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Prevention of Corruption Act not law – probably will not become law. “Timed to fail”

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We at BFP don’t share the enthusiasm of the traditional press. We don’t think the Prevention of Corruption Act will become law before the next election. We think it’s all timed to fail.

 

What say our readers?

Timing is everything, and time has run out for Integrity Legislation

The DLP are congratulating themselves with the passing in the Lower House of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2012 – timed exquisitely to coincide with the latest release of Transparency International’s perceived corruption index.

Amidst the celebrations in the local press is a distinct lack of questioning: Why only now? Why not in 2011 or 2010? Why did the bill sit for years with nothing happening?

Why only now? That’s easy!

The Barbados Advocate makes point number one: The act isn’t law yet. Several more steps are needed…

“This is not to say, of course, that the Prevention of Corruption Act 2012 is yet law. It still has to be debated in the Upper House and, after that, it will have to be proclaimed into force. But the necessary first step was retaken two days ago after an earlier attempt at debate last July saw the Bill being referred to a Joint Select Committee of both Houses of Parliament for further consideration.”

… from The Barbados Advocate story On preventing corruption

Point two: The election will be called before the act becomes law.

Barbados Free Press predicted the current scenario several years ago. We predicted that the Democratic Labour Party government would go slow on Integrity Legislation, then pass it through the Lower House at the last moment before the next election. The act would then die before being proclaimed as law – allowing the DLP to claim they kept their promise while keeping the law from becoming reality.

Those piggies at the trough don’t want any gatekeepers, ya know!

AND DON’T FORGET: Integrity Legislation whatever it is called is of limited value when there is no Freedom of Information. The DLP promised Freedom of Information legislation too but it died years ago.

Nope. We’ll save our celebration, folks. This Prevention of Corruption Act is not law, and if I were a betting man, I’d bet it will not become law prior to the next election. Of course if the DLP figures it will lose the election, they might pass it quickly as a spoiler for the BLP, but that is a 2nd choice for the DLP because they doan want to face the Prevention of Corruption Act when it is their turn to again form the government.

Those bad bad bad Blogs…

Why, to listen to the debate in Parliament you’d think that the most evil things in the world are the Bajan blogs.Well my friends, there wouldn’t have been talk of Integrity Legislation without the blogs.

How dare those blogging citizens point out the corruption by elected and appointed government officials! How dare we point out the CLICO mess where Prime Minister David Thompson was CLICO’s lawyer when the bad stuff was happening! How dare we point out that Thompson as PM had a terrible conflict of interest with government policy about CLICO – the company his law firm made millions from!  How dare we point out that Thompson’s law firm received commission on the purchase of CLICO’s business jet! How dare we point out that Thompson’s government made incredible concessions to CLICO and also looked the other way when CLICO broke the rules.

Heck, Thompson himself was CLICO’s lawyer when the law about filing financial statements was ignored for years and years! The boys in Parliament can criticize blogs all they want: just so the Prevention of Corruption Act becomes law.

We at BFP don’t share the enthusiasm of the traditional press. We don’t think the Prevention of Corruption Act will become law before the next election. We think it’s all timed to fail.

What say our readers?

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