The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow Would Have Fired Michael Carrington

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to one year and three months in federal prison — a term above what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations that generated the criminal case against the Illinois Republican – The Washington Post

In 1998 the then government declared that the 28th April will be celebrated as National Heroes’ Day. Ten Barbadians were assigned the title “Right Excellent’’, and of the 10, only the Right Excellent Sir Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers lives. The decision to recognize ten Barbadians is intended to be part of a never ending process of a nation building exercise. Symbolically the area in Bridgetown near the Nelson Statue was renamed National Heroes’ Square.

The National Heroes Act defines those selected to be national heroes as those people that have “given outstanding service to Barbados”, “contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados”, and demonstrated “visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attainment of the highest excellence” ….

This week (25/04/2016) a former Republican House speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for committing a bank crime that has a relationship with sexual abuse allegations. It must be satisfying for a people, a nation, to know that it matters not who you are, it will not prevent justice from being served. Bear in mind Hastert was once the Speaker of the House in the all powerful system of government, two heartbeats away from sitting in the President’s chair.  Please share with DPP Charles Leacock.

On this day Barbadians will be subjected to a galore of platitudes -and although well intentioned- for the most part will be meaningless. There is the bible quote often used in the BU forum, ‘You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?’, which the BU household has interpreted to mean we must judge fellow humans by their actions and behaviour and not by their words alone.

Many of us born of the 50s, 60s and 70s wonder if the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow were alive how he would have handled the issue of Michael Carrington’s attempt to fleece a septuagenarian and his family from his money – Michael Carrington’s Immoral Act Goes Unpunished. BU suspects he would have mounted the back of a truck in Bush Hall and fired Carrington from the job as Speaker of the House. Now this is the stuff leadership is made of. To Barbadians looking on, who have a diminished view of today’s politician, such an act would have provided pause. Because we cannot turn back the hands of time, we are left to speculate. However BU will bastardize Newton’s third law and state –  for every bad decision by a leader, there is a greater negative reaction with exponential economic and social fallout.

The BU household remains hopeful that it is not too late for Prime Minister Stuart to assuage his public with the right message on National Heroes’ Day. The role of a leader cannot be subjugated by any other. We are already experiencing the deterioration of what was once a budding and model SIDS.   In the same way the Arthur government created the Order of National Heroes Act to recognize great Bajans of the past to nurture a culture of nation building, the act of firing Michael Carrington will serve to create momentum.

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104 Comments on “The Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow Would Have Fired Michael Carrington”

  1. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 4:52 AM #

    Caswell Franklyn April 28, 2016 at 8:44 PM #

    I suspect that the reason for creating martyred black heroes was to provide more grist for the mill on the reparations case.

    Certain facts in Bims history need to be hidden/changed/massaged/reinvented….one cannot make an argument for reparations with by virtue of the much touted oral history….Griots…people become aware of European on European savagery,African on African savagery,the myriad of savagery by Europeans on Africans,Africans on Europeans,the various pigments in between and heaven forbid that Africans owned Plantations,slaves and employed European managers,overseers,book keepers and artisans was to be revealed.

    At emancipation a lot is said about the European planters getting paid out…..question… how many non-Europeans or individuals with a high melanin content got paid out?

    I keep asking who stands to benefit by denying that capitalism,practiced by both Europeans and Africans was the sole purpose of the slave trade?

    A reread Eric Williams is always usefull.


  2. ac April 29, 2016 at 4:55 AM #

    Yesterday some of our greatest and brightest PM were honored as national heroes not because of their misdeeds but because of their pivotal role and committing themselves to enter the political battle field against all odds with a vision and intention of making barbados better.The RIGHT HONOURABLE ERROL WALTON BARROW stood out clearly among his fellow PM for his vision and foresight of relieving barbados from the yoke of colonial powers


  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2016 at 4:59 AM #

    de pedantic Dribbler (too love that name ewwww)

    Barbados is a very small island. The population during Thompson time and prior to his death was between 275,000 to just around 300,000 thousand. The percentages representing the business class and political class, as well as those who are able to pay for legal services for a few mundane matters, do not constitute any real highs. The legal services in Barbados are inundated with several law firms and a great number of lawyers who all have a diverse clientele stemming primarily from that percentage of the 285 thousand population of the local market that can afford the services of a lawyer.

    This means for David Thomspon to accumulate that type of wealth over the period that he had accumulated it means that his law firm would have to be doing repeated business with citizens of Barbados consistently and over a period of several years, if he was to amass the fictitious figure of 37 million, which more than likely could be a lot more. Or, that Thompson effectively applied the law tactic of decades delay in order to derive the greatest financial benefits of his unsuspecting clients who would have felt that delays are truly due to a flawed judicial and registry process. Or, that David Thompson, during the periods that the DLP were in power and, to some extent when the BLP were in power, was provided with very lucrative fees for undertaking legal work on the behalf of the government of Barbados.

    The other assumption that we could make concerning his great wealth could be that his law firm was a firm that attracted local, regional and international business with companies that were multimillion dollar established. If this was the case, Thompson, and his associates, would have done a great deal of business for which his profits could be justified base on the complexity of cases and the number of win situations that would have paid him handsomely. These cases, dependent on their acclaim would have been featured in the local, regional and international news media giving credit to Thompson and his associates for representing the flag of Barbados with pride.

    Since there is no info that David Thompson and his associates were not doing, hardly doing or ever did business on a regional or international scale it is safe to turn to the revelations of the Forensic report where there is enough evidence to reason emphatically that the wealth of David Thompson was derived from his relationship with CLICO, and whatever business arrangement he had with close friend and long-term business associate, Leroy Parris.

    The report provided manipulation of financials for which the claim of a gratuity payment for Parris without going through the proper scrutinies was prepared, delivered and monies received. It might be also safe to assume that this particular type of business transaction was not a first-time collusion on the part of Parris and Thompson. We also have Thompson’s lie of reassurance that the Barbados CLICO operation was different and thus safe from the collapse of its parent company in Trinidad and Tobago. Soon after that Thompson concocted the perfect story in order to justify a 10 million dollar bailout for CLICO, which Thompson, because of his obligations to CLICO and his close friend Parris, commisioned as Prime Minister. Though there was some objection, the Thompson CLICO 10 million in bailout came at a time when several big name countries were seeking to stabilize fallouts in their own economic instabilities with bailouts.

    This was the new buzz word and so Thompson had, as proof, the following to provide his perfect justifications: situations, the bailouts in Europe and North America, the fault of the worldwide recessionary phenomenon, and Barbados’ precarious perching on a weak economic branch to say that to leave CLICO without a bailout could have very serious financial repercussions for Barbadian CLICO policyholders and the island as a whole. The timing could not have been perfect. And so Thompson received the 10 million dollar bailout for his friend Leroy CLICO Parris in full knowledge that the fate of what CLICO Trinidad and Tobago was facing was about to scat spraddle Barbados left, right and centre.

    When David Thompson died his assets were placed under the secrecy act of the Barbados consortium. If David Thompsons wealth was honestly made, declaring his assets and providing the necessary financials to show his great wealth would not be one shrouded in secrecy. It is safe to conclude that the 37 million that Caswell Franklyn alluded to, the wealth that represents the estate of David Thompson is largely derived from whatever business transactions and dealings he had with CLICO Barbados and beyond.

    David Thompson was a friend of CLICO and a friend of Leroy Parris. He bailout out CLICO. The relationship was all reciprocated.

    May he rest in peace.

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  4. David April 29, 2016 at 5:10 AM #


    The bottomline is – and this is part of what peer review will filter – to critique academic findings by analyzing the source information/documents. Have you done so? So far Vincent has cited Eric Williams’ book.


  5. balance April 29, 2016 at 5:19 AM #

    “Perhaps I missed some information but that is from memory, I don’t think Barrow did anything to relieve him of his job”
    i believe you are perfectly correct Mr Sarge but I did not say Mr barrow did anything to relieve Mr Maxwell of his job but he as President of the DLP contributed to Mr Maxwell’s demise out of what the court found was defamatory statements published against Mr Bernard St John in the Democrat which was the party organ and of which Mr Maxwell was the editor. It has been posited that the judgment against the Democrat led to the 1974 constitutional amendments which included the installation of persons to the Judiciary on the recommendation of the political directorate.


  6. balance April 29, 2016 at 5:30 AM #

    A question Caswell. shouldn’t have Mr Carrington be deemed bankrupt since it has been widely reported that he did not have the money to pay back to the client when called upon to do so and had to muster the repayment so to speak.


  7. balance April 29, 2016 at 5:35 AM #

    Excellent commentary at 4.59SSS.


  8. Caswell Franklyn April 29, 2016 at 5:47 AM #


    Declaring someone a bankrupt is the culmination of a legal process. He might have been broke at the time but there was no application to the court for such a declaration.

    Sent from my iPad



  9. David April 29, 2016 at 5:49 AM #

    If the event yesterday was meant to highlight 7 prime ministers past and present, why the preponderance of focus on Barrow? A point for non partisans to ponder.


  10. ac April 29, 2016 at 6:01 AM #

    David April 29, 2016 at 5:49 AM #

    If the event yesterday was meant to highlight 7 prime ministers past and present, why the preponderance of focus on Barrow? A point for non partisans to ponder.

    First the celebration was built on a focus of Barbados Independence after 50 years . Therefore it would be of relevance that the Father of Independence would be that person given more focus /attention as the preponderance of evidence shows clearly that his input.or role was the biggest contributor to Barbados becoming independent


  11. Caswell Franklyn April 29, 2016 at 6:05 AM #


    These ill conceived celebrations are merely part of the DLP’s 2018 election strategy. The focus on Barrow was just their way of showing what the DLP has done for the country and that they deserve re-election. This lot has nothing to show to merit re-election so they had to go back to the time when the DLP was relevant to play on people’s emotions.

    Sent from my iPad



  12. Well Well & Consequences April 29, 2016 at 6:20 AM #

    According to the grapevine..

    Owen Arthur

    35 million

    Would be nice to know Fruendel Stuarts, after 8 years.

    All of this should be public knowledge they are public figures, not private individuals.

    The electorate now knows with whom they are dealing, only yardfowls remain blind, but even Barrack’s eyes were opened by force one day.


  13. David April 29, 2016 at 6:46 AM #

    Yesterday’s tribute was about paying tributes to PM’s of the past. Pictures of ALL the PMs should have been unveiled or none at all. Yardfowls will not understand this thinking.


  14. Bush Tea April 29, 2016 at 7:33 AM #

    @ David
    “Pictures of ALL the PMs should have been unveiled or none at all.”
    Cud dear …yuh gotta be reasonable..
    After the kind of exposés that have been done on our past, present and future prime ministers do you REALLY feel that it would have been a good idea to make a big fuss about them all…?

    Wuh you of all people must know of the level of contempt currently held by ordinary bajans for the high level corruption that has been associated with many of these PMs…. and ‘PMs to be’…

    Imagine unveiling a picture of Thompson to an audience filled with broke CLICO losers?

    You was at the “Bussa to Barrow” thing in St Philip? …when a Prime Minister walked on stage (late as shiite) and not a boy even stood up….?

    After 15 years of OSA as PM ….and after 5 years of DLP doing nothing, and of Thompson dying on the job… Arthur did not have the currency to regain power – such was his reputation tainted with CLICO, VECO, GREENLAND, Terminals etc…

    Sandi had a Froon-like attitude and was not a people-person… even though he had the wisdom to seek to live within our means..

    St John married a liability

    We still don’t know how Tom died – and whose wife he last beat up…

    Shiite man … that only leaves Barrow …. and THAT, only because you took so long to start BU…


  15. Gabriel April 29, 2016 at 8:29 AM #

    I have a problem with this 7 million dollars allocated to a year long celebration of 50 years or what is referred to as the Golden Jubilee of Independence.Now I can understand in a marriage or in a business undertaking one might celebrate an anniversary on the appropriate date,but the whole year?To what end other than the points made by Bushie and Caswell that this in an election gimmick.After all,the average life expectancy is the proverbial three score and ten or 70.If in those years,a couple co-exist for 50 years,I can see the Golden Jubilee celebration.50 out of 70 is a major event.The same cannot be justified for a nation’s independence so called.America 1776,Haiti 1804,Barbados 1966!What is there to celebrate for a whole year and at a cost of $7million,when NCC workers have been on the breadline 2 years,unfairly dismissed and treated like lepers,in spite of the great PM Stuart stating the matter will be dealt with expeditiously,then appointing his right hand man,who is now adding to the delay with an unacceptable observation.It’s hypocrisy of the highest order.


  16. David April 29, 2016 at 8:43 AM #


    Isn’t Guyana doing the same thing?

    As luck has it the 50th falls nicely for the DLP with an election looming and then having gained the status of the most unpopular government since Independence.


  17. Gabriel April 29, 2016 at 9:42 AM #

    Guyana is celebrating in the month of May as you will see from the below article.


  18. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 29, 2016 at 9:59 AM #

    We are badly in need of these pillows. These comments were from remarks made by paradox.


  19. David April 29, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    Notes Gabriel and thanks SSS.


  20. millertheanunnaki April 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    @ Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 4:52 AM #
    “At emancipation a lot is said about the European planters getting paid out…..question… how many non-Europeans or individuals with a high melanin content got paid out?”

    And therein lies the incontrovertible basis or proof (evidence) to support any claim for reparations.

    No distortion of history by painting any imaginary ineffective black hero like Bussa in the image of a Toussaint or Henri Christophe would ‘earn’ a pound of recognition from any British government.

    The mere fact the white slave owners were compensated for the loss of their ‘property’ without concomitant compensation to those made redundant when the business of slavery went belly-up is sufficient justification to bring a case for reparations due to the descendants of those former slaves.
    The case can be argued not only on moral grounds (the highest law of mankind) but on one of natural justice wherein one party (disadvantaged and exploited) to a relationship was treated “most” unfavourably when compared to the other who benefited unconscionably not only in financial terms but also through forced sexual favours.

    This is the case Hilary Beckles should be pushing; not engaging in an academic war of words and a fight over historical story-telling, myth creation and by playing the white supremacist (race) card.


  21. Well Well & Consequences April 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM #

    “Beckles downplayed the role of Washington Pitt Franklyn and embellished Bussa’s involvement to create a black hero. Franklyn did not set about freeing the slaves as his goal, he wanted to become the ruler of Barbados and used Bussa and the other slaves as his army. The coup failed but rather than tell the truth historians are misleading the country by misinterpreting the data to create black heroes.”

    Caswell of course you are right, the historians need to keep it real, if the Franklyn dude was planning to take over the slave trade in it’s brutal form from the British back then, so as to enrich himself, because he wanted to be just like massa, but to do so he needed to fool a slave that other slaves looked up to and manipulate a revolt to have his way, making the slaves feel that they will be freed, all in the name of greed and self-enrichment..Watson should have told the truth, if that is what it is…keeping it real.

    If Beckles had relayed Watson’s version in that form, many people would see the parallels to how the minorities operate today in thinking they own the island and people and want to maintain economic power.

    Good leaders would have seen the signs and nipped it in the bud, no gaurantee the present day political leaders would see because they are so weak, greedy and blind…but that is me, keeping it real.


  22. Well Well & Consequences April 29, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    Miller…exactly, based on the facts relating to the slavemasters being paid, which is very well documented, I have seen pages of the payments, well documented amounts, names of the recipients.

    All the information Beckles and Watson need are documented and archived in England or the US, they are both being asses and trying to make up their own crap. Everything is documented and available for those who are interested…how do they think I know that no mulatto of that era would ever get themselves lynched attempting to free black slaves, no way, no how.

    Most mulattos did not want to acknowledge a black parent, because one parent had to be black, for fear of being called black….so Watson’s fantasy is fantasy…unless he tells it like it really was.

    ..Beckles, on the other hand would know there had to be someone the slaves looked up to and pinned their hopes on for freedom, so there is absolutely no reason to embellish a story and end up losing site of the whole objectives…while looking stupid.

    Both historians need to get hold of the archived materials from both countries, make copies and insert the information in books to be distributed to the schools so that generations going forward can understand what their foreparents were subjected to and the decades of fall out that still has repercussions of one kind or another.

    There are even those slave ship records available from during the many trips from Africa to the Caribbean, so the two historians really need to stop.., I should not have to tell them where to find the information, they are the historians.


  23. Vincent Haynes April 29, 2016 at 1:41 PM #

    millertheanunnaki April 29, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

    Do not count your chickens before they are hatched,as I suspect that all slave owners were paid out including the the melanin rich ones… of which is our heoine Sarah Anne.

    Slavery was the collusion between the powerfull ones of the many tribes of Africa&Europe to the detriment of the masses of both lands.

    One of the positive end results is the creation of the Pelaus of the Caribbean who have the opportunity of leading a new world order.


  24. DLP (formerly CBC) TV and Radio April 29, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

    @ David…. Re: the event yesterday…..this so called “gov’t” blasted immature and has politicized almost everything in this country….you could remember the ridiculous bruhaha at CBC when a party or event was cancelled because it was coming up to election and (it was rumoured) that the powers that be didn’t want the staff wearing red…even though it is a prominent colour of the CBC logo… because it may politicized the event ???? is another reason why this govt has failed….It cannot separate party from govt!!!!!!…..when you assume govt you preside over all Barbados…not to push your party’s agenda only!!!….Now they promoted the event as a tribute to all PMs but could only unveil the portrait of only one..what stopped them from unveiling all 7…is it because some of the PMs were Bees??? or is it because of the “cash crunch” that they could only afford one???….Another thing is that this govt does operate by stealth…because they only revealed the details of the event the day before it happened!!!….you know why???….to avoid the contraversy…


  25. David April 29, 2016 at 3:03 PM #

    @DLP (formerly CBC)

    A lot of merit in your comment, the under communication part.


  26. Prodigal Son April 29, 2016 at 3:51 PM #

    @DLP (formerly CBC) TV and Radio April 29, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

    @ David…. Re: the event yesterday…..this so called “gov’t” blasted immature and has politicized almost everything in this country………………….it is another reason why this govt has failed….It cannot separate party from govt!!!!!!…..when you assume govt you preside over all Barbados…not to push your party’s agenda only!!!….


    This is because we have a government that is made up of immature people. They have never recovered from the 14 years in opposition and because politics was made a blood sport by the late king, the misfits he put together to form an election campaign team do not know the difference between party and government.

    So sad!


  27. Prodigal Son April 29, 2016 at 3:56 PM #

    The Pm turned 65 this week. Last year this government started to make employees nearing 60 to go home.

    Can we expect this joker to exit the stage? Barbados would so appreciate it, Fumble!


  28. Colonel Buggy April 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM #

    I was made to understand that the retirement figure set for these DLP ministers is 60………. $60 Million .


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