Barbados Will Never See Freedom Of Information Laws Under The Current Government – And We Have The Same Doubts About Thompson’s DLP Too
The Government of the Cayman Islands has passed a Freedom of Information law that enshrines the public’s right to access most government records – including the records of government owned companies.
The leaders of both major Barbados political parties would be well advised to read the words of Cayman Islands Government Minister Kurt Tibbetts – because they represent exactly the type of transparency that Bajans want – especially every time we see the lavish lifestyles of many, even most, of our current government members…
“As a result of public input, greater emphasis has been placed on the general principles of maximum disclosure and releasing information in the public interest. These principles provide the foundation on which Government can begin building a new culture of openness,” Tibbetts said and added. “For example the scope of the bill ensures that Government ministries, portfolios, and statutory authorities are all defined as public authorities and even Cabinet is not excluded from a Freedom Of Information request.”
… read the entire story about the Cayman Island’s new Freedom of Information legislation at Caribbean Net News (link here)
Let’s Start By Making Demands – Not By Crawling To The Massa Begging For Something That Is Rightfully Ours!
Our friends at Notes From The Margin first picked up on the Cayman Islands story earlier in the week, however we are rather surprised by the luke-warm-gruel-in-the-mouth position taken by NFTM. It sounds like something right out of a Nation News “Excuse me for mentioning this, don’t want to bother you oh Great One” editorial…
“We in the Margin support (Freedom of Information legislation) on general principles and we also would ask both parties in Barbados to implement such a law. I believe this has been a regular feature of political manifestos on both sides of the house however it does seem to be one of those items (like a second TV station) that falls between the cracks.”
Excuse Me? Freedom Of Information Laws Are At The Same Level As A Second TV Station? What Are You Smoking?
Citizens’ ability to access their government information is a foundation of democracy. Without this right of access enshrined in law, citizens are unable to effectively hold their elected and appointed government officials accountable.
Politicians and governments know this.
That is why the current Barbados government and all past governments have chosen to not pass such legislation.
Oh sure – they talk about it, muse about it, discuss it like they really are thinking about it… but actually do it? Never.
It is time for Barbadians to get up off their knees. The government works for us. It is OUR information. OUR property. OUR money that they spend without any accountability at all.
Get up off your knees and demand what is yours.