‘Small businesses hurting’
Small black businessmen are now being decimated by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration.
Former parliamentary representation for St James South, Liz Thompson, levelled this charge at the David Thompson administration on Sunday night.
“We are standing in the shadow of the DLP’s greatest assault on poor people – the collapse of TriMart. The cheapest house under the DLP administration is being sold for $180 000, while under the BLP administration the cheapest house was in the region of $50 000. Black and white Barbadians are suffering. White people outside the Jada Group of companies are suffering.
“Majority of Government work is going to persons with such names as Tempro, Maloney and Bjerkhamn. The BLP assisted the small black businessman, but now they are being decimated by the DLP administration. Small black businessmen are now selling their equipment and their vehicles at knock-down prices to put food on their tables,” Thompson lamented.
The former St James South MP said: “On every house at Coverley, Jada Construction is making a profit of $150 000. This is galloping greed. The land at Coverley was sold to Jada at $2 per square foot.”
Dismissing the argument that Government entered into a lease arrangement with Jada Construction because it did not have any money, Thompson, who is an attorney-at-law, argued that when you have real estate you have an asset.
She suggested that under these circumstances Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley and the DLP Government were not good stewards and therefore should be asked to leave office.
Turning to the houses being built at Constant, St George, by CLICO, Thompson charged that without a contract being in place, CLICO was not liable. (WG)