Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information dead on DLP Government’s 4th anniversary

Remembering the DLP Victory on January 16, 2008

Do you remember the pride we felt? For the first time Bajans had hope that we could free ourselves from the corrupt cartels that anonymously purchase our elected representatives’ loyalty with massive amounts of “election support”.

With the election of the DLP Democratic Labour Party, Barbados would now have the integrity legislation, freedom of information access and conflicts of interest rules so citizens could effectively monitor where our tax dollars were spent and hold our elected and appointed officials accountable.

The corruption of the previous BLP government caused a citizen rebellion at the polls in January of 2008. With no restrictions, no rules, no reporting and no transparency the “election support” money flows freely in Barbados politics and the favours are returned by the successful politicians in the form of government contracts… which ensures more “election support”. It is a viciously corrupt circle that politicians have the power to break – but none will.

David Thompson, Freundal Stuart and all the DLP candidates promised they would implement laws and policies to change all that. True, it takes more than laws and rules to change a legacy and culture of corruption, but without the laws there is no beginning and no hope. Thompson and the DLP knew that new laws and rules were the foundation of any change and they promised to establish those laws.

Remember the joy?

Here’s what one DLP supporter had to say at the time…

Yardbroom

January 16, 2008 at 9:36 am

This election was won because the people of Barbados had an opportunity, – denied in the recent past – to really see what goes on in Barbadian politics.

The Blogs played a decisive part, and you BFP was as the vanguard, no praise is too high. What BFP did was expose the underbelly of Barbadian politics. There was then a reason, for Integrity Legislation and your “constant position” on the subject meant it had to be addressed. The DLP responded to the wishes of the people, as they had to, and as a result we awake this morning, 16th January 2008 to the change we had all hoped for – at least on this blog.

Sadly, “Yardbroom” and most of the DLP diehards haven’t been seen too much around Barbados Free Press since a few months after the election when they realized that Bajans had been fooled again. Too bad the DLP supporters’ fervor for Integrity Legislation and Accountability disappeared with the DLP’s election victory. And disappear it did!

Here we are four years later with no Integrity Legislation, no Freedom of Information, no accountability, no rules about Conflicts of Interest or election funding transparency.

David Thompson and the DLP lied to us to get elected. They promised to “within 100 days” introduce Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information, amendments to the Defamation laws, checks and balances on the Prime Minister’s power and to “immediately upon election” introduce a Code of Conduct for Ministers.

Instead, the DLP borrowed the CLICO business jet, protected Leroy Parris from prosecution and put him in charge of the CBC to influence what news Bajans would hear. The DLP did that in exchange for “election donations” from CLICO – paid for with policy holders’ money. That’s as corrupt a scenario as anything the BLP did.

Thompson and the DLP lied. Four years later there can be no dispute.

Waiting in the wings for the triumphant return are Owen Arthur and the corrupt Barbados Labour Party – who sucked the treasury dry during their 14 years in power. What they didn’t sell, they stole.

Corrupt DLP or Corrupt BLP: Who will you vote for?

Some say that the choice between DLP and BLP is the only choice voters really have. I say we have another choice: the “Anybody but” candidates. Please let me explain my thinking…

Between the DLP and BLP, it really doesn’t matter who you vote for. There is no real difference in policies or performance. As a result, for decades politics in Barbados has largely been about tribal politics: it’s about which gang holds the best shows, and distributes the most corned beef and beer. That is a pretty sad picture of Bajan politics but I don’t think that anyone will challenge it.

The only way we can change things is to depower the DLP and the BLP – so here’s the plan…

Take their money. Say nice things to whatever party you normally support. Don’t do a thing differently until election day…

Then, walk in and vote for Anybody but DLP and BLP.

No, we’re probably not going to send many independents to Parliament (but if we could, that would be wonderful!) – but what we can do is to disrupt the circle of corruption, upset the “predicted” results and take comfort that you’ve spoken far louder than if you simply hold your nose and vote DLP or BLP.

Time to punish the DLP and the BLP: take their money, dance and party – then vote for “Anybody BUT”

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13 responses to “Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information dead on DLP Government’s 4th anniversary

  1. robert ross

    Wonderful idea. There is a very serious point here. As you say, there is no ideological difference between the two parties. Where then are the ‘men of vision, of hope, of principle’? One point on access to information. If my memory serves me, Barbados IS a party to a human rights treaty on access. It has never been legislated upon. But isn’t it the CCJ decision in Joseph v Boyce which held that the ‘dualist’ view of the relationship of international and municipal law is not inevitably overriding? Mind, the present government has brought the Occupational Pension Benefits Act 2003 into force. The only problem is it’s a Canadian import and they’ve made a right mess of it: see the August 2011 Budget speech. Oh dear.

  2. Clanger

    I agree: a GREAT IDEA. I will vote for anybody but a bee or dee, but I won’t tell Dont underestimate the anger of the electorate BFP. We could elect one or two independents next time.

  3. WSD

    Count me in. Last time the DLP candidate in my parish lost by fewer than 70 votes. A few dozen people voting independent could upset everything. Punish the DLP and BLP. Nothing changes with who is elected unless they are not a DLP or BLP.

    “VOTE ANYBODY BUT”

  4. Name

    Well done, DLP.
    Four years of inaction on this legislation.

    Thinking I’ll simply deliberately SPOIL my vote,next time to show my discontent
    and suggest you do the same too.
    When the ballots are counted and a full 15% of votes are spoiled, maybe that’ll get both Party’s attention then, but knowing this screwed-up nation, I somehow doubt it.

  5. BFP

    Hello Name,

    Somehow, I think that spoiling the ballots is not the answer. If we vote for someone else it really upsets the system. Spoiled ballots don’t seem to have the impact that voting for another party or candidate has.

    Not sure though. Have to think about it!

  6. Fast news is bad news, get the FACTS first

    How can you have such free-dumb , when we need Free – Smart.
    They in the Massive Land Fraud that they all live on .The lawyers AKA lawless and the old CJ Simmons and the NEW PM and members on both side see the need for the greed when get in Office . Freedom of the will allow all other to see the back dated papers and the rewritten books on the land deal with fraud deeds. When you see the Plantations deeds then you will see all ,,We need a True 3rd party , BFP,,, BAJAN FREE-SMART PARTY. I AM THE HOLDER OF THE PLANTATION DEED,

    Alex of Barbados,,, Welcome to the Land of the Moors ,,Truth will rain and flood the lies ,, 20 search is no good back by FRAUD papers.
    1 crook SIR , QC RICHARD L CHELTENHAM.PHD, 2ND C.O WILLIAMS. 3RD EX CJ DAVID SIMMONS, 4TH PM FREUNDEL STUART, 5TH CHRIS SINCKLER. TOP 5 BARBADOS TERRORIST . iF YOU KNOW THE NAMES CALL THE NAMES , NO NAMES NO CASE.
    MY Name Alex Mitchell of Barbados.google Violet Beckles , owners of the Plantations deeds from her Aunt Beatrice Henry 1892-1985

  7. Angela Ifill

    If they can so easily cross the floor then obviously they are all cut from the same cloth.Someone has to do the gob and it’s either B or D so go out and vote or do like me and stay away.

  8. akabozik

    Ok. I’ll vote for the most likely 3rd person on the ballot. This could turn into a movement.

  9. anon yours

    This idea hasn’t a chance of succeeding but who cares? I’ll vote PEP. Can you imagine if one of them won? LOL!!!!

    I’ll do it.

  10. cc49

    had so much crap from Owen Arthur. I believed in Thompson for a while.

    bullcrap from both a them.

    time comes i will vote for someone’s else.

  11. RS

    Anybody but DLP or BLP.

    sounds like a plan! I’m in!

  12. Newbie

    It’s a definite plan, we suffer as citizens because of the willful misuse of our present “inadequate” laws. I had decided not to vote at all but this is a much better idea and it would emphasize the message that we are not opposed to democracy just fed up of the fact that the wishes of the populace is totally ignored in favour of a few privileged persons. What harm can I.T.A.L do.

  13. Rasta man

    I agree with BFP. Only 300 something votes separated #1 and #2 last time in my area. 300 people can change everything and teach a lesson.

    I will do it.