Who Will Climb Aboard The Transparency Train? Dr. Duguid… How About You?

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Dear Doctor Duguid…

We sense that you would like to see some changes regarding transparency and conflict of interest laws. Wouldn’t this be a good place to start?

How much did your construction business earn you in 2006, and were any of your contracts working on government projects? In other words, did any of your construction income flow from government – even if you were subcontracting for a firm that had the actual contract?

Thanks, Doctor.

There are many of us in your area who hope that you personally will get aboard the transparency train – because it’s pulling out of the station and those who are not onboard… are not onboard.

Robert

Meanwhile in Britain, MP’s have to declare additional income…

British MP’s Reveal Outside Profits – As Part Of The Normal Business Of Being In Government

David Blunkett, the former cabinet minister, is on course to becoming a millionaire, it emerged yesterday.

Writing and broadcasting work have earned him more than half a million pounds on top of his MP’s salary since he quit the Cabinet for a second time 18 months ago.

According to the new register of MPs’ outside interests, at least £355,000 of that has come from his diaries, The Blunkett Tapes.

Mr Blunkett resigned as work and pensions secretary in Nov 2005 – less than a year after his resignation as home secretary.

The latest register of interests confirms, however, that Mr Blunkett has more than prospered on the backbenches.

His 800-page diaries and associated media work have generated at least £355,000 for Mr Blunkett so far – about £150,000 more than disclosed in a previous register update last November.

The extra income is made up of joint serialisation rights from The Guardian and The Daily Mail of up to £105,000.

Bloomsbury, the publisher, has also made a further payment of at least £80,000 on top of an earlier sum up to £165,000 disclosed last year by Mr Blunkett.

The income has all been paid into a company called Hadaw Productions and Investments Ltd, of which Mr Blunkett is a director. He, however, has insisted: “I have not yet drawn down any income from this directorship.”

In addition, Mr Blunkett has earned at least £145,000 from his weekly column for The Sun, plus up to £50,000 for speaking and other engagements. That is all on top of his MP’s salary of just over £60,000. Yet the new register confirms that Mr Blunkett and all of his MP colleagues are surpassed by William Hague’s ability to generate outside income.

Since 2005, the former Tory leader has received up to £790,000 from speaking events, media work and other engagements.

Just over half of that amount has rolled in since Mr Hague returned to the Tory frontbench as shadow foreign secretary in Dec 2005. He now typically earns up to £15,000 a time for speaking.

George Galloway is another high earner. The Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow has declared up to £305,000 for media and publishing work.

Not far behind is Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory Minister, who has earned up to £280,000 since 2005. Intriguingly, that includes up to £5,000 for appearing in a “forthcoming drama series” for the BBC, but she declined to shed any further light on this yesterday.

Television appearances are also proving lucrative for Labour MP Diane Abbott.

As well as a regular income for appearing on BBC1’s This Week on Thursday nights, she received a £14,326 “pre-production fee” for the BBC’s Play It Again programme in which she tries to learn the piano.

Tony Blair declared his holiday at Sir Cliff Richard’s villa in Barbados last summer and his winter trip to the Florida home of Robin Gibb.

The Prime Minister said that he had made charitable donations “in lieu” of the cost of the Barbados accommodation but did not reveal how much he had given.

Neither Gordon Brown nor David Miliband, his possible challenger to succeed Mr Blair this summer, had any declarations to make.

… continue reading this article at UK Telegraph (link here).

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109 responses to “Who Will Climb Aboard The Transparency Train? Dr. Duguid… How About You?

  1. Hmph. Didn’t know Dr. Duguid was in the construction business. Prey tell, what is the name of his company?

    He’s a dentist by profession (isn’t he?) So I figured that if anything (besides dentistry) he would be in the drilling business, the OIL DRILLING business.

    HA HA. Get it?
    Sorry, it’s been a long year.

  2. No - Name

    BFP,
    Are there any BLP Politicians who have not benefited direcdtly from Gov’t contracts through their own private companies or partnership/shareholding in one company or another?

    They are a shameful pack.

  3. reality check

    Dr. Doobad has already made his first mistake by getting into bed with one of the most corrupt and amoral group of “tiefs” in the caribbean.

    Now he has an opportumity to support over 6000 Barbadian citizens, many in his riding, who have signed a petition to save Graeme Hall in its entirety for a National Park.

    Where do you stand Doctor or have you already sided with your pals to sell these citizens down the river in the guise of housing instead of critical green space?

    Please let us know as soon as possible?

  4. BFP

    That is a good point, reality check. I don’t think the doctor has declared for a National Park at Graeme Hall.

    Doc, what’s the story?

    We haven’t heard from you much lately, but we know you are here.

  5. /\V/\

    Poor William! Look how wunnuh pressurizing de man, and it’s only April.
    The year en even start good, and wunnuh want ‘Train’ – cuhDEAR!

  6. John

    ….. haven’t seen William for a while……

  7. Anonymous

    this train and this thread aint going nowhere

  8. Jerome Hinds

    Anonymous

    April 18th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    this train and this thread aint going nowhere
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    Anonymous,

    You are so right…because Owen & Duguid are the driver & conductor on board….!

    It is a SHAME….!

  9. Marcus2

    Reality Check

    We know that what you are really worried about is your so-called”property values”. No one here really give a damn about “……critical green space”. Speak the truth if you can! Hypocrites!

  10. Jerome Hinds

    Marcus2

    April 17th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    The IMF can be ignored. The last time a Barbados Govt. took them seriouly was the DLP the darling of BFP. And the rest as they say is history. Ever since your DLP has been warming the opposition benches, almost TWENTY years now. Remember the IMF had an office in Govt. Headquarters? Don’t forget so easily, don’t let your hatred blind you.
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    Marcus2,

    Do not get ahead of yourself….!

    The BLP gov’t under Tom Adams in 1982 first introduced the IMF to Barbados….!

    I guess what frighten BLP die – hards like you…is that Owen Arthur first introduced the IMF to Jamaica also…… with devastating consequences….!

    Marcus2,

    Who is the Minister of Finance in Barbados today……?

    We understand your FEAR……!

    And you have the gall to call people…HYPOCRITES….!

  11. william duguid

    My friends as I said before I only do my own construction projects.

    The only other construction project I did was for a colleague. Renovated his house before he sold it.

    All of my projects are my own. I have never and will never benefit from any Government Contract.

  12. Wishing

    Duguid you are still so full of praise for dummy Lynch in his handling of the fiasco of CWC if you are still doing so you need a head check to.

  13. william duguid

    With respect to the National Park at Graeme Hall I think it is an excellent idea and give it my personal support. You would recall I was one of the few MPs there with the concerned citizens all the way.

    I have not left you. I will continue to give my support both in public and behind the scenes.

  14. william duguid

    If you read my contributions carefully I never gave support to any one I merely realted the facts on the matter. I was at cricket on Tuesday the place was about 80% full. I was truly proud like many Barbadians. The facility is World Class.

  15. Wishing

    Who Kearns paid his money to for the free access to planning permission was it Owing was it Bannister was it Nicholls I am sure you know who is holding the millions in cash.
    Watch out for these crooks in action they will rob you blind.

  16. Wishing

    Duguid you are a liar, you supported Lynch with everything you had, do not now come in this forum and lie like this you seem to be very much like Lynch either a compulsive liar or just simply ignorant.

  17. Jerome Hinds

    william duguid

    April 18th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    If you read my contributions carefully I never gave support to any one I merely realted the facts on the matter. I was at cricket on Tuesday the place was about 80% full. I was truly proud like many Barbadians. The facility is World Class.
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    william duguid,

    Welcome back to the BFP site after your self – imposed exile..!

    I always believed that you had difficulty supporting Noel Lynch and his lies about the Government not borrowing money for Carnival Destiny…!

    While Kensington Oval in your opinion was 80 % full on 2007 – 04 -17 by the same token you should tell the public that :

    1. *** Policemen received 2, 000 free tickets…!

    2. *** Cable & Wireless staff 3, 000 free tickets..!

    3. *** Primary & secondary school children 1 , 500 free tickets..!

    4.*** Religious denominations 3, 500 free tickets..!

    5. *** The 30 BLP candidates 100 free tickets each for constituents…!

    I expect you to deny the latter and the fact that you and the other BLP candidates were also given 100 free tickets for the 40th Independence Gala at the National Stadium….!

  18. william duguid

    Wishing you are a COWARD. Hiding behind a foolish name.

    Why do you not post under your real name instead of hiding and calling people names.

  19. william duguid

    Prove any false hood rather than making foolish accusations.

    Show your true metal for once.

  20. ??

    Jerome, Can you substantiate your claim… remember C&W were a sponsor and surely entitled to some free tickets. The numbers you quote seem unbelievable. if you want us to believe them bring the proof . You have been very reasonable in your debate today, keep it up.

  21. william duguid

    Then again you are too much of a coward too even consider it. So until you can either prove it or use your real name you should stop these rubbish accusations.

  22. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 18th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Jerome, Can you substantiate your claim… remember C&W were a sponsor and surely entitled to some free tickets. The numbers you quote seem unbelievable. if you want us to believe them bring the proof . You have been very reasonable in your debate today, keep it up.

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    ?? Question Mark,

    If you have a contact number / person at Cable & Wireless or the RBPF , Min. of Education , Barbados Christian Council check out the information for yourself…!

    I have made the information public , you have challenged it, then prove me wrong with your findings….!

    Note, that since I posted my information about the BLP tickets William Duguid responded twice but has not disputed what I have said….!

  23. Wishing

    I hide behind my name because I am afraid of you and your gang of goons doing me or my family harm that is why BFP was created to allow us to vent our feelings about you and the bunch of crooks and criminals in parliament that you all are, how if you had an ounce of class or honesty about you why would you allow this level of stealing to be taking place right under your nose and you fail to say a single word to curb it you are just as guilty as the rest of them maybe you too have your means of stealing and you just have not been caught like the rest as yet.
    I can call you whatever I want but the one thing I will have a hard time calling you is honest for that you are not, you are a stranger to the truth just like Mia, Owing and Lynch

  24. william duguid

    I do not know who got free tickets but I can tell you I saw alot of tourists there and they seemed to have a very good time.

    I expect the final will be even better.

  25. Wishing

    Duguid I will repeat your statements on this same BFP for all to see and then we will see the liar you are.

  26. ??

    Jerome

    Your raised the issue and he numbers don’t keep doing the Loveridge dance using fiction to raise a point.

    by the way I responded to your earlier question in other post.. seen you were busy elswhere to respond

  27. Wishing

    He has a memory that has blind spots typical of his clan of crooks

  28. Wishing

    Yes the 90,000 people and the 75,000 off of the 28 cruise ships in the harbour filling what 54 % of the oval with nearly 6000 tickets given away.
    Silver Wind coming in tomorrow with 18 out of 400 beds filled and you are boasting about what a success you are having you have got to be mentally retarded or just plain dumb.

  29. Jerome Hinds

    BFP article

    Tuesday, December 5th, 2006…6:32 am

    Barbados’ 41st Independence Day Celebrations To Be “Even More Spectacular” Than 40th Anniversary !!!

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    ?? Question Mark,

    You are new to BFP site , unless you are now posting under a new name.

    But go to the BFP article I have given above and subsequent comments and you would see why William Duguid is avoiding the issue of the free tickets for the BLP…!

    Consider then there was no DENIAL from Duguid about tickets and there is no DENIAL now….and he visits and challenges everyone on this BFP site nearly everyday…!

    Consider this response from him which appears above :

    ” william duguid

    April 18th, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    I do not know who got free tickets but I can tell you I saw alot of tourists there and they seemed to have a very good time.

    I expect the final will be even better. ”

    ?? Question Mark,

    Note very CAREFULLY….

    He has not STATED that he William Duguid had NO TICKETS….!

    And he cannot do so……. because he knows full well on Monday , 9th April 2007 before the Super 8 games in Barbados, Rev. Joseph Atherley was overheard promising persons ( PRAYER GROUPS ) at Kensignton Oval free tickets…..and were telling them to check with their BLP candidates & pastors…!

    ?? Question Mark,

    When I come on this BFP site…..it is serious business 90% of the time…!

    This is not about pulling down nobody…if it is BLP or DLP I am asking my questions…!

    However, what I am not prepared to do is keep my mouth shut when I see some operatives of this BLP gov’t carrying out SPIN…a.k.a lies & deception…..!

  30. ??

    I understand your passion but when we see numbers spread willy nilly one has to wonder how accuracte they are.

    I note your point on seriousness 90% of time I guess I was the brunt of the 10% recently

  31. Wishing

    Mr Hinds this man cannot be living on the same island as the rest of us not based on his comments and reactions, I once rated him as a not so bad blp person but trust me that feeling has been totally wasted on him he is as much a liar as any of the rest of them.While sitting in the house and accepting and rubber stamping their corruption and stealing is mind boggling.

  32. ??

    Wishing, I have thought long and hard on if to respond to you as you are obviously in an attacking mood today. Yes I am a BLP supporter but I am not blinded by stupid political gimics which are played on both sides of the fence. I know statistics are easy to quote… even without sources…. but reserve the right to question them whenever I want. I have lived through DLP and BLP administrations and honestly have found little difference in either re dishonesty and lack of integrity on the part of some members as stated earlier and incurring Jerome wrath I am diametrically opposed to “political Grasshoppers” and the policy of inclusion. I am of the opinion that the BLP has a better slate of candidates and a better track record and I respect that you think otherwise but don’t attempt to pull me down personally on my belief just because they are different to yours.

  33. Wishing

    The home truths must be hitting to close to home hence the dissappearance of Duguid from the area.
    These people need to shake out of their slumber and crooked ways and realise that we the taxpayers are not taking their nonsense and stealing any more it is time for them to go.

  34. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 18th, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    I understand your passion but when we see numbers spread willy nilly one has to wonder how accuracte they are.

    I note your point on seriousness 90% of time I guess I was the brunt of the 10% recently

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    ?? Question Mark,

    A simple and long – held truth about learning…..if someone tells you something or points you in a particular direction it is up to you to check and ascertain the veracity of the information they gave you…!

    Remember from your school days….if you care to reflect upon them….the teacher provided the guide you researched and came up with the facts…!

    I am no teacher and do not / will not profess to be one……but the BFP site is a highly educational environment.

    If you read something, do not restrict yourself, do the research and see where your findings square with what you have read…!

    I have pointed out many sources above about the free ticket figures I gave you get cracking and satisfy your curiosity….!

    You are alleging that I am wrong, then it is you that must prove…!

    The age – old DICTUM : He who alleges must prove…!

    Do not allow yourself to become so steeped in BLP blind allegiance….!

    Notice how William Duguid ain’t come back on the site to DENY the BLP figures about the free tickets…….but leaving you to try and defend the INDEFENSIBLE…!

    But then again you might be William Duguid ….HIMSELF….! lol

    ?? Question Mark,

    I am warning you they are a DANGEROUS group….I am sure you observed the NASTY comments they made towards Clyde Mascoll and his family…….!

    But if your lot has to be with them….then so be it….!

  35. reality check

    Thank-you William Duguid for coming back on this very controversial site. You need to have the hide of a rhinocerous to be a politician but the sensitivity, grace and diligence to actually care about good government.

    I appreciate you personally support the National Park and are working behind the scenes but are your hands tied by others who care not what over 6000 Barbadian citizens want?

    At the same time lets hear about your views of strict accountability legislation with a strong independent enforcement agency.

    Let the public know as soon as possible as we need to start preparing our votes.

  36. Jerome Hinds

    ?? says on ,

    April 18th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    ” I am diametrically opposed to “political Grasshoppers” and the policy of inclusion ”

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    Hmmmm…..where I should I begin…..?

    ?? Question Mark,

    A strong BLP supporter like you posting such comments above…….and then have the gall to declare that the BLP have better quality candidates than the DLP CANDIDATES….!

    Look at the BLP quality of candidates you are holding up…!

    Kerrie Simmonds…..!

    Rudy Grant…..!

    Trevor Prescod…!

    Hamilton Lashley…..!

    Tyrone Power….!

    Rommell Marshall…!

    Clyde Mascoll….!

    So…….NEARLY 1/10 of your BLP team of candidates are, according to you , ” Political Grasshoppers ”

    You….as a DIE – HARD BLP supporter….are DIAMETRICALLY opposed to them….but yet you trying to fool us that there are the BEST…and we should VOTE for them…..!

    You are becoming more of a THREAT than a nuclear….BOMB…..!

  37. Hants

    If Politicians believed in transparency and the right of taxpayers to know what assets their representatives own, they would tell us.

    Dr.William Duguid do you agree that the taxpayers have a right to know the financial information of their representatives in Parliament?

  38. Get In The Action

    Jerome

    I too was at cricket on Tuesday and I have to agree with ?? that your figures do not add up. You are confirming 13,000 free tickets given away out of 17,000 attendance (according to the Nation today). Trust me there were way more tourists than 4,000. I would estimate close to double that amount. This government has made a lot of mistakes on CWC, and it’s disgusting the spin that’s going on, but you have to give credit when something good happens for a change. And yesterday’s crowd and atmosphere was what we expected CWC to be.

    By the way if you can confirm 3,000 tickets given to BLP candidates for constituents, does this not violate some kind of election laws.

  39. Hants

    We all hope that the rest of CWC is a huge success but get real, Barbados is fortunate to be hosting the last leg of the tournament when the largest number of tourists are likely to come to watch the matches.
    Next week Barbados will be rocking.

  40. Hants

    Dr.William Duguid do you agree that the taxpayers have a right to know the financial information of their representatives in Parliament?

    We await your response. A simple Yes or No would suffice.

  41. Jerome Hinds

    Get In The Action

    April 18th, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Jerome

    I too was at cricket on Tuesday and I have to agree with ?? that your figures do not add up. You are confirming 13,000 free tickets given away out of 17,000 attendance (according to the Nation today). Trust me there were way more tourists than 4,000. I would estimate close to double that amount. This government has made a lot of mistakes on CWC, and it’s disgusting the spin that’s going on, but you have to give credit when something good happens for a change. And yesterday’s crowd and atmosphere was what we expected CWC to be.

    By the way if you can confirm 3,000 tickets given to BLP candidates for constituents, does this not violate some kind of election laws.

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    Get In The Action,

    The temporary stand ( North Stand ) holds approx. 10,000 persons . Yesterday it was virtually full …. and I believe with both paying patrons and those who entered with free tickets . Yesterday also about 85 % of the same stand was filled with locals.

    Now the free ticket figures I gave above were confirmed by everyone of the organisations I listed above.

    To confirm if the total 13,000 tickets were all distributed and used by those receiving them I cannot say.

    William Duguid was on – line when I challenged him on that information….and more importantly on the BLP candidates role in the matter…..he curiosly disappeared.

    With regards to any breach of election rules….I would say no. Simply because a General Election has not been declared as yet.

    The BLP action is akin to any politician BLP / DLP being approached by constituents for assistance with the payment of utility bills etc…….outside a declaration of election period…!

    However, Francine Charles has disclosed that for last Sunday’s game, Bangladesh vs Ireland , 10,000 tickets were printed to be given away freely for that match….!

    The issue of violation would arise if such a practise is carried out to put tickets freely into persons hands…..for ulterior motives…!

    I suspect I have an inkling why Mr. Duguid may be ducking…..!

  42. william duguid

    First this is obviously a very controversial topic.
    If you will allow me I can give my personal opinion as that is what you have asked for but I want to make it clear that it is just my personal opinion and in no way an official position.

    Integrity Legislation I think would be a good and moral thing for any Democracy. It should not be limited to Politicians but should include all public officials, Judges, Immigration and Customs, Police and all of the Permanent Secretaries and High Ranking Government officials.

    I also beleive that Government should fully fund Political Campaigns for candidates and this should go hand in hand with Integrity Legislation.

    This opinion was supported by Tom Adams in two BLP manifestos but resisted by the DLP.

    From the Advocate.
    “The General Election manifestos of 1976 and 1981 confirm this. As Prime Minister, the late J.M.G.M. Tom Adams had argued for its enactment, but it ran into stiff opposition, not least from the late Errol Barrow who contended that there was no need for such law, since anti-corruption legislation was already on the Statute Books”

  43. william duguid

    Hinds if that is your real name.

    As the MP for CH CH West I certainly did not receive any tickets to be distributed to 100 constituents. And again I have no information on who got tickets and how they got them.

    I was happy to be there. I saw alot of people most looked like Tourists and they were having a good time.

    Tonight on TV Hotel association president said that occupancy is up 8% from last year.

    Seems like things are geting better all the time.

    Why keep looking for the negatives.

  44. Straight talk

    Hi William,

    It is refreshingly brave to have a politician contribute meaningfully to a blog.
    One question: would you allow your tax return to be published and accessed by your constituents ?
    and perhaps more importantly as a public servant, if not, why not ?

  45. Jerome Hinds

    Integrity Legislation I think would be a good and moral thing for any Democracy. It should not be limited to Politicians but should include all public officials, Judges, Immigration and Customs, Police and all of the Permanent Secretaries and High Ranking Government officials.

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    william duguid,

    In another section of BFP I made a similar call to yours – of which I support.

    But as I said on that occasion it is not easy to implement…..but this in no way mean that we should not try until a suitable policy for all / most parties ( not political ) is in place.

    The difficulty I have with it been implemented to extend to the parties / persons mentioned is that in our small and polarised societies most of those said persons to be included in the process are sometimes appointed to positions based on other considerations other than…competency for the job.

    And that is a fact…when the examples of both the DLP & BLP are carefully examined..!

    The general mistrust that persons have of their personal information being bandied around further compounds the acceptance to hastily introduce / implement various aspects of such legislation.

    A careful read of the links below of the current situation within the jurisdictions of our Caricom neighbours on this issue…..we should see the need for us to change the mindsets of our elected
    ( politicians ) and non – elected ( private citizens )officials on this important issue in Barbados.

    http://www.thenassauguardian.com/national_local/295135790308821.php

    http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/19990628/cleisure/c5.html

    ================================

    From the Advocate.
    “The General Election manifestos of 1976 and 1981 confirm this. As Prime Minister, the late J.M.G.M. Tom Adams had argued for its enactment, but it ran into stiff opposition, not least from the late Errol Barrow who contended that there was no need for such law, since anti-corruption legislation was already on the Statute Books”

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    william duguid,

    You have mentioned the ADVOCATE…!

    Provide the date & page you are quoting from to give credence to your information.

    As I have said on this site before re : your producing copied documents from HANSARD…that in an era of technological advancement….you have often proven yourself as a master of ” cut & paste ” skills…!

    As a politician…in this regard you have given new meaning to the art of….” cut & thrust “

  46. Jerome Hinds

    william duguid,

    I said 100 tickets for constituents….!

    Not tickets for 100 constituents….!

    If you chose to give the 100 tickets to only 50 persons it was up to you…!

    How many free tickets that you were given for the 40 th Anniversary Independence Gala did you distribute…?

    That is why most BLP politicians abhor the BLOG……because you now realise the distinct possibility of persons who benefitted from these ticket ” gifts ” are now being able to disclose this information without you detecting them….!

    That’s right , I am sticking by my information because the evidence is there…..!

  47. william duguid

    If I was a full time politician and had all of my expenses met by the public purse. That would not be a problem. Here however as a backbencher and not a minister that would be encroaching on my Private Life and divulging information associated with my practice which would be inapropriate.

  48. Jerome Hinds

    william duguid

    April 19th, 2007 at 1:12 am

    If I was a full time politician and had all of my expenses met by the public purse. That would not be a problem. Here however as a backbencher and not a minister that would be encroaching on my Private Life and divulging information associated with my practice which would be inapropriate.

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    william duguid,

    In the post above that says ” Your comment is awaiting moderation. ” are comments I made and pointed out the same thing with respect to private individuals.

    Hopefully, BFP would send it through so that you can have a look at it.

    Actually I revisited an article from the Jamaica Gleaner that speaks to the same issue…private individuals.

    That in my opinion is the hardest part about this issue……..changing the mindset of these various groups.

    The stories coming out of different countries
    ( regionally & internationally ) only compounds the situation.

  49. william duguid

    I received no tickets to be distributed for any cricket match.

  50. Jerome Hinds

    william duguid

    April 19th, 2007 at 1:12 am

    If I was a full time politician and had all of my expenses met by the public purse. That would not be a problem. Here however as a backbencher and not a minister that would be encroaching on my Private Life and divulging information associated with my practice which would be inapropriate.

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    william duguid,

    You were away at the time ( off BFP site i.e )…..thankfully not overseas studying….! lol

    What do make of Noel Lynch’s reaction and response on Barasstacks programme of 25 th March 2007…….in light of the philosophical position as you outline above…..?

    Why do you think he would have a difficulty sharing your view…..?

  51. Jerome Hinds

    william duguid

    April 19th, 2007 at 1:23 am

    I received no tickets to be distributed for any cricket match.

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    william duguid,

    Half – truths…..!

    And the 40th Anniversary Independence Gala at the National Stadium….????

    REMEMBER……..

    Bill Clinton’s first response was…..not me & that woman…….!

    **** Half – truths…..!

    Owen Arthur’s first response during the wrap – up debate 2007 was…..I made some mistakes….!

    **** Half – truths…..!

  52. Straight talk

    Again William,
    I respect your honesty and part time job description for your argument for non- disclosure.

    Is it not time for Barbados to be guided by full time politicans, adequately remunerated , yet accountable to their employers (i.e. the electorate)?
    Your involvement with this forum must give you a clue to the groundswell of public opinion that is crying out for greater transparency and accountability in all government transactions carried out in our name,

  53. Wishing in vain

    What we need to realise here that we are dealing with another dishonest corrupt BLP poltician that lies at every given chance why would anyone take anything he has to say as gospel?? you must be kidding while smiling with you he will be trying to extact your wallet.

  54. Hants

    Dr.William Duguid wrote?

    “If I was a . That would not be a problem. Here however as a backbencher and not a minister that would be encroaching on my Private Life and divulging information associated with my practice which would be inapropriate.”

    BFP please verify that Dr. Duguid wrote the above.

    So are there any full time politicians in the Government? If so Dr. Duguid is saying therefore that they should disclose there assets.

    Jerome Hinds what do you think ? Can you tell me which members of the Government are “full time politician and have all of their expenses met by the public purse”

    I like the concept Doc. “Part time politician.”

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

    Note By BFP Cliverton

    I have examined the comment and the IP number and it appears that the comment was made by Dr. Duguid.

    Clive

  55. Hants

    correction to above

    Dr.William Duguid wrote?

    “If I was a FULL TIME politician. That would not be a problem”

  56. Warrior

    william duguid
    April 19th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    First this is obviously a very controversial topic.
    If you will allow me I can give my personal opinion as that is what you have asked for but I want to make it clear that it is just my personal opinion and in no way an official position.

    Integrity Legislation I think would be a good and moral thing for any Democracy. It should not be limited to Politicians but should include all public officials, Judges, Immigration and Customs, Police and all of the Permanent Secretaries and High Ranking Government officials.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Mr Duguid,

    I am glad you spoke about Integrity Legislation being for public officials up to Government officials.

    I would like someone to look into how much land from the Government land bank the high ranking officials in the NHC haves acquired for their own.?

  57. Warrior

    william duguid
    April 19th, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Hinds if that is your real name.

    As the MP for CH CH West I certainly did not receive any tickets to be distributed to 100 constituents. And again I have no information on who got tickets and how they got them.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Jerome Hinds

    Perhaps Mr. Duguid is giving you some inside information so that you can adjust your figures, certainly

    100 tickets to constituents and

    tickets for 100 constituents
    are to completely different things. Hinds I think you have to adjust you figures, Mr. Duguid might have just given you the formula for the near correct guest-imation. Perhaps one of those 100 constituents might have received in excess of 20 tickets.

    That would certainly tip the scale

  58. Wishing in vain

    I see that the lying machine is at work once again and they are stating an 8% increase over last year with visitor arrivals they are two things wrong here if this is a peak period for CWC and our figures are only up by 8 % we have got it totally wrong with all our guesstimates at this period in time our figures should be busting the scales, and secondly is the idiot Lynch taking his arrival figures by the arrival of the locals who have been in and out of this island about 4 times so far this week on the cruise vessel that we the taxpayers have chartered for these ever diminishing number of invisible guest he may well be boosting his arrival figures by these Bajans transiting thru the doors at the port.
    These people are compulsive liars of mega proportions and will lie at every chance that they have.

  59. Jerome Hinds

    Hants,

    George Payne would certainly pertpetually claim the title of being a “Part time politician.”……!

    In my earlier post on this same article scroll up on the page
    ( check time April 19th, 2007 at 12:59 am ) …..I said

    ” we should see the need for us to change the mindsets of our elected
    ( politicians ) and non – elected ( private citizens )officials on this important issue in Barbados. ”

    Certainly Dr. Duguid is a backbencher and elected official of parliament…..thus making him a public official….!

    The Accountant at the Ministry of Finance….though employed by Government is a private individual so too a Banker at FCIB.

    What I asked Dr. Duguid to do was to give us his take on Noel Lynch recent outburst….since using Dr. Duguid’s take on the issue….Lynch is a gov’t Minister.

    I am assuming Dr. Duguid’s lack of response to date……means that he is consulting Lynch on whether he ( Duguid ) should ” break ranks ” with him on this one…..! lol

  60. Jerome Hinds

    Warrior,

    Thanks for your comments…!

    I know the goodly Dr. Duguid is Lying and he knows it….!

    He cannot dispute the free tickets for cricket nor the ones for the 40th Anniversay Independence Gala at the National Stadium…!

    You notice that after I drop these lines on him

    ( taken from one of my earlier postings above )

    ” That is why most BLP politicians abhor the BLOG……because you now realise the distinct possibility of persons who benefitted from these ticket ” gifts ” are now being able to disclose this information without you detecting them….! ”

    that when he came back on the BFP site, he only had this to say :

    ” william duguid
    April 19th, 2007 at 1:23 am

    I received no tickets to be distributed for any cricket match. ”

    he ain’t touch the free tickets for the….40th Anniversay Independence Gala at the National Stadium…!

    WHY………???

    Because he realises that the same person who told me about the issuing of the tickets is the same person who benefitted on both ocassions…..!

    Thanks for the BFP……..!

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  62. John

    Anonymous
    April 18th, 2007 at 2:51 pm
    this train and this thread aint going nowhere

    Anonymous, William sure proved you wrong ……

    Welcome back william. Was wondering where you had gotten to.

  63. ?

    Warrior said
    I would like someone to look into how much land from the Government land bank the high ranking officials in the NHC haves acquired for their own.?
    —————————————————–

    I would also like to know how much money was stolen from the NHC.
    Who is she and is this lawyer still practicing in Barbados or elsewhere?
    What happened to this case?

    From the Nation

    Lawyer charged with theft of $410 000

    Date September 12, 2006
    Brief Lawyer charged with theft of $410 000
    Attorney-at-law Laureen Clothilda Waterman has been charged with stealing more than $400 000, the amount resulting from a transaction between a bank and the National Housing Corporation (NHC).
    The 62-year-old woman,

    ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Laureen Clothilda Waterman has been charged with stealing more than $400 000, the amount resulting from a transaction between a bank and the National Housing Corporation (NHC).
    The 62-year-old woman, of Charlesville, My Lord’s Hill, St Michael, appeared in court on Saturday before Magistrate Deborah Holder.
    Waterman is charged with stealing $411 000, the proceeds of a Royal Bank of Canada cheque that belonged to the NHC between May 30 and June 10, 2005.
    She was released on $300 000 bail to return to court on October 11.

  64. Jerome Hinds

    ?

    ” I would also like to know how much money was stolen from the NHC.

    Who is she and is this lawyer still practicing in Barbados or elsewhere?

    What happened to this case? ”

    *************************************************
    This lawyer probably left the island already….!

    Note the recent police ” missing report ” about the 16 yr old girl….!

    The news reported that she contacted her parents to say , she is ok.

    A few hours / days after the report came that she is in ” Canada “….!

    How was this possible after the police alert….?

    This is still funny ole Barbados……influential contacts / connections still go a long way…..!

    However, do not lose faith…..!

  65. ?

    Why did Laureen Clothilda Waterman have access to cheques from NHC?
    Was she working for NHC?
    Was she selling land for NHC?
    Was she working for the person whose land NHC was paying for?
    What was the story???
    The Nation did not give us the most important details.

  66. ?

    Jerome said
    However, do not lose faith…..!
    ———————————————

    Jerome I lost faith in the justice system in Barbados a long time ago.

  67. Royalrumble

    Jerome Hinds at least the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and Father of First World Barbados, Mr Owen Arthur knows the difference between a fiscal deficit and a current account deficit. You are not worthy to even call his name.

    I read some of the ignorant things you all say of him but I treat them as just simply jealousy. This is a man who was accepted at Harvard University. He did not have to remain in Barbados among you creeps. He would have been succesful in any company that he would have chosen any where in the world. Instead he chose to serve his country and that he is doing in a most exemplary manner.

    The little red boy from the slums of England whose family record leaves a lot to be desired hardly made it through UWI and still suffers from the mental tortures of the physical and sexual abuse he and his family was subjected to by the elitist group of their social class. Some have argued that they deserved it because they have always wanted to live like the JONESES and they were prepared to do anything for that life style.

    Little wonder today that thompy’s name is mentioned among anything that is nasty, criminal and inhumane. No amount of legislation, tranparency or any other can control his proclivity for things uncouth and barbaric. When PM said that he “plays bloodsport with people’s lives” he was merely stating the obvious.

    To think that you all would in this age of enlightenment seek to promote such a scoundrel only serves to bring greater understanding and relevance to that passage of disbelief in the Bible that revealed that Barabbas, the thief was prefered over Jesus Christ the Son of Man and saviour of mankind.

    But like Jevon Griffith I to sing the praises of our beloved Prime Minister and Father of First World Barbados.

    “Praise Him Praise Him Praise Him
    Praise our most noble and astute Prime Minister”.

  68. Michele

    RR,

    I you seem to be someone who don’t like themselves very much. You keep going on about colour of skin and yor get very nasty and personal about others.

    It seems you are one of the lowest of the low and for the fact that you seem blind and play dead to the BLP doing, says alot about you.

    Your time and that of your master will come judgement for you will be harsh.

    You seem to be full of hate and for all the crap you come on here and say, I would have you commited.
    You are a very sick person and your master have you working over time for your money.

  69. cat eyes

    Royal Rumble aka Judas Sylvan Greenidge, how DARE YOU exalt the name of Owen Seymour Arthur and use the anthem of praise in honour of a mortal. The brainwashing of the weak and intellectually challenged such as yourself within the Barbados Labour Party has reached cultish and obscene proportions. I would hope that the Reverend Joseph Atherley remembers his vows and would intervene in this evil, demonic trend within the BLP. Politics is one thing, sacrilege and cult thematics is another matter and the contribution sent by Greenidge needs to be examined and addressed immediately.
    The only consolation I have is that there is a true and living God, and he will not sit idly by and allow perverted and debased worshippers of sinful man to continue to rule this fair land.
    I am sincere in my suggestion that you need a reality check.
    “Praise him” in capitals is reserved for our Lord Jesus Christ. HOW DARE YOU.

  70. Velzo

    RR isn’t sick. He is just being Sylvan Greenidge. He is a pathetic creature. His life story before he became the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary tells its own story. When he was drawing a salary from David Thompson no doubt Thompson was the greatest leader at that point whether he was red, black or white.

    Tell us RR whether David Thompson was a Barbados Exhibitioner or not? Did he bribe or fool the GCE examiners? Did he fail any examination at UWI or Law School or did he ask for favours like you? Come on, talent rises to the top always.

    You need to go back on the reading programme prescribed for you and get your life back on track instead of raking mud which reminds us all of your attempt to defraud Clico, your family out of their land in St. Philip and the Barbados Labour Party when you were a Young Socialist.

    If you want to know about Sylvan “Slimy” Greenidge ask Sir Henry Forde KA, QC and Sir David Simmons KA, QC.

    They have much to say about him at the slightest request.

  71. cat eyes

    Now, Royal Rumble aka Judas and Sylvan, on to more secular matters.

    Can you explain the character of a man who hides the existence of his children until it is politically expedient to use them?

    Can you explain the character of a man who is listed in the International Whos Who last year as having no children producing two in one year of different ages?

    Can you explain the character of a man in public life, the leader of our country no less who disposes of a wife secretely and then produces a child born of another during his marriage?
    Can you explain the character of a man who was not present at the birth of his child nor its christening (his sister stood in) who laments the moral decay of the country he leads?
    Can you explain the character of a man levels all types of baseless accusations of wrongdoing and financial impropriety at decent citizens, who breaks into a sweat in the chilly chamber of parliament and blubbers when faced with the accusation of receiving campaign money not passed to his colleagues?

    The above questions are based on fact, unlike the nasty untrue references sexual abuse and the peurile name calling you continue to level at a gentleman who fed you when you were hungry.
    Answer them.

  72. ??

    Cat eyes becareful where you tread, there are skeletons in the DLP closet as well just as significant and maybe more sinister that the ones you suggest.

  73. Jerome Hinds

    Royalrumble a.k.a Judas,

    This indisputable fact has you by you ninnies….!

    Barbados in 2007 has a # 12 ranking of negative
    – 12 . 0 % deficit of GDP….!

    In light of this Owen Arthur tells Barbadians….he cannot borrow money for the next 5 years….!

    Royalrumble a.k.a Judas……lighten up and do like Owen…..hide from the public and prepare yourself for the long….RETIREMENT…..!

    The disclosure of the $ 750,000.00 cheque is only part of the tale….!

    If you doubt me….read this….reproduced from the DLP blog…..!

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

    Jerome Hinds

    April 17th, 2007 at 6:51 pm

    DLP,

    After CWC 2007 ends on 28th April 2007, it is time for you guys to hit the road again and let the public know & understand the sticky wicket this BLP lot has put us to bat on !

    No time to waste !

    dlpbarbados

    April 17th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    You are so right Jerome, The DLP has a carefully planned out programme for the next few months. You are very much in sync with what our agenda is. CWC has affected our programme a bit.

    Royalrumble a.k.a Judas,

    Bhah….Bhah….!

  74. John

    Whew cat eyes, you said a mouthful!!

    Sad thing is most of what you say will be like water offf a duck’s back for some people.

    They just don’t know any better.

  75. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 19th, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Cat eyes becareful where you tread, there are skeletons in the DLP closet as well just as significant and maybe more sinister that the ones you suggest.

    ******************************************
    ?? Question Mark,

    I always have to keep my eyes on you…!

    Nice attempt with your comments above…!

    But for the sake of clarity and balance , cat eyes , premised her argument on the life of a BLP leader / politician…!

    You have countered her view…..do your research and prove to her a DLP leader / politician has done the same as……cat eye…..has shown above…..!

  76. Warrior

    rrumble from your babbling I can tell that you are demented. However I was always told that “every madman got ‘e own sense”

    Mr. Arthur and his cabinet are not gods. From the utterances of mr arthur about moving heaven and earth, and using Get ready for the rapture as a campaign song, I can tell that the general belief is that they are gods

    There is a God in heaven, and you will be judged for ever careless word that you utter. This day God will slap you in your face, just like He did the Barbados Governement with the CWC 2007 of their greed and evil activities. It will be swift and severe so that you know that there is a real God.

    Your constant babblings are putting nails in the coffins of the BLP Government you are a real JUDAS in truth.
    This time no magic black or otherwise ain’t going to help a soul. Get ready for the rapture!!!! I hope you ready.

  77. ??

    Jerome I am not sure how old you are but think back to the late 60’s early 70’s….

  78. ??

    one name Jeanine Lehman or Chipalato… spelling may be wrong but you do your research

  79. John

    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.
    Euripides
    Greek tragic dramatist (484 BC – 406 BC)

  80. ??

    Jerome…….. you still there?????

  81. John

    A politician is a politician!!

    All are the same!!

    Is that what you are saying ?? ?

    If so, I could identify with you!!

    Me, I more concerned with not going mad because the next step after that is my destruction by the gods!!

  82. John

    cat eyes

    …. it is water off a duck’s back!!

  83. John

    ??

    You not talking bout the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow by any chance?

    You know, the same man who all the politicians appoint as a National Hero and who the Right Honourable O$A get up and say was the greatest citizen Barbados ever had (… or something like that, I forget)?

    You know, the said very one who all the politicians in Parliament cause the whole Independence Square to get remodel and cause a big able statue to get mek ouka bronze…..

    you know, the one the said very politicians cause a whole public holiday to get call in January? …. and who goin get honour again in two weeks time?

    You cahn mean he?

  84. Dear BFP (and readers)

    I am relatively new here, so please forgive me in advance for asking such a silly question…

    How do we know that the person posting under the name “william duguid,” is really Dr. William Duguid?

    From what I’ve read on BFP, I understand that he used to post a while ago, but then went off-line.

    Yours,
    The Bystander.

  85. Straight talk

    Bystander II,
    If you would care to post your name and address , I’m certain he would call round and introduce himself.
    If inconvenient he could ask his party leader to give you a late night call to confirm his identity.

  86. “Bystander II,
    If you would care to post your name and address , I’m certain he would call round and introduce himself.
    If inconvenient he could ask his party leader to give you a late night call to confirm his identity.”

    ———————-

    Straight talk,

    Hah. Never mind. I prefer to keep to myself. I’m quite shy and I prefer to remain a bystander.

    Carry on smartly, Dr. Duguid, sir. And if I may so, you should be congratulated for ‘stepping up to the plate’ and getting involved in the discussion on BFP.

    It would be nice if more politicians were to learn from your example.

    Yours,
    The Bystander.

  87. Hants

    With regards to politicians declaring their assets.

    Dr. William Duguid said
    “If I was a full time politician and had all of my expenses met by the public purse. That would not be a problem. Here however as a backbencher and not a minister that would be encroaching on my Private Life and divulging information associated with my practice which would be inapropriate.”

    Who are the Fulltime Politicians and who are the part timers in Parliament in Barbados?

  88. True Native

    Please pass on all good wishes to Patrick Porter.

  89. Straight talk

    To all Bajans,
    If we really want to change the political landscape,
    we must shed our partisan blinkers.
    Those calling for a third force should put up or shut up.
    BFP bloggers are crying out for integrity, transparency and accountability, yet when we see a seed of hope from our two main players we stomp on it, and say it is pithy political rhetoric, and their utterances however logical and in tune with our thoughts, should be drowned in a deluge of partisan diatribe and ridicule.
    Give public representatives, who have honestly entered public service, the chance to make the difference.
    No matter Bee or Dee this is what we want!!
    Honesty , transparency and integrity.
    Why pull a man down at the outset of his political career purely by association with his less than accountable comrades.
    These are the patriotic bajans who are ready and willing to rescue us from the quagmire of past maladministration and we should support them as national heroes.
    BTW I am a D and am still waiting for anyone in my party with the cohones to tackle this state of affairs head on.

  90. joosy

    where are you duguid?

  91. Jerome Hinds

    Straight talk

    ” Why pull a man down at the outset of his political career purely by association with his less than accountable comrades. ”

    **************************************************
    Straight talk,

    Your passion is understood .

    If it is your belief that Dr. Duguid is good and his colleagues are less accountable….!

    Then get Dr. Duguid to honestly answer this question :

    **** When did Owen pass the $ 750, 000.00 cheque over to the BLP party treasurer….?

    You speak about the DLP…….it is publicly documented that many a member of that party openly express their point of view / or opinion to its leadership or party…..!

    The BLP loots call it dissension………!

    But, any rational person would applaud such displays of democracy……!

    Straight talk,

    To demonstrate which side of the fence he stands…get Dr. Duguid to give you an answer to the question above for the sake ….of the Honesty , transparency and integrity……..of which you speak…!

    And for good measure read the last paragraph of the link below:

    Click to access BARBADOS%20-%20Peter%20W.%20Wickham%20and%20Dave%20Marshall.pdf

  92. ??

    Jerome,

    I note your unusual silence on my previous post… Hope it is that I answered your query and not hit a nerve.

  93. True Native

    I won’t even bother to reply to The Nigerian because he thinks we’re all ignorant. If you go to http://www.scambaits.com you can read the TRUTH about the scammers (not what Nigerian claims). One man baited a scammer from Nigeria and actually visited Nigeria to meet with the scammer and guess who ended up with the sh******y end of the stick – the original scammer. He had met his match in full.

  94. Jerome Hinds

    ??

    April 20th, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Jerome,

    I note your unusual silence on my previous post… Hope it is that I answered your query and not hit a nerve.

    *************************************************
    ?? Question Mark,

    You may have the gift……..but I certainly cannot converse with the dead…!

    Dead men can tell no tales…..!

    Bring another lead !

  95. Jerome Hinds

    True Native

    April 20th, 2007 at 11:20 am

    I won’t even bother to reply to The Nigerian because he thinks we’re all ignorant. If you go to http://www.scambaits.com you can read the TRUTH about the scammers (not what Nigerian claims). One man baited a scammer from Nigeria and actually visited Nigeria to meet with the scammer and guess who ended up with the sh******y end of the stick – the original scammer. He had met his match in full.

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

    True Native,

    Do not worry too much .

    I do not believe this NIGERIAN is the genuine article…!

    I somehow suspect these are the hands & thoughts of our Director, of the Pan – African Commission….!

    He is constantly selling this idea of return to Nigeria for land….!

    I guess he obviously believes Owen will sell all of Barbados…own….!

  96. Straight talk

    Good morning Jerome,

    An open democratic society is a far better bulwark against corruption than any laws passed ( not to mention enforced ) by the lunatics running the asylum.
    A healthy democracy requires a functioning combatative opposition to ensure there are checks and balances on government.
    The cheques and bloated bank balances of our present situation indicate our system needs changing.
    The reason I applauded Mr Duguid’s post was I smelt a small draught of fresh air coming from a backbencher of the ruling party, and we all should encourage these tentative steps, from whichever party, in the direction of progress to transparency etc..
    There may be other politicians who are beginning to smell the coffee, listening to their constituents and realising their small majorities are being threatened by Rawle Eastmond’s demonic forces, and we should welcome them to the debate, not bash them about the head with unreasonable demands.
    The only demand should be the honest representation of the people.

    OK Mr Duguid has other interests apart from his constituency work, but is there any evidence of parliamentary neglect because of his practice or construction venture?
    If there is , I have yet to see it.
    As evidenced by his participation here, the man is trying to interact with us all by reasoned argument let him continue and show the way for others to follow.
    If he leaves the blog, cowed by our abuse and seeing his posts are futile, what have we gained?
    Where will “another one bites the dust” get us on the road to reform.
    Who else would dare raise their head above the parapet?
    The status quo would continue, and we would be calling out for someone, anyone to appear from the ether to lead us towards the goals of honesty transparency and integrity, not realising that change from within the two parties led by honest members sounds a better option than a new messiah or god forbid, the PEP.

    But, that being said I am probably totally wrong and will be proved so by his next post.
    If so, back to the usual tilting at windmills.

  97. True Native

    Everyone seems to be lightheartedly wondering why Owing has “gone silent”. I don’t share that lightheartedness. I think he is quietly hatching THE BIG ONE. A double whammy, and David Thompson had better be ready to deliver the coup de grace! I get very concerned when a politician is pushed into a corner and goes quiet. Very concerned indeed.

  98. Lady Anon

    Just came across the following nation article from July 28, 2005…
    ____
    Symmonds wants integrity law

    Date July 28, 2005
    Brief THE DEBATE on salary increases for parliamentarians and senior civil servants should be about whether an officer could enrich himself through access to information about Government’s business.
    St James Central MP, Kerrie Symmonds, made this observation in

    THE DEBATE on salary increases for parliamentarians and senior civil servants should be about whether an officer could enrich himself through access to information about Government’s business.

    St James Central MP, Kerrie Symmonds, made this observation in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

    “I want to talk about a Barbados where integrity legislation was on the country’s statute books. I am saying that Barbados, as a mature democracy, must be prepared to speak to the issue of an integrity commission with teeth, that will compel permanent secretaries, board chairmen, ministers of the Crown, chiefs of divisions to declare their assets and liabilities.”

    Symmonds charged the country appeared to be incapable of moving beyond the politics of the 1960s when it was felt that because an individual entered politics, he should die bankrupt.
    ______

    Wonder if he still feels the same…I somehow doubt it.

  99. Wishing in Vain

    Seems like the licks have gotten to the crook Duguid have not heard or seen of him in a while maybe he is carrying the message back to Owing that the people are sick and tired of his stealing and it is time to pull his socks up, what a joke that would be to Owing.

  100. Yardbroom

    I believe there is room in Barbados for a third political party, a party whose central focus would be the elimination of poverty among poor Barbadians, a structured approach to the creation of jobs for young people, transparency in the affairs of Government, accountability in the use of Government funds and the creation of an independent ombudsman with the power to properly investigate complaints against the Government or its servants.

    The party by its raison d’etre should be able to appeal across wealth, class and race boundaries. A party which people would be proud to be a member of, like most fledglings its first flight will be unsteady but in time it will gather mass support. It should be a party that does not run into the cul de sac of race, or class, but focus on integrity, accountability and honesty for the citizens of Barbados.

    The time for its formation is not now, but minds could become focused, unless a drastic turn around occurs after the next general election.

  101. ??

    Jerome, I know the truth hurts… But “Womanising” is not restricted to Bajan Politicians as we all know. I have heard West Indians suggest some politicians are soft because the have no outside relationships…. I am sure you have heard the stories as well.

    I had tried to respond earlier but my postings were blocked… guess someone does not like to hear the truth.

  102. John

    Jerome and ??

    The point is that there is no “good” politician dead or alive worthy of deification. There is also no man or woman for that matter. The whole exercise in naming of National Heroes by Government is seriously flawed and I believe dishonest.

    Your conversation forcibly brings this to the fore and this is the refreshing thing about open talk.

    Straight talk

    I agree it is refreshing to see William taking part in the discussion.

    However, besides being an MP he is as far as I know, the secretary of the BLP. If I am wrong, apologies.

    When the PM admits to depositing a cheque for what ever quantity into his own personal banking account, he puts both himself and his party into the limelight.

    Not only has the PM apparently gone into hiding, but there is no word, absolutely no word whatsoever, from the executive of the BLP on his faux pas.

    I know the oft repeated refrain is that the BLP launder in private (!! couldn’t resist that one) but cuh dear, if so cavalier a treatment of party funds goes on what happens with our funds.

    Keeping quiet does William no justice on this one, particularly if he is the secretary of the organisation whose funds have been diverted.

    BTW, I don’t think the PM is in hiding, just keeping a low profile till he sees what the crowds at Kensington do.

    If the free tickets work and the tourists come and Kensington is full of people, he will make a beeline down there and make an appearance in all his glory …. probably with a free ticket too!!

    Unfortunately, the damage has been done in the months before!!

  103. Inkwell

    Lara has done The PM and the country a great favour by announcing his retirement just before the WI/England match tomorrow. It will be Lara’s last as an international and Kensington will be packed to the rafters to witness his last match and to pay tribute to him for his contribution to West Indies cricket. I certainly don’t intend to miss it. Don’t be surprised when the man of the moment puts down a scintillating farewell performance.

    The prophets of doom on this forum have had a field day, but I have a feeling they have spoken too soon. After the semis on the 24th and 25th, the crowds will be flocking to Barbados in preparation for the final, though I doubt they will be 90,000. Barbados may yet come out of it smiling.

  104. Jerome Hinds

    Straight talk,

    If the words in Brackets formed part of your earlier post on this page……then get Dr. Duguid to answer the question about the $ 750,000.00 cheque posed below…..!

    In other words, call on him to justify your faith in him…..!

    No if’s no But’s….!

    (((( Straight talk

    April 20th, 2007 at 11:54 am

    The only demand should be the honest representation of the people. Who else would dare raise their head above the parapet ? ))))

    If it is your belief that Dr. Duguid is good and his colleagues are less accountable….!

    Then get Dr. Duguid to honestly answer this question :

    **** When did Owen pass the $ 750, 000.00 cheque over to the BLP party treasurer….?

    You speak about the DLP…….it is publicly documented that many a member of that party openly express their point of view / or opinion to its leadership or party…..!

    The BLP loots call it dissension………!

    But, any rational person would applaud such displays of democracy……!

    Straight talk,

    To demonstrate which side of the fence he stands…get Dr. Duguid to give you an answer to the question above for the sake ….of the Honesty , transparency and integrity……..of which you speak…!

    And for good measure read the last paragraph of the link below:

    Click to access BARBADOS%20-%20Peter%20W.%20Wickham%20and%20Dave%20Marshall.pdf

  105. Jerome Hinds

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    April 20th, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    ” Jerome, I know, the truth hurts… ”

    *********************************************
    ?? Question Mark,

    We understand your pain…!

    Owen Arthur philandering ways not only…..hurt you….but cause you much shame….!

    Do you believe his moral crusade…?

    Do you believe him on the FBI file issue…?

    Do you believe he really likes….Political grasshoppers….?

  106. John

    Inkwell
    April 20th, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Lara has done The PM and the country a great favour by announcing his retirement just before the WI/England match tomorrow. It will be Lara’s last as an international and Kensington will be packed to the rafters to witness his last match and to pay tribute to him for his contribution to West Indies cricket. I certainly don’t intend to miss it. Don’t be surprised when the man of the moment puts down a scintillating farewell performance.

    The prophets of doom on this forum have had a field day, but I have a feeling they have spoken too soon. After the semis on the 24th and 25th, the crowds will be flocking to Barbados in preparation for the final, though I doubt they will be 90,000. Barbados may yet come out of it smiling.
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    I agree that “Lara has done The PM and the country a great favour by announcing his retirement just before the WI/England match tomorrow.”

    He has set the example and demonstrated to the PM that the meaning of the phrase, “The buck stops here” actually has everything to do with accountability and nothing to do with money.

    It is a pity that he took so long to figure it out. I wish Brian Lara every success in his future endeavours but feel he stayed around WI cricket too long for the good that he did.

    He has a divine gift which I hope he will find a way to use with the same love with which it was bestowed on him …… for the benefit of all.

    Hope his farewell fete goes well but apologies for not attending in advance, the $125 is a bit steep.

  107. Hants

    John says “I wish Brian Lara every success in his future endeavours but feel he stayed around WI cricket too long for the good that he did.”

    West Indies cricket is in the doldrums because of weak, incompetent,underachieving and irresponsible management and players. Not because of Brian Lara.

    You cannot hide behind 1 player.

    A cricket team consists of 11 players who are required to perform individually for a collective result.

    Lara is not an Opening batsman, Bowler or wicket keeper.

    Lara did his job while the other underachieving bunch failed.

  108. John

    …. to whom much is given, much is required.

  109. Straight talk

    Jerome,
    I still am waiting on his definitive reply to the Graeme Hall National Park question.
    Seems he’s already shimmying around it.
    As I predicted in my previous submission he may let me down in his next post.
    If he does I am disappointed, but not surprised.
    Informed dialogue with the opposition will be replaced with “tilting at windmills”, raking the embers and mixing my metaphors.
    But still no progress.