Listen to Minister Lynch running away from a citizen’s question about his assets
“Noel Lynch asking for Members of Parliament to declare their assets?
I thought I had heard everything!”
Wuhloss! This must be a different Noel Lynch speaking last night at the political rally. It can’t be the same Noel Lynch who sued to prevent reporters from asking him to declare his assets…
On March 25, 2007, thousands of listeners of the Down To Brass Tacks radio show were stunned as Barbados Minister of Tourism Noel Lynch ran out of the studio after being asked on air to comment about his personal wealth and Integrity Legislation. The emailed question from a listener and comments by moderator David Ellis abruptly ended the Minister’s participation as he angrily ripped off his headphones, stood up and left the studio. Lynch then sued radio journalist David Ellis and the radio station, who paid rather than go to court.
That is how strongly Noel Lynch believes that government members should be unaccountable elites. He sued to ensure that never again would anyone dare to ask a government minister about where the assets came from.
And let’s not forget that in 14 years of majority government Noel Lynch and his BLP ignored citizen calls for Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information.
Now Noel Lynch has the temerity to stand before a crowd and call on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to “pass the law” to make public officials declare their assets.
You see folks, this is what the BLP and DLP have done for decades: when in power they don’t pass integrity legislation, and when in opposition they call for it to be passed.
And we keep wanting to believe them when they are in opposition. “They have changed. They mean it.” we say. Ever hopeful, we the voters want to believe them, just like we believed David Thompson when he too stood at Haggatt Hall four and a half years ago and promised.
This time I’m voting for anyone else! No BLP. No DLP.
Folks, please go to The Nation to read this article, but we have to print it here in its entirety because that paper regularly removes or changes news to suit changing political agendas. Shame!
Lynch slams Gov’t on CLICO issue
FORMER MINISTER OF TOURISM Noel Lynch tonight called on Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to “pass the law” to make public officials declare their assets.
On a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) platform mounted in Haggatt Hall, St Michael, he referred to the much-talked-about proposed integrity legislation now before the House of Assembly and called for all candidates to declare their assets before the next general election, constitutionally due in 2013.
“[Prime Minister] Stuart, pass the legislation,” Lynch, the BLP’s candidate for St Michael South, urged.
Lynch dubbed tonight’s meeting a return to the scene of the biggest crime committed against the people of Barbados.
He said that in 2008, during the election campaign, late Prime Minister David Thompson came to Haggatt Hall and subjected politicians within the rank and file of the BLP to innuendo.
“That was the greatest tragedy in elective politics,” Lynch charged. “We suffered through Thompson and his innuendos when Mia [Mottley] brought a no-confidence [motion] as Opposition Leader in the then Prime Minister [Thompson] in 2009, over the CLICO issue,” he added.
He said the opposition back then was sending a warning to the people of Barbados.
“But the Government laughed…. Stuart [Then Attorney General] … said it should be laughed at,” Lynch told the gathering.
“They should all stand condemned for this whole CLICO issue. They had a chance to deal with this issue when it first started to unfold in Trinidad and Tobago. But they laughed at us…. They should be put out [as the Government],” he suggested.
Lynch told the crowd that the public needed to pressure Government to call elections.