When the state buys, builds or buys and re-sells private lands, all kinds of warning flags and conditions should come to the fore. That kind of accountability and transparency doesn’t often happen in the Caribbean
Our old friend Afra Raymond keeps sounding the clarion about the abuses by those elites who misuse their public authority and power to direct profits to themselves, their friends and families.
Did independence from mother Britain empower the abusers? Or… was it all happening in the past – the only difference being a different group of elites?
Whatever the case, Barbados is effectively bankrupt.
Enjoy the decline!
On Wednesday 11 June 2014, the Senate unanimously approved the Public Procurement & Disposal of Public Property Bill 2014 and that Bill is soon to go to the House of Representatives for their deliberation. I was present to witness the collective efforts made by Senators on Tuesday 10 June and it was a really thought-provoking experience for me. I started to wonder just how much we could achieve if the banal point-scoring and ritual picong was to become a thing of the past. The basis of decision-making on public issues would have to shift to a fact-based one, which would be a huge, healthy step away from the sad formula of ‘might is right’.
What a day that would be for us all, just imagine.
But we have to exist in this place, as it is, with all its imperfections. Which leads me to discuss the constant questions put by people who…
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