Mottley Barbados Labour Party Demands Answers About CLICO & Sam Lord’s – Too Bad The BLP Weren’t So Committed To Transparency When They Formed The Government!

Mia was always happy to meet a fellow despot.

When Deputy Prime Minister, Mia Mottley was always happy to meet a fellow despot.

Mia Mottley and her band of deposed, dethroned and defeated government despots make for just about the poorest quality official opposition that Barbados has suffered under in many a year.

The trouble with the BLP and Mottley as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is, of course, that the defeated BLP Arthur/Mottley government is generally acknowledged to have been the most corrupt and despotic bunch of politicians this country has seen since independence…

… and that is saying quite a bit!

Whether it was Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke building a house for his mistress on land that his government expropriated for “public housing”, Mia Mottley calling for talk shows and blogs to be censored, Tourism Minister Noel Lynch storming off a radio show because a listener asked how Minister Lynch became a millionaire on a government salary – or any number of other scandals, hardly a week went by without the BLP government exhibiting some new corruption.

So Mia Mottley and the gang don’t have much credibility to stand up and criticize the Thompson government for being pretty much as corrupt as the BLP government was. I mean… what is Mottley going to do? Complain that Thompson hasn’t kept his promise about Freedom of Information legislation when Mottley’s BLP didn’t introduce such laws in fourteen years of majority government? Ha… Thompson would laugh and say “De fat one mek sport!”

So the tendency is to marginalise and ignore the BLP Opposition, and we at BFP understand that because we mostly ignore them too – just like the Thompson government ignores them.

But…

We Should Listen To What Mottley & The BLP Say About CLICO and Sam Lord’s Castle…

Here is what Mottley and the BLP have to say about the government’s compulsory aquisition of Sam Lord’s Castle. The article was originally published in the Barbados Advocate and also circulated as a BLP emailed newsletter. When you read the article, put aside your thoughts about the BLP being corrupt themselves… and just go on the merits of the article itself.

So read the article and then, let’s talk… because this corruption from the Thompson DLP government isn’t getting any better…

BLP column: That Sam Lord’s conundrum

7/27/2009

Why is the David Thompson Administration rushing to compulsorily acquire Sam Lord’s Castle from Clico? This is the question Barbadians want answered today. After all the promises of open Government, how is it that Barbadians first learnt of the acquisition through a Section 3 notice published only in the Barbados Advocate?

Why, despite his promises of transparency, has the Prime Minister not kept the country up to date on the state of Clico’s affairs in Barbados? Why has he neglected for months the concerns of Barbadian investors and policyholders, who are unable to get their money and who do not know what is going on?

How is it that the OECS regulators are moving to place the CL Financial subsidiary – British American – under judicial management in the Eastern Caribbean, but here in Barbados, despite repeated calls from the Leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, that is not an appropriate remedy for our own people?

Why is it that the Memorandum of Understanding with Clico still has not been made public as it was in Trinidad & Tobago? What are the terms of reference of the Oversight Committee? Why has the Oversight Committee not invited offers for the Sam Lord’s property from the private sector, when interest has been expressed in that quarter? And why, after criticising the Owen Arthur Administration for investing in Gems, is the David Thompson Administration now seeking to compulsorily acquire a dilapidated castle without any plan for its development? The cart before the horse syndrome has risen to new heights on this deal, even by Democratic Labour Party standards.

Why when direct foreign investment has fallen by $1 billion in the last year, would the Government want to use your money to bail out Clico Holdings instead of advertising the property locally and abroad? Why when our foreign reserves are a problem and the Central Bank has instructed four other insurance entities to repatriate 50 per cent of their second tier foreign reserves by March 2010, is the Government spending your money on a derelict castle and 54 acres of land?

How is this move of benefit to anyone except Clico? No wonder Clico’s Terrence Thornhill does not anticipate any difficulties with the acquisition. Like us, you will be forgiven if you think that a deal has already been struck. Like the ad says: “The price is right darling, the price is right.”

Why would the Government choose to use prime tourism development land for housing? How do you value prime, cliff-front land for housing? What does the Minister of Housing mean by protecting beach access? The good people of St. Philip, Bajans from all over the island and visitors have been swimming and fishing at Long Bay, Harrismith and Bottom Bay for centuries without any problems. Furthermore, access to the cliffs is already assured as part of the conservation area designated in the 1980s. So who is he fooling with this emotional touchstone?

What is the urgency at a time when Government is cash-strapped and having difficulty paying its bills to acquire Sam Lord’s Castle? How can this be a priority when Government has cut its budget across all Ministries by ten per cent? How is it that they could not find money to ease you by supporting the Barbados Water Authority for 18 months, but they can find the money to bailout Clico?

Something is very wrong with this picture. The question we must all ask now is how much is the Government going to pay Clico for the property? This is surely going to be the most expensive Government housing project in the 328 years since our settlement? The people are watching and waiting for answers. Over to you, PM Thompson.

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32 responses to “Mottley Barbados Labour Party Demands Answers About CLICO & Sam Lord’s – Too Bad The BLP Weren’t So Committed To Transparency When They Formed The Government!

  1. paul sealy

    A lot of talk and no action,Thompson will make the deal and our monies will be spent,end of story,no outcry,no riots,no politician fleeing for their life..NOTHING..business as usual.. carry on smartly David.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    In the interest of good governance, we must ask that the details of any Government purchase and expenditure of such scale should be clearly defined, detailed and published, with full disclosure.

    This is no greater nor less than we have asked for the GEMS project.

    We simply cannot go forward without this level of transparency and anyone who thinks that we can will learn a profound lesson, as did the BLP in the previous election.

    Mottley is doing her job in raising the issue, albeit to gain political leverage, even if not committing herself to such transparency in the future.

    One important point, is the the DLP did committ to transparency.

    If such a critical promise is made, it must be honoured. I am not just talking morally, but practically from the viewpoint of political action, that will have a significant effect in the future.

    You all know my thoughts, on any major expenditure, this is no exception.

    Peace

  3. Eagle Eye

    I remember before the last election arguing with a friend that all the talk from the Dems was just that and they would be no better than the Bees and possibly a lot worse.

    Well they ain’t even been in office two years yet and they past the point that it took the last government to get to in fourteen years.

    The whole Clico exercise stinks to high heaven and Bajans like they sleeping.

    When my people going wake up!!

  4. BFP

    The DLP committed to transparency and integrity in December 2007 to be fully implemented by April 2008.

    They lied, we believed them.

    Now, like PM Owen Arthur before him, David Thompson does what he likes without a thought about transparency, integrity or conflicts of interest.

    Same old, same old.

  5. Donald Duck, Esq

    We need to know why clico insurance Barbados and clico mortgage and finance have not made public their 2008 financial statements when they are obligated to do so under Barbados law by April 30, 2009.

  6. Donald Duck, Esq

    We need to know from the Minister at his press conference, why is it that the Barbados Government is compulsorily acquiring Sam lords when in his recent budget presentation he complained about the level of debt the country was carrying.

  7. Jason

    “Mottley Barbados Labour Party”

    Nice touch, BFP! In your face, and subtle at the same time. You guys are too much!

  8. rasta man

    Maybe this is the best way for Tom Grant to get the money he says is still due to him

  9. no name

    DDE please tell me more about this comment.

    What in Barbados law stipulates that CLICO is obligated to file Financial Statements by April 30 2009? And if there is something in the law, who complies with it anyhow?

  10. Anonymous

    Where is WIV when u need him LOL???

  11. STINGING NETTLE

    BFP – wha’ d’ yuh expect? after the corruption of the BLP admin Thompy and his gang MUST follow suit. If the latter come clean, they will be the laughing stock when the boys ‘get together.’ Can’t let that happen…..

  12. Rumplestilskin

    Five years, now three and a half is a very short time in politics.

    I give advice with no malice nor deceit. Our advice years before the last election was ignored by the now Opposition.

    Any major project must be properly assessed and fully accounted for and disclosed.

    Happenstance, this not only applies for political reasons, but economic reasons.

    Governance is far more complex than many understand and encompasses many subjects, nothing is ever in a vacuum.

    Peace

  13. Anon

    Did Mia mention that she is representing Tom Grant?

  14. A Mottley Group

    I think had you listened last evening to the press conference and had you heard you would have heard The Prime Minister The Hon David Thompson clearly state that the Gov’t was well advanced with FOI an I L structure and that the FOI consultations were complete and I L was to follow.

    Also to he touched on why the 1000 lbs of blubber continues to resist the notion that good Barbadian people have no right to own property on cliffs overlooking sea views or beachfront lands as she continues to rant and rave because this gov’t this gov’t that evicted them from office for gross corruption has placed the people before themselves inb service to this island.

    Had Mottley being honest with the people of Barbados she would have come up front and declared her involvment with the program and that she was employed by Doyle to stall the transfer of this property, so as to hurt the Gov’t and the people of Barbados.

    Now I want you tell me if this a mature, sensible, level headed thinking Barbadian at work or a political misfit with purely her own political agenda at work ?

    This property is much to important to the Barbadian Hotel plant to have it sit idle in a court system while Mottley attempts to play politics with Barbadian people and their livelyhoods.

  15. propaganda

    “This property is much to important to the Barbadian Hotel plant to have it sit idle in a court system while Mottley attempts to play politics with Barbadian people and their livelyhoods.”

    This property has more to do with protecting Clico and its surrogates than the people of Barbados.

  16. A Mottley Group

    Do you know that they are investors lining up with cash to invest in this property, to build homes and a hotel, would you rather that it sit idle growing more weeds than being put in a position for sale to the highest bidder?????

    Surely your political boss can not be so NON Nationalistic to want to stall this progess????

  17. John

    Remember Paradise ….. or is it Paradise Lost.

    http://www.lawcourts.gov.bb/LawLibrary/events.asp?id=312

  18. John

    What is happening with the Merricks project, next door to Sam Lord’s?

  19. propaganda

    There is no reason for the government to take over Sam Lords. The debt holders usually ask the court for a receiver who calls for offers and the court would normally grant this to the highest bidder. End of story.

    The only reason for the government to use the peoples money is to make sure certain people get fees or others are protected.

  20. Anonymous

    Don’t worry, people. We going punish the DLP for its lying and hypocrisy in 2013 by voting them out and re-electing the BLP. Har har har. Ain’t it hilarious? Laughing shouldn’t hurt so much.

    Pre election, Inkwell was pooh poohed when he said…”keep the DLP in opposition until they make positive steps toward declaration of assets for people seeking public office, FOI and integrity legislation….it would only take five more years.” He said enduring five more years of the BLP was a small price to pay for the assurance of accountability of future Governments.

    Opportunity missed. BFP and the electorate ignored the big picture in its eagerness to get rid of the last lot and now what do we have? …a different set of pigs at the trough…attaining in one and a half years the level of arrogance and refusal of transparency and accountability it took the last lot ten years to achieve….with nothing we can do about it except gripe…still no integrity legislation, no transparency, no freedom of info, no accountability. Pigs brought to a fine market…oops, trough.

    BFP owes Barbados big for its naivety and gullibility ’cause they helped get us in this mess.

  21. Anonymous

    In the last 10 years or so, a number of persons have come out of Cave Hill with masters degrees in Project Management. These degrees are waste of time when the system keeps allowing politicians to make decisions like the Gems , the ABC Highway and now the purchase of Sam Lords.

    Project managers are asked to manage nonsensical projects and even then as, we are now being told, project management training accounts for nothing as idiot ministers continue to dictate how and when things are done.

  22. Anonymous

    Public officers who want to survive and be promoted must “get things done” even if it means breaking all the laws. The friends of the politicians and some public servants can get easy money and the public officers who get things done in spite of the complaints of the auditor general are the ones that get praised.

    Officers who want to survive have to ignore the auditor general, by-pass a very slow unresponsive bureaucracy,and do the will of the corrupt and idiotic ministers.

    There must be a determined effort by the populace to change governance otherwise the system will continue.

    There is no reason for the politicians or the public servants to change things.

    Politicians and public servants need to be jailed and their ill- gotten gain confiscated.

  23. reality check

    Amen

    but it will only happen if there is a collective will to throw everyone out including many of the bureaucrats who assist the politicians.

  24. paul sealy

    Civil unrest has long been overdue in Barbados..all these happenings along with the rest of the juck-out-eye agenda Thompson has for us will help ripen the sweet fruit..carry on SMARTLY dAVID.

  25. What is a real tragedy within Barbadian politics is that there is no creditable (THIRD) Party who possesses the acumen, the skills and the political capital to challenge the established, outdated, archaic (2) Party system of the DLP & BLP.

    The peoples of this great land are ill-served by men and women who have clearly shown they lack vision, a real sense of public duty and the unselfish desire to be the servant of those who have elected them.

    If 2013 is to be a “fork” in the road of Bajan politics – I wonder if anyone with a modicum of “common-sense” would actually want the job of cleaning up decades of “MESS”, maladministration and mismanagement.

    Maybe the country will eventually fall into revolution and then things will change…

  26. Paul Barnes

    Why haven’t they? I would guess that they are crooks with things to hide…this is not one of those instances where “no news is good news”…

  27. D Newsam

    The Co Act of Barbados requires that financial statements be prepared and audited and that an AGM be held within, I think 15 months of the previous AGM. Most properly run Bajan companies with nothing to hide and/or nothing delinquent in their administration comply with this law. Not all file with Corporate Registry but that is another matter, they should have fin stats every year! Clico and that group have evidently been made exempt by permission of someone for some reason ;<). You figure it out.

  28. D Newsam

    I see where you are coming from. The T&T hierarchy has said it wants funds and the Bajan lackeys must cough up and the quickest way to get their hands on the $$ is by the Government, our Government, using our money to “buy” Sam Lords from Clico thus providing Clico with ANOTHER free bail out. Clico have been unable to use the asset themselves so they get the Government to take it off their hands at a nice price. Ain’t things easy.
    And you have the nerve to point fingers at the Opposition for trying to get the facts out in the public. GEMS is going to be small change when the Clico total is determined, if ever that was going to be possible.
    The island is being raped (again) by Clico and we are unable to do anything about it except blog! The problem is some of us believed that there would be change after January 2008, sorry, same old game but new greedy players at the table and they have such empty pockets waiting …..

  29. D Newsam

    Revolution is like having a tiger by the tail. It is only OK as long as you hang on tight, the tiger is waiting to eat you any chance he gets.
    It does not lend itself to stability or real development, despite the “apparent success” of the Castro story. One now tends to hear the “glamour” side of the good that has come along and forget those who have died or still linger in prison or suffered as a result of not accepting his dictates.
    A strong, confident democratic leader is needed who can and will make good decisions without fear of the electorate because he/she is confident that the decision is correct. Not like what has been and is the case, always looking at the consequences and the next election.

  30. “Shiver me timbers! Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

    Many believe that Pirates of the Caribbean is some unclear, shrouded in controversy phenomenon. Actually, “Pirate Mythology” maintains that the “god” Animatroní created the Pirates as “masters of the sea and all of its bounty”.

    Article 101 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) defines piracy as:

    (a) any illegal acts of violence or detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the passengers of a private ship or a private aircraft, and directed
    (i) on the high seas, against another ship or aircraft, or against persons or property on board such ship or aircraft.
    (ii) against a ship, aircraft, persons or property in a place outside the jurisdiction of any State;

    European involvement in the Caribbean was nearly 250 years old by the time Caribbean piracy was on the decline – 250 years of conquest and commerce.

    Native Carib & Amerindian civilizations had been suppressed, and several European powers had fought each other to control the transatlantic trade in Black life.

    Sugarcane had been planted throughout the islands, and hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of African slaves had been transported across the seas to harvest it.

    Today’s Caribbean is a multi-national, multi-lingual and multi-ethnic archipelago, with (Haiti) at its poorest end and the (Cayman Islands) at its wealthiest end. Barbados somewhere in the middle.

    Trevor M.A. Farrell in “Decolonization,” in Stone & Henry, eds., The Newer Caribbean, p. 10. argues that “independence or decolonization cannot simply mean the exchange of the white overseers for black ones. It cannot mean the exchange of “WHITE” overlords for “BLACK” ones, or of white brutality, repression, insensitivity and arrogance for black brutality, repression, insensitivity and arrogance.”

    It is difficult to summarize those two opposing views of the social structure of the region. On the one hand, there has been a virtual revolution in which the former Black Caribbean natives have replaced the white and Creole mulattoes as the ruling elites of the region.

    On the other hand, they appear to perpetuate the same values and systems as their predecessors. The new elite have certainly used their newly acquired authority to repress opposition, punish their enemies and generally abuse the power. (Donald Peters – The Democratic System in the Eastern Caribbean)

    From the historical record of the 1940’s and early 1950’s, the Caribbean island of Cuba was ruled by the despotic and corrupt regime of Fulgencio Batista, who behaved so badly that even his US supporters stopped supplying him arms.

    Then, on 2 December 1956, the revolutionary Fidel Castro returned from exile in Mexico with a band of 80 followers, including his brother Raul and Che Guevara, arriving secretly in eastern Cuba on the yacht Gramma.

    For the next 18 months, Castro led a guerrilla campaign from his base in the Sierra Maestra mountains, harassing Batista’s troops and gaining support in the countryside.

    In March 1958, Castro issued a manifesto that called on all Cubans to make total war on Batista. The insurrection that followed was successful and he entered the capital Havana in triumph on 8 January 1959.

    At first the United States administration patronized him, but turned hostile when he asked the Soviet Union and China for economic aid.

    Because of the image of Castro as a latter-day Garibaldi and Che as a Robin Hood, the Cuban Revolution became an immensely influential event in late 20th-century politics.

    Preceded by the political revolutions of the Americas, France and the Caribbean was ushered in by the industrial revolution, while at the same time, “Volcanic Social Theorists” and other “radical sociologists” (I may be categorized in this frame) suggest that for bedtime reading, the following:

    (1) Barrington Moore’s Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy;
    (2) Eric Wolf’s Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century;
    (3) Skocpol’s States and Social Revolutions and;
    (4) John Dunn’s Modern Revolutions.

    Crane Brinton in his “Anatomy of Revolution” speaks about the typical curve of “(social) fever” – where socio-political consensus is lacking, quiet disharmony becomes feverish, creating a system of dis-synchronization and disequilibrium.

    Sociologists argue that broad sweeping ambitious programs for social reconstruction of the deep physic and ideological structures of any society is necessary for coherent variety, “roots-up” type modernization and a social movement which empowers “the base up and not the top down”…(Blackett et al 1999).

    John F. Kennedy said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

    Dr. M.L. King warned that the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments. I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

    A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

    “The last one out – PLEASE turn off the lights”…

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  32. Bajan Booby

    This is a classic example of the illiteracy lack of respect and selfishness of Leroy Parris and the government of Barbados has allowed this indifferece to prevail at the expense of the average bajan who is helpless under the circunstaces and have no recourse. Leroy Parris should pay for these indiscreations along with Terrence Thornhill and Lawrence Duprey….