This country needs Integrity in Public Life Legislation? Letter To The Editor

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Over the past few weeks I have been reading the newspapers and online news and have noted with concern that St. Kitts’ Ministers of Government appear to spend more time overseas than on island. In the space of about two weeks one reads that the Minister of Foreign Affairs is in Venezuela, Trinidad, the BVI, Dubai, and Guatemala; the Minister of Tourism is in Taiwan, New York, London; other Ministers go from New York to Canada to the UK; and pin pointing our Prime Minister’s whereabouts at any given time is like playing “Where in the World is Denzil Douglas?”I thought things were “hard”, who is paying for all these trips up and down and how is it benefitting the people who can’t afford to take the $25 ferry over to Nevis? But another concern is when we have 6 Ministers and 3, 4 or 5 are all off island around the same time, who is running the country? Is the ship of state so safely sailing along that it can be steered by BlackBerrys? Can’t some of the Permanent Secretaries, senior people in these Ministries get a do? Is it absolutely necessary for us to be present at all of these events and meetings? When the ordinary citizen can’t afford to take the bus, why are we paying for these Ministers to jet-set around the globe doing God knows what? I for one would like to see their travel expenses because bear in mind we have to pay them per Diem (stipend for each day they are off island), their accommodations (and they don’t stay at Holiday Inn) and they certainly aren’t eating at McDonalds. This country needs Integrity in Public Life legislation; either that or a government that is more concerned with manning the ship in St. Kitts than flying the friendly skies to exciting and exotic places at the taxpayers’ expense. Karlene Smithen

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