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A good suggestion

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:11 AM


I am in full support of the proposal made by Imani Duncan-Price in her column published in The Sunday Gleaner of January 8, 2017.

I commend her, as a politician herself, for making such a bold suggestion to have politicians polygraphed. Brilliant idea! Although we are told that such tests are not 100 per cent reliable, the gesture makes sense, especially because politicians and the police are seen by the youth as being the most corrupt professions (as stated by the same article presented by Mrs Duncan-Price).

Sadly, though, just like the 'Values and Attitudes' proposal of then Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, this proposal is going to meet a lot of resistance from politicians. A move like this would be a real game changer in the political arena and would be a step in the right direction as we aim to become a First World country. Which of the civil society groups will join her?

Who are our politicians, anyway? So often, when troubles hit the citizenry, they tend to look to the politicians for help; but, generally, do they have the capacity or the integrity to come to the rescue? What qualities and qualifications did they take to the job? Although our Constitution is not demanding of particular prerequisites, I think that this needs revisiting at this time.

Should such a proposal see the light of day, some politicians would resign immediately. Some would even migrate permanently.

A'Lerroy Brown