The Editor, Sir:
I believe that Bruce Golding has confused his role as prime minister of Jamaica with that of leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, and has added insult to injury by having the effrontery to confess that he has kept valuable information from the Jamaican people for months despite calls for disclosure from various individuals and organisations.
For this and numerous other reasons I join the many voices (expressed or implied) who believe he should do the honourable thing and resign immediately.
What audacity! Would anyone believe that in this century, a leader of a democratically elected government could be so bold to be personally involved in the defence of a citizen behind closed doors, and despite calls for explanation refuse to disclose his knowledge and involvement? Now, he has finally revealed that supporters of the JLP have contributed up to US$50,000 to defend this man who is wanted for questioning by the US government.
Every accused person is innocent until proven guilty and is entitled to legal defence, but the taxpayers have the right to see proof of the source of this fund, since Mr Golding is accountable to them as much as he appears to be loyal to the accused.
fear of victimisation
Two months ago, I commented on the Wayne Chen visa issue, and I was inundated with emails from Jamaicans from all over the globe who agreed with me that the prime minister appeared to be confused about his roles. At the same time, many Jamaicans expressed the sentiment that they were happy that someone was speaking to issues that concern them, but about which they declined to speak for fear of victimisation or discrimination.
The one per cent that 'cussed' me claimed that I knew nothing about Jamaican politics and I should learn about Jamaica before I comment on Third-World politics!
The people of Jamaica have the right to expect accountability and transparency from their elected representatives, but especially from the leader of government, who must be respected at home and abroad. So when a leader withholds valuable information from the citizens, appears incompetent as a leader, confused about his role as prime minister, indecisive about important issues that can have serious implications for the economy, lacks vision, and credibility and disregards calls for transparency, the people need not wait for election day to make their decision; they have the right to demand the leader's resignation with immediate effect.
I am, etc.,
Bel Air, Maryland