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Barbados Government Official issues $400,000 in contracts to own company – but it’s legal thanks to Prime Minister Thompson

Smart Money predicts “No Charges” against Barbados Government Official

The Nation’s gossip writer at “Flying Fish & Cou Cou” is all excited and reports that a Barbados Government official has been caught out issuing government contracts to his own company without tender. The Nation writer is predicting that the government official will end up in court and wonders why a suspension hasn’t already been issued.

Let me say this about that…

1/ Barbados has a long tradition of elected and appointed Government officials issuing government contracts without tender to companies they have an interest in. Whether the company is actually in the name of the official or “owned and run” by their spouse or lover doesn’t matter. It’s all the same.

2/ This corrupt practice was SOP – standard operating procedure under the Owen Arthur / Mia Mottley BLP government.

3/ When in government the BLP had enough sense to toss a few “no tender” contracts to businesses run by DLP members. Now the DLP government can’t prosecute any BLP members because the DLP took part in ripping off the public too.

4/ During the 2007 election campaign, Thompson and the DLP promised to introduce conflict of interest standards that would prohibit elected and appointed Government Officials from issuing government contracts to companies they owned themselves. Thompson promised in writing to implement this Ministerial Code standard “immediately” upon forming a government. This was not the promised ITAL integrity legislation – this was a Ministerial Code to simply be declared as policy on day one as Thompson promised.

5/ Thompson lied about introducing a Ministerial Code and did not do so. Barbados has no policy or integrity legislation that prevents Government officials from issuing government contracts to themselves. As a result the Thompson government is unable to prosecute the government official involved in the current Flying Fish & Cou Cou story.

6/ The Barbados news media will probably not print the name of the government official involved in the current scandal because the official did nothing wrong in law and they fear being sued. (Consider our past article Cowardly pee-in-pants Barbados Nation Newspaper hides name of corrupt Government Minister)

Welcome to Barbados, folks! When we elected Thompson and the DLP two years ago we thought the corruption would be cleaned up. We thought that Thompson was different and he would implement the promised integrity standards that no Barbados politicians have ever wanted to implement.

What suckers we were.

Here is the Nation article in full because the Barbados news media (including the Nation) have long shown that they will remove past articles to change history anytime it suits them…

FLYING FISH & COU COU: Caught in the act

Published on: 2/6/2010.

A PROBE into a certain department has unearthed such damning evidence that a well-known civil worker could find himself standing before a magistrate, or judge.

Cou Cou has received confirmation that the individual, who has certain responsibilities, out-sourced certain contractual works without going through any tendering process.

The varied tasks amounted to almost $400 000. But that is not the greatest howler.

Word is that the official outsourced the works to himself. Yes, to himself!

He apparently formed a company and gave himself the work, ignoring every financial rule of Government.

But the questions which need to be answered are: Why is he not on suspension?

And when will he appear on the court pages?

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Barbados Government On Integrity Legislation: “Not until we’ve pigged out at the public trough for a few more years”

We Told You So…

david-thompson-piggy-smlAt the last moment in the 2007 election campaign, David Thompson and the DLP were dragged kicking and screaming into announcing they would introduce Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws within 100 days of taking office in January, 2008 – and also “immediately” declare a Ministerial Code with conflict of interest rules.

We had our doubts – especially when it appeared that Thompson’s commitment included doing some last minute cut and pasting off the internet for his then-proposed legislation – but Thompson and the DLP gave the promise in writing. Like many citizens we took him at his word, held our noses and voted.

What suckers we were. Thompson took office and did not “immediately” declare a Ministerial Code as he had promised to do, and the 100 days came and went without ITAL.

In June of 2008, the DLP Thompson government announced that the promised Integrity, Transparency and Accountability laws (ITAL) would be in final draft form by the end of 2008. (BFP June 25, 2008 article here)

That was over a year ago and now we are being told that the draft legislation won’t see Parliament until 2010.

In today’s Advocate, Senator Orlando Marville explains the process of Integrity and Freedom of Information legislation to us poor dumb citizens. It’s all very complex, you see. Takes a lot of time, you see. After the draft legislation goes to Parliament for a first look, then the legislation will have to be sent back for “corrections”, then back to “the drafter” then “back to Cabinet” who “would take some time to examine the document.” (Barbados Advocate: Drafts Complete)

Yup… and that will no doubt bring us heading into 2011 and the next election campaign. Maybe. If we’re lucky.

Thompson Didn’t Even Keep The Simplest and Easiest Of His ITAL Promises: An Immediate Code of Conduct Policy Announcement

Meanwhile, the piggies of the DLP Thompson Government continue to operate without the Code of Conduct that David Thompson promised would be declared IMMEDIATELY upon taking office in January of 2008. That code of conduct would have prevented, for instance, a government official from issuing government contracts to a company owned by the government official or a close family member. David Thompson and the DLP promised that IN WRITING during the campaign.

David Thompson lied. You see, once the DLP had the power of government and the cheque book in their hands, that was the end of making that simple policy declaration that Thompson promised.

Friends, we’re not talking about the Integrity Legislation or FOI law that he promised in 100 days. Nope… we’re talking about a simple policy change that Thompson promised to make on day one. No legislation required, just a simple government policy order – but Thompson didn’t do it because his Cabinet and his party rebelled when he brought it up. So much for leadership. So much for a real commitment to integrity by the Democratic Labour Party.

Have no doubts, folks. The sharing of the fatted calf will continue right up to the next election so Thompson and the DLP can continue to feed at the public trough without worrying about integrity laws. Then, at the last moment, the DLP may try to pass some weak integrity and FOI legislation with holes so big that a cruise ship with Mia Mottley on deck could slide through.

My fellow citizens: this latest Barbados Advocate article is the same song and dance that was published in the papers in June of 2008 with Thompson broke his “100 days” promise. The lies mean nothing anymore.

Senator Marville: If, as you say, the draft Integrity Legislation and Freedom of Information laws are ready, release them publicly so citizens can have the time to carefully study the legislation.

You see, we citizens don’t trust the politicians. We believe the law will be carefully crafted for the benefit of the politicians, not for the good of Barbados.

Further Reading

December 29, 2008: Thanks To Prime Minister David Thompson, Barbados Government Officials Can Still Use Their Office For Personal Profit

September 19, 2008: Conversations About Integrity And The Current DLP Piggies In Government

July 19, 2008: Ho Hum – Another ‘Special Forensic Audit’ To Nowhere In Barbados

June 25, 2008: UPDATED: Barbados Government Says Integrity, Freedom Of Information and Defamation Laws In A Year Or So – Or Maybe Two Years

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