This article was first published in May of 2008 when the truth about the DLP hit home. We’ll leave it posted here for a few days to start the conversation again.
Robert thinks it’s nonsense, but Shona thinks that if the Green Party formally embraced and implemented ITAL (Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation) for its own candidates, the Greens would do some serious damage to the two old guard parties. They wouldn’t win, but they would sure upset the barrel of crabs that call themselves the BLP and DLP.
It is time to begin the discussion folks…
We were told that David Thompson and the DLP would adopt a Ministerial Code immediately upon forming a government. We were even provided with a draft document.
No Ministerial Code was adopted. Why not?
Did Thompson and the DLP only make this promise for expediency during the election? Or did the majority of Government MPs rebel at Thompson’s promise after they achieved power?
We were told that David Thompson and the DLP would not only act with integrity, but that they understood that they must be seen to be acting with integrity. We were told that the DLP and David Thompson understood the necessity of having rules about conflicts of interest. We were promised by David Thompson that his government would act with transparency and integrity.
We were told that David Thompson and the DLP would act within 100 days to implement ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation, but the government has done nothing.
Not only that, Prime Minister Thompson has flown on private jets owned by people who do business with the Government of Barbados – an obvious potential conflict of interest where he has provided zero public transparency and accountability. This one action proves that Thompson and his bunch either don’t care about ITAL or don’t really understand the basic concepts of integrity in governance.
As far as the Opposition BLP goes, they are nothing but the same bunch of crooks who were just summarily dismissed by the voters… and they will still be crooks four years from now.
Barbados Needs A New Centrist Party Founded Upon ITAL
A new political party would not win the first time out, but they could easily hold the balance of power in various closely-contested areas. A political party that established ITAL rules and required candidates to follow them would stand in stark contrast to the “anything goes” policy of the BLP and DLP piggies.
So let us start by choosing a name for the new movement – then work on organisation, policies, fundraising and communications.
Naming something gives it power and presence.
What shall Bajans call their new political party – which has a foundation of Integrity, Transparency and Accountability?
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