Barbados PM breaks ground on billion dollar project – No conflict of interest rules apply!

Freedom of Information Request #2009-3

To: Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson

Dear Prime Minister,

Under the Freedom of Information legislation of Barbados, I demand to know how many current and former politicians and members of their immediate families have an interest in any way in the Port Ferdinand marina project in St. Peter that you broke ground for last Friday morning. This also includes politicians and their family members participating as sub-contractors, suppliers and “consultants” on the project. (Barbados Advocate article about the groundbreaking link here)

I enclose the required fee and expect to receive copies of the requested records within 100 days as per the FOI law that you promised to have in place two years ago.

Yours truly,

A Bajan citizen empowered by the Freedom of Information Act of Barbados (To be enacted in 2017 by the Barbados Integrity Party government)

Why do we need conflict of interest rules for Government Officials? I thought you’d never ask!

Government officials use the law to expropriate privately held land for “the public good” – a few years later the land is sold to private interests and a Minister of Government ends up living on expropriated land. Barbados has no conflict of interest or integrity laws to prevent such abuse. It is actually legal for government officials to expropriate private land and then sell it to friends, relatives or even themselves! (Nice trick, yes? See Barbados Government Minister Gline Clarke – House and Mercedes On Expropriated Land)

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8 responses to “Barbados PM breaks ground on billion dollar project – No conflict of interest rules apply!

  1. West Side Davie

    What is it? Almost two years of the DLP refusing to make it illegal for a government employee to issue a government contract to themself or their wifey. That say it all.

    Good luck waiting for an answer on your FOI request!

  2. Donald Duck, Esq

    Wasn’t the DLP saying before 2008 that the government of the day was selling out our land to non-nationals!!! If this is so what do you call what our current Prime Minister is doing in this photo?

  3. NEEDHELP

    THE PM IS SELLING IT FOR VIOLET BECKLES ,WHAT DO YOU EXPECT.

  4. NEEDHELP

    HOPE SHE STAYS AROUND ,BECAUSE SHE WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE COWS COME HOME.

  5. Does Gline Clarke still live in that House?
    Still driving the Mercedes?
    Still the same mistress or?

    Update please.

  6. BajanPrince/Prince of Barbados/ Angered 15-year-old Bajan American

    I MUST know if the new marina is being built on the land where the Six Men’s Swamp is!!!! Can someone please tell me!!!!

  7. Markus

    Hey BFP…I love your blog, but you are doing it again – making stuff up! Where does it state that any minister of parliament has interests in the Ferdinand project? Do you expect Government officials to have to demonstrate no conflict of interest explicitly for every building project on the island? Don’t get me wrong, I get your point. However, falsely suggesting that everyone is corrupt everytime a big project begins is disingenous!

  8. BFP

    Markus…

    We’re asking a question – because there are NO LAWS against unethical conflicts of interest in Barbados, despite Thompy promising to implement them “IMMEDIATELY” two years ago. Get it?

    And without the accompanying Freedom of Information laws that Thompy promised to implement almost two years ago, neither you nor anyone else can prove a thing.

    Which is exactly the plan by these corrupt politicians of the BLP and DLP.