Just don’t ask what happened to the last EU Sugar funds
Rise and shine children! It is a fine, fine day! The European Union is sending us another fat aid cheque. That’s free money to “increase competitiveness of the sugar sector in Barbados and to develop alternative economic activities”, but doan be fooled. That money goin right into the general government coffers ’cause things are bad, bad, bad ’bout hey.
You know how it really is. Successive Barbados governments have positioned Barbados as an international beggar – all the while squandering hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid without visible results or readily apparent benefit to the people of Barbados.
The EU gentleman says additional new money is “earmarked” for information and communication technology, international business and human resource development.
I suppose that means new Blackberries ‘an laptops for the big-ups. Maybe some consulting fees for human resource development and international business “consultants” who just happen to be cousins of some guv’ment official.
Doan worry about it though. There are no rules about giving contracts to relatives or friends, so it’s all nice ‘an legal – just the way the big-ups like it.
There is no Freedom of Information law in Barbados that allows ordinary taxpayers to examine where the money is going, where it went, and who benefitted. So why worry about something you can’t do anything about?
We’re still waiting for the promised details about where the money went from the last EU Sugar Grant, Hardwood Housing, Hotels and Resorts and so many many other scandals. The DLP promised us the truth about all that during the last election campaign, but it was all lies just to get elected. Poor old Thompy said Owen Arthur was rich and corrupt and that BLP government officials illegally stashed millions in offshore accounts.
Then Thompy held up that $75,000 “campaign donation” cheque that Owen Arthur put into his personal bank account and said the DLP would do something about it if we elected the DLP.
Right. We elected the DLP and the first thing they did was to appoint Owen Arthur to a Commission monitoring elections in the Maldives to make sure the politicians were honest! Ha! Wat a joke. We knew then it was all a big cow pie and we bought it. Sure, DLP gonna do something about Arthur’s illegal campaign donation cheque. Ha! ROTFLMBAO!
The current DLP government is waving around a few pieces of paper they say will change everything, but this is the same DLP that promised to implement new internal rules “effective immediately” that they took office January of 2008. And you know what happened to that.
The DLP also promised Freedom of Information and Integrity Legislation within 100 days of forming a government and you know what happened to that, too.
Nope, just sit back and relax folks. Doan get too excited about the EU money or the promised legislation.
Same old, same old ’bout hey.
“In order to support the adjustment process, both Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis have already been allocated substantial EU funding,” (Head of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz) said.
“New allocations are expected in the near future. This assistance is being used to increase competitiveness of the sugar sector in Barbados and to develop alternative economic activities.”
According to Diaz, Barbados has earmarked its funds to support information and communication technology, international business and human resource development.
… from The Nation story $63m for Barbados