Submitted by BarbadosFirst
There are some key fundamental issues splitting the parliamentary group of the DLP down the middle. For instance, David Thompson wrote off $19.2 Million in taxes to the Barbados Turf Club for which he states it was to get it back in a stronger financial position to be able to secure funding to develop night racing (lights and other infrastructure etc).
This now impacts on the work that had been ongoing for the designation of a Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison. Now in comes new PM Stuart who says he is not supporting night racing at the Garrison because it will have a negative impact on his constituents in St Michael South getting a good night’s rest etc. So out goes the idea of the the Thompson faction of having night racing.
But check this out – guess who is one of the biggest sponsors of events and sports teams in Minister Sinckler constituency? None other than Sir David Seale, Chairman of the Barbados Turf Club who is relentless in his attempts to establish night racing at the Garrison (remember his letters to the press earlier this year?) despite the protests of the environmentalists who said it would affect the turtles nesting on nearby beaches and the “ladies of the sex industry” who said the lights might run away their best paying customers in an already bad recession.
There are also other players like LeRon Gibbs with interests in the Barbados Turf Club who have been sponsoring teams and hampers in the St Michael North West (Sinckler’s) constituency as well as St James South (Inniss’s) constituency. Can you see now why his business Scotty’s was awarded the contract to operate the new canteen at the QEH as well as other government establishments such as at the NIS building in Collymore Rock?
I say all that to say this – these private sector backers are the ones behind the CADRES poll commissioned in June 2011, there was also one in January of this year…and it was more than just 4 key constituencies. Do some digging, ask around – there is definitely a move by those who control the purse strings to destabilise Stuart as Prime Minister. Peter Wickham knows a lot more than he is willing to tell. Do you remember the DLP meeting held at Queens College earlier this year when Stuart was out of island and at which Hartley Henry spoke? We cannot let ordinary Barbadians get shafted by the interests operating behind the veil of the palace coup…Don Blackman spoke of white shadows and he knew full well of what he spoke back then