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No real issue, Mr AG?

“The Freundel Stuart administration is not interested in in pursuing anti-corruption legislation at present because it is not a priority,” Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said.

Brathwaite played down the stance taken by University of the West Indies political scientist Cynthia Barrow-Giles who indicated at a recent event that corruption was part of the political culture here, encouraged by the country’s penchant for furtiveness.

She added that the problem could not be solved by switching to a republican form of Government.

“There is corruption in this country, but we hide behind it because this country thrives on secrecy,” the lecturer in comparative government and politics told a panel discussion . . . at Ellerslie Secondary School on the topic Should Barbados Become A Republic –– A Cross To Bear Or Crown To Wear?

But Brathwaite countered that corruption was not a major problem in Barbados and it was too costly to pursue legislation against something was not much of an issue . . . .

First of all, Mr Attorney General, let me give you the definition of “corruption” as presented in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: “dishonest or illegal behaviour especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers); the act of corrupting someone or something; something that has been changed from its original form . . . impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle . . . inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) . . .” .

If your perception of corruption does not fall under any of the above categories, then maybe there is no corruption.

However, seeing that the Prime Minister stated there is vote buying in this country –– not once, but twice, in 2013 and 2014 –– pray tell me, Mr Attorney General, if that is not corruption, what would you call it?

Several lawyers have come before the courts for misappropriation of clients’ money. What is that, Mr Attorney General?

There are schoolchildren being forced into sexual activity by adults. What is that?

What would you call it when a set of people promise to do something before elections, and then renege on them after they have won the said elections?

What would you call it when an MP can cast aspersions on the Leader of the Opposition in Barbados, and get away with it without even the slightest hint of an apology?

And the list goes on.

At some point the bell tolls!


7 Responses to No real issue, Mr AG?

  1. Steven Layne
    Steven Layne March 15, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Uwi need to inject they views on truth or faults, matters that affect they lives .

  2. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister March 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Time for improvement
    Time for better governance
    Time for for replacement
    Time for corruption to be corrected

  3. jrsmith March 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    It gets ever so worse when there is avoidance, as like taxes, but when the said people who you expect to cure the problem is the problem hell help us all.
    Barbados is a society where lots of people is above the law and is protected , we have become a voting democracy our them and us society has gathered pace, we like it or lump it but one day it will all come tumbling down.
    All the dishonest , drug dealers the gun suppliers , the villains hiding out in Barbados is going to get they come uppance..
    Bajans must ask the question , why Barbados is always tag to be a tax haven.

  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine March 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Adriel Brathwaite redefines the meaning of nincompoop. His former Prime Minister was part and parcel of a forensic report findings that discovered that he, and the controversial CLICO boss, manipulated financials in order to pull off a 3.3 million dollar heist. Is that not corruption Mr. Brathwaithe?

    Previous to that, we have a former government minister of tourism who refuse to answer the question of how he was able to afford a whole plantation and lands earning a minister’s salary. Is that not corruption Mr. Brathwaithe?

    We have the Auditor Generals report concerning ministries like agriculture and transport whose unaccountable monies and cost overruns could not be substantiated. Is that not corruption Mr. Brathwaithe?

    We even have evidence that ministers past and present have been recipients of gifts and rewards, and that confessions concerning large campaign donations were proffered to respective parties in return for contracts to be rewarded to the said persons who had donated. Is that not corruption Mr. Brathwaithe?

    Mr. Brathwaite is just doing what his Prime Minister has been doing and that is: keeping the obvious in the open so bajans would become conditioned over time.

    Time to take absolute power out the Prime Minister and ministers hand, and establish, under the constitution, an independent committee that has the power to fine, charged, and remove from office a Prime Minister, minister, PS, head of department or other wise from the reigns of government.

  5. Alex Alleyne March 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Mr. Foot in mouth at it again.
    Just like Kellman taking a break off from talking to the call-in programme , so should the AG from making statements.

  6. Alwin Ellis
    Alwin Ellis March 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Any time and I repeat any time anti-corruption is past in Barbados mek room up at Dodds for all of DEM every single one of DEM,dodds going to be bursting at the seams

    • Mark Cambridge
      Mark Cambridge March 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Alwin that might be in de reverse careful what you ask for you may very well get it and see a lot of Bees going up Dodds for a long time.


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