Daily Archives: December 4, 2009

More Proof: Prime Minister Thompson will never hold Owen Arthur to account

Former PM Owen Arthur now Elder Statesman of CARICOM with Thompson’s blessing

Hey, do you remember all the speeches David Thompson made of corruption in the Owen Arthur BLP government?

Do you remember when Thompson held up the famous “campaign donation” cheque that was made out to Owen Arthur personally and deposited into his personal bank account? Remember Hardwood Holdings? GEMS Hotels? 3S and the highway? VECO and Dodds prison?


Well folks, Thompson was correct at the time talking about the corruption of the Owen Arthur government, but once he achieved power any thoughts of accountability and cost-recovery against the wrong-doers of the BLP went into the rubbish bin with Thompson’s promise of Integrity Legislation. Thompson appointed ex-PM Arthur to several important positions and that’s how we knew that the fix was in.

Here’s the latest on Barbados’ elder CARICOM statesman…

St. Kitts Minister Harris Discusses CSME Workings With Owen Arthur

ZIZ News…December 4, 2009 – Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, Minister of Finance, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs of St Kitts and Nevis, today held a meeting concerning the full and effective integration and participation of St Kitts and Nevis, and other OECS countries, in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) process.

This meeting was held with Mr. Owen Arthur, former Prime Minister of Barbados, who is functioning as the CARICOM Secretariat’s duly appointed Consultant to conduct a study of the factors and circumstances that currently restrict the full and effective integration and participation of Belize and the OECS countries in the CSME.  Mr Arthur leads a three member delegation to the Federation.

continue reading this article at ZIZ News


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Morality usually follows the law. That’s why Barbados politicians refuse to introduce Integrity Legislation.

The following letter by Adrian Sobers appears in the current issue of The Barbados Advocate. I was struck by its simple truth.

Throughout history good people have worked hard to implement good laws aimed at changing societal and individual behaviours. Yes you CAN legislate morality because most folks will follow the law and the public heart follows the law even if it takes a few generations to take effect.

Anti-slavery legislation was one of the biggest and best examples of the public’s heart following changes in the laws. Yes, there was also a lengthy campaign that was the vanguard of change, but the real change happened when the law was passed.

Here is the letter from The Barbados Advocate. And no, (may God bless him) Dr. Martin Luther King wasn’t always 100% correct about everything.

You probably should head over to The Barbados Advocate to read the letter, but just in case they take it down, here it is…

“Morality cannot be legislated but behaviour can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

I’m continually puzzled by this popular notion that morality cannot be legislated. This is simply not true. In his essay “Legislating Morality”, Michael Bauman writes, “All laws whether prescriptive or descriptive legislate morality. All laws, regardless of their content, arise from a system of values, from a belief that some things are right and others wrong, that some things are good and others bad, that some things are better and worse. In the formulation and enforcement of the law, the question is never whether or not morality will be legislated, but which one. That question is fundamentally important because not all systems of morality are created equal.” Repeating “we cannot legislate morality” does not make it true; irregardless of how often or who repeats it. Perhaps those who take this stance mean to say that all morality should not be legislated. That would make more sense.

Adrian Sobers

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