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The road to Damacus

Published:Saturday | July 1, 2017 | 12:05 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I wanna borrow a quote from Sir Walter Scott's poem called 'Marmion': "Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive." Even though the bill already passed in Lower House, I wanna take time out the hypocritical stance by these three gentlemen who were on Damascus Road.

Two weeks ago, Peter Bunting was asking about the lack of urgency with regard to the slow pace of the bill that was introduced to Parliament on March 21 by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his Budget presentation.

Now the bill is ready to be passed, Mr Bunting is saying the Government is pushing it too fast. This is the same guy who could only ask for divine intervention because he had run out of ideas.

The former national security minister and current opposition leader Peter Phillips says he ain't for that bill. This is the same leader who failed miserably in the security portfolio. Under his watch, Jamaica, the murder capital of the world, had a per-capita homicide rate of 58 per 100,000 persons.

We have former justice minister and current shadow minister Mark Golding, who weeks ago stood with the wicked Maduro government that is trampling the rights of its people, now focusing on human rights and arguing that the bill is unconstitutional.

In 2010, the Government had gunmen in hiding - even dons never wanted to be called dons. The Opposition at that time undermined the state of emergency. No we are feeling the effect of that missed opportunity. I blamed the Government because they placed a lot of trust in the Opposition, but they betrayed them in 2010.

TEDDY LEE GRAY

Ocho Rios, St.Ann