Former Chairman of CLICO Barbados Leroy Parris Suing Cash Strapped Government for Damages
Since his assets were frozen by the court, the former CLICO boss has lamented that he had been experiencing hardship – Leroy Parris (BT)
The mouth of Mr. Hal Gollop, lead lawyer for Leroy Parris, has been running like a sick nigga botsy of late. His protestations about client Leroy Parris are easily accessed on a weekly basis in the traditional media. How convenient when lawyers and traditional media hide behind the cloak of sub judice to keep the masses ignorant. Our mistake, this is only an interlocutory matter still to be heard!
The CLICO issue is complex and must be delineated within the boundaries of what is legal, moral and political to intelligently inform discussion. Parris and his legal Senior Counsel (SC) to be may yet win the battle to be staged very soon in a law court near you if Gollop’s constitutional motion succeeds, however, the fallout caused by political and moral outrage continues to gain momentum. It appears certain the CLICO issue will bury the political ambition and stain the legacy of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) for eons to come. It rides the back of this government like the proverbial Albatross.
Leroy Parris has the right to exhaust his resources to defend himself against what he believes is an injustice being wrought against him. He has the right to sue the government – led by his pals – for damages. And if he is successful with his court case the taxpayers, voters and CLICO policyholders will have to pay. It appears the incestuous nature of relationships and networks in Barbados have conspired to craft what has to be described as potentially the Mother of all ironies.
It is interesting to note the argument that underpins Hal Gollop’s constitutional motion on behalf of his client Leroy Parris – the delay in having the matter heard to unfreeze the assets of his clients is a violation of his [Parris] rights. IF this government sworn to serve Barbadians was to become similarly motivated a feeling would envelop the land that two Barbadoses do not exist. What about the policyholders? What about victims who are remanded to Dodds for unacceptably long periods? What about ordinary citizens who have cases pending in the court system for years? Are we to conclude the lifes of affected persons cited are not worth a modicum of consideration by the government? Of course the buck stops with the government although there is the pretence the judiciary and the executive are independent – if there is agreement about the incestuous nature of how things are done in Barbados feel free to connect the dots.
The unravelling CLICO Leroy Parris drama has the potential to be a landscape shifter in Barbados. The BU family must stay focused on the prize; fanning the flame of a democratic society. We posses a quality the traditional media has surrendered a long time ago on the altar of greed, INDEPENDENCE!