Lapdog Nation News Talks About 100 Day Deadline – Gives Thompson A Soft Touch, Fails To Mention Integrity Legislation, Broken Promise Of Ministerial Code

Woof Woof – Yes Massa Thompson!

The 100 day deadline for the Thompson Barbados Government’s election promises is fast approaching and the lapdog Nation News has already begun to soften the public’s expectations. Yup… there’s nothing so welcome by a group of politicians as a newspaper that is willing to help manage fallout from broken promises!

It didn’t take the owners and editors of the Nation News very long to switch their allegiance from the defeated BLP to the newly elected DLP. (Sigh… if they could only remember that their allegiance is supposed to be to their profession and the people of Barbados.)

You should read the entire disgusting editorial yourself (link here), but here is a sample of the tone and intent…

“But the reality is, even if Government does not have much to report, the fact that it has stuck its necks out to address issues with some degree of urgency is commendable.

What Barbadians must realise is that there is a big difference between talking about what you will do when you win Government, and being able to achieve those goals when you actually have power. This is the reality with which the DLP is battling.”

… from a disgusting Nation News editorial softening up public expectations for the Thompson Government. (link here)

Not a word about ITAL – Integrity, Transparency, Accountability Legislation

Not a word about David Thompson’s broken promise to adopt a Ministerial Code “immediately” upon forming a government. (see BFP’s Barbados Government Ministers Free To Accept “Gifts” From Persons Wanting Government Approvals Or Contracts)

Not a word about the lack of transparency and the ethics concerning Thompson’s use of a business jet owned by an entity doing business with the Barbados government.

Not a word about the recent land approvals given in contravention of Thompson’s promise that a 2/3 majority of the House would be necessary to switch land permissions from agricultural use.

Not a word demanding answers about wrong-doing by the previous BLP government. What about the GEMS Hotels audit? What about the jail contract with the corrupt builder VECO?

The Nation News – Traitors to the people of Barbados

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27 responses to “Lapdog Nation News Talks About 100 Day Deadline – Gives Thompson A Soft Touch, Fails To Mention Integrity Legislation, Broken Promise Of Ministerial Code

  1. akabozik

    “The Nation News – Traitors to the people of Barbados”

    Right you are, BFP!!!!!!!

    Keep fighting for ITAL and us.

  2. The Nation News……..ill prepared to do investigative reporting. They have relied too long on reporting what they were told to report.
    Keep reporting on what’s really going on in Barbados, BFP and BU

  3. reality check

    “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper”

    these revenue addicted media lapdogs and extremely cautious and weak politicians need a strong dose of viagra.

  4. Donald Duck, Esq

    Plese remid PM Thompson of the following promises from his party’s manifesto

    IMMEDIATE ACTION

    Labour rights legislation ( page 36)

    A new DLP government will move to immediately enact a comprehensive national Labour Rights legislative compendium which will include the following:

     A Full Employment Rights Act
     An Alternative Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Committee
     A Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act
     National minimum wages legislation
     Legislation fully recognizing Trade Unions.

    Approval of capital account transactions (page 25)

    Immediately review the current Central Bank procedures for approving capital account transactions with a view to simplifying and speeding up the approval (or denial) process for restricted transactions.

    Port charges (page 33)

    The DLP pledges to immediately re-examine the Port charges with a view to significantly reducing these to manufacturers as they consider them to be a burdensome cost. They say that tonnage dues are charged twice; – on raw materials when imported and again on finished products when being exported.

    Integrity legislation (page 48)

    Immediately introduce integrity legislation requiring

     a declaration of assets by public officials,
     a Code of Conduct for Ministers,
     a new Freedom of Information law,
     amendments to the Defamation laws and
     new constitutional provisions to rationalize the powers of the Prime Minister.

    Health issues (page 11)

    A new DLP Government will immediately embark on a health promotion campaign to sensitize the public to the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles

    ISSUES TO BE DEALT WITH IN FIRST 100 DAYS

    Don’t forget the DLP promises to do the following in the first 100 days

     Introduce the Agriculture Protection Act that will require a 2/3 majority of both houses of parliament for a change of use of land from agriculture.

     Remove VAT from building materials on houses valued up to $400,000.
     convene a National Consultation on Education

  5. Hants

    BFP as you now I am a DLP supporter and While I will beg for leniency in terms of the time frame,
    the Nation and other Mainstream Media have no moral authority to hold the DLP to any 100 day promise.

    They gave Owing a 14 year free run.

    BFP has the right to demand compliance to the date because there has never any variance in your attacks on the BLP and if nothing else you are consistent.

    The last thing the DLP needs is lapdog treacherous media usurping the ideas of the same citizen journalist and blogs they criticise.

    I believe ITAL is coming soon and I believe the DLP are sincere in their efforts to do what they promise but I also understand there will be difficulties.

    I also disagree with the proposal to build High rise housing for low income people.Bad Idea.

    14 years of ineffective Media in Barbados and all of a sudden they wake up.
    Stealing your topics is even worse than sucking up to the Government. Afterall BFP is just a bunch of non professional citizen wannabe journalist.

    I hope the DLP insiders like Jerome Hinds will continue to highlight the good things the Dems are doing while BFP dose it job of keeping em honest.

  6. Hants

    BLP insiders are free to join the 100 day bandwagon but we haven’t forgotten….

    VECO,HARDWOOD,CWC, the 15,000 a month Cunsultants and the almost $Billion dollars in cost over runs.

  7. Jason

    Hants… don’t hold back. Say what you really want to say! 😉

  8. Georgie Porgie

    Why are we quibbling about this?
    We have BU & BFP now.
    Let us just STOP BUYING THE NATION!

  9. ROBOT

    This blog is asking to be shut down

    Be warned !

    People are watching you

    People are not happy

    watch your back !

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

    BFP says,

    The PEOPLE are happy with BFP, the ELITES are not (for the mostpart).

    The BLP tried to take us down for two years. If the DLP now wants to try after being happy with us for two years, hey… it says more about them than us.

    Anyway… you ain’t seen nothin’ yet, my friend.

    For tomorrow the old time newspapers on Barbados are going to be mightily unhappy with BFP! 😉

  10. Donald Duck, Esq

    If the dlp has not carried out the promises they said they would do immediately then how do you think they will carry out their 100 day promises.

  11. Hants

    Robot says,
    “This blog is asking to be shut down
    Be warned !”

    If this blog is shut down another one will start with a thousand times the hostility and intensity.

    Bring it on.

  12. Jerome Hinds

    Hi folks…..did we believe Rome was built in a day ?

    The DLP is well on it’s way to doing the people business !

    Unfortunately a number of disgruntled BEES are harping their continued ball of….sh*te !

    How can anyone seek to condemn a government in office after 3 months…..when the one in office for 14 YEARS have left so many unbroken promises !

    EXAMPLE ?????

    * Liz Thompson’s PRIMARY HOMES project launched in 2004……in 2008 NOT A DAMN ONE BUILT !

    * Lord Nelson was to be moved from HEROES SQUARE since 1998….in 2008 LORD NELSON STILL STANDS IN HEROES SQUARE !

    * Ah…..what about the REPUBLIC ? A Republic song was played all over Barbados during the 1999 Election campaign…..in 2008 NO A DAMN REPUBLIC !

    The disgruntled BEES on this blog and elsewhere know only too WELL…..about BROKEN PROMISES !

    This David Thompson’s Administration does not play with the TRUST of BARBADIANS !

    Journey to PARLIAMENT over the next few sittings……the next 40 days to complete the 100 DAY programme going to real EXCITING !

    BFP,

    I suggest you stock up on your BEERS…..to celebrate these momentous events !

    Stay TUNE !

  13. eureka

    I think that most of you folks listen to too much political diarrhoea. I am a man who prefers more action and less talk. The biggest tricksters out are the ones with the ‘lot ta long talk’ and that has absolutely nothing to do with any specific political party because as far as I am concerned, they are both owned and controlled by the same interests.

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    BFP says,

    By all means, let us have some ACTION on the ITAL.

  14. Trained Economist

    The blogs are among the best things that have happened to Barbados in recent years. I have one concern however. We have to bring a bit more balance to our discussions.

    for example:

    BFP has not presented any discussions of the challenges with integrity legislation in a small society. Some persons do not want to reveal how little they have. Will it deter people from public life in a small society? How far down do you drill? is it limited to elected officials, permanent secretaries etc.?

    I think the benefits of integrity legislation and codes of conduct outweigh any of the above mentioned issues. the point I am trying to make is BFP should begin to show some appreciation and at least outline the other side of the argument and some of the real detail issues involved in making legislation and governing.

    In terms of greenland. The new minister says that that the technical advice made available to hi suggests that mangrove will be full by year end. Can a minister be expected to rule out use of greenland for at non-toxic waste in such circumstances. is this not a case of really poor planning by the last government.

    I am opposed to the use of greenland, but I have to be fair. I am not seeing BFP show any appreciation of any of the underlying constraints and the other side of the argument.

    keep up the great work BFP, but we need to take it to the next level and have a more balanced discussion of these important issues.

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    BFP says,

    Hi TE,

    You are correct that there will be challenges, however these challenges are nothing compared with the current situation of no rules and everyone in politics using their authority to pad their own pockets with zero transparency and zero accountability.

    Take the legislation from Britain, Canada or wherever. Pass it now. Sort out the problems later.

    Otherwise… more talk and the Prime Minister will continue to receive the benefit of the use of a business jet from a company that does business with the government. This is unethical everywhere and criminal in many jurisdictions.

    But Thompson won’t even provide the details of the bizjet usage. No transparency. No accountability. No ethical behaviour.

    So pass the damn laws now. Tweek the laws later.

    Then let’s put a few of these piggies in jail and empty their Swiss bank accounts back into the government’s treasury where the money belonged in the first place.

  15. Hants

    Trained Economist the way a blog works is that people like yourself contribute the balance to topics that BFP may not articulate.

    They provide lead stories and bloggers are expected to provide comments or “lectures”.

    Enjoy the freedom to educate or entertain.

  16. Jerome Hinds

    BFP,

    Trained Economist have repeated a number of pertinent points about this issue that most of us on this blog recognise will a challenge to implement ITAL with a ” one size fit all ” approach.

    But I can assure the DEMS will not disappoint.

    By the way do not miss CBC TV at 7:30 on 14th April 2008…….Hon. David Thompson will be
    ” levelling ” with his people.

    BFP,

    I still believe you guys need to take a 5 year hiatus…….in light of the views of the trained economist !

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

    BFP says,

    1/ Why is there no transparency on the PM’s use of private jets.
    2/ Why did the DLP Government not adopt a Ministerial Code immediately as promised?

  17. Hants

    Jerome Hinds are you willing to start a blog if BFP goes on Hiatus?

    As a fellow DLP supporter, I am disappointed that you are attacking BFP, when they were so powerfully instrumental in assisting us in attacking the BLP.

    Why don’t you concentrate on highlighting the good things the Dems have done since they took office?

    It is said that you are close to a Minister so surely you can give us the “inside scoop” on the positive actions of the Dems.

  18. Rumplestilskin

    Jerome,

    When the Hon PM ‘levels’ with Barbados, I expect a major issue will be foreign exchange.

    I would suggest an increased duty on petrol vehicles greater than 2000cc.

    No one needs such a vehicle here, yet we see these large wastes of foreign exchange both in purchase and running cost driving about, much of the time with one driver.

    The same way an environment al levy went on used cars, cars that use less resources than these huge monsters, a greater levy needs to be placed on these large vehicles to discourage importation.

    That is just one small matter that is a part of the equation.

    Peace

  19. Trained economist

    Passing the damn laws now and tweaking them later is one way to go which has its own downsides. Theonly point I am making is that BFP seems to completely ignore the other side of the argument on many of the issues it raises.

    Does ITAL apply to the privare sector as well? The private sector is the largest beneficiary of governemnt largesse. ITAL that does not extend to the private sector may well lead to a cottage industry of bag men. That seesm to be the Trinidad experience.

    I fully support ITAL due to the fact that the net worth method of investigation is one of the most effective in revealing fraud. You rarely find a smoking gun, but unexplained changes in net worth provides strong evidence of wrong doing.

    However, I am willing to give a government time to sort out the details of passing good legislation. I am no lawyer and I am sure there are all kinds of details there that i am not aware of.

    BPF should keep up the pressure though, but also be reasonable at the same time.

    What about greenland? I waiting for some lashes on my comments re greenland.

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  21. robin hood

    The DLP won the last election by declaring from the political platforms during the campaigning exactly what they were going to do when they became the government. Why are we supposed to be “lenient with the time frame now”? Was all the talk just to win an election? Were they not aware then of just what it would take to fulfil all these “wild” promises. If that is the case then they were not really as prepared to govern as they tried to portray to the electorate. Political gimickry as usual?

  22. Trained economist

    Are you really comfortable with that conclusion after 90 days in office?

  23. FisherKing

    Let us see what happen tonight. Don’t expect miracles. Don’t expect an explanation for the lie that the government would adopt a Ministerial Code.

  24. Trained economist

    The new government has had to deal with an unexpectedly dismal fiscal situation. Now that the government has changed and information is finally coming out, I am shocked at the fiscal state of Barbados.

    I have always been ideologicaly opposed to Owen’s catch up view of development economics and his unwillingness to make tough economic choices. However, I am genuinely shocked at how fiscally lax he was? After 11 years of VAT revenues and only modest income tax reform, we should not be in this state. Owen and his team deserve to be tarred and feathered for this massacre of tax pyers money. It is easy to generate economic growth and lower unemployment if you are willing tax, use the good credit of barbados built up over the years, spend like hell and leave the bills for someone else to handle. Its almost as if they were counting on oil money or something.

    What owen skilfully did was hide a lot of this spending off budget in statutory corporations and other government companies, making the fiscal deficit rather difficult to track. Do not take my words, check the Business Authority today.

    When you enter government and you take over the running of these entities you realize how tight things are unless you are willing to tax, borrow and spend borrow as if there is no tomorrow, a la Owen Arthur and gang.

  25. robin hood

    Welcome to the real world, Trained Economist. So why were the DLP suddenly NOT aware about the “dismal fiscal situation”? They were telling us all along that the BLP were incorrupt, squandering and all the other negative things. They seemed to be well aware of what they expected to find when they wanted the votes. So why were they not prepared to take over the government as if there was not enough in the treasury to do anything? According to the DLP and what they had to say about the economy, when they eventually took over the reigns there should not have been any surprises waiting for them! So why are they quibbling like little boys now? Is the job too big for them? Maybe we have a boy trying to do a man’s job!

  26. Trained economist

    The information available while in opposition is fundamentally different from that available as a government.

    I am not asking for sympathy for the new government. They have to govern with the reality they find. I am pleased that they seem capable of taking tough unpopular decisions in the best interests of the long term health of the economy. This in my view was a trait sadly lacking from the last administration. They let problems pile up in their thirst for a fourth term and Owen’s insecure desire popularity.

    Good Riddance