On May 13, 2005, Government announced that the Chesterfield Thompson Report (looking into corruption of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph Hospital) had been presented to Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands. But two full years have gone by, and it has not been laid in Parliament, contrary to the requirements of the Commission of Inquiry Act 1981.…
from an editorial in The Nation News A Suspicious Silence
Commission Of Enquiry Was Appointed TEN YEARS AGO! (Hey… what’s the rush for the report?)
We were pleasantly surprised this morning to find The Nation News attempting to hold the Government of Barbados accountable for once again ignoring the rule of law and doing whatever they please like the despots they are.
The Nation News didn’t exactly put it that way, but at least they called attention to the fact that the Government of Barbados was required by law to present the findings of the Chesterfield Thompson Commission by May 13, 2007 and that the government is ignoring the law. The Commission was appointed in April 1997, three years after the allegations of corruption at St. Joseph Hospital surfaced, to investigate and report “upon all matters related to the refurbishment, management and operations of the St Joseph Hospital from April 1, 1989 to December 31, 1994”.
It took EIGHT YEARS for the Commission to deliver the report to the government in 2005, and now here we are TEN YEARS AFTER THE COMMISSION STARTED with no report – even though the law says that the report should have been laid before Parliament by May 13, 2007.
This is only the latest in a decade of the government elites ignoring the laws of Barbados to do as they damn well please when they damn well please.
And when these despots can’t ignore the law, they change it to suit their purpose as they recently did when they rammed through changes to the Constitution of Barbados with four days’ notice and zero public discussion.
Despotic is not too strong a word for such a government.
Good Editorial By The Nation News Shows A Bit Of Comedy Too!
The Nation News editorial goes about as far as it can without having strongman Owen Arthur sending some of his “advisors” to have a “little chat” with the editors, and even at that the editors knew they would then be expected by the government to crawl on their bellies a bit. Thus, in the same editorial citizens of Barbados are treated to the following statement…
“We endorse (Director Branford Taitt’s) view that the delay in presenting the report to the citizens of Barbados through their elected Parliament falls short of the correct and honourable procedure expected from a mature democracy such as ours.” (from The Nation News editorial A Suspicious Silence)
“…Parliament falls short of the correct and honourable procedure expected from a mature democracy such as ours.” ?
Best joke we’ve heard all week!
No doubt the editors knew exactly what they were writing and how the tongue-in-cheek statement “honourable procedure expected from a mature democracy such as ours” would be viewed by the majority of citizens.
To the editorial writers at the Nation News…
Well done, friends.