Abu Bakr and me
Morality seems to be one of those much abused concepts depending on the agenda of those who invoke it. The PNM came into office in 1956 with the promise to institute morality in public affairs and we saw how that pledge was realised. In the 18-18 tie of 2001, ANR Robinson preferred Manning as Prime Minister and the PNM as Government on the basis of moral and spiritual values. Shortly afterwards, Panday was to declare that politics had a morality of its own.
Now comes along a self-righteous columnist in a newspaper pontificating on morality and, in his delusional consciousness, has concluded that Abu Bakr and myself are in the same category. This can only be the product of a bilious and disturbed mind.
This armchair exponent of morality was never involved in public life, is not known to stand for anything progressive and has never been heard to fight for any cause but presumes to be a custodian of moral values. However, the examples which he proffers are quite amusing.
I can say without fear of contradiction that in my 20 years of parliamentary life I have never been accused of corruption and, while I am no paragon of virtue, my morality has never been brought into question except now by someone with a massive bee in his bonnet.