The Editor, Sir:
Re: Polygraph tests for ministers, shadow cabinet
The subject article in Wednesday's Gleaner advances some novel and idealistic proposals for addressing the perceived/alleged link(s) between government officials and the criminal element.
The proposal that the prime minister should interview his Cabinet, in an effort to smoke out links to criminality, and that the leader of the opposition should do the same, is nothing short of hilarious!
I have only one question: Who will interview - and polygraph - the prime minister to determine whether he has any such links?
As other writers have observed, because of Jamaica's overwhelming problems, especially with crime, the nation is like a stalled bus going nowhere - the engine has fallen out!
Though we religiously believe that two-party democracy is the mother's milk and the holy water of all political systems, it is clear that Jamaica has not, and is not likely to progress and prosper under the current arrangement.
I do not claim to know the answers: I do not advocate any one alternative, but I do believe that it is now necessary for the best brains in Jamaica - the most responsible people - to get together and sit down to figure out what the heck to do about their country.
I am, etc.,
A. G. GUMBS