Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU-MoU

‘The Truth eats Lies’ —from Marlon James’ latest epic ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ The previous article stated that over $5.0 Billion of Public Money was spent in the first 6 months of 2009 during the CL Financial bailout, under that MoU. Yes, that is the same type of document which we were so loudly being … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU-MoU

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Property Matters – Tobago Sandals silence

#barefacts #finefinefine Part of political education is recognizing lies, propaganda, and the revising of history. These three mechanisms combined powerfully set the precedent for manufactured consent. — Walter Rodney (@RodneyProject) January 10, 2019 This week I will examine the response to Sandals unexpected withdrawal on Tuesday 15th January 2019 from the proposed large-scale development at … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals silence

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals Roles

This article will delve into the roles of the various officials and public Institutions who are responsible for this Tobago Sandals MoU. Information Approach This process followed the familiar pattern of information management, in which the ‘Underlying Commercial Arrangements’ are intentionally obscured, while other details are selectively provided. It is clear that there was no … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals Roles

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU, part two

The previous article examined the clauses of the Tobago Sandals MoU and I took the position that those provisions were entirely in favour of Sandals, which was investing none of the capital. What is more, the MoU offers unspecified incentives and exemptions to Sandals, as well as a free hand in terms of purchasing and … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU, part two

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU

29th November 2018 was the first hearing of my Judicial Review of the refusal of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to provide a copy of the Tobago Sandals Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which I had requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) since 27th February 2018. At that hearing, the OPM agreed … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals MoU

Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

In which a Flying Pig births a White Elephant… If that phrasing sounds over-imaginative and gross, just consider these proposals for Tobago Sandals… The previous article stated the bare facts about this large-scale development and placed those for consideration.  The response, online and elsewhere, was such that I am now going to set out the … Continue reading Property Matters – the Benefit of the Doubt for Tobago Sandals?

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals part three

Last week’s article outlined the research I have been conducting, with the support of my colleagues from Disclosure Today, into the ‘Underlying Commercial Arrangements‘ of the State-owned hotels in this country. Those are the decisive details which drive projects of this nature and from which the substantial public benefits ought to flow. Details of the … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals part three

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals part two

This Season of Reflection closes with yet another Sankofa Moment in which I will contemplate our past efforts so as to better understand our future. This huge project is being promoted, at the highest levels, by highly-optimistic and quite ambiguous statements. The entire effort is based on notions of government having nothing to hide and … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals part two

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals

Property Matters – Tobago Sandals

User groups and other interest groups should be properly consulted on decisions regarding public building projects, to ensure that relevant views can be expressed at the appropriate time and taken into account before decisions are made… (The emphasis is mine) — 2010 Uff Report into the Construction Sector. Is there a link between the Uff … Continue reading Property Matters – Tobago Sandals