Raymond: Let’s not bring morality into House
Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ubaldus Raymond responded passionately to his blackmail/nude photo scandal being brought up in parliament by Castries South MP Ernest Hilaire recently.
Hilaire said, “I am not interested in whether he committed adultery or not, that is for he and his wife, or why he was too cheap not to pay $700, but did he videotape himself in the nude in a government office whilst at work, St Lucians want to know, where is the accountability, where is the transparency.”
Raymond responded during the Appropriations Bill debate in the senate, making references to Biblical scripture and painting his critics as hypocritical and also guilty of sin.
“He who is without sin, cast the first stone at her,” said Raymond, referring to Jesus’ pronouncement in John 8 where he reacts to scribes and Pharisees seeking to have a woman stoned for adultery.
Raymond said, “If we start it, it’ll not stop because Madam President, chief of sinners though I be, chief of sinners though I be, all of us, and I am not condoning and promoting immorality in this country, period. But when it comes to morality let us not bring it in this House because you uncover mine, I can uncover yours too."
Raymond took a similar religious stance when first commenting on the scandal in January 2017 saying, “I will not give in to political operatives who will use the most disgusting tactics in order to malign my name or to scare me into submission. I will trust in the Court system and in the Almighty God.”
He continued, “I know that other persons have gone through similar circumstances and they have probably not been able to fight back. They have been too scared, they have felt ashamed or they did not want to open up themselves to the kind of attention that shames victims of such crimes.”
Two young women were charged and bailed in connection with the scandal. There have been calls for Raymond to resign because of the scandal from Raise Your Voice St Lucia and other corners of society.