In the Nation, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams is shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, that some businesses and people order products and services from his businesses and then fail to pay. He’s also shocked that people don’t pay the government either. (Nation: Pay shame)
Welcome to reality, Bizzy.
Maybe folks were only following your example…
Maybe people were afraid to not pay you before because you and your brother carry a lot of weight ’bout this place. Maybe they were afraid that you could make a phone call and the police would pay some ‘special attention’ to your reports.
It could be though that people have developed a culture of law-breaking here in Barbados. This is learned behaviour. After watching the government, political and business classes break the law for years, after seeing the government ruin people and businesses by not paying debts, court judgements or VAT refunds, ordinary people are emulating the behaviour of our leaders, including Bizzy and COW Williams.
For two decades we’ve been watching Ministers of Government expropriate private lands for “public” purposes, but then some magic happens and the land ends up in private hands – sometimes even with a home where a government minister lays down his weary head to sleep every night. (Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes on Expropriated Land)
And then you have to love the stories about government expropriating private lands and not paying the owners! If that isn’t outright theft by the political class, then what is? Or the lovely story of how the Barbados government expropriated land from one business owner to give it to his competitor!
For two decades we’ve been watching business people, including yourself, defy or skirt laws when it was profitable to do so. We’ve seen how farmers are denied development permissions for agricultural lands for years and years, and we’ve seen how quickly development permissions were granted after a friend of a politician bought the land cheaply from shareholders or the farmer. (Barbados Auditor General: Arthur – Mottley Government stole land and profits from the people of Barbados.)
Bizzy, how do you think the ordinary citizen feels when they see this abuse? How do you think ordinary folk felt when you closed off your ‘private’ beach at Port St. Charles to prevent ordinary Bajans from accessing the beach? How do you think ordinary folk felt when you encouraged the developers of the Vaucluse Raceway to piss on the law and build without development permissions?
You and the Bajan government elites might want to consider who taught this behaviour to the citizens before you complain too much about people not paying taxes and debts.
And one final thing Bizzy… how much have you contributed to politicians over the years? Why did you do it?
In a truly transparent, democratic and accountable society we’d be able to see the campaign finance records for every political party and candidate.
Not a chance of that ‘pon de rock, my friends. Not a chance.