26 Sept 2012

A question of ethics

Ethics: A set of principles that are accepted as right or wrong by an individual or group.

Public service ethics

Public service ethics is a set of principles that guide public officials in their service to their constituents, including their decision-making on behalf of their constituents. Fundamental to the concept of public service ethics is the notion that decisions and actions are based on what best serves the public's interests, as opposed to the official's personal interests (including financial interests) or self-serving political interests. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics#Public_service_ethics]

In the case of the Attorney General, the less-than-honourable Anand Ramlogan, this concept of public service ethics applies to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, not solely those who comprise the Cabinet and those to whom he is legal adviser. Remember, he is not an elected MP, but selected to provide best advice to the Government of the day.

However, the question of ethics appears to be foreign to him, as perhaps the Russian language.

Given that he is directly involved in the Section 34 fiasco, and evidence points to his involvement and participation, it is disingenuous of him to attempt, at this late stage, to extract himself as a party on whom some responsibility falls. His best course of action is to resign, and go back to private practice, a place where he made his mark, reputation and his money for multiple million-dollar townhouses.

However, like the many before (and surely, after) him, Mr Ramlogan is brazen enough to try to milk his Office for all its worth, further sullying an already blackened office.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan by today, Ramlogan yesterday expressed confidence that he would survive the Section 34 fiasco.

Asked if he was willing to tender his resignation if public pressure was put on him to do so, Ramlogan said one must distinguish between PNM pressure and public pressure. [http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Ramlogan-not-bowing-to-PNM-pressure-to-resign-171272921.html]

Getting back to the question of ethics… nowhere in Trinidad and Tobago have I seen ethical behaviour at work. Frankly, the only person in public life I have seen act with any sort of ethical behaviour was Noor Hassanali. Everyone else, from Ellis Clarke to Patrick Manning has shown that personal ambitions for power and paisa has trumped all moral and ethical lessons that had ever been taught. Only Franklin Khan [PNM] had the moral fibre to resign when he was involved in a scandal over financial matters.

‘Trinbagonians’ have no sense of shame, either on a local stage or international one. As I’ve written many times before, they have skins of crapaud leather, and they not moving.

At present time, I see the urgent need for wining Max to go, as well as Ramlogan, Ramadhar and Kamla Persad-Bissessar. But I’ll also bet my pension that ain’t going to happen. It’s a question of ethics, and that… simply does not exist on Monkey Island.