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Government Reneges on Promise to Enact Anti Corruption Legislation

Submitted by Anthony Davis

Governance

The Freundel Stuart administration is not interested in in pursuing anti-corruption legislation at present because it is not a priority,” Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said. “Brathwaite played down the stance taken by University of the West Indies political scientist Cynthia Barrow-Giles who indicated at a recent event that corruption was part of the political culture here, encouraged by the country’s penchant for furtiveness – BARBADOS TODAY dated 04 March, 2016

First of all, Mr. Attorney General, let me give you the definition of “corruption” as printed in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: “corruption: “noun: Dishonest or illegal behaviour especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers) : the act of corrupting someone or something : something that has been changed from its original form “Full Definition: 1 a: Impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle: Depravity b: Decay, decomposition c: Inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) d: A departure from the original or from what is pure or correct 2 Archaic: an agency or influence that corrupts 3 chiefly dialect:

Examples

a) The ancient Egyptians used special preservatives to spare their dead from complete corruption

b) The corruption of the upper classes eventually led to the fall of the Roman Empire

c) Socrates was put to death because the ancient Athenians believed he was spreading corruption to their youth

If your perception of corruption does not fall under any of the above categories, then there is really no corruption in this country.

However, seeing that the Prime Minister stated that there is vote buying in this country – not once but twice, in 2013 and 2014, pray tell me, Mr. Attorney General, if that is not corruption what would you call it?

Several lawyers – including the Speaker of the Barbados House of Assembly – have come before the courts for misappropriation of people’s money.

What is that, Mr. Attorney General?

If you need more proof, I would suggest that you read Philip V. Nicholls’ “MORE BINDING THAN MARRIAGE”. It makes good reading, and I hope that he donates some copies to all of the libraries so that everyone has the chance to read it.

It surely pinpoints the morality in Barbados!

It seems that the word “noises” has become an integral part of Government’s vocab since the time when the PM used it.

There are school children being forced into sexual activity by adults – what is that?

One student was deprived of her rights to an education for almost three months – what is that?

What would you call it when a set of people promise to do something before elections, and then renege on them after they have won the said elections – with one of them stating that he understood “from a practical perspective” why the ruling Democratic Labour Party Government had not kept some of its promises?

Is he trying to say that reneging on promises is the correct thing to do as long as the result wanted had been achieved?

What would you call it when a minister can cast aspersions on the Leader of the Opposition in Barbados, and get away with it without even the slightest hint of an apology?

What about Government’s covert op whereby it has sold our land at 6 c per acre and given our water – which is a very scarce and precious commodity – to Cahill Energy for 30 years, whereas the populace is sucking salt to get water for their everyday use?

And the list goes on. The bell will have to toll at some time!

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87 Comments on “Government Reneges on Promise to Enact Anti Corruption Legislation”

  1. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Bush Tea March 11, 2016 at 1:13 PM #

    How yuh now so good,sew,bone flying fish,pick down and put back engines yuh name it all on own initiative.

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  2. Bush Tea March 11, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    …so why the hell don’t you use that initiative to pick down the DLP and see if you can’t reassemble them …this time with some kinda brain?
    …cause obviously whoever put them together mixed up the ‘thinking organ’ with the ‘solid waste’ organ …and got AC as the spokesman spouting inevitable shiite…

    At the very least …you can ‘sew’ her A$$ shut….🙂
    LOL ha ha ha

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  3. Vincent Haynes March 11, 2016 at 4:44 PM #

    Bush Tea March 11, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    Chuckle…….No bozie….I leave that to you and BBE,although after all these years trying it looks like it ent wukking.

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  4. pieter pieper March 12, 2016 at 11:11 PM #

    Given Philip Nicholls’ recent book ,it would be most interesting to read his opinion on the urgent need for anti-corruption legislation, (given the fact that it was promised in 2008). Or will he cover it in a revised edition ? Interesting read !

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  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2016 at 7:26 AM #

    Artax

    You would think that driving around in a contractor’s vehicle would be grounds to launch an investigation into the nature of such a relation to determine any deviant financial practices. You already know that the money will not be passed via any banking transaction, referral, cheque or deposit. You know up front that we talking cash money transferred from one hand to the next in the agreed meeting spot. You know upfront that to keep a legit appearance, these thieving bitches would utilize their salaries every month, appear to be saving some of it, bring out loans to act as a front, where bank statements can show clearly deductions while they continue to hoard thousands towards millions in the safe keeping of the same contractors, under agreement, or in their privately installed secretive safes or volts. You would think that if we had any real police that dealt with white collar crime or even a journalistic establishment that not influenced by the same wicked people, we could catch a good few of them in the act. Barbados is just the nice little nest egg for breeding corruption and establishing systems to keep it up and running, because what money do not buy, it simply destroys through wicked partnership agreements.

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  6. ac March 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

    Driving around in a contractors vehicle does not make an individual a thief , Allegations remains baseless unless substantiated on”real” evidence

    “WE” know a lot of shite don/t “WE” then use the legal parameters to dig up and get rid of .

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  7. Well Well & Consequences March 13, 2016 at 11:15 AM #

    AC…you are an enabler, the worse breed of yardfowl.

    You do not see a politician and member of government driving around in any contractor’s vehicle, particularly those contractors in Barbados who are known and proud to be corrupt since they openly boast that they cannot be arrested in Barbados by DPP or police; unless that politician is also corrupt…where do you get your logic.

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  8. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 13, 2016 at 4:48 PM #

    Is this the intelligent AC or that other cunt?

    Are you kidding me? Do you not see a conflict of interest? Do you not see the raising of a red flag when the ministers’ preferences are to go with the buddy friend Transtec? No wonder why Barbados is so corrupt. Management 101, especially coming from government ministers who are in positions to influence finances and award contracts is that you do not create situations of conflict evidenced by close relationships. T

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  9. Andrew Simpson June 18, 2016 at 8:37 PM #

    David, might a digital platform to capture the will of the people on an issue by issue basis, starting with whether or not implementation of integrity legislation is a priority, be designed? Text Yes for Integrity Legislation or No to allow Corruption and Misappropriation of public funds.

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  10. Colonel Buggy June 18, 2016 at 9:44 PM #

    Instead of Yes or No, just put an X that is what we have been doing for the past umteen years to give the people we elect to parliament a free hand in the continuation of Corruption and Misappropriation of public funds.

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  11. Pieceuhderockyeahright June 18, 2016 at 9:47 PM #

    @ Andrew Simpson

    I will be presumptuous enough and answer for David (heheheheheheh)

    Yes such “a platform” can be designed. Survey Monkey and other online platforms can do precisely that see https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/certified-survey-questions/

    Here are some questions that one would ask though.

    1.Who is going to host it? The party that is going to host the platform is extremely important. If it is seen to be a political organisation, IT WILL NOT GET ANY RESPONSES. Even if it is not a political organisation, people are quite weary of coming online and voting for the simplest thing because they fear who will use their information & how

    2.What will happen with the information that is harvested. You might not be seeing these surveys recently but Loop, and The nation, and Barbados Today and several other entities are doing these online surveys.

    THe reason that they fail of have limited successes is because the sponsors cannot give any legitimate reason why a survey should be done. What is the ultimate purpose of all of this effort.

    Bajans live in a society where we fear putting down our name and number even on a Raffle ticket because we feel that the promoters are going to give that information to someone even the Raffle ticket for the school is devoid of cell numbers because people are afraid.

    Add the fact that the type of survey that you need HAS TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF DELIMITER, that is, it has to have something which says we polled x people, and these specific people are, other than that the poll that you are seeking to compile, does not have much validity because people can say things like “one man polled 10 times” as happened with the Raffle that Standard had for the $1million dollars and never held the raffle.

    You know the one where the government worker at the MTW too 200 government envelopes and put their name in it and submitted them for the raffle.

    Will BU do such a Survey?

    Well I cant answer for the Honourable Blogmaster but I would ask why? What would he gain?

    Would it bring people to BU because BU is a credible online entity without any political bias? Or would it dilute the audience that is currently on BU? One never knows, he could run both.

    But Mr. Simpson.

    Why stop at a survey?

    Why not put your effort behind supporting a Participatory Workspace which expands what BU is right now, Barbados’ Premiere Advocacy medium.

    A place where as opposed to talking bout it, BU actually starts doing it?

    So for example we are talking about the garbage problem in Barbados.

    Why you dont look at piloting a small pilot of 25 houses in *** where your enhanced “digital platform” idea could become a real live project where 25 real people would be part of your ral real survey of a specific local issue and who would use a digital platform to record (a) what is collected (b) what is seperated (c) and other metrics that brings the power of the average man and woman in the street to bear on our particular issues INSTEAD OF ALL THE LOTTA LONG TALK and digital survey toy games.

    I am just wondering if your serious question wants serious answers.

    When you get old like me and about to dead all the fancy talk and ting does go out the window.

    Or you still want the Survey Monkey thing?

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  12. Caswell Franklyn June 18, 2016 at 10:34 PM #

    During the week the media, including BU, was misled and reported that a court marshal did not serve Maloney, and that was the reason for his non-appearance in court. Well the marshals took some licks and unjustly so. Did anyone check to see if the summons was ever given to an individual marshal to serve? As far as I’m aware the answer is NO.

    Sent from my iPad

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