Will The Corruption Never Cease?
My friends, I am almost without words this morning. I am in such despair over yet another incident that highlights the apparent inability of successive Barbados politicians to conduct themselves like honest professionals who care about and adhere to the rule of law.
If the Government of Barbados expropriates your land, you should at least be paid for it!
Never mind the arguments about how land expropriation (called “compulsory acquisition” in Barbados) should be justified or allowed… you should at least be paid a fair price for your land if the government takes it!
But that’s not the way it works in Barbados.
In Barbados, a Government Minister will vote to expropriate your land… and in a few months you will find he has built a fine house on it for his mistress! (Yes, Gline Clarke, we be takin ’bout YOU!)
In Barbados, the big-ups in government have no integrity rules against their profiting from their position or insider knowledge. Combine the legal ability of government officials to misuse their offices for personal profit with their ability to expropriate land without any real protection for the landowner… and you have the high-risk disaster that is all too often faced by foreign and domestic owners of real estate on this island.
The latest horror story of expropriated lands not paid for by government can be found at Keltruth Blog, along with a letter from the Government of Canada indicating the sleezey actions of Barbados government officials involved in the Kingsland Estates dispute.