One of the unforgiving characteristics of this Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government has been its reluctance to communicate to a public which yearns for information. Surely if there is one group in society who has a right to know how its government is treating with issues, it is the taxpayers. Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart’s taciturn nature has indelibly labelled the legacy of his Cabinet. On the eve of a general election it is unlikely public perception will change.
Of the myriad of issues which this government continues to wrestle -thrown up by the global economy – ordinary citizens have the capacity to understand that this is a difficult time to govern. Surely one way the Stuart government can allay the anxiety of citizens is to feed them relevant information. A reasonable assumption must be that disseminating information to the population is a prerequisite of a democracy.
One of the many issues which is of concern is the status of the sale of Almond Beach Village. Since April this year it was reported that several buyers were short listed by the owners Neal & Massy and a decision was promised in weeks to inform the winning purchaser. It is several months later and we are still waiting. Given the significant contribution to GDP which the Almond Beach property generated, the Opposition and others had suggested to government at the time that it was a company which should have been labelled too big to fail. The public was advised by Minister Richard Sealy the government would play its part to pave the way for a smooth sale of Almond Beach Village. It appears that Sealy has been emulating Stuart because he has been very silent of late.
BU is on record throwing support to Butch Stewart sealing the deal for Almond. The power of the Sandals/Beaches brand cannot be ignored. The mega-millions which Butch throws into the marketing budget is the punch which has been missing from the national effort of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) to date.
BU understands from Check-This-Out, a BU family member who keeps us apprised of what is happening in the Canadian media, Sandals had a new half page advertisement in the Globe & Mail on Thursday: Banner says “Travel Agents Know Best – the body is a message from Gordon “Butch Stewart” about “Certified Sandals Specialists”. Also in Globe and Mail yesterday – a full page St Vincent & Grenadine advertisement (have not seen before); and Barbados had a small boxing Westjet ad. Not to forget St. Lucia which seems to be our direct competitor of late.
According to Check-this-Out he following article which appeared in a Canadian publication six months ago remains relevant:
There are 2 things I have learned in life, Pumpkins. One, virgins should never attend prison rodeos. Two, when Butch Stewart sets his sights on something – get out of the way. The man knows how to mount a marketing coup. And believe me, dahrlings, I’ve sashayed in front of his telescope on many occasions hoping for a mounting.
(Unfortunately, he always shoos me away and tells Adam to get the transvestite off the property.)
And so, with the Almond Beach Village turning up toasted, the golden boy of Jamaica has his eye on Barbados again. And why not? The Stewart passion lies in expansion – and Barbados is ripe for the taking. And giving, I would imagine.
The man cannot be contained. He is spreading his brand all over the Caribbean. I love a business success story, Pumpkins. Fortitude. Sweat. Followed by customer satisfaction.
Butch, don’t leave me like this… send me a car wrapper! Or maybe a butler.
What is happening with the Almond property, Sealy, Stuart? Barbadians anticipate a status report from the Governor of the Central Bank in the third quarter review, please!
- Neal & Massy Pulls The Plug On Almond Beach Village