Conflict of Interest scandal surrounds Sally Bercow’s Barbados trip.
Barbados Anti-Gay buggery laws also focus of attention.
“I would end up sometimes at a bar and someone would send a drink over, and I’d think, ‘Why not?’ and we’d go home together. I liked the excitement of not knowing how a night was going to end.”
Sally Bercow, Labour Party approved candidate and wife of UK Commons Speaker John Bercow at Mizzo
Folks, this should be fun… and the story is already garnering some great publicity for Barbados.
If somebody at the Barbados Tourism Authority could take credit for the growing scandal surrounding Mrs. Bercow’s upcoming speaking engagement at the Bridgetown Hilton, I’m sure they would jump at the opportunity. We won’t say “You can’t buy publicity like this”, because you can and Barbados buys stories all the time as part of the BTA’s marketing efforts.
… But this one wasn’t bought. It’s the perfect storm and hopefully the BTA will jump in to make the best of it. After all, it’s free publicity!
The BTA won’t be able to take credit for Sally Bercow because she’s already a legend in the Brit papers after ‘scandalizing Parliament’ by appearing on the TV show Big Brother and posing nearly naked in front of Parliament.
Oh yes… she also told the Brit public what it is like to have sex in the Speaker’s bed under Big Ben (apparently very exciting!), and also told about her binge drinking, drug use and series of one night stands with… well, anybody. Even Gordon Brown succumbed to her, ah, assets, when the Queen gave here Diamond Jubilee Year address to Parliament, Mr. Brown seemed to be more interested in Sally’s “generous cleavage”. Shades of Owen Arthur and Rihanna!
Well, you know how it is… when the pretty little poodle shakes that thing, all the puppies on the block follow her around.
Yes… Sally Bercow is coming to Bim, and (so the story goes), she’s being paid 2,000 pounds for a one hour speech by The Institute of Travel and Tourism – the same organization that used her husband’s Official Commons apartment to host a reception. That’s called a ‘conflict of interest’ by some, but the longer description would be… “Mr. Speaker, let us use your Official Commons residence to host a party. We can’t pay you for it because that would be a crime, but we’ll hire your wifey to make a speech for big bucks and throw in a vacation in Barbados. Deal?”
The Brit papers are full of the story but they are also printing nice colour photos of the Bridgetown Hilton, the beach and Barbados, calling Bim the “Lap of Luxury”. That’s great publicity and it’s free! Not bad.
Gay Rights in Barbados
Interestingly enough, the speaking engagement by Mrs. Bercow is also focusing some attention on the anti-gay buggery laws of Barbados. That’s because Commons Speaker John Bercow redesigned the Coat of Arms of the Speaker to include two pink triangles and rainbows in support of Gay Rights.
The motto: “All are Equal”…
Not so in Barbados.