“What we could have done if we could recapture…the several hundred million that was literally and figuratively dumped into Greenland? All of that was taxpayers’ money that was totally wasted,”
…Prime Minister David Thompson talks about the failed Greenland Dump project pushed by former Environment Minister Liz Thompson. Barbados Advocate: Previous Wastage Hurting Economy.
The consequences of wasting a billion dollars of taxpayer’s money? For Liz Thompson: a promotion!
If you need further proof that David Thompson doesn’t intend to hold the previous BLP government personnel accountable for the waste, theft and outright criminal rape of our future, you need look no further than watching the Prime Minister trying to suck and blow at the same time…
A little over a week ago Thompson nominated former BLP Environment Minister Liz Thompson as our country’s choice for the prestegious job of UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) Executive Secretary.
Now Thompson slams the very project that Liz Thompson championed – a project that failed because it was an ill-conceived disaster that would have turned into a full-blown environmental disaster had not better minds prevailed.
One Island with one Political Party
My friends, again you should take notice that the fighting between the BLP and DLP is a staged managed event much like professional wrestling. In public the wrestlers hurl verbal abuse, but the dance is carefully choreographed so no one really gets hurt.
The Prime Minister will scream about the poor judgment behind Greenland and hurl abuse in the general direction of the BLP because of the insane waste – but no one will go to jail for any corruption and the person who orchestrated the fiasco gets nominated for a cushy United Nations job!
There is only one political party in Barbados, folks. Once you accept that, the whole thing becomes very clear – as does the solution to ending this corrupt charade.
Here is the article from the Barbados Advocate. You should read it there (please do!) but we’ll reprint it here in its entirety so the paper cannot change history as it often does…
If not for the wastage of hundreds of millions of dollars spent in projects like EduTech, Gems, Greenland and Hardwood Housing, Barbados would be in a better financial position to ride out the current economic crisis.
“I want you to imagine what this DLP administration could have had if it had at its disposal, the nearly $400 million that the previous administration spent on Kensington Oval,” Prime Minister David Thompson stated, referring to that facility a “white elephant”.
Speaking on the now heavily utilised Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre that had been termed a “monument of madness” by the previous BLP administration in the early years after its construction, Thompson suggested, “If you want to see a real white elephant in the context of Barbados, you can look at a place like Kensington Oval, in which nearly ten times the amount that was spent in Sherbourne was spent and yet it is difficult to get that particular facility operating to give returns to Barbadians.”
“Can you imagine what we could have done if we had the $300 million and counting that went into and what still goes into the Gems fiasco? What we could have done with that money in terms of improving the lives of Barbadians. What we could have done if we could recapture the more than one quarter of a billion dollars that is said to have gone into Edutech? Or the several hundred million that was literally and figuratively dumped into Greenland? All of that was taxpayers’ money that was totally wasted,” Thompson asserted.
The Minister of Finance told the audience gathered at the Black Rock Cultural Arts Centre to listen to the St. Michael North West Constituency Report that these projects were what were effectively constraining the island’s economic development.
Noting his pleasure with the quality of the constituency reports already given, he commended the members of his Cabinet for doing “so much, with so little.”