Wed | Jul 17, 2019

Stop the fighting

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The People’s National Party (PNP) is proving to be a highly astute and effective Opposition, which is a good thing. On the other hand, despite a few areas of blatant corruption, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is proving to be a highly effective and successful government/administration. Given both of those realities working in tandem, it seems to me that Jamaica is in good hands, generally speaking.

That said, the JLP must ensure that it practises what it preaches with regard to adhering to our nation’s laws, and the PNP must ensure that it does not oppose for the sake of opposing.

Both parties, from a political standpoint, fight each other way too much, as opposed to working together for the betterment of Jamaica. If the members of both parties, cease engaging in shouting matches in Parliament, and, instead, disagree with and debate one another in peaceful, thoughtful and diplomatic ways, and put the interests of Jamaica first, at all times, then Jamaica’s Parliament would be a far more peaceful place and set a much better example.

The consistent exercise of respect, restraint and righteousness needs to be practised by MPs towards one another, both inside and outside of Parliament, until it becomes cemented into the psyches and the natural way of being of the members of parliament on both sides of the political aisle. This will be to Jamaica’s great benefit, for the present and the future, politically, socially and economically.

As an old African saying states, “When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”.

PATRICK GALLIMORE

pagalley@hotmail.com