I am very impressed and must commend you for a beautiful piece of writing that ‘really’ (as my friend Corbo would say) tickled my fancy. We all (at times) will ‘seemingly’ compromise our ‘better’ judgement based on the information at hand, combined with the credibility of the source; this does not ‘somehow’ make us evil or ‘supportive’ of corruptive activities; Corruption must be qualified and then denounced for what it is, responsibly, and not out of some politically motivated malfeasance; it should not be subjective or some partisan conjecture, as we continue to witness to date. It is the bane to economic advancement and more importantly, a source of social disintegration, as is being witnessed in Dominica and the Diaspora.
This issue of corruption in Dominica is ‘considered and suggested’ as the fore of our domestic and economic problems by (not just by opposition political proponents), but by also influential and credible citizens in the Diaspora. Whilst this is indeed alarming, it needs to be qualified and substantiated, due to our political nature, and ‘lessons’ learnt of times past.
I see corruption as the greatest threat to any economic reform we may be considering or contemplating; the problem to date has been the qualification and substantiation of the truth! One thing I will surmise with great dispassion is, “if our society’s atmosphere continues to deteriorate (as it has been of late), then what is the use or good of our economic reform efforts”? If not for this reason alone, there must be a compelling need to eradicate the corrosive effects of corruption on the Dominican political and economic structures and on its public life. I do not think anyone of us would disagree with these statements and the realities surrounding them; the question is ‘how do we qualify’ and ‘substantiate’ lennox Linton’s investigative reporting as being accurate and truthful? This is my personal dilemma and one which I struggle with in conviction; and I am certain I am not alone in this paradox! I do not know about you, but I am not used to any apparent contradictions that actually expresses a non-dual truth!
Institutional corruption, or as some are prone to decry it as “criminal capitalism,” is not an idiosyncratic phenomenon. Instead, as a form of socially disapproved behaviour, it is sweeping the globe. And as a universal problem, corruption is timelessly applicable in every culture, and every culture – with significant exceptions- treats “impure” norms of reciprocity with official condemnation. Paradoxically, corruption’s main ally is the fact that is has become universally commonplace, and the venal pursuit of private gain at the expense of public duty is particularly virulent in a period of rapid growth and modernization.
Friends, fellow Dominicans;
I am no fool, nor am I here writing these ‘chosen’ words by accident or with a didden agenda, and neither are you, so I will no longer venture along those lines. Dominica and Dominican politicians are not exempt from corruption, and anyone being suggestive of,’ is a fool and should not be considered as a worthy adversary in rebuttal of’. However, what we need to qualify and negate from the current realities, are the facts from the fiction. Lennox Linton (whilst mischievous and at time ‘seemingly’ diabolical in intent) has indeed made us (the public) aware of serious and alarming concerns regarding the Prime Minister and his government. I do not , nor would I suggest, dismissal of this awareness, but I certainly will continue to question authenticity and accuracy of its content in its entirety!
I have ‘consitantly’ maintained we have the provisions in place to prevent and address such concerns, in the Ethics Committee, the IPO, and the Director of Audit; that they are obligated and mandated by ‘law’ constitutionally to investigate these ‘assertions’, not ‘allegations’, and have not to date. And why is that I continue to ask? I have asked for qualification of the integrity of those we have entrusted, and man these mediums of balance and accountability, and “NO ONE” to date has come forth and responded in condemnation of them as being corrupt or easily manipulated! What does this say to me as a ‘non-politically’ motivated independent thinker? One who is exempt from the cabaway and marches to no politically motivated drum beat? Am I wrong for questioning and seeking validation?
I do not dispute or dismiss the claims of discovery regarding the new sources of wealth and power, and or the concomitant transformation of social values of our leaders and members of government now, or in days past. What I vehemently dispute and detest is the methods employed, and the twisted fabrication of half truths uttered in representation of the facts. When one corrupts or wilfully distorts the truth it will inevitably surface, for the truth will always prevail.
If we are to lead by example and hold those entrusted to our nation accountable, we need to be consistently accurate in the reporting of the truth. When we disregard this basic fundamental, we become undemocratic in our resolve and set free those guilty and in contempt!
Although this harm is extremely difficult to assess, it is nevertheless generally conceded that it contributes to the increasing deligitimization of the political system and in its wake erodes the moral and material fibre of our society, as is evident with the discontent of late; in its place are incipient nihilism and a pervasive culture of amoral materialism. I understand that left unchecked, corruption can reach a staggering scale as exemplified in Bogota, Columbia.
I recognize the importance of the work that Lennox Linton and company have undertaken and would never dismiss the importance of it, but warn of the dire consequences that have resulted and will continue when the truth is not reported in its entirety or with politically motivated intent.
Dominica is at a moral crossroads and as a people divided in spirit it saddens me to see such talent and passion go to waste. I sincerly hope we can overcome for the sake of our people.