Thorne tears into Lashley over stadium

Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church South and attorney-at-law Ralph Thorne, QC, Wednesday urged Barbadians to dismiss as “ministerial frolic” recent calls by Minister of Sports Stephen Lashley for Barbadians to contribute $10 towards the renovation of the National Stadium.

Appealing to Barbadians to demonstrate their nationalism, Lashley revealed earlier this month that a fundraising drive would soon be launched, and once citizens got on board the authorities could raise as much as $20 million to kick start the redevelopment process.

Thorne has however poked holes in the idea, pointing out that the minister had erred by treating the decision as an issue of “personal morality”, since those who fail to contribute were being portrayed as unpatriotic.

He stressed that “the morality of the citizenry was not on trial, but the trust of the Government will be on trial”.

Thorne suggested Lashley first had to answer a number of questions before the public could buy into the idea.

“Who will be the collector of these monies? Will the collection go into the Consolidated Fund into the mix of Government’s other funds? Will these monies go into a bank account owned by the National Sports Council? What is the legal authority for this collection of monies by Government?”

Stressing that Government funds were sacred and subjected to very strict legal and accounting rules, Thorne also questioned whether Cabinet had discussed and approved the proposal.

“Is it being conveyed to the public that Government can whimsically collect monies through ministerial edict? Is it a tax? Is it intended to take the proposal to Parliament?” he further queried.

Government has been seeking to raise $50 million to fund the redevelopment of the sporting facility, which is more than four decades old.

Thorne again stressed that the issue had nothing to with whether or not Barbadians were willing to contribute $10 to the reconstruction of a “neglected” stadium

“Let us ignore this ministerial frolic and return to the serious matter of the loss of public trust in this Government, until such time as we can change it.

“The issue is that the people do not trust this Government, and with good reason,” he argued.

18 Responses to Thorne tears into Lashley over stadium

  1. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 13, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Man… don’t say…things like that..’Thorne tears into Lashley over stadium….Ya had ma frighten My head does run way with me .Ya could of put it this way ,Thorne tear some lashes in Lashley about the stadium proposal .or Thorne let go like a pop kite on Lashley ,on the stadium leaving a tear in Lashley pocket.

  2. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen April 13, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Thorne leave Lashley,I want to hear your voice on Boyce.

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small April 13, 2017 at 12:32 am

    All ah wunna too!
    De stadium was in a state of worry from de 90’s and got wussa in 2000.
    Wunna like borrowing nuff $$$, it’s time enuff to build two stadiums!
    Build a top notch one on de other side dat wunna complaining bout dat overrun wid de river tamarind and dat de youtes won’t stop growing weeds in.
    Cause sports in Barbsdos ain’t going nahway without quality sports infrastructures, above average coaching nor $$$$.

  4. jrsmith April 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

    Yes bajans can contribute , but we want to see (tenders ) for the work and all (Audits ) on view to the public…. You cannot trust Bajan politicians they are too crooked and untrustworthy……..

    • hcalndre April 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      @jrsmith; Don`t care what profession or qualification these people have, they all want to be a politician and get a mini$try and after scrunting for most of their lives, “Abbracadabbra” they are rich, just like that, then why if they`re so good at that, why they can`t make the country wealthy too, according to one of Chalkdust`s calypsoes.

  5. sticks and stones April 13, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Cannot belive that any barbadian who have been privilege to having free education and health care would baulked at a simple suggestion of philanthropy that would help the youth of this country . it is totally mindblowing

    • Gearbox April 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Free education is a myth…when will some of you understand that? Education was always paid for via tax collection…our parents paid taxes…and then we paid taxes later in life…and our children will pay taxes. Same thing with healthcare.

    • hcalndre April 14, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      @sticks and stones: would you take your $10 and just give it away like that. What is mind blowing is that you think that because a politician say so its the law, is it a charity or a gift? can you claim a deduction on you income tax? man when you don`t stand for something, you`ll fall for anything.

  6. Frank White April 13, 2017 at 8:43 am

    First off, Minister Lashley has to come to the public, not George street, and give in detail what the plans are… For he to say $20 million dollars, you must have an approved drawing that was appraised by a building contractor… For me, this is how I see it, they, the politicians, are going to use the whole patriotic talk and win the hearts and minds of the masses who will donate their last and then the politicians are going to take the money and place it right in the hands of the white community who in turn will hire the black community and pay them buttons and his, white community, friends and family will be smiling all the way to the bank, while the black community continues to live hand to mouth…

    Here’s my suggestion, the black community be given this contract, let the hiring begin, in circumference, from the closest communities and go out… Offer parish communities the opportunity to sponsor a stand each month…

    If you all are going to donate to this project, stop thinking about today and start thinking about your children and their children’s children… Stop and think…

  7. Kevin April 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I would gladly give the $10 to help our youth and country.

  8. sticks and stones April 13, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Frank White it was a suggestion nothing written as a law. However the opposition rather than put the interest of the youth first turn the suggestion into a political football what a da.m shame

    • sticks and stones April 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Alex what is missing from inside that empty cavity somewhere stored in your head is a brain one which is so far off the deep end of political interference that it is impossible for you to comprehend the usefulness what is of importance to the interest of barbados society especially issues that affect tge well being if tge youth.
      So what if you do not want to sponsor a child to create for the child a way by which tobdevelop his or her athletic achievements by giving a measly 10dollar donation who is it for you or anyone to stand bold face using political propaganda and banter to say others should do the same
      What kind of society are we building when we put roadblocks in peoples way

  9. Biscuits April 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    @Kevin…I too would glady contribute on behalf of our youth.The stadium has been in a state of disrepair for over 15 years. Unfortunately, neither past nor present Governments appeared to place any mportance on addressing the situation, much to the detriment of young aspiring atheletes.

  10. Alex Alleyne April 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Only a man with a “hole in his head” would asked Bajans to put up $10.00 to help refurbish the stadium. After taxing us on everything down to our underwear, you all leave us with nothing. So where we gine get $10. from to splurge ??????.

    • Gearbox April 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Exactly Alex. The gall of these damn people in office right now.

  11. hcalndre April 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    All the bajans that want to donate, go right on. I have never met a people that say they are so highly educated can just decide that its all well to donate $10 with all kind of reasons for doing so, is the $10 a gift or is it for a charity, was it legislated? I would not give $10 because a politician say so, not even if a gun was at my head. The integrity law have to become a reality.

  12. Leroy April 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    $30,000 monthly x 5 yrs = $1,800,000(almoat $2 mil) in rent at Sky Mall,
    Why should bajans trust politicians any longer with our $(voluntary donations) when they continue to waste our taxes?

    Please anyone answer that question.

  13. BaJan boy April 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Alex not only taxing us hard but giving all of the previous contracts to white people where one man got over 1/2 a billion dollars in contracts in 8 years. So he will tak POOR BLACK PEOPLE money and give the same. Bajans would have to be jackasses of the highest order. Let the iliterate like sticks and stones who can’t see belong their noses put 100 a month. CLOWN…


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