Cowardly pee-in-pants Barbados Nation Newspaper hides name of corrupt Government Minister

When a Government Minister’s husband is awarded a $300,000 contract for work he has no experience doing – That’s Corrupt!

Cecil McDowald "Asbestos removal? Sure, I done lots of that before!"

Cecil McDowald "Asbestos removal? Sure, I done lots of that before!"

The current DLP Government says it is taking steps to sue the husband of a former Minister in the previous Arthur/Mottley BLP government – over the non-fulfillment of a 2004 government contract for the removal of asbestos roofing from government units.

Naturally, the BLP Government Minister’s husband was paid $300,000 of your tax dollars despite complaints of shoddy work.

Some will hail this move by the DLP Thompson Government as some sort of great milestone or victory for integrity in government. Some will say this proves the current Thompson DLP government is serious about fighting corruption.

Ha! Not so fast, children!

It’s all a sham for the purposes of political publicity and we can prove it – so read on.

Nothing will really happen, so don’t get your hopes up. This is not some fundamental change in the behaviour of government. It’s more of the same politics that we’ve heard all along from the Thompson government. “Going to do” this. “Going to do” that. “Thinking about” this or that. But real change or real action about government corruption? Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zilch.

Don’t forget friends – this is the same David Thompson who waved around a “campaign donation” cheque made out personally to then Prime Minister Owen Arthur and corruptly deposited into Arthur’s PERSONAL bank account. In the end, Thompson did nothing about that because the DLP and the BLP have a gentleman’s agreement that only harsh words will be spoken. Nobody will be charged with any offense because the DLP don’t want the same treatment when they are once again in Opposition.

And you can take that to the bank, friends… after all, Owen Arthur did!

Liz Thompson - Married "Her love of four years" McDowald in January 2005

Liz Thompson - Married "love of four years" in January 2005

The current story about BLP Government Minister of Housing, Lands and the Environment Liz Thompson and her contractor husband Cecil McDowald is actually old news that was known as far back as 2005 when the DLP (then in Opposition) made a big deal about it. The papers covered the story and the DLP Opposition knew the details back then.

So why did it take until now to announce “GOVERNMENT HAS instructed its attorneys to pursue all legal means to recover about $300 000 paid to the company of a private contractor and husband of a former government minister for work done at Kensington Lodge, St Michael, five years ago…” ??? (Nation News: Govt wants money back)

That’s simple, my friends. The government strategically held off and then played the issue like a surprise in a card game. Note the government doesn’t say it has filed a lawsuit, or actually DONE anything. The government announced it had “instructed attorneys”. OH…. Why didn’t it happen back in January of 2008? Why now?

The answer is: The DLP government is announcing this now because it is convenient for them to do so. They undoubtedly have all kinds of dirt tucked away that will be released when it is politically expedient. Nothing will happen, but it sure gets people talking for a month or two! Then… it will fade away just like all the other dirt that the government discloses but does nothing about.

Gosh the Thompson DLP government thinks everybody is stupid – just like the Arthur/Mottley government thought too.

And the worst part of it is that even today the yellow-bellied-pee-in-their-own-pants editors at The Nation don’t dare to print the name of the former BLP Government Minister whose lover of four years and soon to be husband was CORRUPTLY awarded the government contract in 2004.

As our friend over at Living in Barbados blog says “Does it look like a piece of rotten fish? Does it look like ‘business as usual?” Ha! The answer “yes to both observations”.

Here are a few quick thoughts about this story that is an indictment of the two major political parties and the Barbados news media…

– It was not illegal for Minister Thompson’s spouse to receive big government contracts back in 2004/2005. There was no law against this, and there still isn’t.

– Back in 2004/2005, it was not illegal for the Barbados Government to arbitrarily award fat government contracts without due process or transparency. If a Government Minister’s husband put in the highest bid and it was accepted… so what? It’s corrupt and immoral, yes – but not illegal. That is still the case today that no law prohibits such activity by Government Ministers and civil servants or their families.

– The current DLP Government said they would introduce a Ministerial Code and Conflict of Interest standards IMMEDIATELY upon taking office in January 2008. They lied to get your vote. Get over it.

– Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley told the papers yesterday that “there were several grey areas in the entire saga, including the manner in which the company was awarded the contract in the first place. He said the company had the highest bid, was not even on the Environmental Engineering Division’s list of preferred contractors for the removal of asbestos roofing, and had no history of dealing with such specialised work.”

– Minister Lashley knows very well that no laws were broken because there are no laws. He knows that his government has failed to put integrity legislation and conflicts of interest standards in place just like the BLP.

– So any potential court case is simply about the quality of the work… and five years later, good luck taking that to trial. I guarantee that no photographs or evidence gathering was done at the time by the BLP against Liz Thompson’s husband, so Lashley can forget about a win in court.

Besides, the Chief Justice of Barbados, David Cathcart Simmons, is an old friend and fellow Cabinet Minister with Liz Thompson!  Cha! For a whole lot of reasons, this case against Liz Thompson’s husband is going to go nowhere fast and Minister Lashley knows that full well.

It’s all a show, my friends. Just a scam.

To the Cowardly Nation News Editors

Cowardly Nation News Pees Self Thinking About Reporting This Story

Cowardly Nation News Pees self thinking about saying the words "Cabinet Minister Liz Thompson"

Why didn’t you print Liz Thompson’s name in your article? What are you afraid of?

If you are afraid of being sued, why didn’t you ask Minister Lashley why the DLP Thompson Government hasn’t changed the defamation laws as they promised to do within 100 days of being elected?

Why didn’t your reporters ask Minister Lashley about his government’s failure to “Immediately” implement a Ministerial code and conflicts of interest standards?

Why didn’t your story point out that Barbados has no laws prohibiting the awarding of fat government contracts to the family members of Government Ministers?

Why didn’t you ask if any other government members or their families were ever awarded government contracts?

Talk about useless!

Here’s the Nation News article folks, in case they take it down like they have so many others. Wade Gibbons is a good man and a good journalist, but he works for Cowardly pee-in-their-pants editors. Don’t blame him…

Govt wants money back (click title to read the original at The Nation)

GOVERNMENT HAS instructed its attorneys to pursue all legal means to recover about $300 000 paid to the company of a private contractor and husband of a former government minister for work done at Kensington Lodge, St Michael, five years ago.

Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley told the DAILY NATION yesterday his ministry was intent on recovering taxpayers’ money paid to Creative Business Services in 2004 despite the unsatisfactory removal of asbestos roofing from Government units.

After several complaints about the quality of the work from occupants, the contract with the company was terminated in November 2004. Though workers from the National Housing Corporation (NHC) had to undertake substantial remedial work, Creative Business Services was still paid $311 351.85, according to a Government release then.

Lashley told the DAILY NATION yesterday there were several grey areas in the entire saga, including the manner in which the company was awarded the contract in the first place. He said the company had the highest bid, was not even on the Environmental Engineering Division’s list of preferred contractors for the removal of asbestos roofing, and had no history of dealing with such specialised work. He said a comprehensive file had been prepared on the matter.

Lashley also revealed that so far Government has had to compensate a number of residents who complained of missing items during the period their roofs were being removed. Government has also had to compensate some residents for water damage to household items caused by problems to their roofs after work by Creative Business Services.

A release by the NHC on August 28, 2005 claimed it had awarded the contract to Creative Business Services because it was the “lowest bidder” and that two other companies – Hazardous Maintenance & Engineering Services and Island Caribbean Services – had put in bids which exceeded the NHC’s estimated cost of $435 000.

The NHC also indicated then that Creative Business Services experienced difficulties in executing the contract due to constant rains, the insistence by Wesley Hall School that no work should be undertaken during school time and the inability to get access to houses to do internal work because residents were not available at critical times.

Efforts yesterday to locate Creative Business Services’ general manager Cecil McDowald were unsuccessful.

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30 responses to “Cowardly pee-in-pants Barbados Nation Newspaper hides name of corrupt Government Minister

  1. Sargeant

    Hmmmmmmnnnnn was H Henry right after all? Why would the Nation not let the public know about the nature of the relationship between Mr. McDowall and Ms. Thompson? Remember H Henry allegedly asserted that the editors of that fine newspaper refer some articles to someone in the BLP for vetting prior to publication.

    Now I wonder if the article was published in such a way to inflict minimum damage to the BLP. However the Nation doesn’t have to answer to anyone not even the people of Barbados to whom they purportedly publish all the news that is fit to print.

    I wonder if there is any evidence about the tendering process for the Golden Showers but that may be water under the bridge or the evidence has floated away with the tides.

  2. STINGING NETTLE

    on a different note: according to an article in the Nation a few days ago, a policeman has been arrested and charged for rape.

    Let’s watch and see how this will pan out……

  3. johnny on the spot

    You’ve got to give it to those crusaders of justice and change.

    Almost two years after their election, no released forensic audits on a host of government projects, no charges against anyone and just some feeble effort to finally look into a five year old government contract granted by Liz Thompson to secure everlasting love.

    What a complete con job from a goverment that promised so much.

  4. KISSMYA

    *WITCH HUNT !

    *GRAND STANDING !

    *NONSENSE

  5. BFP

    Hey KISSMYA…

    Who ya talkin ’bout?

    Us? The paper? The DLP?

  6. A Mottley Group

    But the tip of the iceberg.

    Liz Thopmson was merely a bombastic and stupid idiot the others were more creative and wicked.

    The BLP did a whole host of corrupt things at will and trust me neither Mottley nor Owing were any saviours but rather they were all crooks looking to line their offshore accounts.

  7. jdid

    I glad y’all let it be known whose husband he was cause not living in the country um tek me a good while to figure um out.
    well actually um din tek that long but yea if they can link him as the ex-husband of a former government minister surely they can name her. I mean its not that they say she is the one being investigated they just stating a plain fact that he is she ex. where is the libel in dat?

  8. KISSMYA

    carsicot

    duffus commission

    DLP GOT SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

  9. love

    BFP ASKS….

    “So why did it take until now to announce “GOVERNMENT HAS instructed its attorneys to pursue all legal means to recover about $300 000 paid to the company of a private contractor and husband of a former government minister for work done at Kensington Lodge, St Michael, five years ago…” ??? ”

    * Well we in the DLP had to do our due diligence on this case FIRST.

    * We in the DLP only had access to ALL the details on this matter after January 2008…..and believe me it was a lot of information that WE had to piece together.

    * We in the DLP will take this matter to the highest court in the land if needs be.

    * We in the DLP will be soon giving Barbadians an opportunity to examine the proposed ITAL Act.

    * We in the DLP will continually update ALL Barbadians about the other BLP infelicities once we have done all our due diligence…..as WE know the BLP are always quick to deny anything.

    * SPOT ON…..We in the DLP knew that Harold Hoyte……..would NOT allow his NEWSPAPER to print his God Daughter’s name ( Liz Thompson ) in a ” NEGATIVE ” light.

    We in the DLP were CORRECT.

    The name was not…..HARTLEY HENRY.

    BARBADIANS…..will notice that since this story broke…..Mr. Mcdowall & Liz Thompson…..are very SILENT.

    Liz Thompson…..may be CANTANKEROUS…..but she knows what EVIDENCE we have about her performance as a Minister of the CROWN.

  10. BFP

    Dear Mr. Hartley Henry (aka “love” aka “740”) + (also known as “Mr. Co-Prime MInister)

    It is the policy of BFP that you adopt one name and one name only.

    Spare us the cow dung, sir.

    Performance, not promises. Only “Did it”, not “gonna do it” counts ’bout hey.

    If the DLP are serious, the announcement would have been “lawsuit filed”, not “we gonna talk with our lawyers”.

    More bullshit from the DLP. Had enough. Don’t believe you anymore.

  11. BFP

    And Hartley… good police can clean up a homicide in weeks. 2 years for this Liz Thompson thing? Just to say you “gonna speak with de lawyers”…

    Ha!

    Bullshit! More bullshit. Piled higher and deeper. You got your PHD in BS. Get it?

  12. Enuff

    wtf, BFP has called out Hartley for his multitude of pseudonyms……looove it

  13. Living in Barbados

    @love/BFP,

    Being non partisan but thinking like an economist and extrapolating. If I take the following as an example of government at work what do I get?

    “* Well we in the DLP had to do our due diligence on this case FIRST.

    * We in the DLP only had access to ALL the details on this matter after January 2008…..and believe me it was a lot of information that WE had to piece together.”

    January 2008-October 2009 is about 21 months. At this pace how on Earth will anything much be achieved? This is too Caribbean, of the ‘soon come, never reach variety’. If the population/electorate is to be treated as a bunch of non-thinking nincompoops, then I would suggest keep taking 20 plus months to deal with issues. Time and tide do not wait for any man.

    Politican scientists will look back on any regime to assess how it made its promises and then how and when it executed them. If during times of crises, everything still moves at the pace of a snail, there is no hope for this country. That’s a neutral’s assessment, with the best wish in the world for decision to be made that are clear and done in a timely fashion.

  14. Living in Barbados

    s/b …political scientists…

  15. Ha, ha, the DLP seems better at performing in theNo 2 Business. Always cleaning up mess, will they ever get down to doing the business of managing the government and the economy of Barbados for which they were elected to do. It is time for job no 1, 2 and 3.
    Time to get out of the no2 business and get the country moving.

  16. tstt

    Hartley Henry as the PM’s brain? God help us all.

  17. SSDD

    i have sadly had the oppertunity to work in a building constructed and owned by mr mcdowald and i have to say he does very poor work, a company i worked for rents from mr mcdowald and let me tell you, poor construction, poor layout, poor bathroom facilities with no ventilation are just some of the issues that he refueses to address but gladly takes his rent. it is just sad that our tax dollars are so squandered and given to not the best person for the job, but who a minister sleeps with.

  18. KISSMYA

    LOOK (.> <. )

    BRING BACK OWEN ARTHUR DO !

  19. A Mottley Group

    KISSMYA
    October 10, 2009 at 11:29 pm LOOK (.> <. )

    BRING BACK OWEN ARTHUR DO !
    Hey Parro in a suit Greenidge who really are you hailing for in a leader of your party at one stage you were like white on rice for the 1000 Lbs of Blubber Mottler now that tune has changed you are calling for
    Mr See Thru White Rum Owing to lead?
    What message are you sending which is it that you really want??

  20. J

    Seargeant wrote “Why would the Nation not let the public know about the nature of the relationship between Mr. McDowall and Ms. Thompson? ”

    Because Sarge, everybody in Barbados knows that Ms. Thompson and Mr. McDowal are or have been married and like most Bajan marriages there were courting for years , and years and years before finally going to the priest.

    Its not news. And its not a secret.

  21. J

    love (who some think is Hartley Henry) wrote “* SPOT ON…..We in the DLP knew that Harold Hoyte……..would NOT allow his NEWSPAPER to print his God Daughter’s name ( Liz Thompson ) in a ” NEGATIVE ” light.”

    You mean to tell me that there are people out there who maintain a godfather/goddaughter relationship beyond the age of 18?

    J disses the god children as soon as they turn 18. At 18 I feel that they can stand for themselves before God the devil or any man.

    No more hand holding from me.

    And they betta not call me god nothing either, ’cause as far as I am concerned the relationship has ENDED.

  22. Dennis Jones (aka Living in Barbados)

    @J, “Because…everybody in Barbados knows…” is not how a reputable newspaper is supposed to go about reporting on issues. The audience is not static, and there are many readers who do not know. There is the matter of public record. It is, however, a very parochial approach, similar to not having road signs because supposedly ‘everybody knows’ how to get from A to B.

  23. J

    Ah Mr. Jones, but Barbados ain’t the U.K. nor Jamaica, not the U.S. nor China, nor India. Long, long, after Ms. Thomson and Mr. McDowal have turned to dust everybody in Barbados will “know” that they were or have been husband and wife.

    We Bajan’s don’t forget.

    Although I am sure that most politicians wish that we would.

  24. Dennis Jones (aka Living in Barbados)

    @J, Sorry, I don’t buy this ‘Barbados ain’t the…’ line of argument. It’s a cover for something. Barbados does not have to be like anywhere to do things in a way that says it matters what information circulates. Even in horribly corrupt regimes where say the president is known to have many illicit relationships there is not this hide behind a false veil approach to reporting. So, all the bluster about what Barbados is cannot stand with this ‘Barbados ain’t’.

  25. Sargeant

    J
    Because Sarge, everybody in Barbados knows that Ms. Thompson and Mr. McDowal are or have been married
    **********************************************
    Trust J to defend the indefensible, just who is “everybody”? And if “everybody knows” how about those folks who are not in Barbados? Presumably the Nation publishes to attract non residents too doesn’t it? Or are the events in Barbados only relevant to those who happen to be in Barbados at a particular time.

    When a newspaper publishes a story like that and omits some salient information when there is no evidence of libel or slander it speaks volumes about the people who manage the newspaper.

  26. KISSMYA

    Hey Hartley Henry

    I told you already
    that I am not Sylvan GREENIDGE
    I DONT EVEN KNOW THE PERSON

    I AM NOT A POLITICAL PERSON
    The fact that I am calling for Owen and making political comments does not mean that I am political. I certainly am not. It is like saying that a man who preaches in town on the streets is a reverend or a pastor
    I just have a view——

    not a party carrying member of any party but if I had to join a party right now , it would be the BLP- IT IS BEETER FOR BARBADOS-(hint -election slogan—) ha ha ha

    If I continue to be labelled political, I will stop commenting. I am not comfortable being so labelled.

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