Here is NEWS that was mailed to my readers on Aug 12, 1999:-
Aug 12, 1999 WONDERFUL and ADORED peoples of the world ! Latest BAJAN news for you................ Phillip Goddard replaces Liz Thompson -------------------------------------- Due to certain callous, insensitive and un-called-for remarks by Liz Thompson, Prime Minister Owen Arthur has terminated her appointment as Minister of Health, and appointed Phillip Goddard as head of that Ministry. Phillip Goddard was Minister of Transportation and Public Works for the last six months and Rommel Marshall has now been appointed to that post, this will be his first Ministry. The offending words that Liz uttered, "We've had several requests for tours of Greenland and we've accommodated them. But I'm rather curious about Mr. Thompson's request for a tour...... because I still don't know if he sees it as a potential disposal site for the entire Democratic Labour Party, or for those people who are running against him for leadership." This caused immediate widespread public outcry and anti-BLP sentiment..... Prime Minister Owen Arthur, in his public statement to the Press to explain why he fired the Minister said, "January of this year the people of this country gave this administration an overwhelming mandate, perhaps the largest mandate in the history of this country, perhaps the largest ever. I have interpreted this to be a vote of confidence in this administration's capacity to administer the affairs of this country with sensitivity, with commitment to good governance, and without any arrogance or any hubris. I have also publicly stated that no one must interpret the mandate as a licence for any behaviour other than that which contributes to the orderly and the best government of this country. I will not deviate from this position. The decision that I have taken today I do feel will better enable this administration to discharge it's responsibility to the people and to fully develop its mandate that it has been given. Thank you." As the Nation newspaper's roving reporter asked members of the public what they thought of the PM's decision to sack Liz.... the vast majority of people questioned said it was the right decision... even overdue... since the woman has done NOTHING positive for the Ministry she was in charge of. and is always causing trouble by what she says. Meanwhile, RICHARD GODDARD, Chairman of the Scotland District Association, and cousin of the new Minister wants him to puts the lid on the controversial GREENLAND LANDFILL...... to tell the PUBLIC the findings of the Klon-Crippen report that was done on the hydrogeology of the area in 1995 and the Burnside report which tells of the DANGERS to the LEACHATE PONDS. This Greenland landfill has been a BIG MISTAKE and a MASSIVE waste of MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars... and it remains to be seen if Government will be man enough to admit fault... try to enlist the public's support.. and seek alternative solution. I have always said the island is filled with ENOUGH RUBBISH of its own !.. it is only 21 x 14 miles... it is over populated and over developed... and it is MADNESS to be taking MILLIONS OF TONS of CRUISE SHIP garbage every month ! Let the damn CRUISE SHIPS dump their garbage somewhere else.... how much longer are we going to sacrifice our future on the alter of pandering to tourism. It is significant that some of the other Caribbean islands REFUSE to accept garbage from passing ships... and the Cruise ships STILL visit them. So I wish the authorities to TAKE A STAND..... say NO... NO MORE GARBAGE... if they "retaliate", take yur licks like a man... but ya wanna bet, the SHIPS WILL STILL COME..... and they will obey OUR rules.... WHY ?..... because bullying is what it is all about !..... threats, fears, psychological war.... time to say "F__K 'EM" and call their bluff.... and be prepared for any "consequences"..... but it is worth it... for the good of our country and people. I say tourism should always be SECONDARY to the well-being of our country and it's people... and I dont care who get vexed with me for that. I gone.