What Is Good Government?

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Good Governance

To whom it may concern.. an it should concern you , did you know?

Good governance adopts policy and practice that promote the interests of the governed. Politicians are elected and officials appointed to advance stability, prosperity and dignity. They operate judiciously, accountably, responsibly and in a transparent manner, and use community resources optimally for the common wealth.

Good governance has realistic, audited programs to combat corruption, and does not send good money after bad.

Corruption in officials is bad on so many levels. It connotes decay, immorality, or impairment of integrity or virtue. It denotes the abuse of power to gain personal advantage in the form of financial or other material resources or in reciprocal favours. The culprits exploit their office to win advantages (to which they are not entitled). They are not up to the tasks of good government, but seek office to milk the system. Given the opportunity and the ease of concealment, the temptation is rife in societies inured to it. Beyond a criminal law which detects it and orders restitution, we need a fearless press, a vigilant democracy and savvy electorate.

Now if we cant get or expect this from the BLP and the DLP, then who or by what means are we going get Barbados back on the right track? If not for us then at the very least for the next Generation. All Bajans deserve to have a good standard of life.


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11 responses to “What Is Good Government?

  1. centipede

    Very well phrased. In a free enterprise system where the individual can choose to sit and do nothing OR get up and try their hand and hopefully reap some reward… those who ‘succeed’ should be applauded IF they did it by the rules of fair play and not through skullduggery.

    I notice that, whereas in the past, the various societal ills were usually attributed to the ‘white people’ and ‘our Colonial masters’ – nowadays, with few whites to blame and no Colonial masters -no one wants to tell it like it is and talk openly about the indiscipline, croneyism and nepotism so riff in the majority population.

    Yes, the politicians are highly visible so the focus is on them but ‘teefin, immorality, corruption etc is all through the society, even in the churches.

    So what is the answer? We all know what the solution is however does anyone see a savior on the horizon?

  2. theNickster

    There are systems that are put in place to keep the reigns of power in check, its called the constitution. Though not easy to change (as well as it should be), can be changed by governments it is when the people are distracted that these changes are allowed to go through. We need to look long and hard at what it legal and what is not.

  3. more

    Well worth reading.

    The solution to our problem will take sacrifice, determination and perseverance.
    “Perseverance seldom fails”! There are those who have persevered already, it is time for new energy.

    Still have not seen the savior on the horizon yet but that does not mean it isn’t there.

  4. AaaahhhBoy!

    The Bible warned that the love of money (not money itself!) the LOVE OF Money was the root of all Evil.
    What we’re seeing is the love of money to the point of an addiction.

    Rich people play Numbers games with their statements of account, moving the balance figure from four figures, to five figures, to see if we can make the million/billion/trillion by year end, then it’s on to six figures by next Easter and maybe even seven figures.
    dare we hope for eight figures by the end of the decade?

    (You wun’t understand, you too poor, and still down-in three figures)

    The Love of Money is the problem.
    Like the illegal trade in anything, drop the money out of it and away shrivels the problem.
    The problem is THE MONEY! – that most addictive of all substances.

    Made by humans, it’s a store-of-value system that some people get to be very very good at,
    and mere shits like me and you can barely spin a dime in this black-hole economy (coz we righteous and en thiefin) but there are those like Nichols bannister and O$A who are absolute Past-masters at The Accumulation Game!

    NINE FIGURES and we’re off to the balmy South of France or wherever it is ‘on the cards’ for the ultimate hideaway, once de concrete start showing fer real, on the floor of de Central Bank!

  5. ABC123

    Nickster says “There are systems that are put in place to keep the reigns of power in check, its called the constitution.
    Though not easy to change (as well as it should be), can be changed by governments it is when the people are distracted that these changes are allowed to go through.
    We need to look long and hard at what it legal and what is not.”
    – and this is all very well and good and theoretical, as long as the system is adhered to and respected by men of valour, but dem days done.

    Dis be African Despot Politrix now.
    Systems en saying a PANG!
    Systems getting used and abused.

    Some kind of revolution may be necessary to break this cycle…and I hope not violent revolution, but rather an information revolution as in BFP’s second edition, soon due out, and available in the van stand, in any ZR van, at work, anyting soah!

  6. theNickster




    11. Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual.

    12. Protection of right to life.

    13. Protection of right to personal liberty.

    14. Protection from slavery and forced labour.

    15. Protection from inhuman treatment.

    16. Protection from deprivation of property.

    17. Protection against arbitrary search or entry.

    18. Provisions to secure protection of law.

    19. Protection of freedom of conscience.

    20. Protection of freedom of expression.

    21. Protection of freedom of assembly and association.

    22. Protection of freedom of movement.

    23. Protection from discrimination on grounds of race, etc.

    24. Enforcement of protective provisions.

    25. Time of emergency.

    26. Saving of existing law.

    27. Interpretation.

  7. theNickster

    Was looking through this, correct me if i am wrong but I’m not seeing national insurance anywhere in the constitution. What the heck am I paying exactly?

  8. theNickster

    I,(Owen Arthur I assume), being appointed Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, do swear that I will do the best of my judgment, at all times when so required, freely give my counsel and advice to the Governor General (or any other person for the time being lawfully performing the functions of that office) for the good management of the public affairs of Barbados, and I do further swear that I will not on any account, at any time whatsoever, disclose the counsel, advice, opinion or vote of any particular Minister or Parliamentary Secretary and that I will not, except with the authority of the Cabinet and to such extent as may be required for the good management of the affairs of Barbados, directly or indirectly reveal the business or proceedings of the Cabinet or the nature or contents of any documents communicated to me as Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary or any matter coming to my knowledge in my capacity as such and that in all things I will be a true and faithful Prime Minister/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary, so Help me God.

    read it again, seriously.

    No wonder we cannot get any information from that place, why do you think owen does what he wants and tells no one but those in the circle, its because he CAN!!!

  9. Yardbroom

    Asked: So what is the answer?
    The answer is “us” Centipede, until we as a people refuse to succumb to the esay choices of dishonesty, vulgarity, neopotism, and the so called wink and a nod, the culture being carefully nurtured by “some” politicians will continue unabated.

    The major problem in Barbados is “money,” there are people who will sell their mother for a few dollars, their naked greed is like an unquenched thirst. They are never satisfied, there are people here, who despite all their money are of less worth than a “field hand,” alast because there are some things money cannot buy, and will never be able to.

  10. centipede has put into words what I have been seeing and thinking for years.
    A breath of fresh air.

  11. It must be crystal clear to many Barbadians that no existing international theories on goverment and governance, comparative government and politics, political sociology and psychology and on any comparative studies involving the latter, anywhere, can reasonably be said to sufficiently appropriated and advanced without full and modern theorizations and scientific analyses on the great and unprecedented growth and development that can come to Barbados and any other states of the Caricom sub-region, with the Abolition of TAXATION, INTEREST RATES, REPAYABLE INSTITUTIONAL LOANS SYSTEMS, and the reform of HIRE PURCHASE in Barbados and elsewhere in this sub-region. Too, such must be seen by many Barbadians as being among the progressive philosophies and policies mooted by the People Democratic Congress and others in this country and elsewhere.

    Very truly, the time has come to usher in a new era of political science, empirical politics, behavioural politics, and real/practical politics in the English-speaking Caribbean and, if so, beyond this plane. Moreover, such a modernizing movement and dynamic must seek to push the political sociological and psychological envelope further than Westminster politics, liberal democratic politics, pluralist politics, democratic socialism, political Marxism, structural functional politics, black power and other “anti-systemic” politics have, for all intents and purposes, helped done for this region. Surely, it is not enough to deal with good governance, the rule of law, human rights, accountable and responsible government, constitutionalities alone, etc. esp. when practical political and other solutions are needed to resolve for the unending political, social and other problems of a very oppressed and suppressed masses and middle classes in Barbados and the wider English speaking region.