Glenroy Blanchette is an extraordinary man, a Newtown man, a man of humble birth. Glenroy Blanchette is a national hero. How does he come By this unique distinction? By his honesty, integrity and his singular bravery. It is indeed strange, that these qualities are sufficient to qualify this young man for national heroism, but that is how it happens to be in the present situation in which our country finds itself. Normally, honesty and integrity are attributes which every citizen is expected to cherish. That is what we used to learn in primary schools in St. Kitts and Nevis. As a boy in school, one of my teacher, Ms. Estelle Earle, taught me moral instructure under the tree in the Methodist School yard. She seemed to have been a specialist in moral instructure. She used to make us repeat over and over again, “Honesty is the best policy”. All of the boys in my class were poor and many of us were barefooted. A few of us wore dirty clothes which we only changed on Friday afternoons, yet, Ms. Earle taught us to be honest. She taught us that if we found money, we should take it to the Police Station. Although this was a very profound admonition for boys who were poor, some of us took her seriously. There were also forces levelled against our consciences. The old people on the stone beach threw at their bit. They spoke about a man named Sobrattie, who worked at Pond Estate in the 19th Century. One day he found a barrel of money and jewellery in a cane field in which he worked. Instead of stowing it away, he called his overseer, a Portuguese named Farara, who took possession and became the island’s richest man. There was also the story of another man named Ribiero, who discovered a stash of money and turned it over to his church. Although theses stories were probably apocryphal, they helped to underline the prevailing sentiments, that honesty was the best policy. This attitude was so intense, that if a boy shared an arithmetic solution with his friend next to him in class, both he and his friend were likely to have their book marked with red ink, COPIED. Self reliance was an important corollary to Honesty – the best policy. My nomination of Glenroy Blanchette as a hero, is because he is honest and demonstrates how far we have strayed from the principles on which our earlier generations were raised. Now the virtue of honesty is so rare, that it is refreshing, even surprising, to find a few honest men. Courage used to be an attribute to which children in school were taught to sing songs about. Our reading books were full of tales about courageous people who faced pained imprisonment and death, rather than surrender the high principles on which they were raised. Our reading books contained stories of soldiers in battle who faced certain death to honour their country. We read about Benbow the Brave, Admiral Lord Nelson, Joan of Arc, Florence Nightingale and all those models of selflessness and bravery. On Empire day, we sang British patriotic songs in which we pledged love and loyalty to our empire. In Gray’s Elegy in a country church yard, teenagers learned about a man named John Hampden, who stood up boldly against a Tyrannical King. Thomas Manchester, Matthew Sebastian and Edgar Challenger lived in our time and we knew how they stood up against the establishment on behalf of the people. Their distinguished successor Robert Bradshaw, the great advocate of principled conduct, was too large in life for us to ignore. So where did we go wrong? When did we learn that anything this expedient is right, that the end justifies the means, that cheating to win an election is OK and that it is alright to try a ting. This was the problem which faced Glenroy Blanchette. He was involved in an election campaign, the theme of which was corruption. From the moment the election campaign began, the focus remained on the failings of the Douglas Administration in areas of ethics, credibility and morality. Supporters of the People’s Action Movement listened in shock of the allegations about LEX consulting and Glenroy even took some flak for calling on the Governor General to resign for an alleged impropriety. And then Glenroy got the shock of his career in Politics. He overheard that his leader was caught in a sting operation and then to his utter amazement he saw a video of his leader discussing a land deal with a stranger and bargaining for his service a price of $1.7 million dollars. What was even more shocking was that this transaction took place right in Douglas’ room at the Marriott Hotel. Now, against the backdrop of Douglas’ transparent concentration on the seats contested By Mr Grant, even the most unscrupulous By standard we find it difficult to explain this humongous folly. Why then should not everybody else be disturbed? Why is it a surprise that Glenroy and the other four running mates reacted with outrage in response to this act of political suicide By the leader of their party? The only thing I find surprising about this episode is the silence of Hamilton and Richards and I wonder why they appear so reluctant to express themselves on this matter. Is it because they are now so comfortable in their parliamentary seats that they have lost the courage to defend honesty and integrity? Is their silence on this matter a sign of their unqualified support of their leader or do they share the same sentiments of Glenroy Blanchette and his colleagues that the leader has now become an impediment to the party. The night after the election, Eugene Hamilton and his close supporters were at Sprattnet celebrating his victory. Carlton Duponte and I were also present at Sprattnet. We congratulated Mr. Hamilton on his victory and as the conversation progressed, Duponte asked him what he thought about the Marriott affair. I noted his embarrassment and suggested to Duponte not to press him for an answer. I may have made a mistake, for in the light of what happened subsequently, it would of been enlightening to hear the position of the winning candidate. Although Glenroy must be a very lonely man, as all honest men are, he still has a good fortune of the company of a few like minded men who felt the same outrage at their leader’s inconsistency. These five men who call on their leader to step down are the future of politics in St. Kitts. They are what we have been searching for. They are the true alternatives.