Owen Arthur getting ready to return as DLP leader?
Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur says his BLP left the country with $2.1 billion in reserves and the DLP government is ruining everything. (See The Nation article Owen’s Charge)
Arthur isn’t talking about a few other facts though: the national debt soared under the BLP, how much his government borrowed to stuff the reserves, the squandering of hundreds of millions in failed schemes or how he as a politician could amass enough “savings” to give away US$150,000 to a cricket charity.
As Barbados Free Press said on the eve of the January 2008 election…
That is quite a chunk of change.
Don’t you wonder where Prime Minister Arthur got it? Prime Minister or not, he is only a politician with a family (or two) to feed and send to school. Just a man with a huge divorce settlement not so long ago.
Yup. Quite a chunk of change – $150,000 American. After Tax Dollars. That is real hard money, for sure…
Without integrity legislation, conflict of interest rules, freedom of information laws and transparency, being elected will continue to be the road to riches – so many riches that a politician with two families and children to send to school can give US$150,000 to charity.
Mia Mottley a non-subject as a strong, confident Owen Arthur addresses the faithful
The former Prime Minister spoke at Combermere School Hall over the weekend but instead of the rambling contrite man of a year ago, what BLP members saw was a re-invigorated Owen Arthur – confident, apparently sober and enjoying his elder-statesman status recently bolstered by consulting jobs for Antigua and from “a major international institution to develop a plan to help two Caribbean countries to manage a debt in such a way as not to compromise their ability to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” (Barbados Advocate: Owen Arthur reassures party faithful)
Presumably Mr. Arthur will be double, triple or even quadruple-dipping: collecting his salary from the Barbados taxpayers and at the same time being paid by his new clients. Let me form that in more clear terms: Owen Arthur will be collecting his salary from Barbados taxpayers but working virtually full time away from the island for the benefit of other countries. BLP members were concerned that Arthur was moving to Antigua, but he says he is not making a permanent move.
Is it ethical for Owen Arthur to collect his MP salary while working for other countries and foreign clients? Is it okay with you as a taxpayer?
Unless we citizens start to pay attention to questions about ethical standards, things will continue as they are – because neither our news media nor our elected officials are going to take the leadership on ITAL (Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation).