More Barbados Juxtaposition: Thomas Jefferson vs. Owen Arthur

UPDATED October 6, 2010: Did Bajans ever get an answer on the $75,000 “campaign donation” cheque that former PM Owen Arthur deposited into his personal bank account?

Quotes about wealth derived from political position…

 

Thomas Jefferson

 

“I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during my public service, and of retiring with hands as clean, as they are empty.” Thomas Jefferson

 

Deposited "campaign donations" into personal bank account.

 

“A group of 41 former cricketers from Barbados, including some famous names, is clubbing together to help former team-mates who have fallen on hard times… Prime Minister Owen Arthur, an ardent cricket fan, has personally donated US$150,000, an amount that has been matched by local hoteliers.”

“… think about the wealth it takes to give away US$150,000.”

… from BFP’s January 15, 2008 article A Reminder On Election Day: Prime Minister Owen Arthur Personally Donates US$150,000 In After Tax Income To…

 

"Campaign Donation" deposited to Prime Minister Owen Arthur's personal bank account. Barbados political elites break laws without fear.

 

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6 responses to “More Barbados Juxtaposition: Thomas Jefferson vs. Owen Arthur

  1. Johnny Postle

    BFP you know this Johnny like your blog alot. But do you think brining this back up is going to stop Owen Arthur from spending his accumulated fortune no matter how he got it. Unless the media, the current government and people of Barbados get serious about presenting the real dirt on these politicians who have become rich from their deals and other dark doings overnight, we are just a bunch of talkers. I no longer will comment on such matters because it just fustrates the shite out of me.

  2. BFP

    Hi Johnny,

    We understand completely because it frustrates the hell out of us too. Sometimes it seems that we post the same old stories again and again and we wonder how it is that nothing changes.

    But to let stories fade into nothing because the corrupt news media and politicians want that to happen is to surrender. They win.

    Hear us clearly, both friend and foe: Barbados Free Press will NEVER SURRENDER. We will continue to tell everyone until we see answers and changes.

    So Johnny – dig in for the long haul with us. If you need a break from all the bad news and corruption stories that never get resolved, then take a break. But don’t abandon your country and the future for the next generation. We must bring this corruption to an end.

    Here’s what we’ve said before about BFP…

    Barbados is a wonderful country full of good people – but we have this one huge problem with a long-established culture of corruption and entitlement in politics and government service. BFP and other reform-minded folks believe that the only way the culture will change is if the international community starts examining the Barbados government’s actions, inaction and policies with a critical eye in decisions regarding Barbados investments, property ownership and business deals.

    International visitors to Barbados Free Press are usually shocked when they learn that Barbados government officials are not prohibited from accepting gifts of any value from land developers or companies that receive government contracts.

    No Integrity Legislation exists in Barbados. As a result, powerful Government Ministers do not have to declare their assets or explain (for instance) how it is that, as a Member of the Cabinet that approves the expropriation of privately-owned lands, a Minister of Government can come to live upon a choice building lot that was forceably taken from an owner – using the full power of the Government.

    Even our Prime Minister, David Thompson, is currently embroiled in conflict of interest scandal where he refuses to allow independent oversight and transparency in the collapse of CLICO Barbados – a public company run by his best friend, Leroy Parris.

    Integrity, transparency and accountability are just words to Barbados politicians, but to fellow taxpayers the failure of successive Barbados governments to implement and enforce ITAL (Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation) says “corruption”.

    To international investors, the refusal of Barbados governments to define and regulate obvious conflicts of interest by elected and appointed officials says “higher risk”. After all, nothing says “banana republic” like the fact that Barbados citizens have an expectation and an acceptance that government officials will become millionaires while in office.

  3. Jason

    bfp say “the only way the culture will change is if the international community starts examining the Barbados government’s actions, inaction and policies with a critical eye in decisions regarding Barbados investments, property ownership and business deals.”

    that is true because the politicos don’t care about what we think. when it start hurting in their international funding then they will change but not before

  4. dominoes

    Who is this cricketer.

  5. FAITH GOODY

    Show us copies of the cheque donations given to the other party and their agents.

  6. iWatchya

    No politician is going to lock up another in BIM because they would not be able to do the same thing.