Daily Archives: March 19, 2008

Prime Minister Thompson’s Plan For Integrity In Barbados Government: Group Studies, Talk and More Talk – That’s It!

Well, That Should Leave The DLP A Couple Of Free Years To Feed At The Trough!

It is happening folks.

After ignoring integrity issues for two full years of Thompson’s leadership, then grabbing some fine words from the internet a few weeks before the vote – it seems that the DLP commitment to integrity initiatives involves a whole lotta talk and zero action.

The DLP could have been studying and consulting and writing legislation for two years IF integrity legislation was really at the core of their political platform. They said they would adopt their published Ministerial Code immediately upon forming the government… and they did not.

Now as the promised “100 days” deadline for integrity legislation, freedom of information laws and conflict of interest rules approaches, the Barbados DLP Government says they are going to form a group and talk.

That’s it.

No draft legislation. No rules adopted that would control the behaviour of Ministers. (Right now, it is perfectly legal for a Government Minister to receive gifts from people and corporations that sign million dollar contracts with the same Government Minister! BFP story here)

And no transparency or rules governing the Prime Minister’s use of private business jets provided by corporations who profit from government contracts! (Darling… Let’s go shopping in Miami. Leroy has a Gulfstream that just “happens” to be on a training flight to West Palm Beach this weekend and we can stay at his place for free!)

We’re not inventing the wheel, folks. There are a dozen different integrity legislation models out there that have been vetted in courts and the real world for a decade or more. Any one of them would be fine in the interim, but the DLP are obviously none to anxious to implement rules now that they have their fingers on the vault keys.

OK, we’ll not say too much more about this until the magic 100 days on April 15th.

Mek or break time, Mr. Prime Minister.

from the Lapdog Nation News…

Governance Unit Soon

A GOVERNANCE UNIT will soon be launched in Barbados.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Senator Maxine McClean, said Cabinet had pproved the establishment of the a board to facilitate the work.

McClean, who has responsibility for the unit, was speaking at the launch of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Government Information Service (GIS) at the Dining Club, Manor Lodge on Monday.

She said the Governance Unit will be responsible for such things as public consultation on the drafting and implementation of laws for, among other things, freedom of information and asset disclosure by ministers and other public officials.

It will also include: “A range of legislation to ensure that Barbadians not only hear Governments speak about transparency and integrity, but that the country develops an approach to doing business, whether its the public sector or the private sector where integrity and accountability are primary considerations.”

Specific to the GIS, McClean said it continued to have an important role to play in arming citizens with information so that their voices could be heard on matters that affected their lives through Government and other action.

Noting that the information landscape and public expectation had changed in the past 50 years, and that the demand for information was insatiable, McClean praised the contribution of the late Oliver Jackman, who was the first information officer.

Yesterday was also a chance to present winner of the slogan competition, Felton Ince, and runners-up Joy Springer, Carol George-Austin and Ronnie Yearwood with their prizes. (original story link here)

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Hundreds Of Millions For A New Barbados Prison, But Guess What They Forgot…

Minister of Home Affairs Freundel Stuart had it right last week when he spoke about Dodds prison, saying “The idea of a modern, state-of-the-art facility like this without a farm programme is really an absurdity.”

That’s correct folks – the idiots who had a part in planning and implementing the new prison totally ignored this important facet of modern prisons. Prison farms provide economic, health and educational benefits to the inmates. If you Google “prison farm benefits” you’ll return about 200,000 hits and multiple case studies and research projects.

Its not like we have to invent it here on Barbados, you know!

I guess Mottley and the rest of the crew were so busy taking VECO Corporation bribes, ah “consulting fees”, that they plain forgot to do any research on modern prisons.

Remind me, folks… did the BLP Government build any major project without screwing it up? There must be at least ONE project that was properly done. Help me out here…

Prison Farm On Hold

THE FARM PROGRAMME at the new prisons at Dodds, St Philip, has met with some stumbling blocks.

Minister of Home Affairs Freundel Stuart, who toured the St Philip facility recently, said some town planning and environmental issues had to be ironed out before the programme could kick into high gear.

“The farm programme is critical to what is going to be happening here at Dodds . . . . The idea of a modern, state-of-the-art facility like this without a farm programme is really an absurdity. We are determined to push the farm programme,” Stuart stated.

It is envisaged that the farm could make the prison self-sufficient in terms of meat and produce and should eventually be able to supply other Government departments.

… from the Nation News (link here)

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