BLP Has No Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital

Submitted by Steven Williams

Sir Branford Taitt’s career was adversely affected by the protracted nature of the St. Joseph Hospital inquiry

I just heard a news extract of comments by Opposition Leader, Owen Arthur, saying that he is not averse to the Government seeking foreign investment into the redevelopment of the closed St. Joseph Hospital. Well, my first reaction to that news item was: The BLP has no moral authority or legitimacy to speak about the St. Joseph Hospital. They Are Shameless! Truthfully, they ought to hang their heads in disgrace.

How things have changed with the passage of time! Can you really take this man and the BLP seriously? They were responsible for closing down the St. Peter based health institution as soon as they got in 1994. They went after the previous Health Minister, Branford Taitt, and hounded him out of politics with INNUENDOES, LIES and ACCUSATIONS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND CORRURPTION. All of this culminated in a Commission of Inquiry.

That commission thoroughly investigated the hospital, and the report which exculpated and vindicated Sir Branford, never saw the light of day. The BLP Government NEVER made it public, simply because the document exonerated Sir Branford, after he was held up to public scorn and ridicule. They did not even have the common decency to apologise to the honourable gentleman.

The Report was deliberately ‘hidden’. It had to wait until a change of administration after 2008 for the findings to be made public. Remember the BLP went the length and breadth of this country saying the worst possible things about Sir Branford and the DLP. These ran the gamut from innuendoes and unsubtle lyrics in calypsos like ‘Steel in There’, and charges of nepotism and mismanagement, to the illegal recruitment of Barbadian nurses from Britain and immorality, and who was responsible for the fire that destroyed his constituency office.

ALL OF THE ABOVE ACCUSATIONS WERE PROVEN WRONG. Yet, the report was concealed by an administration hell-bent on politically damaging the DLP and permanently scarring Sir Branford’s character and public image, thereby leaving a repulsive impression of these persons in the minds of Barbadians. BUT, IT DID NOT WORK!

Now, a reincarnated Owen Arthur has the temerity to speak about the St, Joseph Hospital. I feel he should be made to repay the Treasury every cent spent on that Inquiry. Shame on you Owen Seymour Arthur, Shame on you! We have not forgotten. You robbed Barbadians living in the north of the country of access to health care that the DEMS were providing.

Moving to another salient matter. Recently, there was an unfounded allegation made at a BLP branch meeting that this administration had increased the numbers in the public service with its supporters, while axing some with BLP connections. Please furnish the evidence. NONE EXISTS!

I wonder if that person making the claim remembers that three top executives at the QEH – Millington, Springer and McAllister, as well as Gloria Broome, the first and only female Superintendent at Glendairy Prison, and a host of other public servants, were unceremoniously fired for doing their jobs. Their replacements performed poorly.

This administration did not pad the public service like its predecessor. In fact, it had no elbow room, even if it wanted to, since the VAT $$ used by the previous administration to inflate departments dried up; it was stuck with offices and agencies set up to employ BLP lackeys and supporters – e.g. RDC, UDC, NAB and the Pan African Commission – which are all a burden and a drain on the economy.

So, far from padding the civil service, the DLP kept the numbers (BLP partisans) that it found. The upshot is: these are now undermining the administration at every turn; from leaking documents, to passing confidential information to the opposition to the detriment of the Government.

If Owen Arthur is so keen to trim the fiscal deficit and privatise agencies, let him identify these and others, and be honest with Barbadians that he will retrench thousands from CBC and NCC to the Transport Board, the BWA and the Airport and Sea Port, putting them on the breadline. Please give us the specifics Mr. Arthur.

By the way, in the same news item, Mr. Arthur scolded the DLP for not developing the Scotland District (1/7 of Barbados, he says) after more than four years in office IN A RECSSSION; when they had 14 years IN A PERIOD OF PLENTY and ENDEMIC WASTAGE. I say no more. You be the judge.

Barbadians beware of the second coming of Arthur and the BLP!


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88 Comments on “BLP Has No Moral Authority To Speak On St. Joseph Hospital”

  1. Youngobserver October 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

    Mystic, where have i blamed a global recession for anything in bim in my posts. you know I have noticed this trend in a lot of debate recently where people seem to want to bat, bowl and field too.

    Your line is that the DLP is blaming the recession for everything and you seem to impute that into any argument that does not join in your chorus.

    What an arrogant, self important set of people.

    if you read my posts I am largely asking questions, seeking to be enlightened, and widen the debate.


  2. millertheanunnaki October 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM #

    @ Youngobserver | October 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM |

    I too would like to know these things.
    If only we can get the Ministers in charge of these statutory bodies to adhere to their legal responsibilities and have prepared audited financial statements no later than three months after the end of their financial year.

    Being a young enthusiastic observer you might want to ask the relevant Ministers why this incompetence and blatant violation of the law. While you are at it ask the Minister responsible for the NIS to do the same. We will be happy for those up to 2010/11 financial year.

    Now don’t show your true colours and do like ac and talk about the BLP had 14 years of doing the same thing. No ad hominems, please!


  3. Youngobserver October 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM #

    Given the nature of the accounting and auditing process, its difficult for my young and inexperienced mind to see how you discuss that issue without looking back. But any reference to the past is not allowed on this blog.

    You are still dodging the issue though. You people know everything and have access to all kinda documents, so based on the most recent financials of CBC and BWA do their revenues current their operational costs? If they don’t just tell me so, so i can confront the person who suggested to me that the revenues from these two entities cover their operational costs and as such they are not a burden to the taxpayer. what is all the drama, intrigue and vitriol about on what seems likely a simple and harmless question and search for information?


  4. balance October 26, 2012 at 5:52 AM #

    “balance it is easy to say but when one look back in the years of the BLP there is nothing that one can point to that would have protected barbados from world wide economic shock given that the BLP had all the financial resources and money for proper planning fuh god sake after 14 years problems like transport and health are still problematic for the country and energy and food production are where these not relevant in sustaining an economy and society through good goverance”
    AC i could easily say that the dlp has done nothing to tackle your concerns after having the opportunity to govern for 26 years but i do not want to present a tit for tat situation here. the issue at present is the state of the economy and the dlp has not not inspired in its manangement afer having the blp thrown out on charges of corruption which they have nottrie to or have been unable to prove.what people are saying is that things in the country are worst off than four years ago after promising to reduce the cost of living. that is the issue the dlp has to deal with to retain governance not owen arthur’s alleged infelicities. granted the dlp is a popular party as a result of having been able to indoctrinate a large segment of thhe population through the academy of politics and might win back because of goodwill but not performance for sure.

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  5. David October 26, 2012 at 6:37 AM #


    You comment explains the problem for the DLP but not for the reason you posit. Who can expect that any government managing a country in these economic recessionary times can achieve the performance of the boom years? Especially a country like Barbados? This is where the DLP has lost the argument i.e. it should be communicating to the people how they have done the best in the circumstances. Instead we have the nonsense arguments about comparing to employment of 6% in 2007 etc, foreign reserves of 2.8 billion,etc


  6. balance October 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM #

    ‘Who can expect that any government managing a country in these economic recessionary times can achieve the performance of the boom years”

    mr david, like the nonsensical ‘country not only economy society’ proclamation i have never been able to buy in to this ‘boom year’ utterance. what i do know is that mr arthur took a battered and dying economy and i am not casting blame on mr sandiford because i heard mr sandiford say with my own ears that the economy was batting bhetter than gary sobers and those saying otherwise were prophets of doom and gloom so i am not casting blame but the fact of the matter is that when mr arthur resumed office th economy was in the worst shape it has ever been and under his management, things began to look better for the economy and confidence in the bads dollar was restored. we could spend a whole year arguing that it was because of policies he inherited but in my book that is mere speculation, the fact of the matter is that what ever he found he had to manage it well and that he did. if boom years resulted, then he and he alne as minister of finance must take the credit and like the man told me that barrow give his children free education and i can’t tell him otherwise, then you can’t convince me that mr arthur was not rsponsiblbe for the good times i enjoyed between 1998 and 2007.


  7. David October 28, 2012 at 5:27 AM #

    A political spin but you are entitled.


  8. balance October 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM #

    A political spin but you are entitled.


  9. balance October 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM #

    A political spin but you are entitled.


  10. David October 29, 2012 at 3:14 AM #


    Stopping posting your nonsense if you have nothing to write.


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