Mon | Oct 15, 2018

Give Lisa Hanna a break

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I'm often peeved at how quickly we try to pull people down, especially politicians, most of whom I believe genuinely offer their time and service to this country in the hope that we can improve as a nation and a people.

A few days ago, I saw online a detailed news article that the St Lucian ambassador to the Organization of American States in the USA was one of the victims in the Las Vegas shooting, initially hospitalised in critical condition, but later succumbed to his injuries. That Lisa Hanna, opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade, might've been too quick to offer condolences, when it turned out that the news report was false and the ambassador was very much alive and well, was an obvious error of judgement.

I myself thought the detailed news report was accurate when I read it. Miss Hanna was just as quick to apologise, and also apologised directly to the ambassador.

We often forget that to err is human, and we learn from mistakes. I've seen news reports chastising Ms Hanna, referencing her as Miss World-turned-foreign affairs opposition spokesperson, while other reports stated that Hanna and the PNP had egg on their face, as a result of a simple error of judgement caused by a fake news article.

These comments are deeply rooted in misogyny. If the ambassador was able to accept the apology, why can't we?

I wish Ms Hanna the best in her new portfolio. I think she has a lot to offer Jamaica if only we give the lady a chance.