Dear Prime Minister Thompson,
Yesterday thousands of Barbadians listened to the Speech from the Throne that outlined your government’s priorities and plans for the next year.
But thousands more were not able to listen to the speech or hear it all. And even for those who did hear it all, it is one thing to listen to a 44 page document being read – it is quite another to have it in your hand for consideration now and in the future.
Bajan citizens wake this morning to discover that the text of the DLP Government’s Throne Speech is not available to the public.
None of the media outlets reprinted the Throne Speech verbatim either online or on paper. It does not appear at the Barbados Government Information Service, at the DLP Blog or at the DLP party website.
Mr. Prime Minister, when you and your party launched your Election Manifesto you posted it online immediately and thousands downloaded it from here, here, here and at the DLP website. You and your party knew how important that action was to your election goal and you know how EASY and EFFECTIVE it was to post your Election Manifesto online.
Transparency and accountability are two sides of the same coin. By failing to make your government’s most important document to date easily and widely available to the citizens – you and your party have shown that your promises of transparency and accountability were merely words to get elected.
Prime Minister Thompson: this was your, and your DLP Government’s, first big opportunity to show that you have truly embraced transparency and accountability to the citizens of Barbados…
… and you blew it.