It’s a joke!

Sir David dismisses Barbados’ Prevention of Corruption Act

Former Chief Justice Sir David Simmons has dismissed this island’s Prevention of Corruption Act as nothing more than “a joke”, while accusing successive Democratic Labour Party (DLP) administrations of “window dressing” on the issue of corruption.

Addressing a public forum on the topic of Corruption: Cost, Consequences and Remedies, Sir David, who is also a former attorney general, warned that the legislation, which was passed in Parliament back in 2012, was yet to be proclaimed into law.

He also cautioned that it was so full of holes that “you could drive a cart and ten donkeys through it”, while contending  that successive DLP regimes, dating back to the one led by the country’s founding father Errol Barrow, were not interested in having integrity legislation on the statute books.

“In 1975 before the elections of 1976 integrity legislation was brought to Parliament by Mr Barrow, and never saw the light of day.

“In 2012 just before the 2013 election the same thing with this [Barbados Prevention of Corruption Act that was] brought to Parliament, [but] has not yet been put on the statute books,” he said, adding that it “seems to me to be a lot of window dressing”.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party stalwart, who retired from active politics here after 26 years to take up the post of Chief Justice which he held for eight years, currently serves as head of the Integrity Commission in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

But while comparing the Barbados situation with that in the TCI, he warned that “the Barbados Act doesn’t begin to come close to what is needed.

“It has several serious deficiencies,” Sir David said, while suggesting that the major weakness with the domestic legislation was that it does not provide for investigative officers.

During last night’s forum which was hosted by the so-called Integrity Group, the respected Barbadian jurist pointed out that it has been a requirement in the British overseas territory since 2012 that 90 per cent of public officers and politicians declare their assets and gifts to self and organizations.

He also reported that the TCI had managed to recover US$24 million in dubious transactions, some of which involved the Butch Stewart-led Sandals hotel chain.

“You cannot function effectively unless you have investigators who will go and chase up things, who are skilled investigators. We have four in Turks, three of who are British, out of SOCA [the Serious Organised Crime Agency], ” Sir David explained.

“Ours [investigators] have powers of arrest. When we arrest you, we hand you over to the police to take the matter on from there,” he added, while suggesting that the same was needed in Barbados.

He also pointed out that the local Act had failed to make provision for funding for a commission when it finally becomes law.

19 Responses to It’s a joke!

  1. Bajan boy October 27, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Sorry you didn’t address why you did not do it as AG or for the 14 years as a member of cabinet.

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  2. hcalndre October 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Sir David; I know that you know that the politicians are not going down that road, ask the question, how these persons that did not win the “Mega 6” but could accumulate that kind of wealth in 5 – 10 years after not even able to pay the landlord or own a decent vehicle and now speaking of going after the man on the street because he/she is driving a Range Rover, as some one asked how far is this investigation is going to go.

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  3. Harry October 27, 2017 at 3:27 am

    Just before the election that late PM Thompson won some 9 years ago, Dennis Lowe published in the newspapers his version of what Barbados’s Integrity Act should be – I say his but in reality Peter Allard gave it to him as it was based on Canadian law – Thompson never supported it and that Sir was that. Rather ironic that Lowe brought it up but then……..

    Remember also the famous or infamous “fatted calf”” statement. Under any DLP or BLP Govt i can not visualize any Barbadian Govt introducing any meaningful Integrity legislation sad but true

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  4. Javan Carmichael
    Javan Carmichael October 27, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Is this the said Sir David who was part of a government for 14 years. Sir you had the chance to do so when you were the AG and CJ so cut the crap talk.

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  5. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 27, 2017 at 5:48 am

    Does sandals have a resort in TCI?

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  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner October 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Ok agree with David Simmons he makes good points but his former party was in power for 14 straight years so why was serious integrity legistation not pass into law during that time he was also AG and CJ.Let’s be real there gine never ever be any serious integrity legistation in Barbados by none of these garbage political parties it’s nothing but election talk and during silly season it will be thrown around a lot but it’s just hot air.

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  7. Sheron Inniss October 27, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Steupse; 6 is 1/2 dozen and 1/2 dozen is 6.

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  8. Tony Webster October 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    And old bomb, quietly laid to rest, now duly re-discovered, and which no-one wishes to touch!!

    We just need ONE man , or woman, with some guts, with some semblance of morality, and a back-bone, to “do the job” and bring some fresh air into public life . Yes, “Pride and Industry” needs to have real meaning….and not pure and simple disingenuousness.

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  9. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba October 27, 2017 at 8:15 am

    SEE U CAN FOOL THE VERY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH UR IGNORANCE….U HAD THE POWERS TO CHANGE MANY THINGS IN THIS COUNTRY, U DID NOTHING!!!! U WERE TO BUSY DOING OTHER THINGS THAT WERE NOT BENEFICIAL TO BIM……….SO SHUT THE F@CK UP, GO AN LOOK FOR ROCKS TO CLIMB, MOUNTAIN GOAT

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  10. seagul October 27, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hail Ali Baba!

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  11. roger headley October 27, 2017 at 8:51 am

    As much as I admire Sir David, as I was reading my thoughts kept going to – But why didn’t the BLP pushed to have one proclaimed?

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  12. roger headley October 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I mean you are only one person and could not have done it on your own but if you were pushing fwd but getting a lot of pushback, then chastise the BLP too. Maybe you did and Barbados Today did not publish it?

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  13. Milli Watt October 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I yawn at Jepter Ince and to be fair I goin yyaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnnn at you!!!

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  14. Andrew Simpson
    Andrew Simpson October 27, 2017 at 10:26 am

    What seems to be the common denominator, so far the need for integrity legislation, and, in the why it has not been implemented?
    Is it plausible that we can actually do without?
    For instance, if a new governance model was designed and developed; a direct participatory democracy on a digital platform where citizens were encouraged to engage, ongoing, in the decision making processes, there would be no ugly five year geographical constituency election campaigns with parliamentarians occupying ministerial posts, for which they are often unsuited and potentially generating the conflict of interest which are being discussed.

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  15. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 27, 2017 at 10:47 am

    You can’t legislate integrity ….you either have it or you don’t

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  16. Adrian Hinds October 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Our system of governance is the reason why integrity legislation has not been a reality todate. Remember that the Prime Minister in westminster type governments such as ours, is but the “first amongst his/her equals” – that he/she enjoys his/her perch at the mercy of his/her loyal parliamentary supporters. If those supporters are not on board with integrity legislation the Leader can still bring it to parliament and risk losing a vote to get it pass. Westminster systems are at their core concentrations of power in a PM and his/her cabinet – that do not do well with challenges of this nature. So if the leader (PM) wants it, but there is no love for it amongst his/her equals he/she is best advise to pull/shelve it.

    It is clear to me that with the ease and condescention with which David Simmons poked holes in the last effort to bring about Integrity legislation and his unwillingness to state how to strengthen the document or even to have an alternative one that addresses the weakness of the current one that he highlighted shows that he, like so many in the then and current political class, do not want it.

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  17. seagul October 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    All current and former politicians should be forced through legislature to submit three quarters of their savings back into the B’dos economy towards infrastructure. There’s a great deal of the B’dos economy that would have to change. The money that is poured into the domestic economy builds up people’s capacity to live and it builds up the country, it builds up the physical infrastructure, and it builds up the human infrastructure. So I think it would be actually healthy for the economy in general. It may take a tremendous educational effort. But I think education is effective when it coincides with a changing reality people can perceive…Integrity ‘sir’.

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  18. Carlisle Norville October 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I happen to have been acquainted with Sir David , therefore out of the respect I have for him ,i decist to make any comment on his speech , what i would like to ask is, (when the B.L.P are returned to power ),( will they be able to help Barbadians with price control,)
    ( they is a business group of white Barbadians )that regulate how
    business is done in Barbados ,we black & brown bagans can talk all over we mouth, when it aa boil down ,de white minority have the say ,we living in a fools paradise ( people in the developed countries & in Trinidad, understand that they the people have the power to protest & demand, the changes that they want.!my people , my people.how long are you going to remain complacent,& let these
    politicians walk all over you, making you believe that they are high & mighty,& you must do, as they say, its time to shake them off their ‘thrones, throw them down on their faces ,(remove them &
    DEMAND from those who replace them.( what it is that you want

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