Friday, March 13, 2009

Why Did Karen Lie?


This blog is certainly not politically motivated and its definitely not going to change. But some things just need to be mentioned. Headline news today is that one of the Finance Ministers, Karen Nunez-Tesheira, has been caught in a lie that she told in Parliment. There she defended her actions with untruths and dared others to prove her wrong. Well somebody did.

The entire issues surrounds her withdrawing funds when she learned that CL Financial would fold. Forgive me if I'm wrong. But wouldn't you? I know I would. She was not responsible for the CLICO mess why should she lose money when she saw the ship sinking? There is a military saying that goes "rank has its privileges". She did what most of us would have done.

The sad thing is she lied. Blatantly and callously lied to the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. As a Finance Minister, in a position of trust with the nation's finances, lying is a no-no. Least not when it can get to this. In my opinion she would have been better served by telling the truth. Public opinion would be more with her. She is human and who among us could say we would resist that temptation. Only a hypocrite would have damned her for that. If the allegations that she owns significant shares in CLICO are true,the entire landscape of the developments so far.

The thing that is not being mentioned in any of the medias however is how and why was her confidentiality broken. This information did not come from the Integrity Commission. Is not bank confidentiality an issue here? Yes she is a public servant but she is also a client and that information should never have been make public. That's just my opinion.

Would she be removed from office. I don't think so but what do I know.

Do you have an opinion on this.

Take care and be well.

Tony