We are in the silly season and the standard, if we are to judge from the past, is for the public to expect lose information to spew from the mouths of politicians without serious challenge. During the silly season party supporters will seek to ‘legitimize’ information to attempt to give their side a political advantage. Given the challenges which continue to confront our tiny and vulnerable country, we deserve better from our politicians in and outside of government to manage the level of political discourse.
Those of us who try to be fair in our commentary have become fedup with the same old political barbs being tossed from one political side and then the other. Hopefully the traditional media will join BU and others in social media to put the many unsubstantiated utterances of politicians under the microscope.
Yesterday in that august place Minister of Health Inniss revealed that some BLP members of parliament (MPs) ate lunch in the lunch room of parliament. Ordinarily such a revelation would not have raised eyebrows, however, against the background of boycott action by the Opposition it maybe viewed as bad judgement if they did. BU believes that the public should not be treated to a – yes they ate no they did not – by the supporters of both political parties. It should be a simple matter to confirm or refute Minister Inniss’ accusation. Based on BU’s investigation so far the statement appears to be false. We are happy to correct our position if concrete confirmation is provided. The BU family has not forgotten the ‘flying a kite’ strategy by Minister Inniss that Kingsland is a location which is being favourably considered to relocate the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
Another bit of information which the public deserves to have clarified is the recent accusation by Prime Minister Stuart that he received a note from leader of the Opposition Arthur to ‘take’ Mia Mottley off the BLP’s hands. Given the image which DLPites suggest that Stuart deserving wears – one of being honest and exuding high integrity – the burden to prove Stuart a liar falls squarely on the back of Arthur to wash away the accusation by Stuart. Hopefully Arthur will grab the opportunity at the BLP’s mass meeting tonight (16/01/2013) to admit or deny. BU has not been able to confirm whether Stuart is a liar up to the time of updating the blog.
As the silly season progresses BU will place statements made by both sides under the public eye for scrutiny. In those cases where statements can be exposed as being false, we will apply the label ‘liar’ to the politicians who made them.