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Time to work together

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM


The Gleaner of March 3 carried a front page news report which stated that former chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, Professor Errol Miller, and University of the West Indies' Professor Trevor Munroe believed the political parties should restart the Vale Royal Talks which were initiated by former Prime Minister PJ Patterson in the 1990s and continued by the Bruce Golding and Simpson Miller-led administrations.

I agree that it is of paramount national importance that Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller restart the Vale Royal Talks and convene them in the next few months. The talks would allow both leaders to discuss policies that they can cooperate on and get debated and passed in Parliament.

Holness and his Government will undoubtedly require the professional co-operation of Simpson Miller and other opposition members while conducting the nation's business and in passing the various pieces of legislation which come before the House and the Senate. Within the framework that the Govern-ment has a one-seat majority, government members will have to be extremely disciplined and punctual in attending sessions of Parliament and be respectful in their conduct. The Vale Royal Talks would go a far way in developing an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation.


Montego Bay