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Praising Ferguson for standing with Montague

Published:Friday | February 2, 2018 | 11:04 PM


I was pleasantly surprised while reading the Thursday Gleaner to see a member of the opposition stand boldly in support of National Security Minister Robert Montague.

Dare I say it, Fenton Ferguson, the opposition spokesman on agriculture, has the right idea!

Maybe, just maybe, Mr Ferguson is thinking as all Jamaicans should. Mr Ferguson's stand represents the anti-tribalism and bipartisanship necessary to move Jamaica forward.

Ferguson asserted that both political parties should share the blame for the crime situation Jamaica is now grappling with. While his stance is admirable, I'd like to add that not only should both political parties stand blame, but so should we, the general public. This burden is ours to carry as well!

The way we socialise our children ("if him lick you, lick him back"), the way we cut each other off in traffic, the uncaring way we interact with each other, the way we disregard each other's feelings, our inability to conform to law and order, and the way we withhold critical information from members of the security forces are stifling our ability to beat the crime monster.

Like Mr Ferguson, if more of us should stop the calls for resignation and focus on how we can help, maybe, we would be able to dig ourselves out of the rut.