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Inconvenient truths

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

KUDOS TO the Sunday Gleaner (January 31) columnists Martin Henry and Ian Boyne for highlighting a few more inconvenient Jamaican truths which many would prefer to remain unsunned.

Henry correctly notes the failure of attempts by the Patterson and Seaga administrations to change 'chaka-chaka' social behaviour by merely preaching and cajoling. Only enforcement of existing laws and introduction of even tougher laws will shackle this wayward behaviour. Some of us have been preaching this for years. Almost every single aspect of national reconstruction hinges on this resocialisation. Let's see if the Government will show the same testicular fortitude in this area as it has with the debt-exchange initiative.

Thanks also to Boyne for bringing to light the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) report on the stewardship of former PM Portia Simpson Miller. We are all entitled to our own biases and opinions but serious public debate cannot occur if everyone comes to it with their own facts. The impressive performance of Jamaica's first female PM (as underlined by the IMF), in sharp contrast to her predecessor and successor, is yet another inconvenient truth that those Jamaicans with pronounced social, class and gender biases need to hug up.

I am, etc.,

ERROL TOWNSHEND

ewat@rogers.com

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada