Give Mia Her Due Respect…
When Barbados Opposition Leader Mia Mottley publicly declared her assets in Parliament, she successfully pulled off the most beautifully orchestrated piece of politics that this writer has seen in years.
One of our BFP family (Cliverton) argued that Mia’s declaration of assets doesn’t really matter. Here is some of what Cliverton wrote…
“I think that part of the problem is that … folks don’t realize that the declaration of assets is only a small, even tiny, part of the changes that are necessary. Mia knows that, and she also knows that in the absence of the other 98% of ITAL (Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation), the declaration of assets is essentially showmanship serving little real public purpose. After all… if there are no rules for the disclosure, access and use of the information – and there are no laws broken by conflicts of interest such as government officials awarding contracts to themselves etc – the disclosure is of little use to anyone except Mia.
It is about pretense, and pretending that this really means something.
We will be supporting Mia’s call for disclosure of assets by all MPs… after all… it was our idea and has been pushed by us all along. But we, unlike so many others who are so willing to be fooled, realise that this means little to the advancement of effective ITAL.
Other than shaming the DLP into keeping their already-broken promises.”
Mia’s Declaration Of Assets Is More Important That Even She Probably Realises
I have to disagree in part with Cliverton. He does make some good points, but I believe that Clive has underestimated the ability of the public to determine that this is all theatre.
What Cliverton misses, and what the public will soon start to realise, is that Mia’s declaration of assets is as much a condemnation of her 14 years of BLP government as it is a poke at the Thompson administration.
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