St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde is concerned about the number of corruption charges being made against sitting members of parliament.
Forde voiced this concern in the House of Assembly yesterday while making her contribution to the debate on the 2015/2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals.
She said: “I must say I am extremely uncomfortable with the knowledge of what people are saying about corruption among our members of parliament. I am concerned, but I believe that all of us in here have been able to come in and say, ‘our mantra is to serve the people’ because politics is about the people. Where I have a difficulty is the entrenched set of comments and beliefs that Barbadians have about politicians generally. But this crop of this era of 2008 to 2015 seems to have been targeted in a way that has been different. I do not know if it is the technology; I do not know if it is the lifestyle of some of us, I do not know what it is. We are now dealing with a better educated population than we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Therefore, we must carry ourselves with a measure of dignity that the public and the electorate should show us utmost respect.”
The St Thomas MP contended that over the past seven years public confidence in the ruling Democratic Labour Party had been waning in the face of reports of corruption in both the private and public sector.
Given the breakdown in moral standards, she said there was need for positive role models for the youth, adding that women in Barbados will have to set the trend.