Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kudos to TSTT

TSTT's decision to sever connections with a popular music icon found guilty of certain offences is good for this country in the long term.

This is nothing personal or a denial of the musical brilliance involved, but a society must not appear to compromise its standards when it comes to the law. It is a pillar of its moral fibre and good standing in the eyes of the world, which is why Tiger Woods had to pay the penalty for his indiscretions and so too Lance Armstrong.

It says something about us when many of us, including a high official, chose to ignore our icon's indiscretions and to treat with him as if nothing happened.

There is a growing perception in this country that not everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. With the prospect of principals in two financial institutions not having to account for the huge losses that investors will have suffered, another possibly being spared prosecution for non-appearance at an inquiry of an event in which he was the chief participant. With Section 34 leading in the direction of freedom for many accused of criminal wrong-doing and now this virtual sanctioning of unacceptable behaviour by an indifferent public and from one senior official, isn't that perception of inequality in the eyes of the law likely to take root?

TSTT's decision is there a beacon of hope for this country, for it says in no uncertain terms that we must take responsibility for our actions and must be prepared to face the consequences if we don't. It is a fledgling antidote to the pervasive criminality which has become almost a way of life in this beautiful land of ours.

Dr Errol Benjamin

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