Integrity in Public Life Bill Fails to Pass

Since the 1970s both Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and Democratic Labour Party (DLP) have  been promising Barbadians that integrity legislation. Fifty years later Barbadians fully appreciate the adage a promise is comfort for a fool.

Can the BU intelligentsia explain to this blogmaster why the Integrity in Public Life Bill 2020 failed to pass the Upper House today?


239 thoughts on “Integrity in Public Life Bill Fails to Pass

  1. i admit that i am not totally au fait with intricate matters of the constitution of Barbados but from general knowledge of such issues, i cant see where the CJ would report directly to the PM. like the CoP and others responsible for law and order under British type system they would report to the GG

  2. Written or unwritten, it is difficult to imagine someone being appointed without a nod or at least tacit approval of the prime minister.

    It may be an unnecessary step as the Committee may have taken pains to select and present the type of candidate the minister desired. The final step is to get an inkling of what the chemistry would be like between the two. Bad chemistry and up comes the second candidate.

    Let me play the role of Cuhdear
    1.It is also stated that the Judicial Committee is appointed by the Prime minister
    Is it a standing committee or is it activated/appointed when there is a vacancy to be filled?
    After activation/appointment is the Committee supposed to act as an independent committee.

  3. i would imagine that the selection of the person and the rank order is sent onto the PM / Cabinet for ratification. they can then object or ratify. if they ratify the matter is then passed onto the GG for the rest of the process, swearing in etc

  4. @TheOgazerts August 9, 2020 9:23 AM “Let me play the role of Cuhdear.”

    I hope that you know that my character is protected by copyright in 315 countries.

    You will shortly receive a letter from my lawyer/accountant [I am too cheap tp pay two different people] demanding payment of royalties.


  5. Hell, somebody is going to be making decisions. We voted for the MPs. The MPs voted for the PM. There is no perfect system that would guarantee us perfect justice. We the people have to put pressure on our government to do the right things. To be honest I find Mia has been more responsive to protest than any other of our prime ministers.

    Suppose we had a system like the US. Would that guarantee us perfect justice?

    Fairy tales are for children. This is the real world.

  6. (Quote):
    My view is that despite the approximate five-year cyclical charades, the political class – and that includes the elected, nominated and the professional advisers, the influential and well entrenched “army of occupation” along with corporate donors – simply does not have the stomach for the awful-tasting “cure” of modern, all-encompassing anti-corruption laws. (Unquote).

    One of the more informative pieces of journalism written in a long time in Bim.

    Asking politicians to legislate -but more importantly, implement- anti-corruption laws is like asking a mother rat to build a ‘mouse- trap’ to capture its offspring.

    The lifelong objective of a Bajan politician is not to fulfil any dream based on a political ideology to bring about any social transformation or upliftment of the society but to gain access to the door of the taxpayers’ money house.

    The objective is to raid that ‘money-store’ by the awarding of over-inflated costly contracts to their sponsors and friends in the private sector with the politicians and their bureaucratic colluders getting their shares of the kickback deal by posing, like the Den(n)is the down Low(e), that oft repeated question: “Where is my Cut?”

    The situation at the BWA is a perfect case as to why the politicians would not vote, like turkeys for Xmas, for any effective (repeat ‘effective’) anti-corruption legislation which would only cut their own throats, figuratively speaking of course.

    Why not check the financial ‘figures’ in the background supporting both the recent and current crop of politicians and see who are still the real shadowy movers and shady shakers still pretending to be their “friends” and sponsors if not the likes of Malmoney.

  7. Govt rolled out 33 electric buses
    Populace is still in the dark as to how much of the public purse was afforded to buy them
    Mechanically retrofit and all other cost applied to having these buses ready prepared for transportation
    A govt that promised transparency has so far in two years delivered nothing
    Oh i forgot nuff showboating

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