Webster’s of the bank and your old school

Webster’s dictionary define corruption as a deceitful,
fraudulent misconduct or otherwise illegal or morally wrong deed. I am however
incline to take a philosophical point of view in discussing this topic hence I
would want to say that corruption is as simple as circumventing the process by
which something is expected to follow a particular procedural principle but is
achieved by avoiding such principles or changing them to suit ones agenda. This
can be made simple by this example; going to the bank on a day where the line
of customers stretch and bends throughout the cervix and turns of the bank and
your old school mate who is a teller at the bank would call you to the front to
have your transaction complete before others who would have been at the front of
the line. Now since the bank would have operated from a first come first serve
basis it would have meant then that you along with your school mate would have
corrupt the process and thereby would have been involved in corruption, however
simple it may be. Now all of us have had some experience of the sort and
welcome the friend in high places to pull strings for us especially with the
hassle of bureaucracy in today’s world; cutting a few corners, pulling a few
strings and of course again circumventing the process and by extension
corruption.

       This line of
reasoning goes to show that corruption of some form is inevitable our society
let alone government who rely on playing the perfect courtier to the man at the
top to allocate funds for a constituency project or to support via vote a bill
that may benefit his or her constituents assuming that he or she is the
politician of the people and not acting in his or her capacity for self-benefits.

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The notion of having a link in high a place has become the
bedrock on which our Jamaican people operates in getting ahead in life and the
ideology of looking out for those who look out for you has placed politicians
in a situation of handing down contracts to party loyalists who neither have
the expertise or the legal requisites to handle certain contracts. This has
become such a regular occurrence that it has become the status quo for
politicians of today. With political loyalist being co-conspirators to certain
act of dishonesty and due paying with politicians it perpetuates this cycle of
bending if not breaking the rule to make ones agenda a reality in our system of
government. It is by virtue basic truism that government in Jamaica and by
extension the wider Caribbean are corrupt or inevitably corruptible and the
evidence to prove this line of reasoning is not far hidden.

 

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