A Country In Waiting: Transparency Legislation Promised 1754 Days Ago and Counting

Mara Thompson MP should defend her husband’s legacy by championing transparency legislation

Barbadians were ready to change the government last general election for several reasons, an obvious third term lethargy at the top of the list. It did not stop the Opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) from promising the sky and the 7 seas. One platform promise which resonated and persuaded many Independents to vote DLP was Freedom of Information (FOI) and Integrity Legislation (IL).  Barbadians like many around the world became intoxicated by the message of hope promised by Obama, we bought into the same message of the late David Thompson and his team.

On the 20 November 2007 a resolution was laid by the late Prime Minister David Thompson in the House of Assembly giving his support to IL and FOI legislation to be drafted as soon as possible. We are about to enter anther general election five years later and ….If the government were to rush this legislation to book before the bell is rung one wonders if it would not be a dishonest act.

Barbados Underground (BU) is on record admitting to having bought into the Thompson message of enacting transparency legislation to improve governance in Barbados. To say we are sorely disappointed by the lack of priority given by this government to enacting transparency legislation would be an accurate statement. Five years later there is not even the sense, if we listen to members of parliament from the government side, that transparency legislation is top of mind.

One of the most interesting observations has been the lack of advocacy by the Fourth Estate and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party. If only there was a little attention in the same way CLICO got the full press from Kaymar. We know that politicians from both sides are lukewarm to transparency legislation. We the people wait!

It will be up to frustrated independents to decide whether to punish what they may deem an incalcitrant government.

See a copy of the resolution laid by the Late David Thompson in parliament to give effect to Integrity and Freedom of Information Legislation and an amendment to the Defamation Act.

0 thoughts on “A Country In Waiting: Transparency Legislation Promised 1754 Days Ago and Counting


  1. “It will be up to frustrated independents to decide whether to punish what they may deem an incalcitrant government.”

    Independents?


  2. I notice Hutson, SMI and Bannister up front with the new proposed development off Princess Alice. And the report has the “gumption” to state SMI’s full “involvement” with the building of the Dodds prison as part of their experience and track record…Well well well.

    Hard ears ya won’t hear…….

    Just observing


  3. On the talk of integrity, the glaring lack of integrity by the Nation newspaper is despicable.
    A paper that claims to “call a spade a spade” has refused for 4 1/2 years to give anyone associated with the DLP a column or a voice in the Nation newspaper.
    If Caswell Franklyn was singing the government’s praises, there is no way in hell he would get to write a column in the Nation but he is constantly criticising the government and surprise… the Nation newspaper finds a space for him on Sundays.
    It is so obvious that the Nation newspaper is on the BLP payroll slanting its commentary to promote the BLP and refusing to print anything that puts Owen Arthur in a negative light.
    It is the Barbados version of Fox news.
    When Harold Hoyte left , balance and fairness at the Nation left also.Kaymar Jordan, Fred Gollop and Vivian Ann Gittens are a national disgrace.


  4. It will a great travesty if any integrity legislation is brought to parliament that does not include all civil servants.It is not only politicians that are crooked but also civil servants in the various departments across the ministries especially customs and immigration.
    Then there is the other departments, I am sure that there are business people out there that can tell of horrific times of applications or documents being delayed for weeks or months only to be told that if you grease their fingers they would help you out quickly.
    Politicians entertain the highest lobbyer while other civil servants produce work according to how well there fingers are greased


  5. @waterman

    It is a never ending debate where we need to draw the line but we need to start and politicians and those from private sector who do business with government is a good place to start.


  6. As this present administration goes thru the motions,of their yet another travesty….they should also consider, cutting loose Mona and all its trimmings FIRST AND FORE MOST. They know nothing of moral values or they would see the stupor of this latest annul. How can you talk about integrity and CLICO and all its infelicities sits up front and center with a ‘stolen’ Deloitte report in their laps? People are not stupid, not even Kenny Worse. This latest move shall prove no more than an insult to the intelligence of the Barbadian people.

    Webster’s Dictionary : integrity is “a firm adherence to a code of moral or artistic values.” Integrity goes hand-in-hand with character and honesty. Integrity is what compels you to do the right thing all the time. It makes you do the small things when nobody is looking, simply because you know it’s the right choice to make.For instance, while walking down the Broad Street, you find someone’s wallet. Integrity is what causes you to find the rightful owner and return it to them…and not take out the cash first.>> $3.3 Million should ring a bell here and the rightful return of what is not theirs. I say no more… Do you think we presently have such characters in our present political fray after Deloitte? Stop jacking off the people man.If you really have good intentions why address this matter….this late? Stop it man you are not fooling a soul, but bringing burlesque on oneself.

    Such immoral behavior extends to those who harbor, protect and shelter, as well… make no bones about it…We must of necessity approach this one with “clean hands” and not as of present…..”after we get ours first.” Its that blaring…..If you all were really serious would not a move in the direction of a Contractor General be of more importance first? But no… Again we all know how the corruption pipe lies…”that would stop the flow…we don’t really want DAT”….LOL


  7. @ National BLP Newspaper…I am in agreement with much of what you have said.However the fact remains that your party (and mine) seems hell bent on gifting away the reign of office.What is patently clear is that they need no help in this regard.


  8. “Problems can not be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”
    Albert Einstein.
    i think we out of luck.


    • @Onions

      You seem to think this is a matter to revel in and it only demonstrates how the political parties take us for fools.


  9. Unfortunately most Bajans do not care about FOI and integrity legislation. The DLP will not implement it because it was introduced by DT and PM Stuart has not embraced it.

    Having sanitised their assets during the last 4 years led by Owen and Mia’s example, the BLP can safely implement FOI and integrity legislation if they are elected.

    So comedy central is in season starring the usual characters coming to a neighborhood near you spewing vacuous crap in the full knowledge that he who buys the most corned beef, biscuits and DESIGNER BACK PACKS has the best chance of being elected.


  10. David “the political parties take us for fools.”

    I would rephrase that. “The Political parties KNOW the majority of us are fools.”
    Example. $300 back packs for school children.


  11. @ waterman
    “It is not only politicians that are crooked but also civil servants in the various departments across the ministries especially customs”
    ******************
    Actually – the politicians are more inept, lazy and greedy, it is the civil servants who are REALLY crooked. This is why the ONLY government that can change things in Barbados must be The coop team, strongly influenced by Caswell.

    No matter which party is elected, the civil servants manage to continue along their merry paths. The VERY SAME crooks get the contracts, the SAME shady deals occur and the same complaints from the auditor general go unaddressed.
    .
    Is it any wonder that FBI reports disappear? Known dishonest officials are promoted, the courts are a waste of time (literally), and we are falling deeper and deeper into the doo doo?

    Caswell would surely lock up some of these crooked public servants as chairman of the National Supervisory Committee (the new role of the waste-of-time Senate)

    Caswell would definitely keep the lower house in line as chairman of the NSC – from PM to backbencher.

    ….wunna feel that Caswell easy….?


  12. Waterman

    You said that it would be a great travesty if any integrity legislation is brought to parliament that does not include all civil servants.

    Nicely said but is that really so. Presently, without any co called integrity legislation, there is more legislation on the books than we need to punish dishonest conduct among civil servants. The real problem is that there is not enough will to enforce the law.

    The Public Service Act has many provisions to deal with misconduct but senior civil servants are protected because most of them have political connections. There is even a whistleblower provision section in the Act but the first time it was used the whistleblower was punished.

    A marshal named Wiseman reported that the Chief Marshal committed perjury by swearing on an affidavit, which was filed in court that a particular man could not be found to serve a warrant on him. The man either had to pay some money or be taken to prison. The Chief Marshal took the warrant and perjured himself to the effect that the man could not be found. Mind you the man turned up in court on two other summonses having been served at his residence by the marshal for the district. Wiseman reported the crime as he was required to do and was demoted by the Public Service Commission who instructed that they must prepare quarterly reports on him for the commission.

    Now if you were a public officer and you noticed that the only person being punished for a criminal act was the person who reported the crime, would you report and criminal activity or just keep your mouth shut?


  13. Barbadians were ready to change the government last general election for several reasons, an obvious third term lethargy at the top of the list.
    ————————–
    I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENT.
    ————————-
    Barbadians changed the Government because we take people for granted and do not value their contributions

    We believe therefore that things –the good times –would continue under the DLP. HOW SO VERY WRONG ?

    We believed the DLP lies
    We were Stupid

    TIme to redress the matter
    BLP = 29 SEATS
    DLP = 0 SEATS
    INDEPENDENT = 1 SEAT


  14. “A paper that claims to “call a spade a spade” has refused for 4 1/2 years to give anyone associated with the DLP a column or a voice in the Nation newspaper.”
    ———————————————————
    ANOTHER BIG FAT LIE


  15. “Transparency Legislation” Every Bajan presently alive will be DEAD before any such legislation is passed, more likely the COUNTRY will be DEAD also.


    • @Caswell

      Did you read anywhere on BU where there is disagreement that we need greater transparency in Central government? However it does not stop there!


  16. “Barbadians changed the Government because we take people for granted and do not value their contributions”

    100% agree on that.


  17. “Barbadians changed the Government because we take people for granted and do not value their contributions
    ****************

    What a load of crap! Politicians can’t be turfed out of office? Perhaps one of the elements that is missing from Bajan politics are term limits at least it would stop a few of them from loitering in the House and doing nothing (how about that MP who took a vow of silence because he was sent to the back bench by the PM).

    As to valuing contributions here is more proof that sitting on a computer and writing crap doesn’t make someone knowledgeable. In 1945 the British electorate sent Winston Churchill packing mere weeks after the end of WW11, what was his contribution to Britain?

    If the Brits could send Churchill into Opposition why couldn’t Barbados bestow the same fate to Arthur?


  18. @David
    No I don’t but I will anyway the short answer is that the Brits felt that the Conservative Party was a good wartime Party but was not good to manage the country during a time of peace


  19. All I hearing is bare talk……weak willows….FOI is just a political joke…just like AX ….people in HIGH PLACES….just love the opp to laugh at poor Bajans in true distress….have no fear ….WE WILL FIX DAT ! Sarge cud talk… cuz tomorrow he can go in the supermarket and buy a gallon of the best milk for $2.99, but we got shits for $ 8.00, and a glut..keep laughing Sarge….x 2 Hants….talk as usual cheap.


  20. Onions

    You old weather cock, all along you were in favour of the Ax inquiry what happened on the Road to Damascus? You don’t have to answer a political opportunist never lets any perceived opening slips by.

    For the record don’t know the price of milk as I don’t drink it, don’t you know that a large percentage of Black people are lactose intolerant? Many of them don’t realise this as the reaction to some products may be delayed and they blame their discomfort on other things.

    And Onions you’re welcome.


    • Part of the problem to where we find ourselves in Barbados is that many become blinded by the ‘colours’ and to hell with anything else.


  21. @ NationBLPnewspaper | September 9, 2012 at 5:48 AM |

    Can we take it that you read the same Nation BLP newspaper?
    If you do, then explain to us why did the ‘Sun on Saturday’ published a brief write up about SMI Infrastructural Solutions with a photo of one of its principals named Bannister? The write up was about this man involvement with the redevelopment of the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal under a DLP Administration.
    Could you tell us if this man Bannister is the same man involved with the construction of the Dodds Prisons that the DLP so vehemently vilified and determined it to be $700,000,000.00 (NOT $750,000 or $75,000) millstone around the taxpayers’ neck and confirmed by the Governor of the CBB? Is he the same man that the DLP called an OSA henchman in the art of corruption and squandermania?

    Of course, like the Nation Newspaper, you would exclude from your contributions to this Blog any mention of the DLP’s volte face with regard to the same man “assisting” with the construction and financing of this new fly-by-night project. What has happened to the Pierhead marina project? Have Darcy & Banny jumped that leaky yacht sinking in the phantom marina with the undercover intention to cruise into the terminal in the dead of night?


    • @enuff

      How can yo suggest this group is too small when we examine the margin of victories/losses in some constituencies?


  22. @miller etc. “What has happened to the Pierhead marina project? Have Darcy & Banny jumped that leaky yacht sinking in the phantom marina with the undercover intention to cruise into the terminal in the dead of night?”

    What de hell you telling me?


  23. @ Simple Simon | September 9, 2012 at 12:53 PM |

    Look, Simple Aging Simon, read my lips:
    These two fellas are not any innocent “niggers in a woodpile” but downright crooks and criminals that ought to be in a calaboose. Can’t you see or figure out the connection from the OSA/Mia prison to the getaway IBC redesigned yacht to St. Lucia to a cruise ending at B’town Terminal? If your Jesus C is for real then the next stop should be the home port called Dodds. What goes around comes around. After all you, Simple Simon believe that people should be punished for their evil ways called sins.


  24. “The DLP will not implement it because it was introduced by DT and PM Stuart has not embraced it.”
    You got me there Mr Hnts. Explain your reasoning. Am i to understand that the DLP is now extinct since Mr Thompson’s death?
    Have you given thougt to the idea that with the Deloitte report seemingly pointing to Mr Thompson’s involvement in one way or the other in the CLICO scandal that M Stuart migt very well be doing MR Thompson and the DLP a favour by not introducing te legislation until after he is returned to power.


  25. @ Miller

    SMI did not build HMP Dodds. SMI was just a minor part of the the contracted team. The prison was built by VECO and its wholly owned subsidary, Commonwealth Construction. SMI is long gone (with a fist full of tens of millions) by the time construction starts, thats this mans MO. Most of the senior management of VECO ended up in prison in the USA for bribery, corruption, fraud and rackateering.

    Don’t you remember early last year Sinckler said the Pierhead Marina would start in 9 months? What has happened since that pronouncement? BTI has paid out millions and millions of dollars to a company who cannot raise the financing for that project and is in breach of the agreement but wants to BTI to continue to fork out millions even though it cannot and will not build squat.

    If you took this man, held him upside down by the ankles and shook him you might be surprise to find out that not only politicians would fall out of his pockets but also some very senior civil servants in Barbados and a few lawyers as well.

    Royal Caribbean is just the cover needed to allow a significant quantity of money to be removed from the Barbados Port Inc.

    Stupse. Barbadians make stealing from the Treasury a olympic sport. Poor people will always be poor in Barbados.


  26. How are we to take the dismissive words of the bombastic and pompous Minister of Finance to the IMF woman responsible for Barbados? What will happen to Barbados when Mr Unclear has to go cap in hand in a few months time if the slow man does not call the election?

    Woe betide our fair land!


  27. As an independent the annoucement of the spectacular looking cruise marina was a surprise mind you its a positive surprise with dredging expected to start in Nov. Lets see if the start up date is kept.

    The downtown marina is the next we would love to see begin but the leeches for blp lawyers have put that in court where it will drain the taxpayers monies for at least a decade, Al Barrack fashion.

    Hopefully there is an announcement coming soon on 4 Seasons and Almond village. Advances on transparency legislation and offshore oil drilling would further help to put the DLP in a good place politically speaking.

    With the scorched earth background of the world economic depression the DLP cannot be judged as if we were in the boom years of yore. Fact is they have done a lot in a short time with unprecedented scarce resources.


  28. Sargeant –your comments @
    Sargeant | September 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    are so wild and weird that one is left unsure of your real intentions at a response, Go back and read your statements and then query yourself


  29. @Miller or “the artful dodger”

    Deal with the point- The Nation newspaper chooses who writes their columns. If you can load a paper with the official opposition “spokesman”, and follow up with Albert Brandford, Pat Hoyos, Ezra Alleyne, Peter Symmonds and Sanka Price , all known associates of the BLP, then clearly the Nation newspaper has decided to slant its commentary in favour of persons who support the BLP.

    When the BLP was in office, EZra Alleyne had a column up front in the Friday Nation putting the case for the government of the day. Nation readers could read his column and also Hartley Henry and get both sides.
    Please tell me why the Nation newspaper has refused to engage anyone from the DLP to do a similar thing. The only reason is because the Nation newspaper under Kaymar Jordan and Vivian Ann Gittens wants to slant public opinion in favour of the BLP.

    The opposition leader seldomly attending Parliament or calling a meeting of the Public Accounts committee but you will NEVER see that in the Nation newspaper.We have to read that on BU. WHY??
    The Nation newspaper refuses to print any story that puts Owen Arthur in a negative light or the editor’s phone will ring.Yes, that is how the Nation newspaper is operating.

    I repeat, The Nation newspaper has sold its journalistic soul and is as “fair and balanced” as Fox news is to Barrack Obama.


  30. NationBLPnewspaper i’m really sick and tired of your jackass comments about the nation. if the nation is that dangerous what would YOU say about the nation lone TV station? of course you will say nothing because that serves you purpose well.

    NationBLPnewspaper stop with the BS, wake to hell up and get real.


  31. @ NationBLPnewspaper | September 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM |

    @NationBLPnewspaper or “the Artful Dodger Senior”

    Deal with the point- The NationBLPnewspaper who contributes to this blog still continues to avoid and evade the questions posed.

    Please address the query repeated once more slightly reworded:
    “Can you explain to us why did the ‘Sun on Saturday’ publish a brief write up about SMI Infrastructural Solutions with a photo of one of its principals named Bannister? The write up was about this man involvement with the redevelopment of the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal under a DLP Administration.”

    When you do address the above matter we would entertain you complaint about OSA and the PAC which does indeed merit some attention. Maybe by addressing the ‘Bannister’ issue we the BU readers would be able to put things in a more “informed” perspective of one hand can’t tell the other to clap.


  32. I can address the Bannister issue for you millertheanunnaki.

    Bannister is a lobbyist who spent many years in the hotbed of Toronto mega project incubators King and Bay.

    Clearly he did not waste his time in Canada like Hants and he has the ability to pull together the resources to plan “Mega Projects”.

    BLP DLP or BU P the process is the same for a lobbyist / facilitator / planner.

    If only I had used the knowledge I gained as effectively as one of Kolij’s most successful…….

    To besides it is almost time for Banni to retire but I suspect Owen already got projects line up fuhhe..


  33. @ Hants | September 9, 2012 at 10:39 PM |
    “Clearly he did not waste his time in Canada like Hants and he has the ability to pull together the resources to plan “Mega Projects”…”
    He would have made a fine success of the Four Seasons Restart Project instead of the bluffer Avinash “Unpersuasive” Persaud!
    Since he Bannister is lobbying down the South West Coast from Pierhead to Trevor’s Way to Cruise Terminal why not let him continue North and sit in the rusting lobby of the Four Seasons villas.
    We are cocksure Banny would be able to put his foot up and get his Canadian mega contacts to buy into this profitable venture and take some of the load off the local NIS back.


  34. Canadians are only interested in safe investments like BL& P and the Banking industry.

    Don’t get me started on the Four Seasons because I obviously can’t be thinking right.
    Why can’t they build the villas for the buyers who can deposit a third of the price.People have built villas along the west coast like the one at Green Sleeves.

    I simply do not understand why the entire Four Seasons Hotel and Villas must be an all in one construction project.

    Simon Cowell can have his villa built and drive to Sandy Lane for dinner and ride a Jetski there for lunch until the Hotel is built next door.

    buh doan me. I does writeshiite dat I doan know nutten bout.


  35. @ Hants

    OSA got a job for he is right. In fact he have a job for both members of the Gline and Darcy show, some weeding up a Dodds Prison in some custom made uniforms.

    SMI have been turned down for financing from vitually every financial institution (local & otherwise) for the Pierhead Marina so the simple question must be, if he is such a good lobbyist and contractor why can’t he get the Pierhead Marina started some nearly 3 years after being awarded the contract?

    Why did BTI pay out millions and millions to SMI to pay its consultants and then the same BTI had to turn around a pay the same consultants when it became obvious (to BTI) that SMI had not paid them?

    Is the BTI and SMI not having some legal wrangling now about the Pierhead Marina?

    I predicting by the end of the Gline & Darcy show, the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc and Barbados Port Inc would have collectively been relieved of Bds$20.0 million without the waters at the Pierhead or trevor’s Way being disturded one bit.

    Wait and see.


  36. Simple Reasoning from one who does not understand Ecclesiastical Things.

    Remember when you were a babbling baby (some of us still are) when we were closer to the womb that bore us, than to the cu**s that rule us and the grave that waits on us now?

    Remember putting your hand on the front of the oven door, or taking off the car’s radiator cap the first time, or touching your fadder soldering iron?

    Remember how dat ting bun you stupid as*?

    Now answer me dis den.

    Why would I as Freundy de Wise, as the last act in the shortest term of any local government, why would I as the greatest BLP supporter that ever lived, for indeed me and that other fellow who does sleep all de time, de fellow Sandi, have gi way dis government single handedly to de BLP,why would i, unlessing i more stupid dan a rock, mek legislation, on de eve of my leffing Bay Street, Integrity legislation dat gine get Michael Lashes lock up in Dodds, or wusser still, face extradition unner de hans uh de BLP government when dem get in fuh de next 15 years?

    Unna feel I real foolish den!!! En fuh all uh wunna who commenting pun my silence, i would have all uh wunna know, (including Barni who i gine lose my seat to) I still gine come out pun top causing my mudder and my political advisor tell me dat “silence is golden and after i lef bay street i gine got real gold bullion”!!


  37. @ Duuh

    Anarchy and Sedition!!!

    David send out de cyberpolice immediately or give Duuh correct name and address to de BLP minister(s) who responsible fuh dat B.O.L.T arrangement (not to be confuse wid BOLT de jamaican runner, doah de speed dat Doods get approve en buil, en de amount uh money dat dem run way wid en got in American banks would put boaf uh Bolt, de real one, world records to shame)

    Dis is wuh Sir Grantley or Errol Barrow, depending on which uh dem rush to respond to dis basphemy, get fuh educating de masses people who cud tink en and formulate an opinion and who now preaching treason and Clement Payne thoughts dem…


  38. @Hant

    “Simon Cowell can have his villa built and drive to Sandy Lane for dinner and ride a Jetski there for lunch until the Hotel is built next door.”

    so you are telling me that you would have Simon Cowell and company in his villa he pay millions for next door to a construction site?

    i see, i really see…


  39. Never going to happen! Wunna better keep counting David Thompson promised it and that promise died with him. Politicians do not want accountability for their actions whether it is wrong nor right.


  40. “.People have built villas along the west coast like the one at Green Sleeves.”

    Hants …AND? What are you trying to say? Have you ever been to Green Sleeves? Do you know how many acres it covers?


  41. @David(not BU but BLP)

    As a blind partisan, you will ignore the blatant journalistic sell out of the Nation newspaper because you can only see as far as your BLP blinkers will let you.
    Be fair and admit that the Nation newspaper has adopted a strategy of using BLP columnists to savage the government in their weekly commentary while depriving readers of any alternative perspective. You clearly do not beleive in fairness.


  42. @ NationBLPnewspaper | September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM |
    “Be fair and admit that the Nation newspaper has adopted a strategy of using BLP columnists to savage the government in their weekly commentary”.

    The DLP does not need any Newspaper columnist to savage its administration. It is already doing a fine hatchet job on itself.

    But why do you continue to read that dirty rag sheet? Aren’t you afraid you might be getting subliminally brainwashed? Can’t you read only the Advocate to get the True lowdown on the DLP administration’s promises and performance? After all, that is the reason it is being paid handsomely from the taxpayers kitty directly and indirectly.

    PS & PS & PS:
    Please address the query repeated once more again and again:
    “Can you explain to us why did the ‘Sun on Saturday’ publish a brief write up about SMI Infrastructural Solutions with a photo of one of its principals named Bannister? The write up was about this man involvement with the redevelopment of the Bridgetown Cruise Terminal under a DLP Administration.”


  43. @nation critic,

    You are obviously deep in the bowels of the DLP and should know how badly the DLP treated the Nation. In 2007/8, the DLP felt that with the polls saying that they would win the election, they began to display their arrogance like we see today.

    The DLP withdrew their ads from the Nation. They gave 99% to the Advocate. Why dont you ask the Advocate for columns for the DLP? I do not know if they did not want the Nation to see that all the cheques were drawn on FAMILIES FIRST account with the dead king as the ONLY signatory.

    During the St John by-election, they did the same, calling back for their cheque and cancelling the ad and refused to place any more ads in the Nation for the rest of the campaign. Hartley Henry then did a nasty expo on a Nation editor and you really think that the Nation should give the DLP time or space in the very paper the DLP loves to hate to spew its propaganda?

    I would not, if I were the Nation. As David (not BU) told you, get up and get real!


  44. David | September 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM |
    A group which needs close scrutiny is the Customs Officers. Enough said!
    ———————————————
    What Customs Officers do you ?
    Are Customs Officers are easy targets for you and others who don’t want to get questioned, search or charged duty ?

    Come on ! Customs Officers did not make the Laws and if Customs Officers really had to enforce them to the letter -you would run hard hard and cry like a little baby


  45. @Prodigal Son
    You are obviously sadly misinformed. The DLP advertised in the Nation newspaper all during the last general election campaign right up to the day before the election.You are misleading the public.

    Your argument seems to admit that the Nation newspaper is being vindictive.
    The Nation newspaper is campaigning for the opposition BLP by a strategy of refusing to give any balance to its commentary and trying to slant public opinion to the BLP.
    The Nation editors are fully aware of the political views of Albert Brandford, Ezra Alleyne, Peter Symmonds, Pat Hoyos and Clyde Mascoll but they refuse to give the public any columnists with alternative political opinions.
    The reason is simple- the Nation strategy is to use these columnists to promote the BLP so that when you read the Nation you will get a strong pro BLP perspective.

    The Nation newspaper has sold its journalistic integrity and we might realise one day soon that this might be good for a few politicians to get a free pass and avoid scrutiny but the majority of citizens regardless of which party they support will not benefit from the Nation newspaper promoting party above country.
    With this current Nation newspaper leadership, any story that puts Owen Arthur in a negative light will never make the front page.Is that good for Barbados?


  46. Dear NationBLPnewspaper:

    People choose to buy the Nation. Or not.

    People choose to exercise their franchise in favour of the BLP. Or not.

    The Nation does not own the electorate.

    The BLP does not own the electorate.

    If you are a DLP partisan, run along and start campaigning for your party.
    Nobody is stoping you.


    • The bigger issue here is how information can be manipulated by some. Should we be concerned as citizens? Of, course. Whether Nation, Adv ovate or the CBC is immaterial in this case.


  47. Dear NationBLPnewspaper:

    The late Prime Minister David Thompson said “the fatted calf will be slaughtered and shared” At the time I thought that this was foolish electioneering talk, because I was convinced that there was no fatted calf, (more likely a scrawny bad looking beast) but anyhow since I am only a Simple Simon I said to myself let me see how this slaughtering and sharing works out.

    Lo and behold the DLP now looking for freeness from the Nation. Methinks that the DLP should should use some of the fatted calf money to buy space in the Nation (but oh dear, dear, there never was any fatted calf was there?) That was only foolish electioneering talk

    Oh shute!!!


  48. David everybody (except me of course hee!!, hee!!) has an agenda, even you, or especially you.

    The Nation is under no obligation to participate in the DLP’s agenda (nor the BLP’s)

    The DLP should stop their childish crying and get to WORK. Nobody loves a cry baby.

    Note that the BLP is mounting their elections platforms nearly every weekend, and live streaming on their website.

    My question remains.

    Who or what is stopping the DLP from doing the same?

    As I said NOBODY LOVES A CRY BABY.


  49. David:

    Ask the question, does it make any sense passing IL now that T’dad owns practically 50% of Bim?

    Keep a close eye at T’dad Government behaviour and see the reflection here in Bim. An amendment hurriedly passed on Aug 3, 2012 in Tdad will allow two Government buddies and a former campaign manager to walk free because the trial has not commenced.

    Furthermore, the Minister of Justice booked a hotel for public servants to sleep, wine and dine at a man under investigation for alleging to defraud his country in the Piarco Airpport scandal.

    Who stands to benefit from this new to Bdos legislation?

    Integrity??? Freedom of Information??? Ain’ making no difference in TT. A minister refused to take a breathalyser test and was fired. Justice Minister booked hotel owned by a man under investigation for extradition in the US and he is still employed.

    If Barbados would change the cadre of politicians I say go for the IL and FOI if you keep them all nothing will change. Tdad invests heavily in Bim do you really think that Starcom Group of Companies will broadcast/publish corruption in Gov’t should the BLP regain power?

    Did they ever? And which Police Officer will lay a charge against a Minister in this country? Or will the DPP say a word?

    Read up on TT. The CLICO trouble started under Manning he kept his mouth shut. The CLICO trouble started under Owen and Mia they kept their mouths shut and the SOI offered no further investigation or advice under the BLP.

    What are you really asking for? Legislation with teeth or gums?

    However, I encourage you keep pressing on, our children will take the baton and ask as well and we will hope for the change whilst agitating, requesting, praying etc, etc etc (Anna and the KIng).


    • @Brief

      Been following, note that Dumas has questioned the Integrity Commission about PM’s sister accompanying her on visits; the transparency of the decision making.

      Bottom line we have to do what we need to do and execute. Because they have failed it does not mean we can’t do a better job.

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