Cuban Government Injects Monies Into Barbados Political Party – Should This Be Allowed?

Should Barbados Allow Foreign Governments To Fund Political Activities In Our Country?

According to a BFP source, the government of Cuba has long been injecting funds into the People’s Empowerment Party and the Clement Payne Movement. (Hey, if its not true, David Comissiong should say so… but first he should talk to some of his friends about where Bobby Clarke had been shooting his mouth off about money matters. We’re waiting, Mr. Comissiong – but something tells us that you won’t be able to deny the Cuban funding.) 😉

Under our current laws there is zero public transparency or accountability concerning the financing of political parties or activities. Pretty well anything goes in Barbados politics because there are no laws – and the ruling elites prefer to have no laws that restrict their ability to do whatever they please in secret.

So we have foreign governments injecting money into Barbados political parties so they can influence the political process and the government of Barbados.

Secret Political Donations From Foreign Governments Undermine Our Democracy

Has the Barbados Labour Party received any political donations from China? It is a secret!

Don’t ask a government minister appearing on a radio show or he will sue you for sure, and don’t expect any media types to stick their necks out after radio journalist David Ellis got wacked hard for thinking unclean thoughts. The big shots of the BLP and the DLP don’t think that ordinary citizens should have any interest in the money side of politics – otherwise they would have passed integrity and disclosure laws decades ago.

Or last week.

And don’t give us that nonsense about the DLP people being any different than the BLP people when it comes to integrity issues. People are people. MOST will respect the law – but in Barbados where there are no laws, anything goes for either side.

The DLP could have been hammering away at integrity issues for the last 12 years. They could have introduced integrity rules, conflict of interest guidelines and disclosure for their own elected members 12 years ago… but they didn’t and they won’t.

Having no election financing laws or accountability process puts Barbados democracy at risk – but both the DLP and BLP piggies would rather have the cash than democracy.

Eunuchs At The Nation News Blow It Again

You have to admire the easy going lifestyle of those professional investigative reporters at the Trinidad-controlled Nation News. What a life of ease! No stories to write, no digging to be done (heck… no digging allowed!).

They just sit back and when a press release comes in from David Comissiong, they change around the wording a bit and call it “a story”. And if the story concerns an obvious money connection between the foreign government of Cuba and a Barbados political party, the “journalists” at The Nation News have to ignore that section of the story.

Just a little bit too close to home if the Nation News starts asking questions about political funding in Barbados! Nope… wouldn’t want to receive a blast from one of the Barbados government members. Better to play it safe.

Better to just run the press release and go back to playing cards on a Friday night…

Cuban study grants on offer

The Nation News Published on: 5/20/07.

THREE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE being offered to Barbadians to study at a university in Cuba for the upcoming academic year.

They are being offered through the People’s Empowerment Party and the Clement Payne Movement.

David Comissiong, president of the movement, said the scholarships were in “physical education and sports, hydraulic engineering, and chemistry”.

He noted, however, that some students in various disciplines were having difficulties with their qualifications being accepted.

“The regulatory body of those particular professions have tried to restrict the entry of graduates. For example, veterinary medicine, where there is one graduate who, up to now, has not been allowed to practise her profession,” he added.

Comissiong said he hoped this was a short-term situation.

The three scholarships, on offer to Barbadian citizens under 25 years old, will provide tuition, food, accommodation, medical treatment and a monthly stipend from the Cuban government.

Applications are to be completed before the end of this month. (WB)

… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)


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14 responses to “Cuban Government Injects Monies Into Barbados Political Party – Should This Be Allowed?

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  2. Economix

    As long as the Cuban monie$ are being injected into the Barbados economy in the form of contributions to LESSER Parties (who don’t stand a chance in he11) I say bring it on…in fact send even more!
    That money will enter the local economy paying printing bills and other expenses,
    so let the good times roll,Fidel!

    I might just start up a Leftist party,
    spout a lot of idealistic Marxist stuff and Ca$h in, too!
    Whuh..I en’ folks,too?

  3. tip of the iceberg

    what self respecting Barbadian politician would actually be seen directing money to his party or worse yet his people and not into his own pockets?

    this coziing up to the cubans tells you a lot about Commissiong’s belief in democracy and human rights. There will be none if he ever gets to power.

  4. True Native

    Cuba got money to dish out like largesse, though?

  5. de gap

    The RED Farce!

    This is pure poppycock, and soooooo dated! BFP source indeed, sounds more like flights of fancy. The degree to which the PEP becomes an effective viable alternative to the rudderless DLP will depend on their ability to communicate and formulate a positive vision with sound policies. As for the Cuban scholarships, why are trained professionals denied the right to practice their chosen profession? If the academic rigor of Cuban universities is suspect, devise a standardize exam with minimum requirements, but then the UWI grads and the white expats might be found wanting, ah well…….

  6. cat eyes

    De Gap-
    Why is it that supporters of the Commissiong-led fringe element must always indulge in racist, classist diatribes. That type of politics is passe. And offensive. You are supposed to strive to represent all Barbadians. Not just Black, poor, lefties. But Come-along Commissiong has never been able to see this because he does not follow or take advice from anyone. When you are always striving to be at the top and at the head one finds it hard to look back, around and down for advice, instruction and example.
    And must people keep reminding you that the DLP is not running Barbados? Why would you wish to be a “viable alternative ” to the DLP? Beating up on the opposition while cowering from the government that used to pay your salary is cowardly. Or have you finally recognised that the DLP will be the next government and you see the misguided need to attack them? Waste of time.

  7. de gap

    Cat eyes,

    What “racist…diatribes”? As far as I’m aware, the PEP has not declared itself to be a “poor black man only party”. And as you so tactfully put it the PEP is just a mere “fringe element”, so they can’t possibly hope to displace the BLP. That would be a herculean feat even for “Mr. Come-along”. Presenting itself as a viable opposition party is the first step to ensure that the PEP doesn’t go the way of NDP.

  8. Anonymous

    “Cuba got money to dish out like largesse, though?”

    That’s what I thought!

    In a Cuba that’s ketchin-ass, one would think Castro has little money for splurging,
    particularly on efforts that amount to money down a hole!

  9. toussant

    BFP – You missed the perfect opportunity to post the picture of Fidel and Owen holding hands. .it’s my favorite.


    BFP comments

    Hi toussant

    Yes, we thought about it because it is one of our favourites too, but we promised we would not personally attack the PM for a week and we are trying to keep our promise.

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    BFP comments

    Hi toussant

    Yes, we thought about it because it is one of our favourites too, but we promised we would not personally attack the PM for a week and we are trying to keep our promise.

  11. Get In The Action


    You have highlighted Comissiong’s Cuban mentor, Castro – don’t take your eyes off an even greater threat, and one with money to effect change. How much money is Chavez pumping into political parties in Barbados, especially the PEP?

  12. Philipian

    Beat me to it GITA, spot on.
    Benevolent socialism propelled Chavez to power, and now we see the real deal coming to the fore.
    Oppression and state control.
    Big Brother, not only of Venezuela, but the whole of S. America and the Caribbean.

  13. samizdat

    Yep, Arthur’s and Mottley’s (and Gonsalves’) Big Brother Chavez is the one to watch all right.

    Actually, I thought BFP would have posted up something on the latest story: about his continuing clamp-down on what’s left of the free independent media (refusing to renew the license of the government-critical RCTV).

    My friends there all say the same thing: Venezuela’s edging closer and closer to totalitarianism every day.

    Couldn’t happen here though, could it?

    No. Of course not…

  14. Why should we be surprised that Commissiong should accept scholarships from Cuba for his loyal supporters.

    We have long known that he will stoop to anything which will advance his personal agenda. Was there ever a more self-serving scrounger than him?

    It is in the Horatio Alger tradition to admire ambition, but Commissiong takes ambition to pitiful lengths. Perhaps it is best to laugh at his antics.