More Proof: Prime Minister Thompson will never hold Owen Arthur to account

Former PM Owen Arthur now Elder Statesman of CARICOM with Thompson’s blessing

Hey, do you remember all the speeches David Thompson made of corruption in the Owen Arthur BLP government?

Do you remember when Thompson held up the famous “campaign donation” cheque that was made out to Owen Arthur personally and deposited into his personal bank account? Remember Hardwood Holdings? GEMS Hotels? 3S and the highway? VECO and Dodds prison?


Well folks, Thompson was correct at the time talking about the corruption of the Owen Arthur government, but once he achieved power any thoughts of accountability and cost-recovery against the wrong-doers of the BLP went into the rubbish bin with Thompson’s promise of Integrity Legislation. Thompson appointed ex-PM Arthur to several important positions and that’s how we knew that the fix was in.

Here’s the latest on Barbados’ elder CARICOM statesman…

St. Kitts Minister Harris Discusses CSME Workings With Owen Arthur

ZIZ News…December 4, 2009 – Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Minister of Finance, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs of St Kitts and Nevis, today held a meeting concerning the full and effective integration and participation of St Kitts and Nevis, and other OECS countries, in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) process.

This meeting was held with Mr. Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados, who is functioning as the CARICOM Secretariat’s duly appointed Consultant to conduct a study of the factors and circumstances that currently restrict the full and effective integration and participation of Belize and the OECS countries in the CSME.  Mr Arthur leads a three member delegation to the Federation.

continue reading this article at ZIZ News


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20 responses to “More Proof: Prime Minister Thompson will never hold Owen Arthur to account

  1. H

    Congratulations…Sir Owen Arthur.

    WE the good people of Barbados are especially proud that you have acceded to PM David Thompson’s request to offer your skills to the development of the Caribbean region.

    Congrats on re-joining the DLP also.

    BFP, is just jealous…..that unlike them… you are able to focus on the big picture !

    Sir Owen, always remember it was the same BFP who sought to EXPOSE you by indicating they were going to publish a MONEY – LAUNDERING story on you…….but just like the COWARDS we all know they are…..they CLAIM they lost the details about the STORY !

    Ha..HA..Ha… much for their BELIEF….in INTEGRITY & ACOUNTABILITY…!!!

    New Year’s Day is around the corner……!

    RISE……Sir OWEN !

  2. reality check

    This is a great start!!!

    a delusionist followed by a climate change alarmist claiming the commies have taken over green peace movement and will be starting a new world order.

    Who is up next?

  3. BFP

    Hi Reality Check

    They say it takes all kinds so once in a while we let the wild ones through to encourage talk, but if we didn’t limit it we’d see nothing but one world government & 9-11 conspiracy types all day a la BU.

    As for the climate change email scandal etc etc etc, it almost seems like some folks are hoping all the science is fake so we can go back to wasting, killing the oceans and darkening the sky with smog. In Barbados we have sun and wind aplenty, plus tidal energy. No, those sources can’t handle the entire load, but shouldn’t we be trying? Shouldn’t we be building usable, clean and convenient public transportation instead of the current plan which is to pave over the whole damn island so every household can have 2.7 cars? Shouldn’t we be at least looking at clean incineration technologies to generate power and reduce landfill?

    Some folks don’t get but with help with people like you and others who have some vision, maybe the next generation will have more of an eco-conscience.

    We’re not very good at creating or enforcing good laws here, but if we had some environmental laws and the rule of law to go along with them instead of one law for the special connected people and one law for everyone else, we might see some progress.

  4. ninemikemike

    Meet the new crooks, same as the old crooks.

    I wonder if anyone has canvassed Margaret Knight for her opinion on how sonny-boy is doing.

    Now there’s a journalistc challenge worth the effort!

  5. Hants

    BFP wrote “we’d see nothing but one world government & 9-11 conspiracy types all day a la BU.”

    That is not a fair comment BFP re BU.

    While some are vulgar and race hist, there are also great contributions by intelligent bloggers.Ever read Georgie Porgie?

    You have the good the bad and all things in between.

    It is always good to hear what Bajans are saying even if some of it is offensive.

  6. Green Monkey

    Re. Climategate.

    Seems that old shyster, friend of George Bush, and embezzler of the funds of widows and orphans Ken Lay and some of his partners-in-crimes buddies at Enron were in the thick of it with Al Gore working out how the cap and trade deals were going to make serious money for the high rollers while presumably also saving the world by cutting carbon emissions. Don’t know about you BFP, but that’s enough for me to think maybe we should take a second look before jumping on the Al Gore bandwagon.

    From Canada’s Financial Post:

    Some of the climate-change profiteers are relatively unknown corporations; others are household names with only their behind-the-scenes role in the climate-change industry unknown. Over the next few weeks, in an extended newspaper series, you will become familiar with some of the profiteers, and with their machinations. This series begins with Enron, a pioneer in the climate-change industry.

    Almost two decades before President Barack Obama made “cap-and-trade” for carbon dioxide emissions a household term, an obscure company called Enron — a natural-gas pipeline company that had become a big-time trader in energy commodities — had figured out how to make millions in a cap-and-trade program for sulphur dioxide emissions, thanks to changes in the U.S. government’s Clean Air Act. To the delight of shareholders, Enron’s stock price rose rapidly as it became the major trader in the U.S. government’s $20-billion a year emissions commodity market.

    Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay, keen to engineer an encore, saw his opportunity when Bill Clinton and Al Gore were inaugurated as president and vice-president in 1993. To capitalize on Al Gore’s interest in global warming, Enron immediately embarked on a massive lobbying effort to develop a trading system for carbon dioxide, working both the Clinton administration and Congress. Political contributions and Enron-funded analyses flowed freely, all geared to demonstrating a looming global catastrophe if carbon dioxide emissions weren’t curbed. An Enron-funded study that dismissed the notion that calamity could come of global warming, meanwhile, was quietly buried.

    To magnify the leverage of their political lobbying, Enron also worked the environmental groups. Between 1994 and 1996, the Enron Foundation donated $1-million to the Nature Conservancy and its Climate Change Project, a leading force for global warming reform, while Lay and other individuals associated with Enron donated $1.5-million to environmental groups seeking international controls on carbon dioxide.

    The intense lobbying paid off. Lay became a member of president Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, as well as his friend and advisor. In the summer of 1997, prior to global warming meetings in Kyoto, Japan, Clinton sought Lay’s advice in White House discussions. The fruits of Enron’s efforts came soon after, with the signing of the Kyoto Protocol.


    Most of all, the skeptics are treated with suspicion, and accused of having been in the pay of the energy industry. The public in good part has accepted these accusations, its underlying assumption being that the fossil-fuel industry has the most at stake in climate-change policy. But if the public is to be skeptical of the influence that big money has over global-warming science, it should take the temperature anew, and recognize that the biggest money interest of all in the climate change debate lies with those poised to cash in on the climate-change policies of Kyoto and its successors.

  7. Illuminator

    Interesting…..always follow the money trail..and the truth is soon revealed.
    I have no problem with renewable energy as it makes alot of sense for the most part. However, when it is forced down your throat……well its time to take a step back and see what’s going on . The connections between politicians , policies and big business soon start to raise their ugly head.

    Um is hardly bout de common man …don’t care wha they say and de fancy words of false concern

  8. gadfly

    Even though this comment does not address the topic under discussion, I feel it must be ventilated if the interests of retailers at the Grantley Adams International Airport are to be protected.
    There are reports that a major rum producer has muscled in on the retail end of the industry at the Grantley Adams International Airport, a prime location for rum sales.
    In addition, the wholesaler has sought permission from the authorities at the GAIA to establish a promotional/sales both there.
    Concerns are also being expressed over plans being put in place by the Irish company, Runway, and a leading Bridgetown company to muscle in on the retail end of the rum industry at the airport.
    However, longstanding operators at the airport have expressed grave concern over this development which they claim could lead to the closure of some retail stores and the retrenchment of several workers.
    It is believed that these new players have recognised that the sale of rum to incoming and outgoing passengers has become a major source of foreign exchange earnings and they want to cash in on the windfall.
    It may be recalled that the business at this island’s airport was developed by the retailers who had the foresight to recognise that this island’s rum could be a major attraction to tourists visiting our shores. It is noteworthy that some of the wholesalers shortsightedly restricted their sales pitch to outlets in Bridgetown. Today, with its well established capacity to earn foreign exchange some well connected wholesalers are now focusing their attention on this gateway to our island. To its credit however, Mount Gay Distilleries never sought to get involved in the retail end of the industry, but always sought to promote its product through the retailers at the airport.
    The retailers at the Grantley Adams International Airport are calling on the Minister of International Transport, George Hutson, to have this situation investigated where a wholesaler would have an unfair advantage over the small retailer. We could eventually have a monopolistic situation where a wholesaler would be selling product to itself.

  9. Green Monkey

    Global Warming: “Fixing the Climate Data around the Policy”

    by Michel Chossudovsky


    The carbon trading system is a multibillion money-making bonanza for the financial establishment. The stakes are extremely high and the various lobby groups on behalf of Wall Street have already positioned themselves.

    According to a recent report, “the carbon market could become double the size of the vast oil market, according to the new breed of City players who trade greenhouse gas emissions through the EU’s emissions trading scheme… The speed of that growth will depend on whether the Copenhagen summit gives a go-ahead for a low-carbon economy, but Ager says whatever happens schemes such as the ETS will expand around the globe.” (Terry Macalister, Carbon trading could be worth twice that of oil in next decade, The Guardian, 28 November 2009)

    The large financial conglomerates, involved in derivative trade, including JP Morgan Chase, Bank America Merrill Lynch, Barclay’s, Citi Bank, Nomura, Société Générale, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are actively involved in carbon trading.( FACTBOX: Investment banks in carbon trading | Reuters, 14 September 2009)

    The legitimacy of the carbon trading system rests on the legitimacy of the Global Warming Consensus, which views CO2 emissions as the single threat to the environment. And for Wall Street the carbon trading system is a convenient and secure money-making safety-net, allowing for the transfer of billions of dollars into the pockets of a handful of conglomerates.

    “Every major financial house in New York and London has set up carbon trading operations. Very big numbers are dancing in their heads, and they need them to replace the “wealth” that evaporated in the housing bust. Louis Redshaw, head of environmental markets at Barclays Capital, told the New York Times, “Carbon will be the world’s biggest market over all.” Barclays thinks the current $60 billion carbon market could grow to $1 trillion within a decade. Four years ago Redshaw, a former electricity trader, couldn’t get anyone to talk to him about carbon.” (Mark Braly, The Multibillion Dollar Carbon Trading,, 5 March 2008)

  10. Love

    The Fontabelle Hoodlums that parade themselves as the …Nation News have again sunked to an all time low.

    On the front page of the Nation News paper of 7th December 2009….the headline screams ” Don’t be afraid of IMF, says Sir Lloyd. page 20

    When one turns to page 20….Sir Lloyd is reporting about his preparations to take up his posting in China.

    NOT ONE DAMN REFERENCE TO THE IMF….in that news item on page 20 attributed to Sir Lloyd !

    What a SHAME !!

  11. Dennis Jones (aka Living in Barbados)

    @Love, maybe your paper needs to be re-read or get another edition. The article in my copy opens “The International Monetary Fund (IMF)…”

  12. Love

    Dennis Jones do not be too hasty…that story about IMF does not appear on pg 20 as the Nation News front page says…!

  13. Dennis Jones (aka Living in Barbados)

    @Love, I stand corrected. The IMF story is on page 47. Let’s try to move the puck, though, rather than standing posturing on the ice. The Nation made another editorial slip–they happen often enough to not warrant comment. The reported remarks on page have some substantive points worth considering.

  14. Green Monkey

    Holy Conspiracy Theory, Batman!

    Wall Street Journal now joins with other “conspiracy theorists” in issuing a warning that Copenhagen agreement is just the prelude to a world government.


    Has Anyone Read the Copenhagen Agreement?
    U.N. plans for a new ‘government’ are scary.


    Enter Lord Christopher Monckton. The former adviser to Margaret Thatcher gave an address at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, earlier this month that made quite a splash. For the first time, the public heard about the 181 pages, dated Sept. 15, that comprise the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—a rough draft of what could be signed come December.

    So far there have been more than a million hits on the YouTube post of his address. It deserves millions more because Lord Monckton warns that the aim of the Copenhagen draft treaty is to set up a transnational “government” on a scale the world has never before seen.


    Interviewed by broadcaster Alan Jones on Sydney radio Monday, Lord Monckton said “this is the first time I’ve ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a ‘government.’ But it’s the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening.” He added: “The sheer ambition of this new world government is enormous right from the start—that’s even before it starts accreting powers to itself in the way that these entities inevitably always do.”

  15. Hants

    @Dennis Jones

    Why not move the ball rather than standing posturing on the field.

    Any mention of ice reminds me of the next few months in my neck of the woods.

  16. Dennis Jones (aka Living in Barbados)

    @Hants, as an ex-footballer, that change does not bother me, but I was in fact trying to show empathy (if not sympathy) for/with the Canuck elements… 🙂

  17. Green Monkey

    Copenhagen’s Hidden Agenda: The Multibillion Trade in Carbon Derivatives

    As I have previously shown, speculative derivatives (especially credit default swaps) are a primary cause of the economic crisis.

    And I have pointed out that (1) the giant banks will make a killing on carbon trading, (2) while the leading scientist crusading against global warming says it won’t work, and (3) there is a very high probability of massive fraud and insider trading in the carbon trading markets.

    Continued at:

  18. Green Monkey

    Here’s a 43 minute video documentary from the CBC’s Newsworld channel (that’s the Canadian CBC) where very well credentialed and experienced scientists who happen to be sceptical of the claims put forth by the proponents of anthropogenic global warming are allowed to make their case. These are the voices and arguments the pro-anthropogenic warming people feel it would be better that you were not allowed to hear.