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Thwaites heralds opening of silly season

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2015 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I've become convinced that a peculiar ailment afflicts persons on the political stump. The diatribe that sometimes spews from the lips of otherwise intelligent and eloquent beings on the political stump is as close to selective amnesia or myopia as I think legally allowable for public leadership.

Take, for example, the recent comments attributed to the otherwise fair, balanced and objective Ronald Thwaites that "[this] PNP (administration) inherited a flaccid and mediocre education system" from the previous administration. So ludicrous a proposition, its greatest utility is found in the fact that it heralds the start of the political silly season.

To the credit of the goodly reverend, he was at pains to point out that education should not be a political football and so conceded the "foundation of the [mediocre] system [he inherited] was good".

line going forward

In defence of Reverend Thwaites and the People's National Party (PNP), this must be the line going forward. Since nothing was possible because of International Monetary Fund constraints, castigate the outgoing administration and ask the electorate for more time to correct the three-plus years of maladministration by an administration so inept and wicked, it transformed the pearl of the Antilles, created in just under 20 years of PNP leadership, into the John Crow bead of the Caribbean in four years. Sound political tactics!

Add in a few high-profile announcements and a couple ground-breaking ceremonies and the local government elections are all but won!

So preposterous a proposition would have normally rung a few bells, but it's the silly season now and anything is in vogue.

Bring on the general election!

PHILLIP CHAMBERS

phillipdcchambers@gmail.com

Greater Portmore