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Barbados Government Confirms Plans To Develop Graeme Hall Wetlands. Thompson’s Million-Dollar Lie

“David Thompson is attempting to turn the issue into some sort of a dispute between the sanctuary owner and the DLP government when it is all about the destruction of vast areas of our last remaining green space between Bridgetown and the airport.”

Thomson Government’s Developer Friends Rub Their Hands With Evil Glee

In an obvious effort to confuse Barbadians about the issues surrounding the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary and Graeme Hall National Park, Prime Minister David Thompson yesterday announced that the Barbados government would provide $1 million in support to the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. (Nation News story here)

Thompson also said that the Barbados government would not be dictated to by anybody in relation to pursuing what is in the best interest of Barbadians.

The statements by Thompson are deceptive. They contain and conceal many lies and we don’t intend to let him get away with it – even if the lapdog Barbados news media continues to tell Thompson’s lies to the public without question.

Firstly, the very offer of $1 million to “keep the sanctuary open” propagates the government lie that the sanctuary was closed because it was not profitable or because of money concerns by the owner, billionaire Canadian philanthropist Peter Allard.

In a number of media releases, Mr. Allard made it clear that the nature sanctuary was closed because the Barbados government policies to develop and pollute the Graeme Hall area are destroying the RAMSAR wetlands and the nature sanctuary. Under the current government policies the last mangrove wetland in Barbados will soon die and no amount of money by Peter Allard or any philanthropist can change this unless the government changes its policies.

So, as a philanthropist who can spend his money wherever he wants to, Mr. Allard has shaken the Bajan sand from his shoes and is spending his millions of charity and good works dollars elsewhere. Allard offered to give the majority of the sanctuary’s lands to the people of Barbados for FREE if the government would only follow through with the plans to preserve Graeme Hall that had been on the books for decades until David Thompson and his DLP crones changed the land-use law. If that is “dictating” to the government and its land developer friends, I wish we had a dozen more “dictators” like Allard!

None of the Barbados news media including the Barbados Advocate and the Nation have seen fit to accurately communicate to the people of Barbados the reasons the nature sanctuary was closed by Allard.

Thompson’s “million-dollar support” is a ploy is in response to a press release put out last week by the nature sanctuary, but Barbadians don’t know that because none of the so-called “professional” island media covered the release. (Barbados Free Press and other blogs covered the release. See here, here and here.)

The public lands at Graeme Hall were long ago set aside for the long term natural heritage and enjoyment of all Barbadians,  but the allure of quick money has caused the last two governments to put their developer friends before the long term good of Barbadians.

There is no dispute that the Thompson DLP Government intends to develop the lands around Graeme Hall. One of Thompson’s first acts was to pass the law that changed the permissions on the land to allow commercial and housing development.

The million-dollar ploy by the government of Barbados is designed to support a lie. David Thompson’s statements targeting owner Peter Allard are designed to conceal the actions taken by the DLP government to enable their developer friends to profit from the lands at Graeme Hall.  David Thompson is attempting to turn the issue into some sort of a dispute between the sanctuary owner and the DLP government when it is all about the destruction of vast areas of our last remaining green space between Bridgetown and the airport.

David Thompson and his cohorts intend to steal a national treasure from the people of Barbados and future generations… and the Barbados lapdog news media is, as usual, doing the massas’ will. Condo concrete wasteland here we come!

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