Duguid Accuses Estwick of Smoked-filled Room Sugar Deal

The Nation newspaper carried a news report today the gist of which is encapsulated in the following extract:-

BARBADOS LABOUR PARTY (BLP) CANDIDATE for Christ Church West, William Duguid, is charging that Government has entered into a “secret deal” with an overseas-based company which could cost taxpayers more than $60 million, and a further $20 million over the next 20 years. – See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/80510/duguid-secret-sugar-deal#sthash.oi9xmxUG.dpuf

The BU family will recall we carried the following blog in July 2015 –David Estwick and CHIRP. Another case of smoke roomed deals by a less than transparent government.

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57 Comments on “Duguid Accuses Estwick of Smoked-filled Room Sugar Deal”

  1. David G. Brooks April 25, 2016 at 8:40 PM #

    Let’s hope that there is more disclosure of the shady facts that will come to light in due course.

    One question on several minds is what is happening to the scrapped equipment and who is profiting from this even if the project gets stopped? Its halted now by court order.


  2. David G. Brooks April 25, 2016 at 9:35 PM #

    ISPL is nothing more than the insertion of a middle man to cream off money from the project. When this is unnecessary and onerous. Basically a shell company not unlike Cahill.


  3. Colonel Buggy April 25, 2016 at 9:42 PM #

    This Andrews Sugar Factory deal seems to be going down the same line as the Cahill and Four Seasons deal. Start or not, stopped halfway or not, bank accounts must still be kept highly inflated.
    One man went to Miami and said that he has the Barbados Government in his pocket. What I cannot understand is, what part is Mr Elias, the owner of Andrews Great House playing in this Andrews Factory fiasco, to have it shut down by the courts, given the geographical location of the great house in relation to the factory. I smell a rat, and we do have some massive ones roaming in Barbados.


  4. Violet C Beckles April 25, 2016 at 10:53 PM #

    All are crooks its just the DLP turn to rob the people, DLP looking to catch up to MIA and Owen and the BLP


  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 26, 2016 at 2:33 AM #

    I regret to inform you that when a person of the likes of William Duguid is laying charges at the feet of this poor rakey government he should sincerely look at his own misdeeds since his name was associated with a good few controversies. His departure from active politics and the fact that he returned coincidentally when Maria Agard was expelled by this wicked party was a pre-calculated move. Sensing that the BLP more than likely will win the next general election Duguid is simply back to capitalize and ensure that his placed in power and money is secured again. From a very nice man to a greedy arrogant and bombastic string puppet whose constituents love him because he can give them.


  6. David April 26, 2016 at 5:17 AM #


  7. Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 5:57 AM #

    And with Patrick Gollop in the mix, this is nothing good, even if he is just in the photo by accident.

    Which part of sugar is dead…… don’t Estwick understand, when you are spending more to produce the sugar and your yield is less, you do not have a sugar industry. You do not sign contracts with scam artists to rob taxpayers their hard earned money, as government ministers, already earning a salary.

    Political corruption causes neglect and poverty among the population,. When will these greedy politicians listen.

    The government does not wantvto pay it’s liabilities like the Archcot tragedy/incident, which should have seen criminal charges kaid against all involved, but can always find a scam to steal money from taxpayers, which should also see criminal charges laid against those involved.


  8. Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 5:59 AM #



  9. racehrse April 26, 2016 at 6:59 AM #

    This guy appears back out of the blue! Why him? This goes back to 2013. Was BLP holding off making it public to garner support at the right time. Again same ole same ole politic’s. Who can you trust, not a soul! That’s why it’s time for new blood, new ideas, new government…But, who will step forward?


  10. Hants April 26, 2016 at 8:44 AM #

    Lef Willie D. lone nuh !

    Canada cold as shiiite an nah body up hey don’t even glance at yuh unless yuh is a movie star or artiste like Ri Ri.

    Willie D. is back in the “warmth” of MIA an de BLP where he gine get nuff hug ups from the lovely ladies in the BLP.


  11. Sargeant April 26, 2016 at 8:53 AM #


    Perhaps Willie D hightailed it back to Bim because he discovered the truth in the aphorism ‘The grass is always greener on the other side”


  12. Hants April 26, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

    @ Sargeant,

    Barbados is still a great place to live if you can “afford it.”

    Willie D is a Dentist so he can live very well in Barbados. If I was in his position I would go back to Barbados too.


  13. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM #


    Duguid misses the feel of importance. In Canada, he is just as ordinary as the average citizen. In Barbados he is known, figure of power, a saviour to his impoverish constituents. So his lame ass excuse about coming back into politics is just as lame as the reason he gave for leaving in the first place. Both concocted and both suited his purpose. It makes sense for him to come back to Barbados since he has an established basis from which he can draw from. Must be hard not having that feel of importance and power like what he was subjected to in Canada.


  14. David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM #

    Seems no one is interested in the matter(S) at Andrews Factory and only in talking shite … well, I guess that is why the country is going down the drain.

    These documents may have been around from before but it seems no one did anything much with them, so someone else (recently) let them fall of a truck in the hope that it would get some sunlight … but sometimes I wonder if Bajans really want the sun to shine on such preferring instead to let things be or say they want change but when change is presented to them they run back down their proverbial holes like crabs or rats.

    To whomever the shoe fits … wear it.


  15. David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM #

    As to the injunction in court … regardless to who has done it … is anyone here saying or condoning that the Govt (of any day) should not follow the laws of the land as to environmental impact, etc. and listen to what the people in the area have to say?

    And please don’t worry to say it was a factory before so know change of use is necessary … the mere fact that a 25KW electrical plant is planned to be installed is a major shift from what it was used for before, among other things they plan to do.

    Of course, with what we don’t know … they say this year should have been a 7,000 ton year but people in the industry say we will lucky if we get to 5,000 … furthermore, Back in the 1980’s when we had 110,000 ton years (the 60’s it was twice that) … 8 tons of cane to make 1 ton sugar. This crop (2016) the first week 15 tons cane to 1 ton sugar.

    Does 2 plus 2 still make 4 or are we into higher mathematics that such mundane calculations mean nothing unless it has a ‘$’ sign in front of it and depends on whose pocket it is going into and even then it seems that a multiplier variable is stuck in front of any such calculations.


  16. David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 11:23 AM #

    That should 25MW (megawatt) …


  17. Happy Pilgrim April 26, 2016 at 11:37 AM #

    The woman was hunted down on a Barbadian beach and beaten to death. Then one of the Family characterized her as garbage, applauded by many others in the Household.

    Did you really think that a response to that would be anything but utterly-phucking-remorseless?

    Who gives a shite what this cretin thinks about dentistry? About anything?


  18. David April 26, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

    Was an EIA done at the site.


  19. Colonel Buggy April 26, 2016 at 1:48 PM #

    David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 11:22 AM #
    As to the injunction in court … regardless to who has done it … is anyone here saying or condoning that the Govt (of any day) should not follow the laws of the land as to environmental impact, etc. and listen to what the people in the area have to say?
    Has that environmental impact taken into consideration the residentswho live directly downwind of Andrews Factory, in the villages of Fisherpond and Russia, who have suffered for many years? Indeed not. But what we have seen over the years are upscale communities with million dollar homes located on the heights and the long hills of Clifton and the same Russia Gully , directly below the same sugar factory. As for Andrews plantation great house, this is located upwind on the south easter side of the sugar factory. Between the sugar factory and this great house is some elevated land which acts to further muffle any noise emanating from the sugar factory.


  20. Enuff April 26, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

    Colonel Buggy are you an ambient noise expert and is noise the only concern in an EIA?


  21. Colonel Buggy April 26, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    Do not forget that the engineering experts who were contracted to dismantle the same Andrews Sugar factory, were unable to do so, and had to call on the commonsense of the lesser mortals who possessed local knowledge.


  22. David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

    @David/BU … As far as I an EIA was not done and I think it was part of the court injunction’s evidence. This can be easily verified.

    @Colonel Buggy … are you sure they didn’t feint being unable so that it made way for the local knowledge to come into play. I can’t recall the facts of that scenario, but I’m sure others would, might one of the two other entities mention in these documents – Bosch & Marubeni – be the ones who somehow could not dismantle things. Surely, you don’t think that most are born yesterday – as this Govt seems to continue to treat the public like they were – and I don’t think you were born yesterday either. Come now.

    BTW, has anyone figured out where most of the scrapped parts of the factory gone to or sold to. I understand some things could be used at Portvale but I doubt the two factories had much in common, as Portvale’s parts originally came from St. Kitts, if memory serves.


  23. David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 4:07 PM #

    @Happy Pilgrim … what exactly are you on about? Doesn’t sound too ‘happy’ to me … nor does it help us with Andrew’s Factory which will apply to all Bajans, their children and grandchildren if we don’t get some straight answers from this Govt.


  24. Carbine the Joint Strike FIghter April 26, 2016 at 4:48 PM #


    Is the BLP nomination for St.Philip West, David Estwick’s constituency not this week??

    The sheep in Barbados can’t even see when they are being manipulated for purely political reasons, even when the information is not factual or relevant.


  25. David April 26, 2016 at 4:57 PM #

    Politicians have ALWAYS been able to manipulate the sheep, especially Bajans.


  26. Enuff April 26, 2016 at 7:17 PM #

    But wuh carbinethejointstrikefighter trying to say? I am lost!


  27. Colonel Buggy April 26, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

    David G. Brooks April 26, 2016 at 4:04 PM #

    I understand some things could be used at Portvale but I doubt the two factories had much in common, as Portvale’s parts originally came from St. Kitts, if memory serves.
    And I was always under the impression that Portvale is a completely new factory, mill and all. Andrews mill was recovered from the then British Guiana.


  28. Colonel Buggy April 26, 2016 at 8:41 PM #

    Well Well & Consequences April 26, 2016 at 5:57 AM #
    And with Patrick Gollop in the mix, this is nothing good, even if he is just in the photo by accident.
    There are many guys like Patrick Gollop, in Barbados who have never done a real honest days work . These are the type of people who in the eyes of most Bajans ,make good politicians . Talk nuff ,do little. Windbags Incorporated.


  29. Past Zone April 27, 2016 at 10:57 AM #


  30. Past Zone April 27, 2016 at 11:01 AM #

    This is what the people of Barbados and Christ Church West are being invited vote for, according to Hon. Donville Inniss, this guy William Duguid is a “A Big Fat Slob”.


  31. Past Zone April 27, 2016 at 11:05 AM #

    Now that he has parked his family, including the wife’s illegitimate child, in Canada………………..he is back looking for a pick for the future in Mia Mottley government. This idiot has never been successful at anything, does anyone remember him achieving anything of significance for the 14 years OSA and BLP governed Barbados?
    Could not even do a good job when he decided suicide was his best option.


  32. Well Well & Consequences April 27, 2016 at 1:11 PM #

    Colonel…the likes of Gollop with his political appointment as General Manager at the Transprt Board was also instrumental in reducing that enyity to ashes, how could anyone put hkm in charge of any taxpayer funded entity, goes to show that the politicians never take their responsibilities seriously, after they are elected,


  33. Colonel Buggy April 27, 2016 at 1:35 PM #

    Duguid is among the three menbers ,for starters, who have brought disgrace to what they like to call the August Chambers, and who should never be re-elected to represent people in Barbados.
    He with his ‘m****** skunk’ statement , the one who robbed his wheel chair bound client, and the other who pulled a gun on the former AG. The Westminster Government , which we model our parliament on, would have long ago asked this trio to Take the Chiltern Hundreds ,but in Barbados we are satisfied and happy for them to remain part of the Dirty Dozen.


  34. Vincent Haynes April 27, 2016 at 2:17 PM #

    A number of Portvale Factory parts came from the Antigua Sugar Factory,whose last manager was a Bajan now deceased.


  35. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 27, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    Watching this video provides you overwhelming evidence why Barbados is in decay. Duguid is just a waste.


  36. Prodigal Son April 27, 2016 at 3:46 PM #

    Deal also with those who provoked him………….they too brought the House into disrepute!


  37. Colonel Buggy April 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

    Vincent Haynes April 27, 2016 at 2:17 PM #
    I was doing a bit of research on the origin of the present mill in Andrews Factory,and believe that it was from the scrapped Chateau Margot Sugar Factory of Guyana ,formerly BG.The chimney of which still stands as a solitary reminder and a tourist attraction.
    So in a period spanning some 70 years, this mill was put out to pasture twice. And we today, find great difficulty in keeping a government owned vehicle, or other equipment in service, for 7 years.


  38. Colonel Buggy April 27, 2016 at 10:12 PM #

    Sunshine Sunny Shine April 27, 2016 at 3:16 PM #
    And not just because of Duguid utterances, but those who sat on both sides and found the whole episode belly bursting.


  39. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 28, 2016 at 2:15 AM #

    Colonel Buggy

    You are so right. Take a look at that disgusting repulsive female in the form of Cynthia Ford. Look at the way she nods her head like a darn billy goat. These are the type of shites elected to serve. What, other than piss poor, can someone glean from the way our parliament operates. I was so happy when this jackass Duguid left, happier when that despicable corrupt arrogant piece of a shite call Noel Lynch lost to the Freundel Stuart make belief machinery (who has now become the living depiction of a self-absorb wash basin of nonsense behaviour and pompous displays).


    There is class and then there is an ass. Duguid chose to be an ass. Stupe to displaying ghetto conduct in response to the worst government in the history of Barbados telling him shite. If he had not become so controversial and allow himself to be tied up in a bunch of nasty undertakings, I am sure he could have handled that matter far more dignified and make the other braying jackass who was calling him a fat slob on the other side look like a real porn pimp. Instead, he chose to be an idiot by turning to the idiot in him. If he had not allowed his hands to get so dirty the comments coming from the other side would have gone over his head and he could have made Donville Inniss on that day look like a real low life clown. Duguid should have been put out to sea never to return again. But, Mia Mottley is looking for loyalist and Duguid is one of those pets that you love to keep, especially, when they return home with their tails wagging in glee.


  40. David April 28, 2016 at 2:23 AM #

    John King nominated in St Philip West


  41. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 28, 2016 at 3:15 AM #


    Well I guess if you had Hammy la I guess no harm can be done in nominating a Johnny ma boy. Maybe he will become a welcome change, if he has different aspirations to what made this party a historic discussion of corruption and greed.


  42. David April 28, 2016 at 3:24 AM #


    The challenge BU will always have with many of the candidates is that they are hungry and barefoot aspirants. The system of government we practice, although described as a parody of the Westminster system, calls for people whose commitment is to unswervingly serve the people, not earn a salary.


  43. Vincent Haynes April 28, 2016 at 4:34 AM #

    Colonel Buggy April 27, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

    All over the Caribbean one can find serviceable machinery of 100 year vintage,just go and look at some of the weighbridges in Bim and you will see the year stamp of 18.. or early 1900s,this was prior to the invention of obsolescense.These can be brought back into operation with some minor refurbishment/parts(tooled).

    I look forward to your response to my post on “How to save Bim” .


  44. Vincent Haynes April 28, 2016 at 4:41 AM #

    Colonel Buggy

    What is your take on the below?


    Scotland District Set To Be Reforested
    Published on April 27, 2016 by Aisha Reid
    The Scotland District. (FP)The Scotland District. (FP)

    The Ministry of Agriculture has embarked on a project to reforest the Scotland District of the island.

    This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Esworth Reid, who was speaking at the awards ceremony for the Ministry’s Grow Well School Gardening Competition, on Tuesday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

    Over 200 Cub Scouts, Beavers, Girl Guides, and parents joined with a team of officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, to kick off the Ministry’s programme to plant over 750 fruit trees on crown lands at Haggatts, St. Andrew.

    Mr. Reid told the audience: “It is the Ministry’s intention to reforest the whole Scotland District with fruit trees with the hope of making it primarily the ‘Food- Fruit Basket of Barbados’. The planting of trees in the area will also serve to stabilise and conserve the soil since that area is very prone to slippage,” he explained.


  45. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 28, 2016 at 8:05 AM #


    It remains the most lucrative profession by which a person can attain riches in the shortest period of time. I posted another poster David, check it out


  46. Colonel Buggy April 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM #

    Vincent Haynes April 28, 2016 at 4:41 AM #
    What a brilliant brand new idea? We had it, we neglected it and now we are feebly trying to regain what we have turned our backs on. The work done by Soil Conservation,under such people as Edward Cumberbatch, in the early days was most commendable. But in recent times we have seen the once productive fields, like the Bajan Cheery ones, of the Soil Conservation Department turned to bush and grass, and the expensive earth moving equipment allowed to rust on the very spots where there were broken down.
    Planting a few fruit trees, and not maintaining them is not going to cut it. Out in Chimborazzo, opposite the JW Church , was a very unstable area which used to, as it was called then, ” Breckaway”, almost annually. It was stabalised some 60 years ago by the then Highways and Transport and has never regressed. Perhaps the Ministry of Argriculture need to look at the the plants which the “Cantoneers” used to stablised Chimborazzo
    I am not an agronomist by any means, but it appears that the St Andrew ‘s soil is not as conducive to the growth of fruit trees , citrus types, in relation to locations of a higher elevation. Mangoes yes, and cashews and Coffee trees according to my father.
    Lets hope that this venture is more productive than Ronald Jones” Breadfruit tree Grove.


  47. Due Diligence April 28, 2016 at 1:38 PM #


    LIAT flight attendant to appear in court Friday

    “Deann Pat Portia Plummer, 33, a LIAT flight attendant will appear in the District “B” Magistrate Court tomorrow on a number of drug related charges.

    The St Lucian national has been charged with possession of five kilograms of cocaine, possession of 1.3 grams of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cocaine, trafficking cocaine, and the importation of cocaine.

    Plummer, who arrived here on Tuesday, was interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad.

    She was subsequently referred to Customs and a search revealed five kilograms of cocaine in her handbag.

    A search warrant was later executed at her apartment and 1.3 grams of cannabis were discovered.”

    It seems like there is a story every day about another POT BUST.

    Makes one think the Smoke Filled Rooms are full of POT SMOKE


  48. Well Well & Consequences April 28, 2016 at 2:55 PM #

    Due Diligence…we know that much in drugs was destined for someone, a connection, she just did not wake up one day and decided to import 5 kilos, this is just the trip she got caught.

    That is a lot of money.



  49. Hants April 28, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

    Maybe she will get fined and deported like the 4 Canadian traffickers.


  50. are-we-there-yet April 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    Vincent Haynes;

    Re the report of PS Reid’s statement:

    It is the Ministry’s intention to reforest the whole Scotland District with fruit trees with the hope of making it primarily the ‘Food- Fruit Basket of Barbados’.”

    I hope he realises that there is a difference between reforestation and planting up the whole of the Scotland District with fruit trees.

    I hope the plan is to strategically use specific fruit trees in certain compromised locations, along with a judicious, well thought out reforestation of other parts of the Scotland district thereby optimising the level of fruit and food crops while reducing the level of soil and nutrient loss in other parts. All this along with a rational land use policy for the area in which other actors from the non-agriculture sectors can play a strategic part

    Wonder why a non-technical PS is making such statements rather than the new, very experienced, eminently qualified and sensible Chief Agricultural Officer.


  51. are-we-there-yet April 28, 2016 at 3:19 PM #

    Oops! It should have been non compromised locations.


  52. Colonel Buggy April 28, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

    Did we not have a re-aforestration programme in Jose River some years ago? But looking at St Joseph, St Thomas, and parts of St Andrew from atop Bissex Hill, it is evident that nature has already started its own re-aforestration programme,since the abandonment of once arable agriculture lands.


  53. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 5:08 AM #

    Colonel Buggy April 28, 2016 at 1:37 PM #

    Yup,brand new old idea.

    Colonel Buggy April 28, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

    In the late ’90s a committee which included SD local farmers and IICA rep looked at the Dev. of Ag.in the SD and concluded that an Ag. training stn with a livestock&veg farm,tannery,craft shop and processing plant would be established at Brucevale…..backyard farmers,farmers&govt.plantations would be encouraged to provide the processing plant with produce and the abbatoir with hides.

    It never got off the ground which is another story but the key points were the involvement of the community and a guaranteed market for the produce.


  54. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 5:13 AM #

    are-we-there-yet April 28, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

    I recall the ’80s in upstate New York on a training stint with the USDA our MoA equiv.,what I found interesting was that all of the senior staff and most of the others owned or worked farms and were able to give years of actual hands on knowledge to upcoming farmers.


  55. Colonel Buggy April 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM #

    Passed by Castle Grant and Retreat plantations last week and saw remnants of the ill fated Fuel Canes still growing among the grass and bush. Which begs the question , what is the status of the cultivated fields of Wild River Tamarind?
    First it was Fuel Cane, then River Tamarind, then Breadfruit Trees, now its Fruit Tree. Whats next?


  56. Colonel Buggy April 29, 2016 at 4:46 PM #

    Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 5:08 AM #

    It never got off the ground which is another story but the key points were the involvement of the community and a guaranteed market for the produce.
    Was this not a similar thing which the Littlewoods Pools man wanted to do with dairy farmers in the community surrounding Bissex and Cambridge? but was met with stiff local opposition.


  57. The Gazer April 29, 2016 at 7:56 PM #

    @Hants @3:11
    Thanks for that update.
    Surprised no one else mentioned it.

    In the Antigua Observer, the value of 2500 lbs of cannabis was estimated at $5M. This means the 150 lbs twas worth about $300K.

    For the punishment to fit the crime, each of these women should have been fined at least BDS $75K instead of BDS $50K.


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