The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) candidate for Christ Church East Wilfred Abrahams has blamed lawlessness among the country’s leadership for the growing deviant behaviour here.
Abrahams, who last night was nominated unopposed to face the incumbent Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe in the next general election, told supporters it was not realistic to expect people to be law abiding what their leaders break the law.
And he vowed that if he is elected he will fight corruption head on.
“Corruption in high and low places must be wiped out. Corrupt officials must be made to feel the full force and the weight of the law. If those creating the laws are themselves lawless, then you cannot expect anybody else to fall in line.
“The reason that our social norms are disintegrating in this country is because those at the top are lawless in themselves. They have no laws and no accountability,” he told supporters meeting at the St Christopher Primary School.
The Opposition senator, who failed at his first attempt in 2013 to unseat Dr Lowe, led a blistering attack on the governing Democratic Labour Party (DLP), accusing it of breaking election promises to introduce laws for public accountability by elected officials.
Without expressly stating that the DLP administration was corrupt, he said the Freundel Stuart administration had no interest in enacting such legislation.
“They came to the elections in 2008 talking about integrity legislation; in 2013 they went back on the same thing. It is not by accident that has never been debated in the House [of Assembly] . . . They needed it to win an election, but they don’t really want it.”
He assured the party faithful that “we must not be afraid to prosecute politicians when we get into Government” and promised that a BLP administration would go after anyone who had “ill-gotten gains”.
“We are going to trace it, take it, and give it back to who is supposed to have it,” Abrahams, a practising attorney for some 18 years, affirmed.
“People must have faith in their Government and MPs [Members of Parliament] to do the right thing all of the time. I promise to the people of Christ Church East, I am going to be that MP and will try to do the right thing all of the time.” (GA)