UPP prepared to cut out corruption, says Eastmond

United Progressive Party (UPP) leader Lynette Eastmond believes corruption is at the root of every problem Barbados faces, and has vowed that if her team is given the mandate to lead the country in the next elections, constitutionally due next year, it will stamp out the scourge.

Speaking at the launch of her party’s candidate for the Christ Church South constituency, Nadja Willis, Eastmond said while the economic issues of taxation and the deficit were on the tips of everyone’s tongues, the associated problems of bribery and other forms of corruption were not being addressed.

“The one item you will not find in the Budget is bribery, and bribery causes the deficit to increase. If you cut out the bribery and the corruption, the deficit will decrease almost immediately.

“The money that you talk about that you call Government money is money that belongs to us. Those of us who pay our taxes, that’s your money, it does not belong to any nebulous entity called a government; every cent is yours and when you have corrupt practices like bribery, it is an additional cost to you,” Eastmond argued before declaring that the UPP was prepared to cut out corruption.

“Give the United Progressive Party an opportunity. Give us some seats in Parliament. Give us Christ Church South so that we can start creating a change in Barbados,” she added as she introduced Willis, who will be attempting to unseat John Boyce of the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Eastmond sought to assure that none of the UPP’s candidates was associated with anything in the Auditor General’s reports that would cause them not to treat seriously the Public Accounts Committee, which is tasked with undertaking the review and follow-up of the Auditor General’s submitted reports on Government’s accounts.

The UPP leader contended that the reason people could get away with corruption in Barbados at every level was because decent people – whom she believed to be in the majority – were not prepared to raise their voices.

In her address, Eastmond also spoke about the issue of legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use – a move which UPP candidate Hudson Griffith previously said the party would pursue if it were successful at the polls.

“There is great travesty in Barbados when the only people you ever see before the courts for personal use [of marijuana] are poor people and tourists; nobody else. All of us know very well that there are people who are not poor who smoke it, but they are never in court,” she said.

“That is not justice; it can’t be justice. And as far as I am concerned, if we are not going to arrest and lock up everybody then we should not be arresting and locking up anybody for personal use of marijuana.”

Meantime, Willis said the process of the Barbados Government changing hands from the DLP to the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and back again since Independence 50 years ago had become “tired”.

Saying that the BLP supported the elite while the DLP supported the “labouring man”, she charged: “So every several terms we either have the elite being looked after or the labouring man being looked after and this process only promotes the socioeconomic divide in Barbados.”

Willis said the UPP could serve both sets of people.

“So, for me, the UPP represents a new independence, a break away from chains that bind us to the old habits.”

Willis further offered the constituents of Christ Church South a more powerful voice through community building.

“The strength of a country lies within its community, and my aim is to create a happier and healthier community with community centres that have a strong voice; a voice that becomes the pulse of the nation so that it becomes easy for the Government to engage with the needs of the people,” the UPP candidate said.

Willis added that it was unfortunate Barbados was still not where it should be and that in 2017, the country was still “battling with garbage issues, potholes, health issues, transport problems, debt, transparency and an alarming upswing in gun violence”. 

25 Responses to UPP prepared to cut out corruption, says Eastmond

  1. John Everatt September 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    I agree with Ms Eastmond. Corruption is at the root of the problems Barbados is faced with today. Whether it be bribing people for their vote or scamming the public purse or accepting bribes for contracts. The money has been squandered and now the tax payer has to pay for it.

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  2. hcalndre September 12, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Yes, the UPP leader said things that could give the party a shot at winning some seats and some that are difficult to believe. Getting the rid of corruption is a necessity but what about going after those in the government that you have proof their wealth came through corruption and stealing of the taxpayers` money as the young priest said at the church. You also said that the BLP is for the rich and the DLP is for the poor man, if the D is for the poor of today, they would be better off dead and you also said that the UPP would look out for both, you`re saying that you can serve two masters, or you can chew gum and whistle at the same time, go and come again. You have failed the test.

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  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 12, 2017 at 4:13 am

    You’ll to make it one Barbados

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 12, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      There is no one Barbados and it will never be.Simple small minority have all the wealth and power most of it through politicians and that’s what it is.

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      • Jennifer September 12, 2017 at 6:15 pm

        @Rawle Spooner – U Bagged it. This is why I say this whole politics thing is utter rubbish. These politicians have been trained to only support the minorities. The majority is the minority position in wealth and power. When I start to hammer, I hear about race and rubbish. Do I care, not a bit. The very said minority is in constant denial of truth and laden in lies. And some black people is also on here upholding them in this very denial. These people have now become too big riding the backs of the majority so all the politicians can do is to smile with them and go into their back pockets.

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  4. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 12, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Ok lady agree corruption needs to be cut but you were in politics before even a cabinet minister and corruption were around way back when it did not just started and ya said nothing about it then but magically now wants to change it.Simply lady this is politricks corruption entrench in Barbados and it ain’t going no where,would a lion cut off it’s claws and pulls out it’s teeth no way then it can’t survive so don’t expect politicians to root out corruption either.

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  5. ks September 12, 2017 at 8:14 am

    “There is great travesty in Barbados when the only people you ever see before the courts for personal use [of marijuana] are poor people and tourists; nobody else. All of us know very well that there are people who are not poor who smoke it, but they are never in court,” she said.

    We know the tourists got money to buy the ‘grass’ … but where de poor people, she mentions, get de money to buy it from??? You sure dem is ‘poor people’? They don’t get caught smoking it for personal use, they get caught selling to the tourist & walking around on the street ‘showing-off’ that ‘dem bad’!

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  6. Milli Watt September 12, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I hope this ain’t a lot a looooooooooooooooooong talk

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  7. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2017 at 9:22 am

    You people mout’ too sweet……..and that all it is.
    Pray tell me, when a bear go into a honey bunch, he never leave without and before being “filled”

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  8. And they will fall September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I wanna know what really gine happen to bajans, cause I realise that these people running for office outta touch wid de needs of the majority of citizens in this country. Now with this NSRL crap tax, the retailers price gouging like a mofo. Just last month I was buying potatoes (English) from Trimart Mile and a Quarter for $4.99 per 8lbs, September 1st they went up to $6.99 now this morning September 12th Dem got up a big sign now $8.99. SMDH. This is rediculous man. #makebarbadosgreatagain these DEMS gotta go vote Dem out Barbados.

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  9. 3rdsun September 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

    A lot of people in high places gine be upset if you do that. They love the corruption.

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  10. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2017 at 10:12 am

    @And They Will Fall, leave them English potatoes right there on the shelf. Them thing rotten real fast so he / she will have to throw them in the dumpster cos we know the price ain’t gine drop. Go buy corn meal and stir some cou-cou. If you don’t know how , learn fast.

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  11. Milli Watt September 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It is possible what she talking but this place so corrupt ……….just don’t know if it worth it now.

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  12. jrsmith September 12, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    For 9 years the black masses in barbados had to live with a bunch of politicians , who showed no real interest in the development of our barbados they only look after themselves and certain others..
    ……………………This lady is shooting some serious fire about corruption , bearing in mind she was in government before , making my point that I am always saying , our people need to be protected from the politicians who ever they are in barbados …….

    Lots of bajans is hoping that the answer to our problems , lies in a new general election and we would simply get rid of what we had to put up with a useless non productive government …………..
    We are always stepping over the real problem our politicians , they are out of control ……………..
    They is a 50+50 chance this government would be return to office, so what would be the outcome , we would have to wait another 5 year period to try and get rid of them , the people of barbados need some ammunition to be able to remove from office the fail politicians or else we are doomed they must be accountable ,thats why we need this act of parliament the (Accountability Act 2017 )
    There is also a chance we may have a coalition government , just watch this space………………………………….

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  13. jrsmith September 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Bajans keep stepping over the real problem, our politicians is out of order and if nothing is done they will be the same and worst in the next political term…………….
    Here we see an ex government minister is breathing fire over the corruption in barbados , wonder why , thats why we need something from parliament to keep all politician in check………an act of parliament namely so the (Accountability Act 2017 ) which would automatically get rid of the political failures .. Lots of bajans think its as easy as pie having an election to get rid of failures as politicians, thats the risky bit , I think this government has a 50+50 chance being return to office..
    One other possibility we may have to put in place a coalition government , which might not be a bad thing………..

    ………..

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  14. Keith Forde
    Keith Forde September 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    RAWLE,I LOVE YOUR REPLY TO WHAT SHE IS SAYING.SHE WAS A MINISTER BEFORE.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 12, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Keith Forde.

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    • Keith Forde
      Keith Forde September 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      MISS EASTMOND SAID SHE LEGALIZED A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA,THESE POLITICIANS WOULD DO AND SAY ANYTHING JUST TO BE ELECTED TO OFFICE..

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Keith Forde Agree it’s just politicking.

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  15. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed September 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    “Prepared” ………uhhhhh you really aint got much sense……you should be saying “we will cut out corruption”

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  16. rickstar September 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    lynette would say anything to get back in a cabinet lol

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  17. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch September 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Guess she only form that party to show Mia that she in no bully.

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  18. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    You just miss the “honey cup” and will say anything to sip from it again.

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  19. bk September 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Ms. Eastmond i would vote for your party, and i would suggest that you take your message to the youth of this country.

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  20. I Read September 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Should have cut out the corruption you assisted, when a whole constituency was gerrymandered for you…. ☕️

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