We Expect Better Behaviour From Public Officials
Submitted by Benny
I am wondering what example is being set in Barbados. The behaviour of four public officials and professionals come to mind. First we had the government Minister Mr David Estwick being accused of either pulling or exposing a gun to Mr Dale Marshall. Second, it was the Commissioner being charged with misconduct in public office and being held up to the people of Barbados as a liar.Yet still these two individuals are allowed to function in public office without being sanctioned I deliberately referred to these as individuals until they are exonerated. They certainly do not deserve the title of gentlemen.
The next show of disgraceful behavoir is that from Mr William Duguid in Parliament. Now this the exhibition by a QC lawyer ‘mooning’ a judge. I do not know if to condemn him or make a recommendation for a psychiatric evaluation. I think that the latter may be more appropriate in light of the fact that the Judge is a female.
I think that these issues mentioned are some of the more plausible cases because there seem to be some cogent evidence of these occurrences. However we should not forget of the many other rumours that circulate, hopefully they are just rumours; but they are equally damaging and leaves the wrong impression on the young minds. As a person who is often in contact with young people I would say that many tend to justify their behaviour by drawing a comparison with the behaviour of these officials.
We cannot forget the rumours of the 5 and 10s, Ministers who can no longer venture from these shores etc. It seems that we are lost. I think that it is time that right thinking Barbadians should take a stand and demand that things like these should not go unpunished. It is sad to say but parliament, the church, police force, and judiciary seem to be on a slide in the wrong direction and we are just willing to accept it.
Let us remember that people would do as much as they know they can get away with.