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LETTER OF THE DAY - Serve the people and not party, PM

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Simpson Miller

THE EDITOR, SIR:I read in amazement and utter disgust The Gleaner's article entitled "Portia warns inside critics" in which the prime minister is said to have rebuked those representatives who used social media to express their disagreement with the NHT Outameni fiasco.

A few questions came to mind immediately:

Are members of parliament (MPs) and councillors representatives of the party, or should they represent the views of the people they were elected to serve?

Will those MPs and councillors who dared to represent the views of the people be banished for speaking out against the regime?

Was this what Mr O.T. Fairclough and others envisioned when they formed the People's National Party?

Are we seeing Gestapo-like tactics being employed against those who are the voices of the people?

Are we seeing a return of the '70s style politics?

A word to you, Madam Prime Minister, we will not be muzzled or cower in fear. We will stand our ground for what we know is right and on how we want public servants to operate. Let me hasten to remind you that while your party select representatives, you and others are elected by the people, for the people, not for your party.

To the MPs and councillors, let me also remind you that you are the representatives of the people of the constituency for which you were elected, a people you have promised to serve loyally. Always carry the views of your constituents. Be brave in the performance of your duties, cost it what it will.

It is clear to the well-thinking that this behaviour is nothing more than a colonial masquerade masking itself as governance.

Conrod E. Senior