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Don't give PM an easy pass

Published:Wednesday | August 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

While listening to the programme 'Cliff Hughes Online' on Power 106 on Monday, August 18, 2014, the problem of the prime minister's silence on issues of national interest, in this instance, the beating death of Mario Deane, was highlighted by Mr Hughes in his opening speech.

Subsequently, a few upset Comrades called in registering their support of the prime minister and their thoughts about the issue. One such caller made the point of Mrs Simpson Miller's humble beginnings and her steady climb to the highest position in the country. He concluded by stating that instead of criticising her, we should learn from and emulate her.

This comment underscores the reason behind our seeming tolerance of the prime minister's shortcomings and lack of desire to demand more from her as our elected leader. This, as our adoration of her has clouded our judgement significantly, which has only served to shield her from her responsibilities.

Surely, her achievements are much to be admired and she can been seen as a role model to many. She is a good exemplum of what can be achieved when one puts in the necessary work. Nevertheless, now that the work has earned her the top job, it is paramount for her to understand that the hard work has not ended but is needed now even more.

In addition, we as a people need to put aside our affection for her and objectively measure her performance and deliver just verdicts.

The present mandate is for her to lead us in this tough time and, the job must be done. It is time we let her know we love her but we still desire exemplary leadership.

PATRICIA CLARKE

patriciaclarke230@yahoo.com

Beechamville, St Ann