Former Barbados Attorney General Who Refused To Investigate Corrupt VECO Prison Builders – Appearing On Brass Tacks Radio Sunday

“Down to Brass Tacks will discuss the need for greater integrity, accountability and transparency in government. Appearing for the government will be Donville Inniss and for the opposition Dale Marshall. Also appearing will be Frank Da Silva. Sunday, 11:00 am to 1:15pm.” …email from a BFP reader

“VECO Didn’t Bribe Anyone In Barbados – Only In Alaska” – BLP’s Dale Marshall To Talk About Integrity In Government… !!!

Will DLP MP Donville Inniss Explain Why David Thompson Lied About Adopting A Ministerial Code? Don’t Hold Your Breath!

Has Brass Tacks Become A Comedy Programme?

This is hilarious: Dale Marshall and Donville Inniss are going to talk about integrity in government.

Marshall was Attorney General for what can arguably be called the most corrupt government administration that Barbados has ever known – and was in charge of at least two cover-ups that are documented.

Donville Inniss represents a lying Prime Minister and a DLP party that deceitfully promised to adopt a Ministerial Code of Conduct from day one. That was a lie, as was the pledge to be transparent and ethical – as evidenced by the Prime Minister’s unethical use of a business jet owned by a company that does business with the government.

These two guys are going to talk to Barbados about the need for integrity in government?

Dale Marshall And The VECO Cover-up

Alaska’s VECO Corporation – builder of the Barbados Oil Terminal and the new prison at Dodds – consistently engaged in bribery of public officials and politicians wherever it operated. As we have seen in various trials coming out of the FBI investigation into VECO’s operations in the United States, bribery and corruption was a standard mode of business operation for this corrupt organisation.

We know from media reports that seized business records and hundreds of hours of secret recordings made by the FBI contain many references to VECO’s projects in Barbados – but when Barbados Free Press broke the story in Barbados both the Owen Arthur/Mia Mottley government and the Barbados news media ignored the existence of the FBI investigation and VECO’s corruption for weeks.

It was only after being forced by embarrassment that the BLP Government decided to send in then Attorney General Dale Marshall to “handle” the situation and engage in a cover-up. The one instruction that Dale Marshall had was to make sure that there would be no inquiry into the hundred-million-dollars of cost overruns at Dodds Prison.

After meeting with VECO executives for thirty minutes, Dale Marshall announced to the world that the executives had told him that everything was fine. Here is what that deceitful scoundrel Marshall told his fellow Bajans about the hundred-million-dollar cost overrun by a corrupt VECO…

“But I am satisfied that the company’s relationship with Barbados and the work they are doing for the Government of Barbados has at all times been entirely above board, and at no time is there any hint of a scandal in relation to the contracting of that company for the work on the prison or other work that they have previously done for the Barbados Government,” …(Nation News story link here)

Those VECO guys must have been pretty fast talkers… don’t you think?

I’ll bet the conversation went something like this…

Marshall: “Good morning gentlemen.”

VECO Executives: “You really don’t want to talk about how much money we gave to the BLP and individual government officials, do you? You really don’t want to talk about how many of the sub-contractors on the jail and the oil terminal have connections with members of your government, do you?”

Marshall: “Thank-you gentlemen for your full co-operation in our intensive vetting of this situation. I am satisfied that the corrupt activities of your CEO in bribing Alaska politicians have nothing to do with Barbados as we are all so honest down here. I shall so inform the public.”

Expect Zero Hard-Hitting Questions From Brass Tacks Radio Hosts

Ever since David Ellis was forced to apologize for daring to ask then-Tourism Minister Noel Lynch how he became an instant millionaire on a government salary, listeners to Brass Tacks radio have heard a mere ghost of what had been the premier political talk show in the country. The cowardly management decided that free speech wasn’t worth it, and the entire station has been slinking around like a neutered dog ever since.

Here are a few questions for Dodging Dale Marshall. See how many the cowering lapdogs of the Barbados news media ask…

Answer These Questions Publicly, Dodging Dale…

1/ How much money did VECO give to the BLP or to party members “campaign donations” in the last 12 years?

2/ Did any of those “campaign donations” find their way into the personal bank accounts of any BLP members?

3/ What gifts were received from VECO by government members or their relatives?

4/ How many subcontractors at the jail project and the oil terminal project are related to or otherwise associated with members of the Barbados Government?

5/ Does or did VECO employ any political lobbyists in Barbados and are any of them related in any way to members of government?

6/ Does or did VECO employ any consultants in Barbados and are any of them related in any way to members of government?

Bajans have been promised ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation – for 39 years. Neither the BLP nor the DLP have any credibility left on this subject.

Not one damned bit of credibility.

As for my family, we’re not going to listen to Brass Tacks today because we don’t have time to waste on the weekend – and this show would surely be a waste of our time.

These political and media elites don’t get it: The words of DLP and BLP politicians simply don’t matter anymore on matters of ITAL. Their actions say everything. No words are necessary.

Time for a new political party with ITAL as a foundation.

Further Reading At BFP…

How Much Cash Did Corrupt VECO USA Executives Provide To Barbados Labour Party As “Campaign Donations” ?

Barbados Attorney General Makes “Inaccurate” Statement About VECO Bribery Scandal

Barbados Attorney General Tells Some New And Old Whoppers About VECO Jail Project

Corrupt Barbados Prison Builder VECO Implicated In Yet Another Money-To-Politician Scandal

VECO Scandal: FBI Looking At How Oil Services Company Won Contracts For Arctic Research Despite Having No Experience In The Field… We Ask How VECO Got The Barbados Jail Contract With No Jail-Building Experience

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33 responses to “Former Barbados Attorney General Who Refused To Investigate Corrupt VECO Prison Builders – Appearing On Brass Tacks Radio Sunday

  1. Bush tea

    Actually BFP, I listened to the programme today and I think that you would have done well to do so.

    The panel made some good points about the challenges faced, and a contact from Trinidad outlined the legislation as enacted there. His summary was to question if the cost and effort was worth the results achieved.

    I can tell you that if Bush tea would be required to publish his assets thereby possibly becoming a target for kidnappers, beggars, scam artist etc then I would never be a willing public servant.

    Are we going to require disclosure from every cousin, aunt, and ‘best friend’ (like Gline Clarke’s) etc etc.

    As I always said, ITAL sounds good, but it is impractical, unwieldy, expensive, and counter -productive (we may end up with leaders of high integrity but inept ability and judgment)

    The solution?

    EASY. …. and Bush tea has offered this time and time again.

    Adopt the system that WORKS in Barbados to produce integrity, openness and honesty among elected persons in an organisation with a billion dollars of assets.

    …The Supervisory Committee of the Credit Union WORKS.

    It is so easy that it is foolproof.

    EVERY year, we elect a National Supervisory Committee.(12 to 30 persons)

    By law, they have responsibility for national governance.

    They have authority, through the electorate, to request access to all public documents,

    They perform the role of national ombudsman

    They can conduct internal audits, forensic audits and such investigations if warranted.

    …and they produce a public national report annually before the re-election date of the committee.

    END OF PROBLEM with ITAL.

  2. Straight talk

    Bush Tea:

    Are you not describing the function of our canine friend, The Auditor General.

    The one with his canines removed.

    A respectable, but manipulated, veneer.

    Get a powerful, independent Contractor General.

    Every contact above $1m has to be vetted by his department, and every single government contract is subject to his enquiry by spot checks.

    No disclosures necessary, we just have to import the right team , untainted by the existing status quo.

    If it costs us thousands all well and good, because it is saving us the wasted millions currently diverted to the useless yardfowls.

  3. Bush tea

    ST

    Contractor General ?

    Who will select /appoint/ pay / promote / discipline this person?

    If you say anyone in Government – that boils down to the PM.
    If you say the Governor General, that boils down to the PM

    If you say the CJ – we have problems.

    Who will fire him /her if needed?

    If you limit to contracts above $1.0 million are you saying that anything can happen BELOW that figure?

    The National Supervisory Committee would be selected /employed by THE SAME PEOPLE who elect government….ANNUALLY.

    THEY would choose what projects they wish to audit.
    They would respond to complaints about ANY project involving national funds.

    They would be annually subject to review by THE people in a simple election process.

    ….and if they are ineffective… we will fire they ….. in one year.

  4. Constituency Councils

    If you fear corruption you need to get involved at all possible levels. Get out and take part and keep things in check – Listen to this town hall meeting live feed – Sun June 1st at 5:45 p.m. – http://www.empoweringcommunities.com.bb/

  5. Hants

    Bush Tea Says “As I always said, ITAL sounds good, but it is impractical, unwieldy, expensive, and counter -productive (we may end up with leaders of high integrity but inept ability and judgment).”

    So you believe that a system that allows a Prime Minister to determine and whose land gets change of use and who is “not worthy”.

    A system that allows Government Ministers to approve “cost overruns” exceeding 100% of original cost is acceptable.

    Am I to believe that the previous Government was run by men and women who are eligible for Sainthood and have been unfairly villified by BFP and the DLP supporters like me?

    The DLP won the election with promises that included ITAL.

    I accept that the 100 days was difficult and have “battled” with BFP to give them more time but they must enact ITAL early in this term.

    You promise You deliver.

  6. John

    …. or get out let somebody who can, do.

  7. Straight talk

    BT:

    How much do you think corruption and (wink wink) over-runs have cost us these last 4 years.

    I am saying bring in a virgin, untainted by our old boy network.

    Pay him megabucks.
    Yes even more than the PM if necessary.
    Because if what half we are hearing is true the PM’s salary is inadequate and alternative sources of finance are necessary to reimburse him for his devotion to duty.

    Straight talking, we all know that corruption is rife here in Barbados.
    To deny the fact means you don’t get around all that much.

    We like to believe a little berry is not really full blown corruption, and maybe it isn’t, maybe its justified by the piss poor salaries we pay to people wielding influence.

    But recently I believe we are seeing corruption on a scale never thought possible here.
    And we are accepting it…meekly.

    I may be totally wrong in my solution, BT, but if our political process is not to be permanently damaged,some thing drastic needs doing, and doing now, especially after listening to the mealy mouthed apologists on Brass Tacks.
    We will never have satisfaction whilst such insular thinking is prevalent in our political parties.

  8. iWatchya

    Re: Suckoo D..gy…

    Did the taxpayers of Barbados pay for this highly articulate individual’s ability to spout such prose?

    On the point of ministerial bashing: Does anyone know why Donvillan is currently under investigation? (or has it been burried?) I understand that he was being investigated for certain unlawful business practices overseas…

    Does anyone have any more information on this? Should be interesting to hear some more details on this matter.

  9. J

    Dear BFP

    Re: the comment from “Suckoo Doggy” above. You must reallly do a better job of moderating your blog. Why do you let these cuss birds publish on your blog?

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

    BFP says,

    Yes, we simply must not go out on a sunday night with our friends and family.

    But now that we are back home we will take care of it.

    For you.

  10. B F BFP

    I was looking forward to hearing from the guys in your camp, you know, throwing penetrating questions at the politicians on the panel. What happened?

  11. B F BFP

    iWatchya

    I like ‘Naked News’. You should sign up. It’s easy to target operatives in the Caribbean for any number of issues when any similar activity is generally accepted practice if carried out by North American interests. Donville “nets” foreign exchange for Barbados, something that no other politician in parliament can claim.

  12. J

    I don’t really undersand why politicians like money so bad.

    You ever see a 100 year old politician yet?

    How come the only centenarians seem to be Godly hard labouring ladies? What is it that these ladies do right to make them live long and happy, and what is it that our politicians and senior officials in both the public and private sector are doing wrong that they all seem to drop down dead before their three score and ten are up?

    And has anybody ever seen a 100 year old white Bajan man yet? Especially one from the powerful/monied class?

    Am I missing something?

    I say let the politicians take as much money as they want, sooner rather than later they going to die and leave it.

  13. no name

    B F BFP,

    Perhaps everyone was waiting for someone else to ask the “penetrating” questions, as usual.

  14. J

    Dear Straight Talk:

    You say that “we just have to import the right team untainted by the existing status quo”

    Dear Straight Talk: Which planet you from? I hear a space craft went to Mars last week. It get back already? and do you plan to ask them to go back there and bring us back some more honest Martians like you?

    Dear Straight talk: You really, really feel that foreigners are less corrupt than Bajans? Straight Talk I hate to have to tell you this but it is not nationality that corrupts people. It is the love of money and power which corrupts, and foreigners are as easily corrupted by money and power as are Bajans.

    Seriously now that I think of it I’ll email NASA and ask them to bring us some men and women from Mars when they are coming back.

    The same integrity that our parents, teachers and Sunday school teachers tried so hard to teach us? If we so despise our parents/teachers/Sunday school teachers/pastors/priests/God that we choose to ignore their teachings on integrity, do you think maybe that we will listen to a foreigners or a few Martians?

    People are corrupt not because they do not know better. People are corrupt because money and power is sweet.

    My old father used to say that we need to lock of a few high level people. I bet that people would become less corrupt if from time to time we lock up a cabinet minister or two, from any and all parties.

    Stupse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To think that some of you believe new laws will help when we already have plenty good laws which we use to lock up nuff, nuff people all the time (but not cabinet ministers though)

    I bet that the first time that we lock up a few cabinet ministers or former cabinet ministers (and their friends and relatives) that we will get better behaviour.

    We don’t need any fancy new ITAL legislation. We just need to consistently apply the laws we already have.

  15. Straight talk

    J:

    I’m not talking policing, I’m suggesting a professional department capable of drafting a comprehensive, enforceable contract.

    Something our government, given Dodds and the ABC, seems unable or unwilling to do.

    If the contract is transparent and watertight we would save the millions overspent on the vague and uncosted projects which provide the latitude for corruption to go on undetected.

  16. cobweb

    To this day that BFP masthead with Dale Marshall telling himself “I are an idiot” makes me laugh.

  17. Thewhiterabbit

    One would like to be humourous about this topic, but unfortunately the topic is just too, too serious. This writer used to think BFP was simply obsessed with ITAL, but as information has slowly leaked out we see that the previous administration was seriously corrupt while the current administration will not have the intestinal fortitude to impose ITAL on itself and preclude access to the trough. We find that the Chief Justice appears to be involved in massive corruption, and not on the side of the law, the police simply do the bidding of the party in power, and the fourth estate, chameleon-like, is similarly eating out of the hand of whichever party is in power. Let’s see, administration corrupt, law enforcement corrupt, courts corrupt, media corrupt. In this atmosphere no ITAL would ever work, who would ever enforce the statutes? What penalites would ever be imposed? Who would ever have responsibility to uncover and expose breaches of ITAL? The Contractor General would soon be corrupt or rendered impotent, the National Supervisory Committee would never get done with its first investigation before it would have to stand for re-election and soon be bought out by the administration. The real problem lies in the Westminster system which has no checks and balances built into it. A new constitution is required in which the executive is separate from the legislative is separate from the courts. Ooops, so sorry, that sounds just too much like the the US of A which we all so love to bash at every opportunity. They aren’t perfect, but their system has proven to be remarkably free of the serious sort of corruption that plagues us here. People do go to prison in the US for offenses that seem to pass muster as OK hereabouts. Has any politician here ever been reprimanded with a serious penalty, let alone gone to jail????? And then you wonder why we have corruption!

  18. iWatchya

    B F BFP:

    Does this type of business concern not run against the cultural norms of Barbados? Is this not illegal?

    Is the inland revenue department knoledgable of all of his overseas profits as the law of the land dictate?

  19. Straight talk

    White Rabbit if you believe that the Bush Administration has not influenced and corrupted the judiciary you have been seriously misinformed.

  20. ROBOT

    Here is what that deceitful scoundrel Marshall told his fellow Bajans about the hundred-million-dollar cost overrun by a corrupt VECO…
    ——————————>

    i would not have you calling a cawmere boy by such names

    stop it

  21. reality check

    to accept the “corrupted” norm and do nothing is unacceptable

    Hopefully we are put on this earth to do better and do more for and with our fellow man. ITAL is a basic building block in that process.

    The status quo is morally contemptible and those that support it or are neutralised by the enormity of the task need to move aside

  22. J

    Dear Straight Talk and Reality Check I would be happy to sit on the first jury to send a politican or few to jail. I am not saying that like Ceasar’s wife I am above reproach, but for sure I have always been sure not to ask for nor accept favours from politicians nor their minions.

    And “no” I am not talking policing either.

    Ou r problem is almost never poor law. Our problem is poor enforecment of the perfectly good laws which we already have on the statute books.

    If a politician or his wife or hisoutside woman or his family teif’s then charge him.

    Be we Bajans too like to know who it is first and who he family to before we act.

    We don’t need new laws. We need tough, tough, tough enforcement.

  23. Bush tea

    J,

    Of course you are absolutely correct. The problem lies in OPENNESS, TRUTH and ENFORCEMENT.

    The only question is how do we best achieve this in the governance of our public life.

    BFP seems to be focused on the enactment of new ITAL laws.
    ….Now you and me both know, and BFP would soon find out, that crooked men can always get around any laws – especially if lawyers are involved.

    Straight Talk wants to have his Contractor General. But my problem again is ‘who will ensure that he is honest?”. Why will he be free from influence by the crooked politicians? What is to stop them from appointing one of their stooges or friends to this position? Who will fire him if he is a crook? (Is BFP not always complaining about the CJ?)

    …and then there is my National Supervisory Committee (NSC).

    – 30 ordinary citizens, paid a nominal fee, elected annually by public elections for a one year term.

    -Their Job?

    Look after the people’s interest. To SUPERVISE the good governance of the affairs of Barbados.

    NO POWERS OF MANAGEMENT.
    NO AUTHORITY TO SPEND.

    Has the right to perform audits, hold hearings with public managers, employ internal auditors, publish reports on findings, and forward findings to the DPP if necessary.

    for example…
    In special circumstances, (by 80% vote) they may require the Prime Minister to produce a formal report to the country on any specific matter decided by the NSC.

    Now.

    Who will bribe these supervisors? …….all 30?
    Who can victimize them? – only the electorate
    Who could cover up any matter – ……all 30?

    finally… When last did anyone hear of a major scandal in the Credit Union?

    …foolishness happens, but the supervisory committees ensure that all is exposed by the very next AGM and the general membership quickly deals with the matter.

    Supervisory Committees WORK.

    …and if someone like Caswell Franklyn is one of the NSC members, even if everyone else sleeps…. that committee will perform…

    This approach is the very definition of democracy….and IT WORKS IN BARBADOS ALREADY.

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

    BFP says,

    Bush Tea, seeing as we have no laws that address conflicts of interest, just what are you going to enforce without the promised ITAL?

    Your way of having no standards in law simply doesn’t work.

  24. Keltruth Corp.

    J
    I think you missed the whole conversation on integrity legislation.
    Go back and read it and you will see why new laws are needed to discourage corruption.
    True, poor enforcement is also a problem.

  25. Bush tea

    BFP,

    Good point about conflict of interest.

    Let us say that we had an iron clad law on COI.. A PM foolishly changes a land zone to benefit a relative…. Who will deal with the matter? the CJ?
    The DPP? the Commissioner? You?

    I would think that of all people, You and Kentruth would realize that laws in and of themselves are useless. (Laws don’t come much better that the ten commandments and even you and I don’t care squat about them…)

    HOWEVER,
    Let us say that my man Caswell is an elected Supervisor and even if THERE IS NO LAW.
    Mr PM changes the land zone to benefit his old uncle…. you think it could done there?
    My man! when Caswell finish with his behind he and the old uncle would drive themselves up by Dodds and park…

    You CANNOT write enough laws to contain the thievery of these people and their lawyers. What we need is some POWERFUL citizen watchdogs WITH BITE.
    People who can go BEYOND laws and invoke ETHICS, DECENCY and fair play – and who have the CLOUT and SECURITY of tenure to be effective.

    ….trust me BFP, Study the power of a Credit Union Supervisory Committee and you will learn two things….

    1 – that I am right (as always 🙂 )

    2 – Why Credit Unions are so successful…

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

    BFP says,

    Well Bush Tea, I guess we’ll just have to keep on pushing for laws, and you will have to keep on pushing for… ahhhhh…. what? finger pointing? name calling?

    Because without laws, that’s all you’ll be able to do.

  26. Bush tea

    Well BFP…

    I guess you have a cause that you wish to champion.. and in fact you have my support. Best of luck.

    If you could give us an example of good ITAL laws having the kind of results that you want to have (as my Credit Union example does) I would be more enthusiastic in my support – I promise.

    ….if you are prepared to dismiss a citizens council – elected by citizens to safeguard their interest as “finger pointing and name calling” I can see that it is pointless seeking to explain this concept that actually works to you.

    …maybe your desire to launch a third party reflects a hidden agenda…and you don’t want Caswell on your case when you win either…. 🙂

  27. Michael the Sword Bearer

    Bush tea,

    You may be on the right track, but I think you need to take one step back. Your suggestion addresses the method of execution (supervisory committee vs. contractor general) but fails to identify the framework and laws (i.e. the ITAL) that would govern the establishment, authority, responsibilities and activities of the watchdog body. The Credit Union movement, in its wisdom, saw the need for ITAL from inception, and incorporated this within its By-Laws. It chose to take the route of establishing a Supervisory Committee to enforce these rules. Similarly, Barbados needs to establish ITAL that identifies the rules and the enforcement mechanism.

    Still, there are some challenges (though probably not insurmountable) with the Supervisory Committee approach you have described. Whereas organizations like the Credit Union can be brought together for annual general meetings with relative ease to elect officers and committees, elections on a national level are not quite as simple.

    Candidates interested in serving on the ‘National’ Supervisory Committee are suddenly faced with the same challenges faced by individuals who are interested in serving in the House of Assembly – how do they effectively compete for public attention and support with those who have similar ambitions? how do they finance their campaigns? should they form associations (parties) with others of similar persuasion? …and other questions arise… could annual national elections for this committee be justified or would they have to be held less frequently?

    Perhaps we could start by disbanding the existing Senate (… as I see it we derive very little value from an Upper House whose majority is appointed by the ruling Government) and replacing it with an elected ‘National Supervisory Committee’, but the foregoing questions would still need to be addressed.

  28. Bush tea

    Michael the Sword Bearer (MtSB),

    You won’t get any arguments from me in respect of your observations. I suspect that I would need to take many paces back, in order to come up with a working arrangement.

    My focus here was to challenge BFP that ITAL must NOT simply mean passing laws which seek to prescribe acceptable behaviors.
    I believe that of much more import is the kind of MECHANISM that could support openness, transparency and action against wrong doing.

    If we could agree that a mechanism such as the NSC could indeed be effective within our peculiar culture, then I would agree that we need to look at enabling ITAL legislation – which will be significantly different to my understanding of the current calls for ITAL laws.

    I agree with your comments about the senate etc, however I fail to see the major challenge that you seem to foresee with annual national elections for the 30 NSC councilors.

    …each constituency votes for one councilor by ballot (on the Saturday nearest to Independence day each year? )… It will take some effort, but the involvement and participation will be more than worthwhile.

    Personally, I also think that there should be some basic ground rules for this NSC.

    …for example – Pay should be nominal only- to cover expenses incurred. -It should not be seen as a JOB but as a national service (like Jury Duty).

    …This approach would work so well that BFP would be hard pressed to find politicians to attack… 🙂

  29. I trust that many of you loyal blp supporters are finally awaking to the fact that this same party that you use to worship is being unravelled as the crooks we know them to be.

    Today the house was hushed when the PM revealed that part one of the Forensic Audit is in hand and it clearly suggest that legal proceedings needs to be begun, they have also suggested that it would be correct to begin a part two of this same Forensic Audit to delve deeper into the going ons at this dirty mess HARDWOOD HOUSING that Mascot and arthur were part of.

    It is high time that these scamps are dealt with firmly and from the report of the Forensic Audit it has removed any doubt that fraud existed or that those involved should be sent to the DPP.

    I must praise the new Gov’t under the leadership of the Prime Minister The Hon David Thompson for bringing this matter before the people in the time frame that it has and in as a quick a time as it was done.

    While this investigation is on going we are also hearing of other Forensic Audits being agreed to in other Gov’t Depts, but right around the corner is the correction of the madness that went on at Coastal and Leo Brewster and his companion, I have no sympathy for those that steal and MAKE THE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THEIR GOOD TIMES.

  30. Michael the Sword Bearer

    Bush tea,

    You have made two very strong points —

    a. The effort of having annual elections for the NSC may well be justified based on the benefits to be derived, i.e. a reduction in the annual ‘losses’ that arise out of poor governance and significant savings from cutting much of the existing operating expense associated with the Senate.

    b. Pay should be nominal, covering only expenses. It is well known in behavioral economics, that human beings operate in two parallel worlds — one governed by market norms and another governed by social norms. In the world where market norms rule, humans expect (and are motivated by) material exchanges for their service. Conversely, in the world of social norms (more applicable in this situation), motivation is driven by a sense of purpose and the pursuit of social values — in this world introducing market rules are not only ineffective but often counterproductive and damaging (… for example enjoying a Sunday meal prepared by your mother-in-law, and afterwards offering to pay her cash in appreciation).

    It should be patently obvious to most people that ITAL without the type of system re-engineering you have proposed (even if there are disagreements over the specific enforcement mechanism to be employed), would be of little value, and in fact would likely accrue net losses… i.e. we pay more for the ‘upkeep’ of a new set of rules and posts (e.g. Contractor General) while things continue largely unchanged due to an ineffective underlying structure. I cannot imagine that this is what BFP is calling for.

    By the way… the popular view is that the type of oversight performed by our Upper House requires individuals who possess specialized skill sets or fancy qualifications, when perhaps something along the lines of the jury duty system may suffice (…with enhancements of course — like election of the NSC from a randomly chosen pool of inividuals).

    Like I said in my previous post… I think you’re on the right track. I’ll leave you to slug it out with BFP.

  31. Fool me once

    question one: when we gonna see the report

    question two: why you doing Hardwood first it pales in compari$on to Kensington, Veco Jail etc. etc.

    Thompy saying forensic audit well in hand gonna hand a whipping to his old pal Mascoll he who crossed the floor. When that done bye bye auditor.

  32. Mea Culpa

    ONCE AGAIN I ASK: IS THERE ITAL FOR BLOG SITES? IS THERE A CODE OF ETHICS FOR BLOG SITES? Integrity principles? Are there any standards? Where can I find them? Who finances BFP? What is their agenda? Shouldn’t the public know and be able to draw conclusions based on who finances BFP?

    All of my comments are awaiting moderation and this is not the first time so this may never see the light of day. Is that right? Is it fair?

    Again, I ask, who finances BFP?

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

    BFP says,

    Who finances BFP? That’s easy…. WordPress.com.

    They provide everything, all the software online for free. You can create your own blog yourself in about 15 minutes. The learning curve is not hard. Then do like BFP does: put up at least one article every day. It helps when there are a few people involved so each person only has to write one or two articles a week, but you can usually think of something. Even if you were blogging alone you’re only looking at 20 or 30 minutes per day to post something and tidy up the comments.

    And when you haven’t got time to write a big long article, once again, do like we at BFP do. Find some article on the web and write a few lines about what you think about it. It doesn’t have to be long. Throw up a photo and let the readers discuss everything.

    That current article about the 140 days of broken promises only took about 15 minutes to throw together. We’ve used all the photos before and WordPress stores them in a database so you can easily retrieve them.

    Many folks spend more time per day making comments on our blog than we spend writing!

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