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Malahoo Forte’s brave comments

Published:Thursday | July 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Predictably, the Gleaner editorial writer went after Mrs Marlene Malahoo Forte, the learned Queen's Counsel, for her tough talking in Parliament last week when she made her contribution to the Sectoral Debate.

The Gleaner, Mark Golding and others who are vexed that the attorney general dared to talk about the 'policy' should have several seats. She did not go into specific details, nor was she trying to overshadow the portfolio ministers. In fact, she was augmenting what was already said elsewhere.

The Gleaner has a habit of forcing or telling people - especially our politicians - to be politically correct. Those days are over! Being politically correct all the time limits thinking and limits creativity.

What Mrs Malahoo Forte said is what many politicians have been afraid to say over the years. The last politician to have come close was Heather Robinson, God bless her soul. We must be prepared to make the bold and tough steps that are required to protect the people of Jamaica. The people of Jamaica did not elect The Gleaner and its commentators to keep the State safe. They elected 63 parliamentarians.

Of course, Mrs Malahoo Forte expected defence attorneys to screw up their faces when she made her declaration, perhaps she expected The Gleaner to squeal too, but she was brave and I commend her for that.

I urge Mrs Malahoo Forte and the Government to go through with the proposed changes to the laws because the philosophy on which rights is based is that a person's rights goes as far and to the extent to which IT does not infringe on another person's right. Additionally, those holding up the Constitution in the air should know that the Constitution is not set in stone and neither is it absolute.

Dr Nathan Newman

Development Researcher

Lecturer, International