Don't dare abolish monarchy
THE EDITOR, Sir:
As a Jamaican living away at the moment, it was a shock to hear that one of the main aims of the new PM, Andrew Holness, is to abolish the monarchy and declare Jamaica a republic. There was no warning before the election to voters that this was his policy.
The track record of republics is poor, especially in the last 50 years. A constitutional monarchy has guaranteed our civil liberties by denying ultimate power to politicians. Our armed forces and judiciary take oaths of allegiance to the Crown, so our rights are protected against political interference. It is a system of government which is working well in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas and other Commonwealth nations, as well as other monarchies such as The Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, Spain and Japan.
The stability of the monarchy provides a sound climate for economic investment.
To throw all of this away in an emotional outburst of narrow nationalism puts our country's future at risk.
This dangerous and ill-considered matter should be thoroughly debated.
ALAN A. MALCOLM