What a tangled web
The Editor, Sir:
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive." This quote by Sir Walter Scott aptly sums up the current situation with the Government, which has now found itself entangled in a web of deceit, with its pants down, in its handling of the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips contract.
The prime minister and his Government were consistent in their denial of any knowledge of the contract with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. So ignorant were they of the case that they went as far as to appoint a senior Cabinet minister to investigate the matter. This was a vulgar and barefaced attempt to hoodwink the people of this country. By their own admission, they all knew the facts surrounding the matter, and so the entire episode was a conspiracy between Government and party to mislead the people. It is interesting to note that the persons who, like Simon Peter, vehemently denied knowledge of any contract, were the same persons who now say they authorised it. Yet, they all pretended to be unaware, and they are all, all 'honourable men'.
It is a known fact that, like oil in water, the truth will always rise to the top. Anyone, therefore, who believed that simply denying knowledge of it would cause it to go away and the people would never know the truth is a fool, or the people are being treated as such.
When Mr Golding was sworn in as prime minister, he told the country that members of his government were servants of the people and he was the chief servant. However, since then, they have never come to terms with the fact that the servants of the people cannot be their masters. They have treated us with such contempt and arrogance that it is difficult not to conclude that they are our masters and not our servants. The Government would do well to ponder on this quote: "Man, proud man, dressed in a little brief authority, most ignorant of what he is most assured, his glassy essence like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven as makes the angels weep."
Despite the deceit, the contempt and the arrogance, Mr Golding and his government still have one last opportunity to salvage some pride and leave a lasting legacy by starting a moral revolution in this country. They can do this by tendering their resignation to the governor general without further delay. Such action could set the precedent for future governments and honourable men to understand that when they screw up the nation's business or breach the public trust, then they have surrendered their right to continue to govern.
As 'honourable men', the people of this country are expecting Mr Golding and his Cabinet colleagues to do the honourable thing and resign.
I am, etc.,
A DISTURBED JAMAICAN