“The Freundel Stuart administration is not interested in in pursuing anti-corruption legislation at present because it is not a priority,” Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said.
Brathwaite played down the stance taken by University of the West Indies political scientist Cynthia Barrow-Giles who indicated at a recent event that corruption was part of the political culture here, encouraged by the country’s penchant for furtiveness.
She added that the problem could not be solved by switching to a republican form of Government.
“There is corruption in this country, but we hide behind it because this country thrives on secrecy,” the lecturer in comparative government and politics told a panel discussion . . . at Ellerslie Secondary School on the topic Should Barbados Become A Republic –– A Cross To Bear Or Crown To Wear?
But Brathwaite countered that corruption was not a major problem in Barbados and it was too costly to pursue legislation against something was not much of an issue . . . .
First of all, Mr Attorney General, let me give you the definition of “corruption” as presented in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: “dishonest or illegal behaviour especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers); the act of corrupting someone or something; something that has been changed from its original form . . . impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle . . . inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) . . .” .
If your perception of corruption does not fall under any of the above categories, then maybe there is no corruption.
However, seeing that the Prime Minister stated there is vote buying in this country –– not once, but twice, in 2013 and 2014 –– pray tell me, Mr Attorney General, if that is not corruption, what would you call it?
Several lawyers have come before the courts for misappropriation of clients’ money. What is that, Mr Attorney General?
There are schoolchildren being forced into sexual activity by adults. What is that?
What would you call it when a set of people promise to do something before elections, and then renege on them after they have won the said elections?
What would you call it when an MP can cast aspersions on the Leader of the Opposition in Barbados, and get away with it without even the slightest hint of an apology?
And the list goes on.
At some point the bell tolls!
–– ANTHONY DAVIS