What kickbacks?

Jones worried that all politicians are being painted with same brush

Minister of Education Ronald Jones wants Barbadians to know that not all politicians are corrupt and that not every cost overrun is an indication that someone in Government has been the beneficiary of a kickback.

While strongly condemning such rumormongering, Jones acknowledged that quite often politicians were the very ones making the “sinister” accusations and tainting each other’s character.

“I know across the political divide from time to time once the price changes from the original cost, you simply put on it a cost overrun, when in fact a changing scope would mean a variation in cost. But what is more insidious, we do not do ourselves any good justice by either subtly, or not so subtly, insinuating that because the price of a project might have changed overtime that somebody associated with the project is getting a major kickback,” he said.

Jones went on to suggest that if a project moved from $18 million to $22 million in costs, it was now commonplace to hear that someone has walked away “with $2 million or something to that effect.

“This has continued overtime and is now becoming even worse,” Jones told the House of Assembly during debate on a resolution which sought to vest crown lands at London Bourne Towers, The City, in the National Housing Corporation.

He recalled that “about three years ago when another project was being looked at to deal with our garbage issue, at a town hall meeting, a well known Barbadian got up and asked those persons involved in the project, ‘who were paid the finders fees?’

“Of course that was a veiled comment to suggest that funds were passed in order for this project to see the light of day,” Jones explained, adding, “That kind of argument has percolated right down in the society, that every single politician, those who have been and those who will come, will continue to be tainted by that sinister brush.

“‘You have to be corrupt’ is the argumentation by every citizen of Barbados,” he said, while suggesting that “we need to move away from that level of argument.

“We need to move away from without facts, without knowledge, without information, looking at individuals whose character was not tainted, and now becomes tainted by simply becoming a politician.”

To fortify his argument, Jones singled out the Opposition Member of Parliament for the City Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, saying “in this House, there is a colonel, a man for whom I have a high degree of respect, particularly because of his upbringing and his training to be a soldier, and a gentleman, but he does not escape the tar brush”.

Jones also singled out the Opposition representative for St Thomas Cynthia Forde saying, “in this House sits a teacher of great renown, taught children at Sharon [Primary] with an ability that was astounding, many scholars, with values embedded deeply in her soul and then tainted by that sinister brush.

“It cannot be fair for this to continue,” the Minister of Education stressed.

He acknowledged that the corruption allegations have also affected the national housing debate with charges being levelled against one contractor or another.

However, pointing out that the House of Assembly was no longer dominated by the planter class but by descendants of slaves, he said it was unfortunate that “somehow those who made the journey now [are] made to feel that you cannot do any project, any activity in anything without having some level of corruption on you”.

18 Responses to What kickbacks?

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine April 26, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    You really think that Barbadians are backyard ducks so foolish that they can’t distinquish the pond from the shyte pit. If you do not want persons to speculate, assume, accuse or blame you politicians that you are heavily involved in kickbacks, drawbacks, deals, and cane ground money collections, make government business transparent and accountable. It is absolutely absurd that you want bajans to think that politicians can buy planatations of a politician salary. Buy the most expensive cars on credit off a politician salary, build all sorts of apartments and businesses off a politican salary, mind you, you all do not put these things in your names for reasons that you know would prove your skulduggery. What you call a politician telling a contractor on the phone that do not forget to put in his cut. Ok Ronald Jones, not all politicians are corrupt just the 99.9%.

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    • Leroy April 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

      lol, spot on Sunny, integrity legislation is needed and ALL gov contracts(entire process, tendering ect,awarding) should be public end of discussion.

      Seems we have the dullest tools in the shed as politicians.

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  2. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince April 27, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Your point ??? Hiding something?

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  3. harry turnover April 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Jones , stop wuking up and go and deal wid St.George Secondary School.

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    • hcalndre April 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

      Mr. Jones, I have heard it all, are you for real? Put an oversight committee in place to look into how the tax payers money is spent, how the contracts are given, how is it that politicians in Barbados could become rich in 5 to 10 years, when yesterday most of them were scrunting according to Chalkdust, the Calypsonian. S S Shine, only a miniscule of them could deny what you have said.

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  4. Zeus April 27, 2017 at 7:37 am

    SSS there is a saying who accuses must prove …..according to you 99% of all politicians are corrupt then you must know one or two and you must have the evidence then do your duty and pay a visit to the DPP with the evidence

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine April 28, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Zeus, bajans have a saying, you can hide and buy land but you can’t hide and wuk it. The thing with all you people who beg for the burden of proof know fully well that such proof is hard to come buy because no authority, no news media will investigate thoroughly to see how far the money trail goes. However here is some proof. Imagine that we have a former prime minister placing campaign money in his personal account. We had a former politician becoming so rich that when he was asked how he was able to buy a plantation off a minister salary, he got vex is shyte and cry foul that people do not like to see a poor black man succeed. Simply question cold water answer. Then we have two ministers driving gifts given to them for work offered to mechanical contract. I would think that if they can receive gifts there is the possibility that they could be receiving something more. Though there is no direct evidence in these cases to prove monetary returns these people receive, we have indirect evidence that is worth a deeper look. The sophistication and network structure of this type of criminal activity is well organised to hide the trails, and even if the trails are not well hidden no one would go after the truth because the agencies that can do it are muzzled, bought, and subdued. So Zeus the truth is not easily proven under our current system. That does not mean they do not steal. You think we can get them take a lie detector test. That would definitely prove who get kickbacks or not.

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  5. Frank White April 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Never put a fox to guard the henhouse…

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  6. Milli Watt April 27, 2017 at 8:22 am

    NOT ALL BUT SOME……….and your point is MINISTER

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  7. Peter April 27, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Man Mr. Minister. I say that Customs needs investigating and CCTV installed at ALL the ports. If those places ARE PRIVATIZED, NO ONE. can stop them from surveillance. I was a victim on at least three occasions. And I know people who have been victims. That is why we should be issued official receipts.

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  8. jennifer April 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    From the moment u lot laid the axe to the tree u became corrupt. Your submissive, subthinking, behaviour says it all. As u allowed the hireling to subtract and subvert the masses.

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  9. Jea Alleyne April 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

    You want to talk about not being corrupt 🙂 Prove it, put Integrity Legislation in place and the Freedom of Info Act to make Government Transparent and Accountable ! There’s your opportunity to prove your point. From where we are sitting, we beg to differ……and your words no longer mean anything !!!

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  10. Sheron Inniss April 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Mr Minister keep quiet. I may have respect for many in the Defense Force but they are not all saints. I have fallen short and all of you all too. Reel and come again. I went to the university at Waterford. If the politicians are not corrupt they are inept. The nonsense both sides have allowed to occur speaks loudly.

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  11. BaJan boy April 27, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Jones and Fundel ,Sinkler,Lowe the lot really think bajans are asses so they continue to ride us. They could keep their mouths shut because everytime either open it they make intelligent black people shame… He knows so little about business in face all of them know so little they do t even know that their friends the white people who getting everything smarter than them and think we are just as stupid. He doesn’t even know that the over runs are front loaded in the initial contract. Quantity surveyors say building will cost 20m but we must go in at 24 m and the 4 covers everybody. Stupseeee..

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    • Jennifer April 27, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      @Bajan Boy – well said.
      The Planter class is no longer dominating the HOA is such irony. Why do you think they put you puppets there. As their front cover – to send a false message that they are no longer in charge. A LEOPARD can NEVER CHANGE his SPOTS i.e they cannot change being dominant over you lot and you lot cannot change being their lackeys and coons. This is how you are a set of corrupt sell outs.

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  12. Johnathan April 28, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Mr. Jones one question ‘Is u currup’….. yuh tinks wunnah ain’t keep dem few whites extremely rich fuh a reason while the dumb black stupid ones suck up to wunnah fuh nothing and all u wunnah guts full…looka guh way wid yuh ignorance duh….duh in no roses in Dems you is the same thorn…

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  13. The Joker May 3, 2017 at 5:38 am

    And I thiught my jokes were bad..

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  14. Alex Alleyne May 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Just check out the BRAZIL group. Not too far from the Caribbean group.

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