Sun | Jul 21, 2019

NIDS/Sykes and PNP folly

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:22 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes and his justices struck down the National Identification System (NIDS) initiative on constitutional grounds. My question to them is: what constitutional rights are being violated by NIDS?

I know Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte blew the court appearance in defence of the initiative, but the justices should have done their homework and research the bill for specifics and to see how well similar systems worked in other countries. Why would the People’s National Party (PNP) seek to disrupt something that would bring so much benefit to the country? NIDS was the brainchild of the PNP as far back as 1970.

Hypocritical stance

In 2012, there was a three-day NIDS seminar and the following statement was made: there is a need to “fast-track the implementation of the system”.

Do you know who held the seminar and to whom this quotation can be attributed? PORTIA SIMPSON MILLER!

This is why my heart bleeds for Jamaica, because leading the charge against NIDS are Julian Robinson and Jennifer Housen, two younger, supposedly enlightened members of the PNP, a party that traditionally placed the interest of the Jamaican people above narrow party politics.

Jamaica is a failed State, because our so-called leaders are rote learners and not critical thinkers. You then sprinkle in diehard party politics and selfishness and you will see why Jamaica will never progress.

The whole world has embraced this programme except us, the rebellious slaves. Frustrating.

PAUL HAYE

haye_p@yahoo.com