Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

Corruption Gets a Passing Grade

Submitted by Heather Cole

corruptionAmidst the celebrations of 50 years of Independence, the Attorney General of Barbados made an unexpected announcement regarding corruption. In an article in Barbados Today dated March 4, 2016 under the heading “Not Here”, the Attorney General did NOT promote the touted administration’s promise of anti-corruption legislation. Instead he said corruption was not a major problem and that his administration was not interested in pursuing anti-corruption legislation any time soon because it was not a priority.

What is corruption?

It is defined as a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal gain. From the looks of it, we have entered an era of systematic and political corruption in Barbados.

It makes one wonder what the priorities of this government are. What the public perceives as the priorities of this administration were first outlined in the Democratic Labour Party Manifesto. The most glaring of these was to be the implementation of Integrity Legislation. To date the government has not even hinted that the promise they made to the electorate will be kept. The very fact that the Attorney General rose to defend the Government is an indication that corruption is a big problem. Government’s corrupt practices have escalated during this administration and include the Cahill Scam, theft by the Speaker of the House, Mara and David Thompson’s involvement in the Clico Affair, the Coverley Lease, missing information on the Auditor General’s Reports, the depletion of the NIS funds, contracts awarded in contravention of government’s financial rules, Government giving away tax free and other concessions as well as the buying of votes in the last election.

Let us examine the implications of his statement – corruption degrades the moral fabric of any society which becomes so steeped in filth that it is unable to remove it. After 8 years of being rocked by scandal after scandal, one wonders if his next pronouncement will be that there is no crime, no guns or no drugs. Will he state that these are not major problems and his administration is not pursuing any more legislation to counter them because they are not priorities?

He admitted that there is a tear in the very fabric of society and yet his intention is not to mend it? It is like a perpetrator of a crime boldly admitting guilt while showing no remorse. Perhaps the statements are opening the flood gates for corruption in the wider society, heralding our descent down the slippery slope. It can lead to a mafia type society where bribes and payments abound to get simple things done or payments given to look the other way. With acknowledged corruption, a precedent is set that informs the youth that things are to be achieved through corrupted methods and patronage. There is a rise in suspicion and lack of trust amongst the citizens and residents of a country that leads to fear mongering. The established functions of government become so adulterated and this ultimately affects the poor who become unable to pay for bribes and turn to crime to obtain bribe money. Damaged as it is now, the election process of buying votes will only get worse, making elections neither free nor fair.

Ultimately those statements speak volumes about the character of the person that the island has entrusted the responsibility to uphold the laws of the land and create new legislation when it is lacking. His statements do not infer integrity neither responsibility nor accountability to the people of Barbados and the Attorney General should resign.

Since there is an admission of corruption, the people want answers to many questions relating to the Cahill Waste to Energy Plant, Clico, Coverley, contracts that have been awarded outside of the proper tendering process and concession given to various parties. They also want investigations; the guilty sent to jail, explanations to mysterious money on bank accounts of persons who entered Parliament broke, moneys returned to the public purse that were unlawfully taken, the audited financial reports for Ministries and Departments of Government and resignations from Parliament.

Also, in light of this admission by the Attorney General, the Government needs an open rebuke from the church. To date the church has been silent but it needs to take a leaf out of the book of Pope Francis who is very critical about corruption. There is a role to be played by the church, other religious organizations and groups in civil society to denounce corruption in high places. Along with prayers, it is time for these groups to stand up and speak out and not wait until this same corruption is manifest within their doors.

In our 50th year of Independence, it would have been worth celebrating if Attorney General made a statement that Barbados was corruption free. The icing on the cake then could have been that since the implementation of the Integrity Legislation not one Member of Parliament’s activity had been called into question.

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118 Comments on “Corruption Gets a Passing Grade”

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 10, 2016 at 4:14 AM #

    Grenville

    Upon evidence that exposes the bribe simply lock them to shite up.

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  2. Colonel Buggy March 10, 2016 at 8:08 PM #

    Sunshine Sunny Shine March 10, 2016 at 4:14 AM #
    And another bigger bribe will get them a Get out of Jail card.

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  3. Solutions Barbados March 10, 2016 at 10:28 PM #

    Hi Everyone:

    Locking up people removes them from contributing to Barbados. Better to fine them heavily (10 x the value of the bribe) and then let them go to either sin no more, or to continue in bad behavior only to be heavily fined once again – to perhaps bankruptcy. The second fining should definitely result in behavioural change. Locking up fellow citizens should be a last resort for violent offenders.

    Whistle-blower legislation is effective if the reward is sufficiently high. If a person received a $100,000 bribe, then somebody knows about it and can get the $100,000 reward. If no whistle-blowers come forward (including confidentially), then all of the accusations about corruption in Barbados can be deemed malicious rumour.

    It is expected that the 3-month amnesty, where the fine is the value of the bribe will provide sufficient evidence to get the proverbial ball rolling.

    This is the most effective method that we have found and the most economical to manage. If anyone has a more effective idea, then please describe it.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  4. pieceuhderockyeahright March 11, 2016 at 4:44 AM #

    I really don’t know how to say this and I hope that Simple Simon does not take offense to this when de ole man speaks.

    That answer has got to be the most insipid response that I have seen proposed here as a solution and is befitting of a Simple Simon only

    “Locking up people removes them from contributing to Barbados”

    I am not even going to spend time on commenting on the infantile construct and grammar, let me get to the meat of the matter.

    Say you have a Minister who has stolen $5 million. This is hypothetically of course. You say that he will be fined $50 million and behavioural chance will take care of the rest!!! But de ole man cyan left de grammar alone cause it speaks to the crux of the matter, clarity of thought and soundness of the underlying rationale.

    “To continue in bad behaviour….” You really can’t e serious continent in bad behaviour….de man is an effing their and you soft soaping it as bad behaviour!!!

    Ammm locking up should be a last resort for violent crimes I ent even going axe you what is a crime in this marijuana induced idiot state you are proposing lest yo submit even greater idiocy to consider

    ….as a last resort???? Man wait the first resort for violent crime is going to be to invite them to Kentucky Fried Chicken and offer the two free barrels and have them self induce behavioral change??

    If no whistle blower comes forward including confidentially…”

    Is confidentially a person? Because your simple Simon statement gives animus to this part of speech. Whuloss….!!

    It is expected that the three month amnesty where…blab blah blah choops I ent even gine deconstruct your puerile submission no more den

    Suffice it to say that these twelve lines have relegated you and your party’s legislative capabilities to the level of primer or Infants B at Lawrence T Gay primary

    To those of your promoters who have been toting you as a serious third party choice you have by this submission forever put to sleep their hopes and confirmed the adage “it is better to remain quiet and be thought of as a fool that to open one’s mouth and be known inconclusively to be one…”

    “We?” We, we you mean that a plurality of persons were a part of this dogshite submission? And gave it a superlative qualification of most effective? Say it ain’t so!

    Adamson from the PDC is part of your crew?

    We the people are sandwiched between the Certifiably mad, the undoubtedly dishonest, those of dubious gender (do not forget Patrick Todd ‘s motion to have a Bill passed in the House of Assembly requiring that all members declare their sexual preferences) and of course the ovah and away crew who jes come to Bulbados cause dem heah we ingrunt and nevah had a white meat yet Me Clare, who you?

    Before wunna dufuses write anyting heah pleasing tuh get a copywriter vet wunna submission

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  5. Solutions Barbados March 11, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Dear Piece:

    Since no solution is perfect, every solution can be criticised. Therefore, I requested a more effective solution from readers. You simply criticised the one that I offered without proposing a better one. Nevertheless, I will respond to your main arguments.

    Incarcerating Non-violent Offenders

    Why should the public have to pay to shelter, feed, and manage persons convicted of non-violent offenses. (Piece, I was going to write ‘why should the criminal do the crime and the public have to pay the fine’. The aim of writing is to communicate. However, since such grammatically incorrect writing offends you to the extent that you would post such a response, I will accommodate you.)

    Incarceration is a waste of our limited resources. Our most important resources are our people. We should not waste their time and potential by having them guard their non-violent fellow citizens.

    Fining Criminals

    You gave the example of someone receiving a $5M bribe and having to repay $50M. Then you seemed to have realized that the solution was indeed a grievous and potentially bankrupting penalty and an effective deterrent, so you decided to attack the grammar.

    Piece, the only persons who should be afraid of an effective solution to address corruption are those who are or have engaged in it. Why are you so afraid? Why didn’t you offer a better solution?

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  6. Bush Tea March 11, 2016 at 7:29 AM #

    @ Piece
    Bushie explained to the man about Moses and recommended an Aaron…🙂

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  7. Solutions Barbados March 11, 2016 at 7:40 AM #

    Hi Bush:

    Please read Piece’s post again. Your comment only serves to give it some value, when it is clearly a terrible response.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  8. Bush Tea March 11, 2016 at 8:04 AM #

    @ Grenville
    You mean well….AND, unlike other jokers around Barbados, you are PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION. In Bushie’s book, this place you in the top 0.01% of useful citizens.

    You MUST understand however, that reaching out to brass bowls is a highly complex art that requires a level of communication that requires a special talent, and takes YEARS of practice.

    If it was possible to just get up one morning and convince hoards of sheeple of what is in their best interest ..by using pure logic and common sense, then we would live in a RATIONAL, well-ordered world.

    The FACT is that your communication style, while well suited to generate discussion among a room full of professionals at your level, falls DISMALLY short of what is needed to generate traction on BU …or in a country like Brassbados….where brass is plentiful.

    This is no reflection on you (contrary to what DIW says, …or what you have deduced from Piece) but a simple indication of why TEAMS of variously talented individuals are needed in order to make ANYTHING work …(even a simple marriage).

    Stop with this ‘ONE-MAN’ show …and bring some others on board …. and not specially ‘businessmen’ either – ALL KINDS OF TALENTS.

    Right now, Caswell would be a MAJOR asset in refining your strategy – mainly because he would not hesitate to tell you when you are talking shiite …(and as you know, you do that almost as well as Bushie)….. and he has actually VOLUNTEERED…!!

    On you current trajectory, you will lose the opportunity to do something REALLY BIG for Barbados…. You MUST learn to accept even the most harsh criticism in the right spirit ..and use it to your advantage…

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  9. de Ingrunt Word March 11, 2016 at 8:23 AM #

    @Pieces, I am surprised by your strong response above to wit, “,,,these twelve lines have relegated you and your party’s legislative capabilities to the level of primer or Infants B at Lawrence T Gay primary”.

    No disrespect but did the medication from your illness finally wear off and you read Grenville’s views pellucidly for the first time!

    Mr Philips is basically using – but horrendously so – the same tactics of Mr Trump (again gotta give props to Mr Bushie EXACTLY suggested political strategy). He is offering simplistic, non answers to the problems. Trump keeps it very, very simple with ‘I will do great deals’, ‘I will make America great again’ etc. Grenville has provided too much ‘detail’ in his simplicity and thus its clear to see that the solution is IMPRACTICAL.

    When Trump gets into the weeds the same difficulties arrive: 45% tariff on goods from China, for example. .

    @Grenville, as I recalled (and I just checked) @Pieces’ example of $5 Mil – $50 Mil example is a direct ‘quote’ of your system. You have said: “..on conviction offenders will be fined 10 times the replacement value of the offence, and HMP Dodds will be reserved for violent offenders … Therefore, if someone steals a cell phone… costs $700, then they will pay a fine of $7,000 on conviction. ”

    What you have not clarified or explained: when the offender CANNOT pay this humongous fine of $7,000 or $50 Mil then WHAT.

    Alas, like Trump I imagine that commonsense will prevail after you win the elections and you will reduce the fine to a more practical amount.

    And if that still does not work for the really indigent folks then you will simply establish some type of probation system where they have to work in some version of the old-days “chain gang” doing community work. So for the cell-phone fella that would be 6 months to a year, maybe. And for the $50M type fellow then that would be 10 – 15 years of serious community probation.

    Now sir I offered an alternative.

    Grenville, please please get serious. Previously your solutions were labelled high school 3rd form Civics level…Pieces has bluntly downgraded them to primary school level.

    Is that the trajectory for a serous discussion on the issues facing Barbados!!!

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  10. Solutions Barbados March 11, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    Dear DIW:

    Your substantive question was: “What you have not clarified or explained: when the offender CANNOT pay this humongous fine of $7,000 or $50 Mil then WHAT.”

    First, our Policies (Item 3.2) allow a negotiated settlement, where a guilty plea to avoid wasting the court’s (including the jurors’) time is exchanged for a fine of 3 x the value of the offence.

    Secondly, we have addressed payment in our Policies (Item 3.7): “The fines can be paid by instalments, and work opportunities will be found for those not employed in order to facilitate their payments.”

    To pre-empt your likely follow-on question, the work opportunities will generally be in maintaining the nation’s high-maintenance infrastructure.

    We plan to publish our detailed implementation plans for each solution, for critical public review, before the end of this month.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  11. Artax March 11, 2016 at 8:52 AM #

    @ AC

    You are even more stupid than I actually thought. Your contribution re “March 9, 2016 at 6:03 PM” is a feeble “COP OUT.”

    Firstly, you should not have begun your contribution with the words “COMMON SENSE,” since your comment is indicative of one who lacks that vital attribute. Yours probably went when this administration ceased producing “COMMON CENTS.”

    The ACs submitted contributions to BU that were SUPPORTIVE of this DLP administration’s establishing a Commission of Enquiry into Alexandra School. This enquiry was “costly to the taxpayers with plenty legal hurdles to overcome and time consuming,” only resulting in transferring Jeff Broomes from Alexandra to Parkinson Secondary School. A less expensive exercise could have been done by the Ministry of Education.

    Additionally, Prime Minister Stuart ADMITTED there were PROCEDURAL MIS-STEPS in the retrenchment process of the former NCC employees, whereby that government agency and the minister breached the Employees Right Act by not adhering to the process of “Last In First Out.”

    Stuart referred the matter to the farce calling itself the EMPLOYEES RIGHTS TRIBUNAL, which “is going to be costly to the taxpayers with plenty legal hurdles to overcome and time consuming.” And once again the ACs wrote CONTRIBUTIONS in SUPPORT of this “COSTLY and TIME CONSUMING” exercise. If “the best way forward is prudence,” then Stuart should have SIMPLY dismissed Denis Lowe and the NCC management.

    Now these idiots are suggesting that, if government identifies those former BLP ministers who allegedly engaged in corrupt activities in an effort to bring them before the law courts, this “process to pursue by legal avenues is going to be costly to the taxpayers with plenty legal hurdles to overcome and time consuming.”

    If you and “Douglas” are the best people the DLP could pay to defend their position on BU, then they could have used Patrick Todd, Reggie Hunte, Maxine, Irene, Esther and Jester Ince, since they are being paid in the Senate to talk shiite. Unless of course the AC is representative of them.

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  12. ac March 11, 2016 at 9:40 AM #

    Well of course you logic is one of a persuasive misuse of govt appropriating funds in pursuit of a goal that was already taken care of by the electorate in 2008
    What more and better ostracizing can be asked of the people after the evidence of the 275thousand dollars was shown as proof as legible corruption by the leader of the blp.
    Wasnt the blp party thrown out because of allegations alleged to corruption.
    What you are asking for is not resolution but actions which you belive if taken by govt might vindicate the blp party.
    Suffice it to say that the electorate gave their official stamp of disapproval taking into consideration that the Blp govt might have be principled to those acts degined as corruption.

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  13. de Ingrunt Word March 11, 2016 at 11:06 AM #

    @Solutions Barbados at 8:52 AM …”we plan to publish our detailed implementation plans for each solution, for critical public review, before the end of this month.” I do hope your plan is based on REAL world implementation sign-posts. For what my 2 cents its worth…

    Example: Does current statute or judicial sentencing guidelines/rules and regulations ALLOW “a negotiated settlement, where a guilty plea …is exchanged for a fine of 3 x the value of the offence.”

    I do not know the law so I am simply saying do not go to print unless an attorney or a Caswell has reviewed that portion to confirm that its valid and real.

    Example: “The fines can be paid by installments, and work opportunities will be found for those not employed in order to facilitate their payments.”

    How can you be so confident that work opportunities will be found? So I infer that you will automatically create temporary/casual labor in the government ranks for these indicted felons and that you will garnish their wages to repay the fine. Although government has laid off so many!!!

    Even assuming they do work diligently at their post , are you 100% confident that you will get buy in from the unions and all other interest groups on this plan? I further presume they will retain their jobs after the fine is paid. So in essence there becomes the built in perception that a minor theft is a good thing!

    Grenville, I am not being DEFEATIST or NEGATIVE towards what you are attempting to do. I applaud your courage and conviction and want you to SUCCEED. But my point is that governing a society is a COMPLEX and MULTIFACETEDLY DIFFICULT process. You need to be serious and ready for the push back that will be levied.

    For every path explored there are at least two more paths that also have to be explored before you reach that final destination.

    I simply say (as Bushie did above) engage with many others and drill down assiduously on these plans. You certainly need to have the most difficult scenarios fully ventilated (internal to your group) before you step forward publicly.

    Otherwise you will be laughed off the stage and do significantly more harm than good!

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  14. Well Well & Consequences March 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM #

    Solutions…you cannot handle corrupt politicians with kid gloves…they value false status, false prestige, false good character. .lock their asses up, let them be branded jail birds, that punishment is worse than death to a dishonest politician, they are brutal and vicious, what you are proposing is not justice for the taxpayers, most politicians are lawyers and will manufacture loopholes which will enable them to slither away and make you look foolish…lock them up.

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  15. Heather March 11, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    @ Grenville, I think that you should redefine your brand. To me your message is not for the masses, it is more suited to professionals like yourself. You must get a message that resonates to the masses. Pitch your language to them, they are your audience. Find a way to get their attention. It can be at a meeting in Bridgetown, pitch a tent at the upcoming Fish Festival or take your message into popular rums shops or something. It does not have to be the norm. By now you and your team should be commenting on newspaper post, sending articles about any and everything to them. Do not let people talk about you when you can speak for yourself. Even if you have to step outside your comfort box do it. Other than that you are wasting time because no one will know you well enough to vote for you. Find a way, someone will listen, even if they are just curious at first. Remember the fabric of human expression is woven in stories not just text.

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  16. ac March 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM #

    Sorry but Granville does not have the kind of enthusiasm or charisma that would draw the masses attention

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  17. pieter pieper March 12, 2016 at 10:33 AM #

    Professionally, the majority of members of parliament are lawyers, a group who will defend and support each other’s interests. And so, they will, at every opportunity, establish unnecessary and useless bodies such as the Commission of Enquiry in the Alexandra Schools problem,and the Equal Rights Tribunal into the NCC problem. These “commissions” and “enquiries” are “rewards”, and provide “employment” for their supporters/lackies…other lawyers! They are unnecessary, useless, and simply a means of feeding at the public trough and a great expense to the taxpayers! It would be most interesting to hear Solutions Barbados’ proposed manner of handling this ever-present problem !

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  18. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 12, 2016 at 8:26 PM #

    Grenville

    According to a recent poll, 37 percent of the voting public are up for grabs if you have enough humility to show them besides the intellect. That 37 percent will increase as the two monkeys that are presently higher than you (don’t mean you) continue to show more of their tail. Those who dissect your proposals like my sweet piece are looking at the entire whole involving persons who cannot even spell Grenville farthest know who he is. The paling cocks of the two parties believe that the island will forever remain D and B. They believe that loyalties have been bought thus guaranteeing votes are reassured. Grenville if you serious about this going forward you got to be serious about listening to the voice of reason that is constantly the urge. Some serious comments of value should be set aside for contemplation and deliberation. Make your shot count. What you do will determine if that 37 percent increases or if the simply spoil their vote and leave all three a wunna out.

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  19. Solutions Barbados March 12, 2016 at 9:00 PM #

    Dear All:

    Please understand that I gratefully embrace all criticism, regardless of the source’s motives, because it is an opportunity for me to improve. Useful criticism is informative if it identifies a specific deficiency and either provides a remedy, or the remedy is obvious from the deficiency’s detailed description. Examples of helpful criticisms are: “You speak too fast”, your writing is too verbose”, “You are using too much jargon” etc.

    Unhelpful criticism does not identify a specific deficiency and is generally subjective. Examples of unhelpful criticism include: “I don’t like that”, “you don’t appeal to the youth”, “you lack humility” etc. Such statements offer no guidance to the one desiring to improve.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  20. pieceuhderockyeahright March 12, 2016 at 9:43 PM #

    @ SSS

    See whu DIW aka DPD aka Dribbler aka saying?

    You, my sweet sexy one, come here and tell dis man tuh “listen to all peeple, absorb every ting and tuh try and tek criticism and be humble and all dem sweet tings dat if you was telling me I wud do in a heartbeat and dis megalomaniac in de making, EVEN BEFO HE GET A SEAT oR NAME HE PARTY MEMBERS, look back and tell you dat “when you talking tuh he dat tell he whu tuh do and dont tell he whu not to do”

    Instead uh de man being silent and not responding tuh whu he doan wants tuh hear, he already dun show he level uh humility and tell you doan talk tuh me,

    Well you dun know dat he ent gine have a good time communicating wid half de population uh ingrunt Bajans!!

    SSS why you doan tek one uh you Nandoris and rub it in he face!!

    Whu de man getting on like he had a drop uh dah cocoa tea, is a poison tuh me, every time i drinks it I doan know where i be, if you want to find me, you gots to look fuh me, cause you gots my head upsided down, dat cup uh cocoa tea”

    By de way SSS, only rub de ones in you hand cause anything else and he liable tuh be stalking you like de nex one….

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  21. pieter pieper March 12, 2016 at 10:43 PM #

    Notwithstanding the legitimate concerns of many re the number of lawyers, and lack of integrity, transparency, accountability etc. in parliament , I cannot think of anyone more qualified to best represent the people’s interests,than Philip Nicholls. Given his experience as a member of the profession, he is most fitting and capable of cleaning up the mess in the legal profession and judiciary of this country, and of making a valuable contribution to good governance! He has lived it and knows it from inside out ! More likely than not, he now appreciates the importance of integrity, transparency, accountability and freedom of information…essential to good governance. Perhaps it is time to get his views on Solutions (for) Barbados ! Just imagine him on a political platform !

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  22. pieceuhderockyeahright March 12, 2016 at 11:16 PM #

    @ Pieter Pieper

    You were doing well, extremely well in saying what a few of us were saying earlier.

    He is better suited now BECAUSE OF HIS EXPERIENCE and as a practicuum should be inclined to toss in his lot with the oppressed.

    Then you stopped pedalling and since you were on an all-pedal bicycle and not the Raleigh Styliard I used to ride Whaplax right over the handlebars pun you face in the middle of Bridgetown you went.

    After saying such glorious statements how could you tie up de man new calling wid Grenville who doan wants to listen to the common man who, because the common man “doan know” what to do” going tell Grenville “doan do “x” nor “y” and Grenville say dat he doan want to hear dat.

    So the target audience that you are exhorting that Philip pursue the hungry and the undertrodden from our teeming shores are completely at variance with Grenville’s “naysayer” po’ man, so you brek up that party befo’ um start.

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  23. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2016 at 4:23 AM #

    Dear Grenville

    I hope you ain’t referencing the SSS about the part about, ” you lack humility.” The SSS told you from the start what would appeal to Barbadians at this time (having had a double dose of arrogance under two pom-piss-setting parties).

    Telling you about humility is advising constructively. I am prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt because we no longer want to be at the receiving end of the politics of exclusion. If you prove me wrong, I would simply consider you no different to the other two that never listen.

    Grenville, if you have humility this is key to winning over the hearts of a large percentage of the voting public. And, upsetting the seats of the two parties who feel confident that you cannot even make a dent far less any in rows.

    You got to be able to mix it and mixing it means presenting a disposition that would allow people to take you seriously. If you mix that with your intellect and the type of policies that will prove your intentions are about change, about people and about fairness, you will solicit the types of support that will make you a serious contender and a new face to bring back hope in many people. Right now, the majority here on BU would support you, but they are asking you to listen and pay attention. Writing the way you write only conveys a line of pomp (subject to individual interpretation but interpretation is what will determine your outcome) synonymous with DB party behaviours.

    Already I told you to look again at your politics of business candidates only because the way how bajans think, you will be defined along the lines of what you present. That is my only concern until my sweet piece pointed out a few findings, which spoke to demeanour and having the right attitude. You got to understand that 37% of Barbadians no longer want what these long serving persons have been dishing. You got to dish différently. That is all people trying to tell you starboy.

    Susanne S S

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  24. Artax March 13, 2016 at 9:00 AM #

    Arthur accused Thompson and the DLP of accepting funds from CLICO, and Thompson responded by presenting a returned $75,000 cheque as proof the BLP also received funds from CLICO as well. The only difference was Arthur deposited the cheque on his personal account. However, evidence was not presented to show if Arthur kept the money or if he paid it over to the BLP. So, essentially, the only evidence we have is Thompson’s suggestions, in innuendo, that Arthur was corrupt as it relates to the $75,000.

    Now we had a situation where a FORENSIC AUDIT (not “word of mouth”) proved beyond reasonable doubt that Thompson was also CORRUPT, by REVEALING he and his company, Thompson Associates received funds from CLICO under the guise as “payments to related parties,” and more importantly, a DUBIOUS transaction that ASSISTED Leroy Parris in SECURING $3.333M from CLICO by FRAUDULENT MEANS, tantamount to MONEY LAUNDERING.

    The Judicial Manager found the EVIDENCE was COMPELLING ENOUGH to INITIATE a CIVIL SUIT against Parris and Branlee Consulting Services, as well as the estate of David Thompson, in an effort to regain the LAUNDERED FUNDS. And remember, after receiving word of the intended law suit, Parris declared Mara Thompson, as representative of her husband’s estate, should be sued as well.

    Surely, this act can be CONSTRUED as an ADMISSION of GUILT.

    The court ruled in favour of the Judicial Manager, since the evidence presented “was (accepted) as proof as legible corruption by the leader of the DLP (and Leroy Parris).”

    There is also evidence that Parris has been seen in the company of Sinckler and other DLP members, drinking and laughing, while Stuart made it abundantly clear Parris is not a leper, but his friend.

    When the electorate takes into consideration “that the DLP govt might have been principled to those acts defined as corruption,” they will conclude that neither Thompson nor the DLP is not in any position to accuse anyone of corruption. And Thompson’s involvement in the $3.333M scam also tested his credibility, henceforth anything he PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED about corruption has to be IGNORED.

    Against the background of CAHILL, Maloney, Bjerkhamn, Trans Tech Inc., Lowe, Michael Lashley, Richard Byer, Coverley, The Grotto, Central Bank Governor manipulating economic data and the myriad acts of corruption and blatant displays of arrogance, surely the “electorate (will also) give their official stamp of disapproval” and the DLP will suffer a SIMILAR FATE in 2018.

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  25. ac March 13, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    but dont conveniently forget that the court has yet to rule on the legitimacy of the 3.333 million and more over the DLP govt was given a clean bill of health by process of the elimination of the BLP out of office in 2008 and 2013
    Which bodes well as as to which evidence the electorate took into consideration and believed

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  26. Artax March 13, 2016 at 9:46 AM #

    2018 will be the deciding factor for you and your bunch pf thieves.

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  27. pieter pieper March 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM #

    @pudryr
    A party comprised wholly, if not solely, of “business people”…a “business elite”… with a political and economic philosophy a la Donald Trump, would be a party whose members would put self-interests first. It would appear that the philosophical underpinnings of Solutions Barbados, as enunciated by GP, are similar to those of Donald Trump. That said, there is still a possibility that he may re-think and change his philosophy.After all, he is inviting “suggestions” from members of the public at this stage ! He may, like Saul on the road to Damascus, yet have an epiphany ! Remember,”Hope springs eternal in the human breast ! “I believe Philip Nicholls has experienced such an epiphany and may have valuable suggestions to offer!

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  28. Artax March 13, 2016 at 12:07 PM #

    @ WW & C and SSS

    Yard-fowls like the ACs are pawns used by political parties as distractions. In other words, when these jackasses write shiite in defense of either BLP or DLP, they are the ones castigated since we focus on their folly and not the political party.

    Here we have the most ignorant contributors to BU, who CUSSES BU and its facilitator, as well as describing this forum should not be taken seriously, yet they are ADDICTED to BU. This is an example of what Stuart correctly described as “SANCTIMONIOUS HYPOCRISY.”

    And we have a situation where these same jackasses are “parroting” the political rhetoric of their DLP masters by accusing all and sundry of corruption, which was done only for the sole purposes of POLITICAL POSTURING and SOLICITING VOTES.

    Yet when the opportunity arises for the government to do something about this practice, the Attorney General is on record as saying ANTI-CORRUPTION LEGISLATION is NOT a PRIORITY for this DLP ADMINISTRATION, while the shiite bucket yard-fowls wrote if government exposes or identifies those former BLP ministers who allegedly engaged in corrupt activities in an effort to bring them before the law courts, this “process to pursue by LEGAL AVENUES is going to be COSTLY to the TAXPAYERS with PLENTY LEGAL HURDLES to OVERCOME and TIME CONSUMING.”

    Stuart also described such flawed reasoning as nothing less than “A MONSTROUS PERVERSION OF COMMON SENSE”

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  29. ac March 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM #

    Sir ac will remained here as long as i am convinced my jack a,ss writings put piles in your back side which i am most certainly convinced is the case,, Now carry on smartly with your turds and see who will be hurting the most

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  30. Caswell Franklyn March 13, 2016 at 4:27 PM #

    Why you people from George Street always seem to want to put something in somebody’s backside. Is that the only imagery you people can conjure up?

    Sent from my iPad

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  31. Solutions Barbados March 13, 2016 at 10:09 PM #

    Hi All:

    So the revealed issue is our decision to limit our candidates to Employers. Let me try to address this.

    There is an ongoing attempt to denigrate employers. Doubtless many deserve it, and they do not qualify as our candidates.
    We want the employee or an unemployed person who developed a product (whether a good or a service), risked starting a business, attracted customers, hired and trained employees to expand their business, and looked after employees during economically challenging times.
    Everyone has ideas about growing an economy. How do we know which ideas are workable? Caribbean governments have trusted the untested ideas of: academics, trade unionists (obviously not sensible ones like CF), political scientists, economists, and irresponsible business-persons. The result of testing unworkable ideas on the people of the Caribbean, using taxpayers’ money, has been disastrous by any reasonable measure.
    Employers actually test their ideas in the market place. Every successful employer can confirm that failure at the beginning of a business is inevitable. Further, every employer has failed multiple times with different ideas, and learned the valuable lessons that resulted in subsequent consistent successes.
    Senior professional employees like: managers, accountants, engineers, doctors, architects, surveyors, economists, etc are normally competent to have been promoted to senior positions. However, they lack the critically important experience of developing an idea and then risking their own money in testing it. Anyone can test an idea using other persons’ money. But it is by risking your own that you develop judgement on which ideas are workable and which ones should never have left the academic classroom.
    A responsible, caring and successful employer with at least 10 employees for at least 10 years should be well-prepared to manage the implementation of effective and workable ideas.
    Employers include professionals, sno-cone vendors, and anyone else who has taken the risk to start a business and implement ideas on growing their business. We will accept them all.

    Best regards,
    Grenville

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  32. Well Well & Consequences March 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM #

    Art….the yardfowls cannot sleep well these days, they are under pressure, more pressure seems to be headed their way, cant you see how yardfowl AC is angry at everyone, things are not as copocet as they spent 7 years making everyone believe and the web is tangled, wrapped tightly around their lying necks….all those lies, all that deceit, no more yardfowl boasting…right AC..lol

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  33. St George's Dragon March 13, 2016 at 11:24 PM #

    I am afraid that Solutions is not going anywhere.
    Grenville is an engineer by profession. Engineers seem to self-select when they choose their career and tend to be – how can I say this nicely – more into the detail than most people. Others would perhaps rudely say that members of the engineering community are more towards the autistic end of the spectrum. In other words, they have great analytical skills but lack the ability to understand how people think.
    Unless Solutions can connect with the voters it will get nowhere. The sad thing is that Grenville might not understand what he is doing wrong. He may see a well thought through manifesto; others will see weird emphasis on things like 10 employees for 10 years. So many numbers and yet so little connection with people’s concerns. People vote for likeable personable people. Grenville doesn’t come over as that.

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  34. de Pedantic Dribbler March 14, 2016 at 1:49 AM #

    Grenville, how many successful employers or business persons are there that fit your profile who are so pleased with the way their businesses are operating that they will so easily step away from daily operations to become active politicians?

    And to expose themselves to the bruising, personal invective of a political campaign?

    It’s rather humbling to read these periodic posts. Each successive one indicates just how absolutely unprepared you are for the real world of elective politics.

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  35. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 14, 2016 at 1:55 AM #

    Mr. Grenville

    Even if you believe your theory concerning business persons it is the electorate who has to be convinced that you are serving in their interest. This is not about what you think or believe, this is about persuading the voting public that you represent the change they want to see. How you are able to persuade will depend on the methodology used as the Barbadians political atmosphere has stifled the senses of many with the utterances of corruption, deception, manipulation and aggrandizing. Take a lesson from the Stuart’s style of leadership, and the at any cost mentality of the opposition leader. Maybe when you assess what they have done, you would understand the importance of the humility needed that speaks to a caring heart.

    Susanne S S

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  36. Artax March 14, 2016 at 4:29 AM #

    Well Well & Consequences March 13, 2016 at 10:53 PM #

    “Art….the yardfowls cannot sleep well these days, they are under pressure, more pressure seems to be headed their way, cant you see how yardfowl AC is angry at everyone, things are not as copocet as they spent 7 years making everyone believe and the web is tangled, wrapped tightly around their lying necks….all those lies, all that deceit, no more yardfowl boasting…right AC..lol…………”

    @ WW & C

    Yes, WW&C, the yard-fowls are under pressure….. Barbadians are no longer willing to accept their political rhetoric and propaganda.

    Chris Sinckler wants Barbadians to believe he is the ONLY INDIVIDUAL in Barbados that has ALL the answers to the island’s social and economic problems. Against the background of asking people to “bring solutions” rather than being critical, Sinckler describes those persons who actually make suggestions as “prophets of doom and gloom” or having a political agenda. Yet none of his economic policies have spurred economic growth.

    Take Marla Dukharan for example; Sinckler described her assessment of Barbados’ economic performance and suggestions offered as “speculative” and “scare mongering.”

    But this is what Sinckler does best; he is an ARROGANT, BOMBASTIC individual.

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  37. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 14, 2016 at 5:53 AM #

    Artax
    ………..But this is what Sinckler does best; he is an ARROGANT, BOMBASTIC individual…….

    The hallmark of DLP type of politics. 3-PM leads by example and his bunch of idiots follow in his stead. I am still waiting for the economic growth that Stuart said will force all to say that this Democratic Labour Party is the best Labour Party in the history of Barbados leadership and politics.

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  38. Well Well & Consequences March 14, 2016 at 7:50 AM #

    All Solutions has to do is recruit people who would compliment and add to his skills. He is detail oriented and analytical which is commendable since it’s all in the details, he can recruit those skilled in what he is lacking, he cannot have all the requirements as one person.

    Adding a few real thinkers would add balance to his round table….but he has to be very selective, given the errors David Thompson made in his selection of political candidates.

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  39. Vincent Haynes March 14, 2016 at 8:40 AM #

    Egypt devalues…..hmmm…..maybe catching.

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  40. pieceuhderockyeahright March 14, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

    @ DPD

    You said “But this is what Sinckler does best; he is an ARROGANT, BOMBASTIC individual…”

    And that my friend is why David (The Divider of the Fatted Calf) Thompson DID NOT, EVEN THOUGH CHRIS & HE WERE THE CLOSEST OF FRIENDS, DID NOT LEAVE CHRIS AS PRIME MINISTER!!

    But hindsight being 20/20 he moved from an arrogant, bombastic individual to an arrogant, bungling and scornful individual whu is de difference?

    Poor man mistook slothfulness as stolidity of character…oh well…

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  41. Exclaimer March 17, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

    Take a good look at what is going on in South Africa. I read with astonishment that a family who recently emigrated from India in 1993 called the Gupta’s appear to have a stranglehold on the ANC President Zuma.

    This would never happen in Barbados or could it?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/jacob-zuma-denies-outside-influence-in-south-african-cabinet

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-17/goldman-seen-succumbing-too-as-wall-street-suffers-awful-quarter

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  42. Truth March 24, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

    Interesting: Attacking Mr. Phillips is not helping, however, rather, we should be giving him our opinions on how best to address these issues. We talk about Reps not asking the people directly how best to move forward, yet you have an opportunity to do so, instead, you pick at Grammar, none of us are perfect in what we say or do but, we can help each other.

    I do agree that Mr. Phillips needs to bring the rest of his team before the cameras, Mr. Phillips should have some Community Centre Town Hall meetings to explain before the people, what their agenda is, what issues they will take up first, second, third e.t.c., this one man army thing is for Hollywood, Bollywood, and all the other woods. Mr. Phillips need not come with the same old platform as the others, Mr. Phillips need not come with the same old language that the masses can’t relate to.

    The Barbados Constitution needs amending greatly, it should not take 5 years to remove a part or person from office, it is not theirs, it belong to the people.
    No one should have any immunities from prosecution, whether in office or else, Judges, Magistrates, MPs e.t.c., the people who put them there doesn’t have that luxury.
    There needs to be a serious ban on foods and products that we can provide up to its maximum, importing 90% of a product that we can provide is madness, we provide the 90%, import the 10%.
    The Lands in Barbados doing nothing but waiting for our reps to sell out to developers, should be cultivated by our inmates & defense force (well, maybe the defense force), those Non-Violent law breakers, if they can’t pay the fines that Mr. Phillips is talking about, they would join the inmates & defense force in cultivating the lands.
    Put a hold o these importers, they are the ones along with others, who use up our reserves to import things we can provide to a degree
    The people need to establish a referendum, this is not something we are asking for, this is something we demand, in fact, we say we SHALL have referendums, we want Anti Corruption and Freedom of Information legislation, period.

    We are not advocating disrespecting the very people we put in office to look after our interest, locally, regionally and internationally, no, however, we do advocate that, our reps listen to what we want or, what is best for the Island. We don’t recognize Barbados as no Corporation, we know it as a piece of land that we live on, if that is the case that is a Corporation, then the people own this Corporation.

    Now, focus on the agenda, if you can’t get the message because of a leter (lol) missing from a word, get off the page, find something else to do.

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