Every opinion must be respected
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I hope I misread what I interpreted as a veiled criticism of the Jamaican voting populace in the second paragraph of your EDITORIAL published on Monday (June 27, 2016) when you seemed to be implying that the result of the referendum in Britain shows why it would be unwise for the CARICOM issue to be put "to a plebiscite".
This is a democracy and whether persons who purport intellectual superiority disdain the opinions of the man on the street, those opinions have to be respected. While I fall among those who are shocked by the BREXIT vote, my sense of shock comes from the level of incompetence by the "leave" proponents in not being sufficiently prepared to deal with what were the obvious consequences in the event of victory at the polls. The experts forewarned the possible results and were dismissed by the politicians as fear mongerers. There is nothing wrong with the vote in itself but the shocking bewilderment that is being displayed as to 'what do we do next?".
This should have been thought out by the politicians and presented in clear terms so that the voters knew what the short-term and long-term consequences would be of their vote. It is not the "plebiscite" who are not to be trusted
in marking their ballot and exercising their democratic right. It is the politicians who are dishonest and cannot be trusted in levelling with the plebiscite. Calm, trustworthy, responsible presentations to the populace on any issue can be made and the politicians can then be assured that the true, reasoned will of the people is the outcome.