Barbados Media Had Ignored DLP Integrity Legislation Announcement
Last Sunday, DLP candidate and executive member Chris Sinckler spoke at a DLP rally and delivered a major policy position – promising that the DLP will institute Integrity Legislation and ongoing audits of public expenditures.
Although their reporters were present, neither The Nation Newspaper nor the Barbados Advocate chose to even mention the Integrity Legislation policy, and so the people of Barbados – including yours truly – remained unaware that last Sunday, the DLP publically declared that Intergrity Legislation will be a major issue in the forthcoming election…
…Until, of course, the Barbados Free Press published DLP Leader Gives Major Speech – No Mention Of Integrity Legislation, Conflict of Interest Rules etc… on Monday, and then a second article also on Monday, Barbados Free Press Reader Says DLP Meeting Started With Integrity Legislation Speech
Now, after three days of the Barbados Free Press and our readers talking about what happened on the weekend, The Nation News has finally decided that the DLP’s Integrity Legislation might be worth mentioning.
Golly… wonder what happened over at the Nation’s newsroom? Did they just wake up… or like so many others, are the Nation’s editors starting to smell something new in the wind this season?
Barbados Media Ignores Ongoing BLP Government Integrity Scandals
Do you suppose that the Nation News might now start sending some reporters over to the Land Registry to see how a certain Minister of Government came to live on government-expropriated “public housing” land?
Nah… probably too much for the citizens of Barbados to hope that their big old media might actually do some investigative digging about conflicts of interest and such.
Oh well… at least the guys and gals over at The Nation News are starting to smell that new breeze…
From The Nation News (link here)…
Dems Promise “Better to Come”
A NEW Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administration will be placing greater emphasis on transparency and accountability.
This was the word from Chris Sinckler, who led off his party’s public charge during its political mass meeting on Sunday night in Quakers Road, Carrington Village, St Michael.
He said the DLP would be focusing on measures to combat wastage and squandermania, much of which he claimed had taken place over the past 12 years under the incumbent Barbados Labour Party administration.
Sinckler, a member of the DLP’s executive council, listed projects with problems ranging from GEMS, the flyovers coming for the ABC Highway, to Government’s office complex at Warrens.
He also pointed to both the Urban and Rural Development Commissions as areas where there had not been an efficient application of resources.
It was against this background that Sinckler, who is expected to be the party’s candidate in St Michael North West in the next general election, highlighted three specific things which the Dems would introduce to eliminate these problems.
They would be integrity legislation, an audit for public services (different from the one done by the Auditor-General), and expenditure surveys.
He said integrity legislation was particularly necessary for leaders, while the public services audit would allow for accountability on how resources were spent.
This is a system in place in several African, Asian and Latin American countries. Sinckler added it also helped to build accountability since it would involve both the politicians and technocrats.
With the expenditure surveys, also used in a number of developing countries, there was no need to wait on the Auditor-General to do an annual report, he said. Departments must follow and map expenditure of their various programmes to know how money was spent and if services were delivered.
Since it was not always an issue of money but how service was delivered, Sinckler added it was important to look at procurement rules to ensure transparency.
He said the entire system needed an overhaul – not just a case of throwing more money behind a project, but efficiently allocating resources.
Sinckler, who unsuccessfully contested the St Michael Central seat in the 1999 general election, told his audience that the Dems were on a mission, promising that “better can be done, better is to come.
“This is no time to fool around. I’ve decided to re-enter politics at this level, not to stay in Opposition, but to win.”