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G2G Policy

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Our old friend Afra Raymond explores the dangers of Government-to-Government arrangements. Once again, those politician piggies at the trough will do anything they can to sideline the tendering process and turn public funds into personal profits.

How many Barbados politicians have foreign bank accounts in Canada, the USA, Switzerland or some private bank somewhere? We don’t know because Barbados has no integrity legislation and no requirement to disclose assets, and no conflict of interest rules.

Take it away, Afra…

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The current Government to Government (G2G) arrangements are a direct threat to our country’s fundamental interests.

The key element of the G2G arrangement is that a larger, more advanced, country will assist a smaller, less-advanced country by building or operating complex facilities which are beyond the reach of the smaller state.

One of the features the G2G arrangements have in common with the other large-scale projects is the high degree of secrecy with which the proposals are developed.  That secrecy raises doubts as to whether proper Needs Assessments are undertaken and as to the degree to which the views of citizens and stakeholders are sought, far less considered.  The fundamental issue as to the necessity for these projects is thus routinely sidelined, which is inimical to the public interest.

The main criticisms of the G2G arrangements are –

  • Sidelining of the elementary Tendering Process – the procurement process is effectively…

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Another crooked Barbados lawyer steals foreigner’s real estate money

Does anyone know the name of the lawyer?

Victim Joan Marville is about to learn:

1. Barbados lawyers never go to jail for stealing from trust accounts

2. Unlike some jurisdictions, Bajan law firms are not required to have theft insurance to protect clients.

“Lawyers are held to a higher standard of conduct… breach of trust is a terrible, egregious offence… except in Barbados”

In Britain or the USA if a lawyer is unable to pay monies entrusted to the lawyer’s care, there is hell to pay and it usually happens in days. Upon receiving a legitimate complaint the Bar Association and sometimes the police show up at the law firm, nab the books and freeze the lawyer’s trust accounts. Very often the light-fingered lawyer ends up not only disbarred for life but in jail doing some serious time because the integrity of the legal profession must be upheld.

Except in Barbados where more often than not the Old Boy’s Club looks after everything quietly so as not to embarrass the club or lessen the public confidence in lawyers. Those cover-ups have had just the opposite impact though – folks have learned that there is little to discourage crooked lawyers in Barbados.

The latest story follows the usual pattern: A resident of a foreign country, in this case the USA, sold some land in Barbados in 2006 and hired a Barbados lawyer to complete the transaction.

The crooked Barbados lawyer handled the sale and received the money from the purchaser, some $100,000. Instead of transferring the money to the client, the lawyer simply kept the money and began the usual dance of delay, delay, delay until it was obvious that the money did not reside in the lawyer’s trust fund – if it ever did.

That was in 2006. Here we are six years later and the victim, retired nurse Joan Marville, still waits for justice. The article in the Nation is so poorly written that we can’t tell when Marville first approached the Barbados Bar Association and the police. Presumably she didn’t wait six years!

But none of that matters because most Bajans can already predict what will happen to the crooked lawyer: nothing. We can’t come up with one crooked Barbados lawyer who has gone to jail.

Buying or selling real estate on Bim? Good luck with the crap shoot!

Here’s a few of our previous stories about crooked Bajan lawyers…

Another Barbados lawyer buys his way out of criminal charges. A system rotten to the core.

My lawyer, a Member of Parliament, took my money but didn’t complete a real estate transaction

Crooked Bajan lawyer Mortimer Clarke: How much did he steal this time?

Barbados Bar Association blames public for choosing crooked lawyers “at random”

Barbados lawyer Leroy Lynch arrested for $2.2 million theft

DLP connections protect crooked Barbados lawyer from arrest?

Another thieving Barbados estate lawyer

Bar Association: Public having doubts about Barbados lawyers’ credibility. (No Kidding!)

Crooked Barbados Lawyers: Only One Arrested, Many Others Allowed To Walk Free… Why?

Here is the latest story as it appears online at The Nation. We have to reprint it here in full as that paper has a history of removing/modifying stories to suit various agendas. Please do read the story at The Nation, but if it’s gone someday you can read it here… Continue reading

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Nation Newspaper CLICO Advertisement – “Why do I save? 3 Reasons!”

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My 3 CLICO Reasons for saving…

1/ I used to have savings, but then I invested with a CLICO investment fund and now I have nothing.

2/ CLICO gave millions to Barbadian and Caribbean political parties so they could act without oversight or accountability. Now those politicians are bailing out CLICO and protecting CLICO executives.

3/ CLICO used my “investment” to fraudulently “invest” in over-priced Florida swampland while CL Financial executives took kickbacks from the land vendor as a reward for purchasing the land at way more than its true value.

Those are MY 3 reasons for having to save now. What are yours?

Further Reading

How CLICO Barbados Supported Trinidad Politicians With Your Barbados Tax Dollars & Insurance Premiums

FBI Arrests Sir Allen Stanford, Antigua Government Official & Others For US$7 Billion Fraud, Money Laundering. Striking Similarities With Barbados CLICO Fraud

CL Financial, CLICO Fraud Report: Dummy Company, Phantom “Consultancy” Payments, Vanishing Money Transfers From Company To Company

EXCLUSIVE REPORT BY BARBADOS FREE PRESS: CL Financial Group Collapse – Insiders Took Bribes To Have Company Purchase Land For More Than Market Value!

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