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Disgusted at harassment of UK’s Cameron

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The British prime minister, David Cameron, must have left Jamaica with a sense of regret based on our behaviour about reparation and our lack of appreciation for his gifts. A gift has always been a voluntary transfer of something.

He is not insulting us to provide us with funding for a prison; we are insulting him by telling him that he should give us schools instead. Truth be told, we need new prison facilities, as what we have now provides very inhumane facilities for our prisoners. It is our Government's responsibility to provide schools and other amenities, so we shouldn't be telling Mr Cameron that he should give us schools instead.

Slavery was an atrocity, but it is now history. It's time to move on. We have our present-day atrocities to deal with, including crime and violence, corruption, lack of water, and a sliding dollar.

The British PM must have been annoyed to be hounded in Parliament and at National Heroes Circle about reparation. Having announced the gift, he went to the extent of suggesting what it can be used for in terms of fixing our infrastructure. Rather than expressing gratitude and ask questions about how else the two countries can strengthen ties, one journalist found it easier to haggle the British PM about reparation. That was in poor taste.

I am sure this trip will go down in David Cameron's mind as one of his most regrettable.

GARFIELD WHYTE

whyte.garfield@gmail.com