UPDATED: January 22, 2013 (pinned to top. scroll down for newer)
Have another read of this folks and remember that the promised Integrity Legislation will not become law before the next election.
Time to vote for ANY INDEPENDENT!
Here’s our original story first published October 15, 2012….
Lying corrupt DLP, BLP politicians will not pass Integrity Legislation
The just-released International Press Institute report on Barbados tells the sad history of how the DLP – Democratic Labour Party lied about Integrity Legislation just to get elected. The report is dated last June, 2012 and now that we are well into the political campaign for the next election we know the truth: there will be no Integrity Legislation put forward by the governing DLP. It was all a sham to get elected in 2008.
“The government and the population know that Barbados’ Defamation Act is a relic of the colonial past and that it hinders freedom of expression. IPI believes that when the country’s politicians are aware of the situation and have already attempted to change it, half of the work is done. We are optimistic that there is still enough time before the January 2013 elections to implement the new legislation.
While several news outlets now say that the people in Barbados were misled and that the Freedom of Information, Defamation and Integrity Legislation is an outstanding debt, IPI believes that public opinion can be changed. Barbados’ leaders have the opportunity not only to change these reports, but also to make history, as those who make this decision will have ushered in a more free, transparent, and democratic country.”
… the last two paragraphs of the Report on the IPI Advocacy Mission to End Criminal Defamation in Barbados (PDF here)
Former BLP Attorney General confirms no plans for Integrity Legislation
Barbadian voters remember former BLP Attorney General Dale Marshall as the one who hilariously gave a clean bill of health to VECO’s operations in Barbados after a 25 minute conversation with representatives of the company. This was after a series of scandals showed that Alaska-based VECO used bribery of politicians as a standard operating procedure to obtain government contracts.
The Owen Arthur led BLP government awarded VECO the contract for the new Dodds Prison even though the company had never built a prison before. Everything was done in secret and that’s the way Dale Marshall, Owen Arthur, Mia Mottley and the BLP like it.
Bajan voters also remember Dale Marshall as the famous idiot who built the new Dodds Prison and then found it couldn’t be used because he completely forgot he had to pass legislation making it a prison. What an idiot!
Will the BLP introduce Integrity Legislation if they form the next government? Ha! You make sport!
Here’s what our corrupt former AG told the International Press Institute…
“IPI also met with Deputy Opposition Leader Dale Marshall of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), who told IPI he saw no reason to craft a new defamation act in Barbados. Marshall told IPI that the only potential change would be the removal of Section 34; but he said that if legislators had not removed Section 34 in the course of the revision of the Act in 1997, it indicated they felt that criminal provisions for defamation were necessary.
Marshall commented that it would be difficult to find enthusiasm for using legislative energy to change a law that has not been applied in recent memory. He also added that just because the country’s criminal defamation law isn’t currently being used “doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be used.”
The deputy opposition leader did not fully embrace the idea that public figures should be subject to closer scrutiny. He explained, for example, that people in Barbados are very cautious about disclosing their assets and indicated that such an expectation on public figures to do so would deter citizens from pursuing politics.”
Stop the cycle of corruption: Vote Independent
By now it should be obvious to all thinking Bajans that the DLP and the BLP are the same. There is no real difference between these two political groups – we’re just talking turf wars by two different brothers who belong to the same corrupt family.
The only way to break the cycle of corruption is to vote independent.
So tell the DLP or the BLP that you’ll vote for them – but then on election day cast your vote for the best independent in your area. Let’s give the political elites the surprise they deserve, let’s de-legitimize them.