What possesses the leader of a political party to appoint someone who is viewed as the patron of his political party, who is the chairman of a major regional financial entity (CLICO Barbados), as the chairman of government-controlled/national broadcasting company? I asked myself that question at the time of the appointment…
This just seemed to be leading down the road of conflict of interest or just awkward situation sometime soon…
… The Trinidad arm of the chairman’s company hits the financial skids and needs government help. The opposition party leader in Barbados wants to make comments about the issue and is ‘denied’ airtime. Guess what? It does not smell right and only a dodo would not have seen the possibility of this doo-doo…
Why would you as head of government and Minister of Information to boot, put your government and yourself up for this awkward situation waiting to happen, even if you were not looking to push a platform of transparency and good governance? Is it part of the arrogance of power? Is it a blind spot for a friend and associate? Clear thinking? Good decisions?…
Living In Barbados Blog delivers a well-deserved blast to David Thompson in Another Fine Mess
Corrupt Thompson Doesn’t Give A Damn About Integrity, Transparency & Accountability
Thompson appointed his financial supporter and business jet chauffeur Leroy Parris to be Chairman of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation – a state-controlled broadcaster. Thompson didn’t care how this looked and he obviously did it so his government could control the message of news media and also deny the Opposition BLP access to the Bajan public.
Yes, we know that the Barbados Labour Party did the same thing to the DLP when the situation was reversed.
Now, like a petulant and vengeful little child, David Thompson is misusing his power exactly the way that Owen Arthur did. Instead of setting a new ethical standard as he promised, Thompson has again proved that he cares for nothing but power. Power at any cost. Power and to hell with democracy or integrity or freedom of the press or anything else that stands in the way of his ability to continue in power and bestow the benefits of his power to his friends. Friends like Leroy Parris.
Nothing has changed.
Prime Minister Thompson, you damned liar: Where is your promised integrity legislation? Where is your Ministerial Code that prohibits Conflicts of Interest? Where is your Freedom of Information Act? Where is our country’s freedom of the press?
Same old, same old ’bout hey!
Living In Barbados Blog: Another Fine Mess