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Michael Carrington, Speaker of the House

The Michael Carrington Watch–Governance Crisis

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has weighed in with his opinion how the Michael Carrington matter must be resolved. He has suggested the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Association apply its Code of Ethics to censure the Speaker of the House. Also he opined that the political stock of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) government will be dented by the saga and the Prime Minister should also intervene. He does NOT agree with the position taken by the Opposition to boycott parliament, no surprise there. As far as he is concerned Carrington has broken no rules of the House therefore the Committee of Privileges will have no choice to return a ‘not guilty’ decision.

There is a lot to untangle from the Carrington matter which is moral, political and legal in makeup. What we know is that the Speaker of the House has been ordered by the High Court of Barbados to pay $200,000 plus to a wheelchair bound client; money he has withheld for years. All sane persons agree this is wrong morally, it is wrong legally based on the court order and the noise of public opinion ensures that it will have legal implications for a weak DLP government.

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CARICOM Continues to be Challenged by Governance and Economic Issues

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Think tank and Watchdog Group As is customary, we join with other commentators, that review the year and what gains, if any, the region would have made. As much as it distresses us, we are forced to conclude that 2014 brought nothing new to the region and that 2015 portends […]

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Innovation Wanted

BU’s favourite caller to a popular talk show made the point recently – those who contribute significantly to political campaigns and political parties are the ones who consume scarce foreign exchange. These are the companies and individuals described as wholesalers and retailers who patrol and control the political landscape of Barbados. BU’s favourite caller was […]

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Open Letter to the DLP and BLP

Submitted by Charles Knighton An open letter to the DLP and BLP who both bear responsibility for the parlous state of Barbados today. What is good governance? What criteria should we use to assess the stewardship and policies undertaken by our elected leaders? Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, a wealthy Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist, established […]

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Are We There Yet?

Submitted by The Mahogany Coconut Think Tank and Watchdog Group In a movie, involving a family trip, one of the children kept asking: Are we there yet? We see the Caribbean as one nation but we are aware of the deep idiosyncrasies of our individual island states. We recognize the void of leadership; the betrayal […]

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Averting a Legitimation Crisis–a divided country

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. ― Edmund Burke Modern societies are fighting to stem an unprecedented level of corruption across the globe. There is  pervasive hankering for material things even when personal values are compromised in the process. Is Barbados insulated from the global […]

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Institutional Cracks are Appearing: Whither Transparency and Democracy

In contemporary Barbados, several questions are being raised by the inquiring citizen whose voice attracts the political whip. Many persons could care less of an individual’s curiosity or the need to know once  burning issues are scrutinised. Inquirers and commentators are often. In contemporary Barbados, several questions are being raised by the inquiring citizen whose […]

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Post General Election 2013: A Time to Decompose the Rhetoric

After what has been described as one of the most bruising political campaigns in history of Barbados, the commonsense approach is for all Barbadians to quickly put our shoulders to the plough in the interest of country. There is no time for the traditional honeymoon period. Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart needs to quickly get his […]

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Manifesto WARNING!

The manifestos of the DLP and BLP have been released about ONE week before the E-Day of February 21, 2013. Generally people pay very little attention to manifestos in most countries. A manifesto may be described as a political tool to get political parties elected. Although we know they are usually littered with pie in […]

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Deliverance Leadership Pragmatism: (DLP or BLP) A New Direction

Submitted by Yardbroom Deliverance from Whom? Leadership to Where? Pragmatic in what we can reasonably afford. All underpinned by “INTEGRITY” for without that, we are nothing. In a matter of days Barbados’ electorate will go to the Polls and elect a Government for the next five years.  The time for crunching figures is over.  The […]

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Notes From a Native Son: Are Barbadians Ready to Face the Political Music?

Introduction: As the general election campaign heats up, some of us are looking in vain for an improvement in the quality of the discussion. So far, however, it remains on a level that would have been familiar to Eric ‘Fly’ Sealy and some of the old fringe campaigners who would say anything for anyone if […]

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The Violet Beckles Affair, Separating Fact From Fiction Part V

Related Links: Rights, Justice And The Law In The Case Of Violet Beckles The Violet Beckles Affair, Separating Fact From Fiction The Violet Beckles Affair, Separating Fact From Fiction Part II The Violet Beckles Affair, Separating Fact From Fiction Part III The Violet Beckles Affair, Separating Fact From Fiction Part IV

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The "G" Virus Continued

After reading the  Are VIPs Exempt From Paying VAT? which followed BU’s  The G Virus,  BU remains convinced we have a crisis of governance in Barbados. As election time draws  closer BU will be highlighting examples to show that it does not matter which government is in office, the decadence which permeates our governance system is foreboding. […]

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When Privatization Trumps Productivity

Managing the finances of the BU household requires adherence to a simple rule which cannot be broken. Do not spend more that is earned! It is the only way individuals can create a financial security blanket (creating wealth) for the family before retirement. We live in a world which has become addicted to consumption. It […]

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