Former Barbados Environment Minister delivers a heavy lecture
contributed by “Buckra Johnny”
Former BLP Environment Minister Elizabeth Thompson was in town the other day warning Barbados that environmental issues are important to the economy and to our quality of life. Liz was shaking her finger at Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean saying that we must have “sustainable development”. (Nation: Habitat warning from Liz)
I know what you’re thinking…
That’s really some lecture from the same Elizabeth Thompson who as Environment Minister couldn’t be bothered to introduce an Environmental Protection Act during the 14 years that her party formed a majority government.
“Yes, it’s that same Liz Thompson who, as part of the BLP Arthur government, walled off the West Coast with an ejaculation of half-built, unsold ugly condos that astonished even the most corrupt profiteers and environment wreckers.”
Fuh true, it was also Liz Thompson who gave her stamp of approval to groynes that destroyed Mullins Bay beaches.
That Liz Thompson
This is the same Liz Thompson who let Shell Oil get away with dumping millions of liters of jet fuel into the water table because in Barbados we don’t have a basic law that requires pipeline operators to measure what goes in and what comes out the other end to monitor for leakage. We have no law that compels pipeline owners like Shell to even REPORT a massive spill.
Elizabeth Thompson spent and wasted over a hundred million dollars trying to build a landfill on unstable Scotland district soil – though she was warned again and again that it was folly and would be an environmental disaster. Liz Thompson’s cherished Greenland Dump would also have been the first major dump anywhere to be located in a National Park. Now that would have been “sustainable development”!
But even a good verbal barb or public humiliation of a white environmentalist like Richard Goddard couldn’t change reality for Liz Thompson. Reality was delivered a few days ago by current Minister of the Environment Denis Lowe, who said,
“Geo-technical studies (show) a continuous movement of the soil which makes it absolutely dangerous to store landfill at that site,”
Yup, just like Richard Goddard told Elizabeth Thompson a decade ago on CBC television when the only response she could come back with was a racist statement…
“I take extreme offense at a Caucasian male telling me, as a Minister of Government in modern Barbados, that he is going to treaten to embarrass a national government in this way. It is completely unacceptable…”
… BLP government Minister Elizabeth Thompson explains why building a dump on the shifting soil of Greenland is an environmentally sound decision.
George Payne, BLP Member of Parliament for St. Andrew, described putting a dump in Greenland as “environmental madness”. Payne is black so Lord knows why Liz didn’t listen to him even if she was prejudiced against Caucasians.
And then there is Liz Thompson’s role in the ongoing destruction of the last major mangrove forest in Barbados.
That’s quite a record… “BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!!!”
Elizabeth Thompson and her BLP were the government for 14 years and they couldn’t be bothered to make even the simplest environmental law to control the use of poisons, pesticides, chemicals and known carcinogens.
Under Liz Thompson and her BLP government, the Environment Ministry didn’t lay a single environmental charge in 14 years. (Thanks, Liz – thanks for nothing.)
Putting on the Beef!
Elizabeth Thompson spread the B.S. pretty thick during her lecture at the 21st biennial conference of Soroptimist International of the Caribbean Network at Accra Beach Hotel. Yes sir, that bull dung was flying everywhere and she looked soooooo sincere! (Like the man said, “Sincerity? Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made!”)
But Liz Thompson didn’t just deliver the BULL, she really put on the BEEF too! Life must be pretty good in New York working for the United Nations.
Barbados Sustainable Development: Image and Reality
As the “United Nations assistant secretary-general and executive coordinator of the secretariat for the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development” Liz must be attending some fine parties and conferences where the pate and champagne flow like, well, pate and champagne at the United Nations.
Wow! I don’t know how many stone she is now, but Liz used to be not a bad looking woman at one time. Well, there’s just a lot more of her to love, but I don’t know how “sustainable” this can be in terms of health. I mean, she’s making Mia look like PlayBoy material.
That’s the update on Elizabeth Thompson’s recent visit to Barbados. Shur ‘nuf talk ’bout that for now!