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Loose lips sink ships

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM


There was a short-lived, 12-issue British music magazine called Careless Talk Costs Lives, published from January 2002 until November 2003. It was also the name of a propaganda campaign by the British government during the Second World War. Many a loose lip or unguarded talk has not only given an advantage to the enemy to sink ships, but I'd like to expand the World War II meaning to include having your 'ship' implode by your own recklessness.

Lately, there have been too many big loose-lip moments in Jamaica; we certainly need balance in discourse and common sense in reasoning. I hope we take a moment to think before we make careless and sometimes costly comments or pronouncements, whether about Goat Islands ants, children carrying water to school for flushing, childish name-calling, and unbecoming, awkward responses to reporters.

Let us have more honest, thoughtful, measured, dignified and informed comments from our leaders in all sectors and political parties.


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