Promises and Lies… Who can tell the difference anymore?

Hey… see the nice lady giving David Thompson a hug? She believed his promises in the DLP’s “Pathways to Progress” 2007 election manifesto. Nice lady, but a sucker like the rest of us.

We want you to think back to January 2008. Think about how you felt when the corrupt government of Owen Arthur fell. Think of the pride you had in January 2008 that Barbados was finally going to have transparency and accountability laws for elected and appointed government officials.

We, the People of Barbados, thought that WE won the election.

We were wrong. Now we know – the people of Barbados didn’t win the election.

Thompson and the DLP did.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss

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19 responses to “Promises and Lies… Who can tell the difference anymore?

  1. Donald Duck Esq,

    Remember what they planned to do immediately and what they planned to do in 100 days. Can a member of the government say why so few of the promises have been kept

    IMMEDIATE ACTION

    Labour rights legislation (page 36)

    A new DLP government will move to immediately enact a comprehensive national Labour Rights legislative compendium which will include the following:

     A Full Employment Rights Act
     An Alternative Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Committee
     A Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act
     National minimum wages legislation
     Legislation fully recognizing Trade Unions.

    Approval of capital account transactions (page 25)

    Immediately review the current Central Bank procedures for approving capital account transactions with a view to simplifying and speeding up the approval (or denial) process for restricted transactions.

    Port charges (page 33)

    The DLP pledges to immediately re-examine the Port charges with a view to significantly reducing these to manufacturers as they consider them to be a burdensome cost. They say that tonnage dues are charged twice; – on raw materials when imported and again on finished products when being exported.

    Integrity legislation (page 48)

    Immediately introduce integrity legislation requiring

     a declaration of assets by public officials,
     a Code of Conduct for Ministers,
     a new Freedom of Information law,
     amendments to the Defamation laws and
     new constitutional provisions to rationalize the powers of the Prime Minister.

    Health issues (page 11)

    A new DLP Government will immediately embark on a health promotion campaign to sensitize the public to the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles

    ISSUES TO BE DEALT WITH IN FIRST 100 DAYS

    Don’t forget the DLP promises to do the following in the first 100 days

     Introduce the Agriculture Protection Act that will require a 2/3 majority of both houses of parliament for a change of use of land from agriculture.

     Remove VAT from building materials on houses valued up to $400,000.
     convene a National Consultation on Education

  2. Donald Duck Esq,

    TOURISM

    Remember the DLP’s plans in their manifesto for tourism. Very few but little done!

    They said a new DLP Administration will:

     Draw up a Tourism Master Plan.
     Diversify and enhance the tourism products of Barbados by linking tourism to culture, sports, the arts and the environment.
     Develop the concept of Community Tourism by training and motivating local people to provide accommodation and other services to visitors in their communities.
     Restructure and strengthen the Barbados Tourism Authority to include more local people as stakeholders in tourism.[ restructuring started but don’t know how they will include more local people as stakeholders in tourism]
     Link tourism to agriculture.
     Target the CARICOM market more effectively and address the needs of this important segment of the market.
     Carry out a feasibility study on the development of maritime transport facilities such as fast ferries to link CARICOM countries.
     Develop a national destination e-commerce platform for the tourism sector.

  3. Donald Duck Esq,

    Economic strategy

    Remember the DLP promised the following in their manifesto as part of their economic strategy. They said “a Democratic Labour Party Barbados government will give maximum priority to the creation of a macro-economic environment that stresses the following:

     Fiscal prudence in the allocation of expenditure and the absorption of revenues;
     Protection of the fixed exchange rate regime through careful management of the fiscal and external current account deficits;
     A tightly managed debt accumulation strategy targeted at the reduction in both domestic and foreign components of the national debt;
     The attainment of full employment through the private sector’s response to new domestic entrepreneurial and investment opportunities in traditional and more importantly new industrial, cultural and knowledge sectors.”

    Further aspects of the DLP economic policy announced in their manifesto stated that a new DLP government will:

     Give priority to achieving and maintaining a balanced budget while allowing for small manageable fiscal deficits where necessary to facilitate the development objectives of the country.
     Implement taxation policies that reduce fiscal drag on the economy. We shall avoid taxation policies that act as disincentives to investment and productivity; require that public expenditure be kept under continuing review to promote efficiency and economy is the use of fiscal resources;
     Seek any domestic financing from the capital markets in preference to the heavy reliance on national insurance funds; [ never mind there has been an approximate 25% increase in holdings of government debentures between jan 2008 and may 2009]
     Undertake a comprehensive review of the proliferation of government owned companies created by the BLP administration to ensure that they promote economic goals and/or meet genuine social needs. Companies such as Hotel and Resorts Limited (GEMS) and the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc. (BTII), which receive public funding will now be required to have such financial support debated and approved by parliament, and will be required to consistently adhere to existing and new legal requirements for reporting to parliament in a timely fashion.

    How much of the above has the government achieved

  4. Donald Duck Esq,

    Energy policy

    Remember the DLP promised to:

     Provide significant incentives to encourage ownership of fuel-efficient vehicles, particularly motor cars.

     Provide incentives for greater use of solar energy in providing the electricity needs of consumers and businesses. The goal is to implement a package of incentives to cover up to 50% of the cost of installing solar electric systems. Barbados is already a leader on solar hot water systems and we are well placed to become a leader in solar electricity as well.

     Create a SMART ENERGY FUND of $10 million to provide low interest loans to households seeking to purchase solar panels to power their homes.

     Introduce a tax rebate for the cost of installing a solar electric system.

     Ensure all new government or government related facilities will be fully fitted with solar electric systems.

     Phase out the use of incandescent light bulbs from all government buildings by 2010 and private households by 2012.

    What has happened to these proposals?

  5. Donald Duck Esq,

    Public servants

    Remember the DLP promised you the following

    (a) An increase the no-interest vehicle loan facility to $60,000 for those who qualify;
    (b) Access to duty free motorcars for personal use for designated public servants [ check out what this did to the Antiguan economy when it was introduced

    What has happended to these proposals??

  6. Donald Duck Esq,

    HELP

    Remember of the DLP’s promise of HELP in their manifesto: Remember what they said
    “We commit to Housing Every Last Person (HELP). Under such a programme the Democratic Labour Party Government will:

     In the first 100 days of the new DLP administration remove VAT from building materials on houses valued up to $400,000. The maximum vat that eligible persons may now get back has been capped at $14,000
     Establish a Home Ownership Revolving Fund for public sector workers, providing interest free loans to appointed public servants with 5 years service who are first time homeowners. This fund will be capitalized with an initial injection of $40 million.
     Provide 500 lots of land in five (5) months at $5 per sq foot for first time homeowners. These lots have been identified and land will be acquired by private treaty where necessary to speed up the process.
     Provide 2,500 house spots for sale to low and middle income wage earners in the first term of a DLP government.
     Commit to building 2,000 housing solutions per year in the first term of a DLP government. These will include rental units, terrace units and starter homes.
     Increase the tax deduction for mortgages to $20,000.00 per year.
     Commit to building and maintaining a pool of rent-to-purchase units for low-income earners, pensioners, and the disabled who may not qualify for mortgages and loans.”

    How many of these initiatives have or can be implemented???

    I forgot to add these three other promises included in the HELP programme

     Commit to realizing the concept of Housing Communities, for low income earners in which all the amenities – social, recreational and commercial are provided e.g. day nursery, play area, laundry,mini-mart.
     Promote the concept of starter home projects and partner with private sector companies (through tax incentives) in promoting the concept of “build and live”, a long tradition in Barbados.
     Explore the concept of reverse mortgages with the financial institutions and give incentives where necessary, to provide for dignified standards of living for our elderly in their golden years.

  7. Clobber Jimmy

    CASINO GAMLING COMING, READ ALL ABOUT IT, READ ALL ABOUT IT………CASINO GAMLING COMING TO BARBADOS. PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION THE TOURISM INVESTMENT MASTER PLAN, GLINE BANNISTER OF SMI INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS INC IS GOING TO SUGGEST BARBADOS NEEDS CASINO GAMLING IF IT WANTS TO BE THE MONACO OF THE CARIBBEAN.

  8. ninemikemike

    Mr Duck – “Remember the DLP promised you the following:-

    Access to duty free motorcars for personal use for designated public servants.
    Phasing out the use of incandescent light bulbs from all government buildings by 2010 and private households by 2012.

    What has happened to these proposals?”

    While in no way excusing the bent Dees from their reneging Donald, these are a couple of promises we can well do without being honoured.

    Why on earth should civil servants, indeed the PM get a duty-free, or reduced duty vehicle? The only possible reason I can see is to hide the true cost of govt spending from the poor mutts who have to pay for their high living. No, if vehicle duties are too high for public servants, then they are certainly too high for those who have to pay for those ‘servants’.

    The light-bulb distraction is just that – these fools trying to look as green as their bigger neighbours. A sensible govt, with an eye to the burdens on its struggling taxpayers might invite the big countries to give us their unwanted incandescent bulbs instead.

    Meet the new boss, just like the old boss, if we’re lucky, that is. He might turn out worse.

  9. Atman

    @ninemikemike

    Are you aware that incandescant bulbs consume more energy? Doesn’t it make more economic sense to reduce one’s electric bill?

  10. ninemikemike

    Yes Atman, of course I am. I am also aware of the costs of those bulbs compared to fluorescent, and the foreign exchange involved. It was slightly tongue in cheek, but just as the developed nations dump their old technology on the less developed, why not invite them to give us their unwanted bulbs? NO cost is good.

  11. Responder

    We wanted change. So there it is. Hard pill to swallow though.

  12. bajandave

    “The animals looked from pig to man, and then from man to pig; and in the end, it was impossible to tell which was which.” – George Orwell, “Animal Farm”

  13. Confidence

    It is difficult for some people to come to terms with the fact that for the first time in Barbados we have a Prime Minister who is beyond reproach. Barbados await the return of Prime Minister Thompson and the great things to come.

  14. Bad man sayin nutin

    Thompson lied about Freedom of Information etc etc etc. He lied about getting 2/3 approval for converting agricultural land. Thompson is a lying bastard.

  15. ninemikemike

    Confidence – may we assume that you are a die-hard Thompy supporter, or just dead from the neck up?

    I think Bad man is nearer the truth.

  16. twwifos

    Can anyone name one piece of legislation that has been passed by the DLP in the past 2.5 years that has actually helped the working class? I can’t.

    A trip to the supermarket has become a frighting experience. WTF are you gonna do about that DLP?

  17. In 1994 Thompson stated a Manifesto is not a social contract so what is big deal, but most Bajans have known that since two glaring promises never kept by either side – pledge to stop 11+ and sell CBC along with open other TV stations… Yeah, right!

  18. Boy, I really offend ur spam gods nuh?

  19. Cruising for Bruising – Health Minister of Barbados in Mediterranean while QEH burned by Opposition Leader’s Commentary over BAMP Strike

    http://bajanreporter.com/?p=16116

    EXCERPT – Many people are aware the Emperor Nero played his lyre while Rome was engulfed in flames, not fiddled as some would say – the expression led to the name of a highly popular computer software programme also called Nero which burns data to disks.

    “It seems to be an amazing similarity when a Cabinet Minister fully aware of an impending strike yet still seeks to holiday smacks of the same type of laissez faire attitude, it also goes deeper than that – why did the acting Prime Minister not look to defer the leave until after the matter is settled?”