An off-duty PM?
The Editor, Sir:
When is a prime minister not on duty? Apparently, as Bruce Golding would have us believe, the office and duties of the prime minister that is with him even as he sleeps can be set aside whenever he suits to wear his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader hat.
For the ordinary person, some questions arise: does this act of mental gymnastics for Mr Golding ever lead to a conflict of interest between the interest of the country as a whole and the Labour Party's garrison politics? Does fancy speak to hide behind the rules and standing orders of Gordon House to shield against searching questions, the answers to which everyone earnestly needs to know, inspire trust in the person seeking to invoke the shield for their own convenience? Since the answers cannot be given by the Government in Gordon House, why does the Labour Party not issue its own statement to clarify the matter?
Listening to the prime minister's contortionist responses on the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips affair is at times as frustrating as listening to a clever lawyer trying to get a client off a charge purely on a technicality, even if the natural truth of the matter would lead any reasonable person to conclude the suspect is guilty as charged.
In all Mr Golding's manoeuvrings to reinvent a palatable explanation of what transpired, he should understand that the interest in this extradition case has international attention. If he does not believe the Jamaican electorate is sufficiently savvy to join the dots themselves, then he should be minded that overseas foreign offices and state departments are also following this well-reported event.
It does not matter what colour of politics you support, no one likes to be sold short of the truth. At the end of the day, it is a question of whether Mr Golding has irrevocably lost the confidence of the nation to continue in the capacity of prime minister.
I am, etc.,
Red Hills, St Andrew