Should Barbados Allow Foreign Governments To Fund Political Activities In Our Country?
According to a BFP source, the government of Cuba has long been injecting funds into the People’s Empowerment Party and the Clement Payne Movement. (Hey, if its not true, David Comissiong should say so… but first he should talk to some of his friends about where Bobby Clarke had been shooting his mouth off about money matters. We’re waiting, Mr. Comissiong – but something tells us that you won’t be able to deny the Cuban funding.)
Under our current laws there is zero public transparency or accountability concerning the financing of political parties or activities. Pretty well anything goes in Barbados politics because there are no laws – and the ruling elites prefer to have no laws that restrict their ability to do whatever they please in secret.
So we have foreign governments injecting money into Barbados political parties so they can influence the political process and the government of Barbados.
Secret Political Donations From Foreign Governments Undermine Our Democracy
Has the Barbados Labour Party received any political donations from China? It is a secret!
Don’t ask a government minister appearing on a radio show or he will sue you for sure, and don’t expect any media types to stick their necks out after radio journalist David Ellis got wacked hard for thinking unclean thoughts. The big shots of the BLP and the DLP don’t think that ordinary citizens should have any interest in the money side of politics – otherwise they would have passed integrity and disclosure laws decades ago.
Or last week.
And don’t give us that nonsense about the DLP people being any different than the BLP people when it comes to integrity issues. People are people. MOST will respect the law – but in Barbados where there are no laws, anything goes for either side.
The DLP could have been hammering away at integrity issues for the last 12 years. They could have introduced integrity rules, conflict of interest guidelines and disclosure for their own elected members 12 years ago… but they didn’t and they won’t.
Having no election financing laws or accountability process puts Barbados democracy at risk – but both the DLP and BLP piggies would rather have the cash than democracy.
Eunuchs At The Nation News Blow It Again
You have to admire the easy going lifestyle of those professional investigative reporters at the Trinidad-controlled Nation News. What a life of ease! No stories to write, no digging to be done (heck… no digging allowed!).
They just sit back and when a press release comes in from David Comissiong, they change around the wording a bit and call it “a story”. And if the story concerns an obvious money connection between the foreign government of Cuba and a Barbados political party, the “journalists” at The Nation News have to ignore that section of the story.
Just a little bit too close to home if the Nation News starts asking questions about political funding in Barbados! Nope… wouldn’t want to receive a blast from one of the Barbados government members. Better to play it safe.
Better to just run the press release and go back to playing cards on a Friday night…
Cuban study grants on offer
The Nation News Published on: 5/20/07.
THREE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE being offered to Barbadians to study at a university in Cuba for the upcoming academic year.
They are being offered through the People’s Empowerment Party and the Clement Payne Movement.
David Comissiong, president of the movement, said the scholarships were in “physical education and sports, hydraulic engineering, and chemistry”.
He noted, however, that some students in various disciplines were having difficulties with their qualifications being accepted.
“The regulatory body of those particular professions have tried to restrict the entry of graduates. For example, veterinary medicine, where there is one graduate who, up to now, has not been allowed to practise her profession,” he added.
Comissiong said he hoped this was a short-term situation.
The three scholarships, on offer to Barbadian citizens under 25 years old, will provide tuition, food, accommodation, medical treatment and a monthly stipend from the Cuban government.
Applications are to be completed before the end of this month. (WB)
… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)