THE EDITOR, Sir:
Like many things Jamaican, there is a sense of one-upmanship on how to define those who directly contributed to Jamaica's Independence. One political party is trying to claim that its founder is the father of the nation, while the other party has voiced strong objection to such assertion.
Personally, this is just nonsensical. I question why we have to perpetuate such an idiotic mentality. Don't these politicians have any pride in self and country?
Although I was born after Jamaica's Independence, from my reading of history, many individuals from both major political parties participated in this 'triumphant' occasion. As such, they are worthy of national recognition.
My suggestions are:
1. Given that they were elders and leaders of the respective major political parties, designate Norman Manley and Sir Alexander Bustamante 'Fathers of the Nation'.
2. Grant those who were directly involved in the drafting of the Constitution, individuals such as Edward Seaga and the late David Coore, the designation, 'Framers of the Constitution'.
In the meantime, it has been stated that Mr Seaga is the only surviving framer of the Constitution. Word to the wise: Ask Mr Seaga for the names of all the participants.