Title: protection of the corrupt here
Comments: Yes, one of the main reasons for the development and of the expansion of serious crimes here in the last five decades including murders kidnappings, and other serious crime is corruption. This was generated and accelerated here by our political pioneers after our independence.
Politicians here found it easy to feather their own nest from Treasury funds. Subsequent governments polished and improved the techniques in the art of corruption. The politicians of the PNM and their loyal brigade of Civil Servants and other associates became, and are still the masterminds of political corruption on this island.
They having spent more time in the corridors of power and thus, having had more time to improve the methods used in stealing and squandering public funds. They added certain attachments to the techniques such as 'kick -backs' which is now the key aspect of the art of political corruption here.
The techniques and opportunity for corruption within our political system became part and parcel of our politics here, and all other political parties accepted and have indulged in the business of corruption. They too have added miscellaneous other aspects to the art of this crime.
The newly found art of corruption was later spread to the police, the civil service, individuals in positions of authority, businessmen, and lawyers. Today every Tom Dick and Harry is at it.
It is now a quick way to becoming an overnight millionaire. It is now running equal to murders and kidnapping as the leaders in our crime scenario, but because of the underhand and hidden aspects used in implementing this form of crime, it is not as prevalent in the limelight.as murders and kidnappings.
Over the years several politicians and other have been caught dipping their fingers into the till from jumping on the bandwagon of corruption.
We are now labeled as a leading nation of corruption in the Caribbean and to some extent worldwide because one or two of our well- known citizens became involved in international corruption scandals.
The situation is even made worse by the sort of Mafia cartel of protectors that exist here, that prevents those caught and proven guilty offenders of this crime from ending up behind bars.and are allowed to walk free being defended and personally assisted by the helping hands of our corrupt and bent lawyers.
This is reflected by the fact that although all the caught corrupt citizens here were of status, not one has paid the deserved retribution for their crimes.
In the long run, corruption with its association to most serious crimes here will be the main cause of the downfall of this nation. Mark my word, for despite the decades of lip service offered by politicians of different administrations to stop this crime on this island, it still stands hidden to some extent, but is the pinnacle and the main generator of serious crimes here.
Source: Personal observation.