The breaking news in the United Kingdom that several police forces are investigating abuse claims against former Prime Minister […]Edward Heath is interesting for several reasons.
First and foremost it highlights the role of the traditional media formally known as the Fourth Estate. If there is a legitimate news story the media should be duty bound to report it with eagerness and without favour. How many Barbadians trust the local traditional media to report on wickedness in high places in Barbados?
Political interference in the selection and appointment of police officers continues to be a concern for Barbadians. Who is the chairman of the Barbados Police Complaints Authority (PCA)? How many cases has the PCA processed in the last three years? Does it have a public outreach program? In the UK where Little England models many of its governance systems Police and Crime Commissioners are elected with a mandate to ensure the police forces in the United Kingdom run effectively.
Barbadians are reminded of the consequences if we continue to disengage from the system. The health of a democracy is built on participation by the citizenry. The public feud between former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin and his Deputy Burton Hinds should not be forgotten by Barbadians – It was; and still is, symptomatic of a problem we ignore at our own peril.
Whistleblowers in the Edward Heath affair have reported stories of torture and rape and the amazing revelation of at least two children murdered by the late prime minister Ted Heath who died at 89. He was unmarried.
Heath was also named in a paedophile dossier compiled by Labour peer Baroness Castle, which included information on Heath offering weekend trips for boys from the island on his yacht.
BU takes careful note the level of transparency and importance being given to the Edward Heath investigation. This is democracy at work. The vibrancy of the process is as important as the outcome.