The ruling New National Party (NNP) government is continuing to remain tight-lipped on the names of those committee members that met and recommended a Knighthood award for controversial British national, Anthony Bailey.
Three weeks ago, Health Minister Nickolas Steele who has emerged as a major spokesman for the Keith Mitchell-led administration told reporters that the committee had met again and rescinded the award.
The Health Minister did not reveal the names of the committee members but said that it was comprised mainly of persons with a “legal” mind and background.
St. George’s was left embarrassed after the Vatican issued a statement denying any link to the Bailey-promoted Constantinian Order that promised thousands of dollars for social projects on the island.
The British government had also issued a statement, which indicated that Bailey was not entitled to use “Sir” on visits to London.
The controversial Bailey is believed to have swapped Knighthoods with the Governors-General of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.
During Tuesday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of State for Education, Senator Simon Stiell attempted to play down the Anthony Bailey issue.
When quizzed by a NEW TODAY reporter on the names of the committee members that recommended Bailey for a Knighthood from Grenada, the government member said he did not know and was not prepared to give an undertaking to supply the names at next week’s session.
This is an except from the Press Conference:
NEW TODAY: Would you be able to provide me with the names of the members of the committee responsible for awarding Sir Anthony Bailey?
Sen. Stiell: I don’t have those names at hand.
NEW TODAY: During next week’s Post Cabinet Briefing, do you think I could get those names?
Sen. Stiell: Well I believe the matter was addressed, I think it was two post-Cabinet briefings ago and I am not sure there is too much to say on the matter.
The ruling NNP administration has been dogged over the years with questionable dealings involving several foreign nationals.
The most infamous were “The Pirate of Prague (Viktor Kozeny), as well as Van Brink of the collapsed First International Bank of Grenada (FIBG) and Ambassador Eric Resteiner who allegedly video-taped the handing over of a large sum of money to current Prime Minister Dr. Mitchell in June 2000 at a luxury villa in Switzerland in exchange for a diplomatic job.