Constitutional Amendment 2007 – A Crime In Progress (Part 2 of a Series)

The Cover Up

(Part 2 of 3 about the proposed constitutional amendment act of 2007)

The Illusionist, Owen Arthur, and his merry cabinet have a problem. And they have a solution: hide it. They have figured out how to hide the bad news, if not forever, at least until after the coming election. How? Secretly, before anyone can catch on, amend the Constitution by changing the way the Country’s books have been done ever since Barbados became a country.

Let’s look at this piece of skullduggery. The Constitution (Amendment) Act 2007.

They almost slipped it by us

First reading is reported to have been March 6th. No one saw it though. Now when the truth is out we are told we should have seen it in Hansard, which is to published March 12th, if it is and if you can get a copy.

But when Barbados Free Press cried foul on Friday March 9th they quickly put it up on the Parliamentary Web site. It quickly became clear that no one had even proof read this piece of legislation that is going to change the way the country does business.

Each and every one of the changes that it intends for our Constitution is flawed with bad grammar that a school child would have noticed, if only given a chance to see it. But the Illusionist was in too much of a hurry for that.

Here is an example. It shows how section 18.2 of our Constitution will read after the amendment. The new words are highlighted in italics.

“ The estimates of expenditure shall show separately the sums required to meet statutory expenditure (as defined in section 109(7)) and the sums required to meet other expenditure proposed to be charged to of the Consolidated Fund.”

This type of grammatical error is made in each of the 5 clauses of the Constitution that are to be altered.

But it might now be so bad if grammatical errors were the only problem. What is outrageous and unconscionable is what they intend this new bill to accomplish.

At this important time when finances are completely out of control and we are all gritting our teeth and waiting for the pain the Illusionist is changing the way the country reports about its money accounts. What they are about to do, change from the cash accounting method to the accrual method, is being done for one reason alone – so no one will ever know what has really happened.

 

 

To illustrate think of your own joint bank account. Your spouse has been out borrowing and then spending much more than your family can afford. But at least you will be able to know how bad it is because all money in and out goes through the account.

 

Then your spouse suddenly closes that account and changes the rules. No longer will you get to see an actual bank statement but rather a concocted document that is no more than a figment of the imagination.

 

 

You used to know how much you had just by looking at how much went in and went out and what is left in the bank account. Now, after the amendment, your account balance will never be accurately known because now you are going to get, instead, a trumped accounting that instead of just counting the cash figures in supposed IOU’s and hides away unpaid bills that you are not allowed to see.

 

 

From now on your spouse will conjure up the accounts that you will see.

 

 

And that is what the Constitutional Amendment will do.

 

 

The Illusionist is not going to show you the bank account any more but rather a doctored document reflecting his version of what is there. And the bafflegab will explain that we are actually better off than ever. (God help us all.)

 

 

So, we ask, why now? Why the obscene rush?

 

 

Can’t someone who knows the rules of grammar at least take a look at the draft? Nope, the Illusionist is going to ram this through the House of Parliament on Tuesday and then through the Senate on Wednesday.

 

 

And, right after that, in his self glorying and delusional speech about the economy he is going to brag about the changes that, he will tell us, give the Auditor General all sorts of new power to check things out and report to us and isn’t that just grand.

 

 

Owen Arthur will say that the Auditor General will have new powers and he will be lying

 

 

Here is what the toothless new law actually says:

 

 

(2A.) The Auditor-General may on his own initiative carry out examinations into the financial management of Ministries, Departments, Statutory Authorities, and government controlled entities including the manner in which these Ministries, Departments, Statutory authorities and government controlled entities use their resources in discharging their functions as regards the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of those resources.

 

 

Yes folks that’s it. “The Auditor General may…”

 

 

What a joke. All he is allowed to do is ask nicely. He has no power to compel, no power to subpoena, no power to censure those who, predictably, are going to ignore him.

 

 

Oh, and why is he not being given power to audit project such as GEMS where the country is on the hook for and will have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in losses? Well because, you see, all the lost money found its way into the pockets of friends of the Illusionist and it just wouldn’t do to have the Auditor General poking around and asking embarrassing questions.

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70 responses to “Constitutional Amendment 2007 – A Crime In Progress (Part 2 of a Series)

  1. Wishing in Vain

    What can we do to change the way things are going?
    Not much I guess until maybe when the elections are called but then it will be to late to achieve anything meaninful.

  2. Patrick Porter

    Well the cover up begins. Bajans get ready for more lies than the devil can put out. I am not an accountant but it seems to me that this is a good way to hide what is really going on. Thompy I beg save we all from this petite man, get up in the house and scream if you have too, take them to task over everything. Including the CWC and it’s true cost to Barbados. PEOPLE AWAKE THE MORN IS NEARLY HERE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF A WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND A WONDERFUL COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Speak out and let your voices be heard. Don’t use the Nation as they are a mouthpiece of the Government, use this forum or the Advocate

  3. Wishing in Vain

    Thank god we don’t get all the Gov’t we pay for that would be a major disaster.

  4. No - Name

    If the DLP is aware of this why did Ronald Jones support the amendment? Why has this not been an issue for The DLP.

    On the news last night I heard Thompson express some concern about the process and time involved in relation to effecting this amendment, but if he objected because of the points raised by BFP I am not aware!
    It really continues to bother me that the DLP cannot provide hard tanglible evidence in relation to the alleged wrong doing and thiefing. I mean some of these rumours are plain to see. E.G. The house Gline Clarke sleeps at; the David Shorey land deal etc.

    Something needs to be done very soon.

  5. No - Name

    I can’t wait to see all the goodies Owen will be giving this year to gain support for his bad management of the economy.
    Perhaps he will announce the election date at the end the the upcoming budget debate.

  6. Jupiter

    This is a very helpful piece produced by BFP.

    It has caused me to look further,and to listen more intently.

    As I mentioned in an earlier post that never showed up – perhaps all that other commentators have been speaking about on this issue is what David Estwick has been warning about and was pooh – pooh by economist Frank ‘the included’ Alleyne.

    Barbados and barbadians are in dire straits – and what will happen when the income from tourism and other declining sectors continue to fail?

    Loss of jobs by the thousands,failing bank loans – people houses being sold off and what with the high cost of land – they will be unable to get another property easily – no health insurance to cover them and on and on.

    David Thompson I hope you and your team listening because we the electorate will be expecting you to prosecute these tiefs ‘post haste’.

    No commissions – just quick investigations and trials.

    We will not be taking the loss of our hard earned dollars,the patrimony that was left to us by our ancestors and the erosion of our high standard of living – with just a shrug – and a ‘boy wuh yuh cud do ‘.

    We will be demanding immediate action and that is why you and your party must work hard to ensure that owen doesnot get back in to cover his tracks and finish cleaning out the treasury.

    That’s why I know that the Nation poll and the spin put on by roxanne Gibbs is just that – spin – devised to confuse bajans into thinking owen is invincible.

    The comments on this site and the talk on the ground clearly disproves this popularity rating allegedly given to owen.

  7. Jupiter

    BFP

    Is there anything I can do about my posts not getting through?

    When I click on ‘submit’ the original page comes up and if I click on it a second time I get a duplication comment but the post never comes up.

    Yet this short post is going to come through I’m sure.

    *******************************

    hi jupiter

    we have no idea what is happening with your posts… and there is no problem with anyone else. dump internet explorer and use firefox for your browser… see what happens then.

    Firefox is free at firefox.com… much more stable than Internet Explorer and you will love the built in search engine functions.

    george

  8. Wishing in Vain

    What this bunch of crooks this group is, now they are setting up in the house of assembly today to do more damage.
    I remember the late great Errol Walton Barrow attempting to alter the constitution some years ago and what hell he got , he was trying to be a dictator everything nasty that could have been thrown at him was thrown but just look at what Arthur is setting about doing and tell me what you think about what he is doing!!!

  9. proud bajan

    If all the deception is happening, how come Kellman is 100% behing issue. BFP your slip is showing

    *************************

    our slip is showing? what do you mean, and what does Kellman’s position on anything have to do with us?

    george

  10. No - Name

    I hope everyone is following the trial relating to the employment of the 14 indians on the world cup project.
    There was probably a massive scam intended here where cheap labour was going to be employed and then the difference between what is normally paid pocketed by the thiefs.

    An extract from the nation newspapers reads:

    Greaves, who testified last week Monday, said Alleyne was “fairly active” in facilitating the 14 Indians who arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport on October 3, 2005.

    In addition, Greaves said he (Greaves) told Alleyne that Cricket World Cup was the entity which would have to take “the necessary steps” to regularise the Indians before they started work on the Kensington Redevelopment Project.

  11. I must confess i am rushing here with my first pass at what BFP is contending here.

    1: I agree that the process for constitutional changes is not being followed. Clearly illegal as the process is set out in the constitution. This is big

    2: I have no problem with an accrual system of accounting. I have a problem of doing away with cash accounting in favour of accrual especially in light of the Auditor general not given clear and undisputable authority to audit and reconcile actual payments against the virtual payments made and income recieved.

    Given my understanding of the accrual system, and companies who use it in addition to lapse approach to Auditing, this is a likely scenario, to occur in Barbados. This may give The Barbados Government, as it has many public companies in U.S., the ability to hide negative Cashflow, and other general bad image financial numbers, and dishonest schemes. Remember how Enron was able to fool so many for so long. It wasn’t the accrual accounting by itself, it was the unwillingness, of the accounting firm (Anderson) to maintain high auditing standards,that aided and abetted the eventual outcome. I am concern about the weak changes to the Auditor general role, in light of going to the accrual system.

    BFP spend some more time on the changes to the Auditor general act?

    If would be nice to put up a definition of the two accounting systems.
    Cash accounting
    Accrual accounting.

  12. Jupiter

    Hopes this come through BFP.

    Readers do you remember that Freundel stuart warned in the house last year that the Public Orders Act (I think that’s the one) was changed by owen under some guise but the effect meant that gov’t had broader power to use the act to stifle any public demonstrations e.g marches etc?

  13. Jupiter

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that according to the interpretation by senator stuart – owen expects that there may be mass public dissent sometime in the future and is preparing for it.

  14. Jupiter

    BFP

    Since it seems my post are only coming through in short posts- it means that I will have to do multiple posts – which I don’t like doing too much because it knocks out other comments.

  15. Jupiter

    Thanks a million George – just now saw your posts.

    I will definetly be looking in to that (firefox).

  16. Pogo

    Hey BFP and readers how about someone look at that new Financial Accounting and Auditing Bill they also first introduced on March 6th and which we were first able to see in the Official Gazette on March 12. It is 51 sections long and there they go pushing it through real fast too.

  17. proud bajan
    March 14th, 2007 at 2:42 pm
    If all the deception is happening, how come Kellman is 100% behing issue. BFP your slip is showing

    *************************

    our slip is showing? what do you mean, and what does Kellman’s position on anything have to do with us?

    george
    ———————————————————–
    Kellman spoke about the accrual system. As a trained accountant Kellman understand the ease of which the system allows for proper finanacial management. Kellman to my mind did not speak about the process to change the consitution, niether did he in this particular exchange speak about the weakness of the Auditor general’s roles in keep tabs on the actuals. What Thompson spoke about was the process used to make changes to the constitution and he is right, the process was not followed and if the process was not followed it is illegal. Thompson however agrees to and voted for changing from the cash accounting system to the accrual accounting system. I do not see any differences other that the topics discuss by these two persons.

  18. No – Name
    March 14th, 2007 at 2:43 pm
    I hope everyone is following the trial relating to the employment of the 14 indians on the world cup project.
    There was probably a massive scam intended here where cheap labour was going to be employed and then the difference between what is normally paid pocketed by the thiefs.

    An extract from the nation newspapers reads:

    Greaves, who testified last week Monday, said Alleyne was “fairly active” in facilitating the 14 Indians who arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport on October 3, 2005.

    In addition, Greaves said he (Greaves) told Alleyne that Cricket World Cup was the entity which would have to take “the necessary steps” to regularise the Indians before they started work on the Kensington Redevelopment Project.
    ————————————————————–

    I am following it. This is going to be very interesting.

    http://hindssight.invisionzone.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=2248&view=findpost&p=33416

  19. Anonymous

    BFP again you are wrong about some of your details. accrual accounting will still show the “bank statement” as you put it and it will include a statement of cashflows both positive and negative. What you should also know is that it will provide for better standards of disclosure and IT WILL INCLUDE LIABILITIES WHICH MEANS THAT ALL GOVERNMENT BORROWINGS SHOULD BE GROUPED AND SHOWN AS A TOTAL

  20. Anonymous

    the movement away from cash accounting to an accrual system is the current trend in public accounting and you should research its use in countries with a high standard of accountability like New Zealand

  21. Anonymous

    finally the use of “may” in the change means that the Auditor general has the power to audit all aspects if he wishes and like with all financial statements the accounts prepared as representative of governments activities MUST be audited before being presented to the public.

  22. Advocate.

    someone suggested.”use this forum -or the Advocate”.
    The Advocate? You’re living in the past, when the Advocate was a serious newspaper of integrity, but about 5-10 yrs. ago, a BornAgain Christian guy who runs a St.Geo. radio station, (who is pro-BLP to the HILT!) bought it.

    So if you think that NATION is pro-BLP…The Advocate might just as well belong to the BLP.

    In short, both our pathetic daily ‘rags’ on this can-of-worms island about to burst,
    are no use at all other than as pass-times while “at work”.

  23. ?

    This may or may not be off topic but wasn’t Stephen Alleyne employed by Life of Barbados Limited? Is he still employed there?

  24. ?

    Adrian, what do you know about Stephen Alleyne? What does his wife do?

  25. Meme

    BFP – You did a good thing here in recommending Firefox which a friend at http://www.gowebnow.net recommended to me when I was having problems with IE. Everyone deserves better than IE is offering and even Netscape is to be recommended for better browsing. Readers you deserve the experience; go to http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

  26. MyTurnSoon!

    If you notice that DLP isn’t exactly kickin’ a$$ about this issue, that’s becoz they know their turn will come! – they’re not stupid!

  27. Wishing in Vain

    MyTurnSoon! Hate to dissappoint you but they have been vocal so far.

  28. Techie.

    Been running Firefox since May,2005.
    Believe me, you will NOT even so much as look back at that despicable IE thing.

    For those of you so stuck in a rut that you can’t change from IE, at least upgrade to IE7.

    Firefox is way safer and faster than IE
    and is customisable by small system extensions.
    I have a FlashBlocker in here, and a Scriptblocker,
    – and an Advertising blocker, so I can weed out lotsa frivolous rubbish on webpages I go to, often.

    You simply have no idea!

    One word,peeples – FIREFOX.

  29. Techie.

    http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

    At the far end of the installation process, it’ll ask if you want to import all your settings(Favourites,etc.) from IE
    – the answer is YES!

    And then, after you start it up,
    Do you want Firefox to be your Default browser?
    – again… YES!

    Go to Bookmarks(“Favourites”) and see your own personal web-world unfold, as usual, all your sites are there,
    and carry on McDuff!

    Easy Peazey Japanesey!

  30. ? says:
    March 14th, 2007 at 3:36 pm
    Adrian, what do you know about Stephen Alleyne? What does his wife do?

    Don’t know and don’t need to know. I am dealing with what is in the public domain in a fragmented manner.

  31. David

    Hello

    Not understanding accounts has its disadvantages. In today’s Nation News, page 22A we read:

    “The overall fiscal deficit on the accountant general’s basis is projected at 496.5 million or 6.5% of nominal GDP….When converted to..”international financial institutions” (my emphasis)…..141.9%, or 1.8% of GDP.” and…..”debt amortisation is 354.6 million.”

    This new acounting system seems very good, magical, and so easy to implement.

    As a layperson it worries me to hear these 2 different figures, especially when we adhered to them over the yers as important; so it is interesting to me when I nowe discover that I was wrong in reading all the other budgets?

    While others in tourism note a quiet March- our regulars aren’t here- but I do not know if I am wrong as we do not make figures- we use our eyes.

    All allegations in any way aside, we want to know that our country is going to be stronger in 5, 10 and 20 years time; and going forward. I speak for my offspring.

    Hello, or is it goodbye? Changing so suddenly these two acts, and without the apprpriate times between laying before the house, for public scrutiny and discussion are not evidence; but they are strong indicators that something very important is going on.

    Thank you, BFP. Let’s blog this thing out… budget this aft.

    Everyone reading this should forward links to the site to their friends in address books. Then we will draw from the pool of minds in Barabdos. Just right click in the toolbar; copy, and then paste it into your email.

  32. ?

    Okay Adrian but if and when you get to the fragment when the case of the 14 Indians is being heard we might want/need to know what else may be in the public domain.

  33. reality check

    while it may be true that many countries and corporatons use an accrual method of accounting
    the real questions remain

    1) Why such a sneaky method of trying to underhandedly push this through a supposedly democratic country in a few days?

    2) Why is there no concerted effort by the opposition to stop this when the BLP has not been able to properly account on a cash basis for all kinds of expenditures over the past 12 or more years?

    3) Why hasn’t the auditor-general been mandated to provide an independent accounting for the people of Barbados except at the option of a cabinet which has spent the last 12 or more years pilfering and or bleeding money from the treasury.

    These are serious matters and the only conclusion that can be drawn is called “cooking the books”

    more smoke and mirrors and obfuscation

    The Minsister of Finance must have an excellent shredding machine.

    Where is our Chief Justice? Oh I forgot he was appointed by his good friend The Minister of Finance.

    very very sad indeed

  34. concerned

    The most worrying thing about all of this is the position the opposition has taken or not taken. Do we really have an opposition or are we a one party state?

  35. Out Dey In Bim

    ?

    Stephen Alleyne’s wife is a former deputy Town Planner ( as you probably already know but in the typical bajan way – you are afraid to speak).

    She I have been informed was the privately employed town planner involved in the sandy lane old man Babb land matter working on behalf of david shorey

    She is very qualified in her field – but ? you seem to be insuinating something more?

    Is there more to it than meets the eye?

  36. Inkwell

    If Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is either:

    1. Too stupid too see what BFP has now exposed or

    2. Supporting the constitution change through Parliament because their turn will eventually come,

    I certainly cannot see anybody in their right mind voting for them in a general election. Better the devil you know than the one you don’t.

    Careful, BFP, you may achieve exactly the opposite of what you intend.

  37. Patrick Porter

    Can someone please encapsulate the budget for me this afternoon, as I can’t get it here in Canada today and will read what the newspapers want me to read tomorrow

  38. Patrick Porter

    Inkwell
    There has to be something out there better than the ruling class. I know David personally and I can tell you that you will see some sparks later in the week

  39. ?

    Yes Out Dey In Bim, there is more to it than meets the eye. The pieces are coming together nicely.

  40. JUPITER

    I feel as though I am waiting to exhale.

    Such a sense of impending doom.

    Lord put a hand.

    Patrick Porter tonight VOB will be having after budget discussions – but don’t hold your breath for any enlightened discussion because the economist will be Frank Alleyne – who is now going with Owen.

    Our only hope is Parick Hoyos – but poor fella – you could tell that he is scared sometime to tell the whole story.

    And the beat goes on… on and on.

  41. Patrick Porter

    Hi Jupiter

    I don’t get VOB in Canada and have a lot of problems through the internet, as it keeps fading in and out. Would love to listen to the debate but I get up at 3 am, so I go to bed like the old Bajans, when the sun goes down which is 8 pm now as we are on Daulight Savings Time.Thanks for the tip

  42. ?

    Stephen Alleyne’s wife is a former deputy Town Planner ( as you probably already know but in the typical bajan way – you are afraid to speak).

    She I have been informed was the privately employed town planner involved in the sandy lane old man Babb land matter working on behalf of david shorey

    She is very qualified in her field – but ? you seem to be insuinating something
    ———————————————————–
    So far this just proves the reaches and pervasiveness of Chris Sincklers “Super structures” manned by “Dark shadows” a concept i believe to be true in Barbados given my deep understanding of mixed governments and the central part corruption, placements and payments play in maintaining power.

  43. No - Name

    ?
    Alleyne’s and his wife are both allegedly ardent supporters of the BLP. Alleyne of course is a millionnaire after his payout from LOB. His wife is a town planner and gets a fair amount of Government contracts and ( subject to correction – may be wrong ) but I vaguely remember there was some concern about her being awarded a contract connected to Cricket World Cup in Barbados.

  44. JUPITER

    And to think that I believed the hype about stephen alleyne – being above the fray.

    Just emphasises to me the mess we’re in.

    Right now to tell you the truth he comes across as someone who is pandering to Owen – seen with Owen when he’s out at cricket with his daughter etc – and grinning like a stupe.

    The BLP has destroyed this country and all the good things we stood for beyond any recognition.

    I say again – lord help us.

  45. Pogo

    David and others are trying to figure out the report in the Nation today. Me too. Today’s report, if we are to believe it, says that the deficit for 2006-7, i.e. one year is $496.5 million which is almost one half of a billion. That is only for one year and increases the debt load we have- god knows what that really is but wasn’t one of our loans from Credit Swiss Bank last year $300 million- and the debt goes up in a scary way.

    The $496.5 million though is a low number because it uses the new accrual method. If they use the old cash method the deficit is actually $60 million higher. That is unless you want to use the reported revised income received number (what is that?) under the cash method in which case the deficit is actually $670 million. Are you as confused as I am yet.

    Add up the number, $496.5 million, or $556.5 million, or $670 million take your pick, it is a lot of jack and a lot of our sweat. Add it to the existing debt which is already choking things plus the guarantees on GEMS and other messes the government got us into.

    All you can see is a very deep and black hole.

  46. ?
    Alleyne’s and his wife are both allegedly ardent supporters of the BLP. Alleyne of course is a millionnaire after his payout from LOB. His wife is a town planner and gets a fair amount of Government contracts and ( subject to correction – may be wrong ) but I vaguely remember there was some concern about her being awarded a contract connected to Cricket World Cup in Barbados.
    ———————————————————–
    So what is this contract? Am i the only one that get disgusted when the reference of being “Smart” and or “Intelligent” is attributed to persons who seem incapable of making their money other than at the public trough?

  47. Patrick Porter

    People let us pray for another Dipper to come along and rescue us from this man

  48. No - Name

    Adrain,
    Maybe someone else has more information on this matter. As I said this is only a vague memory and I may be wrong.

    BFP, Wishing in Vain,
    I am a little slow on this accounting thing…so can you or somebody else explain to me how Owen is going to be able to hide some money.

    My understanding is that under a cash sytem if NCF is scheduled to complete a landscaping job in April 2007, and doesn’t get paid until August, under the cash method, NCF would record the payment in August when they are paid. Under the accrual method, NCF would record the income in their books in April 2007 before they are actually paid.
    Can someone explain how Owen and those thiefs will use this system to his advantage?

  49. No - Name

    JUPITER,
    Do you think that Owen would have given the Cricket World Cup job to any other than a party faithful?.

  50. JUPITER

    Makes me wonder No -name.

    Now that you mentioned it although I know owen’s track record I honestly thought it was because stephen alleyne was just a ‘bright young man’.

    Huh – Fool that I am.

    This world cup was obviously a means for conmen and BLP politicians to get some quick bucks from Chris Dehring – the caribbean latest millionaire – to the homegrown ones here in barbados.

    Everybody fuh a cup.

  51. BlindFaith

    “But the Bible says…”

    “Today’s NATION says, on page 1234..”

    You guys still believing the figures they want you to read? and believe?

    Still thinking that Lot’s wife dared to turn around
    and all her hydrocarbon molecules actually turned into a pillar of Sodium chloride?

    Hello-o-o? Your name, not mine, is Blind Faith!! Please stop believing and quoting man-made ink printings on cellulose matter.

  52. Surely some supranational entity like IMF or Caribbean Dev. Bank has a say when a nation tries to confuse its balance sheet with fast footwork?

    Can no independent senator propose that IMF scrutinise the proposed new financial sleight-of-hand to try and ensure there is some degree of Transparency?

    Instead of introducing the Transparency the nation is calling for, O$A is doing the opposite- producing a smokescreen to hide the facts.

    Cannot Chris de Caires (sp?), head of the private sector, call for Ernst & Young’s opinion as to the proposed changes? Is that not what the Social Partnership is all about?

    We cannot sit idly by and watch Government pull a fast one on us. What Government intends is, on the face of it, totally unscrupulous. We need a Constitution that protects us from such rogues.

    What does the Hon Minister Lynette have to say on this subject? Can she find a justification or rationalisation of any kind?

  53. BFP- George

    You have made entries above in the name “george” without identifying yourself as being BFP’s George, which is the procedure followed by Marcus, Clive and Robert,

    If we are not to get confused when BFP is speaking, there must be mention of it, please.

    (*********************

    Hi Nitpicker

    OK… it is BFP George, but you can tell that anyway because only BFPers have the ability to go into a post and edit onto what someone else say like I do with you now!

    🙂

    Bfp george

  54. incest

    Cox with David Shorey’s assistance ties up some of the elderly shareholders of Kingsland at 2-4 cents on the dollar based on approvals in place and has a joint venture development agreement on one of the large parcels of Kingsland properties with Life of Barbados ( Stephen Alleyne )

    wait till this story is fully told!!!

  55. Devil's Advocate!!

    I remember the slogan was ‘Goin’ wid Owen.’

    Thing is ,he never told us or showed us where we were following him to.

  56. What really worries me is that this amendment to the Constitution over a rather complex matter such as accounting method, is merely the thin end of the wedge.

    Once Government slides through this amendment without a proper discussion with the nation as a whole, they will have set a precedent.

    This precedent can then be used to push through whatever other amendments to the Constitution that strikes their fancy, including becoming a Republic and having an autocratic/dictatorial President for goodness knows how long a term, without our being able to say boo.

    We have a responsibility to raise Holy Hell about ANY change to the Constitution, starting with the one at hand.

  57. JUPITER

    hear,hear bystander

    The constitution is sacrosant and should not be tampered with.

  58. Patrick Porter

    I agree 100%, there should be a referendum and let the people decide. I don’t like Governments pushing through any bill without consultation especially to do with the constitution

  59. CaribDigita@Yahoo.com

    Barbados neeeds- a Freedom of Information Act. That’s what I feel the government should run a rush through…

    Also why is it impossible to find a copy of the most recent copy of the Barbados constitution on the Barbados government websites????

    And I’m talking one that includes all of the amendments carried out etc. within the last year or so???? The Barbados Constitution should be online where any scholar or common man can get a copy and I don’t just mean the one that is available at http://www.constitution.org or http://www.georgetown.edu because the fact of the matter is those constitutions could be tampered with you have no idea if information on their is altered by their webmaster.

  60. Referendum?

    What referendum?
    You’re confusing us with progressive countries that hold public referenda !

    I believe I’m right in saying that Barbados has never yet,
    in all it’s 40 yrs. of independent nationhood,
    had a single referendum on any matter

    although I once heard someone say that in the Tom Adams era, we did have a referendum of some sort(the daylight savings time issue?)
    -I could be wrong: someone please clarify on that?

    There will be no referendum.
    That would be far too democratic, sorry.

  61. littleboy

    Owen is the best! The best pretender there ever was.He starving out Bajuns for years now and then pretens that the budget today was for us. What gall! Smith, Weatherhead,Wilkinson and Shorey must be smiling at how the Ali Baba gang continue to line the pockets of the few and grind the majority in the dust!

  62. anon

    The change to accrual accounting was announced in a budget statement about 4 or 5 years ago. Such a change takes a while to implement. It is good and solid accounting practice. We should be proud as a country to have the courage to make the change and to be the first in the caribbean region so to do.

    It is time that people who make comment on this site do their home work without making incorrect statements

  63. reality check

    make that Stephen Emtage of LOB not Stephen Alleyne—not sure of his level of knowlege and involvement —sorry

  64. littleboy

    How much is the “relieved” general manager of CBC, Alison Leacock being paid as a CONsultant at the LOC?
    Is the figure of $10,000.00 correct?

  65. John

    pandora

    “Cannot Chris de Caires (sp?), head of the private sector, call for Ernst & Young’s opinion as to the proposed changes? Is that not what the Social Partnership is all about?”

    Chris DeCaires seems to have disappeared from the scene. I don’t even see him driving about now. I believe Dick Stoute has the job to wich you refer.

    Anyone know what has happened here?

  66. No - Name

    It is truely amazing that the former CBC Manager who was asked to leave could be given such an important job as Project Manager for CWC. It obviously have nothing to do with her skills i.e. her management skills! I am told that she is a very close friend and Associate of Mia.
    Maybe Ian Bourne formally of CBC can confirm whether or not she was publicly slapped in the face by Mia during an incident at CBC!

  67. ?

    reality check says “make that Stephen Emtage of LOB not Stephen Alleyne”

    Make that SIR Stephen Emtage.

  68. anon- You say “The change to accrual accounting was announced in a budget statement about four or five years ago.”

    The point here is not about accounting systems, but about Government using a ploy to avoid making public the facts as to how much they have thrown down the drain.

    Announcing proposed changes and letting them sit on the shelf unimplemented for five years, to be produced when you get in a jam, is typical political deceit. A deliberate attempt to conceal the ugly truth.

    It is unrealistic for you to say every comment on this site be researched as an expert statement before it is submitted. This blog site would lose its refreshing vigour within days. I am sure you know this, and it is hypocritical to suggest otherwise.

  69. Curious

    Can anyone say whether Leacock still sits on the board of the B’dos LOC?

  70. John

    anon

    As homework, why don’t you read the order paper on the parliament site and see when Parliament says the bill had its first reading and when it first appeared in the Official Gazette.