Bajans are gluttons for punishment, it’s true. In the 2007 – 2008 election campaign the DLP – Democratic Labour Party put across an effective message that they would clean up corrupt Barbados politics through Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Legislation that BFP called ‘ITAL’. After almost 15 years of proven BLP corruption that even extended to then Prime Minister Owen Arthur getting caught putting a $75,000 ‘campaign donation’ into his personal bank account, the public was ripe to respond to DLP promises to change the systemic conditions that bred corruption.
So the public voted and the DLP became the government with a strong majority mandate to put their promises in place.
Unfortunately though, the DLP lied. No Integrity Legislation, Freedom of Information or corruption trials happened.
Now, according to the latest Cadres poll, the DLP are about to lose the election. The DLP will lose for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons is that Prime Minister Stuart and his boys lied about their intent to introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws.
And Bajans agree that while the BLP and Owen Arthur are corrupt beyond measure, they form a better corrupt government than the corrupt DLP.
Welcome to island politics where the choice is always between two corrupt gangs – because that’s the way the system is set up and neither of the gangs is about to change anything!
Cartoon courtesy of The Nation