“We have to protect our marine environment. We have to address drainage issues and get a sensible environmental levy and put it in place based upon ‘the polluter pays principle’.”
Former PM Owen Arthur talks to Barbados Today
Wuhloss! I couldn’t believe what I was reading in Barbados Today from Owen Arthur – our Prime Minister for 14 years from 1994 to 2008.
Owen Arthur better than anybody knows what a disaster his government and leadership was for the Barbados environment. He and his government’s corruption misappropriated millions upon millions of dollars from the public coffers – money that could have been used to maintain this island’s environment. You know… the environment; the beaches, the reefs, the water, the wetlands and gullies. All those natural areas that make Barbados special and keep the tourists coming to support our national economy.
Prime Minister Arthur could have done so much for the environment during his 14 years in power, but no… Owen Arthur and his government only paid lip service to the foundation of our economy and of our quality of life – which is why I cannot let Owen Arthur get away with his recent outrageously false statements about how much his BLP government achieved in the area of the environment.
Even the Captain of a floating wreck lives better off than the crew!
submitted by Not Michael Carrington
“Rare indeed is a Barbados Cabinet Minister without a bank account in New York, London, the Caymans or Zurich.”
Every few months we hear rumbling from our esteemed political elites that the Westminster parliamentary system is somehow “obsolete” or that it no longer fits a modern society.
Speaker of Parliament Michael Carrington recently said the Westminster system “pits Government and Opposition inexorably against each other in aggressive, contentious and oftimes seemingly unnecessary confrontation.”
Mr. Carrington has it only half right. The two parties often go at it aggressively and unnecessarily, but not because of the Westminster system – it is because they feel the need to put on a show for the electorate to create the illusion that something is happening. The politicians certainly can’t have the public judging them solely upon actual accomplishments because, well, that just wouldn’t do. This would happen no matter what political system Barbados chose. Continue reading
No contractor General, No Public Prosecutor, No Freedom Of Information, No Integrity or Transparency Legislation. Below are some recent suspicious happening in Barbados involving taxpayers monies.
- Carsicot. ( Warwick Franklin )
- St Joseph Hospital ( Branford Taitt )
- 3S Highway Project. ( Glyne Clarke )
- Greenland ( Liz Thompson )
- QEH $18M Power Plant ( Everson Elcock)
- GEMS ( Rodney Wilkinson )
- Veco Dodds ( Dale Marshall)
- Cahill Waste To Energy Plant ( Denis Lowe/Chris Sinckler/ Darcy Boyce )
- Sanitation Workshop ( Denis Lowe )
- NHC $150 Yearly Lease to Coverley ( Michael Lashley )
- CLICO Money Laundering ( David Thompson Associates, Garth Patterson, Freundel Stuart, Leslie Haynes, Chris Sinckler )
The above clearly shows the two political parties are comprised of deceitful spin doctors who use innuendos and theatrical distractions to protect each other which amuses the duncy Bajans.
Is the DPP asleep?
Ministry of Agriculture: David Estwick driving a Q5
Ministry of Environment: Denis Lowe driving a X5
Ministry of Transport: Michael Lashley driving a X5
Imagine workers from the above ministries gone home to help stabilize the country’s finances. Where is the empathy? The DLP is truly behaving like they no longer interested in politics after their term expire my 78 year old granny thinks.
“Given that our political parties receive financing from business-people, how will those party financiers be rewarded? In a situation which properly controls the award of State contracts for goods, works and services, how can they be rewarded?
The answer is Public Property.”
You must visit Afra’s website and read his post None So Blind.
And while you’re at it, consider the situation in Barbados where it is not unheard of for a Minister of Government to end up living on land that was confiscated from private ownership – supposedly to be used for a public purpose. Nothing was ever done about then BLP Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke, and nothing ever will be…
“No Integrity Legislation exists in Barbados. As a result, powerful Government Ministers like Mr. Clarke do not have to declare their assets or explain how it is that, as a Member of the Cabinet that approves the expropriation of privately-owned lands, a Minister of Government comes to live upon a choice building lot that was forceably taken from an owner – using the full power of the Government.”
… from the BFP article Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land
Financial guru Peter Boos lays it out short and not so sweet at Caribbean360.com.
Here’s a sample…
Why are we not doing better?
There are several structural key performance indicators on which we must all focus before the economy will grow sustainably:
- Demand competent leadership in all sectors. Leadership with integrity and a set of shared national values and goals that are inspirational for all and grounded in trustworthiness and competence.
- Create a business friendly environment that provides world class competitive business facilitation services. Doing business in Barbados today is painful.
- Implement and vastly improve transparency and accountability in Government. The 2012/13 Auditor General’s Report is essential reading and should be discussed publicly and acted on. Mismanagement of public funds is a serious disincentive to taxpayers to pay even more.
- Commence a debate on strategic National Governance Reform that eliminates patronage and corruption and engages the full skills base in Barbados on a non-partisan basis.
- Reform the Legal Justice System.
We continue to refer to ‘the global recession’ as an excuse for our depressed state. Most of our wounds are self-inflicted.
The solutions are totally within our control. Difficult decisions are needed. Leaders are needed.
Confidence will begin to be restored when we make serious credible efforts to address the five issues above.
… read the entire article at Caribbean360.com Stop blaming the global recession; Barbados’ wounds are self-inflicted
In the Nation, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams is shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, that some businesses and people order products and services from his businesses and then fail to pay. He’s also shocked that people don’t pay the government either. (Nation: Pay shame)
Welcome to reality, Bizzy.
Maybe folks were only following your example…
Maybe people were afraid to not pay you before because you and your brother carry a lot of weight ’bout this place. Maybe they were afraid that you could make a phone call and the police would pay some ‘special attention’ to your reports.
It could be though that people have developed a culture of law-breaking here in Barbados. This is learned behaviour. After watching the government, political and business classes break the law for years, after seeing the government ruin people and businesses by not paying debts, court judgements or VAT refunds, ordinary people are emulating the behaviour of our leaders, including Bizzy and COW Williams. Continue reading
Were promises made?
by passin thru
We know how it is on this rock. How many examples do we have of historical buildings rezoned and torn down before anyone knows? How many examples do we have of land-use changes that are pushed through on a Friday afternoon with no notice, and often in opposition to common sense? One of those ‘unexplained’ land use changes murdered a family, or have we forgotten?
This time another historical was building torn down without notification and in the middle of controversy.
Was someone in the Town and Country Development Planning Office paid off? Was a promise made?
We know how it is on this rock, and my stomach turns every time I see another ‘mistake’ by which somebody profits.
To HELL with them all. My anger is righteous because the rule of law is nothing in this place. If I could only get a green card I would be gone.
Landmark torn down
“We were working with a number of Government agencies to secure this building,”
“The only difficulty we were aware of, in terms of its safety, was its balcony that was overhanging the road. The fact that we got to this stage – that an historic building was demolished without any notification being given to either the National Trust or anyone else – it shows a huge failing in the system,”
The fact the building was delisted by the Town and Country Development Planning Office “for no viable reason for which a building should be delisted” was worrying, but delisting was still of no merit since it was in the World Heritage Site.
“It should have come under consideration. It is a serious matter to demolish one of these buildings,”
… Peter Stevens, Vice President of the Barbados Historical Garrison Consortium Inc. quoted in The Nation