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LETTER OF THE DAY - Irresponsible, cheap political posturing

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM

The Editor, Sir:

The People's National Party (PNP) has shown itself to be woefully bereft of a justifiable basis on which it may seriously be considered as a substitute for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

A recent and disturbing display of this sad state of affairs was its response to the James Robertson's affair in calling for the minister to be relieved of his current government responsibilities. On what basis ... a mere accusation for which the police have not given any indication they feel there is reasonable credibility? Granted, it may be that the PNP knows what has not yet become bona fide public knowledge - but they would still be irresponsibly premature.

I believe that the Government is treating this situation appropriately; for it is still the policy of the country that a man is considered innocent until proven guilty. Mind you, reasonable suspicion may be a basis on which to ask the energy and mining minister to step aside until the matter is resolved. If he's found guilty, then he's out. If he's found not guilty, then the party would hardly have a basis on which to relieve him of his responsibility - not from a position of principle at least. I do not know that this would generate any political liability for the party even.

Voluntary resignation

Within a certain political culture, which does not exist in Jamaica, notwithstanding a Dr Ronald Robinson's seemingly voluntary resignation at the height of the Manatt madness, Mr Robertson would have offered his resignation without being prompted by anyone. But, certainly, the atmosphere does not exist for any dismay to be displayed by the PNP when a Kern Spencer was so late in announcing his departure from political representation, notwithstanding the charge against him.

The call by the PNP for Robertson's removal from office is like an inferior tennis player hoping to score from the unforced errors of his/her opponent. It is tiring and cheap.

I am, etc.,