Letter to Editor
Monday, 28 May 2012 11:30
Antigua St John's - It was very disappointing to read that representative Eleston Adams would actually say to the public that he supports his party, regardless of the issues that are causing widespread discontent at this time.
Surely it would have been more appropriate to give one’s support to “the people,” and what is in their best interest. I stand to be corrected, but the article did not quote any statement from MP Adams saying, "I took a tour of WPP (with the Observer Media?) and saw all the paperwork, and it is new and all is above board. Here are the photos and figures plus paperwork to prove value for money!"
Initially, it left a really good feeling that a representative would publicly say that he needed to consult with his constituents on this important issue. This statement appeared to be a spark of democracy/dedication to the people in progress. Now it is as if same old-same old reigns, and self serving and abuse of power are the priorities of the day.
In my mind, the definition of a person voted in to represent a constituency is to represent first and foremost the interests of his constituents, along with the best interest of the country; not the best interest of self or a couple of individuals.
Also, a civil servant is supposed to serve the public, who are paying you, in the hopes that you will serve with caring, intelligence, and moral integrity.
If, as is obvious in this case, the majority of the public has an issue with the age, quality, and every aspect of the costs and performance of the WPP (from the inside out), then insist that those involved in the purchase of same release the paperwork and open the plant to public inspection. After all, it is the public who are P-A-Y-I-N-G for this project every day of our lives.
“We the people” who are P-A-Y-I-N-G for this plant will continue to P-A-Y for these very questionable items out of everything that we purchase, with no end in sight… If it is that MP Adams is not capable of understanding the plight of his people, then, in my opinion, MP Adams has no right to be a representative of anything, far less his fellow human beings who are suffering in a deplorable manner along with the rest of this bankrupt country.
Think long and hard MP Adams. Is Antigua’s economy really in a state right now to survive all these, to put it simply expenses with a question mark. In your mind, was it the correct thing to do in NOT bringing these purchases using public monies to Parliament for debate and exposure?
If you think about it, there would be no issues for a vote of no confidence if all these unconstitutional transactions using public money had not taken place. The only conclusion this average member of the tax-paying public can come to is that power and all that it brings must be carrying more significance than the well being of one’s country as a whole.
I also have to ask the question as to whether securing a positive future for our children and/or grandchildren has been taken into consideration.
This is not an era where one can just live in a bubble and tow a line for the sake of towing when common sense has to be dictating otherwise… I am willing to bet that you know as well as we all do that these issues will be brought to the public for clarification hopefully sooner rather than later.
I happen to be of the opinion that it is never too late to right a wrong, but two wrongs do not make a right. Your heart, which was mentioned in the article, needs to be attached to a conscience, and that conscience needs to be with your people; insisting on transparency is a part of what public service is all about.