Thu | Nov 23, 2017

Peter Bunting has no moral authority on crime

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Clearly, it is a case of short-term memory, or, perhaps, selective memory. Peter Bunting and Peter Phillips seem to have forgotten that their party exited office leaving a deeply rooted crime monster. Expecting the Holness administration to clean up the mess within 22 months is simply ridiculous. It's ironic, too, because neither of them did any better at tackling the beast of crime when their party was in power.

Peter Bunting has absolutely no moral authority to talk about crime or criticise the incumbent, so he should keep quiet and stop gloating. The problem festered under his leadership as minister of national security, and before that, four unbroken terms in office by the People's National Party. Mr Bunting resorted to calling for divine intervention, yet he expects a real solution in a few months from current minister, Robert Montague, and George Quallo, the police commissioner.

When Bruce Golding attempted to clean up crime after the Tivoli incident, Mr Bunting was adamantly against it and blocked his every effort. Had that been done then, things might have been different now.

Will there ever be a time when we act like real Jamaicans in the best interest of the country to alleviate the problems? Jamaicans are hurting. It is time for us to wise up !

SASHA-GAYE CHAMBERS

csashagaye@gmail.com