Political Scandals Must Have Consequences
Here is one of the key reasons why I am supporting Digout Day on December 7th.
Every country has political scandals. In the past few weeks alone, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic has been forced to resign, as have an American State Senator and security chief, the Speaker and Deputy of the Nigerian House of Representatives, and the Romanian Agriculture Minister. An American business woman has been jailed in a political scandal, and the President and Vice-President of the Phillipines are under pressure to resign.
There is a common thread linking these scandals. All of the people involved have either been forced to resign, or are under pressure to do so. In Ireland they would either brazen it out, or else resign, lose their seat in an election, then be appointed as Senators by the Prime Minister. In a functioning democracy, there have to be consequences for betraying the public trust.
Here are more details on the scandals I have mentioned above. >>>
In the Czech Republic, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development has been forced to resign over a financial scandal.
In Connecticut, a State Senator has been forced to resign from office after a scandal in which he asked a businessman to help settle a family dispute.
In Nigeria, the speaker of the House of Representatives and her deputy were forced to resign after awarding contracts for the renovation of their official houses.
In Washington, the State Department’s security chief has resigned over a scandal about the use of private contractors to protect diplomats in Iraq.
In Romania, the Agriculture Minister was forced to resign amid charges of corruption and EU warnings over Bucharest’s handling of farm subsidies.
In Connecticut, a businesswoman was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for conspiring with the a State Senator to enrich her computer consulting company.
In the Phillipines, the President and Vice-President are under pressure to resign after a series of scandals including gifts of cash for politicians.
All of these consequences, incidentally, pale into insignificance when compared to the fate of the former head of the Chinese food and drug safety watchdog. In July, he was executed for corruption.