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Nothing misleading in video, PM!

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM


I watched with interest the sharp exchange between the PM and persons at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)-sponsored town hall meeting about NIDS. I could not believe what I saw and heard.

The intensity and raging anger in the PM in response to valid questions raised by Dr Daniel Thomas, who was neither disrespectful nor political as he voiced his concerns. The prime minister declared, in a very angry tone, that the speaker had no "higher moral standard" than he did. Sorry, but I expect this type of arrogance from a dictator, someone who is neither open to criticism nor suggestion.

They say that communication is 90 per cent body language and tone and 10 per cent verbal, and the response, as seen in the video, was disrespectful for someone holding the office of PM. The moderator, who abruptly cut off the speaker, did not help either. Why have a discussion if you are not open to discussing?

Although the OPM now says that the viral video was "spliced" to misrepresent the truth, the exchange was actually quite clear. In fact, another young man followed up to rebuke the PM for his anger and tone in his earlier response and asked the PM to apologise to the previous speaker.

It is odd that the PM is now seeking a process of consultation after the NIDS bill was already passed. It also appears that he is really not open to consultation.

As for moral authority, I should remind the PM that it was the people of Jamaica who elected him. He not only works for the people, but reports directly to all.