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Where are the stones?

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Interesting. no stones are being thrown.

Normally, in Jamaica at least, whenever there is political upheaval in any of the two major political parties, the other one will seize the moment and capitalise on it. However, the deafening silence of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) with what is happening in the People's National's Party (PNP) isn't so surprising, considering the recent revelations about a JLP politician.

When that Miami newspaper revealed some very damning allegations about a senior JLP Member of Parliament some weeks ago, a senior PNP politician, at a party rally, urged civil society to speak out about the allegations. Now that the PNP finds itself sinking in a quicksand of corruption allegations, the JLP has said precious little.




Indeed, the usual mudslinging that we Jamaicans have become accustomed to has ceased, at least for now. Isn't it interesting to see how powerful skeletons can be in keeping politicians silent when they have some in their own closets?

Of course, all of these claims about both the PNP and the JLP are allegations, so we must await proof. Yet, I think that the "calm on the western front" that we are seeing now may be seen as a good thing, even if it is for the wrong reasons.

You know, this rare absence of the usual political mudslinging may be a good thing, in at least one respect. These politicians can, at least for the time being, demonstrate some amount of civility. It's just a pity that they are not cursing and insulting their political opponents because they themselves have something to hide and not because they want to be civil.

Michael A. Dingwall