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No better herring, no better barrel

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM


In a letter titled 'Non-voters betray heroes' sacrifice' (The Gleaner, February 25, 2015), Gary Rowe has joined with others to chastise those of us who feel that it serves no useful purpose to participate in the electoral process.

According to Mr Rowe, "Jamaicans who refuse to vote for a political representative are the greatest contributors to all that's detrimental to Jamaica."

The question I would like to ask Mr Rowe and those who support his position is: Should not voting be a matter of conscience? And, if after examining not just the present but the historical positions and performances of the politicians and political parties, I am convinced that voting for any of them would constitute a betrayal of my conviction, who then has the right to stop me from withholding my vote?




The similarity between the West Indies cricket team and political parties in Jamaica sends something very chilling down one's spine. It's the same way a panel of selectors can stay in the darkest room, close their eyes and ears, and select a team from any 100 cricketers in the region, with the conviction that they, the selectors, could not do any better or worse.

We in Jamaica who see no useful purpose in voting must also be exonerated from any accusation of civil dereliction.

Based on policies, performances, positions and programmes, where political parties in Jamaica are concerned, it is a question of 'no better herring, no better barrel'.