Anguillians March Against Government Corruption And Constitutional Change Without Citizen Approval

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Dear God,

Why don’t we Bajans have what it takes to do the same?

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On Friday, July 20, 2007, hundreds of Anguillian citizens marched against government corruption, and against Constitutional Change without citizen approval.

Here in Barbados, Minister of Government Gline Clarke builds his house on expropriated land, the Prime Minister and his peers receive millions of dollars of “campaign donations” into personal bank accounts and the Barbados media is too frightened to say anything.

Here in Barbados, the government changed our constitution with a couple of days’ notice (on a weekend no less) and zero public debate. (See BFP’s Barbados Dictatorship To Change Constitution With Zero Notice, No Public Debate, No Public Release Of Proposed Changes)

We Bajans don’t march or shout “I accuse” at the faces of the nouveau riche as they drive their Lexus and BMW autos to Parliament – but the concerned citizens of Anguilla have had enough.

Read about their march at Corruption Free Anguilla blog (also link by clicking any photo)

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6 responses to “Anguillians March Against Government Corruption And Constitutional Change Without Citizen Approval

  1. It is frightening to realise that our politicians (of both major parties) disregard the basic rules of constitutional law (even if it is to cover up their oversights and incompetence).

    They better realise in a hurry that by setting such an example they are encouraging the public at large to treat law and order with disdain.

    Once the fabric of society becomes shredded, anarchy steps in. Wealthy enclaves employ armed guards to protect them. The police look on, helpless.

    Our politicians must set the example of respecting proper procedure. Other wise they are promoting the breakdown of law and order.

    Our law-abiding citizenry will not march in the streets like Anguillans, unfortunately. But those who are NOT law-abiding will take matters into their own hands. Society soon mash up.

  2. jamaicangirl2007

    Wow! Strength really comes in numbers. I have to applaud the people for taking that stance. The Jamaica Labour Party is planning to change the constitution here if they win. The sad part is that to actively particpate in such a process, the citizens at large would have to be able to understand what this would mean for them. Most Jamaicans have a very laid back attitude to local politics and so it would be easy to effect change. There may be a a few loud voices (like mine), but people like me are in the minority and so we would be drowned out. I think I need to start reading up on other islands and bring ideas to my blog. If it weren’t for BFP I would be totally out of tune with what’s happeing in the wider Caribbean!

  3. jamaicangirl2007

    One correction…I should have said that:

    Most Jamaicans have a very laid back attitude to local politics and so it would be easy to effect change without too much noise…after all if you don’t FULLY understand what is happening around you then it is easy for those in charge to capitalise on that and make changes.

  4. Paradox

    No political leader has seen fit to lead by example because he is aware no Bajan would dare march and show his face like the Anguillians have.
    BFP please,
    You know there is a climate of fear in this country. People are genuinely fearful for their lives, their families, their livelihood. They fear being marked as ‘anti-what government in power’,even by some neighbours.
    I do agree whole-heartedly with the comments above.
    Politicians believe they are above the law; it doesn’t matter what they do, no one should question them and the Press seems to believe this.
    I believe if some one is in politics, he should be whiter than white.He is in the public’s eye and should be subjected to criticism. If one ‘shread’ of doubt is raised, he should be willing to be investigated and findings published. If he has been found to have broken the law, he should be delt with in the same manner as any other citizen.”That will be the day!”
    I applaud the Anguillians for taking such a stance.There will be a better ‘tomorrow’.

  5. crossroads

    Lets March, come on BFP organise and we will follow. Set time and place and send out mass email/message. Maybe, just maybe a lot of bajans will turn up. peacefully of course.

  6. march?

    Crossroads says “Lets March”
    ———————————————————–
    make sure rain is not forecast, the sun is not too hot and there is a break for lunch (which is being provided free)
    OR
    call out the Trinis

    Complacency is our downfall.