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Politicians better than the rest of us?

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am most outraged by the announcement in Parliament by National Security Minister Peter Bunting that only the political aristocracy will automatically get close-protection officers (bodyguards) at the expense of the State, while leaving our judges to the mercy of gunmen, subject to an assessment of their threat levels.

It seems our local politicians, led by Mr Bunting, have either taken leave of their senses or are making a clear and unequivocal statement that they are better than the rest of us. Thus, only our political elites - Governor General, prime ministers (past and present), opposition leader and Cabinet members - will automatically get bodyguards, but judges and others will NOT automatically get such protection.

What arrogance! What effrontery!

The irony in all of this is that some of our political elites hug up some of the criminals who wreak havoc and mayhem upon our society all year round, and who also assist these politicians to maintain political garrisons. But they are making themselves safe with bodyguards at our expense and leave the rest of us to make up the annual statistics of those who bite the dust.

My fellow Jamaicans, are we going to continue taking this wanton abuse of power? This is unacceptable!

PETER TOWNSHEND

President, National

Democratic Movement