WE TOLD YOU SO: Anti-Corruption legislation buried in dark hole

During the 2007 election campaign, the Democratic Labour Party promised to introduce Integrity Legislation and a Freedom of Information Act within 100 days of taking office. They put that in writing in Pathways to Progress, in press handouts and in newsletters and emails.

The DLP also promised to introduce a Ministerial Code of Conduct immediately upon taking office. They put that in writing too.

“Hello BFP folks…

The Ministerial Code takes effect immediately after a DLP government is elected. The Freedom of Information Act and Integrity legislation will be dealt with in the first 100 days in office…

Best regards
Reudon Eversley
Communications Director
DLP General Election Campaign 2008″

The DLP Lied

David Thompson lied about it. Freundel Stuart lied about it. Every DLP candidate lied about it.

You can say that the electorate was naive or ready to believe the DLP lies about Integrity Legislation because after 14 years of BLP corruption we were desperate. You can say the electorate was ready to be deceived, but it doesn’t matter.

We believed the DLP. We truly did. We had faith in the DLP candidates as people. We elected the DLP candidates and leadership because we believed their promises. We believed IN the DLP candidates as people of their word.

The DLP promises about what we called “ITAL” – Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation – were a big part of why Bajans elected a DLP government. That much was admitted at the time in the news media and in comments from foreign observers.

It has been over four years since those promises were made, and three years and seven months since the DLP Government took office and immediately broke their first promise by not implementing a Ministerial Code of Conduct on the first day.

Now we read in The Nation “The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) wants Government to move quickly to redraft the Prevention of Corruption Bill, 2010 and get it back on the front burner” within six months.

DLP Strategy to make Integrity Legislation fail

We at Barbados Free Press earlier said that the inclusion of the private sector in the proposed Integrity Legislation was a DLP strategy to cause the legislation to fail, so they could blame it on the private sector. We said back in October, 2009…

A DLP insider reveals how David Thompson and his gang intend to sabotage Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws by expanding the promised laws to include private citizens and corporations.

This, of course, will throw a spanner into the works of any legislation. After if fails to pass due to public outcry, Thompson and his fellow piggies at the public trough will say, “Well, we tried our best.”

…from the BFP post Prime Minister Thompson’s new strategy for avoiding Integrity Legislation, FOI: “Private sector must be included in this legislation”

We also said that the DLP would delay the Integrity Legislation until just before the next election, so they could blame the BLP opposition for shooting it down or delaying it. That way the DLP would get to use Integrity Legislation for two election campaigns in a row while retaining all the benefits of not having the legislation in place while they are in government. A neat trick if they can pull it off.

It looks like we were correct. That’s unfortunate because we would rather have been proven wrong.

Member of Parliament William Duguid “No Barbados politicians will vote for Integrity Legislation”

It’s also unfortunate that the only politician who told the truth about the Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information was the Barbados Labour Party’s William Duguid, who was quoted on another blog saying that Integrity Legislation will never happen because no politicians of any party will ever vote for it. Duguid is moving to Canada so it doesn’t matter to him anymore if he speaks the truth.

Welcome to Barbados folks! Same old, same old ’bout hey.

You should read The Nation story BPSA wants redraft of anti-corruption bill at the paper’s website, but we will print the entire story here because that newspaper sometimes changes history by deleting truth…

BPSA wants redraft of anti-corruption bill

BY GERALYN EDWARD | SAT, AUGUST 27, 2011

The Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) wants Government to move quickly to redraft the Prevention of Corruption Bill, 2010 and get it back on the front burner.

John Williams, chairman of the BPSA, recently issued a statement on the bill which has been referred to a joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament.

He said the rationale and reasoning that underpinned the integrity legislation were sound.

“It is important that all in society understand and appreciate that the highest standards of ethical behaviour must be maintained by persons who accept to conduct the public’s business,” Williams said.

“While not advocating any attempt to regulate the integrity of individuals in a manner that can be regarded as excessive, the Barbados Private Sector Association believes that any perceived difficulties with the present bill must not detract from the passing of such legislation in a timely manner in Barbados,” he added.

One of the more contentious areas of the bill was to have certain “public functionaries” disclose their assets and liabilities.

People in public life who would be required to make their annual declarations are chairmen, board members and chief executives of statutory boards and companies controlled by Government, heads of Government departments, judges, magistrates, members of Parliament, members of the Prevention of Corruption Commission, permanent secretaries and officers of related grades, the presidents and chief executive officers of registered trade unions.

The head of the local private sector group said while Barbados can be proud of its rating on the Transparency International Corruption Perception’s Index, this “must not be a contributor to the lack of action”.

As a result, he said, the BPSA was calling on the Select Committee to “urgently review and present the redrafted legislation”.

“The BPSA believes every effort must be made to set the requisite timelines so that redrafted legislation can be presented within a six-month time frame.

“It is expected that the Social Partners and civil society groups will be part of the consultation process before enactment,” he added.

Speaking recently during debate on the proposed corruption legislation, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said public officials who had concerns about the Prevention of Corruption Bill should not put themselves in a position to compromise their integrity.

He said Government understood that some aspects of the bill might make some people who wanted to work in the public service wary.

The Attorney General said Government intended to address public access to information so as to bring more accountability and transparency to Barbados.

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11 responses to “WE TOLD YOU SO: Anti-Corruption legislation buried in dark hole

  1. Concerned Citizen

    Both corrupt parties who lie about everyting right down to the colour of their underwear, yet we continue to vote them both in thinking everything will change. Its like a woman who gets beaten by her husband – “Honey I will be better next time” – and still takes him back. We like the abuse. We deserve it. We accept the womanizing, manizing, everything that is of a corrupt character and still expect them to lead us well. A bad tree cannot bring forth good fruit so why so suprised.

  2. just want to know

    One only as to look at the only TV station we have in Barbados that no integrity can fixed that. No member of the opposition ever get to say anything on the news. The present administration take up the first half of the hour and in between as well, and check out their overseas bank accounts, it will amaze you. Remember Barbadians work all over the world.

  3. Come ON!

    So….
    The DLP lied
    The BLP lied.

    It’s called electioneering: common practice.

    Only fools believe anything they say
    coming up to election time.

    ROGL at anyone who thinks ONE WORD any of them say is true.

  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Dr.William Dolittle – oops I meant Duguid is spot on the ball because he is now enjoying the fruits of his 14 year reign of make belief and representation of the people. So its off to Canada to enjoy lavish living. Must be saying how stupid we bajans are.

  5. Artaxerxes

    If we are going to talk about lies, then let us not forget David Thompson’s lie of telling us that he will reduce the cost of living, and will make the cost of living priority number one, two and three. But we have the DLP sympathizers telling us that the recession has prevented this objective from becoming a reality. Surely, any prudent political party that is in opposition, would have specific members shadowing the various ministries of the incumbent party.
    With this in mind, there would have to be someone who had to be shadowing economic affairs. Also, the recession raised its head in 2007, before the DLP won the election and formed the government in January 2008. That person who was shadowing economic affairs would have most definitely informed the party that the world is preparing for a recession. Then why would a party try to push unrealistic programs on the citizens of Barbados, then when they fail to deliver, seek to blame the recession?

    They are all liars, but we continue to vote for them, allowing them to get fat of tax payers money. Look at Sinckler, Sealy, Jones, Blackett, Boyce……we love it.

  6. de hood

    @BFP

    Seems to me that you guys would also be gullible enough to believe the story of “Alice in Wonderland” as well!! What about jolly old St. Nick (a.k.a.Santa) you must definitely believe that too!! LOL,LOL!

    Anyone believing anything coming from a politician these days must really be living with Alice in Wonderland! Best of luck to you gullible suckers. It is said that there is one born every minute. A SUCKER that is.

  7. J

    With the revelations contained in the Peter Wickham WikiLeaks cable the government will have to pass the integrity laws.

  8. Pieter Pieper

    Why won’t the Government of Barbados,like governments of six other Caribbean Community countries,agree and give consent to on-site visits to Barbados by the O.A.S Anti-corruption Mechanism? Twenty-six countries so far have become party to MESICIC.This would be a start toward ensuring transparency,accountability and integrity.But then again, would-be politicians and politicians intent upon stealing from the public purse would find it more difficult to do so,wouldn’t they ? Like the transparency,accountability and integrity legislation,it’ll never happen ! God help us !

  9. Concerned

    This isn’t going to happen, is it? We were fooled, lied to and laughed at. Kick out the DLP and who do we vote for? Who will give Barbados the integrity laws that we desperately need? The BLP? Owen Arthur? !!!!!

    We’re finished. We really are.

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  11. clicky duck

    I have no one to vote for this time around. Arthur and his crooks? Stuart and his incompetents? Woe! Woe!