More EU charity millions for Barbados – still no rules, transparency or accountability.

Just don’t ask what happened to the last EU Sugar funds

Rise and shine children! It is a fine, fine day! The European Union is sending us another fat aid cheque. That’s free money to “increase competitiveness of the sugar sector in Barbados and to develop alternative economic activities”, but doan be fooled. That money goin right into the general government coffers ’cause things are bad, bad, bad ’bout hey.

You know how it really is. Successive Barbados governments have positioned Barbados as an international beggar – all the while squandering hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid without visible results or readily apparent benefit to the people of Barbados.

The EU gentleman says additional new money is “earmarked” for information and communication technology, international business and human resource development.

I suppose that means new Blackberries ‘an laptops for the big-ups. Maybe some consulting fees for human resource development and international business “consultants” who just happen to be cousins of some guv’ment official.

Doan worry about it though. There are no rules about giving contracts to relatives or friends, so it’s all nice ‘an legal – just the way the big-ups like it.

There is no Freedom of Information law in Barbados that allows ordinary taxpayers to examine where the money is going, where it went, and who benefitted. So why worry about something you can’t do anything about?

We’re still waiting for the promised details about where the money went from the last EU Sugar Grant, Hardwood Housing, Hotels and Resorts and so many many other scandals. The DLP promised us the truth about all that during the last election campaign, but it was all lies just to get elected. Poor old Thompy said Owen Arthur was rich and corrupt and that BLP government officials illegally stashed millions in offshore accounts.

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

Then Thompy held up that $75,000 “campaign donation” cheque that Owen Arthur put into his personal bank account and said the DLP would do something about it if we elected the DLP.

Right. We elected the DLP and the first thing they did was to appoint Owen Arthur to a Commission monitoring elections in the Maldives to make sure the politicians were honest! Ha! Wat a joke. We knew then it was all a big cow pie and we bought it. Sure, DLP gonna do something about Arthur’s illegal campaign donation cheque. Ha! ROTFLMBAO!

The current DLP government is waving around a few pieces of paper they say will change everything, but this is the same DLP that promised to implement new internal rules “effective immediately” that they took office January of 2008. And you know what happened to that.

The DLP also promised Freedom of Information and Integrity Legislation within 100 days of forming a government and you know what happened to that, too.

Nope, just sit back and relax folks. Doan get too excited about the EU money or the promised legislation.

Same old, same old ’bout hey.

“In order to support the adjustment process, both Barbados and St Kitts and Nevis have already been allocated substantial EU funding,” (Head of the EU delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Valeriano Diaz) said.

“New allocations are expected in the near future. This assistance is being used to increase competitiveness of the sugar sector in Barbados and to develop alternative economic activities.”

According to Diaz, Barbados has earmarked its funds to support information and communication technology, international business and human resource development.

… from The Nation story $63m for Barbados

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18 responses to “More EU charity millions for Barbados – still no rules, transparency or accountability.

  1. Don’t hold your breath on ITAL, I doubt either side will ever allow it; “Barbados Law Lecturer Slams Proposed new Transparency & Accountability Legislationhttp://bit.ly/a7i49p

  2. No Way Jose!

    At Barbados Underground they reported Dr. Duguid said that neither his party nor the DLP would pass integrity legislation.

  3. No Way Jose!

    Look at the smile on the girl delivering the champagne to Sinckler. It made the cartoon. Good one, BFP.

  4. Barsbados Free Press has been in the forefront in this fight to get integrity legislation passed in this country . If only the main stream journalists were as committed to the cause as they are to their parties ,the fight may have ended long ago. We know and remember vividly the intimidatory acts perpetrated in the recent past , that prompted a moderator on a call in programme, himself a journalist , to declare that “journalists in barbados are too vulnerable to take pot shots at politicians” . One would have thought that if ever the time was right , it is now to make the push to enact the change we not only want ,but certainly deserve. Instead a state of dormancy (perhaps self-imposed ) has descended upon the fraternity we once depended on to be the watch dogs of society. Yes campaign promises are broken every time but the information shared at the now infamous “Bussa Debate” should have driven home the importance of this legislation, therefore feet need to be held to the fire . But will they ? I think not . Perhaps they have decided that they know best what is good for our consumption , for how else can one describe the disparity in treatment given to the in-fighting first in George street , now in Roebuck street ? With their assistance the internet is slowly affixing the stamp of irrelevance upon the print media , so perhaps the B.F.P. is on to something , so that while “coward dog keep whole bone ,” the actions of public servants may still be known .

  5. Nation’s Business Authority will have their own version of the lecture – be interesting to see their coverage compared to mine, Lesley was quite annoyed at my favouring the bill and so was Reginald Farley – he was suggesting journalists be in the ITAL too; read my review to learn how I responded… He wasn’t looking for me there?

  6. ethics 101 course needed by the law professor

    “For an individual, she sees the intended ITAL as probing into one’s private business and steep in punishment – five hundred-thousand dollars, five year’s in Dodd’s or both! The proposed laws attack the head and brain of organisations not the hands or feet where misappropriation is more likely in her view.”

    Yasser Arafat and many African dictators over the past decades have had many millions of dollars sitting in Swiss bank accounts. Persons or individuals in authority in the caribbean are responsible for similar behavior.

    If the punishment is to fit the crime or enforcement is to mean anything, the courts and parliament must have the tools to go after the head or source of that theft. The judges can determine the measure of penalties within those penalties.

    If you steal Five million from the public treasury, one should have to give over full restitution and suffer the penalties as well.

  7. Yes brother i you do the crime then do the time take a leaf from theUK over expense claims take them to court , you woul do me an any other person on the rock let justice speak and stop the rot .

  8. David G. Brooks

    By the way, don’t forget that in October 2003, the European Commission (EU) approved a 13.2 million Euro Regional Project to construct and install four new digital weather radars in the Caribbean, namely Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago … so that at least 3.3 million Euro for Barbados, but at least it was in beneficial and important Products & Services, and not cash, but has been done with the new radar.

    Its like proverbial paro on the street, “man, skipper I want $5 to buy some food”, if you buy the food and give it to him 9/10 of the time he will cuss you, but give him the money and its doubtful that it will be spent on food.

    “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime. ”

    or is it …

    “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day. “

  9. David G. Brooks

    “but has been done with the new radar” should be “but WHAT has been done with the new radar?”

  10. Mac

    $63million that will never see the light of day much like the $124million Chris Sinkler borrowed from the IDB not two weeks into the job.

    In any organisation or Gov ITAl is vital (no pun intended) to good governance. But with secrets re CLICO, PM’s health like Ian says don’t hold your breath.

  11. de hood

    @BFP

    You wrote quote :- “Then Thompy held up that $75,000 “campaign donation” cheque that Owen Arthur put into his personal bank account and said the DLP would do something about it if we elected the DLP.” End quote.
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    So, tell me where is the problem here? The specimen I see copied in the article shows a cheque made out to one “Owen Arthur” as payee. I do not see the payee as “The BLP”. I do not see a reference on the said cheque saying “Campaign Funds” or any other such reference. If a cheque is made to “Auntie Moses” or “Cliverton ?” or “Robert ?” as the payee, who would be entitled to said funds? Would it be “The BLP”? I bet not on either of your lives would that happen. Go figure! Wheel and come again.

  12. BFP

    Hello de hood,

    The problem is that the cheque was made out to Owen Arthur for campaign donation and instead of depositing it into his separate campaign account, he put it into his personal account. The money never found its way to any political account or use until good old Thompy stood up and waved the cheque around and told the people what had happened. (That Owen Arthur misappropriated a large political donation for his private use) Arthur was then caught with his pants down and sheepishly said he kind of made a mistake.

    Which is what thieves usually say when caught.

    And if it wasn’t misappropriated campaign donation, then it’s a bribe or a “tip” like you’d give a servant or a tribute like you’d give a mafia boss.

    Which do you want it to be? Arthur by his words and actions confirmed it was a misappropriated (ie ‘stolen’) campaign donation.

  13. de hood

    @ BFP

    You wrote :- “Arthur by his words and actions confirmed it was a misappropriated (ie ‘stolen’) campaign donation.”
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    OK, thanks, I guess I’ll just have to take your word that the above is a true report of what OSA actually said. 🙂 Just trying to get some FACTS of the matter and not just some rumour. However, does anyone actually know if the funds WERE disbursed for CAMPAIGN expenses or not? As YOU said the funds were for campaign expenses, right? So if OSA utilised the funds for campaign expenses then like I asked before………….. Where’s the problem?

  14. de hood

    @ BFP

    You said :- “And if it wasn’t misappropriated campaign donation, then it’s a bribe or a “tip” like you’d give a servant or a tribute like you’d give a mafia boss.”
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    Or maybe he was collecting de rent for a certain friend, nah! 🙂

  15. BFP

    good one, de hood!

    Or perhaps it was an “insurance payment” so dat “Owen and da boyz can look after ya bidniz so nobady gonna break no windows or nothin’ ”

    🙂

  16. de hood

    See what I mean, BFP? All it takes is a little use of de cognitive powers or some imagination. Lots of reasons why OSA would be getting a ‘payment’! 🙂

  17. Johnny Postle

    So by the DLP’s and BLP’s own admissions they are both saying that they are on the take. Both political parties, their families and close friends are getting rich off the backs of tax payers and free international monetary aid. What are we going to do about it Barbados? I say it is time for exposure and piggotting.

  18. RRRicky

    I had to laugh about the part in the budget where we’re going to do roadshows to bring in more investment from Canada. Between the Peter Allard Nature Sanctuary debacle, calling a murdered Canadian tourist “white trash” at Barbados Underground, property disputes regularly taking a decade or more to be heard in the courts and Clico showing that there are no financial controls or standards worth talking about in Barbados, I think that Canadian investors are starting to think differently about this place. We can buy the newspaper travel section but the online investment forums can’t be bought and they tell a different story about Barbados and the Caribbean in general.

    Don’t be mad at me. Just telling it like it is.