Fri | Aug 18, 2017

Critique of Montague uncalled for

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The Gleaner editorial published on May 30 titled 'They aren't Mr Montague's police' wreaks of biased opinions and is highly inaccurate.

An authoritarian must be able to relate to his subjects. Though Mr Montague is responsible for the Ministry of National Security, if he has no compassion or understanding, he would have failed completely as a leader. It is part of his duty to lift the morale, attitude and overall demeanour of the police while trying to identify with their everyday struggles. They are the ones who are in the line of fire daily.

The minister was solely being compassionate in his remarks at the late Leighton Hanson's funeral.

Mr Editor, your "deeper and not-so-subliminal point" is pointless. How juvenile of you to say the minister shouldn't refer to his constables as 'my police'. As long as Mr Montague holds the title of national security minister, he is responsible for every single officer. They are members of his overall team, and it is rather natural for a boss to call his employees 'my staff' or 'my team members'.

SHARON SILVESTER

shar.silvie@gmail.com