Step down, Mara

CLICO reports cast a shadow over Thompson estate, says Wickham

Political scientist, Peter Wickham, believes Mara Thompson, widow of the late Prime Minister, David Thompson, should resign her St John parliamentary seat in her own interest and her children’s.

Wickham told Barbados TODAY he would advise her to take this action because “it shows me clearly when you read the contents of that document [the CLICO Judicial Manager’s report], that the situation is going to become very messy and that the Opposition would have no alternative but to go after her.”

Political scientist Peter Wickham
Political scientist Peter Wickham

“Thus far, the legacy of her husband has been tarnished. I think she has been relatively unscathed, and I suspect that would change in short order,” he added.

Wickham said the reason she should resign is totally in her family’s interest because her departure would not affect the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

“If I were her, I would step out of the way largely because the [St John seat] is one that the DLP can easily retain and it would not affect the status quo. For that reasoning if I were her, I would protect the legacy of my own family and try to stop all these enquiries.”

Wickham, the head of leading Caribbean polling organization, CADRES, further suggested that the DLP may be distancing itself from her late husband in light of the revelations of his law firm’s questionable dealings with CLICO. He said this provided more reason for Mrs. Thompson’s departure.

“It is clear to me that the legacy of the late prime minister is not one that the Democratic Labour Party is particularly concerned with protecting at this stage. I think that she has to do what she can to protect herself,” the leading pollster said.

Mrs. Thompson worked as office manager in her late husband’s firm, Thompson and Associates. Wickham said as representative of his estate, she could draw public focus. He added, “Already there are suggestions from Kerrie Symmonds (opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St James Central MP), that she ought to face personal enquiry and I think that could only get worse”.

“The name “Thompson”, in references to either the late prime minister himself or his company, Thompson and Associates, appears 40 times in the Judicial Manager’s report. All references carry serious implications and among them is a claim that the late prime minister committed forgery and acted without authority while holding the highest political office of the land.

“According to the report, David Thompson himself emailed an invoice for a $3.333 million payment.

“The email data shows that Thompson and Associates Invoice #20067 was emailed to Mr Thornhill by ‘David Thompson” at 11.42 a.m. on December 30, 2008, using an email address thompy@caribsurf.com. Internet research and email data we reviewed show this to be an email address used by the late Mr. Thompson, formerly a partner of Thompson and Associates and, at that time, the Prime Minister of Barbados,” the report stated.

It added: “At the time the email was sent, Mr. Thompson was Prime Minister of Barbados, having been elected to office in January 2008. A filing made with the Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office relating to Thompson and Associates noted that Mr. Thompson was ‘no longer the owner of the business firm’ as of May 22, 2008.

“I think it casts a shadow over the whole estate … and that is what worried me,” said Wickham. “The Opposition will have an obligation to pursue her as vigorously [to get] answers”.

The June 21, 2013 forensic report, which was unsealed by the court just yesterday, also makes reference to several land transactions in which “certain related parties”, including “a company related to Mr Thompson”, paid up to 26,000 less than third parties making similar purchases of units at Crystal Court.

Wickham said stepping down from public office should not be a difficult decision for Mrs Thompson, who is also Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. “I thought that her entry into politics was reluctant and I don’t really get the impression that she needs this,” he added. “I don’t think her children need it. I don’t think the family needs it.”

18 Responses to Step down, Mara

  1. patricia williams March 12, 2015 at 4:12 am

    She don’t have to step down what’s done is done her husband dead and gone let the man rest in peace leave her alone and concentrate on making Barbados a better place

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  2. jr smith March 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Wickham you are heading for a massive law suite, I hope the Thompson family, sue you. David is dead. Why you, who are you , who is pulling your strings.

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    • harry turnover March 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

      He is not ‘ running he mout ” like you.You think Peter Wickham is a fool like you ? the man ONLY explaining the implications that were REVEALED in the REPORT.

      The Thompson family CANNOT sue him…they would have to sue the JM for EXPOSING ALL of this.

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  3. jr smith March 12, 2015 at 6:55 am

    @ harry turnover, I am a fool , yes a very rich fool . never have to think where my next $100,00 is coming from.

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    • harry turnover March 12, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Of course you are a FOOL !…tell the readers what is the REASON for the Thompson family to sue Wickham .

      You getting on as though you are the ONLY person that don’t have to think where your next $100 is coming from.

      That is ANOTHER reason that I have NOW classified you as a complete and established FOOL from the TOP DRAWER of STUPIDITY.

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  4. Mike March 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I see a subtle attempt to woo sitting members of the DLP to demit office before elections are due. IT AIN’T GOING TO HAPPEN. Why are people so power hungry? Let the electorate decide when the time is due. This coming elections is not going to be as easy as many are predicting. There are some political chemistry in the mix and it is going to get very interesting in the coming months. LOOK OUT.

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  5. Alex Alleyne March 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Why not try to cash in on some of CLICO plantations for the policy holders. Let we own a piece of the rock . There are right here.

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  6. DAP March 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Why you asking Mrs Thompson to step down,why you do not ask ppl to stop bu—-g

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    • Papa March 15, 2015 at 1:56 am

      lmao

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  7. Zeus March 12, 2015 at 10:06 am

    How can one be a director of a leading Caribbean polling organization and then be a political consultant at the same time …..I think he should do some stepping down also

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  8. Faluma March 12, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Evidently people do not understand the very serious implications of what has taken place here. Mrs. Thompson is now the representative of her late husband and the face of the company. Mr. Wickham’s suggestion comes from a place of wisdom. As this investigation continues it will get very messy. Maybe then people will understand his standpoint.

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  9. T J March 12, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Mr Wickham is trying his hardest to make the DLP fail so at least one of his predictions will come through. He want Estwick to step down as well.

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  10. Maxine Hutchinson March 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Is Mr Wickham a mouthpiece for some other person who may want to say something but is a bit too close to the family? Mrs Thompson is no fool. Are you forgetting that great man who was the Prime Minister of St Lucia? Would he not have done a fatherly duty well.

    Mr Wickham, stay out of it. There was a time when we could not miss you from in the DLP’s den. What is the problem? Are you trying to secure some favour or position after the next general election. Be careful. Your calling and election is not sure. Do I hear the sound of a bell?

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  11. Realist March 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I am wondering if the supporters of Mara have already taken and submitted their photos for the Carlton’s “Yardfowl Contest.” If you haven’t then don’t waste any more time because there are lots of yardfowl prizes to be won.

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  12. Marythacker March 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    leave the Thompson’s children out of this mess, they have nothing to do with clico deal with the ppl involved.

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  13. zeus March 12, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Realist are you referring to the the person who giving Mara advice to step down because he once admitted he was a yard fowl a paid up member also the problem was the death of a fowlcock cause a new a new one to be in charge causing this yard fowl to skip pens …this pen where he now resides we can determine who is hen and who is cock

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  14. Charles Worrell March 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Mr. Wickham, you will never surprise right thinking bajans again. You would advise Mrs. Thompson to step down? Who the hell are you? When and Where do you get off telling who should do what? IS THIS THE SAME MAN THAT ROOTED SO HEAVILY FOR THE BARBADOS LABOR PARTY, PREDICTED THE DEFEAT OF THE DEMOCRATIC LABOR PARTY FOR MONTHS AND NOW SHAMEFACEDLY, mustering some nerve so that your masters can wag you again?
    Mr. Wickham, you should know about being discredited..YOU HAVE BEEN and WHY: BECAUSE you allowed your political allegiance to tarnish and blind you to the facts. Political Scientist, WHERE were you WHEN BARBADOS was being sold out to TRINIDAD? WHEN OUR BANK WAS GIVEN AWAY? WHEN OWEN ARTHUR ALLOWED A $75000.00 CHECK STUD TO GETTAWAY FROM HIM? WHEN THE MUSLIMS BOUGHT OUT OUR LAND? WHEN THE HOTELS LITERALLY TOOK OVER WHAT THEY WANTED? WHEN OWEN ARTHUR AND MIA, APID FULL CASH PRICE FOR CH CHURCH PROJECT EVEN BEFORE A BRICKWAS LAID?
    WHERE were you WHEN T&T and others told us they were not going to spend the taxpayers money on World cup and Owen’s government went ahead and spent $150 million for an elephant that excludes much local activity? WHERE were YOU WICKHAM, when BUILDINGS WERE GOING UP AND OUR DEBT WAS SKY ROCKETTING TO PERSONS NOW SPENDING THEIR DAYS INJAIL OVERSEAS: ABC HIGHWAY, DODDS ETC. ETC..?
    WHERE were you WICKHAM, WHEN MR. BARACK worked UNDER THE Barbados labor Party government WHO FAILED TO PAY HIM and it was passed on to the new DLP government? And I can go on but the question will still be WHERE WERE YOU? Having the best interest of Barbados at heart, WHY DID YOU SIT BY WITHOUT ASKING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THE ATHUR GOVERNMENT?
    INTEGRITY, WICKHAM DEMANDS CERTAIN STANCES, NO MATTER WHAT, but it seems that too many of the strategically placed pawns in Babados (ba-ba-dos..is dat how John would spell I?), are available to the highest bidder. JUST take your leave and go!! People like you scare me with your moral certainty.

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  15. gloria March 14, 2015 at 5:52 am

    There is an 0ld saying which I came along and heard my grandmother saying the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer, some of you who are condoning Peter have little or no conscious many of us are forgetting that taxpayer hard earn money has gone into greeted persons pocket who should be in st.philip in an orange suit and the keys lost away I am sure if the shoe was on some of you all feet you would not be posting nonsense I would like to see all that are involve be brought to justice for our moneies

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