The question I have to ask now is this: Given the pervasive scope of the corruption in our political and economic system, is resistance to this corruption futile? If so, then we are all doomed! I have no answers as yet. I am hoping that by making an accurate diagnosis of where the true problem lies, we can put our collective minds and hearts together in finding true solutions to the problem. I have some ideas where we need to go, and I am currently researching and fleshing them out and would pen my thoughts in future posts.
I have been painstakingly following the events of the Greek sovereign debt crisis, and the article yesterday entitled #ThisIsACoup: Greece bailout demands spark social media backlash against Germany struck a deep chord within me as the issue of our own sovereign debt crisis and our handling of it has been on the forefront of my… Read More
Yesterday, I came across a speech entitled “GRAND CORRUPTION – THE NEW CHALLENGE” that was delivered by José Ugaz, the chair of the leading anti-corruption group Transparency International to their Jamaican chapter National Integrity Action in Kingston, on 15 March 2015. It poignantly states: “Corruption is a tax that is paid by the poorest in… Read More
You can download the pdf file here.
Published on Feb 19, 2015 National Integrity Action’s second documentary film, which focuses on aspects of Jamaican life where integrity has, and can continue to reap, rewards.
I share the following thoughts on the two year election which was eventually held on Monday 16th February 2015. 1. Political tribalism is still as bad as it ever was in St. Kitts and Nevis, as evidenced by the vicious nature of the election campaign and by the ruthless machinations of the electoral process. The… Read More
Three years ago, when my wife was pregnant with my first daughter, I had a dream in which my daughter who was ten years old appeared and was looking sad and crying. Things had deteriorated in St. Kitts-Nevis as crime was rampant, diseases and health issues were not being dealt with, and the structure of our schools had deteriorated and the standard of our education was at an all time low. Albeit we were boasting of the economic and physical achievements and developments in our midst. Then she said to me, “Daddy, if you know better, that we can do better, why are you not speaking up? What are you doing to make St. Kitts-Nevis a better place for me and my generation?“ At that time, I had no idea that two ministers would have left the government, a MONC would have been put forward and not debated, and we would have become a rogue nation in terms of our disrespect for democracy and our Constitution, and be condemned by Canada and the USA for our sanction evasive Citizenship by Investment Program.
Published on Feb 5, 2013 National Integrity Action (NIA) is a not-for-profit organization that was launched in December 2011 with the objective of combatting corruption in Jamaica on a non-partisan basis. This film, produced by NIA, graphically details four episodes in Jamaica’s 50-year Post-Independence history, each of which speaks to how corruption undermines Jamaica’s achievements.
Audio of Commentary Charles Wilkin QC – “From Crisis to Crisis” The political crisis over the Motion of No Confidence now pending in the National Assembly for almost two years has shaken our democracy at its roots. It has highlighted three major ailments in that fragile democracy namely the inadequacy of the constitution, the overwhelming… Read More
I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr. Livingston Adolton Huggins for sharing this gem with us. I hope that we can find it as a community to come together again and continue its tradition for the benefit of our people. https://www.dropbox.com/l/LpnVrvIa0LFRhAIrz7zUTq?