Michael Carrington, Speaker of the House

A Matter of Integrity – Call for Michael Carrington to Resign, OUTSTANDING

Integrity is the cornerstone of good governance and democracy. By upholding the highest ethical standards, public servants conserve and enhance public confidence in the honesty, fairness and impartiality of the federal public sectorValues and Ethics Code for the Public Sector

One of the enduring and unflattering memories of the Stuart led government so far is the matter of the case of Speaker of the House Michael Carrington vs Johns Griffiths [BU High Court 2015]. Carrington was ordered by the Supreme Court of Barbados Justice Cornelius J to pay $200,000 to a former client, seventy year old John Griffiths. These were monies owed to Carrington’s client the proceeds of an estate settlement. In summary: the High Court of Barbados had to issue an order for the Speaker of the House to pay his client.

Eighteen months later the knowledge that Carrington was not disciplined by Prime Minister Stuart  remains a blotch on the type of democracy we practice. Bear in mind in the build up to the 2013 general election Stuart won the matchup against Owen Arthur on the integrity question.

It is the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) leadership who first trumpeted that is committed to building a society. What kind of society can be built if key stakeholders in the DLP by their actions are not committed to the key value of integrity?

In the build up to the 2008 general election another promise was made by the DLP that a code of behaviour guideline for ministers would be implemented. As far as we are aware this is another promise outstanding designed to hold members of the DLP team accountable on the issue of integrity.

Leaders must lead!

The news that Sweden’s youngest ever government minister, Aida Hadzialic, has resigned after being caught driving over the alcoholic limit is interesting. She faces a possible term of up to six months in prison after police detected a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 grams per litre. To put it in perspective the minister admitted to drinking two glasses of wine. It is unfathomable that any minister or public official in Barbados would resign under similar circumstances. BU is aware the legislative framework does not exist in Barbados to scientifically test and prosecute DUI cases.

Hadzialic’s resignation is important to send a message to the electorate that elected officials are prepared to hold themselves accountable. Accountability is not defined only in law Mr. Prime Minister Stuart. Your advice to Carrington to hire a lawyer sent the wrong signal to a society crying out for leadership at this time. There is right and wrong. It was wrong for Carrington to have withheld clients money from seventy year old Griffiths. You missed the opportunity any leader worth his salt would have used to exercise leadership.

Prime Minister Stuart how are you able to stomach Carrington sitting on the Speaker’s Chair in the Lower House after what he did to that old man?

Mia Mottley how are you and your team able to address the Speaker given his indiscretion?

What credibility does Stuart or his ministers have to lecture Barbadians on matters of morality?

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33 Comments on “A Matter of Integrity – Call for Michael Carrington to Resign, OUTSTANDING”

  1. Violet C Beckles August 14, 2016 at 8:41 PM #

    All you have to do to find the crooks in Barbados is to study the land registry , Archives, NHC and UDC , follow the money find ever crook Minster and lawyer in Bim , these 2 crooks are not a lone in what they do and do not,
    Freedom of information and a free press will show all, This is why we dont have these two freedoms in Barbados,

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  2. recoanthony August 14, 2016 at 9:24 PM #

    WAIT WHO SURPRISE AT THAT, ALL DEM IS THE SAME THING, BUNCH AH NASTY SCUMBAGS, FRUNDEL A.K.A BLACK MAMBA AN HE BROOD OF VIPERS, NO WONDER THE PRIME MINISTER OF ST. KITTS/NEVIS SAY BARBADOS IS NOT AH MODEL TO FOLLOW

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  3. recoanthony August 14, 2016 at 9:37 PM #

    LOOK B U BARBADIANS WASTING TIME AND ENERGY, CALLING ON THIS INEPT, DISTASTEFUL,DISGRACEFUL, INDIFFERENT, IMMORAL, BROODS OF VIPERS TO STEP DOWN….WE NEED OUR OWN HOME GROWN PLAN AND THAT IS TO DOWN TOOLS AN GET DEM OUT OF PARLIAMENT BY WAY OF PEACEFUL PROTEST.BARBADOS CAN’T GET ANY WORSE THAN WHAT IT AT NOW..FOR THE 8 YEARS DEM WERE IN HERE I NEVER SAW DEM HANDS ABOVE BOARD, ALWAYS UNDER THE COUNTER FIGITING, SHAKING, BAGGING, PUTTING ETC ETC GOD I NEVER SEEN NOTHING LIKE THIS IN ALL MY LIFE

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  4. Caswell Franklyn August 14, 2016 at 9:49 PM #

    Integrity is not something you put on when you get elected to parliament. When you put a pig in a palace, you don’t get a King, you get a shitty palace

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  5. Gabriel August 14, 2016 at 10:11 PM #

    Another indication that this administration has lost any integrity in governing Barbados.Evrybody know that Akanni is President of the NUPW and Maloney is a has been.How come Byer-Suckoo offers Maloney a place on the Severance Payments Tribunal and the NUPW put forward the current President McDowell’s name.B-S says it’s a clerical error.Maloney claims innocence.Maloney refuse to step down,knowing it’s not his call.
    Reminds me of a cleric awarded an honour that was intended for another.

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  6. Heather August 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM #

    @Gabriel are you serious re Maloney? I have not read the online news in Barbados for a few days.

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  7. Tron August 14, 2016 at 10:35 PM #

    In other countries you march for 3 years into jail when you wreck a public project as a minister in charge of the public-private company (which is configured as a private LLC).

    In other countries the DPP brings the president to the criminal court for having received 800 USD for a festivity.

    In Bim you get a medal for that.

    However, what should we expect from ministers with such poor social background and a PM who played around 10 years at university?

    Without transparency and a AG and DPP unwilling to unforce any laws there won´t be any progress in Bim.

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  8. Artax August 14, 2016 at 10:41 PM #

    A similar call should also be made for Denis Lowe to resign. Stuart admitted there were procedural mis-steps in the NCC’s retrenchment process, whereby the “last in, first out” protocol was not adhered to, while recently hired individuals from Lowe’s constituency remained employed.

    Against the back-ground of the ERT subsequently ruling in favour of the retrenched former employees, Lowe remains minister and Neblett the general manager of the NCC.

    Another startling situation occurred at the Child Care Board where the admission of negligence on their part, was basically responsible for the death of two children. Under these circumstances, elsewhere the director and board would have resigned, but that is not the case with this administration. Steve Blackett should have done the honourable thing and resigned as well.

    Recently, Denis Kellman admitted he oversaw the recruitment of his nephew’s wife as HR manager of NHC, ahead of the lady who was acting in the position for over a year, after denying nepotism and the newly appointed lady did not have any connections to him. He explained the ERT gave guidelines to such employment when he knew this was not the case. Kellman remains minister of housing.

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  9. Artax August 15, 2016 at 12:57 AM #

    Heather August 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM #

    “@Gabriel are you serious re Maloney? I have not read the online news in Barbados for a few days.”

    @ Heather

    Yes, Gabriel is serious………. Walter Maloney was appointed to the Severance Payments Tribunal and was sworn in last Wednesday by GG Belgrave.

    Apparently, the government did not accept the NUPW’s recommendation to appoint Akanni McDowall.

    “Instead, McDowall’s immediate predecessor, Walter Maloney, has been appointed to the panel, in what has been described as an unusual occurrence. Attempts by the union executive to get Maloney to resign have failed so far, and the NUPW has written to the Ministry of Labour asking that the decision to appoint him be rescinded.” [Nation News, August 14, 2016]

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  10. abajanhowe August 15, 2016 at 2:29 AM #

    I said it before and I’ll say it again. Thanks to BU for their effort in letting intelligent Bajans know about the fraudsters, dishonest lawyers business men and downright thieves in what used to be our distinguished Parliament that is in dire need of cleansing and filling Dodds. But the Police and the DPP will not take any action to go that course. Hang there BU.

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  11. Hamilton Hill August 15, 2016 at 6:42 AM #

    This nonsense comes to an end when Barbadians wake up and decide that we’ve had enough.The blatant practice of nepotism we just saw at NHC is nothing new, and the fact that it will die a natural death is also nothing new. Did you hear the voices that called brass tacks to register disdain for Dean Del Mastro? These are the same people who had no problem with government doing business with Jonathan Danos, who by the way has more serious convictions. That at every turn now one can hear a minister on the radio when since 2013 they treated Barbadians so contemptuously tells me that they do what they do because they can. WE LIKE IT SO!

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  12. Well Well & Consequences August 15, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    “Explaining her decision to quit, the Social Democrat told reporters: “I choose to do this because I believe what I have done is that serious.”

    You have to be raised with a certain level of morals, maturity and an acute understanding of right from wrong to acknowledge your mistakes. You have to be trained in and practice certain levels of ethics and integrity to rise above the level to which government ministers and politicians in Barbados wallow.

    None of them are morally or ethically capable of doing better.

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  13. piece uh de rock yeah right - INRI August 15, 2016 at 7:34 AM #

    @ Hamilton Hill

    You said and I quote “That at every turn now one can hear a minister on the radio when since 2013 they treated Barbadians so contemptuously tells me that they do what they do because they can. WE LIKE IT SO!…”

    You seem to be correct that we Bajans “like is so” but my question to you is this, what else other than vote them all out, can we do?

    The only real option that we, the people, have is to contest it in a court of law, like David Come Sing a Song I.e. to bring a case against the government (and hope that you get a date during your lifetime) vote them out, FOR ANOTHER LOT OF DISHONEST CROOKS, or talk/write bout in on the call in shows or on Barbados Underground.

    What else other than civil dissent?

    The fact however is that they are on TV and radio every day is evidence of three things.

    Elections are near.

    They are in beggar mode “please vote me back in”

    And we the people are going to vote every one of their asses out.

    EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!

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  14. Well Well & Consequences August 15, 2016 at 7:52 AM #

    Piece……thanks to BU, you, SSS and others, the voters on the island now have the power in their hands to control the next general elections and do just that….take back control of the island, show politicians that the voters’ role and ownership of parliament and the treasury extends way beyond once every 5 years when politicians and ministers need voters to get the power to sell out the people and island…….show the minority crooks posing as business people on the island thst the majority black population rules….

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  15. Bush Tea August 15, 2016 at 8:07 AM #

    @ Piece
    You seem to be correct that we Bajans “like is so” but my question to you is this, what else other than vote them all out, can we do?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Your very question betrays the fact that we are nothing but brass bowls…

    Normal people express RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION and ZERO TOLERANCE for shiite…
    …they chase the money-focused, albino-centrics buggers out of temples
    …they ‘done play’; pull up stumps; stop business; close ports; block streets
    …they protests shiite; they march; they write letters, emails, make calls..

    Normal people DO NOT STAND STILL WHILE BEING BULLED….

    Brass bowls, however have adopted the ability to ‘take it -“like a man”….” and await a safe time to clean up…..
    Brass bowls ask ‘What can we do…except wait until they come…?”

    But you are right – cause you are NOT speaking of NORMAL people…. you speak of Bajans…
    What can we do until these devils have extracted all that they can, ..til they have had their fill … then we can vote them out and start all over again ….being bulled by fresh demons.

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  16. Hamilton Hill August 15, 2016 at 8:41 AM #

    @ piece… What I would like is to see the trade union movement in Barbados come together and bring this administration to it’s knees.There is enough evidence to support the fact that these heifers do not keep their word and should no longer be trusted.The luxury of a tranquil work environment should no longer be extended.They should be forced to go to the polls.

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  17. piece uh de rock yeah right - INRI August 15, 2016 at 8:58 AM #

    @ Well Well and Bush Tea.

    You both through the response you gave brought a sadness to my heart rather a disconsolation to my soul.

    Look at us!!!

    A plaster of what is based on an espionage practice to enforce integrity, a knights gambit which we only can employ every five years and, most importantly the fact that you and I get bulled for all that time yet we are much more concerned about inconsequential things like how much pooch the young girls trembling and twerking at Parkingson School

    There is something seriously wrong with this equation, with this docility in the face of moral and spiritual perversion

    Look at us!!!

    Nom de Plumes! Condemned to write in the shadow of the IP address of a hack able machine that tracks which website we just came from and where we are going to, and our cache.

    Hounded by the Assinines (purposely misspelt) threatened by Prime Minister Fumbles, WeJonesing, Verla Depeiza, Dale Smiley Teets Marshall and Mugabe Mottley. The last bastion of free speech until the Troika comes.

    We are so few.

    While around us, by way of the assistance of a superlatively inept government, the Demonic Lying Party, a group of slave masters thrives, and we the nigger population are pushed deeper into the mire

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  18. piece uh de rock yeah right - INRI August 15, 2016 at 9:14 AM #

    @ Hamilton Hill

    There are two considerations per that suggestion.

    The trade unions, barring Caswell Franklyn s Unity Workers Union, are completely compromised since their respective leadership are in bed with the same corrupt administrations.

    For you to understand unity and what mass suffering does to the psyche of a people you must understand The Montgomery Boycott.

    Over one year of walking and communal taxis, the precedent of Uber, without the internet.

    That is unity.

    But the thing about this Hamilton is that we as a people are both internally, within our nigger race, and externally, within our national psyche and sense of national unity, divided.

    I guess the thing that best describes this is the phenomenon that is the church in Barbados.

    Every Sunday they meet and sing lustily and, like David Durant, Apostle of …, go back on Monday to prostitute himself for the following six days, then do the cycle once more until we have become Pavlovs dog, conditioned to this norm

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  19. Donna August 15, 2016 at 9:34 AM #

    This action in appointing Maloney over McDowell speaks volumes indeed. Even if you believe Akanni is an idiot he is the idiot that the union members chose. How does that make him any different to the idiots the general electorate chose? What makes him any less fit to serve in that forum than that female idiot rejected by the electorate but chosen by the elected idiots?

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  20. Donna August 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM #

    Piece,

    Nobody trusts anybody these days. Unity will therefore be difficult to accomplish. I have been saying for a while that I don’t see Barbados getting any better until it gets soooo bad that we have no choice but to act. Once the majority can survive there will be no uprising. This is going to be a long process.

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  21. David August 15, 2016 at 9:57 AM #

    @Donna

    A classic case of the measure of public trust is where we have reached with assurances from the BWA management about water quality being taken with a spoonful of salt.

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  22. Bush Tea August 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

    @ Piece
    Unity shiite!! …and pun intended too…

    This has NOTHING to do with unity. It has to do with INTEGRITY. …personal integrity.
    There is no need to have thousands of others at your side in order to STAND UP FOR RIGHT.
    In Sodom and Gomorrah, just 10 righteous persons would have made a difference, but no doubt the ‘Piece’ of that city was awaiting some show of ‘unity…’

    …and the ‘Caswell’ was complaining that he only had 7 members….

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  23. Donna August 15, 2016 at 10:17 AM #

    David,

    Assurances from public officials are a comfort for a fool. These people are mostly selfish and greedy and what’s more damaging- so shortsighted that they are likely to forget that their own children may visit an area where a problem may occur. They may simply think – ” We don’t live there so it can’t affect us”. Meanwhile little Johnny sneaks out and visits his girlfriend in the area every night and partakes of the poisoned offerings.

    I have my salt and my spoon.

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  24. Donna August 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM #

    Bushie,

    Are YOU sitting or standing?

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  25. Bush Tea August 15, 2016 at 10:39 AM #

    @ Donna
    Bushie shiite!! …the bushman just ‘lucked out…’
    Bushie DOES NOT COUNT.
    “Many are called … but few are CHOSEN….”

    Bushie has been adopted…. (CHOSEN ….for Lord knows what reason) and handed a whacker… which he welded for many a year here on BU (and enjoyed every second…)
    Unfortunately, um get tek way the other day…. (Bushie was probably overdoing the whacking thing…)
    …or maybe the days of whacking are over….

    It is for those who are CALLED that needs to answer that call…. and for those who are CHOSEN to carry out their assigned roles as best they can…

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  26. Bush Tea August 15, 2016 at 3:25 PM #

    If anyone hears Caswell or David Come-and-sing-a-song …please let them know that it only takes a single, powerful LEADER to galvanise a whole heap of brass bowls into action.

    Clement Payne passed through in 1937 and started the ball rolling, ….but cuhdear, wunna don’t REALLY expect another Trini to come back in 2016 to repeat that favour …. not now that half the damn place belong to them anyhow….

    ..so it look like one o’ wunna have been elected for the Clement Payne award.

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  27. Gabriel August 15, 2016 at 4:01 PM #

    Barbados Water Authority is advertising for a General Manager,Directors of Finance,Projects and Engineering and a Manager of Internal Audit.Shall we look forward to improved water supply and management of this precious commodity and should the long suffering people of St Joseph,St Andrew and parts of St Lucy,St Thomas and St James dare hope for a better flow to their homes?

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  28. Frothy Mouth August 15, 2016 at 5:21 PM #

    Wunna believe dese Dems vote Fumble as party head ah third time. He got nuff on them and all he wants is to be prime minister. One corrupted pot of governance.

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  29. Prodigal Son August 15, 2016 at 10:47 PM #

    This when Donville should have made his move! Tells you that they fear Freundel.

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  30. Prodigal Son August 15, 2016 at 11:23 PM #

    And to think that we will have to sit tomorrow and listen to this fraud being referenced as Mr Speaker.

    Freundel Stuart will not only go down in history as the worst PM Barbados ever had but that he presided over the most corrupt cabinet ever. He sleeps while they do as they like, he wakes up to hear from his security that there is another scandal………. he rolls back over and goes right back to sleep. He could not care less once he is PM.

    Who would think that a person of no less stature than a PM could advise a man who has been exposed as a crook to get a lawyer………………..a man who is the Speaker of the House………a place held in high esteem…………. Who would believe that he advised him not to resign but to get a lawyer. The man brought the House into disgrace. Shameful.

    How much longer can we endure these scandals and just carry on as if we are a banana republic?

    Last week, it was the canadian criminals and the blatant nepotism by the clown from St Lucy. He not only is involved in nepotism but lies.

    Now we have the poster girl involved in lies. She is so incompetent that she did not even understand the gravity of what she did. It is no administration error that Walter Maloney was appointed to a board to which he has no business being on. He is so arrogant and so much wants to stick it to Akani that he deliberately went in a hurry to Government House and got sworn in.

    The dems chickens will come home to roost one day!

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  31. recoanthony August 16, 2016 at 1:25 AM #

    @ PRODICAL SON….AN I HOPE BEFORE 2018…GET RID OF DEM HOG AN GOAT RACE FOR EVER, BY WAY OF VOTING DEM SCRUFFY ASS OUT

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  32. Violet C Beckles August 16, 2016 at 6:13 PM #

    voting the DEMs out will not help for the roots of the frauds in bim got great speed under the BLP . and covered up by the DLP , beat thing to do is Vote CUP ., clean CUP, We know who is who and who did what,

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  33. abajanhowe August 21, 2016 at 7:24 AM #

    Froon was presumably voted in again not because of what he can do but rather who he cannot control and who can run the show from the side lines unimpeded. Take a look at Lowe, Chrissey, Kelly, Mikey from the east just to name a few. He is not capable of doing the right thing and pulling them back further more stopping them and let’s not forget who his busom buddies are.

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