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Lock up politicians in new prison

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 10:00 AMTHE EDITOR, Sir:

The British government knew very well that our current leaders are not people who are capable of thinking effectively.

I am not an accountant and I'm not so great at maths, for that matter, but I don't see how we can accept 25 million pounds sterling to help with the construction of a prison to facilitate United Kingdom convicts, the responsibility for whom we would have to now shoulder in feeding them and rendering medical assistance.

I dare say the only way building a prison can benefit the Jamaican people is if, upon completion of the construction, the few thinking people of Jamaica should sign a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force and round up all the current government ministers, including councillors and mayors and all the advisers who support this inept government, lock them up in that prison for good. That's the only way we could spell success in the form of a new prison being erected.

MELVIN PENNANT

warriorsunleashed@gmail.com

Growing up, I have always heard the saying, 'you are never too big to apologise when you are wrong'. I believe that this is applicable to many persons in the media fraternity who, during last week's visit of the prime minister of Britain, are yet to apologise for all but calling the de facto minister of information, Sandrea Falconer, a liar.

It had come to the attention of the public during David Cameron's visit that the media would not be allowed to ask questions after the bilateral meeting. This enraged many in the media who questioned the rationale behind it. We were also made aware that it was a request from the British High Commission that led to the media being barred from asking questions.

Many lambasted Falconer and the Government of Jamaica because they refuse to believe that such a request could have come from the High Commission. Their belief was further cemented when the British high commissioner, at a press conference, indicated that it was not "their idea" to prevent the media from asking questions. Again the media was livid because our British colonisers' representative was speaking the truth and the Office the Prime Minister was misleading this nation.

It was only later that day, after a press release was issued by Huntley Medley of the Office of the Prime Minister, stating the facts, that the British High Commission issued a press release stating as well that it was the commission that "requested there be no questions because of the time constraints".

This has therefore proven that the minister of information had, in fact, spoken the truth in the first instance. We are therefore waiting on Emily Crooks, Cliff Hughes and Dionne Jackson-Miller to apologise to Minister Sandrea Falconer. It is poor journalism at the very least not to set the record straight after you damaged a person's reputation.

RALSTON CHAMBERLAIN

ralston.chamberlain@alum.utoronto.ca