Barbadians reminded of irony how former Commerce Minister debated EU on blacklisting

Dear Editor:

All ones who run for, are in, or are past being involved in national electoral politics face peculiar tests, not all of which they pass. Those who hold office in other public institutions like faith communities, trade unions, private sector agencies and so on face and sometimes fail similar tests. Even we who run homes and social groups fare likewise.

That specific power is used to sexually and physically abuse children, to determine that houses and land will go for sexual or special favours, to abuse disabled people, to distribute illegal substances, to engage in financial malfeasance, to start trade, race and other wars inside and outside of the local territory among other evils that withhold justice, or worse, withhold love. That power is also used to great effect to make citizens more moral-like what is given in the meaning of a traffic light or the mutual care in team support.

The media as public voice and source of information is prime among those political authorities. You serve a critical role of helping us know how to choose, hence how to be.

As far as I can determine, there is no such thing called “news” that can be found hanging about in the environment. There is what editors , journalists and owners of media organs determine that the public might find interesting or useful or titillating and so on. But some of these authorities also do great work in spreading a useful morality and widening awareness.

Might I ask that media houses place previous Minister Donville Inniss‘ statements warning off various international bodies that Barbados should not be seen as a country engaged in immoral trade tax practices next to every story about him. It may damn him by his own words. Alternatively, it may give some pause for us to think about issues of entrapment and industrial and political espionage aimed to put a weakening majority black country in its place.

As I say the above, it is curious that previous trade Minister Inniss’ photograph accompanying the charge looks like every other black male on your crime pages and not as we normally see ministers of Government.

Corruption has to do with more than financial malfeasance. It also has to do with manipulation of language to generate unwholesome ends. To “point to corruption” probably requires a bit more than speculation and promises by a whistle blower who is to come forward Monday. Wait till Monday, else what is the damage and to whom?

Instead of doing as I ask, you could alternatively publish my letter here. I hope you do.

Margaret D. Gill

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