Politicians, not murderers, hold nation to ransom
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The burden of the writer of the Gleaner editorial titled 'Timid leadership and lazy Parliament' (January 7, 2017) has to do with the long-awaited resurrection of the Vale Royal talks.
Based on what was outlined, it is clear that successive governments have played partisan politics with these important and supposedly bipartisan talks and have failed to put forward, and stick to, a firm agenda.
What I have gleaned from reading the editorial is that bipartisan consensus is critical if the talks are to have any chance at achieving meaningful objectives, such as effectively addressing the crazy murder rate, where the funding should come from, what must take precedence in the national interest, how to purge the police force, and the time frame for dismantling the garrison communities meticulously built as aids for our politicians to hang on to political power.
But implicit in the editorial is the importance for the current, or for that matter, past administrations to have the buy-in of the Opposition.
It would seem that opposition parties have the power to, at best, withhold support, and, at worst, even thwart a governmental proposal if the lifeblood bipartisan nature of the talks is missed.
I am bewildered by such prospects when the day-to-day diet of reported murders average four to five a day' and it is anybody's guess as to the rate of unreported murders.
It would seem that much more than the ransom to which the entire nation is held by the rampaging murderers is the ransom to which it is held by the very people for whom many Jamaicans risk their lives to vote for every election cycle.
DERRICK D. SIMON
Golden Spring, Kingston 8