13. Corruption – Corruption is generally not a major problem in Barbados, but some U.S. companies have reported unfair treatment by Barbados’ Customs and Excise Department.
Other U.S. companies have reported efforts by political actors to trade political support for payment or partial project ownership. – 2015 US Climate Investment Report – Barbados
BU does not have to be reminded about White collar crime in Barbados by the US government. Those of us on the ground are aware what it takes to acquire permissions from several agencies in Barbados. A read of the Auditor General report published through the years confirms this type of corruption is endemic to our way of doing business for many years. How many times have we heard about Permanent Secretaries transfers, transfer of ministers of Cabinet, bankers resigning or retiring in the dead of night and other stories and raised a quizzical expression in response?
The politicians and supporters – especially those in office – would have us believe the incident of corruption in public office is low based on a public perception index popularized by Transparency International, United Nations agencies and other global bodies. In the same way then Attorney General Maurice King denied the presence of gangs in Barbados, the inability of the country to efficiently manage private transport which has led to a sub culture fuelling deviance by the youth, the infiltration of guns and drugs in a society known for order, the inaction of the Director of Public Prosecutions to swiftly deal with obvious wrongs, the ease which some brought before the Courts are able to have their cases dismissed (files misfiled???) or enjoy prolong bail arrangements, the CLICO fiasco many have forgotten about but which history will record as the biggest heist by white collar actors in Barbados. Let us not forget the DLP’s version of 3S Barbados in Cahill Barbados! On and on we can go to support the view all is not what it seems in Barbados.
What should be embarrassing to all proud Barbadians is that since the revelation by Albert Brandford in his Sunday column Corrupt political ‘’actors’’ there has not been any responses coming from within the bowels of the political class, private sector, media OR the citizenry. This is telling! Bear in mind the Auditor General reports through the years have shown the private and public sectors are willing actors perpetrating white collar crime in Barbados.
Unless our civil servants are prepared to blow the whistle on obvious wrongs by the corrupt political actors, it will be business as usual in Barbados as we continue to slide towards the inevitable – social and economic implosion. The members of the political class are too myopic and greedy to appreciate the outcomes of their behaviour. The citizenry too uneducated to care.
All the signs are present. We ignore at our peril. Whither future generations of Barbadians?