Two Barbados Godfathers Look After Each Other First, All Else Is Second…

“It was a very good feeling to be here to celebrate with a very good friend of mine.

A lot of people do not know this but David is the godfather of my son and I am the godfather of his last daughter so there is not only a political relationship, but a personal relationship as well. Also, David is my attorney-at-law.

As you know, over the last 15 years I have been battered in the media for my relationship with him, but I have continued to stand by his side because a friend is a friend and friendship means a whole lot to me, not just as a political friend but a real friend…”

… Recipient of Government money & CLICO boss Leroy Parris speaks of his friend and business partner Prime Minister David Thompson at Keltruth Blog

No Wonder David Thompson Refuses To Implement Conflict of Interest Rules!

Prime Minister David Thompson and his government are directing public funds to his friend’s company, CLICO. Thompson appointed Leroy Parris to head Barbados’ public broadcasting company.

What other business dealings have they had over the years? What else do the two Barbados Godfathers have going now?

Keltruth Blog has been doing some research – and the results should outrage every thinking Barbadian. How can such things be permitted? How can they continue without the news media having the courage to do some basic commentary on the inappropriate and unethical behaviour of our Prime Minister?

David Thompson promised the people of Barbados integrity, transparency and accountability.

What he is currently delivering is something else…

Keltruth Blog: What is the Nature of the Relationship between Leroy Parris of CLICO and Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson?

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23 responses to “Two Barbados Godfathers Look After Each Other First, All Else Is Second…

  1. Fool Me Once

    Hey we people of Barbados are happy to pay up our hard earned tax money so that David and Leroy and their godchildren can have everything they want jets trips clothes schools la de da living.

    And when Leroy need a quick ten twenty thirty million dat be easy just reach into the taxpayer piggy bank no need to pay it back just be sure to take care of David when he in need.

  2. Hants

    Clico Holdings Barbados Limited employs 1 200 workers within its group of companies.

    I hope for their sake the company survives.

  3. Bush Tea

    …So BFP, you are saying that when we elect you as PM you plan to diss all your close friends?

    ..you will only appoint persons with whom you had no previous relationships? …and certainly no one with whom you has financial dealings before… Right?

    ….just so that Clive knows where he stands….LOL

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    BFP says,

    Without rules, who could not be tempted? Which one of us would not award a fat government contract to friends and relatives first?

    Thompson promised Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation.

    He lied, and still we have no rules.

  4. reality check

    Bush Tea

    the test of a true relationship is when one person can tell the other one that he or she is out of line and must be accountable or transparent with his or her actions.

    Frienships and networks will always exist but they must be measured with accountability and a strong sense of morality of what is right and wrong as well as what can be done to help that person within those boundaries.

    A godfather can be an important role but not that important. Is it worth millions of dollars and is it worth turning your back on normal due diligence and protection of Barbadians tax dollars?

    Did Barbados take any security for the loan(s) and what did they get in return? Where is the information that the citizens should be getting in a transparent society?

  5. Sad To Say

    I do believe that a man’s friends provides a significant insight into his character.

  6. J

    It is the godfather bit that really get me.

    Any of those 2 fellows does darken a church door tho?

    I thought that god-parenting was about spirituality.

    I didn’t know that it was about “personal friends” as we say in Barbados.

  7. Veggieman

    I wonder wha else they does do ?

    Just wondering.

  8. bajanbat

    does anyone know that based on a report in the Official gazette of Jan 26 2009 one could understand that the Government, i.e.the Hon David Thompson in his capacity as Minister of Finance, in respect of Rayside Construction, has waived the penalties and interest for non payment of VAT for over $1 million relating to VAT periods from 2003 to 2005. Further, income tax waived is almost $600K for income years 2002 to 2005. This seems to be not a bad “gift” for his best friend’s company. This is not exactly my idea of a level playing field when so many other small businesses are paying their taxes on time or suffer penalties with no hope of relief. There must be some “reasonable” explanation. Remember this government was for transparency and honesty and he is squeaky clean!

  9. Chicago

    Bajanbat, is that report online? Are all the gazettes online?

    If not can you scan or photograph the report and send it to BFP? BFP will you publish it?

  10. Sargeant

    @bajanbat

    does anyone know that based on a report in the Official gazette of Jan 26 2009 one could understand that the Government, i.e.the Hon David Thompson in his capacity as Minister of Finance, in respect of Rayside Construction, has waived the penalties and interest for non payment of VAT for over $1 million relating to VAT periods from 2003 to 2005
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    This I would find hard to believe that this was an arrangement brokered by Thompson. I know Bajans have short memories but does anyone remember that Rayside was virtually bankrupt before CLICO took over? The bank wasn’t honouring their cheques and their employees were about to go on the breadline before CLICO took over.

    CLICO at the time was probably the only Barbadian entity that was prepared to do so rather than see them fail. Now why would any organisation take over the liabilities of a failing company like Rayside? If anyone has a brain they would see that CLICO would negotiate with the Gov’t of the day (Arthur & the BLP) to cancel those debts as a condition of the takeover. Arthur wouldn’t want to be seen as responsible for not doing enough for people about to lose their jobs which is the same thing that Thompson will probably do if a similar situation recurs.

  11. bajanbat

    I don’t have the actual copy, it was sent in an email from someone who gets the Gazette.
    The Gazettes should be online. I will try to google them.

  12. Royalrumble

    I find it strange that it was Thompson who provided the millions of dollars in vat relief (2008-2009) for clico and not Arthur, although the takeover was done under the Arthur administration.

    Let me state for the record that during the takeover of Rayside by Clico, vat relief did not form part of any deal or discussion with the then Government.

    In any event fellow bloggers this support for Clico by Thompson is nothing new. Who remembers the sweet deal that Thompson granted for Clico when he waived the transfer tax on thirteen (13) pieces of property bought by Clico during the general election of 1994.

    What was shocking is that the waivers were granting on a day when canvassing was in full swing, Parliament had already been prorogued. In other words Thompson should have seized all such actions until after the election. By once again the temptation to look after his friend and confidant, Leroy Parris was too much to pass up.

  13. Anonymous

    CLICO needed to be bailed out for the survival of economies in the regional perspective. The relationship between the two has stood before Thompson became PM and it is distasteful that the BFP chooses to paint it in such a negative light.

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    BFP says,

    So if two people are friends and business associates before one is elected to public office, that makes it OK to have no transparency and no conflict of interest rules? That is your position?

    Hello Mr. Prime Minister!

  14. Anonymous

    The question of whether a friendship or not exists is not the issue. I agree that transparency is a must, even if for some reason in a place as small as Barbados no one bore any connections to anyone else. The piece you put up was an attack on their friendship more so than their business relationship and is distasteful. Has it occurred to you or your readers that if Thompson did implement these “rules” that many other persons would be involved other than himself and Parris? I would like to point you to the comment left by “reality check” regarding friendships and suggest you remember that this island is only 166 sq miles and connections are bound to exist. And again, remember that many of other smaller islands have their NIS schemes bound up in CLICO so to leave the company to flounder at a time like this would be deathly.

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    BFP says,

    Oh well… you’re right. Never mind conflict of interest rules, transparency, integrity regulations etc etc. Let the government officials issue contracts to companies they own. What the hell, no problem.

    I wish Thompson hadn’t have lied to us though. I wish he had of been truthful and said, “If elected, I will not implement conflict of interest rules, integrity legislation, Freedom of Information access to government records or a code of conduct for Ministers.”

    It Thompson had said that, at least nobody would have been able to call him the damned liar that he made himself.

  15. J

    Dear anonymous you wrote “many of other smaller islands have their NIS schemes bound up in CLICO so to leave the company to flounder at a time like this would be deathly.”

    I don’t get it. If the smaller islands failed to diversify their NIS investments and put too much money in CLICO, how is it the responsibility of Barbados tax payers to save other people’s
    NIS.

    Why shoud I bear that tax burden?

    What about my my NIS pension? I have contributed for near on 40 years. And I could not “live large” for any of those 40 years. I had to live modestly.

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  17. Decency

    I agree with this comment, the Prime Minister should review the true character of his friends . Designer suits and new cars does not a decent character make, the man lacks integrity.

  18. ''''''FIRE'''''

    ‘SLAVES ” !!!!1

  19. ''''''FIRE'''''

    ONE TERM
    FOR THE DLP

    ONE TERM

    NOT ANOTHER

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  22. kool_1

    Oh what a sad day for Barbados

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