The one word on the lips of most Bajans today is corruption.
Be it at the barber shop, on Saturday morning in the Cheapside Market, by the water cooler at workplaces and particularly in corporate suites, this is the word dominating discussion.
The Mia Mottley administration has promised that this will be a front-burner issue, hence its Integrity in Public Life Bill 2018.
The ruling Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is doing the right thing by having a Joint Select Committee on the matter to solicit a wide range of views rather than simply trying to push its version of the legislation into law.
The reality is that this must be legislation with a long arm since the tentacles of corruption cut across both public and private life.
One of the weaknesses of the effort to push the bill is that there is an absence of certain fundamental associated legislation.
There must be whistle-blower protection as well