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Absolute power corrupts absolutely

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

Again we are here. The year 2017 looking like the '90s. Again, as a country, we are at the point of the contractor general coming out with a 500-page report outlining a train-line worth of wrongdoings by politicians and their associates, and why? Because there was no serious penalty for the previous culprits.

When the wrong goes unpunished all we do, inadvertently, is embolden others to do the same or worse. Are we seeing any comparison with the St Ann Parish Council, the Clarendon Parish Council (now municipal corporations) and that of Hanover?

I'm calling on the governor general, the prime minister, the chief justice, the director of public prosecutions, someone, anyone who is in the position and so minded to put a lid on the propensity of some MPs and councillors, especially in a particular political party, to cease and desist from their constant mismanagement of the country's finances.

When will there be sanctions and penalties for these public servants who consistently flout the law, bringing the public offices into constant disrepute and, overall, causing the country distress? That's all I'd like to know. I'd like answers in the form of legislation and strident prosecutions. Thank you all.

J. Edwards