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Reason #275 why doing business with the Barbados Government like having a pet viper!
“Beware when you do business with the government of Barbados, because the court is the government and the government is the court.”
Remember Al Barrack? The Barbados government owes him BDS$77 million dollars plus for almost ten years, but won’t pay him.
Sure, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart promised to pay Al Barrack in November 2012, but Stuart lied pure and simple. The DLP government is really just waiting until Al Barrack dies. That’s the usual strategy of Bajan governments both DLP and BLP when the court orders the government to pay big damages or do something about a court judgement: just ignore the court order and wait until the poor bastard dies. Government squelches any effective news coverage through the expedient tactic of providing government advertising funds to local news media.
Hell, it’s worked since 1900 as a legal tactic to delay the court and to keep the press in line… so why shouldn’t the same tactic continue to work? It’s worked fine to handle Al Barrack so far!
You see, the BLP Owen Arthur government granted a $100 million dollar contract to Al Barrack to build a government office building – nevermind that Barrack had never done much more as a builder than to renovate some washrooms. (Okay, okay, that’s an exaggeration, but Al Barrack had never built anything remotely as large as the office building the BLP government contracted him for.)
Oh… Did we mention that there was no tender?
That’s right folks, Barrack was simply awarded a 100 million dollar contract on the basis of his… what? His smile? His ability to sing? His reverse Al Jolson talents? (I’d walk a million miles for one of your smiles…) His Barbados Labour Party membership? (I choose #4… BLP membership!)
So for whatever reason Owen Arthur’s BLP government awarded the 100 million dollar contract to good old Al, but then the building project went crazy when it was found that the ground under the building was riddled with caves! When delays happened, the government kicked Barrack off the project, but he sued and won against the government. The Barbados Court ordered the government to pay Al Barrack damages plus interest.
What did the Barbados government do about that? Nothing… that’s what! The Government ignored the court order and still ignores the court order. Al Barrack has been reduced to a shadow of a man, dressing up in white-face to try and gather some attention. Poor bastard.
So endeth the lesson: There is corruption in Barbados, and the government can award you a fine, fine contract – 100 million dollars with no tender issued! No doubt there were understandings that Barrack had to hire “consultants” to “advise” him – probably through Switzerland or Miami.
But when it all went to pieces due to unforeseen caves, Al Barrack found himself a patsy of the first order.
He’ll die of old age before the Government of Barbados pays him one dollar.
That’s my prediction, and so far for 9 years I’ve been correct.
September 14, 2006: BFP EXCLUSIVE – No Tenders Issued For One Hundred Million Dollar Government Office Building!