Thanks To Prime Minister David Thompson, Barbados Government Officials Can Still Use Their Office For Personal Profit

New Wardrobes & New Cars On The Public Purse: This Is DLP Integrity Reform In Barbados

Elected and appointed government officials in Barbados are free to use their office for personal profit because successive governments have deliberately refused to pass laws or policies against the practice. Not only can government officials misuse and use information and influence to personally profit – they can actually issue fat government contracts to companies owned by themselves or their immediate family members!

david-thompson-piggy-smlThe current Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government led by David Thompson promised during the election campaign of 2007 to implement a Ministerial Code of Conduct immediately upon being elected. That was the first integrity promise to fall by the wayside but not the last. Upon election, the DLP priorities immediately switched from integrity and accountability to getting their little piggy snouts right into the public trough. Fine cars and fine clothes became the order of the day. Not to mention borrowing business jets from companies who profit from government contracts!

And what of the promised Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation and Policies?

Well, we did have some public consultations for a Freedom of Information Act proposal that has since disappeared. No public consultations for the Integrity Legislation are planned though – we can’t have citizens spotting the deliberate holes and weaknesses in the legislation beforehand, doan ya know!

David Thompson Failed To Make The One Simple Policy Change That Could Have Stopped Much Of The Abuse

With a simple policy statement Prime Minister Thompson could have sent a message of integrity throughout the government. Without passing any laws or any consultation at all, Mr. Thompson could have declared the following…

“It is now government policy that no government contracts are to be issued to companies or other government suppliers that are owned wholly or in part by an elected or appointed government employee or official or their immediate family members.”

Thompson could have also declared the following policy without too much trouble at all…

“It is now government policy that elected or appointed government employees or officials are prohibited from directly or indirectly receiving any gift, consideration or loan from any government contractor for any reason except that the value of such gift or consideration shall not exceed BDS$50 no more than three times in twelve months.”

That “limits on gifts” policy leaves open the door for some small Christmas or birthday presents between friends but stops thousand dollar “Christmas” presents or the five-thousand dollar “loans” to government officials that are never repaid and are coincidentally given by government suppliers who just received a fat contract.

To those of you who will moan about the difficulty in enforcing such policies, you must remember that many government policies are set. Some are enforced and some are ignored but everyone knows they exist and they do establish standards and limit behaviours just by their existence.

Had Prime Minister Thompson established these two government policies it would have sent a clear message to appointed and elected government officials. The fact that Thompson didn’t set these integrity policies AND that he failed to implement his integrity promises sent another very clear message to everyone…

The feeding trough is open. Nothing changed except the name of the pig – from BLP to DLP.

An Example Of How Senior Government Officials Use Their Office And Inside Knowledge For Personal Profit

For today’s lesson about how corrupt this island of Barbados is, we turn to a September 4, 2005 Nation article that says “senior civil servants” were behind a $200 million dollar hotel development…

$200m resort plans
Published on: 9/4/05.
by JULIE WILSON

AN INTERNATIONAL hotel brand is playing a major part in transforming Harrison Point into a rich and famous paradise, possibly in time for Cricket World Cup 2007.

The SUNDAY SUN has learnt that the 240-acre site, north of the temporary prison will undergo a $200 million transformation in two phases.

Local company Harrison Resort (Barbados) Limited, made up of a number of senior civil servants will construct in the first phase, 160 two-bedroom condominiums, eight ocean-front villas, 100 lakeside townhouses and 75 residential villas…

… continue reading this article at the Nation (link here)

Which “Senior Civil Servants” Are/Were Involved With This Mega-Project?

By virtue of their insider knowledge, connections and their ability to directly and indirectly influence lawmakers, civil servants are well-positioned to profit from their office and government employment. They know which government policy changes are coming. They know which landowners are behind on taxes, which zoning change is in the works and which pieces of land will become more or less valuable as a result. Their civil servant friends have access to other information or are able to put a piece of paper to the top of the pile and so on.

For all those reasons, most modern democracies have established rules and standards limiting the business activities that government employees can engage in after hours.

But no such limits or rules apply in Barbados – where the country is so corrupt that senior civil servants don’t even have to hide their conflicts of interest and the press prints it all like the corruption is some good news story that is evidence of progress and industry.

God, I love Barbados – but I hate the corrupt cartels and elites who have been feeding off the public for so long that citizens believe this is normal and acceptable.

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96 responses to “Thanks To Prime Minister David Thompson, Barbados Government Officials Can Still Use Their Office For Personal Profit

  1. RRRicky

    I think I have lost faith in Thompson. I’ll wait the full year to be sure. When is the first year up?

  2. Hants

    BFP says,
    “New Wardrobes & New Cars On The Public Purse:”

    We need details BFP.

    Model of New cars Ministers driving.

    Brands of Fine clothes Ministers wearing.

    Investigative reporting complete with facts please.

    I am up here in the freezer so I will depend on you to provide the info.

    The Advocate showing a Minister wearing 1970s blue long sleve shirt.
    http://www.barbadosadvocate.com/todayspaper/default.asp

    Not very fine at all.
    Somebody please tell him Cave Sheppard selling genuine Ralph Lauren Polo shirts.

  3. quethetears

    Hants, why don’t you comment on the meat of the article? The failure of Thompy to change the status quo where civil servants can issue contracts to themselves and relatives? The failure of Thompy to prohibit civil servants accepting expensive gifts from government contractors? So much silence from the DLP-ites who were so vocal about integrity during the election campaign.

  4. GT

    Can anyone tell me if the Ghananians who did not accept the amnesty to peacefully return home have been caught or is the police only interested in roughing up journalists?

  5. Hants

    @ quethetears who says,”Hants why don’t you comment on the meat of the article.”

    I will leave that to those of higher intellect.

    BFP the NationNews is trying to compete with the blogs.

    http://www.nationnews.com/editorial/311219508677693.php

  6. Optimist Prime

    BFP has a very good point.

    Here is an extract for page 7 and 8 of Mr. Thompson’s July 7, 2008 Budget Speech, on the ABC Highway. Note the keys words used by Mr. Thompson: “ON A ROLLING BASIS.”

    “I want to deal specifically with the ABC highway as this is an example of the most reckless and wanton disregard for financial prudence and management…How could a government let a company start a project based on an artist’s impression? In July, 2006 Three S started construction “on a rolling basis” of road widening for a projected cost of $40, 232,432.00.”

    Now! Compare that to page 7 of the Barbados Advocate of Sunday, December 28th 2008. The person giving the report is Abdul Pandor – the unsuccessful DLP Candidate for the City – in a previous general election:

    The Advocate writes: He added that work will also continue on the installation of Jersey barriers and transitions, but said it was difficult to estimate exactly when the work would be completed.

    Can you image that foolishness? Here is more:

    “Because it is a retrofit, we had the flyovers and now we’ve changed it, it’s in mid-stream where we’re designing and working at the same time. So as we see things to be done we have to do it, Pandor explained.”

    Tell me, isn’t that the same “on a rolling basis” David Thompson described as: “an example of the most reckless and wanton disregard for financial prudence and management?”

    He is a much broader point.

    Barbadians were told that Abdul Pandor was supposed to head the new drainage unit. We are now reading that a company called: Professional Engineering Service Ltd., has been contracted by the Ministry of Public Works to redesign the ABC Highway, and that the Principal Consultant to that company is Abdul Pandor – the same man the Prime Minister said will head the new Drainage Unit and the same man who is also a former DLP candidate.

    Question time:

    Based on the principles of “integrity; ” “good governance” and “freedom of information” – and consistent with the Financial Administration and Audit Act and Financial Rules:

    1. How many companies tendered;

    2. On what dates and in which journals were tender notices published,

    3. Who served on the tenders committee,

    4. Were any of the persons Engineers,

    5. If so, are any of them members of so-called Professional Engineers Services Limited;

    6. Were any of them critical of 3S and the original design work, (see the decided case of Dimes V. Grand Junction Canal Company)

    7. How much is the tender for and what is the scope of work as regards this: “rolling contract?”

    And to think that according to Sinckler – the BLP was voted out of office for far less frivolous reasons.

  7. reality check

    Hants

    you need to get with the program. This is not an intellectual game. Money is continued being stolen through lack of transparency and firm rules as we blog.

    ITAL, FOI and equality needs to apply to each and every party, civil servant and individual across the board,

    Start screaming at your DLP buddies and find out who exactly is trying to kill the peoples desire for change.

    Then let the blogs know where the roadblocks are and we don’t mean more excuses. We got that from the last batch of “tiefs”.

    Its coming up to one year in power.

  8. Optimist Prime

    Minister Christopher Sinckler must be right!!!

    According to him, “large numbers of Barbadians do not know anything about how Parliament works and are largely ignorant of the political system.”

    So, according to the DLP’s brightest politician – Mr. Sinckler – Barbadians who: “know nothing about how Parliament works and are largely ignorant of the political system,” changed the Government on January 15, 2008.

    Perhaps that explains why there is no UDC Report; no smoking gun on Hardwood, no proof of unethical cost overruns; no evidence that millions are stashed in foreign bank accounts as alleged.

    Perhaps Thompson should call Bernard Madoff to see if Barbadians invested with him. There is definately no evidence that BLP family members got keys jobs – as is now happening, nor sweetheart contracts as part of any fatted calf, Members’ First Doctrine.

    Imagine! The DLP has a “Fatted Calf- Party Members’ First Policy,” yet Barbadians who voted for the DLP – seem concerned about corruption?

    Doesn’t this prooves Mr. Sincklers brilliant and honest point?

    The DLP reminds me of the story of “Bull Dog and Spencer,” with the DLP being Bull Dog – the honest thief.”

    DLP bloggers like Sargeant and Juris will tell you – “nothing wrong with that!”

  9. Juris

    OP, have you given the prize you announced to Sargeant yet? Or will you promise to do so in 14 years? Sinckler may indeed be right, Barbadians voted in the BLP for nearly a decade and a half. I note that you keep saying there is no evidence of corrupt practices….just you wait.

  10. Anonymous

    Juris says “I note that you keep saying there is no evidence of corrupt practices….just you wait.”

    but, take my advice, do not hold your breath while you wait

  11. Sad To Say

    Optimist Prime: Very good points in deed. A few senior civil servants in MTW nearly fell out of their chairs when they were present when Abdul Pandor’s invoices were opened. These invoices were submitted for his forensic audit of 3S regarding the ABC highway and his cost to redesign the project. The civil servants stated that the buzz in MTW was it was clear that the so called 3S cost over runs were to go to Pandor and not MTW. I would be interested in finding out if Thompson’s law firm is Pandor’s lawyer and how much they are charging Pandor for legal advice. We will eventually find out I’m sure.

  12. Sad To Say

    Optimist Prime: A VERY IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER. The BLP cowboys/ cowgirls were no saints. The difference between the BLP and the DLP is the fact that the DLP seems to have started their assault on the treasury a lot earlier (at least 5 years earlier) that the BLP and this may be because the DLP parliamentarians are hungrier (poorer), the DLP boys learnt well from their BLP predecessors (and assumed that no one will have a problem with their business as usual approach) or the DLP guys given the current economic situation don’t see themselves being in government beyond January 15, 2013 (So the attitude is let us see what we can grab for our self in the next 5 years). What I find most unfortunate is the fact that these bandits (B&D) have high jacked my country and at the end of the day we the voter seems to have NO option. I feel like a corned animal, I must say that it is very frustrating.

  13. Sargeant

    @Optimist Prime

    Oh, how we could have done with your help during the dying days of the last BLP Gov’t When we were all wailing about corruption and mismanagement, Isn’t it strange how some people only find their moral centre when it is convenient. We didn’t hear from you over any of the important issues of the day e.g. VECO and 3S not even a peep about Hardwood but now that you’ve been rousted from your perch we will hear about the DLP’s every misstep.

    For the record I am not a DLP blogger but I supported them during the last election mainly because of two issues VECO and 3S but the icing on the cake for me was when the last PM said “ I am motivated in a special way by the determination never to see the DLP hold the reins of office in this country…..” that sounds too much like he wanted a one party state together with the implication that all the brains in the country were in the BLP and only they were equipped to run the country.

    It is still a free country so anyone is free to support whichever party or political organization they find comfort with but on behalf of the BLP could you provide a plausible answer to the following:

    Why did the BLP Gov’t hire VECO an Alaskan pipeline Servicing company to build a prison in Barbados?

  14. Sad To Say

    Sargeant: This statement by our former PM “I am motivated in a special way by the determination never to see the DLP hold the reins of office in this country…..” made me place my X next to my constituency’s DLP candidate. On reflection Owen got carried away, a human failing of most if not all long serving politicians/ political leadders. The longer they dominate the political landscape is the more blurred the lines become for them between the politician and the electorate. This is a reason why I support term limits (what was the DLP’s position in the last election?), however, I have realised that no politician will ever cut off the branch behind him/ her. Gone are the days when men (women) of integrity are drawn to politics, such men (women) while they do exist in our society have abdicated their responsibility (for one reason or the other) to the masses over the last two decades. And without such checks and balances the people suffer. A WARNING to those who believe that they are capable of fooling ALL of the people ALL of the time – this is not so. While time is infinite your ability to fool us is finite and a lot more restricted than you anticipate. There is a group of Barbadians between the ages of 16-30 (about 100,000) who are not as docile as their predecessors, they WILL NOT go on for much longer being duped by empty promises from their elected parliamentarians. The CLOCK IS TICKING and our politicians better shape up or ship out and it is my estimate that the clock has as little as 5 years but at most 10 years before there is serious political unrest in our beautiful and peaceful Barbados.

  15. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    Where is the proof to all these charges. Man o Man I have to believe that this government is different because if they are not, I hope between now and the next election that some very honest (if we could find any left in Bimshire), smart and faithful people will form a new party for me to cast my X. Because never again will I vote for the likes of Bee or Dem. But I am going to give the Prime Minister the benefit of the doubt that he will be different towards making the difference. So Mr. Thompson I am still believing and putting my faith in you.

  16. Cliverton Not Signed In

    Jukecheckedeyskirt, you see how they have made you believe that the lack of integrity laws don’t matter? They made you believe that it is all about the integrity of the individuals who you elect and not the fact that the system promotes and encourages corruption.

    Thompson has had a year to do something – anything – to stop the corruption, and he has chosen not to.

    That says everything.

    Lose your faith in Thompson and you will see how corrupt the system is and how the DLP took about two weeks to choose the wide path with lots of graft.

  17. reality check

    ‘Optimist Prime: Very good points in deed. A few senior civil servants in MTW nearly fell out of their chairs when they were present when Abdul Pandor’s invoices were opened. These invoices were submitted for his forensic audit of 3S regarding the ABC highway and his cost to redesign the project.’

    sounds like lawyers invoices. Nothing to do with time and services rendered but how much can I steal.

    Which politicians have told him they will push through the payment for a percentage?

    Barbadians are not happy with getting something for 50 cents on the dollar, only if they can steal it for nothing.

  18. Hants

    Model of New cars Ministers driving.

    Brands of Fine clothes Ministers wearing.

    How long must I wait to find out who driving a better car than me?

  19. Faith

    Mr. Lowe drove a old toyo before. Nise silver 4×4 from the week he won. All de ministers fly to Miami for new suits that first week too. Nise!

  20. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    Cliverton, it is still early days for the Dems relative to the economic mess they inherited from the last administration. There are some obvious trouble signs which are raising eyebrows but these are disclosures made without hard core evidence. It would be good if BFP could get hold of the allege fax copy Dr. Dennis Lowe sent that has made him the centre of attention. However the PM and his team has made promises not kept, and have endeavour to provoke a sense of mistrust into the voting public by not following through with certain investigations. I, however, will still continue to give the PM the benefit of the doubt and let him prove his worth next year. For 2009 will decide rather or not the PM is a man to his word (contrary to popular belief), or just another cash bigot seeking to hoard millions like the last administration and then try to eloquently persuade otherwise. It is time politicians wake up and realise that Barbadians, in some eyes, might be p0und foolish but now-a-days they are certainly becoming penny-wise.

  21. Optimist Prime

    @ Sargeant
    December 30, 2008 at 1:33 am

    “Oh, how we could have done with your help during the dying days of the last BLP Gov’t When we were all wailing about corruption and mismanagement, Isn’t it strange how some people only find their moral centre when it is convenient.”
    ——————————————————–

    Look! I am getting a little tired with this talk of “corruption” and “mismanagement.” Look at this way. This is: “trial by inuendo in the DLP’s Kangaroo Court.”

    The BLP has nine sitting Members. Duguid was not a Minister, neither was Toppin nor George Payne. Cynthia Forde was not a full Minister?

    Where would the corruption have come from? That leaves five:

    The people of St. Peter, St. George North and St. James North have again expressed full confidence in their BLP Parliamentary Representative. That leaves SMNE and St. Jopseph.

    If it was Mia, then that would most certainly floor the BLP, giving the DLP a second term by default.

    Dale Marshall is also the Deputy Leader of the BLP. Where the hell is the corruption?

    Why not produce the evidence and help Mia with her canidate selection exercise, especially since the BLP will most likely have to run at least 20 new candidates next time.

    Given my unmatched knowledge of how government works, public servants are responsible for management.

    Politicians are responsible for policy and general direction. Therefore, even if there was mismanagement – as alleged, it would not be persons who faced the polls.

    Again you highlight the brilliant point made by Mr. Sinckler:

    According to Sinckler (the DLP’s brightest politician) Barbadians who “know nothing about how Parliament works and are largely ignorant of the political system” – changed the Government on January 15, 2008.

    The point is – the people who are alleging corruption and mismanagement, are desperate DLP supporters, who do not have a clue how government works, and as so eloquently stated by Mr. Sinckler: “are largely ignorant of the political system.”

    The upcoming Auditor General’s Report will soon proove my point and Mr. Sinckler’s

    You would think that the DLP – a party with a 70% negative approval rating – which desperately wants to hold-on to State power so that more of its hungry piggies can feed at the trough – would produce evidence of BLP corruption, if it had it.

    ***Little wonder the DLP is now the laughing stock of the Caribbean.

  22. Juris

    You are desperate, aren’t you, OP? Unmatched knowledge of how Government works indeed!

  23. The Scout

    In another few weeks, the DLP government would have been in office, I’m yet to see or hear about a charge against this BLP government that stole and stashed away money privately. What about the cheques that were exposed in Haggatt Hall, Hardwood Inc etc. All these are things bajans would like to hear about and we are getting a bit annoyed by this DLP government for seemingly sweeping them under the carpet. One whole year and still no word no action. DLP please explain.

  24. The Scout

    Almost forgot, the ABC h’way was taking too long under the last administration. This DLP government promised a March 2008 completion, then a May, then August now uncertain. The P.M said he would order a forensic investigation into the ABC h’way. During the election campaign, he promised that if succussful, he would stop the highway until after the investigation. One year is about to be reached and all we’re seeing is more wastage, more and different people allegedly getting their pockets full. It seems as if it is “get what you want, somebody will pay.” It is time politicians from both sides stop taking bajans for a bumpy ride.

  25. J

    Dear Optimist Prime:

    You really wrote “Given my unmatched knowledge of how government works, public servants are responsible for management. Politicians are responsible for policy and general direction. Therefore, even if there was mismanagement – as alleged, it would not be persons who faced the polls.”

    Looka I actually voted for the BLP this time. But let me tell you something, when I go in the polling booth I don’t expect the hear a party spokesman like you telling me that the people I elected are not responsible when things go wrong.

    The are responsible. I will not hold them guiltless.

    Looka you got me feeling that I will NEVER vote BLP again.

  26. J

    That does not mean that the DLP should take any comfort.

    You guys are on probation

  27. Optimist Prime

    @ J

    You must always remember that Local and Regional Statesman, the Rt. Hon. Owen S. Arthur, M.P., – made it clear that he accepts full responsibility for all acts; omissions or commission between 1994 and January 15, 2008.

    The slate is clean! The government changed. All eyes are now on the DLP, which promised: “change” “good governance” and a “buntiful Barbados.”

    That you are now being asked to lower your expectations and are therefore bitterly disappointed – is no justification to take your frustration out on the BLP.

    Always remember this: “When the breaker trips (the electorate) you get a power failure (the DLP)

    Pro-ba-who? On January 15, 2009 – the honeymoon over!!!

  28. Sargeant

    @Optimist Prime

    Given my unmatched knowledge of how government works, public servants are responsible for management

    Given the above I would expect you to answer the question which was posed, and I repeat

    • Why did the BLP Gov’t hire VECO an Alaskan pipeline Servicing company to build a prison in Barbados?
    In view of the above I can surmise that you were either a senior political operative/consultant in the former Gov’t or a bureaucrat in the Civil Service. You have the politician’s gift of being able to bob and weave and spin while introducing red herrings without saying anything.

    So Owen Arthur said he “accepts full responsibility for all acts” etc., I say so what? This seems to be a BLP tactic, as Mia has also said that she wasn’t responsible for decisions when the BLP was in power, this from a politician who was either Deputy PM or a senior Minister, let OSA take the blame then we can all say the “slate wipe clean” . OSA must have run a one man Gov’t

    I notice your “Local and Regional Statesman” doesn’t know how to act the part since he declared “war” on the DLP Gov’t (at least according to the Nation).

    As for the evidence of corruption, do you think that any one in B’dos would find anything? We may accuse politicians of having many traits, however stupidity is not one of them..

  29. Optimist Prime

    Dems now run from allegation that there was BLP corruption:

    @ Sargeant

    “As for the evidence of corruption, do you think that any one in B’dos would find anything? We may accuse politicians of having many traits, however stupidity is not one of them.”

    —————————————-

    Wait a cotton-picking-minute!

    Did our Prime Minister Thompson not say that: “former BLP operatives have millions stashed in foreign Bank Accounts?”

    Perhaps that bank is owned by Bernard Madoff?

    Surely with Freedom of Information Legislation, you can ask the Ministry of Home Affairs for the answer to the question – you purport to ask me, as regards VECO.

    You can also use the FOI Legislation to ask the Ministry of Public Works, why they received an invoice for $20 million – purporting to be the fair cost to fix a problem to which the the solution was already known and documented.

  30. Faith

    The slate is clean because Owen Arthur said so? Are you on drugs OP? What a stupid statement of what you wish would happen.

    You would love former Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley and former Attorney General Mia Mottley and all the others to have a “clean slate” only because we kicked them out!

    Sure I give them a “clean slate” when they have “Truth and Reconciliation” confessions and give back the money!

    Start with Kensington Oval. Produce the books of all the money spent. Every dollar.

    Then produce Owen Arthur’s personal bank account books so we can see how many cheques he stole like the one he was caught stealing.

    Then produce the books for Gems Hotels and an accounting of all the government money that flowed through Gems to BLP supporters.

    Now give all that money back to the Barbados taxpayers that you screwed for 14 years.

    That will be a start for your “clean slate”.

    There can be no forgiveness without atonement and return of the money. Every single dollar.

  31. Sad To Say

    OP: Are you suggesting that the BLP (a party that I voted for on three consecutive occasions) consist of a bunch of saints? How do you explain the FACT that OSA could not afford to put gas in his gas tank less than three weeks before he was elected as PM yet he was able to – refit/ fix his house in West Terrace within his first term as PM? Where did he get the $ to purchase a condo in Port St. Charles ($1,000,000 USD)? Was this pay-back for approving a project that was rejected by T&CP? What is his connection to the second biggest rent-a-car agency in Barbados? Does he and Glyne Clarke (not Bannister) own condos in the Cayman Islands? What is his business dealings with Glyne Bannister, Rodney Wilkinson, Hallam Nicholls, Paul Altman, etc?

  32. J

    Sad to say wrote “What is his connection to the second biggest rent-a-car agency in Barbados?”

    You sure that it ain’t the BIGGEST rent-a-car agency in Barbados?

    You betta check again yuh.

  33. J

    Sad to say wrote “How do you explain the FACT that OSA could not afford to put gas in his gas tank less than three weeks before he was elected as PM”

    Come on man. If maids, clerks, shop assistants, police constables and elementary school teachers can manage to put gas in their cars, what is the matter with a Parliamentarian that he can’t gas up his? You mean to tell me that a Parliamentarian who is also an ECONOMIST can’t manage his money in such a way as to fill up his vehicle with gas?

    Don’t make me laugh.

  34. Optimist Prime

    @ Sad To Say

    I do not get involved in gossip!

    But, perhaps for the same way it cannot be explained how is it that before the election – DLP politicains who were driving “brek-down-open- back vans – now drive Jaguars; F150′ and SL350 Grace Black Mercedes – are wearing $3,500 suits and enjoying all of the other “things” their constituents are displeased and are shocked about.

    Tens month!

    Imagine what they will have in five years! Are you surprised that they did not and WILL NOT declare their assets?

    $20 million? And to do what to the ABC Highway? Do what???????? A whole $20 million??? StupseEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Sad To Say

    OP: Why did OSA allow Josef’s Restaurant to pick up the entire tab for his latest wedding? Why did he allow Rommel Marshall to collect a “free” 300K Merks from Simpson Motors or the “bonus” 360K from CGI for awarding the TB insurance to Bruce Bailey? Why did he allow Mia to get T&CP permission for the apartments at the bottom of Rendezvous hill when they were originally rejected by Mark Cummins? What has he done to investigate how Noel Lynch and Reginald Farley came to own plantations when their respective MP salaries could not account for this? What did OAS do when Liz Thomson’s husband submitted an invoice for 400K for constructing a bath house?

  36. Optimist Prime

    @ Faith

    Why don’t you read Section 7. (1) (a) (11) of the Public Accounts Committee Act, 2003?

    You see why Mr. Sinckler made such a brilliant point: People who do not have a clue how Parlaiment works or how the system of government functions – changed the government on January 15, 2008.

    Look Faith! David Thompson was once the Chairman. Yet, he never could produce a shred of evidence to support his wild, baseless allegation of BLP corruption.

    Unless the electorate found him “totally unbelievable,” do you really think he would have waited in Opposition for 14 years, if he had proof?

    Is the DLP the government or the Opposition? The government changed! All eyes on you! The electorate have spoken! All we are getting from the DLP is blame; looking back and complaining!

    “The Treasury empty!

    There is a lot of mess to clean up! The economy is a mess! Barbadians buying too much food! Barbadians expect too much! Cud dear, we just got in, give we a chance?”

    Man! Shut up and drive!

  37. Optimist Prime

    @ Sad to Say:

    You must always remember that: Local and Regional Statesman – the Rt. Hon. Owen S. Arthur, M.P., – made it crystal clear that he accepts full responsibility for all acts; omissions or commission between 1994 and January 15, 2008.

    The slate is clean!

    The government changed. All eyes are now on the DLP, which promised: “change” “good governance” and a “buntiful Barbados.”

    For the BLP, I imagine it is therefore:

    “Freshness..New Energy..A New Vision and A New Beginning.”

    THE SLATE IS AND HAS BEEN CLEAN!!!

    Get ready to welcome: new, clean, fresh-team BLP.

  38. Sad To Say

    OP: Don’t BS me you “do not get involved in gossip!” and “Santa Clause is for real.”

    The FACT that DLP politicians are showing their hands as a bunch of old crooks does not justify the path that the BLP endorsed from 1994-2008. One wrong does not justify another wrong. It is VERY SAD that YOU can’t see the difference. All this tells me is that the moment that YOU are returned to the halls of power it would be business as usual.

    Unfortunately the BLP MPs seemed to be very good tutors for their DLP counterparts. It cannot be denied that the last BLP administration moved the corruption paradigm to another level. Initially they pretended to exhibit restraint however during their latter years they threw caution to the wind.

    Unfortunately, the BLP were not good tutors or the DLP were not good learners in that they are trying to emulate what the BLP did in 14 years – in terms of thieving – within the first 5 years of their administration.

    While I am very disappointed that the Ds have not declared their assets (and they have had ample opportunity to do so), however, I am not surprised. Once again they have learnt from YOU Bs. You had 14 years to declare your assets yet you failed to deliver. Mia and OSA falsely declared some cooked assets and it is my hope that the truth eventually comes out.

    With the INTERNET and BFP we should EVENTUALLY EXPOSE those Bs, Ds and others who are up to NF Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS: BFP let us invite everyone to e-mail their list of Barbadian e-mails to you. I have at least 8K BDS e-mail addresses. We can use this to e-mail our constituents some of our interesting articles.

  39. Optimist Prime

    @ Sad to Say:

    “You had 14 years to declare your assets yet you failed to deliver. ”
    ————————————-

    You must never; ever; ever; ever forget that it was the BLP that introduced integrity legislation in Parliament in the 80’s, but it was defeated in the Senate by the DLP and Independent Senators, who refused to support the Bill.

    The progressive and visionary BLP was pushing “Integrity, good governance and freedom of information” – long before it was on the lips of most Barbadians and most definately, the DLP – latter day converts.

    Prime Minister Thompson is right! The DLP is like a man who sets fire to his house – then calls the fire service, expecting to be congratulated for doing a good deed.

    ***Will persons who serve on Constituency Councils have to declare their assets?

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

    BFP says,

    This Optimist Prime is getting sooooooo boringgggg.

    Can you imagine trying to justify the BLP’s 14 corrupt years in government by saying that 25 or 30 years ago the BLP “attempted” to introduce integrity legislation but the DLP foiled it? What a joke!

    For 14 years the BLP ruled this island as they wanted to with a majority that couldn’t be challenged in or out of Parliament. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars on projects for which there are no books and no appreciable result.

    And now they say they were “prevented” from doing something during their 14 year dictatorship? Jokers!

  40. Sargeant

    @Optimist Prime

    • Why don’t you read Section 7. (1) (a) (11) of the Public Accounts Committee Act, 2003?

    **************************************************
    You BLP operatives really think we are fools, after we read the relevant sections, what then? What will that tell us? You think the evidence of public corruption will be found in any Public Accounts Committee meeting? Read what I said previously “Politicians are not stupid”.

    The only evidence that anyone found on the public record is related to Hardwood which the new fellow on the block not wise to the ways of his elders got tangled up in. Mia sensing the opportunity to once and for all rid herself of the pesky irritant promptly provided the leaks that exposed him for all to see.

    For one who does not” get involved in gossip” you sure could have fooled me but then you made statements referring to $3500.00 suits and 20 million dollar invoices if that isn’t gossip I don’t know what is.

    I just read your last post about the BLP introducing Integrity legislation and it being defeated in the Senate by the DLP and Independent Senators….. now I know that you are a comedian….. when did Opposition appointed Senators and Independent Senators constitute a majority in the Barbados Senate?

  41. J

    Dear Optimist Prime:

    You wrote “People who do not have a clue how Parlaiment works or how the system of government functions – changed the government on January 15, 2008.”

    So is Parliament and or the functioning of the system of government so complex that we the people cannot understand it, and cannot be trusted to change governments as necessary?

    If we the people are too foolish to understand the complexities of government/Parliament whom would you suggest be charged with the responsibility of periodically changing governments/Parliamentarians.

    Do you understand that nowadays the average Parliamentarian is no better educated than his or her constituents? And that large numbers of constituents are in fact better educated that their member of Parliament?

  42. J

    Dear Optimist Prime:

    You do realize don’t you that you are writing bare foolishness?

    And that we the people recognize horse manure when we smell it?

  43. J

    Dear Optimist Prime:

    You wrote “That you are now being asked to lower your expectations and are therefore bitterly disappointed – is no justification to take your frustration out on the BLP.”

    I am not bitter nor disappointed nor frustrated since I’ve never in my life trusted a politician any further than I can see him or her. And that goes for ALL parties.

  44. Lady Anon

    B, D or X…if you are a corrupt individual, you are a corrupt individual. Private sector or public sector, if you are a corrupt individual you are a corrupt individual.

    If you think nothing of receiving a gift of a bottle of wine from a supplier/contractor/vendor as a “token of appreciation”, then it is a mere hop, skip and a jump before you think nothing of accepting a little $1000 or more to push an application to the right person or a little $10,000 to make sure an application is approved.

    Corruption exists, greed exists…it is about our personal ethics and values which will determine which side of the line we stand on.

    I was faced with a situation which my supervisor (in the public service) asked me to do which I knew contravened the law. And I asked, “Are you asking me to break the law? If you are, I must let you know, I am not comfortable with it. If however, you are insisting that I do this, please put it in writing on the file.” Of course, it was never placed in writing on the file. I was willing to stand for what I know is right…job be damned.

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

    BFP says…

    You make a good case for firmly standing on the correct side of the line… except in Barbados where there is no line. Here, there is NO LAW against government officials receiving gifts or “loans” of any size, and no requirement for disclosure of gifts or loans from government contractors. There is NO LAW prohibiting government officials from owning the companies that they award government contracts to.

    Lady Anon, while we admire your sense of right and wrong, without clear standards in the form of laws and penalties the corruption in our public service and Parliament will continue to grow. Thompson promised laws but once he had the keys to the castle he and the DLP lost all interest in creating and enforcing standards against corruption. It is a sad state that we find ourselves in once again.

  45. Optimist Prime

    @ J

    So is Parliament and or the functioning of the system of government so complex that we the people cannot understand it, and cannot be trusted to change governments as necessary
    —————————–
    Not my words! You see what I told you about playing the ball and not the persons?

    It was Minister Christopher Sinckler who said in Parliament during debate on a Supplementary for Millions for the Ministry of Education:

    “large numbers of Barbadians do not know anything about how Parliament works and are largely ignorant of the political system.”

    He is one of the “change agents” you’all voted for!

    Stil, if you did not listen to the debate and did not hear when he said it, then Christopher’s point is well made! Think about it for a while!!!

    Further, are you assuming that none of them (those who do not know or understand, as cautioned by Minister Sinckler of the DLP) voted on January 15th 2008?

  46. Optimist Prime

    Lady Anon & BFP above.

    I must commend Lady Anon for her ethical post above. What a very refreshing way to end 2008!

    That is certainly a very good and admirable standard that I do believe the Prevention of Corruption Act and the old General Orders – wanted to ensure.

    Still, one should not need legislation to do what is right and decent. It is called socialization and having sound core values and good character.

    “Thiefing” by any name is wrong. So too is accepting gifts for service provided to the public, especially when the Administrative Justice Act already exists.

    A public officer who has a discretion, must always exercise it in the public’s interest.

    Still, one cannot dispute the fact that the same ingrediants that caused the financial crisis in the United States (poor risk assessment; weak regulation and greed) – also led to the change of government and the triggered economic meltdown of the Barbados economy.

    Think about it!!

    It was those 90 & 100 day promises that played on greed and the desire to get more, and caused more Barbadians to ignored the risk (what they stood to loose) because of weak analyisis, (whether the DLP could logically deliver or had the competency to deliver on what it promised)

    As regards America, it is said that one man who invested $1.4 billion with Bernard Madoff – killed himself when he realise that he had lost his money. $1.4 billion and wanting more, without considering what could be lost!!!

    Change without considering the risks, whether you would have a job, food, shelter or a better quailty of life! Absolutely amazing!!

    Well in the Caribbean, there is a saying: shoot first, think after!!! That seems rather silly to me.

    Good post Lady Anon.

  47. Jerome Hinds

    Well fellow bloggers we have come to the end of another year (2008).

    Politically it was very rewarding for thousands of Barbadians …Optimist Prime…and others included.

    Hon. David Thompson and his majestic DLP team have held the ship of state together tremendously.

    That unemployment rose slightly to 8.4% during 2008 is a stark reminder of the TIEFFING policies of the last BLP administration.

    UP TO NOW Mia Mottley……is yet to tell Barbadians why her BLP gov’t FORCED the prinicipals of 3S company to increase the cost of the ABC road project ?????

    Within the past 11 months of taking office this MAGNIFICENT DLP Government have :

    Awarded Civil Servants the largest salary increase in the history of this country .

    Commenced construction of 425 new houses under the NHC.

    Opened the Public Library.

    Introduced a ” Managed Immigration” Policy.

    Reached across the Political Divide to assist other Parliamentarians with their Constituency programmes…( MP HAMILTON lASHLEY )

    Ensured that Bajan consumers benefit from cheaper fuels.

    Allowed school children in uniforms to travel freely on Government owned buses.

    THIS IS JUST A SYNOPSIS OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2008…….WAIT FOR THE REST IN 2009.

    WITH GOD’s CONTINUED HELP AND PROTECTION……… IT WILL BE AWESOME.

  48. Optimist Prime

    @ Jerome Hinds

    You mean, still struggling to hold the fractured DLP together, despite the lure of easy access to the trough?

    It is never good when people losse their jobs but it is worse when many of them were fired by the DLP, as part of its Member’s First-Fatted Calf Doctrine?

    That civil servants were able to get any amount as a salary and wages increase – serves as a reminder of the last DLP administration’s 18 month salary and wages freeze.

    Secondly, Civil Servants must thank the BLP for its sound management of the economy, which allowed the DLP to give them such an increase.

    PM Thompson said the DLP built 700 houses. His political adviser immediately responded and said that by this time next year the DLP would have built 700. Now you say that the DLP started 425.

    Which is it?

    Manage Mirgration policy my ass. The DLP must stop claiming credit for sound BLP initiatives. A year ago, the words: “Managed Migration” were not even in the vocab of DLP politicians.

    Hammie was always a Dem. Well, put it this way. He is an Independent on the DLP Government’s pay-roll. You figured it out.

    Barbadians are still being priced gouged on petroleum products. At January 15, 2008 a barrel of oil on the world market was US$104.00, it is not $38.92. Think about what you are saying “girl.”

    School children travelling on the bus without paying is costing taxpayers $50 miilion dollars annually. Do your research. It might not be costing them but their parents and relatives.

    Here is the real synopisis:

    Already we are seeing a decline in visitors and a reduction in their spending power. I am hearing that several large construction projects have been put on hold indefinitely.

    This will translate into job losses for Barbadians.

    Job losses mean a reduction in spending power and a dampening in local demand for products and services, which in turn leads to more job losses, increase in crime; dysfunctional families and other social ills – such as prostitution; drug related crime and increased corruption.

    Analyse that. Fool!!!!!!!

  49. Optimist Prime

    @ BFP,

    You can ignore my second post in response to Lady Anon. I though it was held because I used the word: “shoot” so I substituted that phrase and resent it.

    I recently post in response to Adrian Hind, but I fear I might have used a word that attracts the filter.

    Check and advise please.

    Regards,

    OP

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

    BFP says,

    OP I approved it but you are again becoming monopolizing and abuse. we know who you are. behave yourselfs.

    george

  50. Jukecheckedeyskirt

    BLP did that DLP doing this. Loyalist to both parties defending stoutely the elitist to whom they draw their ‘advantages’. Yet, white collar crime and the continue speculation of successive governments involvement in extensive corruption, and the circle of infelicious partnerships that exist in this country, continue to go on unabated.

    You who defend the BLP, and now seek to pour scorn on the DLP, just absolutely make me sick. The writing is on the wall concerning what the last administration did whilst in power.

    Without any proof but going on some facts and a bit of speculation, the behavioural traits exhibited by certain ministers in the DLP camp equates to behaviours that wreak with the stench of certain ‘condemned’ BLP oppostion members. If the interpretation of this behaviour, by the DLP translates into an extension of continued exploitation and greed (if proven), the only ones losing is Barbadians especially the underpriviledge. This means politicians are not to be trusted period and under any circumstances. It would be better for the treasury of Barbados, through the Auditor General and the Central Bank Governor be responsible for setting up a committee approved by the vote of the people people and not politicians who must report to the people all government spending and give approval for all salary increases independent of political influence.

    Optimist Prime (you benefactor of the BLP monetary dictatorship) you would do good to come clean base on what you obviously know, instead of trying to pass the 14 year corruption and exploitation buck to the DLP. Give them further chance to expose themselves either positively or negatively. YOu make me sick with your constant defending of what was obvious and plain to the last administration

  51. J

    Dear Optimist Prime:

    You wrote “He is one of the “change agents” you’all voted for!

    Stil, if you did not listen to the debate and did not hear when he said it, then Christopher’s point is well made! Think about it for a while!!!

    1. I take it that you are a BLP blogger. Surprise, surprise, surprise, I actually voted for one yofu you guys in January. Although now you got me wondering if I did not do the worng thing.

    2. No I did not listen to the debate. Unlike you I do not get PAID to listen to Parliamentary debates. Would you listen to every word of the Parliamentary debates if you were not being paid to do so?

    3. You bahaving like the priests and pastors who like to reprimand the congregaton for not being in church every Sunday. Pastors and priests get paid to go to church so of course they go every Sunday (or Saturday or Friday or whatever) If you paid me to be in Parliament or in Church I would be there every time the door opens too.

    Stupseee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. J

    Dear Optimist PRime:

    You wrote “As regards America, it is said that one man who invested $1.4 billion with Bernard Madoff – killed himself when he realise that he had lost his money. $1.4 billion and wanting more”

    You *d*ot: The man did not kill himself because he lost his own $1.4 billion. He killed himself because he lost OTHER PEOPLE’s $1.4 billion. He took big, big fees from people to manage their money, then he put the people’s $1.4 billion (less the big, big fees) into Madoff’s hands. Then he like Madoff bought fancy houses, yachts, etc and had a whole lotta fun. Now nobody can’t find the money so naturally somebody gotta d**d.

    The only good crook is a d**d crook.

  53. Jerome Hinds

    Job losses mean a reduction in spending power and a dampening in local demand for products and services, which in turn leads to more job losses, increase in crime; dysfunctional families and other social ills – such as prostitution; drug related crime and increased corruption.

    Analyse that. Fool!!!!!!!
    *********************************************

    To Optimist Prime,

    All of what you state above……began under the Owen Arthur Administration…..my dear PESSIMIST !

    But we want you BLP crooks to answer this ONE….

    UP TO NOW Mia Mottley and other BLP crooks ……is yet to tell Barbadians why her BLP gov’t FORCED the prinicipals of 3S company to increase the cost of the ABC road project ?????

  54. Optimist Prime

    10 TV News reported the below:

    @ J

    “He was a distinguished investor who traced his lineage to the French aristocracy, hobnobbed with members of European high society and sailed around the world on fancy yachts.

    But after losing more than $1 billion of his clients’ money to Bernard Madoff, Rene-Thierry Magon de la Villehuchet had enough.

    He locked the door of his Madison Avenue office and apparently swallowed sleeping pills and slashed his wrists with a box cutter, police said.

    A security guard found his body Tuesday morning, next to a garbage can placed to catch the blood.

    The bloody scene marked a grisly turn in the Madoff scandal in which money managers and investors were ensnared in an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

    De la Villehuchet is believed to have lost about $1.4 billion to Madoff.”

    ***The point is, he lost $1.4 billion. It is uncertain if his “nuff fees” and assets – were worth that $1.4 billion he lost.

    Even if it is/was – he might have been “scared stiff” of being poor or of having to lead a substantially reduced life style: perhaps resulting in him having “killed himself”

    The point I was making is, “poor risk analyis; weak regulations and greed.” It cause the financial crisis in the United States and also cause Barbadians to elect an: “intellectually weak DLP.”

    I think the point is made!!

  55. Juris

    Why do you go on about an intellectually weak DLP, OP? Are you suggesting (contrary to all evidence, I must add) that you are somehow intellectually superior or is it that you are suggesting that all the intellect in Barbados is captured within the BLP? If so, all well and good, but unfortunately for the intelligentsia within that party,the people on January 15 2008 chose good nature and kindness over brains. As they always will.

  56. Optimist Prime

    @ Juris,

    I know what might be haunting you! But here is something you would do well to remember.

    Of the 148,562 valid voted cast in the January 15, 2008 General election – 69,720 or 46.9 per cent voted for the Barbados Labour Party, while – even after 14 years in the political wilderness – a mere 78,698 voted for the DLP.

    Based on my Math, a mere 8, 975 difference! It must be 1610 times more frightening for you – when viewed in a more technical way.

    Remember also that even before there was wide public acceptance that “the DLP is intellectually weak” and does not know what it is doing – and long before it was obvious to so many that there is great frustration – even by those who voted for change, as a result of the DLP’s inability to honour its promises – Mr. Peter Wickham said that the DLP will be a one-term government.

    Yours and the DLP’s panic is justified!

    Twelve months will definitely not allow all of those hungry mouths to feed at the trough – despite having tickets to the buffet.

    Tick, tic, ti, t!!!!

  57. Juris

    Now answer me this OP, who is the one that seems to be panicking most on this blog? And you are prepared to cite Wickham now. Why did you not believe his prediction of 20-10 earlier? Intellectual weakness?

  58. Jerome Hinds

    Optimist Prime,

    Your BLP tieffing ways is why you are are still 12 months after…..griping about your loss at the polls.

    Rest assured when we DEMS release the wash pan of THEFT that the BLP ran up in this country…..you gine bawl.

    * Since you what a lead go and check why Nigel Whitehall is no longer employed at NHC.

    * Check out why prospective home owners at Bulkeley meadows are so furious in the press….maybe Owen Arthur’s friend Tyson Thompson can help you there.

    And you would believe that a MULE like you really believe a FOCUSSED DLP gov’t is in PANIC mode.

    Wheel and come again.

  59. Optimist Prime

    @ Jerome Hinds

    It is known why the DLP cannot and will never introduce integrity legislation.

    If it did, I OP – would be the first one to use the said Freedom of Information Act to call of the DLP Government to release the UDC Report and the Forensic Audit on Hardwood.

    I would also use it to call for information as regards the context of the text “low” is alleged to have sent, as well as information as regards the alleged BLP corruption; cost overruns; excessive suplementaries and alleged alarming national debt.

    Also, to enquire why those persons were fired willy nilly from the Public Service and why everyone else got a 6 per cent pay increase – and after closing three departments just to reward him Manager – what Mr. Baloney got and what he now gets.

    Eevryone agrees that I could go on!!!

    Can the DLP? Tick; tic; ti; t; – ! !

  60. Sargeant

    @OP

    If it did, I OP – would be the first one to use the said Freedom of Information Act to call of the DLP Government to release the UDC Report and the Forensic Audit on Hardwood.
    **************************************************

    And while you’re at it could you ask for the Audit on VECO and how the prison costs doubled, I’m sure you remember VECO the Alaskan company whose CEO was described by a US publication as an “Oil Services Executive who bribes politicians”. The same executive who was convicted of bribery and fraud and who turned prosecution witness against the Senator from his own state. It’s a pity that investigation was limited to Alaska.

    As to Civil Servants being fired willy nilly anyone who was paying attention knows that OSA politicized the Civil Service by running roughshod over the personnel responsible for hiring to get his cronies with dubious qualifications employed as Consultants. If they get fired it’s the taxpayers of Barbados’ gain. Every Ministry had consultants who often got in the way of the people actually doing the job. Even some of his backbenchers were consultants, talk about double dipping…. collecting salary as MPs and then collecting remuneration as Consultants.

    OP, I know you never answer any of my questions but just for the hell of it, are you a former Consultant?

  61. Optimist Prime

    @ Sargeant,

    Yes!

    I would add VECO to the list.

    Look Sir/Madam, if you lock-up any and all politicians from both parties who are corrupt (if any) that makes it easy for the leader of that party – whether Mia or Thompy to bring “clean,” “fresh blood.”

    Nothing wrong with that! Is there? Then help the process!

  62. yatinkiteasy

    Does anyone know who (BLP or DLP) approved a construction project right on a Cliff on Enterprise Coast Road, a short walk up from Miami Beach?There goes another window to the sea. Its a COW/Preconco project. We have totally screwed up the West Coast, so I suppose its the South Coast next. Where is the Town and Country Planning? Costal Conservation? Is no Land or Law sacred anymore?
    See this multimillion development called Palisades on this website. http://www.igreality.com

  63. yatinkiteasy

    Sorry , website is http://www.igrealty.com

  64. Margaret Knight

    Yatinkiteasy, I am in full agreement with you, and when I see what is going on here in Barbados, it sends my blood pressure up. Every inch of our coastline is being destroyed, and, as you said, they’ve blocked off the west coast so they’re going for every open space they can find on the south coast. I wonder if one of these days we will wake up to find the Esplanade gone and condos going up there.

    I have to take you to task on one matter though: Miami Beach is in FLORIDA – not Barbados. What is wrongly called Miami Beach is Enterprise Beach.

  65. Avatar Gurl

    @ OP

    Oh Good Lord, not you again!

    Oy! Go and stick yuh partisan self in a flipping well, nuh!

    I loathe all yardfowls here who like to feed at the “piggy trough.”

    Big-A$$ Lying Party & Damn Lying Party…One and the same!

    Night gine run ’till day ketch it, eh? Time telling ‘pun both a wunnuh!

  66. Hants

    Prehaps those of you with access to the PM can make a list and identify areas in Barbados that can still be “saved” for the people of Barbados.

    Bajans are so nice they don’t even go on Sandy Lane beach (below the high water mark).

    Miami beach could almost describe the South and West coasts of Barbados.

    Ms. Knight I respectfully suggest that “Miami Beach” is a result of bajan’s propensity for given people and places “nicknames”.

  67. Hants

    Avatar Gurl have you ever been in a rum shop, a fish market or a cricket match?
    Bees and Dees argue politics and drink (sometimes ESAF white) together.

    Barbados has been been divided in two since the 60s so chill and enjoy the” ride”.
    Doan raise yuh pressha.

  68. Hants

    Buh looka muh crosses doh nuh…..

    POLITICAL ANALYST Peter Wickham has parted ways with the Starcom Network and will from today be a regular host on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Talk Ya Talk call-in programme.

    Reports reaching the DAILY NATION indicate that two other call-in hosts now operating with Starcom, will also be soon joining Wickham on the state-run station. (CG)

  69. Margaret Knight

    Hants, it may well be that “Miami Beach” is as a result of Bajans’ propensity for giving people and places nicknames. However, given the fact that we are breaking our necks to get rid of Colonial names and anything that smacks of “Rule Britannia”, it would appear that we’re quite happy to adopt a new form of “Colonialism” by giving places American names which in some cases are grossly inappropriate. Have you ever seen Miami Beach, Florida? How in hell could you possibly compare that to our beautiful Enterprise Beach, with not an ugly condo/highrise/hotel in sight (YET)? It boggles the mind, and I will never, ever refer to beautiful Enterprise Beach as “Miami Beach”, and I know others agree with me – including Lady St. John (Stella), who lives in that area. Enough said.

  70. Hants

    @ Margaret Knight

    My comment
    “Miami beach could almost describe the South and West coasts of Barbados.” was not meant to include Enterprise Beach.

    I was referring to the concrete jungle from christ church through st.Jamesand st. Michael to st. Peter.

    If you want people to use the correct name, large signs should be posted on the beach and over time the old name may become the norm.

  71. Jerome Hinds

    Optimist Prime…aka…..Owen Arthur now advises the Decent Loving Party (DLP) to spend and borrow as if there is no tomorrow.

    OP….Owen Arthur seem not to understand that Winston Cox and his team have a sound reason for advising on a stimulus package of no more that $ 80 – 120 million.

    You simply cannot overheat the economy in a time of pending economic downturn.

    Barbados like most developing countries economies are not immune to global shocks.

    A pity it took 15th Jan 2008 for Owen Arthur to pay attention to the concerns of the…..AVERAGE BARBADIANS !

    A crying SHAME !

  72. The Scout

    Margaret Knight
    May you have a HEAlthY New YEAR. Looking forward to blogging with you this year.

  73. Hants

    Jerome Hinds “Barbados like most developing countries economies are not immune to global shocks.”

    Really Jerome? According to the BLP Barbados different from de rest uh de wirl.

    Yuh notice Owing $ After only talk about foreign reserves but not a word bout DEBT.

    Hummuch um is doh?

  74. Jerome Hinds

    Have a Happy New year, Hants.

    You are right…the DEBT Owen Arthur have left behind for us is now in the TRILLIONS.

    I was hoping that he would have included in his proposed stimulus plan all this $ 75,000.00 CHEQUES he would have received from Mariano Browne !!

  75. Optimist Prime

    @ Hants, & jerome hinds,

    Here is recommended reading:

    John Stuart Mill: principles of political economy.

    Note that Mill firmly believes that it is only the well educated and therefore enlightened citizen who can help society grow, change, and progress. Moreover, education allows the lower classes to become more socially active and responsible.

    With the DLP ruling Barbados, is there a crisis?

    Secondly, whatever the national debt was, it increased by “one billion, five hundred million,”when David Thompson recently used his power to change the Local Loan Limit and the Special Loan Limit.

    Yours is a home goal.

    See what I told you’all: “intellectual lightweights!”

  76. Optimist Prime

    @ Hants,

    Really Jerome? According to the BLP Barbados different from de rest uh de wirl.

    —————————
    That is what you would call: “an outlandish concoction of tropical hogwash and froth.”

    Do you not recall Local and Region Statesman – The Rt. Hon. Owen S. Arthur, M.P, say that what happens in Barbados must bear some relationship with what is happening in the rest of the world?

    Do you recall him saying that he will put the interest of the country before that of the BLP and that he will not do what is popular – but what the country can afford?

    Stop the “froth!”

  77. Optimist Prime

    @ jerome hinds

    What ever the national debt was, note that after saying that it was too high and that there was a debt crisis, David Thompson and DLP used their parliamentary power to increase it by one billion, five hundred million – when they amended the Local Loans Act and the Special Loans Act.

    I am happy that you raise the issue of debt on which the DLP has absolutely no credibility.

    I will show you why soon.

  78. Optimist Prime

    Economic Professor Frank Alleyne

    The Nation newspaper of November 28, 2006 quoted economist Professor Frank Alleyne as saying that Barbados was not then in a debt crisis, contrary to what was being said by the then Opposition DLP.

    He said that he had done and analysis and dismissed claims about a crisis as unfounded.

    The retired University of the West Indies academic said he was not worried about Barbados’ debt, noting that if it had been consumption that was not building capacity, he would have been concerned.

    “Much of that construction is in building capacity in the tourism and hospitality sectors and related ancillary facilities. On the South Coast you will see the transformation in the hotel plant taking place.

    We did quite a bit of work modernising the airport and seaport.

    That is the type of infrastructural activity which will redound eventually to supporting the activities of the tradable goods sector.”

  79. Optimist Prime

    @ Jerome Hinds

    “You are right…the DEBT Owen Arthur have left behind for us is now in the TRILLIONS.”
    ——————————————–
    What ever the national debts was when the DLP began its reign of terror – take note that the DLP recently changed the Local Loan Limit and the Special Loan Limit so that it can add an additional one billion, five hundred million to the national debt!

    ***$1,500,000,000.00***

  80. Optimist Prime

    Senator Erskine Griffith, Nation newspaper, November 16, 2006.

    Mr. Griffith dismissed criticisms coming from the Opposition over the country’s debt to Gross Domestic Product ratio (GDP) which exceeds 80 per cent, and noted that Japan’s stood at 170 per cent of its GDP.

    Griffith explained that despite the high ratio, Japan’s economy was stronger than Barbados’. Griffith, who is Leader of Government business in the Upper House, said every case had to be taken on its own merit.

    He said deeper analysis was required and not mere deductions based on superficial reading of economic texts.

    He said it was necessary for developing countries like Barbados to borrow on the international markets to increase available reserves in order to promote and sustain national development.

    Griffith stressed that liquidity in Barbados was healthy; savings continued to rise; there was money for people to borrow; and there was no threat to the exchange rate.

    He told the Upper Chamber that 30 per cent of Barbados’ debt was external and, most importantly, was manageable. He added the debt was spaced out in terms of the repayment schedule.

    He added much talk had been made by the Opposition about Government shifting economic growth from the traded to the non-traded sectors, and construction had been posited as one such non-traded venture.

    But he noted that deeper analysis would indicate that a large part of the construction was a strategy to help build capacity in the future.

    He said the construction work at the airport, seaport and the Hilton hotel had consumed foreign exchange, but they were investments that would bring monetary benefits to the country in the future.

    He said Government’s borrowing was not to fund consumption.

  81. Margaret Knight

    Thank you, Scout, and all the very best to you too!

  82. Corn flakes

    Optimist you talking to yourself. You just as mad as Owen.

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    Where is the integrity law we were promised? Where is the Freedom of Informations law?

    LIES! It was all lies David told to get elected. Too bad.

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