Preventing Corruption in Barbados

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Submitted by Grenville Phillips II

he recently defeated Integrity in Public Life Bill (Integrity Bill) will not trouble the scores. Despite the fake Oscar-contention outrage of our senators, if the bill had passed, it would simply have made corruption legal in Barbados. That is how terrible the bill was designed.

At first, the bill specified that a person could not be investigated for corruption after they had retired from public life for 2 years. So, a person who received a bribe in January 2018 and then retired, cannot be investigated after February 2020.

A sloppy bribe may be uncovered by a financial audit, but the 2018 accounts are audited in 2019. The earliest the Auditor General will look at the 2019 audited accounts is in 2020, after the fellow has retired. How convenient. Perhaps the time has come to ask our politicians and senators, why they would champion such a farce.

After Solutions Barbados explained the farce, the final Bill increased the time where no investigations can happen, to 5 years. That is also useless in Barbados, since the Auditor General provides his annual report of many issues that are more than five years old. A short limit on investigating corruption is a glaring loophole for guilty persons.

The Integrity Bill will likely cost taxpayers $5M each year, to recover less than $50,000. It is a farce. It conveniently ignores the estimated $100M of corrupting no-bid contracts each year. The Integrity Bill is wasteful, ineffective, and practically useless for Barbados. Consider the following scenario.

CORRUPTION 101.

A company bribes a person to get a no-bid contract. The company charges the Government five times the normal value of the work, which Barbadians must pay in higher taxes (that is why most Barbadians live hand-to-mouth). The bribe may be paid in any of the following ways.

1. Paying his election advertising expenses.

2. Building a house, and transferring ownership five years after he retires.

3. Purchasing land, and transferring ownership five years after he retires.

4. Purchasing financial instruments that mature five years after he retires.

5. Funding community projects in his constituency.

6. Paying money to his friends.

7. Selling him property (eg. car, house, etc) at a significant discount.

8. Paying for the renovation of his house.

9. Paying his children’s educational costs.

10. Hiring consultants and employees whom he recommends.

11. Hiring him as a consultant five years after he retires.

12. Procuring and managing a business (eg restaurant or store), and transferring ownership to his family five years after he retires.

There are hundreds of similar ways of paying and receiving bribes. Our useless Integrity Bill is conveniently designed to avoid all of them. Worse, the Integrity bill does not address any of the common methods of political corruption.

POLITICAL CORRUPTION.

Forcing the public to make payments to consultants that only benefit one political party, is political corruption. The payments are normally made to political supporters, who may be disguised as: public relations, media, information technology, security, or financial advisors.

Solutions Barbados recommended an effective anti-corruption policy. It is based on the proven method of rewarding whistle-blowers, as an incentive to blow the whistle. We planned to reward them with the total value of the bribe. We also planned to fine both the bribe givers and the bribe takers, to pay for the policy.

The whistle-blowers already know about the corrupt activities. They include: tellers who did the bank transactions, contractors who renovated the houses, lawyers who drafted the contracts, accountants who did the audits, and vendors who sold the properties. Employees of the department that gave the no-bid contract, and the company that paid the bribe, also know.

The Government is planning to pass a whistle-blower protection bill, but there is no reward incentive. Instead, the exposed whistle-blower gets to keep working in the now toxic work environment, until it takes its foreseen emotional health toll. What a farce of an incentive.

It is time for our politicians and senators to stop giving us false hopes. If they do not plan to reward whistle-blowers, and abolish corrupting no-bid contracts, then at least be honest with Barbadians. Passing an ineffective Integrity Bill is not in the public’s best interest. However, it is good political advice, that benefits only one political party.

Grenville Phillips II is a Chartered Structural Engineer and President of Solutions Barbados. He can be reached at NextParty246@gmail.com

341 comments

  • The government stated it will move the statue. If it had to push back on this some reasonableness can be exercised. It is not a life or death matter. Give the PmM some credit.

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  • Here is a transcript of a tape that landed at TheoGazerts Detective Agency. As you know wire tapping is illegal so I had to change names:

    Big Boy: I like how you gave them a date and then fail to meet it. But can you use that same trick again?
    MP: I will give them next a date, When it passes I will say “I told you all September, but I did not say what year? Hear dem bawl”
    Big Boy: hahaha- Man, you wicked. You is best of de lot. But they will march and protest
    Typea (notTypee): We aren’t giving them a permit to march and if the do we bussing heads and locking dem up
    Big Boy: You sure higher-ups are on board?
    AG: I am on board and Mia got my back
    Big Boy:Where is Mia in this?
    AG: She preparing for she IMF gig. Man dat woman busy fuh so; looks like she gun save de world
    Big Boy: Truth is,things are hard here. You think she can save we?
    MP: One thing at a time. We save the statue
    lawson: Now that we save the statue we can focus on the economy. She gun save we.
    FC: We save the statue from those communist and liberals
    John: To destroy/remove it would have been a waste of good Quaker money
    Big Boy: Communists and Quakers… how did we get here?
    FC: Now we need to return money we got from de CCP.
    MP: I outta here.. my job is done fuh now. Bye

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  • “Give the PmM some credit.”

    not everyone is THAT WEAK..

    many believe that servants of the people…aka government, should have some respect, they had tons of money to implode the NIS building that was structurally sound and could still serve some kinda purpose outside of being blown down to build a shite park to house homeless people because they don’t want to build homeless shelters.

    yall memories are too short.

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  • And besides….if we can remember…they had OVER 20 YEARS…to remove the blighted racist piece of stone….and REFUSED…just as they are doing now..

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  • Theo…it’s unbelievable, over 20 years these liars and frauds have been refusing to do their jobs…did not realize they were about to be exposed and came up with another handy LIE about a committee to decide if to remove the statue WHILE KNOWING that they already decided via committee over 20 YEARS BEFORE, i can imagine how they divvied up that money between themselves……then when caught, came up with another LIE and a DATE and now another LIE SURFACES AGAIN…just waiting for the soft in the head to forget..

    do you see now why people are so concerned that the LIARS will slide the Black population into slavery again, because that is what sellouts do and still trying to get reparations money to tief too on top of all of that…. trash.

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  • Oh my! Fifteen hours of recorded audio of Trump’s sister talking about Trump!

    Apparently she thinks he is not to be trusted.

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  • Tape 2
    Big Boy: I can’t believe we pull it off. Very little protest today.

    MP: I know what I am doing. That is what I call political judo. First you have to know what they want and then like in judo, you use their momentum against them. They wanted it moved. We promised to move it and gave them a date. We lulled them to sleep. Protests and marching dropped off.Then just before the big day, we tell them the big move is off. We had them so asleep that they couldn’t get together to march and protest.

    Big Boy: But they alert now. That trick will not work again.

    MP: We call dat de twenty-year trick. We were at this stage twenty years ago and it worked. All we have to do now is bob and weave and a little rope-a-dope. Believe me! We got this.

    Big Boy: You think you can do this for the next twenty years?

    MP: Man if we had crop-over this year Nelson would already be history. Did you get that little clever pun. But we are not worry. These fellows bright but dem memory short. The bob and weave going to knock them out. By September, they forgot who Nelson is.

    Big Boy: I beginning to like you. You know these people. You have their measure. I going to be quiet, but I monitoring the situation. The statue stays.

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  • Lol Donna is the trump making the recording in secret to be trusted.? I gave one of my sisters a house but I can guarantee because I was the youngest and a boy, she would say stuff about me off the cuff that probably wouldn’t be that nice because of old memory’s . In her mind and the others for that matter thought my parents doted on me but it was just such an age gap of years I guess my folks thought my sisters were mature enough I didn’t need them as much Now because I was changing my own diapers at one years old I can spot shit like theo puts out , the statue is a distraction the shiny bauble for the mentally lame as it were Time shouldn’t be wasted aimlessly in a crisis . Its like BLM protests in Barbados, the protesters say black lives matter, the politicians agree, the prime minister agrees the police agree,… everybody black….. protest over

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  • Dem big worders somewhere over there fantasizing.

    I spoke to a psychiatrist and he told me to research the following:
    Verbal diarrhea
    Verbal erection
    Verbal masturbation and
    Verbal ejaculation

    A quote from him “the orgasm resulting from this verbal stimulation can rivaled that of ‘real’ sex. I suspect that members of your group are all over 50”.

    Will report on my Google search later on GU (Gazerts underground)

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  • 33 electric buses were rolled out yesterday
    No Transparency
    On august 8th Minister of transportation promised transparency on these buses in Parliament
    This August 23rd buses on the street and public no where wiser

    Here is what the minister said

    “I don’t want to say too much. There will be an opportunity probably within a week or so and I intend to address the matter of electric buses. Safe to say, that the Government of Barbados is not indebted to anyone for the purchase of the 33 electric buses in Barbados.

    “Also, I will also lay out within one week’s time how those electric buses are going to be deployed across Barbados. I am going to tell you how much money the Government of Barbados paid for the buses. I will also tell you how much money was spent in the electrical infrastructure and I will also give this House the assurance that we will answer any questions put to us in respect of the electric buses because we have absolutely nothing to hide,” Gooding-Edghill maintained.

    ####somuchforgoodgoverance

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  • Changing your diapers at one years old?
    You have been playing in shiite for quite some time. Hopefully, your claim to being a genius extend to other areas.

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  • “Its like BLM protests in Barbados, the protesters say black lives matter, the politicians agree, the prime minister agrees the police agree,… everybody black….. protest over”

    Hopefully, this reaches him
    “Its like moving the statue, the protesters say move the statue, the politicians agree, the prime minister agrees the police agree,… everybody black….. statue moved.

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  • can cahill /del mastro solar panels fit on rooves of buses ?

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  • @Mariposa
    I see that you have found a good bone to gnaw on. The lack of transparency, the empty promises and the glaring failure to deliver on the due date..

    You go girl

    Simpleton G.

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  • Theo ….when…….and if it ever happens Antigua I am sure will take it because they are about business

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  • playing in it and eating it , are different theo , isnt that why you want the statue moved because you have eating it for a long long time, Well its starting to come back up if your last few posts are indicative.

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  • “Its like moving the statue, the protesters say move the statue, the politicians agree, the prime minister agrees the police agree,… everybody black….. statue moved..”

    that’s the problem right there….SLAVES…do not believe they are Black, they only believe they are special and were the best slaves in the Caribbean…that’s why they have no culture and hate the African descended who do eg Rasta Community etc, they hate those who have independent thought, because they are not capable of such, they are manufactured creatures of the colonial system…chosen to control the islands which they have run right into the ground….MFs.

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  • Lawson,

    She only confirms what we already know.

    Doesn’t matter if the niece can be trusted. What matters is that a person who has known this man all his life agrees totally that he has no principles and is not to be trusted.

    She did not know she was being recorded and refuses to say it when she knows she is being recorded.

    This was a woman with obvious family pride or loyalty speaking in confidence to another family member. This is understandable. This is real. This is a conflict with which most of us would struggle. We have it drummed into us from birth not to air negative family business. I know that from experience. The person who outs the deed is frowned upon more than the person who does the deed.

    This was her honest opinion of her brother. She just had to share it. She just had to get it out of her system. She chose to do so WITHIN THE FAMILY – the only place where it is conventionally allowed.

    There is nothing more honest than that.

    But you don’t care about honesty. You have a different agenda.

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  • I noticed that government is now investing heavily in BWA. Let’s hope that in their search for cash, they are not fixing it up and then trying to sell it …

    GRIT ( Gazerts Research and Investment Team)

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  • The pipe laying at Vinyard is a continuation of former government project.

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  • The statue will be removed. Nuh lotta long talk.

    What is the sense in more protest? The Government has agreed to its removal. Therefore it shall be removed.

    Wuh dey gon do? Arrest the men that carry out the removal?

    I just hope nobody gets hurt in the removal process.

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  • 🙂
    Got ya on ya toes..

    As you said my body is rejecting it, but it seems as if you are still playing with it. If you are good at it, stick with it…

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  • @Donna

    You should read Adrian Greene today. It is not just about removal, it is about where to and the ceremony that accompanies it to make the symbolism of it resonate with people.

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  • The privatisation of the utilities is a cornerstone of the Washington Consensus. Guyanese water was once managed by a British company. Whatever happened to that?

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  • Let me go and return later…

    I think the blogmaster is too high in the batting order. He should be batting at 5, 6 or 7 instead of opening.

    Suggesting a reordering of the team. Lorenzo is a very weak bowler and should be higher in the order..
    Lorenzo and Robert openers followed by Enuff if you can find him/her, then the 🙂 All-rounder 🙂 and then the blogmaster

    Have a great day. I enjoyed.

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  • gotta get out of the litter box theo going for a long walk around canal the lunch and drinks please resolve everything before I get home lol

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  • And by the way. The age gap and the gender bias caused my parents to do the same to me, the older sister. I was livid at the time and some memories still sting.

    My brother and I still loved and love each other despite the sometimes serious disagreements.

    However, I don’t make up stories about him and would find it hard to paint him in a negative light to the Nation Newspaper. I do discuss anything negative with family though. Gotta talk to SOMEBODY!

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  • Theo
    Not gnawing at any thing
    Just bringing the BU rabbits what is of importance across social media

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  • David,

    Adrian Greene is just agreeing wirh me. I am on BU record offering to plan the ceremony that would resonate with the people. Meaningless ceremonies and hypocritical conventional mouthings annoy me but meaningful ceremonies that signal new forwardlooking eras
    I embrace wholeheartedly.

    However….. if the people remove the statue that too would be a MOVING symbolic experience guaranteed to herald in a new dynamic.

    P.S. Adrian Greene seems to be the soul brother I never had. He is the only reason I started back buying the Sunday Sun. He always writes the column I would have written.

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  • I guess Jerry Falwell will not be speaking at the Republican Convention and will Becki still fulfill her role on the advisory committee of Women for Trump?

    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-falwell-relationship/

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  • What do you expect from the one who led so-called Evangelicals towards the pussy grabbing, Miss Universe peeping pervert?

    A bunch of Kool Aid drinking Jim Jones cultists with no thoughts of their own put this demon in the White House. He claims he could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue and not lose a vote and sadly for once he spoke the truth.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Sargeant, I had reason to see some/make scathing remarks on this Jim Baker/Jimmy Swaggert like detritus yesterday… in fact no, I should not describe a child of God as such because we all are sinners who seek to reach atonement… so to him I wish ‘all the best’.

    But… is he not a perfect example of the awful alternative world that has been built with this POTUS.. like many I found it SHOCKING that a leading man of God could so wholeheartedly embrace the ne’er-do-well that was POTUS … but now it’s clear why.

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  • The hypocrisy is staggering, Falwell is head of an institution that prohibits premarital sex and yet he condoned his wife’s affair and according to the wife’s lover he even watched some of the proceedings.

    Waiting for the photos to drop but according to some sources Trump fixer- Michael Cohen- had them destroyed, perhaps Cohen will add a chapter to his book.

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  • Former Republican Governor

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  • Is that the same Pam Bondi to whom Trump donated $25,000 to her campaign when she was on the verge of investigating his fleecing of Florida residents through his bogus Trump University? Is that the same Bondi who as Florida Atty General dropped the investigation? Did the NY State authorities determine that the “donation” came from the Trump Foundation (another bogus charity) Did the same NY State authorities fine Trump and his family a few million dollars and issue strict guidelines should Trump, Donald JR.,Ivanka and Eric ever try to run a charity again?

    So Bondi talked about nepotism, I give you Jared and Ivanka…… case closed.

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  • Blues’ widow vows to fight on
    By Barry Alleyne barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    Selwyn Knight’s life matters too.
    That message is coming from a distraught widow trying to get justice for her husband and son.
    Marlene Knight, the widow of Selwyn “Blues” Knight, who was gunned down yards from his home after intercepting a burglar in 2015, and mother of Junior Knight, who was also shot multiple times on that fateful day, March 15, 2015, is tired of going to court only to find the case going nowhere.
    Royal Barbados Police Force Constable Everton Gittens is facing the charge of murder in connection with Selwyn’s death. He has also been charged with wounding Junior and remains on bail in the matter.
    The 64-year-old Knight is suffering from arthritis, which keeps her in constant pain, but she has no intention of giving up the fight for justice.
    “I want people to know that Selwyn’s life matters. My main agenda is to seek justice for my husband and my son. They are trying to wear me down, but I won’t give up. They feel I’m going to die before this case is settled. But what they don’t know is that I’m willing to fight this to the death,” the distraught widow told the Weekend Nation in an interview from her Queen Mary Road, Bank Hall, St Michael home yesterday.
    Adjourned again
    Knight’s emotions reached the boiling point after another visit to the District ‘A’ Magistrate’s Court proved futile even after she had been summoned to be in court on Wednesday. She said she was told the prosecuting sergeant in the matter had the flu, forcing the case to be adjourned once again.
    Gittens was at court but not his attorney, Knight revealed.
    She and her son Junior have already given evidence in the preliminary stage of the case, along with another son Marvin, as well as a senior former superintendent and the doctor who treated Junior for his gunshot injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
    But Knight has no more faith that the system will bring her justice.
    “This is how they are trying to wear me down. I have no intention of seeking an audience with the Commissioner of Police because I don’t feel that will help. After my husband was killed the Commissioner came to my home and told me he understands how I feel, but he can’t. He hasn’t walked in my shoes,” the distraught widow said.
    Small fish
    Knight said what has her more exasperated, is watching other capital cases go through the system while her husband’s case falls to the wayside. She cited the recent case of Baxter’s
    Road shopkeeper Colin Forde, who was murdered a year after Selwyn Knight, but whose case reached a conclusion with one man sentenced to 18 years and another soon to be sentenced.
    “Something has to happen with this case. A year after my husband’s case I could see other cases ending,” she said.
    Knight equated her position to being a small fish in a large pond, who is expected to eventually die.
    “I’m just a lowly newspaper vendor. In this pond, I’m like a thousand. People feel I will be crushed. But this thousand will fight to the bitter end.”
    Knight said her aim is to make sure no one in Barbados feels that police can kill people and get away with it. She also said it was ironic that her husband’s case came up a time when in the United States, Blacks continue to face oppression from law enforcement.
    “We have to continue to seek justice. My son Junior still has two bullets in his body. One which hit him in the buttocks has scattered, and there is still one stuck in his neck. I won’t forget about this. I won’t ever give up the fight,” she said.

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