I have known Hilbert Shields literally all my life. Our friendship started in primary school and has endured four plus decades through thick and thin. And this I do know: Hilbert is apolitical, colour blind, people-oriented, principled, ethical and fair. No one and no amount of individuals can have me believe otherwise and I do not need to know the realities of his business dealings (although, in fact, I am familiar with most of them) to know beyond any shadow of doubt that nothing in this world can ever lead Hilbert to be or do any of those insidious, mean-spirited things of which he is being accused. My dear friend’s disgust of corruption is uncompromising and he would never ever stain a lifetime’s legacy for a few measly dollars. I stake my life on this!