Bahamas Immigration Minister Does Honourable Thing Over Anna Nicole Smith Photos: Resigns

“I want to apologise to all persons who may, in any way, may have been offended by anything that I have said, done, or perceived to have said or done,” Bahamas Immigration Minister Shane Gibson on state TV, declaring that he was resigning. (Sydney Morning Herald link here – thanks to BFP reader “A” for the tip)

LIKE EVERYONE, Barbados Free Press covered the Anna Nicole Smith story with our post Newspaper Publishes Photos: Anna Nicole Smith In Bed With Bahamas Immigration Minister!

While Bahamas Immigration Minister Shane Gibson still denies that he provided preferential treatment to Ms. Smith, he recognizes, as Prime Minister Perry Christie said, “… that it is the correct course of action for him to take in all of the circumstances,”

Cynics will say that Minister Gibson had no choice but to resign, and therefore should not receive credit for doing “the honourable thing” – but we at Barbados Free Press disagree vehemently.

When a leadership figure or a person in a position of trust is caught in a wrongdoing or a PERCEIVED or POTENTIAL wrongdoing, it is necessary for that person to step down to avoid damaging the image and integrity of the organisation – in this case, the Bahamian Government.

Without this necessary step – either temporarily until matters can be sorted out, or permanently if need be – public confidence in the government plunges. Worse, multiple incidents of apparent wrong-doing that produce no satisfactory public explanation and transparent enquiries foster a dangerous cynicism.

Make no mistake – a government that refuses to seriously acknowledge and answer real or potential wrongdoings or conflicts of interest by its members harms more than itself. It damages the very character of the nation, and fosters an understandable “What can you do?” malaise that sucks the energy and ambition from the citizens.

Minister Gibson did the right thing for the country. I know nothing of Mr. Gibson’s total record. After the furor dies down, Bahamians may judge him as a man who had a one moment of weakness in years of good service – or they may say that they expected something like this from him. As I say – I don’t know the man’s record.

I do know this: Bahamians will never remember Minister Gibson as a man who clung to power no matter what the cost to the credibility of the government, and they will not remember his government for corruptly ignoring the damage he would have done had he stayed on.

There is honour to be found in Mr. Gibson’s resignation.

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Barbados Government Minister Clarke’s Situation – The Only Difference Is The Involved Woman Is Not A Celebrity

All of which brings us back to the situation with Barbados Minister of Public Works Gline Clarke. The house where the Minister Clarke sleeps every night is built upon land that was originally expropriated by the Government of Barbados for “Public Housing”. According to a fellow Member of Parliament, the house is owned by Minister Clarke’s lady-friend. (Original BFP story Link Here)

As Minister Clarke lives with the “lady-friend” at the house, we refer to her as his defacto spouse. This is as much of an apparent conflict of interest – in many ways even more of a conflict of interest – as that faced by the Bahamian Immigration Minister. Yet both the government and Minister Clarke refuse to acknowledge the potential wrong-doing.

Perhaps Gline Clarke and the government would acknowledge the situation if any of the lapdog Barbados media published the story, but so far the media lacks the courage to chance being cut off from their government advertising revenues.

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.

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Gline Clarke and the Owen Arthur government harm much more than themselves.

The government’s total lack of concern with ethics or even pretending to do the right thing is a festering sore on this nation’s image.

How much longer will Bajans put up with this immoral elitist cartel? Or, are they beaten down so much that they have lost all hope of having honest leadership?

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13 responses to “Bahamas Immigration Minister Does Honourable Thing Over Anna Nicole Smith Photos: Resigns

  1. Refugee?

    Anyone with any brain left would be looking to make a life for themselves OUTA this now-cursed country!

    GET OUT before the BLP drains you dry,
    for that is the ploy!

  2. Refugee?

    You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.
    WHAT kinda message is THAT??
    I posted ONE message and got this. weird

  3. paul sealy

    watch out Refugee? you might be labelled a “racist” soon,these hacks hate to hear anyone talking about this governments governing policies and those that benefit from them.

  4. BFP Robert Not Signed In

    Re “You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.”

    It is part of the spam filter to thwart people in India who are paid to post adverts in the comments section.

    Robert

  5. John

    For one moment it looked as though the minister ws not going to resign. He actually tried to rationalise away the appearance of his actions.

    I thought the quote attributed to him of never wanting to turn his back on a stranger in need was amusing, given the pictures of he and Anna Nicole Smith.

    She looked anything but a stranger!!

    http://bararchive.bits.baseview.com/archive_detail.php?archiveFile=./pubfiles/bar/archive/2007/February/14/Regional/33294.xml&start=0&numPer=20&keyword=anna+nicole+smith&sectionSearch=&begindate=1%2F1%2F1994&enddate=12%2F31%2F2007&authorSearch=&IncludeStories=1&pubsection=&page=&IncludePages=1&IncludeImages=1&mode=allwords&archive_pubname=Daily+Nation%09%09%09

  6. Inkwell

    I also posted this under “Bostic continues to justify his unethical behaviour “, but it is relevant here

    Well, folks, now that you have all shouted ourselves hoarse.. at least Jerome seems to have… and the situation seems hopeless, let me make a suggestion and after you have all pilloried me as being a BLP yardfowl, think for a minute.

    Since the DLP won’t commit to integrity legislation because they want their turn at the trough, let’s keep them in opposition until they do and let’s make them understand we won’t elect them until they do…. I’ll bet it only takes five more years.

  7. Wishing in Vain

    Who are we kidding why would any of us believe for one minute that Gline Clarke or any other BLP poltician would resign for such a trivial matter as a house on gov’t lands, when the PM himself is involved in wholesale stealing, remember Land at holders? the awarding of the contract for the jail?Gems?West coast sewage treatment project?His share in the deal for allowing the entry of a 1000 slot machines into the island? Property at Port St.Charles?and the list goes on, why then would you want a lowly minister to resign he is only following the example set by his leader.
    We are living in Barbados and not in the UK remember.

  8. Bajanboy

    Who was the previous owner of the land and what does he or she have to say about this matter?

    Good work BFP in keeping these issues on the radar. Without your effort they simply disappear as they are replaced with the “scandal du jour”.

  9. insider

    Bajanboy asked
    “Who was the previous owner of the land and what does he or she have to say about this matter?”

    My understanding is that this matter relates to Kingsland Estates Limited land, is before the law courts and is NOT being covered by the press.

  10. Refugee?

    This Government Minister that resigned..
    is he white?
    he would have to be! coz we all know dat no self-respeckin niggahman politrikshun ever resigned.
    Never!

  11. hard ears

    Na, he is black so it cud happen. You never hear the saying that “what never happen in a year cud happen in a day”?

  12. Thats is right that minister resign after such heppened

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