, Government would have delivered in excess of 700 houses to waiting Barbadians.

    Which is it?

    Liars have to coordinate their stories and need to have a good memory. It is therefore much easier to tell the truth.

  55. 59

    Here is another DLP untruth:

    On Tuesday December 16th 2008, Prime Minister Thompson said in the House of Assembly that his government had already built 700 hundred houses.

    Yet in the Barbados Advocate of December 14th 2008, his Principle Political Advisor said that by this time next year, Government would have delivered in excess of 700 houses to waiting Barbadians.

    Which is it?

    Liars have to coordinate their stories and need to have a good memory. It is therefore much easier to tell the truth.

  56. Anonymous

    “It seems like logical advice that any attempt to introduce a fiscal stimulus package at this time has to be certain about what has gone wrong or is likely to go wrong, as well as what is being corrected or prevented.

    Barbadians have not been told exactly what the stimulus will contain and unfortunately, the Government is not in a position to say, because it does not know either.

    Within six weeks after September 11, 2001, an alert and competent BLP Government had a comprehensive Emergency Plan before Parliament.

    In contrast, Prime Minister Thompson brought an inflationary budget on July 7, 2008 despite glaring signs that economies around the world were heading into a recession. Up to this point, the DLP is yet to introduce emergency measures.

    We feel that there needs to be an urgent response to the global economic crisis for the simple reason that it could have implications locally for employment; economic growth; prices, the country’s exchange rate, balance of payments as well as Barbados’ fiscal position.

    We are extremely concerned because when the DLP gets it wrong, as it often does – Barbadians who do not have tickets to its “fatted calf buffet,” suffer.

    While the global financial crisis constituted only a national economic emergency for Barbados months ago, it could fast become a serious crisis, especially if the DLP continues to feel that a stimulus package is to purchase equipment for the QEH and erect fences around the perimeter of schools. The DLP must stop swiping!

    Fiscal stimulus is associated with broad-based Government policy that is designed to stimulate consumption, savings and/or investment.

    The individual/household earns income from some productive use of labour and/or capital and this income may be consumed or saved.

    The income which is saved may be added to the profits of the businesses and used to create a pool of capital for further investment.

    Therefore, fiscal stimulus comes in the form of reduced taxation for individuals, households or businesses or increased wages and salaries designed to put more spending power in the economy.

    It could also come in the form of capital projects with a heavy emphasis on job creation. Barbadians therefore have good reasons to be very afraid.

    Because the DLP has done the complete opposite and secondly, because the DLP really does not know what it is doing!”

    The above in “quotation,” was taken from the webpage of the BLP. It seems so logical; refreshing and intellectually stimulating, I have taken the liberty of sharing it with Hants and other DLP lost souls.

  57. “We’ve declared assets. Now is the time for us to declare our sexuality,”

    This was directed at one person who is Missing In Action.

  58. For Anonymous and the BLP to keep joking around with definitions of stimulus package for a challenged open economy in an increasingly recession type global arena, is time wastage. The DLP Government has been very proactive with this issue. On the tourism side, GOB has forged ahead with additional airlift from Canada, whilst meeting and working with major carriers to maintain airlift. Constant dialogue is on with BHTA and all stakeholders.

    Salary increases for public officers have been agreed to and have started from this month. Back-pay comes in January. Hence additional spending power for consumers. New competitors are being introduced to the market to help curb costs.

    GOB has delivered well on its housing program, achieveing more in the sector over the past 10 months than the BLP did in the their last 10 years. Over 500 serviced lots have been identified and awaiting TCPO approvals. New hosuing developments have started at 5 sites around the island, encompassing 700+ homes for first time owners. NHC longterm tenants have all been given offer letters for their units. The delay with title deeds rests mainly with TCPO granting certificates of compliance. Meanwhile, these tenants have stopped paying rent and now have an average of an additional $400 per month per family to spend elsewhere.

    Also school children can ride the bus free. An additional saving of approx $150 per family per month.

    Additional funds have been provided to the QEH to upgrade electrical service, get additional equipment, expand A & E, hire more staff and start getting the hospital back on track. The BLP starved it of funds for years. Ask Jerome Walcott. He will now tell you that was his biggest problem.

    I think this DLP Government is truly working in the interest of the public. It may not be perfect and it has made mistakes, but it is on the right track.

  59. Optimist Prime

    Patrick Todd – A Law-Maker who Knowingly tell Lies:

    The issue is not “sexuality” but Patrick Todd, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, having said in Parlaiment – the place where laws are made – that DLP politicians declared their assets. Lies; Lies; lies; all liesSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

    What “an ugly example” for this Islands school children!!!

    In share arrognace, he told the Nation newspaper yesterday (as reported in today’s issue) that he has no apology to make. Imagine that!!! Patrick Todd knowingly lied but has the temerity to say that he is not sorry.

    Yet, Patrick Todd remains a Cabinet Minister, and now boasts that it is cool to lie to Barbadians.

    Is Barbados becoming a banana republic?

    Patrick Todd is from a political party, which promised “change” and to be accountable to the people. Ten months, and such arrogance. Ten months!!!!!!!!!

  60. Optimist Prime

    “In presenting his arguments, Todd sought to link the declaration of assets to a declaration of sexuality and has apparently forgotten two key points, the first and less significant of which is the fact that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) has neither articulated a policy on the declaration of assets, nor has any DLP member presented this information to the public.

    In addition, one would presume that Todd is aware that the declaration of assets is relevant to transparency and the smooth functioning of government, while the sexuality of a Member of Parliament is, to my mind, an entirely personal matter which has no effect whatsoever on governance or transparency.

    There can be no comparison of this need to know financial information to our interest in sexual orientation, since a person’s proclivity to pursue homosexual liaisons is no greater threat to good governance than their pursuit of heterosexual associations.

    This is especially so as it relates to Barbados, where all manner of what can easily be described as sexual immorality is frequently engaged in by leaders in all sectors of this society, and our population has never demonstrated a belief that personal morality has anything to do with professional competence or personal integrity.”

    (The above forms part of Mr. Peter Wickham’s column as published in todays Nation newspaper.)

    Perhaps, just perhaps, it is lies like the one told by the DLP’s Minister of State in the Minister of Education – which indicates why Mr. Wickham is of the view that the DLP could be a one-term Government.

    That a Minister – in the Ministry of Eductaion of all Ministry – would lie about DLP Members having declared assets, which the entire population know not to be true – is something the Minister would have to resign for, in civilised countries that practice “integrity” and “good governance.”

  61. Juris

    I still maintain that he was pointing the finger at the one one who HAS declared assets!

  62. Optimist Prime

    Minister Todd – a Bad and Ugly role model for Barbados’ children:

    Not only is The Hon. Patrick Todd, MP., a law maker – he is the Junior Minister of Education, in a government that promised “integrity” and “change,” yet he knowingly tell lies – and in Parliament of all places and to Barbadians.

    He then arrogantly said in the Nation newspaper that he is not sorry. Even in some banana republics he would have to resign. This is not “change” but more of what is ugly.

    That such behaviour is allowed to continue – may mean that we are developing a tolerance for new “lowe” standards, or change we do not need.

  63. J

    Let me get this straight.

    Only current MP’s shoud declare thier sex life?

    Or do we want to make this retroactive?

    We want the estate of the late great Cammie Tudor to retroactively declare Cammie’s sexuality?

  64. J

    The truth is some of our most effective politicians and public servants and private sector big ups have been bullers and wickers.

    I am still waiting to see how effective Mr. Todd is.

  65. Police Stationrathole

    Similar Topics: corruption in Barbados. One of the Richest Women in Barbados was Robbed of Everything By Schemning Lawers ,Politians and Government in Siders. Filed under News. Tues Dec 2008.