Forde worried over reports of corruption

St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde is concerned about the number of corruption charges being made against sitting members of parliament.

Forde voiced this concern in the House of Assembly yesterday while making her contribution to the debate on the 2015/2016 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals.

St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde (centre).
St Thomas MP Cynthia Forde.

She said: “I must say I am extremely uncomfortable with the knowledge of what people are saying about corruption among our members of parliament. I am concerned, but I believe that all of us in here have been able to come in and say, ‘our mantra is to serve the people’ because politics is about the people. Where I have a difficulty is the entrenched set of comments and beliefs that Barbadians have about politicians generally. But this crop of this era of 2008 to 2015 seems to have been targeted in a way that has been different. I do not know if it is the technology; I do not know if it is the lifestyle of some of us, I do not know what it is. We are now dealing with a better educated population than we had in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Therefore, we must carry ourselves with a measure of dignity that the public and the electorate should show us utmost respect.”

The St Thomas MP contended that over the past seven years public confidence in the ruling Democratic Labour Party had been waning in the face of reports of corruption in both the private and public sector.

Given the breakdown in moral standards, she said there was need for positive role models for the youth, adding that women in Barbados will have to set the trend.

4 Responses to Forde worried over reports of corruption

  1. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires June 19, 2015 at 8:09 am

    she o too

  2. Walter Prescod June 19, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I hope you keep your words, where are the positive role models?
    Let us get these women elected.

  3. Tony Webster June 19, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Madam, I know you, and as I walk Vault Road regularly, always cast a glance for an opportunity to exchange a “how-de-do”. I also am impressed by your fiery, forthright and commendable discourses in Parliament.

    Now to your point…your dictat almost…that we citizens ought to show our Parliamentary representatives “the utmost respect”.
    Although you qualify this entitlement somewhat, may I remind you, that respect…of whatever grade or quantum…is always earned. Always. Moreover, it never, never…should be confused wid skin teet-smiles and similar grovelling things.

    With my respects…of the most sincere kind.
    And Also wid greetings from de madam here, Girly.

  4. Patrick Blackman June 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Well you see…don’t worry not worth the comment.


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