UPDATED: DLP’s National Campaign Manager Lays Out The Issues – Doesn’t Mention Integrity Legislation, Conflicts of Interest, Government Corruption

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Updated: Jan 1, 2008 – scroll to bottom for update.

We Told You So!

The DLP Piggies Can’t Wait To Get Their Hands On The Public Chequebook

Branford Taitt, former Cabinet Minister and now the DLP’s National Campaign Manager lays out the campaign issues and strategies for the Nation News and doesn’t breathe a word about corruption, conflicts of interest or integrity legislation. (Nation News Bajans Calling For Change)

Nope… those items simply aren’t on the DLP’s agenda in a major way.

Mr. Taitt makes it quite clear that the DLP hopes to win the election simply on the public’s desire to see a change. What the DLP and Taitt obviously don’t understand is why the public wants a change: they have had it with the big-spending corruption of the BLP government.

I guess Taitt and his party forgot some of the corruption issues he addressed in an interview back in February when the former Cabinet Minister told of how Government officials and insiders form companies on the side and then award government contracts to their own companies. (See BFP’s Former DLP Cabinet Minister Branford Taitt: Ministry People Are Directors Of Companies Receiving Government Contracts)

The DLP could have declared years ago that they would institute laws to prohibit this type of insider abuse that has characterized the BLP government. The DLP could have prepared legislation two years ago and had it all ready to go in the event they form the next government. The DLP could have embraced integrity in a big way for years – not as a throw away promise in the final days of the campaign.

But nope – the piggies in the DLP want their share of the public trough so they are not about to make any laws that would hinder their efforts.

Friends, Mr. Taitt’s interview again proves that there is not a lick of difference between the BLP and the DLP. Just different versions of the same old same old.

Yup… if the DLP win, prepare to sing that old song from The Who, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Won’t get fooled again.”

Updated Jan 1, 2008

We received this email from the Communications Director of the DLP, Reudon A. Eversley…

Hello BFP folks

Just to notify you that the post under the name DLP Campaign Communications is genuine. I am the Communications Director with the DLP campaign and if you have any queries about any aspect of the DLP’s programmes and policies, please send me an email and I will endeavour to provide with an answer in as timely a manner as possible.

Let me assure you that the DLP is committed to openness and is serious about effecting meaningful change. If it weren’t, I would not have accepted this assignment.

With every best wish for the new year.


Reudon A. Eversley, M.J (Carleton), Dip. Th., J.P.
Journalist/Media & Communication Consultant
Motto: “Possunt quia posse videntur”  

BFP Replies…

Happy New Year to you too, Reudon!

Yup, we do have a request. Please forward to us or post on the DLP website the exact wording and all details of any intended DLP integrity legislation, conflict of interest laws, campaign financing laws, freedom of information legislation etc….

And tell us when such legislation will be placed before Parliament should the DLP form the next government.

Thanks!

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90 responses to “UPDATED: DLP’s National Campaign Manager Lays Out The Issues – Doesn’t Mention Integrity Legislation, Conflicts of Interest, Government Corruption

  1. centipede

    Shades of St Joseph Hospital….

  2. reality check

    it appears the old political sows and hogs have control of the DLP—no scruples whatsoever!

    Barbadians who continue to sit at the sidelines have nowhere to look but in front of a mirror

  3. rebranded

    BFP…

    How does one short interview in the Press that you love to criticize prove anything? You are flying off the handle with this criticism based on one interview and acting like one of my immature children. They love to say, \”you daddy promised, and you went to town and didn\’t…\” but children have no patience and little understanding. Surely BFP if you expect us to continue to take your efforts seriously, you must be more mature in your criticism.

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    BFP Comments,

    Nice try rebranded. When the National Campaign Manager lays out the big picture and fails to mention integrity issues, it means that those issues are not on his radar. ie: they are not important to the party.

    Furthermore, we have been told for the past year or so by DLP supporters “you just wait… integrity, conflict of interest and freedom of information are going to be big on the agenda. Just wait for the election”. You see, it is not this “one interview” upon which we form our opinion – it is upon two years of the DLP failing to embrace integrity as a major policy.

    Our point has steadfastly been that the DLP see integrity issues as a throwaway promise for election time, not as a fundamental change in party platform. We have been proven correct and now with only a few weeks left to go Thompson will trot out yet another promise.

    Now you, a big DLP supporter, call us “children” for pointing out this glaring fault in the DLP’s campaign.

    Thompson has misread the street. People may hold their noses and vote DLP just to get rid of the entrenched corruption of the BLP government, but in the main the DLP has totally failed to differentiate themselves from the governing party. Most of us at the Barbados Free Press believe that the failure of the DLP to offer a real change in the business of politics will cost them the election.

    You may disagree with our analysis, but calling us “children” instead of addressing the issues is the old-style politics that Bajans now hate.

    In short, the DLP and Thompson lost this campaign before the election was even called.

  4. Floyd

    I would be surprised if Branford is that aware of DLP policies.

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    BFP Comments…

    If you are saying that the National Campaign Manager of the DLP, who is a former Cabinet Minister, is unaware of the DLP’s policies…. then the DLP is worse off then we thought!

  5. reality check

    rebranded?

    well 15 days before an election and no one knows what the new brand is?

    maybe you better fire your head of marketing because somone is incredibly incompetent.

  6. Hard Driver

    I’ m afraid BFP is absolutely right …. its a case of better the devil you know then the devil you don’t know ….
    Unless the DLP make it abundantly clear that its not going to be business as usual, then they have lost the elections …. such a pity !!!

  7. DLP Campaign Communications

    For the record, DLP president and political leader, David Thompson, spoke about such issues at a press conference dealing with public sector reform in St Michael East last Saturday.

    He spoke about Integrity legislation, and a Freedom of Information Act which is already drafted among other measures to attack corruption and improve governance in Barbados.

    The fact that the media do not report an issue does not mean it is not on the party’s agenda. Sometimes less than half of what is said at a news conference makes the news.

    David Thompson is serious when he speaks about good governance and you will see the results when the DLP is elected as the next Government of Barbados.

  8. Anonymous

    So your suggestion to the people of Barbados is to abstain from voting for either party? Ass.

  9. Anonymous
    January 1, 2008 at 1:34 am
    So your suggestion to the people of Barbados is to abstain from voting for either party? Ass.
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    Good question Anon, i wonder what it is that BFP is suggesting at this late stage?

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    BFP Comments

    Hi Adrian, (and anonymous, we’ll see who the ass is if the DLP “integrity legislation” turns out to be some watered down pablum.)

    Don’t shoot the messenger! (or do so if you like, we don’t care.)

    Had Thompson and the DLP been hammering away at integrity issues for the past year AND implemented integrity and conflict of interest standards for their own party during that time, there would have been great excitement on the part of uncommitted voters that the DLP was offering real change – not just a change of a new bunch of piggies.

    As it is, the DLP will have only a couple of weeks to prove that they mean business with integrity issues – and that may not be enough time to swing enough voters over to the DLP.

    All this integrity talk by Thompson is way too late, and is still only talk. With 14 only days left we still don’t see anything in writing or even the fulfillment of the promise that DLP candidates will declare their assets.

    So go ahead and vote for the DLP. Maybe they will win, or maybe they won’t… but whatever the outcome they could have done much better had they embraced integrity issues as a foundational plank of their party rather than as a late election gimmick.

  10. reality check

    or you can do what the DLP operatives want

    hold your nose and vote for what you hope is the lesser of two evils

    What an incredibly great choice for barbadians!!!

  11. frankology

    He spoke about Integrity legislation, and a Freedom of Information Act which is already drafted among other measures to attack corruption and improve governance in Barbados.
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    He did confirm that all candidates must declare financial worth when elections are called. Elections have been called, Nominations have been presented, yet no candidate especially David find it necessary to prove to the electorate that they are interest in Integrity Legislation. That is the first mistake and the elections have not be won.

  12. frankology

    I made this observation in an earlier blog relating to Integrity Legislation where I see politicians from the political divide would have problems declaring assets. Let’s look at declaration in a Barbadian context. This is just an assumption so please do not manipulate simple language for partisan gain. John Jacobs enters the political fray for the Dees, his wife knows that he work at a financial institution and gets $4,000.00 per month with a $1,000.00 allowance. He already has a car and is renting a house. He never told his wife that his father willed him $40,000.00 and secretly borrowed money and build two 3-bedroom apartments and rent them for $2,500.00 per month, With the rental he purchase shares in BS&T and BL&P and receives dividends to the tune of $2,000.00 per year; he also purchased five taxis that are operating at the airport. Now, Mr. Jacobs is now hearing that he have to declare assets for the world to see and his secret financial position is now known to his wife, family and friends. Tell me, which politician will be interested in declaring his/her assets.

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    BFP Comments…

    Not to mention those offshore bank accounts and assets!

  13. BFP Comments

    Hi Adrian, (and anonymous, we’ll see who the ass is if the DLP “integrity legislation” turns out to be some watered down pablum.)

    Don’t shoot the messenger! (or do so if you like, we don’t care.)

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    BFP the battle with corrupt government doesn’t end with a dlp government elect. It continues, I am not suggesting that i believe anything Thompson says for he is still a member of the political class. The difference between your approach and mind is that i have a clear process to reach our goal while you don’t. A dlp win in the next election would send a signal to the BLP that they cannot ignore, and one to the DLP that if they choose to so ignore, can only do so for 5 years, after which we would treat to them the same as the BLP. From there on we would recycle them until they realize that what the people think and want matters. So my wish for a DLP win in the next election is not as a result of my believing their comments thus far on integrity, for it it is for them and their chances for a second term to believe their own rhetoric and put it into legistlation as their survivability will depend on it.
    Remember as a citizen of voting age you are the real real opposition. I will always be oppose to the governing party always.

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    BFP Comments

    Hi Adrian,

    I’m afraid that Barbados has tried your process quite a few times and it doesn’t work…. your process being to replace one group with another while not changing the flawed rules (no rules) that our governments operate under. Then in a few years, change back to another group.

    That’s what we as a country have been doing and it doesn’t work.

    We have a process in mind that began with this blog two years ago. We intend to change the consciousness of our nation so that the average citizen views corruption and corrupt government officials with revulsion instead of the “what can you do?” attitude that infects our population at this moment.

    And we are seeing some fruits of our labours. Prior to BFP, no one even mentioned the words “integrity legislation” or “conflicts of interest” or “freedom of information”. Now even if the politicians are paying only lip service to the issue, they and citizens are at least talking about it.

    That is step one… getting people talking about integrity and conflicts of interest. We have a long way to go, but so far, so good.

    Step two: Shame and vilify unethical Barbados politicians through exposing their actions to the nation and to the world. Believe us when we say that the next Transparency International rating will be a kick in the teeth to the Owen Arthur administration. You can say that politicians don’t care about what the rest of the world thinks, but that is not true.

    Step three: Shame and vilify the cowardly Barbados media into doing their public duty.

    Step four: Pick the most corrupt government politician and find an independent candidate to run against that politician. Throw everything that we integrity reformers can into the fight. We won’t win, but it will show the established parties that integrity is an issue that people will vote for.

    Spoiler candidates and parties have achieved great things in causing the established parties to get on board with whatever issue is important.

    You and many others just want to throw the DLP into power to clean out the BLP… and the shame of it is that Thompson and the DLP are counting on getting a free ride from voters to get them into office.

    The DLP has been horribly ineffective in Opposition – so much so that the public can’t see any difference between the two major parties.

    Barbados voters truly are faced with choosing the lesser of two evils.

    We’re here to remind all that without effective integrity legislation – introduced immediately – Barbados will continue its downward spiral no matter who is Prime Minister.

  14. frankology

    Just was skimming through past blogs and I came across a post by my buddy Jerome confirming the DLP’s position with the timing of Integrity Legislation. Enjoy reading
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    Jerome Hinds
    October 29, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    The DLP position has always been and will remain on this issue…..that such declaration of Assets legislation will be adopted .

    First, by the DLP candidates once they have all been duly nominated to contest the elections for the various constituencies.

    No elections have been called as yet……so it is Owen Arthur who HOLDING up the DLP on this on !

    Secondly, within 6 – 12 months of been in office the DLP will implement major Integrity Legislation after wide consultation with all stakeholders.

    I believe that those calling for the adoption of such legislation are aware that Integrity Legislation INVOLVES both Private & public sector individuals .

    For example, our Governor of the Central Bank, Head of our Security Exchange etc must be included in any aspect of our Integrity Legislation rules . The same extends to our judiciary and Head of Private Sector agencies.

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    BFP Replies…

    Yawn.

    Does Jerome speak officially for the party? Once again we point out that the DLP could have implemented this two years ago. It is not rocket science and many jurisdictions have such legislation in place. No need to wait a year for it IF they were serious about it… which they aren’t.

  15. Yardbroom

    In making an assessment of a situation, one first considers, where we are now. The next consideration is where we want to be, and then how do we get there.

    I have no problem with Integrity Legislation, it is preferable and much so in Barbados.

    Unfortunately we have a culture, which has been embedded over time, and it will only change over time – the person who walks into a bank has a word with someone and is served first, others wait, in a Government office a word is said to someone, perhaps a friend they are served, others have to wait, in Official departments some wait in line others walk in and are served, this should not happen, but it does, because people do not see anything wrong with that kind of behaviour, the sad fact is there is no magic bullet- what is required is a culture change.

    Some say don’t vote for the DLP, unless they promise Integrity Legislation, and then go on to say, get independent candidates to oppose the two main political parties.

    Independent candidates will only do well in Barbados if they have charisma, and are well known, perhaps have fallen out with one of the main parties. They bring support from their previous party, and with popular support they are liable to be elected for a term.

    Barbados politics is about culture, history and race, one could wish it were not so – but so it is.

    This does not mean we should not try to change it, but to give the impression that it is Integrity Legislation, or we have alternative parliamentary candidates to fight the main parties, is playing with words.

    Finance and the corruption that goes with it – in this case – are wrong, but it is the lack of morality which underpins, that needs addressing, simple Laws never do that.

    The people of Barbados need a relief from the “big rock” on their heads. What I want to happen, is not as important as that, however convinced I am that I am right.

    Now is not the time for a little exercise in semantics, too much is at stake.

    The fact remains on Jan 15th 2008, you will either return the BLP, or vote for a change under DLP, you might not like what is on offer – but that is the reality. I will not beat about the bush.

    The people of Barbados will make the decision, and they will have to live with the consequences of it-simple.

    No political Party – worth its salt – will allow a blog however esteemed to dictate its policy. I have the greatest respect for BFP and the contribution it has made to Barbados politics, however the Democratic Labour Party must only promise the people of Barbados what they as “one” can deliver.

    If on a point of principle, they stand I salute them, you must only promise what you can deliver – perhaps change is really coming at last.

  16. Rumplestilskin

    I agree with Yardbroom on this.

    It is first steps that need to be assessed and the first step is whether the current administration is listening. It has shown that it is not only refusing to listen but is outright belligerent towards criticism.

    The second step is to seek and replace these persons with an alternative and this alternative at this time is the DLP.

    These are without doubts the first steps.

  17. Floyd

    I would wait for the manifesto before I make such strong comments.

    Let us see the policy proposals.

  18. Bush tea

    Excellent analysis and conclusion Yardbroom. I concur 100%.

    BFP would do well to study your submission and reassess their dogmatic stand on this issue of Integrity Legislation.

    I am particularly supportive of your point that the issue is one of culture and MORALS more so than legislation…..we have election laws – so what? we have laws governing the use of search warrants – so what? etc.

    If we want to judge morals then as Jesus said -let us judge by the FRUIT. A person with a warped sexual life is far more likely to have weaknesses in other areas of honesty etc than another person with a solid, committed family life.

    BFP, you have come to be highly respected and valued in Barbados. Maybe in this instance you should reconsider the ‘ My way or the highway’ approach.

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    BFP Comments

    If the DLP does not win, it is because they are perceived as just another bunch of piggies. That’s our analysis – but not our fault. It will be the fault of the DLP’s leadership.

    If the DLP loses, perhaps they will reconsider their “my way or the highway” approach to integrity legislation.

  19. Roy Boy

    BFP- what is your agenda? To elect a government of your choosing that adheres to your 10 commandments? I doubt that at this stage that you can get your wish.

    I must tip my hat to Arthur calling a snap election. It provides little opportunity for all of the key issues to be fully ventilated and allow blogs like yours to be distracted by focussing on the wrong issue.

    It is time that you took a clear position on the election or deal with other non-related issues. The reason I am saying this is that at this point you appear to be happy to return the BLP to Government despite of all of your previous exposés on the level of apparent mismanagement of tax payers’ funds.

    Did you not hear Arthur on VOB thanking the DLP for walking out of parliament and stating that they got 6 weeks work done (no opposition) in the 2 sessions? That is more worrying to me than integrity legislation – remember this is the same party that sought to SUSPEND our constitution for political gain – so they can SUSPEND integrity legislation.

    As one “small black man” simply stated yesterday – no party should be in government for more than 2 terms.

    If you truly believe that the two leading parties are fundamentally the same then it is important to let the people know that the only way to achieve some level of control over them is to rotate them until a better option (certainly not Dictatorship – no matter how benevolent it may appear) comes along.
    Perhaps you have another perspective?

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    BFP Comments,

    So your solution is to change the thieves every so often without changing the corrupt system.

    The DLP contemptuously thought that the Barbados Free Press would have to support them – just as they are hoping for victory by merely showing up.

    “Time for Change… we’re the only ones so you have to vote for us” That’s quite a campaign slogan.

    You blame Arthur for a “snap election” to limit the discussion? Garbage… Thompson and the DLP have had TWO YEARS to put out their message and to communicate that they are significantly different than the BLP. They have not done so.

    The DLP has been horrendously ineffective in Opposition. Now they make johnny-come-lately promises and expect us to trust them AGAIN about integrity legislation. You are forgetting that the DLP and the BLP have both been promising integrity legislation for 30 years.

    Why should we believe them now? They haven’t even done what they said they would with the disclosure of candidates’ assets.

    TIME FOR A CHANGE. Time for a 3rd party. Time for independent candidates.

  20. Bush tea

    My other comment on this subject is that Barbadians have the political choices that they deserve.
    What BFP is calling for is a high level of governance at the political level, however we accept mediocrity in our own personal lives; we lack integrity nationally from the very top to the very bottom of society and we somehow expect that angels will emerge as political candidates?

    In your case BFP, why did you not include in your objectives for the blog, a process to identify, promote and maintain a cadre of political candidates that meet your high standards? (answer – because you would have to import them…)

    We all sit back and accept all kinds of societal immorality, bribery, criminality etc BY OUR INACTIONS, and then somehow expect that the country will produce leaders of international standards?

    Admittedly, you at BFP and BU have done more to address this problem than any other institution in the last 50 years. However I want you to call for NATIONAL MORALITY AND INTEGRITY reviews- rather than pick just on the politicians.

    …A people ALWAYS get exactly what they deserve….

  21. Floyd

    Its time we started to debunk the Owen Arthur leadership and superb economic management myth. A careful analysis of the data will show that economic growth in Barbados has not been above the Caribbean average over the last 13 years.

    Over the period 1991 to 1999 the average growth in GDP was 3.1% while the average for Barbados was 2.1%. The best year for Barbados under Owen was 1997 with 4.8% growth. In that year the average for the region was 4.1%. These levels of growth were largely driven by a favourable international environment. Since the environment has turned sour since late 2000 growth has barely touched 3% despite massive projects live the world cup.

    Mottley makes a lot of how well Barbados has done despite increases in oil prices. Someone should point out to her so has every economy in the region.

    Barbados’ high standing in the Human Development Index is largely driven by the social sector. I submit that this was in place long before Owen, and in fact the quality of all these services have declined under his administration.

    In almost every year since 1994 growth has been led by the non-traded sectors and the current account has been in deficit. The fiscal deficit has also grown significantly over this period.

    The main achievement has been the low unemployment rate. This is partly explained by an ongoing construction boom and real estate speculation, decline in the workforce, an increase in low skilled jobs service jobs (working poor) and self employed persons.

    Where is the exceptional economic management?

  22. Anonymous

    Jack and he jacket

    The BLP did well for a couple of terms. The growth and management were there. But now we are running up debt while we are making untendered contracts and wasting, even stealing, the tax dollars. The poor taxpayers will still have to pay this back.

    So what is required is to protect the taxpayer from the huge future tax burden that B is creating for us. Why are we running up needless debt and making offshore payments when these were the best years to run the surplus? You think condos going build till eternity?

    When the going gets tough then the offshore accounts will be happy while the rest of we live in misery. And it coming.

  23. John

    Fred

    The simplest way to examine Owen Arthur’s claim to be an Economist Extraordinaire is to examine the planks of the economy one by one and assess his performance in each separately.

    The formal sectors are :

    Agriculture
    Manufacturing
    Tourism
    Services

    The informal sectors are:

    Money Laundering
    Drugs
    Gambling

    etc.

    See what you come up with when you take each sector and examine it. Difficult to know if to put construction into the formal or informal sector what with the 3S developments. In any case, I reckon it is a dead end activity in a country such as ours with such limited resources.

  24. John

    Even George Bush is into this transparency thing!!

    He updated the Freedom of Information act in the US to address the fears of secrecy which arose in the post 911 society. Perhaps our parties could tell us exactly when we can expect a Freedom of Information Act!!

    Headlines are : Bush signs bill to expand transparency
    Move aimed at giving public and media greater access to information

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22456870/

  25. doanbenddown

    Today i look in my paper to see this…
    http://www.nationnews.com/story/290657716539410.php

    What the hell? This is news? The journalist at the nationnews are garbage. Nothing else just garbage. Nothing about anything that matters but they come and post this BS for big hardback people to read?

    The how bunch of them need to be axed!!! This is not journalism…this is Jackassism. Nation News reporters are Jackasses. Dumb Jackasses. In need of an education.

    Stop taking up space … do us all a favor and resign.

  26. Sargeant

    OK BFP we get the point, no need to beat us over the head with a stick….. the election of the DLP over the BLP will not amount to any discernable change for us. Does that mean that BFP intends to support the BLP this election?

    Happy and healthy new year to all

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    BFP Comments

    Hello Sargeant,

    No, it doesn’t mean we are supporting the BLP. It just means that like so many other folks we will not be supporting the DLP with either our words or our dollars. If we vote DLP it will be as we hold our nose.

    It didn’t have to be this way.

  27. Floyd

    the good period you referred to was common across the region and the world. It coincided with the longest peacetime economic expansion in US history under Bill Clinton. Owen’s defenders are now trying to blame all the problems on external factors, but they were quite keen to credit him when external factors were favourable.

    It is easy to look like a top bats on a flat wicket. You are supposed to show your skills when the wicket starts doing something. What has been Owen’s response prime the pump with government spending, maintain the illusion of wealth and face the bill later down the road.

    How has the Barbados economy been fundamentally transformed under this so called economic genius?

    How can we call this govt a success when young professionals cannot aspire to owning a home?

  28. Floyd

    Anonymous, the government is directly responsible for the management of public services.

    Under this super manager how would you rate the management of public services in this country?

    How has the cost and ease of doing business been transformed in barbados?

  29. Wishing in Vain

    NEW YEAR’S DAY MESSAGE TO THE NATION
    BY
    HON DAVID THOMPSONPOLITICAL LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC LABOUR PARTY
    31ST DECEMBER 2007

    Fellow Barbadians at home and abroad……citizens…..long-term residents and visitors to Barbados…. Friends all……

    I sincerely hope that you had a quiet and enjoyable Christmas. Christmas is a time for us to withdraw from the tumultuous affairs of the world, to put aside our cares, to join family, loved ones and friends to eat, drink, share gifts and be merry. It is supposed to be a time of peace, that enables us to relax, reflect and recharge our batteries.

    My friends, the people of Barbados deserved a happy and peaceful Christmas, because 2007 has been an extremely trying year for all those who live here. You will recall the tragedies that befell many unfortunate citizens ranging from the horrific accidents which took place at Jose River and Mullins Bay to the dreadful cave-in at Britons Hill. Then there was the frightening earth tremor that took place on 29th November. These incidents will forever remain etched in our consciousness because of the relatively large number of deaths and the circumstances in which ordinary people lost their lives. Any one of us could have been caught up in these tragedies. I extend my deepest and continuing sympathy for those who lost loved one’s in these catastrophes.

    However, I shall never forget that day when the earth beneath us moved. It felt like the Rock of Barbados was breaking up. It made me think of the erosion of the fundamental values of Barbados, which have been undermined during the past 14 years. It made me think of the way Barbadians in large numbers were turning away from a value system based on:

    Respect for life itself
    The love of family and community
    Respect for our elders
    The love of children
    Respect for the law
    Honesty
    Hard work
    Responsibility
    These are the values that helped us to transform Barbados from a backward poverty-stricken colonial outpost into a society that is on the brink of acquiring First World status.

    That shaking of our beloved Rock made me think of the pace at which this nation was turning to a new value system based on:

    What is convenient
    What is pleasurable
    What is profitable
    These values and the associated lifestyles have been cultivated at the top by our political rulers and have been seeping down into the nooks and crannies of this country.

    Naturally many people have been asking: “Why did these things happen in Barbados?” Others have gone further to speculate and to suggest that these incidents were warnings that we have lost our way in Barbados and that we should return as soon as possible to the path that leads to a moral society, a just society….. the Better Barbados that the Democratic Labour Party promised the people of this country in 1966 when we achieved Independence.

    At this point I do not want to dwell on warnings or threats. What I want to do is to promise the good people of Barbados a better life if we are returned to power on 15th January. I believe that after years of struggling and suffering, Barbadians deserve a better standard of living – better goods and services, better food, better education, better health, better housing, better employment, better transport, better family life, better community life, better governance and a better quality of life.

    I promised to let you enjoy this period of rest, enjoyment and goodwill. I promised that our campaign would not be intensified until 2nd January. I will keep that promise.

    In the meantime I want you to continue to reflect on the type of Barbados you want to see. I want you to reflect on the type of Barbados you want to pass on to your children. If you want to create a Barbados that is divided against itself, that is made up of two Barbadoses, one hidden away in gated, exclusive communities and the other in sprawling, poverty-ridden and crime-ridden tenantries, vote for more of the same.

    On the other hand, if you want a Better Barbados vote for the fresh, competent, caring and committed DLP team.

    Let us start the New Year with good news on 16th January. Let 2008 be a truly Happy and Prosperous New Year for the people of Barbados.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, BARBADOS.

  30. frankology

    I am wondering why certain commenters, instead to dealing with issues, prefer to use this blog primarily to promote speeches for political parties. These same people criticize the fourth estate yet if a n article is published, we see the entire article posted on the blogs. My conclusion is these same people are PR for the particular parties. Knowing the style of the writers, I can freely state the writers. This is the said reason where I state that the blogs are subscribe by 90% – 95% of DLP party supporters, thus the attacks on people who question certain party ideologies.

  31. Floyd

    The Owen Arthur administrations boasts about the level of reserves. A careful analysis of the numbers points out the dishonesty of this argument. Yet people like Owen and Clyde are allowed to continue to posture as being so knowledgeable on economic matters.

    For example in 2006 (latest years for which full figures are available) there was again a current account deficit but reserves were boosted by capital flows.

    What was alarming was that the central report says that most of the flows were due to 452 million injection in private sector loans. The report than goes on to say that the vast majority of these were funds for private-public sector partnership and BOLT operations such as the prison at Dodds.

    So we spent more on imports than we earned on exports, but money came in to pay for projects that the government is borrowing to finance. Real real economic wizardry I say.

    The foreign exchange came in but future generations are left with that foreign currency debt to repay. The fact is our reserves are largely money we have borrowed, not money we have earned.

    Owen and team again, concerned only with hanging on to power are borrowing and spending like crazy maintaining an illusion of prosperity, but leaving the bill to be paid down the road.

    Of course if the economic activity is so heavily based on debt financed government projects then the low unemployment rate is illusory.

  32. Anonymous

    frankology,
    What is your point. This is a relatively press country. Where are the BLP SUPPORTERS? Who is stopping them from doing the same as the DLP? Where are the BLP PR folks? Don’t you have anyone else other than Ezra?

  33. Softman

    I have a simple question. What percentage of our net international reserves can be attributed to overseas borrowing?

  34. frankology

    Writers who were accusing the fourth estate for what I labeled ‘a temporary suspension’ of Peter Wickham’s articles, can now find solace that a officer in the PR machinery for the party is stll promoting the same party in the same paper. That writer is Reudon Eversley. Peter Wickham have to blame be blame himself for removing his sheep skin and exposing the wolf that we never saw displayed. It is either Peter the individual contributor or Peter the Cadres pollster. He cannot have his cake and eat it too.

  35. frankology

    I am alarmed at the BLP hierarchy lamenting to the fact of bringing legal proceedings on a particular newspaper that published a full page advertisement on behalf of the Dees. How on earth that you can attempt to libel one paper when the other newspaper published the identical advertisement? That is blaring contradiction on facts. I would appreciate both political parties think before speaking, the voters have pencils in hand; and 14 days are too short for Barbadians to forget who say what, to whom, and the occasion.

  36. frankology

    Anonymous, it is a fact that the Dees have two of the best political journalistic manipulators within their Public Relations crew. We know of Bro Eversley, and the other is Bro. Henry. Both of these experienced writers have the capability to create expressions and connect to your brain. These two are capable of encouraging people in the North Pole to purchase air-conditions. Two of them are blessed with re-creating language and colourising it that will make you wonder if you have a mind of your own. These two are patent propaganda manipulators. Both of them are still my buddies. This is the reason the world respect our literacy position. This is what you call democracy and both of you are FREE to submit your personal views on the blogs, and others like me to read between the lines and decipher, it is up to the readers to reason right from wong, truth from false, Bees from Dees, vote or not to vote, cry or celebrate after the results. But most of all to be YOU.

    Happy New Year everyone. May your fingers do the right thing on January 15 and may the best party WIN.

  37. Hants

    Happy New Year to all BFP and all DLP supporters.

    To BLP supporters I wish you a Happy New Year until January 15th. You will be temporarily unhappy after losing the Election but your happiness will return after the DLP cleans up the mess you are leaving.

    I therefore hope a return to good Governance by the DLP will make all honest Barbadians happy.

    BFP…. your singleminded desire for Integrity Legislation and Disclosure of assets of Politicians is commendable and worthy of the highest praise.

    However, it is difficult to understand how your litany of “corruption” by the BLP can be less important than the desire for a promise from the opposition.

    On this blog you have accused the Government and its ministers of Hundreds of Millions $ in “cost overruns which by implication suggest fraud”,
    Of associating with convicted criminals in the case of the former owner of VECO and persons charged before the courts in England 3S.
    You have accused the Chief Justice and the Crown prosecutor of conduct unbecoming Judical officers and you have published the court case in Canada from the Keltruth blog and the signed blank warrants in the Ronja Juman case.

    Is this not enough for you to vote the BLP out of power or do you have doubts about the accusations you have made?

    I have no reason to believe that the DLP is just another a gang of crooks and there are people in that party of great Integrity.

    You will get your Integrity Legislation in 2008 after the DLP wins this Election.

    “We Told You So!

    *********************

    BFP Comments…

    And IF we see DLP integrity legislation passed in 2008, do you think it would have happened without the impetus created by this and other Bajan blogs?

  38. Observing

    And with regards to integrity legislation I too await eagerly what the DLP will bring to the fore. I agree that a proactive move on their part will resound with the electorate.

    Nonetheless this election seems to have come down to one of who we need to get rid of, rather than who we need to elect. I submit that the failings, arrogance, inefficiencies lack of accountability etc. etc. of the BLP have rendered them as not an option for another 5 years. The DLP despite some uncertainties in the pulic’s eye re. leadership and capability are an option and as such should be given the opportunity to prove their worth. The next 14 days will tell.

    By the way, did anyone notice how quickly the BLP responded to the “small supermarket” ad in the paper, but not a whimper on the ad regarding the poor state of pulic health? Is that a final omission that our public health care is generally not up to standard?

  39. frankology

    Happy New Year to all BFP and all DLP supporters.
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    A quality statement would have been to congratulate everyone, Bees and Dees. Remember that it might be the Bees supporters that can give you the government. I am sick of partisan supporters especially during this time, who find it possible to separate people due to politics.

  40. Hants

    BFP……I absolutely agree that you have had a strong impact on politics and the media in Barbados.

    I respect your tenacity in fighting to bring Integrity Legislation to the forefront of Barbadian politics but I hope that the need to first get rid of the BLP ( who has been in power for 13 years} is more important, unless you support their reelection.

    I believed your allegations of corruption based on the proof you provided with regards to VECO and 3S and some of the documents you have shown on this blog.

    HardWood Housing is even more proof except it is more of incompetence of an “included Minister”.

    The obvious restrictions on Mainstream Media ( under threat of Lawsuits by the some BLP members) and the rhetoric emanating from RoyalRumble “Father of First World Barbados and Prime Minister for Life Owen Seymore Arthur” and from the PM himself “do everything to never see a DLP government in Barbados” is enough for me to say

    VOTE OUT THE BLP.

    Time for a DLP Government.

    A DLP will have to deal with BFP….. from day 1 and I am sure you will keep them on their toes supported by us DLP supporters who will not settle for less than Clean Government.

  41. Reudon A. Eversley

    Frankology wrote earlier: “Writers who were accusing the fourth estate for what I labeled ‘a temporary suspension’ of Peter Wickham’s articles, can now find solace that a officer in the PR machinery for the party is stll promoting the same party in the same paper. That writer is Reudon Eversley.”

    This information is most incorrect. My weekly column too has been suspended. It’s a baffling move because an election campaign should be supported, in my view, by the fullest expression of democracy via a genuine marketplace of competing and diverse ideas. The more perspectives on issues which are put forward, the better for democracy in my view.

  42. Hants

    frankology what do you not understand?

    I am wishing every Barbadian a Happy New Year except those who can be made happy by a BLP win.

    As I have said, I want the BLP supporters to start feeling happy after the DLP has had a chance to clean up the mess left behind by the current administration. Get it?

    My Politics has to partisan in the context of Barbados because the “Politics of inclusion by the present Administration” is a first step to a One Party State.

    The “Inclusion” of the Opposition Leader Mascoll should have made you sick.

    Just for the record, I have no ill will towards any BLP politician and not even a misguided operative like RoyalRumble (who has been unrelentingly partisan in his support for his party).

    This is about Politics and Democracy.
    Democracy must be maintained in Barbados by any means necessary.

    I hope there will be a change of Government and a great year for all Barbadians… period.

  43. frankology

    Hi Reudon, you should be able to allay to the fact that you, being a professional journalist, reaching the post of Managing Editor at one of our newspapers, should realise that all Barbadian fourth estates suspends all political writers during any elections. Am I right or wrong Bro Eversley?

    Remember the decisions you had to make with Barbados Labour Party operatives during your tenure?

  44. Hants

    Reudon A. Eversley… what did you expect?

    The Advocate newspaper has supported the BLP in every single Editorial.

    The Nation has a different approach. Use Ezra Alleyene in the same manner as the Advocate uses their Editor.

    Democracy..Freedom of the Press…Freedom of Expression.

    I hope you remember Mr.Eversley that BFP will publish your writings as lon as they are not too lengthy to interrupt the flow of the blog.

    BFP…..You may stand with BU as the onlt “Free” Press in Barbados.

  45. Hants

    It Is interesting that “political writers and Journalist” are suspended but Political Parties can PAY the mainstream Media to print the same messages written by these “suspended Journalists”.

    Am I right Mr.Eversley?

  46. frankology

    I am wishing every Barbadian a Happy New Year except those who can be made happy by a BLP win.
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Hants, you are trying to be ‘too smart’ and this is just day one in 2008. Playing with words after a positive statement in your submission, you sound like Owen in Dees clothing.

    Your statement “Happy New Year to all BFP and all DLP supporters.” made even before a vote is cast, since you do not know if some of the forgotten people you failed to greet might be feeling hurt and dejected. Hants, stop the excuses and come out and apologise. for the lack thereof…. a true political surporter.

  47. frankology

    It Is interesting that “political writers and Journalist” are suspended but Political Parties can PAY the mainstream Media to print the same messages written by these “suspended Journalists”.
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    The Elections and Boundaries set up the way how the fourth estate should except political advertisements, it is also the onus of the fourth estate to ensure that information within any political ad should not and must not compromise any libel laws.

    Mr Eversley cannot say different.

  48. frankology

    Another thing is ‘all political advertisements’ must carry the words “Paid advertisement by” which ever political party that is paying for the advertisement.

    Again Mr Eversley can concur.

  49. frankology
    January 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm
    Anonymous, it is a fact that the Dees have two of the best political journalistic manipulators within their Public Relations crew. We know of Bro Eversley, and the other is Bro. Henry. Both of these experienced writers have the capability to create expressions and connect to your brain. These two are capable of encouraging people in the North Pole to purchase air-conditions. Two of them are blessed with re-creating language and colourising it that will make you wonder if you have a mind of your own. ===================================

    Why you making these too black men sound like Tom Adams, and if i remember correctly that trait of Tom was celebrated by many.

  50. Hants

    frankology says….some of the forgotten people you failed to greet might be feeling hurt and dejected.”

    Say what? Bajans hurt and dejected? you got to be joking.

    “Hurt and dejected” will only come after the BLP loses the Elections.

    Frankology You can read into what I write as you see fit. That is your democratic right but this should be clear enough for you.

    I am a Barbadian.

    I am a DLP supporter.

    I want the DLP to win the next Election.

    I am a BFP and BU blog supporter as proponents of free speech and Integrity.

    I do not believe in Politics of inclusion as a political tool.

    I do not believe in “crossing the floor”.

    I would prefer to see all Journalist free to write in the Mainstream media even during Elections because Newspapers still have high readership among the population.

  51. frankology

    Why you making these too black men sound like Tom Adams, and if i remember correctly that trait of Tom was celebrated by many.
    …………………………………………………………………………………
    Well said, and these two men should be proud, That mean the PR effort is wukkin’

  52. frankology

    Hants, a commend you for your positive nature, I commend you for dealing with issues with an honest mind. But I differ on “Politics of Inclusion”, this is a fundamental right of a politician. If the constituency are against that decision, the politician will be booted during elections.
    Contributors with too far a partisan view should not be allowed to post articles. Once started, it will be hard to control and if you do not make it clear from start. We will hear the language “victimisation”

  53. The politics of inclusion was paid for with taxpayers money, it has been by it’s own lack of national results about the naked purchase of loyalty. It has allowed Owen Arthur to joke about Sleepy Smith not being bought like the others, that he volunteered to leave the DLP to be concidered for the GG position. It is has been nothing more than cornbeef and biscuits politics directed at the political class.

  54. Hants

    Frankology says….”Contributors with too far a partisan view should not be allowed to post articles. Once started, it will be hard to control and if you do not make it clear from start. We will hear the language “victimisation”.

    Wrong. Why do you want to censor people with “too far partisan articles.”

    On BFP you would have to censor the likes of RoyalRumble,Lynette, Duguid to name a few on the BLP side and some of us on the DLP side.

    I have suffered some serious attacks and insults from RoyalRumble/Sylvan G on this blog and it is his democratic right to be as partisan as he wants to be.That is just politics.

    What we need in Barbados is Democracy and freedom of the press. You cannot get more partisan than the Editor of the Advocate and Ezra Alleyne but I would never want them censored.

    I do have overtly partisan views but I will never support victimisation. period.

    I am a DLP supporter who does not want to be politically “Included”. I actually am quite content to work for a living.

    BFP….. I hope you continue to post all comments (too far partisan or not)e xcept those which you may direct to the relevant Legal authorities. Death threats etc. should be dealt with by the Police.

    ******************

    BFP Comments

    Hello Hants,

    We always allow both sides to comment – although it must be said that the BLP side seems very quiet when facts are referred to!

    We have banned commenters for threats of violence, racism and conspiracy theories – or for deliberately hijacking a discussion so the core topic is ignored – but the vast majority of comments appear unedited just as soon as we fish them out of the moderation que.

  55. Softman

    I submit to you that one of Owen’s main legacies will be the high cost of political patronage.

    Patronage is an essential part of any political system. In his quest to hang on to power what Owen has done is raised the price to extreme levels.

    The standard in terms of jobs, salaries, perks and consultancies has been set over the last 13 years. Any DLP government will have to live with that reality.

    The politics of inclusion has weighed heavily on the public purse. In my view it has done serious long-term damage to our democracy.

    But it helped keep Owen in power, and that is all about he was ever about.

  56. PDC Jokers are like BFP Jokers!

    PDC jokers are like BFP jokers!

    http://www.nationnews.com/story/33968388082420.php

    PDC problems

    Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Congress candidate for St Michael North West, Akil Umi ran into early trouble when some members of his nominations party, got cold feet at the idea of being photographed and hurriedly left, despite his pleas.

    However, after making several phone calls, Umi was able to recruit another team and by 2:10 p.m. the nomination was under way.

    The 53-year-old vendor was nominated by Michael Yearwood and seconded by Lorna McClean.

    ***************************

    BFP Comments:

    The author (or should we say the “arthur”) of this post views it as somewhat of a joke that PDC candidate Akil Umi had a couple of his nominators get camera shy.

    We don’t view the incident with the same humour as the commenter. We believe it fully illustrates the climate of fear and repression that the current Owen Arthur government has brought to Barbados politics in the last ten years. Speak out against the government and get sued, or receive death threats, or threats to rape your wife, or go to your business one morning to find dog feces smeared over the front.

    Oh yes, the person who wrote this comment laughs, and the Nation News wrote the article with a demeaning attitude – but the incident is a condemnation of the current BLP government who created this climate of fear.

  57. Yardbroom

    Hants said:

    “I am a DLP supporter who does not want to be politically “included”. I actually am quite content to work for a living”.

    I am of the same mind, I have never met any of the DLP candidates, and have never had any contact with them.

    My opinions are based simply, on what I think is best for Barbados.

  58. 2 Cents

    Softman,

    In total agreement just look at those who as we say are in high places. Just examine how they have lived over the past 10 years, like kings and queens.

  59. 2 Cents

    BFP,

    your submissions in the issues of integrity legislation etc. are at a minimum irresponsible and immature. In addition, your rebuttals to submissions have been Noel Lynch like, arrogant!

    **********************

    BFP Replies…

    So when and where can we view the net worth statements for each DLP candidate as Thompson promised?

  60. 2 Cents

    David Thompson is particularly reaching out to the public sector in his quest to secure a dlp win, however, any moves on integrity legistion and anti corruption laws, will deliver a major blow to the behaviour, habbits and lifestyles of many public servants. How will he deliver on this clear conflict of his stated interest.

  61. 2 Cents

    BFP,

    I am not a dlp insider, so I cannot assist with your request. On January 15th, I will vote dlp for the first time in my life. My vote will be the strongest possible vote of protest against the blp government.

    I have posted some of the strongest comments on this blog in respect of integrity legislation etc.

    I fully support your calls for integrity legislation etc, however, your means have to be questioned.

    ***************

    BFP Comments

    What “means” are we using that you question? You mean demanding integrity legislation for two years and not seeing one thing in writing? You mean holding Thompson to his promise to publish net-worth statements for his candidates?

    Pardon us for actually hoping that Thompson and the DLP would deliver what they promised.

  62. Maat

    I stand to be corrected but isn’t the public service about 25,000 people? That is a little over 10% of the eligible voters.

    It is time that politicians and civil servants were shaken up with incentives that increase productivity and to get them out of this ” a job for life” syndrome.

    Politicians need a clear job description that incudes a mandatory number of days per week/month that they should spend in their constituency office.

    Ministers in particular should have to undergo a publicly disclosed performance review which is assessed by the civil service departments to which they are attached.

    It is understandable to some degree why perspective candidates may not want their financial situation exposed to the public as they may not get the seat in Parliament and yet everyone will know their personal affairs.
    Having said that, there is no reason that a reputable accounting firm can not be hired, out of the public purse, to conduct a thorough financial audit of all nominated candidates. This information can be kept private (on the whole) and the audited individual can be given a passing or failing grade. They can also be given time to put their finances in order, if that is the problem.
    Where the audit finds that a candidate has business concerns, these should be made public.
    The successful candidate can then be required to submit to audits every year they are in office.

    Naturally a candidate should not have any criminal matters before a court, as if they are elected and then found guilty, they would likely have to vacate their seat and we would be put to the expense of a by election.

    The people need to set their own agenda’s and let us work out our own requirements for accountability and integrity.

    Peace

  63. John

    … lead by example and show there is nothing to fear.

    One puzzle might be to whom will the DLP candidates declare their assets and liabilities? What body exists to receive the declaration?

    I thought a bit about that but admittedly not very deeply.

    We are asking an individual prospective MP, who might not even become an MP, to give up his/her personal data.

    The individual is also asking us to elect him or her so that he or she can help determine what is good for us for the next term.

    It is the people the individual is reaching out to to help him or her secure election who really need to know.

    I don’t know how it is done in other countries but there must be a standard way.

    The newspaper might work, if it will publish the declarations!

    Public corporations listed on the stock exchange publish their balance sheets every year in the paper. That is part of the price they pay to be listed in the first place. In return they get the benefit of raising capital from the public.

    Maybe a person running for parliament has to accept that they become “owned” by the public, like a public corporation and part of this ownership requires disclosing private information to the public.

    The public can then decide if to invest their vote in them, or not.

    The declaration is just one more piece of information we get to examine before casting our vote.

    Just a thought, a bit crude at the moment and in need of improvement.

  64. Wishing in Vain

    This one massively attended meeting easily 20,000 to 25,000 strong and yes the audio was sabotaged by someone, the wires were cut as was stated by the PM in waiting Mr David Thompson and yes someone was arrested for this cowardly act.

    If the blp belief that these tactics will scare those of us who love our DEMOCRACY and our FREEDOM’S away from voting them out of office they have another thought coming, the truth is that actions such as these only firm our resolve to hussle this gang of crooks out office even sooner.

    *********************

    BFP Comments

    WIV, could we have more details on the person arrested please?

  65. Adrian Loveridge

    ‘almost 43% of the valid electorate failed to cast their vote at the last election’.

    Source: BBC Caribbean website

    Would a higher turnout favour the BLP or DLP?

    I did ask this question of Peter Wickham but maybe he did not see it!

  66. Yardbroom

    BFP, I address you as a friend.

    Either intentionally or by design you have boxed yourself into a “Win,Win, ” situation.

    (1) If the DLP give notice of implementing Integrity Legislation, or implement it after being elected, you will say, it is because we -BFP – agitated for it, no one mentioned it, in earnest before we did.

    (2) If they – DLP- do not mention or implement Integrity Legislation, you will say, we told you so, we at BFP are not fools, promises to a fool etc.

    Is it important for you to win the argument, or is it important for the hundreds of thousands of Barbadians, to have hope of a better life from the choices available? I rest my case.

    BFP Replies To Yardbroom

    Hello Yardbroom,

    Aren’t you really saying “Please lay off the DLP. Don’t do anything to hurt their campaign because it is a pretty close race and BFP might tip the scales one way or the other” ?

    For almost two years, we have been calling for both parties to institute Integrity Legislation. Neither have done so. When we finally gave up on the BLP and wrote them off we still held our hope that the DLP would seriously embrace integrity issues long before the election and would implement its own integrity standards. We were proven wrong and the DLP did nothing other than to throw some trigger words into speeches here and there.

    You and other DLP supporters chided us that the DLP couldn’t do anything about integrity standards until they formed the government – but that was really only an excuse and delaying tactic because of course the DLP could have set its own integrity, conflict of interest and campaign financing standards for the party.

    Indeed, Mr. Thompson eventually did promise that all DLP candidates would have to provide full disclosure of their assets before election day – thus showing that yes, the DLP could institute its own integrity standards even while in opposition.

    For at least the last year while we have ramped up pressure on the DLP to declare integrity standards for the party, we were met with comments from many DLP insiders who said, “Wait for the election campaign. Its none of your business when the DLP declares its intentions regarding integrity standards. Wait for the election.”

    Okay, Now the election is here and the same DLP supporters are saying… “ahhhhhh, ummmm, errrr” and “Please don’t cause trouble by talking about the fact that the DLP really hasn’t done anything with Integrity standards.”

    There are only 12 clear days left to voting day and and we are still awaiting for the DLP candidates’ disclosures as promised by David Thompson.

    So what is better for our country and our children?

    Maybe in the long run it would be better for the DLP to miss winning this election. Maybe then Thompson and the other politicians would realize that the public has had it with the corruption. Maybe then Thompson and the DLP would take real action to embrace integrity standards and so save Barbados from the terrible path we are on.

    As it is, even if Thompson and the DLP are sincere about implementing integrity legislation – they have left themselves only 12 days in which to differentiate themselves from the government in this one area, and that is simply not enough time.

    Too bad, but we see the election as already having been lost by the DLP – over the issue of Integrity Legislation.

  67. Rumplestilskin

    Adrian,

    I am not any expert political analyst, just an average citizen.

    But, I believe that a high voter turnout would benefit the Opposition.

    This is because only something strong which drives the voters to come to the polls would make those ‘dont care either way’ people come out.

    Why would they come out for the incumbent, unless they were dead scared of, for example, an extremely left or right leaning Opposition?

    With a ‘moderate’ Opposition’ which is an established and respected party it thus makes sense that a high voter turnout would reflect only dissatisfaction with the incumbent party.

    Therefore, a high voter turnout would reflect bad news for the incumbent.

    Peace

  68. Green Monkey

    And Canada’s conservatives find life on the gravy train is to their liking too.

    From the Toronto Star:

    OTTAWA–When the Conservatives were elected, they promised to do business differently. No more cronyism, no more backroom deals with party hacks. They were going to clean up Ottawa.

    However, critics say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has appointed hundreds of people with Conservative ties – the kind of cronyism the Conservatives and their predecessors used to howl about.

    When the federal government was patting itself on the back last month on the anniversary of the passage of the Federal Accountability Act, it failed to mention that two key components – the appointments commission and the lobbying provisions – have not been implemented.

    “The lack of a public appointments commission seriously undermines any credibility that Mr. Harper is serious about cleaning up how business is done in Ottawa,” said New Democrat MPP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay).

    Opposition parties insist Canadians were duped into giving the Conservatives a minority government in the January 2006 election. Government accountability was a big factor in the contest that banished the Liberals to official Opposition.

    Continued at:
    http://www.thestar.com/News/article/290164

  69. Jerome Hinds

    Jerome Hinds
    October 29, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    The DLP position has always been and will remain on this issue…..that such declaration of Assets legislation will be adopted .

    First, by the DLP candidates once they have all been duly nominated to contest the elections for the various constituencies.

    No elections have been called as yet……so it is Owen Arthur who HOLDING up the DLP on this on !

    Secondly, within 6 – 12 months of been in office the DLP will implement major Integrity Legislation after wide consultation with all stakeholders.

    I believe that those calling for the adoption of such legislation are aware that Integrity Legislation INVOLVES both Private & public sector individuals .

    For example, our Governor of the Central Bank, Head of our Security Exchange etc must be included in any aspect of our Integrity Legislation rules . The same extends to our judiciary and Head of Private Sector agencies.

    ********************************************
    FRANKOLOGY,

    Thank you !

    Barbados…….under a DLP Administration would REMAIN a thriving Democracy !

    There will be transparent CONSULTATION on major policy DECISIONS !

    A DLP gov’t will not seek to SUSPEND the CONSTITUTION to get it’s way !

    BFP…….will have to wait….just like they have us waiting on their……long – promised Money Laundering Story !

  70. BFP

    BFP Replies To Yardbroom

    Hello Yardbroom,

    Aren’t you really saying “Please lay off the DLP. Don’t do anything to hurt their campaign because it is a pretty close race and BFP might tip the scales one way or the other” ?

    For almost two years, we have been calling for both parties to institute Integrity Legislation. Neither have done so. When we finally gave up on the BLP and wrote them off we still held our hope that the DLP would seriously embrace integrity issues long before the election and would implement its own integrity standards. We were proven wrong and the DLP did nothing other than to throw some trigger words into speeches here and there.

    You and other DLP supporters chided us that the DLP couldn’t do anything about integrity standards until they formed the government – but that was really only an excuse and delaying tactic because of course the DLP could have set its own integrity, conflict of interest and campaign financing standards for the party.

    Indeed, Mr. Thompson eventually did promise that all DLP candidates would have to provide full disclosure of their assets before election day – thus showing that yes, the DLP could institute its own integrity standards even while in opposition.

    For at least the last year while we have ramped up pressure on the DLP to declare integrity standards for the party, we were met with comments from many DLP insiders who said, “Wait for the election campaign. Its none of your business when the DLP declares its intentions regarding integrity standards. Wait for the election.”

    Okay, Now the election is here and the same DLP supporters are saying… “ahhhhhh, ummmm, errrr” and “Please don’t cause trouble by talking about the fact that the DLP really hasn’t done anything with Integrity standards.”

    There are only 12 clear days left to voting day and and we are still awaiting for the DLP candidates’ disclosures as promised by David Thompson.

    So what is better for our country and our children?

    Maybe in the long run it would be better for the DLP to miss winning this election. Maybe then Thompson and the other politicians would realize that the public has had it with the corruption. Maybe then Thompson and the DLP would take real action to embrace integrity standards and so save Barbados from the terrible path we are on.

    As it is, even if Thompson and the DLP are sincere about implementing integrity legislation – they have left themselves only 12 days in which to differentiate themselves from the government in this one area, and that is simply not enough time.

    Too bad, but we see the election as already having been lost by the DLP – over the issue of Integrity Legislation.

  71. Observing

    Any news in the Nation about the cut wires?

  72. Wishing in Vain

    This activity took place very close to me and when the melee started it was a scramble to get out the area but reports reaching me state that a young man was held and that he was beaten.
    As you can guess with a crowd as massive as this one was an action such as one like this would create havoc and fright, much to the credit to Mr Ronald Jones he brought calm back to the area very quickly and much credit must go to the RBPF as they were into this in a matter of seconds.
    It is a sad day when Mr David Thompson has to be moved around his friends and his supporters and the people of Barbados by large numbers of police it really is a sad day.

    In speaking with one of the police on the scene last evening he suggested that they estimated the crowd to be between 28,000 and 30,000, this is massive by anyone’s view and a crowd of this size would have brought its challenges which were well managed by the RBPF.
    On a further note the planned event in Owing Arthur’s home town for Old Years night was a TOTAL AND COMPLETE FLOP IT WAS A FAILURE WITH NO ONE ATTENDING, 12 people, six rats and Owing in aattendance does not say much about his crowd appeal or pull right now.

  73. Anonymous

    Too bad, but we see the election as already having been lost by the DLP – over the issue of Integrity Legislation.
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    I always thought that BFP was anti-DLP and I am now fully convinced.

    There are a lot more issues apart from integrity legislation, yet you keep harping about the Dems and their refusal to implement anything.

    The present government has taken the country for a ride (an expensive one at that) and all you can come up with is this stuck record of one piece of legislation.

    Oppositions cannot implement anything and you know that. I was a supporter of the ruling party for a long time and I had enough of them.

    I fully support your call on a number of issues, but not the continued whining about this particular area. I have heard David Thompson saying repeatedly that integrity legislation will be implemented by his party should it form the next gov’t, yet you persist with the arrogance of writing what you have above.

    You at BFP have done an outstanding job over the last two years and we the readers and contributors are truly thankful. We believe that without your presence on the political landscape we would be the poorer. Yes, you have caused us to see things differently and we salute you for that as well. However, there is no need to keep up the harping.

    BTW, have you given any thought to what you said re:

    “Maybe in the long run it would be better for the DLP to miss winning this election. Maybe then Thompson and the other politicians would realize that the public has had it with the corruption. Maybe then Thompson and the DLP would take real action to embrace integrity standards and so save Barbados from the terrible path we are on.”?

    Should the DLP miss this one as you have stated, it would mean “goodnight nurse for Thompson and his party. We have to stop the rot now. If one week in politics is a lot, what would you call five years?

    We would not recognise our island in five years time. Would you? I think not.

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    BFP Replies

    We are not “anti-DLP” or even “anti-BLP”, we are anti-corruption. If neither of the two major parties wish to take a stand against corruption (that means with actions, not words) then Barbados will soon have another political party. You ask what Barbados will look like in 5 years. I say that under the present system Barbados will look pretty much the same under either the DLP or BLP.

    We’ve been asking readers to kindly list the 5 most significant differences between the BLP and the DLP and no one has taken us up on that.

    Perhaps you can.

  74. WHAT NEW HOSPITAL ???? !!!!

    On the Eve of a General Election Health Minister Jerome Walcott announced that this BLP government would build a new hospital at a cost of $700 million Barbados dollars.

    We can’t be fooled, we are educated. How can any government arrive at a cost for a project as major as the building of a hospital without the following? :

    No Architectural Drawings of the Proposed Hospital
    No T&CP Approved Architectural Building Plans
    No Environmental Impact Studies
    No Independent Quantity Surveyors Reports
    No Tenders for the Construction of the Hospital

    AFTER ALLOWING HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT AT THE QEH AND OUR POLYCLINICS TO DETERIORATE TO AN UNACCEPTABLE LEVEL, USING ELECTION GIMMICKS WILL NOT WORK !!!!!!

    Our citizens deserve better treatment than the arrogance displayed by the outgoing government.

    HEALTH CARE IS SICK – VOTE FOR A CHANGE IN ITS’ TREATMENT !!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR A NEW BEGINNING ON THE 15th OF JANUARY.

    VOTE AGAINST A DICTATORSHIP

  75. WELL I AM NOW SEEING THE BACK PAGE OF TODAYS NATION NEWSPAPER AND I AM DUMBFOUNDED WHEN CAN SEE IN BLACK AND WHITE THAT OWING HAS NOW PUBLICLY DUMPED MOTTLEY AND HAS BOLDLY STATED THAT ASSCOLL WILL BE HIS DEPUTY.

    THIS IS AN AMAZING STATEMENT WHICH CLEARLY EXPLAINS THE DISORDER AND DISUNITY WITHIN THE BLP.

    THIS IS A MOST AMAZING AND REVEALING ASPECT OF THIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN, WE HAVE MOTTLEY’S LITTLE CLAN FIGHTING AGAINST OWING AND HIS LITTLE CLAN AND WE ARE YET TO HEAR A WORD FROM THE PRESS, THE CHURCH, THE UWI GROUP WHERE ARE THEIR MOUTHS ON THESE SUBJECTS.

  76. Hants

    BFP…..

    1.How many cost overruns have been caused by the DLP in the last 13 years?

    2.Which Cricket Stadium has the DLP built in the last 13 years?

    3.Which prison has the DLP built in the last 13 years?

    4. Which Cruise ship did the DLP lease thereby preventing small Hotel owners from benefitting from CWC 20007?

    5.Which DLP Prime Minister has stated his intention that the opposition must never come to power in Barbados again?

    Which DLP Government you have accused of corruption including corruption of the Judiciary?

    How much debt has the DLP incurred for future Generations to repay?

    Based on your accusations of corruption involving almost a Billion dollars of Taxpayers money, I think you might want to support a change of Government.

    I support your call for Integrity Legislation but did you ask the BLP and Owen Arthur to implement it as a condition for your vote in this Election?

    Doesn’t matter to the Bees because if what you say is true, I am sure they have their honey hidden in safe Hives deep in the heart of the Financial Jungles.

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    BFP Comments

    So does this mean that the DLP is NOT going to require their candidates to make full financial disclosure prior to the vote as was promised by David Thompson?

  77. Hants

    BFP…I live in Canada and have no contact with David Thompson or any of the candidates.

    I can only hope that they will keep the promises they have made.

    If they don’t, voters have the right to deal with them on January 15th.

    I am a DLP supporter who believes politicians must keep their promises to the Electorate.

    Nuff Respect BFP…

    Now please ask the BLP why they have not enacted Integrity Legislation after 13 years in office.

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    BFP Comments

    Hi Hants,

    We have asked and demanded that the BLP enact integrity legislation for the last 2 years of this blog’s existence. Everybody knows that and the articles and comments are still online.

    We no longer ask the BLP to do this as they are the worst bunch of thiefs this island has ever seen. So what’s the use!

    We ask and demand integrity legislation from the DLP because we have not yet given up on them. Yet.

  78. frankology

    Now please ask the BLP why they have not enacted Integrity Legislation after 13 years in office.
    ………………………………………………………………………………….If it was not done in 14 years, do you think it will be done in 13 days? If the Government in waiting who made the commitment of introducing Integrity Legislation with the declaration of assets by candidates prior to election date, fail to keep a simple promise…would we then get it in the first 30 days or 100 days (as mooted by them) after winning this election?

    Remember, the DLP’s plank for being the next Government rest ONLY on “a time for change”.

  79. Rumplestilskin

    per Frankology ”Remember, the DLP’s plank for being the next Government rest ONLY on “a time for change”.

    I guess that you and I are either reading different matter or interpreting what we read differently.

    From what the DLP reps have said, the DLP platform is based on appropriate cost containment, versus the BLP constant overruns, improved socio-economic policies i.e. such that an average citizen can afford land and housing, improved price containment via increased competition by supporting the small importer/ retailers, reduced crime and improved education operations.

    All of these ‘titles’ make a full manifesto and reflect quite an opposing image to the current state of affairs.

    Thus, your propaganda ‘labelling’ the DLP manifesto in your own vision is not reflective of the actual DLP approach.

    Peace

  80. God Bless David (Not Thompson or Commissiong!)

    I here watching the BLP mass meeting, live via the internet in my living room in Bermuda… http://www.blp.org.bb/livetv … bare sport. One Dalton Tyrone Lovell (who the hell is he?) talking now wid he face screw up like he bite a lime…and casting aspersions on Ronald Jones’ masculinity… bare sport! Love the lack of focus on “issues”…Bajan politics at its finest (not)

  81. John

    frankology

    Barbadians tolerate parties until they become intolerable. Then, they skin them out. Once the BLP hasn’t become intolerable, there will be no change, doesn’t matter what the DLP does.

    Parties get a second or third chance, (maybe even fourth) not because of any spectacular feat they have achieved or promise of things yet unseen to unfold. After all, who reads a manifesto?

    A second or third, or even fourth chance comes because Bajans are not yet totally fed up with a party and their tolerance threshold has not been reached.

    When you start hearing a few people saying it is time for a change maybe they are too few to make a difference.

    When whoever you talk with rolls their eyes skyward and uses the word change somewhere in the conversation, there is a good chance that it is time for a change.

    We’ll find out on the 15th. Meantime the 60 odd candidates will jump thru hoops trying to sell their party and/or themselves when all that is going to decide the election will be whether the hour cometh and the bell tolls for time.

    …. mind you, it makes for good entertainment.

  82. Wishing in Vain

    Remember, the DLP’s plank for being the next Government rest ONLY on “a time for change”.
    SADLY THIS not the only reason it is also driven by the extent of you and your party’s corruption has fuelled the ground swell of reason to remove this dishonest lot.

  83. frankology

    SADLY THIS not the only reason it is also driven by the extent of you and your party’s corruption has fuelled the ground swell of reason to remove this dishonest lot.
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    It is about time you stop shifting issues and stop pointing fingers at people being associated with the BEES. I am not a member, I am not a supporter, I am not Mascoll as purported by Jerome, I am not towing party lines and finally I have no secrets for the Bees, neither the Dees. I am here to show up officials of parties who use pseudonym names for public relations promotions. It is a hypocritical move that impinged on Democracy.

    You all keep speaking about corruption, the opposition have the opportunity to confront the ruling party in the Lower House and if it slip through, the Upper House can be utilised to highlight the mistakes, yet, a deafening silence, collection of your parliamentary salaries and then after the facts and the cementing of the corruption, you and your cohorts now find it possible to display after-the-fact propaganda. I have no bones in making that statement.

    I will not allow you to hijack the blogs for your selfish gains.

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    BFP Comments

    For what its worth, I too believe that HM Opposition was totally ineffective in addressing corruption by the BLP government. So too the BLP MPs and supporters kept silent while they saw the big-ups abusing their positions for personal gain.

    An ideal example is Public Works Minister Gline Clarke, who built a house on land that had been expropriated for public housing. The DLP kept silent on that when it was obviously unethical.

    On the point of you, Frankology, saying that you will “not allow (people) to hijack the blogs for your selfish gains”, that sounds a bit high handed. Of course people have agendas and loyalties. That’s understood and its part of life and politics.

    Frankology, you sound suspiciously like a commenter who got himself banned from BFP because he started to act like the blog was set up for him and him only. That commenter became so argumentative that he just became a pain in the butt and we booted him off.

    So just a reminder – if you want to be the self-appointed police officer of this blog, your time here will soon end.

  84. frankology

    Frankology, you sound suspiciously like a commenter who got himself banned from BFP because he started to act like the blog was set up for him and him only. That commenter became so argumentative that he just became a pain in the butt and we booted him off.

    So just a reminder – if you want to be the self-appointed police officer of this blog, your time here will soon end.
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    Your assumption is totally wrong, I commenced commenting on this blog with the highway issue. I blog on the name “frankology”, I never changed or use other commenters blogging names like some of your political regulars.

    I have no intentions of running your blog, my statement was simple and direct, letting the agenda writers know that I will correct any innuendos published. I bet you if the political backers made such a statement, no response would have been eminent. I am just the different voice for people who might be tired of the same old cries of partisan politics and I will never change m name or my views.

  85. Sargeant

    Didn’t Frankology assert that the Nation did not suspend/cancel the political columns and listed as evidence that the Nation was carrying Reuden Eversley’s column. When Mr. Eversley personally refuted the statement and said his column was suspended, I didn’t hear a peep from Frankology not a word of apology for misinforming the bloggers, instead he switched the subject to other matters.

  86. Hants

    Frankology you have no more power or relevance than anyone else who contributes to this blog.

    BFP has allowed all and sundry to rant,rave and even misbehave except where persons issue death threats and or language.

    The majority of people on this blog understand that a blog is an attempt at creating an uncensored environment and BFP has been successful in doing so.

    I remember well that BFP allowed RoyalRumble or Sylly Greenidge to write his venamous verbal attacks on the DLP and its supporters and we did not complain.

    RoyalRumble is the one who wrote “Owen Seymore Arthur,Father of First World Barbados and Prime Minister for Life.”

    Can’t get any more partisan than that but it is called freedom of speech and expression.

  87. Brutus

    Can anyone explain why in their campaign the DLP is not constantly quoting all the criticisms that Clyde Mascoll made against Owen Arthur and the government, and all the nasty things Owen said about Mascoll? They must have a good reason for not using this strategy.

  88. Rumplestilskin

    Brutus, I would think that the DLP is focusing on issues rather than ‘doing a BLP’ which focuses on candidate attack and on events of ages ago.

    The DLP is taking the ‘high road’, which speaks volumes as compared to just attacking the DLP name and not talking about issues, which the BLP is doing.

    Check it out.

  89. Rumplestilskin

    To clarify, the DLP is talking issues, but the BLP is not, the DLP is not attacking just the BLP name for the sake of it, while most of the BLP focus is on attacking the DLP name and candidates without any adequate support for such a stance.

    It is clear from this which team is more capable.