Sep 29, 2020 Letters
I refer to the article titled, “$329B Appropriation Bill unanimously approved” (SN September 26). I share some thoughts.
I am impressed by unanimous approval, which makes me question what all the “hullabaloo” was about. We have neither time nor capacity for theater; not while citizens deal daily with hard reality. Just get on with it. I was also impressed (and amused) that the Hon. Minister of Public Works found occasion to speak of the “moral and ethical” as imperative for his parliamentary listeners, all leaders in the National Assembly.
As I interpret those two related words “moral” and “ethical”, they are about what is right and wrong by any measurement, the higher and tougher the better. Things are as simple as that, and which meanings, I believe are not alien to Minister Juan Edghill. By articulating most unambiguously position and expectation, those two words and linking them to leaders, I think that the Minister did an inestimable public work for this nation. I will not, however, take the same position with regard to the great majority of his parliamentary audience, be they comrades or competitors.
I appreciate that his lordship has no control, other than suasion, over political adversaries across the aisle; I hope for stirring to better. But I am wont to believe that the good bishop has some congregation to preach to and appeal to in those from his own group. He should know that his helmsmen have little to recommend them on the “moral and ethical” expressways over which he labors. The record certifies that they have travelled at express speeds in the opposite direction, through exhibiting palpable immoral and unethical bents.
Moral and ethical, so well proclaimed by the man of the cloth, is not exemplified with half-truths, halfway efforts, and “half assed” practices in the national house of the people’s business. His newer colleagues already have converted it into a bawdy house for the titillation of themselves and their swallowing, swooning audience. I suggest the Minister conducts tutorials with his own flock first. I give him two recent examples on which he can pontificate about the “moral and ethical.”
There was a naturally resourceful member, who took to the parliamentary pulpit to make an utter prankster of himself, when he spoke of a $48B deficit at the Gold Board. I give extra credit in recognition of a manufacturer, who exceedingly early abandoned the moral and ethical so beautifully waxed about by the man of scripture. His colleague profaned those words by his patented falsehood, since no such thing existed in possibly any place in this country. But lies sell, and the more flagrant, the more buyers there are. Those pursuing truths are left to manage the damage done. I suggest that the Bishop conducts a prayer vigil for his people on what is moral and ethical. They need the guidance.
Then, there was the works junior, out to make his bones in true mafia fashion, who was saddled with the duty to mow down somebody. He spoke from the heart of a $4B deficit inherited. He is young in the game, so forgiveness follows. I ask the bishop to pray for him, since he knows not what he does. A stripling practitioner, so enamored of his elevation and zealous about proving his worth that he neglected the first part of the story. That is, there was a more than $12B deficit in 2015 that his people left behind, and which they left honest people to clean up and fix. “My caution: deo, dat is not done in dah house.”
I trust that Bishop Edghill now has a fuller measure of the wilderness he inhabits. He has much work on his hands, many false prophets nearby. I think the good Bishop means well, but I urge wisdom: the brightly spiritual has zero reception and application in the diabolical regions of the political. He has his work cut out for him on two counts. First, to persuade his colleagues on engaging in behaviours and standards moral and ethical. And second, to defend himself at the Pearly Gates, when asked about the company he kept.
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