We are drenched in a cesspool of official corruption, the stench permeating state and government. While many of our poor become poorer and much of the middle class is in financial crisis, a clique of mandarins and oligarchs and their families continue to grab whatever they can get.
Grabilicious is the Bahamian term for the deadly sin of avarice. Despite being full beyond need or capacity, many of the mandarins keep on grabbing and gorging. But like all deadly sins, greed never satiates the hunger for truth, beauty and goodness.
In the lament of a veteran political participant cum observer, corruption is more endemic now than that successive Pindling governments, save alone for the complicity of various senior officials with the illegal drugs trade in the 1970s and 1980s.
Back then, in his hasty retreat and return to the corruption-drenched PLP, Perry Christie proudly and boisterously proclaimed that he would swim through a noxious part liquid, part solid to re-join the very party that was mired in corruption. Christie returned to the “All for me baby” party. One former cabinet minister even declared that God made the Bahamas for the PLP.
Christie’s return to the PLP was telling. The Pindling court trusted him as their man, someone who would carry on certain traditions. If a defining test of his leadership was to stem and root out corruption in government and in the Progressive Liberal Party, Perry Gladstone Christie’s tenure as prime minister is a tragic failure.
The evil of corruption in high places has grown exponentially since the PLP’s re-election in 2012, galloping still with unprecedented speed, a frenzied lust for material gain at the expense of the poor and the middle class.