The following was posted as a comment on the CLICO – A Rape Victim But Who Are The RAPISTS? blog. BU believes the submission captures many of the issues which will be distilled on political platforms in the upcoming general elections.
Current Opposition Leader Owen Arthur says that the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government has a moral obligation to fix the CLICO mess. Arthur and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) perhaps have forgotten that the Barbados Water Author (BWA), a government owned corporation and sole provider of water services in 2009 was near bankruptcy. David Thompson and the DLP inherited the BWA problem from Arthur and the BLP. Arthur and the BLP were morally responsible for BWA problems totalling thirteen years. BWA problems FIRST appeared during the ruling of Arthur and the BLP, also Al Barrack.
The Al Barrack mess FIRST appeared during the ruling of Arthur and the BLP. The court ruled in favour of Al Barrack, a little less than thirty five million, $34,490.518 to be exact. Barrack in 2008 received 2.5 million from the David Thompson administration. Al Barrack, since 2008 has not received payment from the Barbados government in any form or fashion. Building Contractor, Al Barrack built the government office complex in Warrens (St. Michael) but yet unpaid. The total amount NOW owed Al Barrack is far above 34, 490, 518. The Barbados national debt also is far above the 34,490,518 amount.
Just recently, Arthur reported to Midweek Nation that “the REDjet Airlines might still be flying if the Barbados Government had honoured its financial commitment to the collapsed airline”. Well Mr. Arthur, if the government during your rein had honoured its financial commitment to Contractor Al Barrack, Barbados NOW would not owe him seventy five million.