THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Prime Minister has been criticised by some Jamaicans and the media for travelling too much overseas. Instead of taking this criticism as a signal that she needs to reduce her overseas trips, the PM, instead, sought to defend her frequent travels by saying, in essence, that her trips have benefited the country significantly.
What the PM fails to see is that the people of Jamaica, first and foremost, are concerned, primarily, about her frequent absence from Jamaica, not about the reason or reasons fuelling those trips. Therefore, the PM would serve her and her party's best interest if she reduced significantly her trips overseas, pure and simple. If a man's wife complains that he travels out of town too frequently and demands that he stays at home more, even if he tells her that those trips, from a financial standpoint, benefit their family, his wife's demand would not have lost its validity. What she wants is for her husband to spend more time at home, first and foremost, no matter the benefits of his travels. Madam PM, I urge you to stop defending yourself each time you fall out of favour with the people. Instead, humble yourself and acquiesce to what they want, for a change. Doing this will serve you much better, over the short, medium and long terms.
Patrick A. Gallimore