Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson Fools Lindsey Grant – St. Kitts and Nevis People’s Action Movement Leader

“Grant pointed out that Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson responded to calls from his Barbadian people and implemented integrity in public life and prevention of corruption legislation…”

… St. Kitts & Nevis People’s Action Movement leader Lindsey Grant gives Barbados Government credit for doing nothing. (link here)

Words Are Not Actions

You have to hand it to Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson – even other politicians who should know better are falling for the big lie that words mean that something is really happening with integrity legislation.

Mr. Grant’s heart is in the right place. When he spoke he was trying to convince his own government to implement Integrity Legislation, but he made the mistake of believing some Barbados government politician at some cocktail party who said “We’ve done it”.

David Thompson and his DLP government have NOT implemented ITAL – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation. During their election campaign last December they even lied to voters and said they would implement a Ministerial Code immediately upon forming a government. The DLP published a draft of the code, but they lied and did not implement it.

As to transparency and conflicts of interest, one of David Thompson’s first official acts as a newly-elected Prime Minister was to borrow the corporate jet of a company that does business with the Barbados government – and to refuse to release any details of the costs and arrangements.

Prime Minister Thompson talked about implementing ITAL, but he did not and he has not. Instead, he says he has set up a “committee” that has embarked on what will probably be a two year process to “research”, “consult” and “draft” whatever it is that they intend to present to the people of Barbados.

The Invisible Barbados Integrity Legislation Committee

Have any meetings been held by this “committee”? Have any public papers been published by the committee? Do they have a website, an address, a phone number or email address to receive submissions from the public? We can’t find the contact information – perhaps one of our readers can find this invisible ITAL committee.

Meanwhile, the Barbados government has refused to implement a prohibition on conflicts of interest in the awarding of government contracts. Yup —- those DLP piggies need a couple of years to feed at the public trough before David Thompson will implement any integrity legislation.

So it continues to be legal for elected and appointed government officials to award government contracts to their own companies, or companies owned by their spouse or children. Just the same as it was under the previous BLP government that set new records for greed and corruption.

Lindsey Grant and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis should pay attention to the broken promises of the Barbados Government and the reality of integrity legislation in Barbados: it doesn’t exist.

Mr. Grant should remember that words are not actions.

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10 responses to “Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson Fools Lindsey Grant – St. Kitts and Nevis People’s Action Movement Leader

  1. passin thru

    The Barbados papers turn press conferences into “news” all the time but they seldom follow up on any announcement to see if anything happened. Can you imagine if the reporters really did their jobs and looked into the results of any government announcement six months later? Our country would have been so different had that been done faithfully during the past government’s rain of lies.

  2. Long Beach California

    Good job BFP. Hold Thompson’s feet to the fire.

  3. JC

    Accountability is the order of the day BFP!

  4. Wishing In Vain

    JC

    Accountability is the order of the day BFP!

    It sure is that is why there is so much uneasyness among the BLP higher ups as the crabs are crawling out with every rock that is moved here recently, the revelations just on Stanton Alleyne alone are amazing, then we have HARDWOOD HOUSING and MASCOLL, ARTHUR and MURRELL, the we have DR LEO BREWSTER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND FROM THE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT OF COASTAL, WATER AUTHORITY, QEH, SSA, URBAL and the 1, 2, 3 men, but trust me as the sun will rise tomorrow justice will be done in the fullnest of time.

    Even the civil servants are coming out in the open and providing critical information on many former Ministers and happenings in their various Ministeries to them I say well done and thank you for your sense of honour and pride in your nation.

  5. Hants

    This is great news for us Bajan Canadians who travel to Barbados.

    Let us hope that the BTA launches a comprehensive marketing campaign to get Canadian Tourist and Travel agents interested in Barbados again.

  6. reluctant nonbeliever

    Read this (from the British Daily Telegraph).

    Couldn’t happens here, of course…

    Turks and Caicos: MPs criticise ‘climate of fear’ on luxury holiday islands
    By Nick Meo
    Last Updated: 1:23AM BST 06/07/2008
    MPs have urged the Foreign Office to launch an urgent inquiry into the government of a luxury Caribbean holiday destination after islanders made allegations of corruption in an “atmosphere of fear”.
    The Turks and Caicos Islands, a British overseas territory an hour’s flight from Florida, has become popular with well-heeled holidaymakers and film stars attracted to its beautiful beaches, unspoiled atolls and the third biggest coral reef in the world.

    But behind the paradise image the Foreign Affairs Select Committee discovered an alarming picture which akin to a Graham Greene novel.

    The MPs from the committee were carrying out a routine review of administrations in Britain’s 14 remaining overseas territories when they were shocked to receive dozens of allegations of corruption from the islands. When they travelled there to investigate further, they found some witnesses were too scared to be seen meeting them.

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    Their report, published today, describes “a palpable climate of fear” and criticises the Foreign Office. The MPs also warn that “people will be afraid of pubicly coming forward to give evidence” and described of the suppression of free speech and say that critics of the island’s elected leaders have been intimidated and denounced at one meeting as “traitors”.

    Caught up of the corruption claims is Premier Michael Misick, who is alleged to have built up a multi-million dollar fortune since he was elected in 2003 when he declared assets of only $50,000 (£25,000). The committee’s report concentrates on claims that Mr Misick and fellow government ministers have subsequently enriched themselves by selling off Crown land to fund current investment.

    Members of his Progressive National Party who had to borrow cars in 2003 now live in beautiful mansions, the MPs were told. The islands have become one of the most glamorous destinations in the Caribbean. The number of visitors has grown from 87,000 annually in 1996 to 200,000 in 2006, and world-class hotels have proliferated. Most tourists are from Canada and America but the islands are also popular with British holidaymakers. Thanks to the tourist business the economy’s growth rate since 2000 has been one of the highest in the world.

    Donna Karan and Bruce Willis have homes in Parrot Cay, where the price of villas starts at nearly £6 million. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were married there in 2005 and Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria spent her honeymoon in the islands in 2007. England footballer Rio Ferdinand has reportedly bought a £1 million villa and Sir Paul McCartney took Heather Mills there on holiday soon after they met.

    But for the local population of 30,000, who live on eight main islands and twenty atolls, life has been less than idyllic. MPs were shocked at the outset of their investigation into the administration of British overseas territories when they were contacted by more than 50 islanders who made corruption allegations.

    When they travelled to the islands to investigate, the report says: “Alarmingly for a British overseas territory, many individuals expressed great concern about being seen to be talking to British parliamentarians, and some individuals declined to meet us altogether for this reason.”

    The report highlighted suspicions of “political interference” in the islands’ judicial system and described a series of arson attacks on the islands’ main courthouse and the offices of the attorney general. It called for the British Government to establish a commission of inquiry with full protection for witnesses who come forward to give evidence.

    When he appeared before the committee in London last December, Mr Misick categorically denied allegations of corruption, saying that such claims were always made in small countries.

    The MPs said that since their visit they had been given a DVD of a meeting of the Premier’s party, where he denounced the opposition as “traitors” for speaking to them. The committee strongly condemned the failure of the Foreign Office or the islands’ British-appointed Governor, Richard Tauwhare, to take action over the allegations.

    Meg Munn, a Foreign Office minister, said: “The Government takes its responsibilities for the Overseas Territories very seriously indeed, while recognising the degree of self-government accorded to the Territories in their constitutions… We will give each recommendation the fullest consideration, with the viability, security and prosperity of the Overseas Territories uppermost, and respond to the committee in due course.”

  7. Mea Culpa

    How can you “borrow” a jet when the owner was on it?

    BFP, why do you continue this childish anonymous charade on behalf of a man who wanted to buy a beach house and beach-front land from the Barbados government but didn’t succeed.

    I hope David Thompson exposes it for the entire country to know what goes on behind the scenes in Barbados.

  8. akabozik

    Mea Culpa doesn’t get it. Whether the owner of the jet is aboard or not has nothing to do with the conflict of interest created when a politician accepts anything from a person who benefits from government contracts.

    Question for MC, I don’t understand your comment about a man who wanted to buy a beach house. What has that to do with anything? Did Clico want to buy a guest house? What the $#!! are you talking about?

    More obfuscation to conceal unethical conduct by Thompson. Give him another six months and the DLP will be as bad as the BLP ever were!

  9. Wishing in Vain

    What he is speaking about is the scam that Owing Arthur and Hallam Nicholls pulled on the taxpayers by permitting the Gov’t owned property at the Bath to be transferred from the Gov’t owned lands quietly to Hallam Nicholls within 3 weeks of the election date.

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