Afra Raymond: I will not be stopped!

“It is a wonder that you are continuing to write these articles Mr. Raymond. Have you received any pressure to stop? If only our Bajan journalists had your integrity and courage.”

Barbados Free Press reader WSD comments on Afra Raymond’s article CL Financial bailout “a major failure on any scale”

In response to a reader’s concern for his safety, journalist Afra Raymond replies:

Readers,

I am going to continue on my course, this is an epic crisis, being the single largest episode of corruption in our region’s history, so it is essential that the few of us keep on informing the public and agitating for Economic and Social Justice in this matter.

I am independent enough to maintain these efforts – no one is ever absolutely independent in our small societies – and it is a painful reflection in this, our 50th year of T&T’s Independence, that our leading institutions, academies and thinkers have remained resolutely silent in the face of this tidal wave of ‘commesse’ and ‘bobol’. It does make me wonder what was the ultimate purpose of all the sacrifice of our foreparents who struggled for liberation from colonialism, education and self-determination. What was that all for?

It is a disturbing measure of the depth of the corruption in all the western democracies that so few of the main players in this global meltdown have actually been imprisoned, but that is an issue for another column in this series.

My rallying call is –

SILENCE IS THE ENEMY OF PROGRESS!

Thanks for your support

Afra Raymond
www.afraraymond.com

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5 responses to “Afra Raymond: I will not be stopped!

  1. A policy holder

    It will be virtually impossible for the crooks in this massive buball to ever see the inside of a jail. Too too many “connections”

  2. A policy holder

    BUT TRINIDADIANS ARE BLESSED BY THE PRESENCE OF AFRA RAYMOND AND MAY HE BE PROTECTED AND ENCOURAGED WITH HIS FEARLESS WRITING

  3. The Same the World Over

    I pray the Lord protect Mr. Raymond and give him the courage and the boldness to continue to uncover the depths of corruption in the insurance and financial businesses throughout the Caribbean as it is throughout the world.

    My personal contribution to this would be: that while Trinidadians in the early 70’s were arguing for social justice and a “fair deal” the foundation of the said company was built and financed by alot of small individuals who took out policies for the benefit of their children and for whatever reason, their records were never completed, or as the Company would say they defaulted and all that money went into building that company. Very few of those policies were ever paid out.

    If I take money from you to provide a service and I don’t provide any service or a nominal part of the service, what am I?

  4. The Same the World Over

    When the “wolf watching the sheep”. We only just finished the first decade of the 21st Century and the last hue and cry was “Integrity Legislation” and “Public Accountability” but who is to look over the laws. Someone appointed by the most likely people to be in breach of these laws.

    Furthermore, their continuance is at the whim of the former.

    Who watching the sheep but a wolf and he don’t even have on a sheep skin!

  5. very sad state of affairs, lets see how it all ends. first time am saying this