by Sherfield P. Bowen
I feel a sense of urgent compulsion to lend my absolute support to the inoculation process. I am guided in this by the recommendation of our leading Medical Practitioners. I am in full support of our Political Leader who leads by example.
I am therefore encouraging the People of St Phillip South to avail themselves of the current vaccine. In fact, I encourage one and all across the Country to get vaccinated. And YES, I will be following our Political Leader’s example in taking the vaccine. However, my immediate concern, at this time, is to ensure that the most vulnerable in my constituency are prioritized in this process, bearing in mind that St Phillip’s South produces the Largest number of centenarians in our twin island nation.
So as long as their needs have been addressed, I commit that I will be next in line. In this regard, I utterly condemn the clandestine and deceitful approach exemplified by our Prime Minister, who (supposedly) partied with the rich, took their vaccine behind our backs, kept it a secret from us, and made no provision for our People until the Prime Minister of DOMINICA showed us some sympathy. What a Hot mess!
Was the importation by this “big family” even lawful? Were those dispensing and or administering this drug properly licensed in Antigua and Barbuda to do so? Did this “big family” even bother to consider how the laws of Antigua and Barbuda affected upon their decision to protect themselves, and their friend in the “White House”, from the rest of us?
My second point of interest concerns the sparring between some parliamentarians as recently played out in the House of Representatives. I think it is going to continue, and it should. The battle of “the Rump” where each is seeking to “out” the other as to who is the most corrupt. With reckless abandon, let them go at each other. City West said that St Peter is most corrupt. Well, well, well, please tell us about St Phillips and Public Works contracts and procurement? Tell us about the Sale of Government Materials. What is going on there? We want to know. This “cruel necessity” is vital to your survival, St Peter.
The Prime Minister is worthy of congratulations. He, in the Parliament of all places, made it clear that he would not tolerate any member of his government being involved in corruption. With that said, he told us a little bit about St Peter. Did he not say that this most corrupt member cannot be a Minister again in any government that he, City West, heads? Mama Mia!
Now, if what City West said was true, we must commend him for taking such an uncompromising position. After all, a Godly society must join in the condemnation of corruption, whether they are simple-minded or sophisticated, whether in the Magistrate’s Court, or Customs, whether in the Parish of St Phillips, St Peter or in City West. Corruption robs us all of needed services. It denies prisoners of the necessary resources for food and spending on rehabilitation. It robs the Police of its ability to get forensic evidence tested for use in Court. As a result, innocent persons are condemned, and guilty persons walk free.
I am truly buoyed by City West attacks upon St Peter. We all should be. Clearly, St Peter must return fire. Do pray tell, St Peter! Because such an uncompromising leader would not tell St Peter and his colleagues to enrich themselves creatively while in office. Or did he? A leader who takes governance seriously, as implied by City West in his Parliamentary contribution, would not therefore support any of his parliamentary colleagues, nor himself, in using the resources of the state to enrich themselves or anyone close to them.
Such a leader, a good leader, would ensure that the prescriptions of the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act, for example, are not transgressed by himself or any of his parliamentary colleagues. And so, it is with solidarity, and unflinching support, that I endorse City West in his statements against any public official who engages in, or seeks to engage in, any corrupt practice.
I am therefore comforted that no evidence will emerge showing that any of the Rump government members, or his or her close friends, or spouse [or paramour], or other family members, for example, has benefitted from the awarding of contracts for rental of property used for government services, or for the housing of Cuban workers brought in on our government’s behalf. How about selling government lands at premium prices, but first by “buying it” at a peppercorn rate and then realizing millions from the sale, whether at Laurie Bay, Long Bay, Willoughby Bay, Talmaut Hill, or any other Bays or Hills.
Because as the Members become corrupt, then the entire system becomes corrupted, a la Magistrate Court, Customs, etc., etc., and soon leads to shooting with intent to Kill, and Murder. We must keep the memory of Nigel Christian in our hearts and the safety of Cornel Benjamin in our prayers.
As a nation we must force the purge. Not by bloody or brutal methods such as seen in Washington DC recently, but by reasoned conversations culminating at the Ballot Box. Those that sit at the Right hand of Mr. Speaker, those who answer “Aye” to the questions, it is high time that we put them out of business as usual. They have dishonored our Honourable House with their contempt of all things virtuous; and defiled our noble traditions of fair play and substantial justice with their practice of every vice. This is a factious crew; mortal enemies of good government practices and transparency. And, just like Esau, they have sold our country for the proverbial “mess of potage” Just like Judas, they have betrayed us for [large quantities] of silver.
And so, if we were to rely on the proclamation coming from City West, they have turned our once Honourable House into a den of thieves. Yes, those people who in 2014, were swept into office by the People to get redress for their grievances, have now become the people’s greatest grievances. They were expected to be guided by the Code of Conduct set out for public officials in Schedule 2 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2004 and by Sec. 18 of the Integrity in Public Life Act 2004, for example…
Our country is now calling upon us, the Redeem Team, to cleanse the Horse Stable at the Big White House on the Hill at Queen Elizabeth Highway; to drain the swamp of corruption there; and to put an end to the iniquitous combine in the House of Representatives. With God’s help and the Power of You, the People, we will pull the plug.
In the meantime, Can City West tell us more? I call upon St Peter to exhale. Let it off your chest, man! Do the right thing. Tell me about St Phillips. Answer the question: who is REALLY the most corrupt Member? In due course the Jury will hear from All Saints West.
In the meantime, let all the Comrades sing out their souls, one against another! Attack St
Raise the scarlet standard high
Beneath its folds we’ll live or die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
Raise the red flag flying let us hear
With heads uncovered swear we all
To bare it onward ’til we fall
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim
This song shall be our parting hymn
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