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Letter of the Day | Come clean and spare JLP of shame

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Were we in Jamaica witnessing the final act of a Greek tragedy, with its chorus warning of impending doom, but were so naive to realise what was happening when we saw the shooting up of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) meeting in Sam Sharpe Square on the eve of the general election? It would seem so, since we now see what is currently evolving regarding a troubling report in The Miami Herald.

No doubt, crime has skyrocketed since the coming of the Holness administration in March. Prime Minister Holness has to take swift action to mitigate the damage. The JLP has, for a long time, been viewed as a violent political machinery. This view played no small part in keeping the party out of political office for 18 years.

When Harvard scholar and writer Laurie Gunst spoke about "the secret symbiosis between Jamaica's elected leaders and the criminal underworld", this statement leaned more strongly towards the JLP than towards the People's National Party. The JLP is fairly good on the matter of governance but has been dogged by the issue of violence within its ranks. This is its Achilles heel.

Macbeth and Cassius have no place in the governance structure of our country. The politician has to come clean in the same vein that Daryl Vaz did when he was accused of committing what he could not have done, since he was hundreds of miles away from the incident. The politician must clear his name, especially if he has children. His children may, unnecessarily, carry shame throughout their lives.




When a country looks within its governance structures, it must be able to see the 'noble Brutus' of Shakespeare's famous play Julius Caesar or the 'just judge Portia' of The Merchant of Venice.

I am sure that the accused politician is not the rogue he has been depicted as. For his sake and that of his family, and indeed for the Jamaican State, he needs to tell all. I bet my bottom dollar he is a very decent human being.

Mr Holness' party will be haunted by this ghost as long as the politician remains in the House and does not present evidence to dispel all rumours. The sword of Damocles hangs over your head, Mr Holness, and that of the Jamaican State.

Mr Holness, you should listen to common sense.


Duncans PO, Trelawny