Daily Archives: April 11, 2012

Harlequin Resorts says change in Barbados planning laws caused one year delay

What change was that?

We can’t find any change in the law…

The Basildon Echo News in the UK recently published a major (four full pages) article about Harlequin Properties and their Caribbean projects. One of the puzzling statements by the Harlequin spokeswoman is that a change in local (Barbados) planning laws caused a one year delay.

We’ve been asking around and have been unable to come up with what change in planning laws Harlequin Properties is talking about. Does anyone have any idea?

There was an issue with setback from the cliff face listed by the critical site ‘Harlecon.net’ but that isn’t a change in the law. We reported on that story in our post Stunning new allegations about Harlequin Resorts: misuse of investors’ funds, auditors refuse to sign off

Speaking of Harlecon.net, where is the website?

As I write this the Harlecon.net website is off the internet. This happened one time a few months ago and it turned out to be a technical problem – but is this another technical problem or did Harlequin’s solicitors find a way to shut them down?

Stay tuned folks… life is always interesting when the little guy takes on big monied companies and governments!

“There are additional challenges involved with carrying out building projects in the Caribbean, where delays are not untypical.

“For instance, in Barbados, a change in local planning laws meant that construction work was interrupted for a year due to circumstances outside our control.

“We have, however, brought in additional resources in order to make up time that was lost.”

Harlequin Property spokeswoman in the Basildon Echo story When will Harlequin’s holiday homes be built? (Formerly titled The 180m holiday homes gamble)

Further Reading

PDF: copy of the Echo News April 3, 2012 article here.

PDF: May 19, 2010 letter from Barbados Prime Minister’s Office to Harlequin… DOC194


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Consumer Issues, Offshore Investments, Real Estate

Stabroek News Editorial: Barbados DLP government on the way out due to CLICO corruption, Stuart’s poor leadership.

Arthur & Mottley licking their lips…

If Prime Minster David Thompson had lived, would even he have been able to hold it together in the face of the CLICO corruption revelations? We don’t think so. Nevermind our accidental and invisible Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart – he’s out of his depth as a leader of his party let alone as the leader of our country.

The saddest truth is that Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and the whole corrupt BLP gang are headed back into power – at least according to today’s editorial at Stabroek News. For what it’s worth, we have to disgustedly agree that will be the result of the coming election.

If Thompson and the DLP had just kept their promises about Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information… if they had just TRIED to be honest – to at least try to act for the good of the entire country instead of covering up for Leroy Parris, Bajans might have given them another term.

We’re faced with two corrupt groups wanting power… and the question has become this: ‘We know that the DLP and the BLP are equally corrupt. Aside from that, which party will provide the most capable corrupt government?’

Sad, isn’t it?

Further Reading

BFP readers are requested to visit Stabroek News to read Barbados approaching elections, but because Caribbean news outlets often change history and stories for political agendas, we have to reprint the entire story here. Please do visit Stabroek News to read the entire piece…

Barbados’ approaching elections

In less than a year now, Barbados will be going to the polls, following the last general elections held in January 2008. The signs are that both of the main political parties, but the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in particular, are once again gearing up, and the issues that will define the campaign are beginning to become clearer. Some of these showed themselves in the Budget debate held in March, when the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP) had to indicate how it would come to terms with the current recession affecting the country and accumulated debt in the face of sluggish economic growth. The fact of the matter is that since the DLP’s return to office, the Barbados economy has been strongly affected by global recessionary conditions reflected in a contraction of economic growth in 2009 of 4.7%, and 0.2% in 2010, and an unemployment level sticking at around 10%.

In those conditions, the hope that was held out by the DLP’s sweeping electoral victory (20 seats to 10 for the BLP) has not materialised. This situation has not been helped by the early death of the party’s dynamic new leader, David Thompson, and then by the cloud of the CLICO disaster which continues to linger over the country, with its continuing effect of loss of income and savings by Barbadian policyholders. In addition, a certain distrust of the government has begun to develop as a result of increasing indications, bolstered by a recent report, of apparently corrupt practices engaged in by the CLICO leadership which had had close connections to David Thompson, both in his situation as a legal practitioner and as leader of the DLP which allegedly received strong financial support from CLICO. A continuing silence on the part of the new Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, has not helped, giving as it has, an impression of inability to decide how to treat the CLICO affair. Continue reading


Filed under Barbados, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption