Outrageous Government Contracts Are Choking Barbados!

Submitted by David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement
David Comissiong - President of Clement Payne Movement

David Comissiong – President of Clement Payne Movement

As we approach Barbados’ 50th year of Independence, I am calling on all patriotic Barbadians to join together and make a determined effort to uproot and eradicate the destructive remnants […] of the “Old Colonial System” that still exist in our supposedly independent nation.

And one particularly odious remnant is that aspect of the “Old Colonial System” that traditionally permitted the social and business elite of Barbados to have compliant members of the political directorate grant them outrageously preferential business and commercial arrangements that allowed them to feed on the substance of the Barbadian State and on the mass of predominantly black labourers, consumers, and – in more recent times- taxpayers!

Just take a cursory look at Barbados’ history and you will see exactly what I mean. From the earliest colonial days, the planter/merchant elite utilized a compliant House of Assembly to, inter alia:- supply themselves with cheap labour by legislating the enslavement of Blacks; grant themselves legal title to the lands they had occupied; give themselves a commercial advantage by prohibiting free Blacks and Coloureds from being able to give evidence in Court against them; control Black labour by enacting a Post- Emancipation “Masters and Servants Act“; prohibit the migration of Black labourers from Barbados; transfer the burden of falling international sugar prices unto the backs of the large black labouring class; use legislation and the Court system to ensure that the lands of bankrupt plantations did not fall into the hands of Blacks; use grant money from the British Government exclusively for the elite sugar planter class; and the list goes on and on.

In more recent “Independence times”, this old colonial phenomenon has been manifesting itself in the practice of predominantly black Parliamentarians and Ministers of Government granting amazingly preferential taxpayer- funded or guaranteed contracts to elite white Barbadian and foreign business-people – contracts that they would never dream of conferring upon black Barbadian business-people!

One such contract is the so-called “Take or Pay Contract” that the current Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration granted to Mr Bizzy Williams’ Sustainable (Barbados) Recycling Centre Inc (SBRC) in June 2009. Under that contract, we, the taxpayers of Barbados, are obliged to underwrite a guaranteed minimum payment of $22.6 Million per year over a 20 year period to SBRC for the processing or managing of so-called municipal solid waste, whether or not the company is actually called upon to carry out work of the requisite minimum quantity! Thus, under this contract alone, we taxpayers are saddled with a minimum payment of $45 Million over the 20 year period.

Another such contract is the April 2013 so-called storage tank lease contract entered into by our Government with the Mark Maloney and Bjorn Bjerkham owned and/or managed company known as Storage Solutions Limited – company number 36264 in the register of companies at the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office situate at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St Michael!

Under this contract, our Government-owned (and taxpayer-funded) Barbados Agricultural Management Co. Ltd (BAMC) is obligated to pay Storage Solutions Limited the sum of $2,150,000.00 plus VAT every year for 20 years for the privilege of using three molasses storage tanks at the Bridgetown Port. Thus, under this contract, our Government ( and ultimately the taxpayers of Barbados) are saddled with a payment of some $50 Million over the 20 year period!

Yet another such contract is the so-called housing construction contract entered into between this current DLP administration and the corporate entity known as Housing Concepts SRL – also owned and/or managed by the said Mark Maloney and Bjorn Bjerkham.

Under this contract, Housing Concepts SRL was leased a massive parcel of Government land at Coverley, Christ Church at a pepper-corn rent for the purpose of constructing houses for sale to the Barbadian people at prices ranging between $289,000.00 and $ 396,000.00!

But what makes this contract truly remarkable is that our taxpayer-funded Government has entered into a legally binding contractual obligation to purchase from Housing Concepts SRL any house that the company is unable to sell to members of the public! Thus, once again, we taxpayers are left holding the bag!

And -truth be told- I could go on and on detailing similarly outrageously preferential contracts that our compliant political directorate has conferred on a small group of elite white Barbadian business-people. It is no wonder therefore that our country now possesses a national debt that is virtually as large as our entire Gross National Product!

I wish to conclude, however, with one example of a similarly outrageously privileged government contract that has been conferred upon a foreign company incorporated in one of the Channel Islands off the coast of England – the so-called “Waste To Energy” contract that has been granted to Cahill Energy Limited and its subsidiary Cahill Energy Barbados Limited.

We Barbadians should really thank Opposition Leader Mia Mottley for exposing the alarming details of this old colonial-type contractual arrangement. Subsequent to Ms Mottley’s revelations I was able to read the 37 page document put out by Cahill Energy and Jacob Securities Inc about the project, and discovered that our Government has committed itself to do the following:-

(1) purchase 15 acres of land at Vaucluse and “donate” it to Cahill free of cost;

(2) purchase any additional land that Cahill will require for drilling wells and creating a lagoon, and “donate” said land to Cahill free of cost;

(3) supply the pipelines and other water infrastructure to the Cahill plant free of cost to Cahill;

(4) pay for the cost of integrating Cahill’s plant into the electricity grid and into the public water supply system;

(5) waive all taxes and tariffs on Cahill’s imports, exports, income, profits, dividends and transfers of shares;

(6) provide guaranteed taxpayer- funded payments to Cahill for the processing of waste over a 30 year period;

(7) provide guaranteed taxpayer -funded payments to Cahill for the purchase of electricity over a 30 year period; and

(8) provide Cahill with guaranteed taxpayer funded payments totaling close to $2.5 Billion over a 30 year period.

Fellow Barbadians, this is not right! The “Old Colonial System” continues to choke us and to subvert the positive advances we have made as a nation over the past 49 years!

The purpose of this article is to expose the continued existence of these aspects of the “Old Colonial System” and to urge all well meaning and patriotic Barbadians – of all races, classes and creeds – to demand their total abolition. Let us all operate on a level playing field, and let the public purse not be treated as anybody’s cash-cow!

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68 Comments on “Outrageous Government Contracts Are Choking Barbados!”

  1. MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM #

    @David C–

    There are a few major problems here:

    1 this article is obviously oriented to INCITE RACIAL HATRED. You are a serial transgressor in this regard.

    2 Any fair and objective investigator would have offered examples of Black Owned Bajan Companies capable of delivering the products and services EXACTLY equal to or BETTER than those organisations cited and at lower or equal Cost. Where are your examples of such organisations with tons of PROOF, extracts from interviews with Black Owned Businesses whom you have interviewed and quote with full name and detail?

    When do you intend on exposing the Black Customs fellas that EXTORT $$$$$$ from all kinds of businesses but focus intently on White Owned?

    Tell us who was the person who requested a brand new Mercedes 500 car for ensuring passage of Goods through the Port? Yes for conducting the job for which he is paid every month. Naturally he is Black so that is alright.

    David, I trust you have followed the recent topic on BU regarding a new Political Party where certain individuals are stating very clearly that they only want a Dark Black gent, with preferably little formal education, mandatory that such person come from a lower class background and have parents that are not particularly successful. What are you going to do when that mentality prevails–you are going to fail in several areas with those criteria!


  2. De Ingrunt Word July 7, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

    MB, the key corporate players in Barbados are white, The political class is black. The majority working class is black. So there will always be a racial subtext that can be exploded in racial tension.

    But the simple fact is you cannot cry racial hatred when the basic facts of our corporate landscape are laid bare. It is the reality.

    Everyone is asking for their 10% so to speak.

    Your customs guys wants his because he know the political class and corporate owners are getting their.

    If everyone was black or everyone was white the basic facts of Comissiong’s remarks would still be the same.

    Comissiong claims that the gov’t would not give these types of contracts to a black businessman but how can we prove that? Are there black owned local companies that can compete and bid in these spaces?

    If you feel aggrieved because it hits close to home (white bajans) then you are just seeking self preservation.

    The black men who sell their souls and condemn their fellow blacks in so doing are more evil and despicable.

    In this ‘colonial system’ the blacks control the political and much of the persuasive power so if the whites still seem to be directing the show then something is very wrong.

    So get off this race potty about racial hatred. That is nonsense in this instance . This is fundamentally about corruption and malfeasance.

    All of we gotta stop dis folly they doing.


  3. Gabriel July 7, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

    With all this factual information I am of the view that all these decisions should be challenged in the public domain and in the law courts.What a disaster,passing as governance.Greed of immense proportions by both black and white local and foreign entities.Errol Barrow would never, ever tolerate these shenanigans.I blame Freundel Stuart for making decisions in the interest of the party and not the country.Its all so reflective of his poor leadership and inaction.Its vulgarity really.Its a case of his failure to protect the public against wanton waste and corruption.


  4. are-we-there-yet July 7, 2015 at 10:02 PM #


    Hear! Hear!
    You’ve got to the heart of the problem. The enabler.


  5. Bush Tea July 7, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

    @ Money B
    Get a life do!!!
    Commissiong did not even touch on the damn DESAL plant scam ..where we pay Bizzy for water he don’t even produce…

    This is a clear case of mass, unrestrained, runaway GREED and it stems from selfish oafs going into politics looking to see how much they can scoop up in a few years …aided and encouraged by GREEDY, selfish, unpatriotic businessmen who openly use BRIBES to fuel their materialistic cravings.

    Even for brass bowls, it is unbelievable that we could have sat back and allowed ourselves to be pissed on over and over again…


  6. MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 10:14 PM #

    @De Ingrunt–

    Well if ALL the key businessmen are White then the Govt has no choice now do they?

    I made it clear that ALL be laid bare BUT it was NOT!

    I have NO BRIEF for White Bajans, but presenting biased racial nonsense WILL NOT SOLVE anything.

    Why did Commy not say to the Black Political Classless to immediately table PROPER INTEGRITY Legislation??? Any idiot knows that is a major part of the problem in Bim today and everyday.

    Just throwing the blame at Whitey is very easy and convenient BUT it is like last week’s bread STALE and NUSELESS! Fodder for the naive and Stupid ONLY!

    Please become aware that plenty nuff Bajans are NOT naive or stupid and can easily solve for this kind of rable rousing incitement.

    I agree that this is about CORRUPTION, THIEFING and Malfeasance BUT instigated by the Political Class. If I am biding for a $50mn Govt contract and a Senior Pol says that I must place $250,000 in his Cayman Bank Acct or my 350 workers sit idle for that 2 years what should I do with such EXTORTION?


  7. MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 10:19 PM #


    You should not sit back and take syhte from the Black Political Classless! Dem tekking all de peeps blendser, totally unfair. Debt to GDP is 133% and rising so everting soon mash up, wont be long now.

    Be assured de Pols gin brek fa demselves! AGAIN!


  8. MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM #

    Bring de INTEGRITY Legislation wid some bigass TEETS like Great White Shark, sorry a Tiger Shark as he got black stripes.

    Wicked penalties for transgressors.


  9. David July 8, 2015 at 6:35 AM #


  10. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM #

    White English people laughed at me too and my sister who became a Nurse (like so many black Bajan young ladies). Bajans/ WIdians are different to English regardless of race. They think we are ALL inferior as a result and that is why the bulk of our friends were Cbean, Chinese/ from various Asian places, Greeks, Africans and Turks. Do you think it was easy living as a White 19 yr old in the same Hostel with all the above and then White Sth Africans, a few who were friendly across the spectrum BUT most were not.

    Interestingly, it was relatively good for most of us until a ignorant ass Jamaican moved in and stirred up all kinds of BS without any justification. Divisions were forged where there had been none! Some of my African pals could not believe his utter stupidity.

    The lesson he failed to grasp is that Whites, nor Blacks/ other races are NOT HOMOGENEOUS. You never have too many friends, monitor for prejudices BUT you never know who can be your ally at critical junctures.


  11. Wily Coyote July 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM #

    One important thing this JACKASS “N” does not say is that Barbados has been on an accelerating downward spiral ever since COLONIALISM disappeared and his kind have taken over, go figure.


  12. Mr Watson Parkinson July 8, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Wily, Wily… Fighting among ourselves again! A little advice from someone who grew up in the UK/EU, they don’t want to see us United…! I know because my total thinking is European! Can you imagine the fear/panic a united Caribbean would be…? Then imagine the utmost dread if all of African were united under one flag…!? At times the ones we dispised are the ones with the good ideas/thinking…! I cannot foresee Caucasians losing their grip of control over people of African heritage for the next 400 years. Why, because we’re easily divided…!


  13. Mr Watson Parkinson July 8, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    Outrageous😁 I heard rumours that the Government spend tax payers money on clearing the following beaches… The Crane, Sandals and The Hilton…! If true 😂😂😂…


  14. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM #

    Mr Watso P

    I could have sworn ALL Beaches in Bdos are PUBLIC and therefore the Govt has a duty to intervene in such situations. Naturally, tourists dont journey to Bim to go pun the Beach or provide revenue to sustain the nation.


  15. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

    Wily Coyote said…
    “…Barbados has been on an accelerating downward spiral ever since COLONIALISM disappeared and his kind have taken over, go figure.”
    Boss, that may be true for wunna white people,
    ….but for us blacks, Barbados has been on an accelerating downward spiral ever since slavery…..and it was only since ‘his kind’ have taken over that we have seen any hope..particularly in the days of Barrow and Tom.

    Unfortunately, since Arthur took over and sought to outdo wunna materialistic whites by enlisting wunna in his grand financial schemes…. and even worse now that the Dumb DLP dunces in association with the devil Darcey (who came over to continue the trend) have gone wild with the taste of bribes and blood money that we blacks are seeing a SERIOUS reversal of circumstances.

    So you are correct….but only from YOUR perspective.


  16. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

    Bushie wrote

    Unfortunately, since Arthur took over and sought to outdo wunna materialistic whites—

    Behave nuh—who is so bloody stupid as to believe Whites are more materialistic than Black peeps. U know well enough that is absurd!

    Please tell me who likes MORE BLING and style than some black peeps?????????

    Bushie good jokes today!


  17. Simple Simon July 8, 2015 at 11:57 AM #

    @MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM “this article is obviously oriented to INCITE RACIAL HATRED.”

    Moneybrain gimme a break.

    Why do you feel so hated?

    Who ever do you something?

    @MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM “Tell us who was the person who requested a brand new Mercedes 500 car for ensuring passage of Goods through the Port?

    A lot os us black people work in positions where we could ask for/expect/accept bribes.

    Most of us do no such thing.

    Why if I had accepted bribes in my job I could have bought myself a new Mercedes 500 car every year…but am on my way now to catch the ZR van.

    So don’t you be maligning the hundreds of thousands of good black Bajan people.

    There may be good white Bajan people too, but since I don’t know any Bajan white people I can’t comment.


  18. Donna July 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM #


    This coyote-is he the one who couldn’t catch the road runner? Couldn’t catch up with the truth either it seems. As you stated, we had a brief positive change in circumstances under our kind and are currently experiencing a reversal. With all that, we have not as yet returned to where we started under the other kind when seen from any perspective. What kind of brass bowl does that person take us for?


    The Barbadian “white” does not care about bling, just bank accounts and control. He does not have to prove himself because he is already the ‘TOP DOG’. That’s why he walks around barefoot and in old short pants. Blacks use baubles and bling to prove their self-worth. Materialism is not merely about bling and baubles. That kind of comment is unworthy of you.


  19. Simple Simon July 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM #

    @De Ingrunt Word July 7, 2015 at 8:48 PM “So get off this race potty about racial hatred”

    Moneybrian so get off this race potty about racial hatred.


  20. Simple Simon July 8, 2015 at 12:02 PM #

    @Bush Tea July 7, 2015 at 10:11 PM “Get a life do!!!”

    Yes moneybrian. Get a life do!!!


  21. Simple Simon July 8, 2015 at 12:05 PM #

    @MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 10:14 PM “say to the Black Political Classless to immediately table PROPER INTEGRITY Legislation??? ”

    The problem is not lack of integrity legislation.

    The problem is lack of integrity on the part of the white business class and their political enablers.


  22. Simple Simon July 8, 2015 at 12:27 PM #

    @MoneyBrain July 7, 2015 at 10:14 PM “I agree that this is about CORRUPTION, THIEFING and Malfeasance BUT instigated by the Political Class. If I am biding for a $50mn Govt contract and a Senior Pol says that I must place $250,000 in his Cayman Bank Acct or my 350 workers sit idle for that 2 years what should I do with such EXTORTION?”

    Go public with the extortion demand.

    The public will support you.

    We do not like corruption. We know that when all is said and done the price if the corruption come out of the pockets of us the taxpayer/consumer.

    We are tired of having so much of our money go to this WICKEDNESS. We would much rather keep more of our money for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

    We don’t feel good enriching the white business class nor the black politicians.

    Granville/Grenville Phillips assumed yesterday that I did not know about traffic tickets even though I have held multiple driver’s licenses from multiple jurisdictions for decades. He was wrong.

    I just don’t do traffic offenses.

    I don’t do bribes/prouges/dash.

    I don’t ask for nor accept favours from politicians.

    Once in my life I voiced the desire to ask a politician a favour. A sibling who is a civil servant advised me not to “because then you would never own your own soul again”

    That sibling doesn’t do bribes either, even though in a prime position to do so. Business people, white and black, and politicians know NOT to approach her.

    Still some good people left.


  23. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 12:27 PM #


    Personally I dont give a Rodents Rectum bout racism by Black Bajans. I have made it clear on numerous occasions that I have experienced mostly excellent relations with the majority of darker Bajans (starting with my next door neighbours at age 4). I consider all Bajans as my peeps. However, I have had totally unjustified victimisation by a few, although I do appreciate why those few had a bad attitude since some Whites especially 40 yrs ago treated black peeps terrible.

    My role here is to present varied perspectives to elucidate the situations presented and provide balance. No one has a monopoly on expression, especially biased.

    SS, one major problem in Bim is that some black people ASS U ME that all Whites hold the same view on race—nonsense. Interesting that some loves to talk bad about Bizzy but this chap had the integrity to marry a fairly dark lady. Sure some peeps hate he for dat on both sides of the colour spectrum! Once dem happy that is fantastic, it is no one’s business anyhow besides theirs.

    Maybe cultivating some white friends would help many and vice versa. Some person on here once stated that no Whites shoot at Waterford—-not accurate as my own nephews do and dem real White.

    Is it alright to malign thousands of good Whiteys, like me?????


  24. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 12:28 PM #

    Simple Simon, and for many years the members of the BLP have been those enablers. The DLP on the other hand, has always been and continues to be the pure Drinking-Water of the common people in Barbados.


  25. David July 8, 2015 at 12:33 PM #

    Surely ignorance knows no bounds.


  26. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 12:34 PM #


    Where is Mr. Dean’s daughter Rachel Dean these days? Back in the 1970’s Rachel Dean and a host of white Barbadians used to come up to District Police Station to keep their Horse and Dog shows. Were you part of that contingent back in the day Moneybrain?


  27. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 12:43 PM #

    So Moneybrain you chose to ignore my request? Where is Rachel Dean?


  28. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 12:46 PM #


    Went to HC with some Deans most likely cousins of this lady you refer to.

    Domps most of my teenage years were spent with Black kids playing Cricket, Football etc at school and in the village. Nused to go to see/ dance when the BRC or Troubadors were playing, never was a horsey guy.(in certain areas yes but not riding the horses but the —- lol lol)


  29. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

    Some family members voted to keep Dippa Skippa and some were BLP. It was not, we are whiteys so we all vote BLP as some perceive.


  30. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

    Moneybrain, many many whites shot at Waterford back in the day. The reason I know this is because to their shooting sessions at Waterford back in the day, their stored their weapons up at district a armory.


  31. David July 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM #

    This business of giving projects to the money class is located to soft corruption and what it does is that the rich gets richer and the others continue to struggle. This is why the establishment is difficult to penertrate.



  32. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 1:43 PM #


    Greed is always likely and present, but it is a questionable Human trait not White only.(it is good when not excessive)

    It is a self fulfilling prophesy that the Rich get richer, true all over the World as there are African Billionaires, Chinese, Indian et al. Sophisticated/ large Engineers/ Construction people in a small country like Bim are always likely to be on the inside track for big contracts—–so darker peeps must merge their smaller entities to grow to the minimum size to compete.

    Many of the cleverest darker Bajans are top Lawyers, Doctors, CAs and Professionals, maybe a smaller proportion went into Construction businesses or decided to work for Engineering Partnerships.


  33. David July 8, 2015 at 3:03 PM #


    Greed is always present but we have to design and enforce a framework to deal with it, we cannot leave it unchecked. This is what the conversation must be about.


  34. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 3:37 PM #

    @ Money B
    Skippa, you sound MUCH more balanced when you keep quiet.
    You think that anyone is impressed because you happened to play with your black neighbours when you were young? …shiite man! … the very fact that you think this is significant speaks volumes. …almost as silly as Dompey washing horses for Rachel Dean at Holders Hill…

    You don’t see that even your second man ‘John’ have given up on his futile defence of the altruism of the white Bajan …

    You may be genuinely ignorant of the genesis of political bribery in Bim, but if you were not, you would know that these ‘businessmen’ APPROACH the politicians with these proposals…

    Who the hell you think came up with the DESAL proposal?
    Who you think came us with 3S? ..Gline Clarke? …..ha ha ha – although he may have introduced the wuk fuh wuk aspect 🙂
    Who do you think conceived of the concrete molasses tank? ..quick draw Estwick?

    You play you ain’t know that every weekend your people does retire to Cattlewash and Bath to plot their schemes and to concoct their scams…
    Wuh just because they never invite you nor John does not change the general position.

    No offence meant, but the very NATURE of wunna white people is to accumulate money. Did Bushie not explain the ORIGIN of your ‘race’ ? ….when a certain fellow called Naaman went to God’s prophet asking that he be made BLACK…

    When told to go and dip his ass in the Jordan River seven times, he get vex and wanted to dip it in a big-up river instead… (LOL ..sounds familiar…?)
    ..anyway after a poor black maid talked some sense into him, he dipped in the Jordan as instructed and was turned black.

    As is wunna want, he then sought to bribe the prophet with money…which was of course rejected.
    …you ain’t know that a foolish mendicant shiite SERVANT …called Darcy L.P. Gahazi ran behind the man and beg fuh the damn bribe?
    You know wuh happen right….?

    As the prophet of God put it….
    The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow..

    That was you great great great forefather skippa… conceived in bribes.


  35. FearPlay July 8, 2015 at 3:41 PM #

    Look at how easy we have ignored the substance of DC’s article and instead of focusing on the corruption in government and how our children’s children children will be asked to repay a loan that they or their grand parents never negotiated or agreed to, we are instead discussing the mundane topic of race relations (again) in Barbados. Maybe DC should take head out of his donkey and not cloud what could have been an important contribution by focusing his sights on Race, Race, Race. We have a much large problem people – how do we get rid of this government legally before the good ship Barbados sinks and is beyond salvage?

    I suppose when you have moderators like the one on Brass Tacks today defending in the strongest way and trying to justify whatever the government’s performance by asking silly little questions like “Why did the other side not do it/that/this/something” , well then, our grass roots politicians will always feel that they are the sharpest knives in the drawer and the rest of us are in need of their leadershit (oops! spell checker problem).


  36. Enuff July 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

    Amen Fearplay.


  37. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 4:09 PM #


    So what if our children children will be asked to repay loans their hadn’t anything to do with? Their wouldn’t be the first to be asked to do so unfortunately; many have been asked and many have done so for the better good of their respective societies. Do remember John F. Kennedy indelible words he spoke many decades ago Fear? He said as I quote: ” Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” I would like to think that I am helping my country in any way possible irrespective of the mistakes of the past, but in doing so, I hope we never again return to those previous miscalculations.


  38. Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM #

    @ Fearplay
    The points raised in David C’s article are all OLD HAT….
    EVERYBODY and their cousins already KNOW all these nasty details and more.
    Many of the sordid details have even been documented IN our COURT.
    The Police / DPP/ CJ/ AG / GG …and even the PM (in his brief moments of awareness) are appraised of these ..and more of the dirty linen of this country.

    Rushing to ‘change the government’ is EXACTLY how we sought to deal with the issue in 2008 when the DLP promised Integrity…

    So ignoring the moot, and focusing on the nasty underlying BRIBERY, GREED and wickedness in high places is THE CORRECT approach that should now be taken here on BU…. We refuse to be manipulated by political hacks from EITHER side.

    These BLP jokers like Enuff are only to keen to get their snouts back into the national treasury with their VECO deals and 3S scams.

    Don’t you find it highly convenient that Commisiong suddenly ‘discovered’ these issues AFTER Mia makes them her soap box issues? Shiite man, we have been on these in DETAIL thanks to David and Due Diligence for YEARS.
    Where the hell was he all along…? spoon feeding Garcia?

    Beware of Bees bearing gifts and rushing us to open them without examination.


  39. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM #


    Thanks for that piece of information Money. But I hope you do not take affront to my comment, but I have never once seen a white Bajan playing Cricket with black people in Barbados, unless is was on the club level. And I should know because I have had a lot more exposure to white Barbadians than the average black Barbadian. My mother worked for several white Bajan families back in the day, and I have traveled to practically every one white plantation in Barbados during my association with the Mounted Police, as well as my exposure to them as kid when their used to come to District A Police Station annually, back in the 70’s with their Horse and Dog shows.


  40. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 4:34 PM #


    I often ask about Rachel Dean because unlike my experience with other white Barbadians, she seemed to have been a little more accepting and tolerant of us. And at a time when white Barbadians and white people elsewhere in the world thought very poorly of us. She interacted with us as though she was one of us, and this was is in stark contrast to her peers.


  41. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM #


    Well Domps now U know of at least one!

    Used to be pun the pasture regularly as an adolescent, had an old “English bat”( inherited) and we use to make balls with cut up bicycle Inner tubes impregnated with a rock and cloth, sound familiar. Certainly when I butt up the old playmates to this day we shout for each other like it was last week and not 45 years back. Friends for life!


  42. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 4:57 PM #


    Parents, especially Mothers, would certainly try to keep adolscents far from darker kids. They did not want any sexual interaction and it was obviously known that brown/light skin offspring had come from interaction over the years. Naturally that was” correct” thinking if you wanted your child to study hard and get ahead. Certainly many black families who had lofty goals used the same thinking, regardless of racial overtones and their kids were virtual captives pun their home property!


  43. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 5:04 PM #

    Simple Simon

    Some of ya’ll Harrison College boys truly amaze me with your impressive understanding of the affairs of government. Corruption goes hand in glove with the political affairs; it has always been intricately interwoven with this state of affairs, and will always be part and parcel of it. Simple, until you or anyone else find the necessary pill which cures man’s faults and failings, there will always be an element of corruption in the human- affairs. That is theology 101 or is it philosophy 101? Address man’s internal condition, then you would have resolved the element of corruption which goes hand in hand with the political affairs. As soon as we discover man’s improprieties, and implement the necessary checks and balances to comeback such moral wrongdoings, man finds new and inventive ways to circumvent them.


  44. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 5:33 PM #


    I don’t doubt your version of those white mothers who wanted no sexual interaction between their sons and daughters with those gruesome- looking voodoo worshiping black Bajan folk. But if those white mothers only knew that their sons were fooping the female servants and the male outdoors help were fooping their white daughters, their would being rolling their graves right about now. On a visited to one of my mother’s many work sight one day, this white Bajan guy who happened to be a friend of mine, boasted to me regarding how many black maidservant he had fooped and how many he intended to fooled in the future. Sorry for the vulgarity, but if I tell a lie God should drop me down death.


  45. Exclaimer July 8, 2015 at 5:41 PM #

    @ Money Brain,

    You are a bright man yet you spend a third of your day insulting and denigrating “peeps”. Surely you are a better man than this? Take a leaf out of Lawson’s book. He has moved on. Can you not do the same?


  46. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM #


    Are you sure that this Exclaimation is really warranted? Read what I wrote at 12.27 pm?


  47. Exclaimer July 8, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

    @ I read your comments at 12.27.

    “……….My role here is to present varied perspectives to elucidate the situations presented and provide balance. No one has a monopoly on expression, especially biased.”

    All you needed to add was an exclamation mark! You are a funny guy!


  48. David July 8, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

    It would be refreshing if we can all intelligently discuss the issue at hand.


  49. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 6:10 PM #


    Moneybain is much needed here on BU. I have always argued and still do hold that partiality of opinion leads to self-righteousness. Why not have difference of opinion which serves only to widen perspective?


  50. Dompey July 8, 2015 at 6:18 PM #


    You seems to be the only one here receptive to my quires. So may I ask: what have be come of Robert Ross? I haven’t heard from that man in quite sometime. You know when a young boy is missing he has gone to pursue his youthful passions. But when an old man is missing, it only leads to one definite conclusion.


  51. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 6:24 PM #


    You think that anyone is impressed because you happened to play with your black neighbours when you were young? …shiite man! … the very fact that you think this is significant speaks volumes. end

    So there is absolutely no difference between a White kid who spent most of his first 18 yrs interacting with black kids and the white child who virtually never interacted as such???

    Bushie you obviously have not studied Psychology, Sociology or an abundance of other Social Sciences! For a gent that sometimes makes sense this is now a new low in comprehension! Obviously it makes a VAST DIFFERENCE!

    You appreciate that ALL humans go through God’s Body Shop and none a we are asked to choose what colour skin we want!!!

    Bushie you mussseee know very well that is TOTAL IGNORANCE to keep blaming Whitey like they ALL cut from the same cloth.

    Suggesting one second that Whites all greedy for money but Blacks are not and then crying that there are not enough rich blacks. This attitude is either hypocricy or self contradiction, you choose. I have reminded you countless times that $$$$$$ dont have no race, most people want to be rich.(my grandfather had no interest in $$$$ only God)


  52. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 6:27 PM #


    Have not seen RR or Baffy pun here for a long while.


  53. De Ingrunt Word July 8, 2015 at 8:00 PM #

    MB, realistically no black person on BU or Bdos believes that white people have any greater inherent desire for money than blacks do. As you state such a concept would have to be either hypocricy or self contradiction”. It is all about the narrative that makes the best headline.

    Bushie is very astute, he noted explicitly: “you would know that these ‘businessmen’ …Who the hell you think came up with the DESAL proposal? … with 3S? …conceived of the concrete molasses tank?”

    What was clearly implicit in that statement is that the black politician want nuff money too so they agree to ALL the money making schemes from the white business men as long as their % is assured.

    Bushie also said, “You play you ain’t know that every weekend your people does retire to Cattlewash … to plot …and to concoct their scams…”.

    What he didn’t say but what is known is that the black fellas also got their villas and beach houses now too. That they use proceeds from those gov’t project big $700K fees to pay for the $25K+ memberships at the top golf clubs where they relax away from the maddening crowd on weekends too.

    He didn’t say explicitly but we all know that those black fellows don’t give a shiiiite about Dompey’s mum or my peoples and many like them because now they are drinking and cavorting with your people and feel good!

    But he knows and he implied all that with all that he didn’t say.

    So we come back to the fundamental: blatant corruption and malfeasance. The desire for money is colour blind.

    The skin colour narrative makes for a vibrant debate for those who need that straw to stir their drink but if we are serious about the matter of change and integrity legislation then we only see crooks!

    Let’s me be clear, race will always be relevant and real in our lives. But on this issue it is ABSOLUTELY, COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY IRRELEVANT.


  54. MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    @De Ingrunt–

    Excellent, realistic assessment.

    Honestly, I dont claim to know the details of these “Projects”.


  55. Exclaimer July 9, 2015 at 1:58 AM #

    @ Money Brain @ Dompey,

    Off message

    Take a look at the link below.



  56. MoneyBrain July 9, 2015 at 7:46 AM #


    This woman is a typical bigot who does not appreciate that she has never had Black friends and so she has accepted negative perceptions, which in Sth Africa due to Apartheid and its resulting “anti” activities is surely common. If one does not give people of other races a chance to prove their positive attributes, treat them as prospective friends, judge them as humans, without seeing just skin pigmentation this is what results. Having said that in Bim and SA, maids and nannies were in some cases regarded as part of the family.( My sister and brother had the same maids for over 40 yrs, and they are like family members in that there children and grands are afforded food, clothes, school books and career/ job recommendations—one youngster is now a Chtd Acct.)

    She could be in for a major shock in Britian when she is out walking and some white Yob lashes her and steals her handbag. When I left Bim to study in the UK obviously most street crime etc was associated with dark skin in Bim, however I quickly realised that in the UK it was different. My Aussie friend was attacked by White Chelsea hooligans one Sat night and beaten senseless, nose totally broken—-he had no clue why, hadnt said a word.


  57. Sea Egg July 9, 2015 at 3:25 PM #

    @ Bush Tea July 8, 2015 at 3:37 PM
    You forgot to mention that these folk also meet at Consett Bay on Sunday evenings. If you doubt me, ask David Estwick.


  58. Colonel Buggy July 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM #

    MoneyBrain July 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM #
    And there are instances where some of us , initiate the prejudice in our minds. Take for instance I was sent to a place along with some 100 others who were all white. The locals, white as well , cuss these men stink calling them all kinds of names. When I arrived the cussing crowd was there, and as the only black person, I was expecting a double dose of cussing and insulting, It never came, perhaps next day.
    Next day,and for the entire time I was there , I was given royal treatment by the same locals.


  59. MoneyBrain July 11, 2015 at 11:34 PM #

    @Col Buggy

    All too often we delude ourselves, see conspiracies against us where there are’nt any etc etc. We owe it to ourselves to relax, look for the good in others, expect to be treated well but be prepared to deal with negative situations if/when those arrive.


  60. Bush Tea July 12, 2015 at 7:51 AM #

    @ Money B
    We owe it to ourselves to relax, look for the good in others, expect to be treated well but be prepared to deal with negative situations if/when those arrive.
    A logical position to be taken by a white Bajan….perhaps by an Indian… lately by a Trickidadian….
    …but for Black Bajans to take that position is to guaranteed a continuation of the last 400 years of history.

    But of course you have no problem with the last 400 years …do you?


  61. MoneyBrain July 12, 2015 at 8:22 AM #


    Firstly, I did know that Bajans are long lived as my former classmate’s Grandfather lived to 113 and my granny to 103 BUT to my knowledge no on has been extant for 400yrs.

    Interesting that most successful Black Bajans follow the general principles outlined and strive to better themselves.

    The fact is that the vast majority of Whites (and other progressive peeps) left Jamaica and Guyana long time now and WHAT GOOD did that do to the average or poor from those 2 Nations???????????? Forbes and Mikey tried the useless strategy of impoverishing everyone to induce a Sociaistl reset to ZERO!

    Even the well educated who are still there live in fear and some have complained that they can not even go to a good restaurant without some Druglord with possee in tow messing with the anticipated serenity.

    I have major problems with today, the last 400 yrs and much of history eg the dominance of the Church of Rome and its retardation of science, encouraging people to be poor as in God will provide, its contributing to Slavery etc. There could be an endless list if I put my mind to that task BUT I prefer to solve my concerns of today.

    Over emphasising and dwelling on history will not help. Mt mother was a poor orphan and had a rich aunt who supposedly left $$$ for her care which she never benefitted from so what should I do wait for that money that is 85 years overdue?????


  62. Alvin Cummins August 5, 2015 at 11:41 PM #

    @Moneybrain, Bushie, Dompey, and even David,
    Buy and read my book “The Royal Palms are Dying”. No sense bashing each other over irrelevancies because the era of MoneyBags is gone forever. Commissiong made a number of errors; and should answer some questions,
    Under whose administration was he head of the PanAfrican Commission?When he was in that position what was his approach to solve the behaviour that he saw as infelicities? Did he expose any of it? If Williams got the contract in 2009, When was the bid put out to Tender? What were the terms and conditions of the Tender? Who comprises the Tender Committee? How does the process work? Why doesn’t he educate those who do not know the process, instead of innuendo and leaving people to guess the details and come to the wrong conclusions?
    You see folks, there are often simple answers to these questions, but when things are left hanging ignorance then results in the wrong conclusions being drawn. Has Commissiong shown how many BLACK BUSINESSES ACTUALLY SUBMIT TENDERS FOR PROJECTS? WHY IS THERE A TENDERS COMMITTEE?
    (Sorry David, pressed the Caps lock by mistake).

    Money Brain, have you ever heard of the Ladies’ Lyceum Club? Ask your mother or one of her older friends and come back and enlighten me. I know the answer, but I want YOU to find out and let me (us) know and I will tell you a little story.


  63. MoneyBrain August 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM #

    @Alvin C–
    I had never heard of this club before. The club was apparently for the Advancement of females and education. My mother was a member of the Self Help and Mother’s Union and was very good at making Hot Sauce, Jams, Stewed Guava etc. Indeed, we paid our Dr with a giant bottle of Hot Sauce, you would remember those Treblor Sweets bottles.


  64. Alvin Cummins August 6, 2015 at 8:49 AM #

    @Money Brain,
    The Ladies Lyceum Club, was an elite club formed by the wives of plantation owners. It was a place; in Bolton Lane,the exit from woolworth faces the building (upstairs Madamozelves), opposite C.B.Rice, tailoring establishment, where they could come and relax while their husbands conducted business and relaxed at the Bridgetown Club. My mother worked there as a maid, so I got to know all the plantation owners: Josh Haynes, Edghill, Pile, etc. Even though I was very young, I got to understand the thinking of these plantation owners. Some were not so nice, and the sugar industry was designed in a way that profited them and the owners(some in England) and managers. The ordinary workers had to remain ordinary, barefooted and penniless. That was the Barbados pre-independence. It was the time of the Segregated Royal Barbados Yacht Club, and the Marine House, and the Rocks, where the Police Band played inside the wooden fence that kept the Blacks on the outside. That was segregation and discrimination.

    These fences are still there to some extent, but other fences were constructed in other ways. Concessions; such as those referred to in some of these blogs, have been allowed under special legislation created to encourage investment. One such example is the legislation that referred to Special Development Areas; The Special Development Areas Act, that allowed concessions for investors, developers, and persons wishing to live in these areas. Does Cahill fall within one of these special development areas? Needs checking, before complaints are made, and discrimination argued.


  65. MoneyBrain August 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    @Alvin C—-

    Sounds like the old Barbados to me, racial and segregated. However, what many forget is that poorer whites were not treated much better–they were not welcome at the Yacht Club, Aquatic Club etc. My father left Combemere at 13 to go to work to help feed his younger siblings and my mother was an orphan (she did have a very rich Aunt who was supposed to leave her $$$$ but those $$$ went “missing”——you know the thinking these young children will misuse the $$$$, I know what to do with it. Those old bastards did not care about white family in need, far less anyone else.

    When my father eventually made his $$$ he refused to join any of those Clubs, he never liked most of the members. Besides those Club types dislike people who actually made the $$$$$ themselves they prefer $$ by inheritance and marriage. Self made people make them look bad! I know the children of some of these “elite” types and they are not too clever. Indeed, some such families had to hire top flight help in order to prevent bankruptcy.


  66. Artaxerxes August 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM #

    @ Alvin Cummins

    You have to forgive me, Mr. Cummins, although I was still attending secondary school in 1982 and cannot be considered a “young person,” I don’t know anything about the “Ladies Lyceum Club” or the discrimination experienced by Black Barbadians at the Yacht Club.

    But, could you please explain to me what does discrimination, the Yacht Club, Ladies Lyceum Club and the Special Development Areas Act have to do with CAHILL?

    I asked you this question against the background that many of us would agree, although “concessions have been allowed under special legislation created to encourage investment,” does it mean Barbadians should accept any and everyone who proposes to investment in Barbados and grant them concessions, without due diligence, “contractual transparency” and asking them and government to address our concerns?

    You must be cognizant of the fact that Barbadians elect politicians, after soliciting our votes, to SERVE our best interests and that of Barbados.

    So, are you suggesting, because a politician from a party you love and support, suggests the country should embark upon undertaking a project in which there is seemingly a lack of transparency, we should accept it, without asking for clarifications?

    You are also aware that many of us took advantage of the educational opportunities available to us, to gain tertiary level and professional qualifications. Although I may not possess a superior intellectual capacity similar to yours, I think I have the ability to “reason” for myself.

    Judging from your arguments about this CAHILL issue, you are basically suggesting, the WTE plant is good for the country (which many of us agree with), but we should not be overly concerned about the reputation of the investors and facilitators, since laws and concessions are in place to attract investors.
    Also, since, in YOUR opinion, people did not have a problem with issues of full disclosure and transparency as it relates to projects undertaken by the former BLP administration, they should REMAIN SILENT on CAHILL, because anything they say or do, will be interpreted as being “anti-DLP.”

    When I take your statements re: “The ordinary workers had to remain ordinary, barefooted and penniless…” and “That was segregation and discrimination…”, into consideration and juxtapose them with what is presently unfolding with this CAHILL issue, I don’t really see any difference. Just as you mentioned the “white peel” had the “Black peel” in that era under subjection, the Black politicians of this era seem to be doing even worse to us.

    I also found your comment “the sugar industry was designed in a way that profited them” rather interesting and amusing, because the political system has also been designed in a way that (will profit the politician).

    They can benefit from pension after 2 terms; similar to how the whites in that era appointed friends as managers and bookkeepers, politicians appoint friends, supporters and financiers as chairmen and CEO of statutory/quasi government entities and appoint losing candidates as parliamentary secretaries and senators.

    Similar to how whites were allowed to work until when “duh feel like dunning” and send home labourers “willy nilly” saying it is in the interest of business, politicians can contests seats past 60 years of age, extend contracts to their friends who are over 60 and forcibly retired workers at 60 or retrench them, while citing “interest of the country.”

    Yet you, Mr. Cummins, seem quite satisfied with, and willing to accept these activities, which have been perpetrated by BOTH BLP and DLP. And because you love the DLP more, makes what ever that party does CORRECT and UNQUESTIONABLE.

    Now, that my friend, is what HARROWS ME WITH FEAR AND WONDER.


  67. Alvin Cummins August 6, 2015 at 10:04 PM #


    Dear Artra…,

    “Let not your heart be troubled”. What I say (or write) should not bother you or “fill you with fear and wonder’ just as I am not filled with fear and worry by Your utterances. You have your likes (BLP) and I have My likes (DLP) and we should both reach the point where we can agree to disagree. Now to the substantive discussion; your reply to my blog.

    I never intended that Cahill be mixed with Anything. My comments on the Ladies Lyceum Club, were really in response to the direction the discussion with Money Brain’s contribution, and those of Dompey was going; that is the era of discrimination and segregation in. If you were still at secondary school in 1982 you would haVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA OF THE TYPE OF SOCIETY WE HAD PRE 1966. MY INTENTION WAS TO DESCRIBE THESE CONDITIONS FOR THE EDIFICATION OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU. When I spoke about people being barefoot, and penniless, that is what it was like. Many,many children went to school without shoes etc. The plantocracy kept us so. Little or no money as wages. I left Combermere in 1951 and worked as an apprentice electrician, Wages sixty cents per week; after three weeks for nothing. When I left there after a year; to work in the civil service, my wages were eleven shillings a week (i shilling was 24 cents). My salary as a clerk on probation (two years) was thirty dollars a month with a cost of living bonus of nine dollars and sixty cents. We were only entitled to a raise every four years when the commissioner came down from England and determined the amount of the raise.Those were the conditions at that time.

    The Special Development areas act specified that persons who wanted to invest etc. in these areas were exempt from tax concession;, customs and excise taxes on certain items, property transfer taxes, income tax concessions etc. I had copies of the act, but I don’t have it with me at the moment, or I could be more specific. The facts are that this legislation was brought into, and took effect by the BLP during its first period of governing after the defeat of the Erskine Sandiford government. The BLP, at any time during their fifteen years could have amended, repealed or changed the act or any part of it if they so desired. It is an act of Parliament and the only ones who can change it is parliament itself.

    I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER SBRC QUALIFIED FOR ANY OF THESE CONCESSIONS. IF IT DOES, BECAUSE IT FALLS WITHIN THE UMBRELLA OF THE SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT AREAS ACT, THEN IT SHOULD FOLLOW THAT A WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT IN THE SAME AREA WOULD ALSO QUALIFY. ALL MY ARGUMENTS WERE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT; PREFERABLY A PLASMA-GAS PLANT. I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CAHILL APART FROM WHAT I HAVE READ. I, however have no evidence, about any malfeasance on the part of Cahill. You may be in a better position than me to know. If you do direct me to the relevant court cases and conclusions.Failing which, by law they are entitled to the same as SBRC or any other entity in the same ares.

    Your comment regarding the decision to “send home” people when they reach 60 again misses the point. The legislation pertaining to this was also brought in by the BLP government. The Board of Directors of the BIDC, facing financial problems, applied the regulation that they felt would ease their situation. The courts will decide whether they had the authority to do it. So we have to wait on that decision before we pass final judgement.

    The political system as you say was designed to give politicians a pension after two terms. That may be true, but if the employer (the people) decide to terminate the employment of the employee (the politician) after one term (five years) he can’t go to court and demand his job back, on the grounds of wrongful dismissal. He/she was weighed in the balance and found wanting. No Pension!! No gratuity. Nothing.

    Now, people can protest and march. In the old days when the plantation owner, or the CEO of BS&T, or Goddard’s or any of the white owned businesses said that Mr. X should get this trucking contract or build that house, that was it. There was no recourse to anything. Things are different now, although THE PERCE{TION, still persists that this is what the BLACK politicians do or can do. It is not so in reality; although some cases may drop out of the safety net. But in the main it does not happen so, and this has nothing to do with party.

    One thing people, like you, seem to forget, or ignore, is that NO ONE is guaranteed a seat in a free and fair election. It depends on his persuasive powers, what he has done for his constituents, how he has performed in parliament, and the voters’ perception of whether or not he deserves to be re-elected. Otherwise he may be elected only once, so his job may only last four or five years; after which he has to look to pay off his election expenses, without the benefit of a job. A very daunting proposition, don’t you think?


  68. Alvin Cummins August 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM #

    By the way;
    The king’s beach fiasco was private wasn’t it? And the perpetrator was white wasn’t he? Have they ever found him?


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