LETTER OF THE DAY - The real outrage
The Editor, Sir,
"... my very chains and I grew friends. So much a long confinement tends, to make us what we are, even I, regained my freedom with a sigh" from Lord Byron's Prisoner of Chillon.
If evidence were needed that we are a dysfunctional society, we have it now. With all the hue and cry about the prime minister's duplicity, I hear little about an even graver offence. His shamelessness in casting his lot with unsavoury characters is the greater offence. He is, by word and deed, prepared to sully Jamaica's name internationally, in defence of Dudus. This is the real outrage.
If the case against extradition was worth fighting, surely there are enough resources and lines of communication between the two states to do this in an orderly manner. Instead, through various kinds of subterfuge and sleazy devices, the Government, and the party which forms it, have brought themselves and their country into international opprobrium. This is unconscionable, and is the reason why not just the prime minister, but also the Government, which has declared its support for those actions, should resign.
The Opposition is skilfully skirting the issue of association with criminals. I wonder why. They cannot say too much about this fundamental issue, because for them, too, such association is business as usual. We, the citizens of the realm, have much to be ashamed of too, for winking at this association. Perhaps Lord Byron's poem goes some way towards explaining our acceptance of this unholy alliance. It has been the case for so long that 'we have become friends with our chains'.
Well, it is now imploding before our eyes, and we must hasten its demise and not allow it to be reconstituted. The Government has carefully avoided suggesting that the evidence in the extradition request was false. Why aren't the police making use of this evidence?
The widespread outrage tells me that many Jamaicans are desperately concerned by the party/Government's actions in this matter. Dreadful as those might be, they are nothing more than the consequence of a more dreadful, prior connection between politics and criminals. Neither party can point fingers at the other, because they have both subverted the national interest in service of this association. We must not allow it any more!
I am, etc.,